So much to do when you stay here!
Northern Minnesota offers an abundance of year-round recreation and leisure activities. We are a perfect stop on your trip to the legendary Superior Hiking Trail or the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Only 3 miles away, Giant’s Ridge offers 60km of world-class nordic ski trails, packed snowshoe trails, 35 alpine runs with multiple terrain parks. In the summer months, the resort is equally appealing for its two breathtaking (and national award-wining) golf courses, hiking, mountain biking and paddling routes. Cyclists can ride the paved Mesabi Bike Trail which winds through almost 100 miles of the historic iron range, or enjoy the smooth back roads to Lake Superior 60 miles away. Embarrass Lake, just a 5 minute walk from our door, offers sandy beaches, lake swimming and miles of paddling.
Spend a day perusing the shops in the nearby communities of Ely, Duluth, and Virginia. Learn area history as you visit interpretive centers of Chisholm’s Iron World, the Tower-Sudan Underground Mine, Ely’s International Wolf Center, or the Splitrock Lighthouse on Lake Superior. Dine in one of the iron range towns and enjoy a well-deserved massage or spa treatment before you head home.
Even while all of these activities are in the area, many visitors have found our property so inviting that they prefer to stay on-site for much of their vacation. Enjoy our well-appointed guest houses for cooking, reading, or napping on a comfy sofa. Venture outside to relax around a campfire or lounge in a beach chair along the riverbanks. Just a few hours from the Twin Cities, we're easy to get to, but hard to leave!
Recommended Places To Visit
Giants Ridge - 2 miles
Summer: Giants Ridge is the top Minnesota family vacation destination. At Giants Ridge, summer is filled with outdoor recreation and activity. Their two breathtaking golf courses are consistently ranked in the top 50 public courses nationally. The Giants Ridge Rental Shop provides bike rentals and disc golf rentals. And, Giants Ridge is a hub for the nationally-acclaimed Mesabi Bike Trail -- a 115-mile paved bike trail that winds through 25 communities through Minnesota's Iron Range. New in 2017 is an outdoor, self-belaying climbing wall, outdoor kids play area, and the mountain bike trail system (currently under construction).
Winter: Discover a top-rated ski and snowboard destination in the Midwest! Giants Ridge Recreation Area offers 35 downhill ski runs, over 60 km of Nordic ski trails and the hottest snowboarding terrain parks in Minnesota! Whatever winter activity you choose, one thing is certain – you'll enjoy breathtaking views, clean-fresh air, ideal Minnesota snow conditions and unmatched grooming at Giants Ridge, making your northern Minnesota winter ski vacation most enjoyable.
Soudan Underground Mine - 35 miles
Open daily through September
Adventure abounds at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, the most visited state park in Minnesota for good reason! Tour the historic underground mine, take a boat out or cast a line on Lake Vermilion, or hike through acres of old growth pine forest. The recent addition of nearly 3,000 acres and five miles of Lake Vermilion shoreline adds even more opportunities to experience the wonders of northern Minnesota. Check out the park’s new campground, day-use areas and public water access that just opened!
Embarrass Lake - .5 Mile away
Embarrass Lake, just a 5 minute walk from our door, offers sandy beaches, lake swimming, fantastic fishing and miles of paddling. Canoe/kayak rentals available through the Vermillion Trail Campground.
Mesabi Bike Trail - access to trail onsite
Located in northeastern Minnesota, the Mesabi Trail is a premier bicycle trail winding through some of the most scenic parts of the state. Currently over 120 miles of trail offers convenient accessibility at numerous entry points.
When completed, this well-mapped and well-maintained trail will traverse over 155 miles connecting 28 communities, making it one of the longest paved trails in the United States.
Travel through forests, past streams and creeks found between rolling hills, all teeming with wildlife and birds. Grand heaps of earth provide man-made mountains that are becoming regrowth forests lining the edges of some of the world's largest mines. Explore historic buildings, mining artifacts, early industry, ethnic and culturalhistory, plus other treasures well worth the discovery.