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Fall Colors Don’t Disappoint at Gunflint Lodge


As autumn approaches and the weather turns crisp and begins to cool, many of us yearn for the chance to slow down and recover from the hustle of summer. Gunflint Lodge Resort in the Northwoods of Minnesota offers the perfect opportunity to do just that. Whether you are looking for a cozy cabin to sip hot chocolate and relax in or vibrant fall colors, Gunflint Lodge Resort is the perfect fall getaway.

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Facilities at Gunflint Lodge

The Main Lodge at Gunflint Lodge Resort is friendly and warm. The reception area is located in this building and you will also find three dining areas and a small bar. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and freshly baked cookies are waiting in the Main Lodge anytime you need a pick me up. The lounge area in the Main Lodge is the perfect place to visit with friends or family, enjoy a board game, or curl up with a good book.

The property at Gunflint Lodge Resort is home to twenty four cabins spread out along the shore of the local lake. Each cabin is equipped with one to five bedrooms, an elegant rock fireplace, and a full bath for each bedroom. Some of the cabins have a full kitchen available and all of them have a gas or charcoal BBQ available. If you’re looking for relaxation, request one of the many cabins with a sauna and spa.

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Guests love spending time on the two docks and adjacent sand beach at Gunflint Lodge Resort. It is the perfect place for wading into the lake or feeding the local ducks. Boat rentals are available as well if you would like to spend time on the lake fishing or sightseeing.

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Dining at Gunflint Lodge

There are three different dining areas located in the Main Lodge of Gunflint Lodge Resort, Justine’s, the Red Paddle Bistro, and the outdoor dining patio. Meals are available all day long from 7 am to 10 pm in the summer and 8 am to 9 pm in the winter.

Justine’s is the prized dining option at Gunflint Lodge Resort. This rustic restaurant serves hearty local fare incorporating native ingredients from the area such as maple syrup, wild berries, and mushrooms. This means that you will be able to sample true seasonal fall flavors that can be gathered from the surrounding area. Enjoy homemade soups, chilis, and chowders. Steak, poultry, pork, and fish are available most evenings. You’ll be able to finish your meal with a variety of desserts.

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The Howling with Wolves Package

While there is always something fun to experience at Gunflint Lodge Resort, fall ushers in a host of new and unique activities to participate in. Each experience is conveniently organized into a preplanned package designed to optimize the season.

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The Howling with Wolves package allows visitors to truly experience and appreciate the native species of the area. This package includes three nights in a lakeside fireplace cabin and the package is offered at times that coincide with a full moon so that you can experience night hiking and attend a guided wolf calling expedition. On the expedition, a naturalist will guide you into the forest where a known timber wolf pack lives and teach you how to call the wolves.

The wolves are often active during this time of the year as the temperatures drop and they begin preparing for winter weather. Many of the groups have been able to successfully get the wolves to call back to them creating unforgettable memories. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the wolf pack. All meals during your stay are included in the Howling with Wolves package making it the perfect worry-free getaway.

The Northern Lights Package

Another great option is the Northern Lights Package. Gunflint Lodge Resort has an excellent location for viewing the Northern Lights. The sparkling blue, green, and violet lights dance across the sky and can be seen more clearly at Gunflint Lodge Resort around the time of a new moon so the Northern Lights Package is specifically available at those times to give guests the best chance possible to see the mystical lights.

Each Northern Lights Package includes an evening excursion onto the lake to view the Northern Lights after dinner. If the lights don’t cooperate, you’ll still get an unbeatable view of the Milky Way in the northern Dark Skies area. With this package, you will have a minimum three-night stay in one of the Gunflint Lodge Resort’s cozy lakeside cabins, a guided Northern Lights tour and a hike with a naturalist, and all meals included. Seeing the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and Gunflint Lodge Resort has worked hard to give you that chance in a cozy, beautiful way with the Northern Lights Package.

The Holiday Decorating Package

If you’ll be venturing to Gunflint Lodge Resort in late fall, don’t miss an opportunity to participate in the Holiday Decorating Package. This unique package includes lots of fun holiday crafts and activities. Each guest will be able to participate in a wreath-making class where you will be able to craft a wreath for yourself as well as one for the lodge to use for decorations.

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The Holiday Decorating Package includes a three-night stay in one of Gunflint Lodge Resort’s rustic cabins. During your stay, each cabin will be provided with a cookie decorating kit. You’ll also have the opportunity to join a naturalist on a hike where you will get to craft an ornament with items from nature. This is also a great time of the year to enjoy skiing in the area. Snowshoe and ski rental are available, weather permitting. All meals during your stay are included in the Holiday Decorating Package.

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Fall Views at Gunflint Lodge

If you would rather not enjoy a structured stay, try visiting Gunflint Lodge Resort to just relax and take in the fall views. Gunflint Lodge Resort is located in northern Minnesota along the shores of Gunflint Lake and in close proximity to Gunflint Trail. With stunning views of the lake and forests year-round, Gunflint Lodge Resort is always a joy to visit, but the resort really shines in the fall. The foliage in fall boasts vibrant, rich colors that are a treat to see.

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As the weather begins to cool, the forests surrounding Gunflint Lodge Resort will begin to change colors creating a symphony of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. Spend your evenings in the crisp fall air as you enjoy the golden hour providing a warming ray of sunlight as the sun peeks through the trees as it sets for the night. Early morning views are just as lovely in the fall with the stunning colors being highlighted by morning sun rays. As the native animals prepare for winter, you might even be able to catch a glimpse of them in the surrounding forest or hear their calls at night.

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Fall at Gunflint Lodge Resort is a photographer’s dream. Whether you are an amateur photographer or a professional, book your stay at Gunflint Lodge Resort and take advantage of the exquisite fall colors. Each year the vibrant colors peak during late September to mid-October in the Gunflint Trail area so plan your trip in this window to see the most beautiful fall colors the area has to offer.

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Fishing at Gunflint Lodge Resort

Fishing is one of the prime experiences Gunflint Lodge Resort is known for. While fishing is often considered a summer activity, the fish continue to bite until mid-October in the Gunflint area. Big Saganaga Lake located near Gunflint Lodge Resort is considered one of the premier walleye fishing locations in northern Minnesota. In addition to walleye, you can also catch northern pike, lake trout, smallmouth bass, and whitefish.

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Through October 22 of each year, Gunflint Lodge Resort offers a premier fishing package that includes three nights of accommodations in a lakeside cabin, all meals during your stay, and two days of guided fishing excursions. Everything you need, including fishing tackle, live bait, a boat, and a landing net, are included in your excursions. A trained naturalist guide will stay with you through your whole excursion and help you to catch the most fish possible. Spending your days on the lake fishing is another great way to enjoy the fall colors on the surrounding shore.

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Gunflint Lodge Resort is the Perfect Fall Getaway

Located in beautiful northern Minnesota, Gunflint Lodge Resort is the perfect fall getaway. Whether you are looking for stunning fall colors or adventure on the lake, Gunflint Lodge Resort has something to offer everyone. Fall colors will begin to appear among the Minnesota foliage in early to mid-September with colors peaking from late September to mid-October.

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Book your stay during this time to enjoy optimal autumn colors and fall fishing. Be ready to go on night excursions to encounter the local timber wolf populations and view the magnificent Northern Lights. With locally sourced food, fun adventures, beautiful views, and cozy cabins, you are sure to enjoy your fall stay at Gunflint Lodge Resort.


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