Nor'Wester Lodge: Towering Pines Cottage

A Grand Marais, Minnesota vacation rental

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

The Brandt’s family invites you to their one-of-a-kind vacation resort on Poplar Lake, on the Gunflint Trail. This Towering Pines Cottage is located alone on a pine-studded point, just steps from the waters edge. This cottage is our most private. But, if you require more room, we have other cabins and a campground too. This is our most popular cottage because it offers so many incredible lake views. Inquire way in advance for this one.

Inside: Exclusive 2 bedroom with king bed, two queen 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
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Furnished Kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor Firepit
  • Outdoor Grill
  • ATV/Snowmobile Trail
  • Fishing Boat Available
  • Pier/Dock
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Year-round Rental

Unique Features

Our resort has been family owned and operated for over 70 years! Making your MN family vacation hassle-free is what we are known for. Yes, we said resort! We have 6 lakeshore cabins and a 4-plex villa that are well spaced for privacy. Plus our gift shop offers a wide variety of unique gifts, groceries, ice, gas, bait, tackle, and licenses,and a laundromat steps from our main lodge. Check your drag! Walleye, lake trout, smallmouth bass, and northern are abundant on our lakes.

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

Things To Do

"Up North” vacations are cherished for a lifetime, especially at this lakeside cottage. All ages will be entertained - kids will always remember paddleboating, and the pontoon rental is perfect for an (adult) sunset cruise. Poplar Lake is your backyard - bring your boat, or use one of ours! We have fishing boats with motors, paddleboats, a pontoon boat, and a variety of canoes available for rent. Towering Pines Cottage has two decks just off lake shore, one sun deck and another for outdoor dining. What a vacation experience!

Grand Marais is a premier destination for snowmobiling thanks to reliable snow depth from December though March. Ride from groomed trails to your cottage on the point.

Rates & Specials

$169 - $259 night

$1195 - $1529 week

Spring Rates & Late Fall Rates
May 1 thru June 19 and October 6 thru 31
Towering Pines 2-6 people
First 2 people $169.00
Each additional $25.00
Sunday - Thursday $149.00

August 25 thru October 5
Towering Pines 2-6 people
First 2 people $219.00
Each additional $30.00
Sunday thru Thursday $199.00
First 2 people: $1,195.00

June 20 - August 24
Towering Pines 2-6 people
First 2 people $259.00
Each additional $35.00
First 2 people $1529.00
Each additional $175.00

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.


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!
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.

Contact Information

7778 Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604
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