Embracing Pines Bed and Breakfast

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

About

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. We offer Shuttle Service for up to six bikers. You will see birds from as small as hummingbirds to as large as the bald eagles 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 night 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.

Reviews

Overall
4.6

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

Embracing the Paul Bunyan Trail Area

4.8 on August 16, 2016

The Embracing Pines offers a great location as part of your lake, riding, or hiking adventures, the Embracing Pines B&B is the ticket. We were looking for a location near the trail, midway along the PBT and Heartland trail. This location was ideal. It also allowed for day trips to the Mississippi headwaters and Itasca park area. Dennis and Charlyne were great hosts and a wealth of information for local points of interest and history. Waking to the smell of fresh ground coffee and Charlyne's knack for baking was a real treat. The morning meals were enjoyed on the pine-covered decks along with hummingbirds. We were truly pampered by the Embracing Pines B&B. Greeted with warm cookies or banana bread in the afternoons and an offering of fresh fruit with tea and coffee at our whim.


Relaxing weekend in northern Mn

4.2 on August 03, 2016

Great food, lovely setting, congenial hosts. Really nice bikes available and bike trail close too!


You Can Have It All!

5 on July 15, 2016

Great accommodation – great location – excellent food – great hosts! We found Embracing Pines B&B nestled amongst great white pines with the Paul Bunyan Bike Trail just a few meters from the front door and the Kabekona River out the back door where you found canoes and a paddleboat at your disposal. We were in the area to cycle and this B&B was perfect. They had all of our cycling needs covered – indoor bike storage and even a shuttle service if required. We stayed in the Kabekona Suite which was as advertised and perfect for us. Charlyne and Dennis are the hosts and they did everything that they could to make our stay memorable. The morning starts with an event that Charlyne calls breakfast – the food was incredible. We stayed three nights and each day the breakfast was different and fabulous. We sat on the deck watching the humming birds feed while we ate – what a great way to start the day. Charlyne and Dennis guided us with recommendations for dinner as well, and each was unique and special. We would never have found these without their guidance. Not often does a B&B exceed their claims, however, this is the case for Embracing Pines B&B. We plan to go back and if you are planning to be in the area, you need to add it to your itinerary.


Excellent experience and very good value

4.8 on July 05, 2016

My wife and I stayed here for two nights recently to do some biking. The location is perfect for bikers, just across the street from the wonderful trail system and about 6-7 miles outside of Walker. And our hosts at the B&B were very attentive... the place was perfectly clean when we arrived, they greeted us with homemade banana bread, built a campfire for us at night, and the breakfasts were truly one of a kind. We would love to stay there again the next time we're in the area.


North woods home and alpine decorated B7B

5 on June 30, 2016

We spent 2 nights in this B&B and we had a great time.....Charlyne and Dennis are friendly, welcoming and happy to help you with driving directions, dinning recommendations or what to do around town....The home is cozy, clean and well furnished with alpine decor and located in a quiet neighborhood at walking distance to the bike trail....Be prepared for a large breakfast with plenty of fresh fruits, waffles, rhubarb french toast, coffee and juice served by the deck looking at the beautiful pine trees, flowers, plenty of birds and a river view....And after a long bike ride we also enjoyed nice chats with Charlyne and Dennis about family, travel, their house renovation, grandkids and everything that makes families happy....We highly recommend staying with them and look forward to coming back to their B&B....


Heavenly Haven!

5 on June 09, 2016

The best B & B thus far!!!! Exceptional Hospitality... made us feel like we were at home. The breakfasts were outstanding!!!! We stayed in the Hummingbird Hideaway~ beautiful room! Sitting on the deck looking out on the water- good conversation- bird watching- pine trees surrounding us, but with enough space to take in the gorgeous view. We WILL be back! Dennis & Charlyne... so glad we met you and some of your family!!!!


Awesome location, great B&B, really friendly hosts

5 on January 01, 2016

We have stayed in Embracing Pines B&B back in Summer 2012. The B&B is in a great location and Dennis and Charlyne are great people. Next time I'm visiting MN, I'm planning to visit again. Thank you for your hospitality and the great breakfast!


Relaxing weekend

5 on August 17, 2015

I enjoyed my 3 night stay with Dennis and Charlyne as they welcomed me to their home. I had a pleasant, quiet room, and the views of the hummingbirds and other birds, as well as the dock access and trail access couldn't be beat. I hope to be back to hit the missing miles of Paul Bunyan and Heartland Trails.


A great place to operate from

5 on June 08, 2015

Dennis and Charlene are very knowledgeable about the trail system. And when he tells you about the burgers at the Laport grocery, believe it! We will use Embracing Pines again It is perfectly located, the breakfast is gourmet, and Dennis has a really nice van to move you around.


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.


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Rooms & Rates

Kabekona

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

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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

Location Type

On the Paul Bunyan Bike Trail, Countryside

Airport

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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Policies

  • 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: $50 non-refundable at the time of your reservation.
  • Cancellations: 50% cancellation fee if cancelled within 7 days from arrival. 100% cancellation fee within 24 hours if we cannot rebook.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Dennis & Charlyne LaVoie

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Charlyne loves to garden and bake.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: On the 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.