4.2 on September 22, 2017
We had a lovely stay at Embracing Pines. We would definitely go back. It is a lovely log home with a view of the river and lots of birds and flowers. They breakfasts were terrific with many of Charlene;s original recipes. The only thing that we did not like was the grinding of coffee too early in the morning for some. Maybe do that the night before or in the garage. We also could have asked for a few more comfy chairs upstairs in the group area. Overall we really enjoyed the hosta and the place itself. You'd enjoy it too.
4.2 on July 12, 2017
We had a great stay while visiting Walker for a family reunion. Charlyne & Denis were wonderful hosts. I highly recommend Embracing Pines B&B.
5 on July 06, 2017
This is a great place with a super location and delightful hosts. A gem.
4.6 on June 07, 2017
Embracing Pines Bed and Breakfast is beautiful B&B. The hospitality of Dennis and Charlyne was gracious and warm. We felt right at home. Breakfast on Sunday was spectacular, yummy Caramel Rhubarb French Toast and Polish Sausage, very comforting. Our only drawback was the softness of the bed; if you are used to a firm, supportive mattress, you will be disappointed. Otherwise very comfortable accommodations. We will definitely be back again.
4.6 on October 13, 2016
Dennis and Charlyne were wonderful , helpful hosts. Dennis provided shuttle service to the Paul Bunyan Bicycle Trail Charlyne's breakfasts were original, wholesome and delicious. Bed may need upgrading .
4.8 on October 12, 2016
Embracing Pines B&B was perfect for our short stay. Comfy, cozy, wonderful company and yummy breakfast. Next time we'll be sure to bring friends!
5 on September 29, 2016
Beautiful home, it was truly a wonderful relaxing experience. We enjoyed every moment. The hosts were wonderful and the breakfasts were scrumptious. Amy and David
5 on September 06, 2016
Charlyne and Dennis were absolutely amazing hosts, warm and inviting, just delightful. They were very accommodating of our unusual schedule for the weekend and made sure we were comfortable with plenty of great food in our stomachs. Their home is warm and comfortable, and the hummingbirds were fun to watch.
4.6 on September 04, 2016
Dennis and Charlyne were wonderful hosts and their home/ grounds are lovely. We were made comfortable from the moment we walked in. Fresh banana bread was waiting for us on arrival. Lively conversation with the hosts and other guests made the evening pass quickly. Our room was small but had everything we needed. Our bathroom was just a half bath, but a full bath was right next door. Plush bathrobes were provided for the trip to the shower. The breakfasts were delicious, especially Charlyne's Carmel Rhubarb French Toast! Just a note for your planning: all guest rooms are on the second floor of the home and there are no TVs in them. We had a great visit and would return!
3.6 on August 27, 2016
Very attractive with UP NORTH ITEMS. The room was nice, but the bed very noisy and uncomfortable. The breakfast was excellent. The bike trail was just across the street. Might not try it again.
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.
4.2 on August 03, 2016
Great food, lovely setting, congenial hosts. Really nice bikes available and bike trail close too!
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.
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.
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....
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!!!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
4.2 on May 28, 2014
We needed a place to stay while attending a family event and found Embracing Pines just six miles away. The setting was wonderful, food was fabulous and the sound of birds was relaxing. I am sure we will be back.
4.4 on May 25, 2014
We enjoyed a wonderful weekend that included fantastic food, and superior service. The view was wonderful and a relaxing way to spend the morning
4.8 on November 22, 2013
My wife and I celebrated our one year Anniversary at this beautiful bed and breakfast, and we are so glad we did! The property is very scenic- nestled in pine trees and overlooking the Kabekona River. Very romantic! The room was cozy, the breakfasts were delicious, and the inn keepers were very hospitable and friendly! They went the extra mile to make our Anniversary very special and memorable. We can't wait to visit again!
4.8 on November 11, 2013
Great service and a wonderful atmosphere for anyone wanting to get away and enjoy all that northern MN has to offer!
4.6 on October 24, 2013
Pine trees, biking, canoeing, a sauna, comfort, relaxation, and delicious food served with a smile and great conversation. What's not to love?
