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Embracing Pines Bed and Breakfast

32287 Mississippi Rd , Walker, MN 56484 USA (Show map)

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Join us for a relaxing stay amoung the beautiful Norway Pines of Northern Minnesota. Bike along the Paul Bunyan Trail: 110 miles of paved forested trail or the Heartland Trail: the oldest paved trail in Minnesota. If needed, we offer Shuttle Service for up to six bikers. You will see birds from as small as hummingbirds to as large as the bald eagle s that nest along the river. You can relax near the crackling fire in the great room or take out a canoe and explore the wildlife. After a restful nights sleep, you'll enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast surrounded by the hummingbirds on the deck. Visit us soon and enjoy all the Walker area has to offer from boating, fishing and golf to shopping at the unique gifts shops.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

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Lovely getaway!

5 on September 19, 2014

We had a wonderful time at Embracing Pines. Charlyne and Dennis were gracious and welcoming, the room and inn were charming, and the breakfasts just fantastic. We did some hiking, enjoyed a paddelboat ride, and also spent a day at Itasca which is just a short trip away. Would also recommend dinner at the Boulders where the food is excellent.

Something to talk about!

5 on September 07, 2014

Booked the room at midnight the night before in an emergency. These lovely people went above and beyond. The rooms and scenery are breath taking! Can't wait to back for r&r. Don't miss this one!-Laurie L. Owen

Northern Paradise just outside of Walker, MN

5 on September 06, 2014

Our expectations were greatly surpassed by this charming establishment. Dennis and Charlyne were gracious and freindly hosts from the moment I made our reservations by phone. Charlyne's breakfast of fresh Fritatas, fruit salad and homemade popovers was fit for royalty. We enjoyed the sauna, a paddleboat ride, "Tut" the hummingbird and his glistening harem who flittered about the river-view outdoor dinning deck where we enjoyed breakfast, as well as the beautifully appointed and luxuriously comfortable room. My wife and I were celebrating our 29th anniversary and couldn't have been more pleased. We will definitely be back next year. Lovely! Don & Semerit from Minneapolis

A gem in the trees

5 on September 02, 2014

This is a great place to relax and spend some time unwinding. Great hosts that provide everything you might want for a get away.

So Pleased!

4.8 on August 11, 2014

Dennis and Charlyne are exceptional hosts! Their home is beautiful and they obviously enjoy extending hospitality to others. The rooms were very clean and breakfasts very eye-pleasing and delicious. The back-yard dock to the canoes, and the hop-and-skip to the bike trails makes this a perfect location for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities and a quiet evening on the lake.

Hidden gem

4.8 on July 28, 2014

Charleen and Dennis made us feel very welcome and comfortable. Food was amazing and the conversation and company were enjoyable as well. Beautiful lazy river behind the property is great for canoes and paddle boats (both free to borrow at the B&b. Only criticism is that our bed was much more firm than we're used to so we were a little achy after 2 nights. Would love to return and try out the plentiful bike trails next time. Thanks for a great weekend!

Great experience

5 on July 12, 2014

We came for the 4th of July weekend in Walker MN and had a great experience at Embracing Pines. Beautiful inside and out, warm and gracious hosts, very clean, excellent meals. We felt very blessed to find an opening over the 4th. We're looking forward to a repeat visit to explore the bike trails.

Peaceful Stay

4.4 on July 06, 2014

I really enjoyed staying here. It was a peaceful relaxing stay, much needed after a long day on the Paul Bunyan Trail. I just wish there was more to do in the surrounding area reachable by walking. But that is what made it peaceful to. So it was an ok trade off. I highly recommend this place if you want to travel the Paul Bunyan Trail. The owners have a lot of useful information about the trail and the local area that will make your trip successful and enjoyable!

Relaxing Getaway

5 on July 05, 2014

Great river location near hiking/biking trails. We enjoyed watching the birds while dining on delicious homemade breakfasts. Dennis and Charlyne were warm and gracious hosts providing us with helpful information about the area.

A welcome retreat conveniently located to amazing trails

4.8 on July 01, 2014

We traveled to the Walker area to try out the amazing paved trails and learned Embracing Pines offered shuttle service. The trails are perfect for biking, running or roller blading but this B&B was an unexpected surprise. A wonderfully relaxing retreat with everything you need. Breakfast on the patio was a great way to start the day too.

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Rooms & Rates


Our mission styled setting with a queen sized bed and a full bath. This room offers direct access to the four season porch, with a panoramic view of the Kabekona River and the sauna.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen



  • Bathroom Private Bath

Hummingbird Hideway

A romantic setting with antique queen sized bedroom set, lace curtains. It shares the original(1883) cast iron claw foot tub with shower in the room next door. Your view (in season) will be of the beautiful perennial gardens. The hummingbirds arrive in May! This room does have a half bath in the room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Morning Glory

Greet the morning through the large bay window in this log furnished room. You will have a view of the sunrise and the perennial gardens. This room shares the full bath next door for a bath in an original cast clawfoot tub, or shower if you prefer. This room does have a half bath in the room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

On the Paul Bunyan Bike Trail, Countryside


Grand Rapids, MN (GPZ-Itasca County) 30 miles

Directions to property:

From Walker go North on Hwy 371 aproximately 2 miles. Turn left on County Road 38 [just past Hoss's Liquor]. Go 4 1/2 miles to Mississippi Rd [you will cross 2 small bridges]. When you see a 'Stop Ahead' sign and 2 mailboxes, turn right. We are the first home on the right (you will see our sign).

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Hiking, Fishing, Bicycle, Birding, Cross Country Skiing, Canoe, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone , Bikes, Canoes, Sauna, Shuttle Service

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4:00 PM
  • Check Out:: noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum on weekends during summer
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night room rate.
  • Cancellations: No cancellation fee if cancelled prior to 30 days from arrival. 50% cancellation fee if cancelled between 30-7 days from arrival. 100% cancellation fee within 7 days if we cannot rebook.



Dennis & Charlyne LaVoie

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Charlyne loves to garden and bake. Lucy loves to play and share her affection with you.

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  • Time Served: 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: deck, weather permitting, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Caramel Rubarb French Toast
This special breakfast is a combination of rubarb pie, french toast, and caramel rolls. We try to have a different breakfast everyday, so if you want to make sure this is going to be served, please be sure to mention it when you make your reservation.


32287 Mississippi Rd , Walker, MN 56484 USA (Show map)

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Free gift card up to $150!