Poplar Creek Guesthouse

11 Poplar Creek Drive , Grand Marais, MN 55604 USA (Show map)


Northern Minnesota's Gunflint Trail. Peaceful- inn bordering the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) - overlooking quiet canoe-only lake and flowing creek. Two room Suite with fireplace, kitchenette, deck. Other rooms double whirlpool or double shower. Private baths, queen beds, robes, WI-FI. Common room with fireplace, deck, guest kitchen. Summer sun porch with fireplace. We also offer a two bed room cabin featuring kitchen, living/dinning room, bath with sauna and deck overlooking the lake. Private dock with firepit and picnic area. Canoe comes with the cabin. The cabin is dog friendly. Activities in the Summer Hiking, birding, biking, adjacent Lima Mountain birding area. Canoeing, swimming and most importantly Moose viewing. Green Friendly - Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Associate - "Green Journey" and Trip Advisor "Green Leader" citations. Activities in the Winter-Cross Country skiing, snowshoeing trails to inn. Ski the BWCA Bananad Ski Trail with over 180 kilometers of connecting groomed trails. Full breakfast with dessert too. Honeymoon, special events, and inn to inn hiking, biking, canoeing and skiing packages. Thirty miles inland from Lake Superior and Grand Marais, MN.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

a grand stay!

4.8 on October 12, 2014

We have visited several other B&B's over the years but the Poplar Creek guesthouse is one of the best stays yet! It is set up as a true bed and breakfast. Its very private for that romantic get away,and yet, offers opportunity to mingle with quests over one of Barbara's amazing breakfasts or a glass of wine in the commons area. The property is secluded, quiet and absolutely the epitome of the North country. True serenity.

A Gem on the Gunflint

5 on August 04, 2014

All around great stay at the Poplar Creek Guesthouse. The location is a perfect jumping off point for hiking and canoeing in the Boundary Waters, our room was clean and well appointed, and Barb & Ted are some of the most friendly and accommodating hosts we've had. Be sure to take advantage of their exhaustive knowledge of the region!

Possible the best stay in the Northern Woods.

5 on September 30, 2012

Decided to head north to enjoy the Peak of the Fall Colors 2012, weekend of Sept 29. Made the best decision to stay over the Poplar Creek Guesthouse. This bed and breakfast is literally in the middle of the woods! Through Scenic Gunflint Trail. It is hard to find at first, but use the Map provided by the inn keeper and you will be OK. We stayed in the Dorothy room and it is amazing! we feel that Barbara spends all day figuring out how to make her guests comfortable as possible. The beds are exquisite, the room is immaculately clean, even the linens are super soft. The room is very cozy and sophisticated feel. The views Little Ollie Lake are pristine and breathtaking. I absolutely recommend this place than the places in Grand Marais. I will definitely come back, to get more of the Northern Hospitality!

A wonderful place

5 on November 08, 2011

My Husband & I stayed 2 nights for our anniversary. We had a nice brake from our hectic life and were very impressed with this inn. I thought the rooms were really great with eveything you could possibly need. Barb & Ted were very hospitable, helpful & super friendly. The home is roomy, comfortable and the lake was beautiful.

Best B&B in Northern MN!

5 on August 14, 2010

Featuring a well laid out house design, terrific 3 course breakfast (who knew there was breakfast desert?), a beautiful setting, and very accommodating hosts, we always enjoy our stays at the Poplar Creek Guesthouse. They can arrange all kinds of adventures as well. We went canoeing into the BWCA. Can't wait to return.

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4.6 on August 02, 2010

My wife and I did a two week tour of several cities in Minnesota, including Grand Marais, Duluth & Hibbing. We were up there to escape the Florida heat and didn't really know what we were going to do, but turned out to have a really great vacation. Please see my other posts regarding lodging, meals, etc. if you are interested in a similar trip. Regarding Poplar Creek B&B...everything was fantastic. It's about 30 minutes due north of Grand Marais, but it was the highlight of our trip. They have cabins, but we stayed in one of the B&B rooms (Barbara's Suite). Nice family room, little kitchen, nice sized bathroom and a separate bedroom. We peeked in the other rooms before we left and they were very nice as well. Everything was extremely clean & comfortable. Barbara's breakfasts were great and definitely worth the extra money if they're not included with your particular room. Barbara and Ted were excellent hosts and provided so much information on their area and other parts of Minnesota that we were going to visit. We basically spent a day hiking, a day canoeing and a day in Grand Portage and downtown Grand Marais. We could've spent more time there, but we had to move on to our next stop. There are miles and miles of trails or gravel roads for hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, etc., and they're accessible from the B&B or just a quick drive. It's in the woods but you feel like you're at home. We hope to be back soon.