4.4 on October 23, 2013
Great location in north woods. Breakfasts were innovative and excellently prepared.
4.2 on October 15, 2013
This B&B was very cozy and warm. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely return!
4.4 on October 14, 2013
Very good food, very good service. Clean and convenient. Felt very welcome. I'd go back to this B&B. Excellent location for lakes, leafs and bicycle trails. Many good restaurants in the area.
4.0 on September 21, 2013
We had a great time at the Embracing Pines in Walker, Mn. Home atmosphere and very relaxing. The morning coffee was super. Dennis and Charlyne were great hosts and we certainly did enjoy talking to Lucy. Breakfasts also were out of this world. Would love to stay again.
5 on August 24, 2013
5 on August 22, 2013
Embracing Pines was a fantastic weekend getaway! The hosts were welcoming and opened up their home like we were family. The food was incredible! Dreamsicle cookies in the afternoon, pannekokens in the morning with fresh fruit and chocolate dipped strawberries. Canoeing was wonderful as well and area shopping and restaurants were top notch. Highly recommended.
5 on August 21, 2013
The owners are very friendly, and love to visit. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome and are very accommodating. The breakfasts were amazing and serve with style and a smile. We plan on going back sometime soon.
5 on August 15, 2013
Our room was spotless clean and comfortable, great sleeping and glad to have a half bath....which made sharing the shower a non-issue. Loved the robes being provided as well for sneaking out next door to the shower. The breakfasts were AMAZING in taste and portions. The innkeepers are delightfully sweet, cater to your every need. I have already reviewed some friends that are planning a stay there. SO glad I stumbled upon this b & b!
5 on August 14, 2013
Recently my wife and i biked the North Woods of Minnesota. The day we stayed at Embracing Pines we had bikes 56 miles of the Paul Bunyan Trail (a beautiful trail). We were grateful that Embracing Pines was only a block off the trail and was well marked. Everything was first rate but an added opportunity was to paddle one of their canoes down river to see an eagle's nest--a real treat. Breakfast the next morning was terrific. Dennis shuttled us and our bikes over to Lake Itasca to continue our adventure. This was truly a great place to stay!
5 on August 13, 2013
Beautiful and peaceful stay. Loved breakfast on the deck with the hummingbirds.
3.8 on August 05, 2013
We had a wonderful stay at Embracing Pines. Dennis and Charlyne are great hosts and their home is so welcoming. The breakfast's were amazing! so were the treats left on the counter. We enjoyed time on the deck, the hummingbirds were such a joy to watch and Lucy the greeter ~ so sweet. We hope to visit again!
4.4 on July 31, 2013
Dennis and Charlyn are the perfect B&B Innkeepers, welcoming, social, and very hospitable. The Inn is small and intimate yet there is plenty of space to be alone. They served yummy snacks in afternoon, gave us lots of information about area, and suggested places to visit and eat, Dennis was even willing to make reservations for us. The room was great including fresh water and music in the room. The breakfasts were gourmet, filling and yummy. We also indulged in their little gift shop, some lovely locally made items. The grounds are beautifully maintained by Charlyn. There was a canoe and a peddle boat we were invited to use on the river backing the property. And then there is Lucy, their little dog, everyone who comes to their door is a new friend, we loved her! We would go back in a heartbeat, and recommend the stay for for anyone who wants a quiet yet friendly getaway.
4.2 on July 30, 2013
Very nice home and view. Excellent food and hosts. Great place to stay if you're looking for a bed & breakfast.
4.8 on July 27, 2013
It has been our second time here and both times we enjoyed the stay. We will be back.
3.8 on July 25, 2013
Great little place to stay. Had a nice paddle around in the canoe and a fab breakfast. Nice couple runs it, and wow do they like to talk.
