Poplar Creek Guesthouse is likely the most remote Bed and Breakfast in Minnesota. It is 28 miles from Grand Marais up the paved Gunflint Trail Highway followed by about 2 miles of driving on narrow dirt National Forest roads. The property owners make sure to keep these access roads well-plowed during the snowy months. Our small, 2WD Chevy Spark was able to handle these roads just fine, so I'm confident that pretty much any vehicle will be able to do so as well in any season. The wilderness boundary for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness begins the equivalent of about 2 city blocks from the Bed and Breakfast, allowing for easy access to this remote wilderness while enjoying a nice bed and a warm room instead of having to backpack camp. Day trips into the wilderness are easy with self-issuing permits and boxes at the wilderness entry points near the house. We visited this Bed and Breakfast in late March. Even though there was no longer any snow in the Twin Cities at this point, there was still an 18" snow-pack at this location, making for some great snowshoeing on the trails and on the nearby, still-frozen lakes. A large network of amazing looking cross country ski trails started right outside their doorstep, including the famed Banadad trail. This was a great place to get away from the hustle of city life without having to "rough it."
Barbara and Ted were lovely and very hospitable people to stay with. We had Barbara's 3-course breakfast on two of the mornings of our visit. Barbara was very accommodating to my vegetarian diet and selected some lovely entrees and fruit dishes that I could partake in. Her cooking was delicious!
We stayed in Barbara's Suite. This room has a very practical kitchenette with a 4-burner gas stove and oven, a microwave, pots, pans, cooking utensils, and dishes. There is also a small fridge that is nicer than the standard hotel room fridge in that it has a freezer with a separate door to it, allowing your frozen items to truly stay frozen. We stayed 3 nights and prepared our own meals for several of our meals. Barbara's suite also features a nice living area with a flat screen TV and gas fireplace, making it very cozy to hang out in. There was no cell phone reception (at least for us with T-Mobile) or phones to use, but their Wi-Fi internet was surprisingly fast - about the same as what we have in the Twin Cities. This allowed for us to communicate with friends and family over Skype very smoothly.
This review asked if the property is "beachfront." The inn is not situated on a lake, but Poplar lake is quite close to it and the innkeepers have a boat dock on that lake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secluded inn nestled in the Northwoods along the Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway. On quiet canoe-only lake & creek. Overlooking BWCA. Inn with whirlpool, fireplaces, and guest kitchens. Canoe, fish, swim. Hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing trails on site. Birding, wildlife, moose viewing. ... more less
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