Nelson's Resort

1- or 2-Night Stay with $10 Food & Drink Credit 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 world's largest network of wilderness waterways, 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 guided boating or fishing trip in 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.

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

Highlights of Crane Lake, Minnesota

  • Outdoor exploring 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.
  • Catch of the day This is prime locale for fishing, with countless lakes and rivers filled with walleye, northern pike, and lake trout.
  • Day trip: 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. Northern lights: At night, look skyward to see thousands of brilliant stars and the occasional green glow of the aurora borealis.

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What You Get

  • Click here to see all options.

Included in all options:

  • $10 dining credit

Policies and Fees

Book by: 6/15/14
Travel windows: 5/8/14-6/21/14 or 6/22/14-9/10/14

  • Blackout dates: Not valid 7/3/14-7/6/14
  • Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to a $50 fee. 60-day notice required or fee of applicable 1-night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Taxes: 9.875% tax not included

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

  • Book by 6/15/14 or promotional value expires
  • Travel windows: 5/8/14-6/21/14 or 6/22/14-9/10/14
  • Not valid 7/3/14-7/6/14
  • Limit 5 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts
  • Limit 5 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $50 fee
  • 60-day notice required or fee of applicable 1-night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • 18+ to check in
  • CC required at booking and check-in
  • 9.875% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

**Bedding and configurations vary by cabins. Click here for full descriptions of individual cabins.

One-Bedroom 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 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 pet per night and must remain leashed at all times when outdoors.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible room may be requested at booking; subject to availability.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

Nearest airport: about 80 miles from Falls International Airport (INL) Distance to Duluth: about 106 miles

Traveler's Tips

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

Customer Reviews

(22 ratings)

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Rebecca P. · 1 review
July 5, 2014
The staff were amazing and beautiful views


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


Bou M. · 55 reviews TOP REVIEWER
July 20, 2014
Welcoming feeling you get there. We stayed at 2nd beach house and the view was amazing.
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