5 on July 21, 2013
Embracing Pines Bed and Breakfast is wonderful. I've never stayed in a bed and breakfast before, so I had no clue what to expect. After experiencing the hospitality from Charlyne and Dennis, I could not have asked for a better first impression. Charlyne and Dennis were awesome! They made you feel so at home and like a part of their family. Not only was this B & B beautiful and homey, the breakfast's were gourmet and spectacular. We will definitely be staying again and already planning for next year to book again at Embracing Pines Bed and Breakfast. Big thanks to the two of them for the great experience! :) Tru & Brent.
5 on July 04, 2013
We had a wonderful stay at the Embracing Pines. The location right on the river overlooking a backyard full of birds and bird feeders couldn't be nicer. the food was outstanding. Be sure to sample the goodies made daily.
4.6 on July 04, 2013
Excellent hosts. Great room. Great for bird watchers. Very enjoyable!
4.2 on June 25, 2013
Charlene and Dennis were excellent hosts! They are VERY well set up for us as cyclists traversing the Paul Bunyan Trail from Bemidji to Brainerd. We made use of their shuttle to enjoy a very nice dinner in Walker, and Dennis made sure we knew that he was available should we run into difficulty on our ride. BEST coffee of our entire trip, and special thanks to Charlene for adapting to Dars' gluten free needs! The only danger to staying at Embracing Pines is that you won't want to leave! Clint and Dar, Winnipeg MB
5 on June 17, 2013
We enjoyed our stay, quiet and relaxing, Dennis & Charlene are in the right business, seem to love what they are doing and are great to visit with, and Lucy loves all the attention.
4.8 on June 13, 2013
Dennis and Charlyne were wonderful hosts treating us to excellent breakfast and an welcoming open home. We could not have asked for a better place to spend our honeymoon. We definitely plan on reccomending this B&B to our friends and family as well as returning ourselves.
4.8 on March 22, 2013
Since it was our first stay in a B&B we did not know what to expect. It was a wonderful stay and we will definitely return, perhaps in the summer to bike!
5 on October 31, 2012
The owners of the bed and breakfast are some of nicest people you cold ever meet. The breakfast had to be the highlight because it was sooooo delicious. They really go all out. Our breakfast company, the humingbirds, were fun to watch and the other guests seemed to enjoy this as well.
4.2 on October 14, 2012
The hosts are wonderful. The food scrumptious and the dog, oh so sweet. Our room was a wee small but we managed. The walls could use sound proofing too.
4.2 on October 12, 2012
The dining was the best part. The scenery was just beautiful with lots to do: biking, canoeing, and enjoying the small towns. It was very clean and cozy. The only odd thing was that our room was adjacent to a common area, the wall being a sliding glass door with only a thin curtain to separate. It left little privacy. We added a blanket to the window/door to give us the privacy we sought.
5 on October 10, 2012
This Bed and Breakfast was such an enjoyable experience for both my husband and I. The place was SOOOO clean, service amazing, and the breakfast was scrumptious! We will definately be back again, and truly had such a great weekend. Thank you so much for making this night away, such a retreat.
4.4 on August 22, 2012
The weekend was great! We enjoyed the clean rooms, friendly atmosphere & wonderful breakfast. The hummingbirds, woodpeckers and other birds are a joy to watch. Service is great - they go above and beyond.
4.6 on August 21, 2012
Lovely spot, fantastic food, gracious and attentive hosts.Would definitely stay there again and recommend it to friends
5 on August 14, 2012
Superlative 4 day stay. The shuttle service made the long bike rides fun. Food superlative. Service exceptional. Great times.
5 on August 08, 2012
The atmosphere was simply warm and inviting. Charlyne welcomed us with the aroma of chocolate chip cookies baking. The entire home had such country charm. We cannot wait to go back!
5 on August 05, 2012
We stayed at the Embracing Pines as a base for our long bicycle ride. We were rewarded in our choice by a great bed in a clean nicely decorated room. Charlyne's food was over the top good. Dennis is a congenial and on time shuttle operator and Lucy is a charming hostess on 4 little legs. We'll be back! Hummingbirds are a plus!
5 on July 29, 2012
We had a great time at the Embracing Pines Bed and Breakfast. Breakfast and hospitality were superb. We will stay again.
