If you prefer to end a day of adventure in the Boundary Waters by sleeping in a comfortable bed and waking to a hearty breakfast, this is your place. The six-guestroom Blue Heron is on a lake adjoining the wilderness area, a 10-minute paddle away. Moose and other wild creatures have been seen on the grounds. Canoes, kayaks, snowshoes and bicycles are available free of charge. 827 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely; 1-218-365-4720; blueheronbnb.com

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