A Fire Has Destroyed The Historic Lutsen Lodge
A fire destroyed the 140-year-old historic Lutsen Lodge on Tuesday, the resort reported on Facebook. It set on the Lake Superior shoreline right across the road from the entrance to Lutsen Mountains and was a popular place to stay during winter months for skiers. They offered ski packages and coordinated lift passes with the ski area as well as offering free transportation for guests up to the ski area.
The lodge had been in operation since 1885 and Minnesota Monthly Magazine called it “the most romantic resort in the state.” I had a post on SnoCountry last month listing it as a great consideration for a romantic getaway, considering Valentine's Day, combining some skiing with a romance package.
It was reported that there were no guests staying in the lodge at the time of the fire, and that it is under investigation. Nine local volunteer fire departments along with Cook County Sheriff's department responded to the scene in the early hours of the morning before daylight to find the building completely engulfed by flames.
It was just last summer that Lutsen Mountains' popular restaurant Papa Charlie's, which overlooked Moose Mountain, burned beyond repair and is in the process of being rebuilt. Both were popular with skiing guests and families visiting and staying at the ski area, which leaves a hole in top quality restaurants available for guests considerations. The closest would be in the nearby towns of Grand Marais and Bluefin Bay, which are about a 20 minute drive from the ski area.
Lutsen Mountains, largest ski resort around the Great Lakes with over an 800-foot vertical drop, offers 95 runs that tumble down four interconnected mountains serviced by eight lifts including a high-speed lift and mid-America's only gondola. They routinely are able to ski through the month of April. Lutsen Resort hosted the North American Snowsports Journalist Association in 2009 when they held their annual meeting at Lutsen Mountains. They stayed four nights at the resort while exploring skiing at the Mountains and winter activities in the Grand Marais area.