5 on July 26, 2012
On each of my two visits (the last one spur of the moment) Dennis and Charlyne went out of their way to meet my needs. Even before we left the last time, my girlfriend was already pushing me to plan a return visit for a romantic weekend. Highly recommended!
4.8 on July 21, 2012
We arrived as rain-soaked bicycle tourists off the Paul Bunyan Trail. What delightful accommodations awaited us! Both Dennis and Charlyne went above and beyond to be sure our needs were met--from delicious food, to route suggestions to checking weather forecasts. This is a beautiful riverside woodland setting. The birds at their feeders are incredible. We recommend heartily.
3.6 on July 18, 2012
My husband and I spent four nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Dennis and Charlyne are so hospitable and serve wonderful breakfasts that we ate on their deck with such a lovely view. We took advantage of their canoe right off their dock one morning and also their bikes to ride miles of the Paul Bunyan trail. We hope to go again someday.
4.6 on June 22, 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Embracing PInes. The hospitality and food was outstanding. We enjoy the concept of spending free time in a bed and breakfast setting. We would definitely consider another stay at Embracing Pines at Walker, Mn.
4.8 on January 31, 2012
A beautiful pine wood decor B & B! We were served banana bread fresh out of the oven as we walked in the door, relaxed by a beautiful wood crackling fireplace, enjoyed birds at the birdfeeders as we ate a scrumptious breakfast, and received directions to a perfect cross country skiing trail and a cozy coffee shop (with home cooked food) during our stay... All in all this is a B & B you don't want to miss. We went back home relaxed and refreshed!
3.2 on November 15, 2011
We were able to 'do it all'. Dennis and Charlyne were very helpful with suggesting places to eat, going so far as to make our reservations at The Boulders for dinner. It was end-October and we canoed, biked and attended a concert at Northern Lights Casino. Each day started with great coffee, a fantastic breakfast, and good conversation.
5 on November 09, 2011
Dennis and Charlyne are very nice and friendly. Enjoyed our stay very much. Loved Lucy the dog........she is a little charmer. Breakfast was excellent. Highly recommend Embracing Pines B & B.
4.0 on October 14, 2011
We chose the b&b because it was so close to the Paul Bunyan Trail and the Heartland trail. It was great walking out the front door across the street and we were on the trail! Charlene and Dennis made us feel at home and welcomed. The accomodations were wonderful. We had a great vacation.
5 on October 09, 2011
A bed and a breakfast, two wonderful things combined at Dennis and Charlyne's little slice of paradise! Excellent breakfast, caramel roll french toast-wow, and chocolate covered strawberries to LIVE for. Lovely hosts and lovely place- will be back soon!
4.0 on October 05, 2011
Our stay at the Embracing Pines was wonderful. Our host went out of their way to make our stay as pleasent as possible. The breakfast was wonderful, the beds comfortable and the grounds well kept with lots of wildlife. We came back from dinner to find our host pouring wine for their guest...a nice touch. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, this is the place for you. For the active types, the B n' B is just off one of Minnesota's prime bike trails.
4.8 on September 10, 2011
We were looking for a place in the area and found Embracing Pines to be just what we wanted. Thanks, T. Wayne
5 on September 07, 2011
Charlyne and Dennis immediately made us feel right at home. They are very personable, and seem to genuinely enjoy chatting with visitors. They have a beautiful home and setting, as well as a very smart little canine charmer in Lucy. Our room and bed were wonderful - spacious, with great air from the windows. Breakfast on the deck was scenic, elegant and imaginative. We also enjoyed the upstairs library with a view. Very relaxing! We hope to return every year.
3.2 on August 29, 2011
Friendly and helpful innkeepers. Lucy provided a warm welcome and entertainment.
4.8 on August 23, 2011
Very comfortable, beautiful location, food was excellent, would stay there again. The area is great because it offers so many different types of recreation for couples or for families-love it!
