We stayed at the Outing Lodge at Pine Point for one Saturday night and overall we enjoyed our visit. The place has a lot of great old charm but it isn't utilized to its full potential. The driveway into the lodge is certainly grand, the grounds itself are lovely, but the parking lot and gardens needed TLC. The staff were welcoming and the accommodations in our room were clean and comfortable. Nothing happened during our visit that would make me want to go back for more but nothing happened that would make me stay away. It was average, quiet and quaint. We would love to see the lodge upgrade its furniture in the 2nd floor library to make the space usable for its guests and beautify its outdoor space to fit its grand entrance. We would recommend the Outing Lodge if you are looking for a quiet getaway in a unique setting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 19th Century History Preserved at the Outing Lodge European style 19th century country home, surrounded by lawns and gardens with 300 acres of wooded park land ~ a place where people would go to get away from modern city life. Pine Point was founded in 1858 as Minnesota's second "poor farm," a home for the chronically indigent or those temporarily down on their luck. Stillwater was a wealthy community in 1850, the territorial capital. In this abundant atmosphere, a desire to help the less fortunate culminated in the construction of this poor farm. The prize-winning dairy farm became both a home and a workplace to thousands of needy for almost 100 years. When the farm was closed in 1957, the land was planted in pine trees, now Pine Point Park. The house went on for 20 years as a Rest Home. In the 1980s, to save it from proposed demolition, Lee Gohlike began its renovation. He gutted its interiors with a reverence for its historic past: wide-planked wooden floors cut from old pine beams provide a perfect backdrop to the many elegant antique furnishings, numerous candelabra and massive fireplaces. Featured in Midwest Traveler, Star Tribune and other local & national publications, this beautiful Georgian home is a destination for exclusive retreats & events. Guests enjoy cross-country skiing, horseback and biking trails connecting to the Metro system. Theme dinner calendar of events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Outing Lodge At Pine Point Hotel Oak Park Heights