Minnesota’s oldest free-standing, hand-hewn, whole-log lodge breathes character with floors and doors warped by 99 years of weather fluctuations. Its log walls have been seasoned by wood fires and the scent of morning bacon, maple syrup and pancakes. Guests come for the lodge rooms and cabins that face a stunning 400-foot palisade on the lake’s far end. Clearwater is ideal for day trips into the BWCA or as a starting point with Clearwater outfitting guests with everything needed for wilderness adventure. 774 Clearwater Rd., Grand Marais; 1-800-527-0554; clearwaterhistoriclodge.com