Mountain lodge with two pools, bonfires with s’mores, and easy access to hiking, canoeing, and wildlife watching
Hotel at a Glance: Caribou Highlands Lodge on Lutsen Mountain
Travel just 1 mile off the coast of Lake Superior’s northern shore and you’ll find yourself in Minnesota’s Sawtooth Mountains. Connect to the Superior National Hiking Trail or seek adventure on the Alpine Slide—both are within walking distance of the resort. Comfortable lodge rooms pair rustic accents with modern amenities, with rooms stocked with a mini fridge, microwave, TV and DVD player, coffee pot, and sitting area; for every piece of exposed wood or cozy ski blanket, there’s a contemporary convenience including WiFi, flatscreen TVs and kitchenette equipment.
- Onsite dining: Sip cocktails around the outdoor fire pit at Moguls Grille and Tap Room, or dine inside on house favorites such as soy seared salmon or southern fried walleye. Your Getaway includes a $20 dining credit for 1-night stays and a $40 credit for 2-night stays.
- Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool (seasonal and weather-dependent), the indoor pool, sauna, or two jetted tubs.
- Gather around the bonfire to share stories and eat complimentary s’mores.
Lutsen, Minnesota: Lake Superior Resort Town with Renowned Hiking and Downhill Skiing
The resort town of Lutsen, Minnesota, sits in backcountry wilderness framed by the shores of Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest. A year-round recreation destination, the area attracts families with skiing, golfing, fishing, and some of the Midwest’s best hiking—more than a hundred miles of trails wind through maple forests, cedar wetlands, and small ponds. You might spot a deer or a wolf sign along the way.
The small harbor town of Grand Marais is just 18 miles from the drive up the Gunflint Trail, a 57-mile scenic roadway that runs past boreal forests and glacial lakes. At the northern reach of the Gunflint Trail lies the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a 1-million-acre wilderness reserve with more than 1,200 miles of canoeing trails and off-the-beaten-path campgrounds. National Geographic Traveler named it 1 of 50 Places of a Lifetime in its Paradise Found category.