Nelson's Resort - Minnesota Northwoods

One-Night Stay with Optional Dinner at Nelson's Resort in Minnesota Northwoods

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Family-Owned Log Cabins on Placid Crane Lake

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness comprises the largest network of wilderness waterways in the world, spanning the Minnesota-Canada border with more than a million acres of glacier-carved streams and lakes. Here, more than 1,000 canoe routes wind past steep granite cliffs and ancient forests. The natural setting is so idyllic that National Geographic listed it as one of the world's top 50 destinations to visit in a lifetime. At Nelson's Resort, you can embark on your own canoe ride into the Boundary Waters via Crane Lake, located just steps from the resort's rustic log cabins.

Nelson’s Resort was founded in 1931 by John and Millie Nelson as an elegant retreat in Minnesota’s Northwoods. Today, the third generation of Nelsons runs the resort and maintains the 27 individual log cabins spread across the property. After a day of canoeing, fishing, or hiking, retire to a one- or two-bedroom abode. Most are made from pine logs and equipped with outdoor decks and lake views. Some cabins are outfitted with a kitchen, so you can prepare your daily catch for dinner. The resort will also freeze and wrap your fish on request.

Fuel up at the restaurant, where chefs prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. On select days, enjoy live piano music in the wood-trimmed dining room lit by tabletop lanterns. Dinner specialties include grilled lavender pork chops ($22) and lemon chicken fettuccine seasoned with fresh herbs and vegetables harvested from the resort's garden ($17).

Minnesota Northwoods: Winding Waterways and Abundant Wildlife

Crane Lake, Minnesota, is just a tiny speck on the map, but it sits in the midst of a massive unspoiled wilderness area near the Canadian border. You can canoe or hike to Vermillion Falls to watch the rushing waters spill over granite bluffs or paddle northward to Namakan Narrows to see Native American pictographs etched into the rocks. The Boundary Waters is also a prime locale for fishing, with countless lakes and rivers filled with walleye, northern pike, and lake trout.

About 60 miles away, you’ll find shelves of ancient bedrock amid towering evergreen forests and colorful wildflowers at Voyageurs National Park. Keep an eye out for resident wildlife, including black bears, timber wolves, and snowshoe hares. Come nightfall, turn your focus skyward to see thousands of brilliant stars and the occasional green glow of the aurora borealis, more commonly known as the northern lights.

What You Get

One-night stay

  • Option 1: $89 for two in any one-bedroom cabin without a kitchen (up to a $195 value)
  • Option 2: $149 for two in any one-bedroom cabin with dinner for two (up to a $280 value)
  • Option 3: $219 for three in any two-bedroom cabin with dinner for three (up to a $420 value)

Book by: 9/15/12
Travel by: 10/6/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Beach access
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Canoes
  • Sauna
  • Volleyball and game room
  • Laundromat
  • Fish-wrapping service
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 9/15/2012 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 10/6/2012
  • Limit 5 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts
  • Limit 5 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • Cancellations must be received in writing
  • All cancellations subject to $50 fee
  • Voucher will expire one year from issuance
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking
  • 9.875% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

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One-Bedroom Cabins

  • Bed sizes and configurations vary by cabin
  • Standard occupancy: 2–3, depending on cabin
  • Maximum occupancy: 3–5, depending on cabin
  • Adding occupants above standard: $35 per night for each additional occupant (meals not included); $140 per night for each additional occupant with meals included.

Two-Bedroom Cabins

  • Bed sizes and configurations vary by cabin
  • Standard occupancy: 4–6, depending on cabin
  • Maximum occupancy: 5–6, depending on cabin
  • Adding occupants above standard: $35 per night for each additional occupant (meals not included); $140 per night for each additional occupant with meals included.

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $25 per night and must remain leashed at all times when outdoors.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 80 miles from Falls International Airport (INL)
  • By car: about 106 miles north of Duluth

Traveler's Tips

  • Maid service is included when you combine Groupons to extend your stay.

Customer Reviews

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Summer L. ·
Reviewed August 7, 2014
It was beautiful. They had a lot of options for activities...playground, volleyball, kayaks, canoe, swimming, etc...


Reviewed July 20, 2014
Welcoming feeling you get there. We stayed at 2nd beach house and the view was amazing.


Julianne L. ·
Reviewed July 18, 2014
Loved the cabin, the hospitality, the bar and restraraunt, the scenery. It was all beautiful.
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