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Bloomington, Minnesota
Reviewed 25 October 2016

We spent a lovely weekend in October showing our friends, originally from New Your, the glories of the North Shore and the Gunflint Trail. We chose to stay at Big Bear Lodge in two of the upstairs rooms. They were comfortable rooms with all the amenities one needs for a weekend or longer. The four of us had the cozy...

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Rochester, Minnesota
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is by far the best place I have ever stayed. Aside from the wildlife, peaceful setting, and great view of the lake, Andy and Ida have thought of everything. My boyfriend and I stayed in Cabin 4. I believe this is the smallest cabin they have. While small, we never felt cramped during our three night stay. The weather...

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We love the cozy cabins! Andy & Ida are always welcoming, friendly and ready to give advice on good hikes, where to find moose,etc. Every year we can see where they have kept improving and adding new features. We had a wonderful, relaxing week and already can't wait for next year!

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Wichita, Kansas
Reviewed 16 October 2016

My husband and I vacation on the Gunflint Trail each October and like the adventure of staying in a different lodge each year. This October we chose the Big Bear Lodge. This is now our favorite lodge on the Gunflint. All Gunflint lodges have met our expectations, but the Big Bear Lodge is one we will definitely re-visit. The decor...

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Marshall , Minnesota
Reviewed 15 October 2016

My husband and I returned for our 2nd trip to Big Bear Lodge in September. We stayed the first 3 nights in the lodge. It was very comfortable, private, and homey feeling. Andy and Ida make it feel like it's your home too. Beautifully decorated with lots of reading nooks, areas to play games, a beautiful fireplace and a kitchen...

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Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is the 2nd time that we have stayed at Big Bear and I'm happy to say that it was even better than the first! The cabins are great, Andy and Ida have added a cafe', new docks and some fabulous dock chairs. You can't go wrong staying at this friendly and knowledgeable establishment!!

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Thank Andre K
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I took my husband here for his birthday for a few days. We frequently stay at resorts on the north shore and thought we would give Big Bear Lodge a try. The hosts, Ida and Andy, were very welcoming. Andy provided his favorite moose spotting trails as well as local dining recommendations and fun things to do. The cabins are...

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Plymouth, Minnesota
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Absolutely loved our stay at Big Bear. Sitting out on the dock on a late September Saturday with clear skies,not a sole around, water that looks like glass, allows you to appreaciate the great north woods and forget about the hassles of daily life. Andy and Ida make this a home not a business. The cabins are rustic but incredibly...

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Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Reviewed 7 October 2016

We stayed at cabins 3 and 5 for a week. Everything at the resort was wonderful and Andy was a great guide to the area -- wildlife watching and fishing especially! It was awesome having canoes available and being right on the lake. We can't wait to come back.

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Reviewed 7 October 2016

We stayed at Big Bear for a week, in two different cabins. We can't say enough about how great this place is -- the cabins were so comfortable and clean, simple but with everything we needed. Our favorite was Cabin #5 which sits right at water level on the beautiful Poplar Lake. Andy, Ida and the staff were wonderful and...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Big Bear Lodge is a small and unique resort located on Poplar Lake, just off the historic Gunflint Trail in the Arrowhead Region of northeastern Minnesota. The resort is one of five founding resorts on the Trail dating back to the early 1930's. Our traditional one-room cabins have warm wood throughout with log beams, and fireplaces or wood-burning stoves. There are 5 full housekeeping cabins, and a newly refurbished lodge which was completed in 2014. In the lodge there is a small dining area with bar where you can savor one of our made from scratch homemade pizzas, or a duck or elk burger along with a locally crafted beer or a glass of wine. The lodge has some unique features including 2 large Rumsford fireplaces built by a local artisan out of native stones, a lounge on the main floor, gift shop, and a lounge/library on the loft level. Three cozy beautiful guest rooms are on the upper level with views of the lake, all have private 3/4 baths, and a private entrance. All cabins have modern amenities, including a full kitchen, and 3/4 bath. Lakeside sits a handcrafted sauna free for guests to enjoy. Poplar Lake has 4 BWCA entry points and we offer free canoe usage for those who like a casual day on the lake. Big Bear is a four season resort - 3 lodge guest rooms are available and 2 of our cabins are open for winter enthusiasts. This is a terrific area for those who want to get away from it all, relax reconnect with nature and enjoy great fishing, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, fabulous sunsets and unsurpassed star lit nights all in the beautiful Superior National Forest just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. ... more   less 

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Address: 7969 Northwoods Loop, Grand Marais, MN 55604-3026
Region: United States > Minnesota > Grand Marais
Hotel Class:3 star — Big Bear Lodge and Cabins 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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“Rooms have good beds, dark rooms for sleeping and cozy decor,”
 of 5 bubbles bneils2016, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“You cannot go wrong with any of the cabins”
 of 5 bubbles CurtisHPlymouth, 10 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All the cabins and rooms looked great”
 of 5 bubbles nrettig, 7 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Both the cabins we saw and the lodge rooms were beautiful”
 of 5 bubbles N1491ZVlauraj, 7 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Any cabin you choose is wonderful!!!”
 of 5 bubbles K1313L, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
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