4.6 on August 22, 2011
Had a nice time at this northwoods themed B&B. Owners were knowledgeable about the surrounding area and the local plants and birds. Would return in future. Al Crowser
4.6 on August 17, 2011
My wife and I had a delightful stay at Embracing Pines. The breakfasts were delicious (and well balanced, which is a plus before a day of biking), and Dennis and Charlyne met all of our needs perfectly. If you enjoy bike riding - stay here. Dennis knows the trails and runs a shuttle to pick you up or drop you off where you want. And the newly surfaced Paul Bunyan trail (across the street from the B&B) is the smoothest trail I've ever ridden. Thanks so much for a great stay!
3.6 on August 12, 2011
Innkeepers are friendly and interesting. Breakfasts were outstanding. Lucy, the official canine) greeter, is a friendly and talented member of the hiousehold. Our visit was our second stay at the b & b.
4.6 on August 07, 2011
Both hosts were extremely helpful about local area and bike trails, food was great, lovely grounds.
4.4 on August 05, 2011
From the moment we entered the LaVoie's home, it felt like their only goal was to make sure our stay was the best possible. The breakfasts were exceptional and plentiful. Dennis and Charlyne made us feel at home by talking with us and sharing some of their experiences as B & B hosts. The setting was beautiful, and we were amazed at the large number of hummingbirds eating at the numerous feeders. When we were attempting to secure our bicycles in our vehicle, Dennis had some helpful ideas and provided us with materials, at no cost to us. They were both helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and kind. I would highly recommend this B & B to anyone. Sue Nelson
4.0 on August 04, 2011
The free canoe and bike options were a rewarding plus!
4.6 on August 03, 2011
Great location, quiet peaceful and near the bike trail. Walker is an amazing town, good shopping. Hosts were gracious and generous with surprises every evening and delicious breakfasts! What they have done with this home is impressive!
4.6 on August 02, 2011
Beautiful place, quiet and lots of nature. Thank you so much.
4.8 on July 30, 2011
A friend and I stayed for several days at Embracing Pines and were impressed by the extraordinary hospitality of innkeepers Dennis & Charlyne LaVoie. They are the most genuinely personable hosts I have encountered in a long time. The location is beautiful and the place itself is charming yet entirely comfortable. I recommend it highly to anyone looking for a comfortable retreat in the North Woods.
4.0 on July 24, 2011
We had a wonderful stay at Embracing Pines. It is a beautiful B & B and the food was excellent. It is in a very peaceful setting so is very relaxing. We would recommend it as a place to stay.
4.0 on July 21, 2011
Beautiful setting. We stayed in Walker to do some bicycling and had a great stay. Dennis and Charlyne were friendly and helpful. The bed in our room was supportive but had a "soft top" which my husband thought was too soft. Breakfasts were wonderful!
4.4 on July 20, 2011
We had a wonderfull relaxing weekend. The breakfasts were outstanding!
4.0 on June 30, 2011
Everything about our stay was wonderful. Dennis and Charlyne are warm and friendly hosts and Charlyne is an amazing cook. Thanks for the fun weekend.
4.8 on June 30, 2011
Wonderful host and hostess, had items I had forgotten and made an excellent dinner recommendations.
4.4 on June 28, 2011
Paul Bunyan Bike Trail is just across the road; what could be more convenient. There's a steady stream of a variety of birds to the many feeders in the back yard. The hosts are extremely friendly and helpful.
4.4 on June 28, 2011
You know that feeling when you walk into a "home" rather than a room, well here it is snuggled in the beautiful woods of Northern Minnesota. The comfort and care that is extended by the hosts goes much farther than the view. And the breakfast is world class by an amazing chef, then served with flair. This is no ordinary B&B, but a home with open doors, and delightful people. The area surrounding this home gives pleasure year round, and as an escape it is subline. Will definatly return to this home in the woods!
5 on June 25, 2011
The Inn - Warm and Cozy with North Woods Hospitality Room - Beautiful and Comfortable Our Hosts - Terrific and very helpful. The Snacks - Delicious! All freshly home made and bountiful Breakfast - Wow! We thought the snacks were great. Wait till you feast your eyes on the breakfast. 5 stars...healthy and delicious Overall rating: We give it 5 stars..... and bet that you will too.
