Nor'Wester Lodge: Aspenwood Cottage

A Grand Marais, Minnesota vacation rental

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  • Bedrooms - 2
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Sleeps - 6
  • Pets Considered
  • On Poplar Lake

Reserve your quiet lake shore cabin on the edge of the Boundary Waters in Northeastern Minnesota. Not just any lake though, Poplar Lake is a crystalline glacial lake, and it really puts on a show with mallards by day and loons by night. Bring your boat, or explore the lake with one of ours. We have fishing boats with motors, paddleboats, a pontoon boat, and a variety of canoes available for rental.

Inside: Charming two bedroom with hardwood floors, a queen bed, two twin beds, bath with tub/shower.
Outside: deck, lawn furniture and private dock.

Cottage amenities: stove, refrigerator, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, utensils, pots and pans, dishes and all bath and kitchen linens. Equipped for light housekeeping.


  • Pets Allowed
  • Linens Provided
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • ATV/Snowmobile Trail
  • Fishing Boat Available
  • Pier/Dock
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Year-round Rental

Unique Features

The Brandt family has been creating vacation memories since 1931. You can enjoy the resort history and the (even more historic) Gunflint Trail. We have multiple lakeshore cabins that are well spaced for privacy. Basic camp supplies are available at our gift shop. Unique gifts, groceries, ice, gas, and a laundromat is just steps from our main lodge.

We provide complete and partial outfitting services from our base on Poplar Lake.

Things To Do

Have fun fishing, boating, hiking around the lakes and on the Gunflint Trail. In fact, there are numerous nearby trails for hiking, mountain biking, wildlife spotting, birding, and berry picking ...YUM. Poplar Lake and the surrounding area lakes are known for excellent fishing: Walleye, lake trout, northern pike and smallmouth bass. Now that's a tasty shore lunch.

Grand Marais premier destination for snowmobiling thanks to reliable snow depth from December though March. Ride professionally groomed trails to your door.

Rates & Specials

$109 - $199 night

$1025 - $1149 week

Spring Rates & Late Fall Rates
May 1 thru June 19 and October 6 thru 31
Cabins 2-6 people
First 2 people $109.00
Each additional $25.00
Sunday - Thursday $89.00

August 25 thru October 5
Cabins 2-6 people
First 2 people $169.00
Each additional $30.00
Sunday thru Thursday $149.00
First 2 people: $1,025.00

June 20 - August 24
Cabins* 2-6 people
First 2 people $199.00
Each additional $35.00
First 2 people $1149.00
Each additional $175.00

There is a $15/day or $75/week for each pet in cabins.

Woohoo! We are offering vacation rental special(s)

*10% Discount for both Honeymoon and Golden Age are available anytime.
25% Discount for Service Member having served in Iraq or Afghanistan. (First time visit only)
FREE STAY for Service Member wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan, companion 50% discount. (First time visit only)

Children 3 years and under stay free.


MaryAnn Harren — 5 star. We have been coming to the Gunflint Trail area for over 40 years. One of our favorite Lakes to canoe is Popular Lake, a beautiful lake with many islands about 30 miles from Grand Marais. We have been renting canoes from Nor'Wester Lodge. This is an excellent entry point to the lake for both day tripping or for starting a trip into the BWCA. Nor'Wester has a great variety of canoes and very friendly people who will meet your needs.
Michelle Alexander Peterson — 5 star. My husband and I along with our golden retrievers have been coming to the Gunflint Trail for more than 15 years. We have stayed at many places, but our favorite has been Nor'Wester Lodge! They have the best swimming beach of any resort and I love to swim. The cabins are all right on the water except for Balsam which is just up a short hill with a beautiful lake view.
Matt Sweetman — 5 star. I've been staying at the Nor'Wester for 17 years. Beautiful place, wonderful people. Can't wait to go back. Thanks Carl and Luana!
Christina Lynn— 4 star. Very nice people and lodge to stay at. Took your concerns and addressed them! Treated u like a friend

Contact Information

7778 Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604
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