Hotel at a Glance: Mountain Inn at Lutsen
Mountain Inn at Lutsen lies just half a mile from the Lutsen Mountain resort, which the New York Times dubbed “King of the Midwest Hills” for its downhill skiing. However you can still explore the resort’s scenic peaks in warmer months,as the Mountain Inn provides a great base camp to enjoy the many area activities. Get aerial views of Lake Superior—and maybe even eagles and bears—as you ride the Summit Express gondola 1,000 feet up to the top of Moose Mountain, a great place to view the spectacular fall colors. The Alpine Slide is a quick walk away, and you can also hike to the nearby Poplar River to view the waterfalls before heading back to the inn.
- Free continental breakfast for two, including pastries and fresh fruit, is served at nearby Lutsen Resort’s historic lakeside dining room, a quick drive away.
- Ride the nearby paved Gitche-Gami bike trail.
- Unwind in the hot tub or the sauna.
- In-room amenities: a microwave and a mini fridge
- Free WiFi makes it easy to share your vacation photos.
- Tee off at the 18-hole Superior National at the nearby Lutsen golf course.
Lutsen, Minnesota: Lake Superior Resort Town with Renowned Hiking
The resort town of Lutsen, Minnesota, sits in backcountry wilderness framed by Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest. A year-round recreation destination, the area attracts families with golfing, biking, and some of the Midwest’s best hiking—more than 100 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, well-known for its, artisans, galleries and shops, was recently voted “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel Magazine is just 18 miles from the Mountain Inn. Take a 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