Nor'Wester Lodge: Birchview Cottage

A Grand Marais, Minnesota vacation rental

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

Hosting memorable and romantic vacations on the legendary Gunflint Trail is our family tradition. Your stay at the Birchwood might be the start of your new family tradition. This is our Honeymoon Cabin - Poplar Lake and a sea of evening stars is your romantic backyard - at the edge of the Boundary Waters.

Inside: 1 bedroom with queen bed, hardwood floors, tub/shower bath, and a spectacular view of the sunset.
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
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • ATV/Snowmobile Trail
  • Fishing Boat Available
  • Pier/Dock
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Year-round Rental

Unique Features

Built with native spruce and pine logs, the lodge still stands today. Our 7 rental units and campground guests all have access to our resort gift shop: Unique gifts, groceries, ice, gas, bait, tackle, and licenses, and the laundromat just steps from our main lodge. We provide complete and partial outfitting services from our base on Poplar Lake. We have fishing boats with motors, paddleboats, a pontoon boat, and a variety of canoes available for rental.

Things To Do

If you're here on your honeymoon, maybe you just want to lie around in the summer sun on the beach. Maybe your the active type who likes hiking - the Nor'Wester Lodge area is on the Gunflint Trial and offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Both of you will find lots to do at the cabin, or nearby. A cozy winter cabin too. Grand Marais is a premier destination for snowmobiling thanks to reliable snow depth from December though March. Ride from groomed trails to your cottage door.

Got a large group? We have 7 lakeshore rentals that are well spaced for privacy, plus a campground.

Rates & Specials

$79 - $179 night

$949 - $1049 week

Spring Rates & Late Fall Rates
May 1 thru June 19 and October 6 thru 31
Birchview 2 people $79/day

August 25 thru October 5
Birchview 2 people $129/day; $949/week

June 20 - August 24
Birchview 2 people $179/day; $1,049/week

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

Refund/Cancellation Policy:
* 60 - day notice required for refund.
* $50 service charge applies to all cancellations.

For cancellations within 30 days of arrival, we offer a refund only if we are able to fill the entire cancelation. No other refunds possible. Due to our small size and remoteness, cancelations significantly affect us. To avoid any misunderstanding, you will be charged for the days you reserve. Please check your dates carefully.

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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