4.8 on June 20, 2011
We spent 4 nights at the Embracing Pines, the Kabekona suite. The hosts made us feel at home immediately, as did Lucy the Dog, our best friend from the first minute. The breakfasts were outstanding. We had a wonderful time exploring the area. The B&B provided us with bikes -- and the B&B even offers very reasonably priced shuttle service for you and your bikes. The Paul Bunyan bike trail is just across the street. Several great restaurants in the area.
5 on June 19, 2011
Dennis and Charlyne have an inviting atmosphere for all guests but particularly for visiting bicyclists. Embracing Pines has an indoor sauna which is most welcome after a day's ride. Breakfasts are works of art and perfect for getting ready to start a ride. Access to trails is easy. Even canoeing can be arranged. Birding is a delight. There is much to enjoy at Embracing Pines.
2.8 on June 17, 2011
Our arrival at Embracing Pines was a little sticky considering we were a bit unclear of the location based on the map... The owners were quite receptive, even booking a dinner appt at a nearby nice restaurant. Upon arrival back at the Bed and Breakfast, we were greeted once again by the little puppy mentioned on the web-site, but I could have used a little less chatting and dog petting and a little more, "let us know if you need anything..." The bed was incredibly comfortable and fresh ice water was in the room when we arrived, which was a nice touch. Could have used a little cleaner restroom, which was in our bedroom... Breakfast was fabulous though it would have been nice to have a little quiet time to connect with my partner and not chat about birds and the like. It was a very beautiful place to stay though we didn't stay long. I would recommend it to others traveling in the area.
5 on June 15, 2011
Terrific spot, beautiful home, AMAZING Breakfast. Most helpful with dinner reservations and directions. Wish we could have stayed a whole week.
4.6 on October 15, 2010
Very comfortable and relaxed place. Dennis and Charlyne were very kind in helping us plan the rest of our bike trip.
4.0 on September 29, 2010
Embracing Pines is an experience in hospitality. The hosts bring their personalities to every conversation, the surroundings are beautiful, the outdoor activities go on and on. Biking, canoeing, hiking, and exploring filled up our days. Charlyne and Dennis went out of their way to offer us the ultimate comfort in our getaway holiday.
4.0 on September 29, 2010
We had a wonderful stay at Embracing Pines Bed and Breakfast. There were canoes available for a relaxing paddle down the creek. We also went biking on the Paul Bunyan Trail which is just across the road from the B&B. The scenery was beautiful with all the fall colors. We enjoyed watching the birds while we had our morning coffee. Breakfast was incredible each morning. Charlene and Dennis are wonderful hosts we definitely go back again. Looking forward to cross country skiing in the moonlight!
5 on September 13, 2010
My wife and I can't say enough positive things about Embracing Pines. Great place, great surroundings, great atmosphere, superb (!) food, and wonderful hosts who handle every little touch of comfort to perfection. This has set a new standard in B&Bs for us...
4.6 on September 08, 2010
We had an excellent stay at Embracing Pines. I would highly recommend this B & B. Our room was cozy and decorated lovely. We also enjoyed the wonderful sitting area, including a cozy fireplace. The B & B is right off of the Paul Bunyon bike trail, which provided us with 2 great days of biking. Wonderful, unique breakfasts---yum! Could not get enough of the scones that were served. Hosts were great as well---have great knowledge of the area, helpful, and hospitable. A great stay! We would definitely return.
4.6 on September 02, 2010
The breakfast was terrific, the room and view equally so. It was very enjoyable to take a walk on their dock and around the beautiful gardens of their yard, with a mug of fresh-ground coffee. Dennis & Charlyne were so welcoming and friendly and interesting. We were pampered like guests, and yet I felt like family. We really hope we will be able to stay there again some day.
