Top Ten Unique National Park Lodges

Kettle Falls Hotel, Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
By David Scott & Kay Scott
Fall foliage, Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
Voyageurs National Park is stunning year-round, but fall color really lights up the lakeside cliffs. (courtesy, NPS)

7. Kettle Falls Hotel, Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
Historic Kettle Falls Hotel is a fun place to stay in a true fisherman's paradise. The hotel, with 12 antique-furnished rooms, was built over a three-year period beginning in 1910 and sold by its owner in 1918, reputedly for $1,000 plus four barrels of whisky. Guests must utilize one of three community bathrooms. Meals, including walleye pike dinners, are served in an indoor dining room or on the screened porch. Walk a short distance down the gravel road and stand where voyageurs once portaged canoes. If community bathrooms are not acceptable, the hotel offers a series of nearby villas with private bathrooms. Some of the villas have kitchens. Season: May through mid-October; Rates: $60 for one, $20 for the second person; villas $160.

GORP's Guide to Voyageurs National Park

David and Kay Scott are the authors of Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges (Globe Pequot Press). They live in Valdosta, Georgia. For more info on their travels and America's national park lodges visit their website.


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