The Outing Lodge (Account 2)

1- or 2-Night Stay with Cheese Platter, Wine, and Art Studio Session at The Outing Lodge in Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul

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Hotel at a Glance: The Outing Lodge

The Outing Lodge dates back to 1858, where it stared as a dairy farm (one that would go on to be award-winning for 100 years, no less). The Georgian-style estate was rescued from demolition in the 1980s by the inn's current owner, Lee Gohlike, who gutted the interior and installed wooden floors and paneling cut from 100-year-old pine and fir trees. Today, the lodge is surrounded not by farmland but the 360-acre Pine Point Regional Park, on the eastern outskirts of St. Paul. Just steps from the lodge, you can cross-country ski or horseback ride on five miles of dirt trails that weave through the woods. Or, cuddle up with a good book in front one of the inn's many fireplaces.

  • In-room amenities: All have private baths and electric fireplaces; some come with whirlpools. The Pablo Picasso room also has a three-season sun porch.
  • Wake up to a breakfast buffet of freshly baked pastries, cheese, fruit, cold deli meats, yogurt with homemade granola, coffee, and juice
  • Sign up for a themed dinner, which the inn hosts regularly; a typical feast includes a European-inspired spread of fresh baguettes, organic produce, and meats, followed by dessert and coffee
  • Pet-friendly place: bring along your own four-legged friend (for an additional fee) or visit with the innkeeper's brown lab, Choco
  • Included perk: This deal comes with a two-hour art studio session for two. You'll be supplied with a variety of painting and drawing materials, along with a fresh platter of cheese and a glass of wine
  • Pedal to St. Paul on the 18-mile Gateway State Trail, whose trailhead is located near the inn

Stillwater, Minnesota: Historic Territory Town near the Twin Cities

Downtown Stillwater, Minnesota dates back to 1848, making it one of the oldest towns in the state. Many of its 19th-century buildings are still standing—more than 100 restaurants and shops line the downtown, tucking into what were once brick factories and warehouses. Nearby, paddleboats and steamboats chug down the St. Croix River, which forms the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Its charming main drag is peppered with trees, towering church steeples, and historic red-brick buildings.

In the nearby Twin Cities—about 18 miles away—the paved Gateway State Trail is a popular choice for bicyclists and stretches from Pine Point Regional Park into St. Paul. Neighboring Minneapolis is more than just the geographic epicenter of the city—it’s the cultural heart too. Sports venues for the Timberwolves, Vikings, and Twins are neighbors to the lively nightclubs of the Warehouse District and the neon-lit marquees of the Hennepin Theater District.

In recent years, the city’s arts scene has gotten a lot of attention, and for good reason: Minneapolis has more live theater shows per capita than any other US city except New York. Additionally, dozens of eclectic galleries complement the wide-ranging exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which showcases everything from Japanese woodcut prints to turn-of-the-century European advertisements.

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What You Get

Stay for two in the Pablo Picasso, Eva Peron, or Robert Frost room

  • Option 1: $135 for 1 night, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday (up to a $320 value)
  • Option 2: $160 for 1 night, valid for check-in Friday or Saturday (up to a $320 value)
  • Option 3: $235 for 2 nights, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $545 value)
  • Option 4: $280 for 2 nights, valid for check-in Friday (up to a $545 value)

Included in all options at check-in beginning at 3 p.m:

  • Cheese platter and two glasses of wine
  • 2-hour art studio session for two

Policies and Fees

Book by: 1/3/14
Travel by: 3/15/14

  • Blackout dates: Not valid 11/27–11/28, 12/24–12/25, 12/31/13–1/1/14, or 2/14/14
  • Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to fee of 50% Groupon price; 7-day notice or fee up to Groupon price
  • Taxes: 7.125% tax not included

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


  • Complimentary breakfast buffet
  • Wooded trails for hiking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing
  • WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 1/3/14 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 3/15/14
  • Not valid 11/27–11/28, 12/24–12/25, 12/31/13–1/1/14, or 2/14/14
  • Limit 4 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts
  • Limit 4 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to fee of 50% Groupon price; 7-day notice or fee up to Groupon price
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Not valid for group reservations
  • 7.125% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Pablo Picasso

  • One king bed and a futon
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $30 per night for each additional guest 11 or older; $15 per night for each additional guest 10 or younger

Eva Peron

  • One king bed and a futon
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $30 per night for each additional guest 11 or older; $15 per night for each additional guest 10 or younger

Robert Frost

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3–4:00 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $30 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added in the Picasso room for $30 per night
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 33 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • By car: 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis

Customer Reviews

The unique rooms and pleasant staff
Tracy S. · January 22, 2014
Aside from My husband, the art lesson, the relaxed atmosphere, breakfast and the staff.
Jaci K. · March 17, 2014
The place is great, the food is great, it's in a great setting, the owners are very nice.
Joanne F. · January 8, 2014
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