5 on August 16, 2010
Embracing Pines was an exceptional experience. We have traveled the world and Charlyne & Dennis, and Lucy too...have something to be proud of there in Walker, MN. Your first impressions are of the grounds, which were almost complete when we visited in July of 2010, was that we could not wait for it to be finished when we return. You are greeted by Charlyne & Lucy, and the aroma of something fresh baked. It is a quiet setting and we loved the hummingbirds. Although we were not biking this particular weekend, the bike trails are so very convenient. The inn it's self is beautiful, very well taken care of, and the family portraits let you know that this is a family of great tradition. The snacks, breakfasts, were of a quality you would receive in a 5 star hotel property. They made every effort to make us comfortable, educate us on the area, and even make plans if we needed for dinner reservations. We look forward to returning next summer with our entire family!
5 on August 11, 2010
Beautiful location and very well kept. Clean and comfortable
5 on August 11, 2010
Embracing Pines is the perfect name for this B&B. Beautiful country location, yet so close to shopping, fine dining, winery, casino, etc. My husband and I went canoeing right off their dock and had brought bikes for the trail...just didn't have enough time! Dennis & Charlyne are the nicest people and very knowledgeable and helpful with the area. You won't go hungry; we had a hard time going out to eat because of the delicious homemade cookies and scones available all weekend; and the breakfasts...to die for!!! Charlyne even took our picture (she's an incredible photographer) to remember our 25th Wedding Anniversary Celebration. Thank you so much :)
4.8 on August 06, 2010
This B&B is faulous and definitely the best one we have ever stayed in. Dennis and Charlyne go out of their way to make it a perfect stay. They met us after a bike ride that ended up in the rain with warm towels, scones and a sauna. They had lemonade served on the deck after our canoe ride. They even made us a loaf of almond poppyseed bread to take on the road when we had to leave before breakfast. I have never stayed at a B&B with so much personal attention and care. You will not be disappointed and their dog Lucy is truly a sweetheart.
4.8 on August 05, 2010
My husband and I are bikers so we went to Embracing Pines to be close to the trails. From the time Lucy, the Calvalier doggie, greeted us the experience was fantastic! The decor is charming - decorated just right without the "Cheese factor" you get at some B&Bs. The grounds are beautiful and restful. Dennis and Charleyne are so hospitable! Every time we turned around, they were there to meet our needs: tea or coffee constantly available, delicious scones and cookies for snacks at no extra charge, beatiful tasty breakfasts with the signature chocolate strawberry! They brought us paddles, life jackets and canoes for canoeing through the lily-covered river. They brought us beach towels and fired up the sauna when we came back from a ride in the rain. Lemonade appeared mid-morning; citronella torches in the evening. The only things that did not meet that standard of excellence were the bed and shower (a little small for us tall folks!) I hesitate to give this excellent review because we want to go back and hope they aren't full when we decide to - which is a real possibility! :)
4.0 on August 03, 2010
Not wanting to camp for Moondance weekend, we opted for a Bed & Breakfast stay. The best part of the stay: BREAKFAST! Wow! It was a nice touch, too, being served on the deck. The bedroom was a bit small and walls were thin, but was nicely decorated and clean.
4.8 on July 21, 2010
Dennis and charlyne make you feel like one of the family. The morning breakfast is second to none. Right on the paul bunyon bike trail. Great setting and a peaceful getaway.
5 on July 11, 2010
We spent three nights at Embracing Pines to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were pampered and well cared for during our stay. We biked, hiked and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of northern Minnesota. Dennis, Charlyne, and Lucy were excellent hosts. Food and accommodations were first class! Would highly recommend staying at Embracing Pines for a special occasion or to enjoy the Paul Bunyan Bike Trail.
5 on June 25, 2010
We have had dozens of B&B stays over the last 10 years. Embracing Pines was one of the best! Dennis and Charlyne did such an awesome job of welcoming us, hosting us, and helping us with many details such as bike trail information that their hospitality ranked high on our list of experiences. The food was outstanding! The cleanliness of the rooms and the wonderful decor made for a great Northwoods experience! We highly recommend this B&B! Doug and Deb
5 on June 24, 2010
We stayed for one night as we cycled the 110 mile Bunyan trail. The hosts were very friendly and created a very hospitable atmosphere for us.They arranged a quick dinner after we arrived soaking wet from a late afternoon downpour. The breakfast on the back porch overlooking the lake was a great way to start the day. Speaking of breakfast...the caramel,pecan,rhubarb french toast was incredible. I highly recommend a stay with the LaVoies.
