Sleeping In the Midwest: December 2001

Travel Midwest

Castle Danger, near Two Harbors, Minn.

(Approximately 50 miles to Spirit Mountain and 70 miles to Lutsen Mountains.)

The Grand Superior Lodge-nestled nearly midway between Spirit Mountain near Duluth and Lutsen Mountains in Lutsen-is a first-class, four-season, luxury resort. The Lodge and its six luxurious cabins sit on the site of Minnesota’s first lake resort (established in the early 1900s), where Lake Superior National Forest meets the west shore of the world’s second largest lake.

If your idea of the perfect retreat means pampered civilized accommodations in a woodsy lake setting, this resort is your haven. Opened last year, The Lodge’s log construction marries traditional rustic style with modern comforts. The log-hewn furnishing is crafted from the same light-honey-colored pine logs from which the lodge was built.

Splashing Rock, the lodge’s four-star restaurant, specializes in steaks, elk, fish and pasta. Or cook in, as all lodging units include a kitchenette and either a stone fireplace or woodburning stove. Then enjoy beautiful views over a candlelit dinner in your own room. You’ll feel right at home.

Information: Grand Superior Lodge on Lake Superior is 12 miles north of Two Harbors, in the village of Castle Danger; 800-627-9565; www.grandsuperior.com. Lodge rates during ski season range from $69 midweek to $159 weekends. Cabin rates begin at $119 midweek to $199 weekends.