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Northern Lights Lodge

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Plymouth, Minnesota, United States
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in Suite #7 which was cozy, clean, quiet, and comfortable with a beautiful view of the lake. The rest of the grounds, including cabins and additional suite buildings appeared to be well kept, and we would choose Northern Lights Lodge again. It had a very family-friendly feel; and although our visit was in April, there appeared to be...

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Aurora, Colorado
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family has been visiting the Ely area for several years now. The kids are teenagers and they seem to need something new every year so we have never stayed at the same resort twice. Until we discovered Northern Lights Lodge. We're returning in 2017 for our second stay and at the request of the kids. They enjoyed the activities...

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Marie V, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Sunny and for booking your 2017 summer vacation with Northern Lights Lodge again! We're looking forward to seeing your family back with us in July.

Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Great place summer and winter! Quiet and made for families! Drop on in! Call ahead for reservations! Marie and Gary are wonderful hosts! Water sports are great. Close to Ely and Babbit! The shopping in Ely in the summer is so fun. Winter Fest is getting bigger and bigger.

Thank Becki K
Marie V, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Becki - thank you for the review! We appreciate that you've made Northern Lights Lodge your winter and summer Ely destination. Thank you for your friendship and kind words. We'll see you in July.

Gardiner, New York
Reviewed 31 January 2017

My son and I stayed at Northern Lights for 4 days in January and we had a wonderful time. We were in suite 8, which was clean and comfortable and well stocked.We walked out on the lake, star gazed, and spent time relaxing by our fire - reading books and eating cookies. We loved it and can't wait to go...

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Marie V, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay in our suite last month. Thank you for making Northern Lights Lodge your Ely winter destination. We enjoyed your adventurous spirit and eagerness to explore our winter wonderland.

Jacksonville, Florida
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This will be our 5th summer vacation at Northern Lights Lodge. We are a family of 5 with and our favorite cabin is #6. It's a bit farther from the lake but we love the deck, the pine trees and the fact that it is sort of in the middle of the resort so it's near all of the play...

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Marie V, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Jenny, thank you for your review of Northern Lights Lodge. I enjoyed our chat last week and it was fun catching up on the kids busy school year. We all enjoy winter but we are already looking forward to summer. We'll see you in August!

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We were so disappointed that we did not get to see the northern lights during our stay in Ely but that was our only disappointment. It snowed during our stay which was fine with me. The one clear night was star filled. Our stay was exceptional. The owners were friendly and gracious even when we checked in after 11pm. Our...

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Marie V, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Northern Lights Lodge Carl and for making this your winter Ely destination. I'm glad that you enjoyed your first visit to Ely. Life's pace is a bit slower in Ely during the winter months as you saw but there was still plenty to see and do. We didn't get to see the lights but...

Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Reviewed 22 October 2016

The location was remote and very quiet, yet only 10 miles from Ely. The suite we had was very clean and attractive. It looked like a northern cabin with a gas fireplace. You had your living room, kitchen, bathroom & bedroom with a king size bed. We were very impressed, until sleeping in the bed. Neither one of us could...

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Northern_Lights_Ely, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We wholeheartedly feel that a vacation should never be uncomfortable and I am so disappointed that you did not enjoy your stay! It is so unfortunate that you did not share any of your concerns during your 3 night stay as we would have addressed them. We could even have offered a different lodging option...

Duluth, Minnesota
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Very nice cabin with large deck and path to dock. We brought our pontoon, no problems. Took a relaxing ride in one of their kayaks. Played games on our deck. Walked through a fun path with many gnomes hidden among the trees. Owners are very nice, helpful people. Watched sunset from deck. Lawn games to play on property. Grill at...

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Marie V, Owner at Northern Lights Lodge, responded to this review

I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay here at Northern Lights Lodge and your stay in Cabin #3. Thank you for your review and I hope you are able to visit us again soon.

Payneville, Kentucky
Reviewed 21 September 2016

What an experience. Wonderful cabin, beautiful location, and the owners--well what wonderful people they are. It is hard for me to describe how much I loved this place. We had a great time, heard the loons and enjoyed awesome scenery every day. The folks running this place were like finding lost relatives instead of people who just managed a resort....

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Rochester, Minnesota
Reviewed 9 September 2016

We stayed for an extended weekend in August with my sister and brother-in law who are from the area. The cabin was great, clean and had everything we needed. I have bad allergies but I was assured the cabin had little pet activity and was cleaned, they were right I could not tell if there had EVER been a dog...

Thank JoeHock

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Maximize your vacation days all year long at Northern Lights Lodge for an experience of a purely unforgettable nature! Guests will share in the classic Minnesota resort experience on the shores of Bear Island Lake on the edge of BWCAW. Our charming cabins and suites are the perfect place to relax after experiencing every seasonal wilderness adventure your heart desires: fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming, birding, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, hunting and more! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Northern Lights Lodge

Address: 9089 Highway 21, Ely, MN 55731
Region: United States > Minnesota > Ely
Price Range: $174 - $281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Northern Lights Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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“Some of the suites had many steep stairs in order to access the entryway; however, the views were wonderful.”
  • View from front yard area
SueC903, 17 Apr 2017 | Read review
“The web site is very helpful, full of useful information and REAL photos of the cabins. If you have questions, call and talk to the owners.”
SunnieBunnieNest, 7 Apr 2017 | Read review
“There seems to be a nice variety of lodging options. The suites are lovely, traditional cabins and newer cabins with more amenities.”
jenharrigan64, 27 Jan 2017 | Read review
“I found the resort's website to be very comprehensive and appreciated that the cabin photos online were true to our rental.”
cpendalton1959, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“There are many cabin sizes to choose from, all close to the lake.”
533selmas, 27 Jun 2016 | Read review
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