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Cross River Lodge

196 N. Gunflint Lake Rd.
Grand Marais  Minnesota  55604
United States
(888) 238-5975
(218) 388-2233
(866) 203-8991
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Midwest Living Review

Although suffering an awkward transition to new ownership, Cross River Lodge is a quiet, clean resort option along the Gunflint Trail.

The name of Cross River Lodge isn't the only thing new at this Gunflint Trail business. The resort, which was formally the Moosehorn Lodge B&B and originally Borderland Lodge, is under new ownership. Owners Rose and John Schloot are eager to accommodate their guests but have yet to smooth out the quirks of their reservation system. If you opt for this small resort, you'll want to call ahead to double-check your reservation. (On our visit, we arrived to find that we'd been downgraded to a smaller cabin.)However, the Schloots' genuine hospitality quickly overshadows any office confusion. The lodge has undergone a beautiful return to a family-oriented fishing resort after a stint as a B&B under the last owners. Simple, comfortable rooms are completely refurnished and light-color wood paneling and flooring give an old business a modern feel. There are multiple spots to take in the southerly view of Gunflint Lake, including a screened-in porch and a two-level veranda on the main lodge. The lodge offers the full gamut of resort amenities: Continental breakfast, boat rentals, a fire pit, board games and friendly hosts. One of the best features is a unique, sloping slate shoreline reminding you that you're on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and offering a great place to sunbathe. The owners seem conscious of the resorts' imperfections and have kept prices low -- some lodge units rent for as little as $85 a night -- while they learn their business. It's hard to describe a stay at Cross River Lodge as anything but pleasant.

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