perfect weekend getaway

5 on July 20, 2010

This place was perfect for us. We love to canoe in the seclusion of the BWCA but not too fond of camping in it. We had an amazing breakfast, did a 6 hour day trip into Rose lake and had steaks on the grill back at the B & B. The room was spacious and had all the amenities we could ask for. We had use of the upstairs kitchen, living room, and deck. We even heard live music from a bar across the lake. Who knew there was night life on the Gunflint trail. The rates were outstanding for the quality and luxury recieved. We will definitely be back.

Innkeeper Response
Hi, Thank you for the great review. So nice of you to do this. Just a note: The bar across the lake is actually a family restaurant also. It is two bays over on a different lake. How sounds travels. The restaurant hires a local band on in the evening on weekends for a couple of hours to entertain those waiting for a table. The B&B is sound proof when the windows are closed, but on a warm summer night, the windows can be open for a breeze (and music).

- Barbara Young (innkeeper)

Great Place for a getaway!!

4.2 on June 27, 2010

My now husband and I went here for our honeymoon and it was so wonderful! Barbara and Ted are great people and they really make you feel welcome- and Barbara's breakfasts were AWESOME!! Would definitely recommend this place for anyone looking for a very good time on the North Shore!

An Oasis of Luxury in the Wilderness

5 on August 29, 2009

Barbara's breakfasts are out-of-this-world gourmet heaven complete with dessert! We spent a night there after a day of biking the Gunflint Trail, and we loved the soak in our room's hot tub!

Everything was just fantastic

5 on August 07, 2009

Stay here if you get a chance. It is tucked away off of the Gunflint Trail. My wife and I just loved it. Barbara's breakfasts were first rate, very well done. Ted is a great guy and we both enjoyed talking with him and Barbara. We stayed in the room with the hot tub which was great. We fished from shore and caught Northerns everyday (only 1 walleye), but we thought it was great given it was shore fishing. The wildlife was spectacular, we saw moose, fix, and a wolf on two occasions - all within about 5 miles. Ted and Barb have done well here. We will stay there again! Also, this was my first experience at a B & B and if they are all like this, I am hooked.

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Rooms & Rates


This large bedroom features two queen beds, couch, table & chairs, desk and phone, bath with double size shower with "rain forest" shower head. Wireless internet. Accommodates up to four persons. Room is named in honor of Dorothy Young, who with her family spent summers at their Poplar Lake island home beginning in 1952. $27.50 per additional guest over double occupancy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $85 - $99

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Location Type

Wilderness, Countryside, Lakefront, Rural


Duluth, MN (DLH) 140 miles

Directions to property:

From Duluth follow Minnesota State Highway 61, north, along Lake Superior's scenic North Shore Drive, 112 miles to Grand Marais. Turn west up the Gunflint Trail (Cook County Rd 12) then drive 29 miles to the Lima Grade (Forest Rd 315) where you turn left and travel one mile. Turn right at the Little Ollie Road and drive one-mile to Lodging

Area Attractions

Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Nature area, National wilderness area, Canoe/Lake Country, Ruins, Ski area

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, TV , Canoe, bike rentals, Snowshoe rentals, Massage Therapist, Cross County ski trails

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Inn to Inn canoeing, Inn to Inn biking, Dog Sledding, Inn to Inn hiking, Bird Guide, Eco Tour to changing forests, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited In cabin and by special arrangements in B&B
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No In rental cabin only
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One third of amount due or one night rental
  • Cancellations: Your deposit is refundable, less service charge, if cancellation is received Twenty one (21)or more days prior to the scheduled start of your stay.
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Barbara and Ted Young

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Barbara: Cooking, decorating and quiet walks in woods. Ted: Outdoor activites, outfit canoe trips

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  • Time Served: 9:00 am; or arranged
  • Serving Location: Sun Porch during warm season, Common Room by fireplace, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Mongolian Firepot Dinner
The Mongolian Firepot Dinner is a delicious fondue of vegetables and meats cooked in a savory charcoal-heated broth, served with Oriental condiments. Dinner Served in nearby yurt.


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