4.6 on June 13, 2010
Dennis and Charlyne are such down home folks and really make an effort to help you feel at home. Beautiful flower gardens on the property and what a wonderful place to see different species of birds. Great place to get away from it all.
5 on February 15, 2010
This bed and breakfast was outstanding! A serene setting and Dennis and Charlyne went over and beyond to make us feel welcome. Dennis even took the time to take us to the Shingobee ski trail which was a good 30 minutes away, And he waited for us at the end to make sure we got back safe and sound! We really felt pampered by both of them and their dog Lucy!
4.0 on October 14, 2009
I stay at many Bed and Breakfast Inns for both work and personal. My husband and I were here for two nights and enjoyed the best breakfasts! The food was excellent as was the conversations with the innkeepers. I would stay here again!
5 on July 12, 2009
The setting for the Embracing Pines is simply outstanding and the B & B is so inviting. We enjoy the flowersa and birds. The food was the greatest and severed so nicely.
4.6 on June 10, 2009
Wonderful and peaceful stay. Dennis, Charlene and Lucy really make you feel at home. The service, hospitality and food was outstanding. Lots of shopping in Walker and beautiful scenery.
5 on June 02, 2009
Delicious food and a wonderful location. Canoeing was fantastic. Shopping in Walker was also fun. NO negatives here! We had a very nice stay.
5 on March 03, 2009
The newly remodeled inn looks out over a large expanse of immaculate river scenery. Comfortable, clean beds, and gracious hosts.
4.6 on February 17, 2009
Dennis, Charlyne and Lucy made our Valentine stay a real treat. They put a special vase and flowers in the room prior to our arrival. We saw the "before fix-up pictures" and experienced the "after." Breakfast was awesome. We are going back this summer just to see the warm weather version.
5 on February 04, 2009
Stayed on a winter's weekday night and loved every minute. Welcoming hosts, great conversation by a toasty fire, beautiful furnishings, and the most attractive breakfast I've ever had. Fit my Northwoods ideal perfectly. Planning to come back in the spring to see the birds. Lucy, you'd better have puppies to show me!
4.0 on January 22, 2009
We were very happy with our B&B stay. It was a birthday gift from our kids. Dennis and Charlyne were wonderful hosts and I'm hoping we can return there this fall. The food was excellent. Room wonderful!
5 on November 05, 2008
Nestled in the pines by a river with an eagle nest, this B&B has it all. Great hosts, sauna, fireplace and pit, freshly prepared breakfast, and Lucy.
4.8 on October 05, 2008
Dennis & Charlyne are excellent hosts who made sure our stay was just as we wanted it to be.
5 on September 02, 2008
This was my first experience with staying at a Bed and Breakfast and thanks to my wonderful experience it won't be my last!!! The service was phenominal! The food amazing! The setting, grounds and room were absolutely gorgious!!! A highly recommend!!!
4.8 on August 25, 2008
An authentic "up north" B&B and environment. And the hosts, Charlyne, Dennis and Lucy, are awesome! Great rooms, wonderful hospitality and yummy baked goods.
4.0 on August 19, 2008
Location Ideal - right on a river with the use of the canoes available. we canoed through the wild and saw bald eagles at dusk. Home and room were so clean, bed comfortable, private. Breakfast to die for, fresh popovers. Atmosphere very informal, host well connected to the local town yet B&B serene.
5 on July 28, 2008
Fantastic accomodations and wonderful breakfasts.
5 on July 28, 2008
5 on July 15, 2008
Beautiful place, good service, nice rooms, comfortable beds, relaxing, peaceful, delicious food (breakfast), caring people. Great!!
4.8 on June 18, 2008
Dennis and Charlyne truly make you feel welcomed....so welcomed that when I left I almost forgot I had to pay for the experience! You can spend the evening canoeing on the river and sit on the deck and watch the birds and hummingbirds exploits. Sleep to the sound of Loons and wake to a gourmet breakfast! Atruly unforgetable experience.