Points Unknown BED & SLED/Hostel
Your Off-Grid Destination for Adventure!
WE ARE OPEN YEAR 'ROUND!
One of the most unique lodging options you will find along Lake Superior's North Shore or near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Superior Hiking Trail!
The Points Unknown BED & SLED/Hostel allows you to participate fully in our lifestyle with traditional sled dogs, year 'round, in our modern and comfy off-grid haven in the north woods of Minnesota's Arrowhead Region. Join us for a dog sledding experience by day. Gaze at our ever-changing sky by night, right out your window. You might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights dancing overhead! Then, let the tranquil howls of the sled dogs enchant and sing you to sleep. When you're ready for adventure, you'll find our accommodations a warm and welcoming place to start your day.
WTIP in Grand Marais, Minnesota, USA did a radio feature on the Points Unknown Bed & Sled/Hostel. Listen by clicking HERE.
Do I have to come for a dog sledding experience to stay at the Points Unknown BED & SLED/Hostel in the winter? Not at all, but we sure hope you take advantage of the opportunity! Our beautiful Sled Pets are waiting to welcome you too!
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL
During the “off season”, the Points Unknown BED & SLED/Hostel becomes a comfortable overnight stop as we welcome into our home, adventurers making their way on the Superior Hiking Trail or paddlers exploring the BWCAW (Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness). Families and small groups are always welcome to stay with us as a homebase for their nearby sights exploration.
What does "off-grid" look like at Points Unknown?
The Points Unknown BED & SLED/Hostel is located within our off-grid homestead, in Minnesota’s remote north woods, 35 minutes northeast of Grand Marais. We are located 7 miles from the conventional grid. Our energy comes from 16 solar panels mounted on the roof of our homestead. We have 24 batteries in which this solar energy is stored. On cloudy days, we have a propane generator that produces the energy used and stored. Propane, having a by-product of water, lessens our carbon footprint. We ask that our guests help us conserve our energy wherever possible.
There are no phone lines in our area, however we do receive a boosted cell phone signal from Canada. If AT&T is your carrier, you will enjoy the ability to make phone calls freely as we do, with no International charges, however an extra fee is charged for International data through AT&T, if it can be received at our location. Our phone is available for emergencies only.
We require limited satellite internet service to run our businesses and it is not available to guests. Unplug, relax and enjoy your time in the wilderness!
Our delicious drinking water comes from our own well.
Our heat is in floor and is fed by an outdoor wood boiler.
We have indoor plumbing!
We ask that our guests help to conserve our precious resources by limiting the length and number of showers whenever possible.
Amenities of the Points Unknown BED & SLED/Hostel include:
• 1 queen size bed
• 2 twin XL beds
• 1 double futon bed
• Full kitchenette with a small stove/oven, small refrigerator, sink and microwave
• Beds with privacy pull curtains (except for futon bed) and bedside lights
• Pillows, bedding, towels and washcloths
• Entire suite rental
• Individual bed rentals
• We currently share our main floor bathroom with our guests. Access is through portions of our rustic, partially unfinished home.
• Shower for overnight guests on an every other night basis ($10.00 per shower for visitors passing through or for those desiring additional showers during their stay)
• Laundry use for additional fee
Pricing (plus tax) Details
If renting the entire suite, you will ensure that you have the suite to yourself. Otherwise, you can expect to share this space with other visitors.
Ask about our Fall and Winter lodging/sled dog tour packages ______________________________________________________________
$50/night for one Twin XL bed with privacy pull curtain and full use of the suite.
$60/night for Queen Bed with privacy pull curtain and full use of the suite.
$55/night for double futon bed and full use of the suite.
$100/night for up to 2 people for entire suite with a 2 night minimum. $25 for each additional person up to 6 people total.
We hope you'll understand that we likely had to turn down others that wanted to stay with us at the very same time you have scheduled your stay. We make a meager living by providing you with this unique lodging experience and do need to be able to count on your reservation. If you do need to cancel, please do so as soon as you possibly can so that we can open this experience up to others that might be waiting. If cancellation does not take place within 72 hours of your scheduled stay, we will retain a deposit in the amount of 50% of your total stay, unless we are able to book your reservation dates, then you will not be charged. Cancellation less than 24 hours prior to your stay could result in the full cost of your stay being retained.
Other things you need to know
Check in time: Between 4PM and 8PM
Check out time: 10AM
Kitchen is fully stocked with eating utensils, plates and cookware. A French press for coffee brewing is available. Please limit microwave usage to sunny days.
Parking of vehicles and trailers for those staying at least one night with us, while venturing out overnight on the water or on the trail is available at a cost of $5 per vehicle, per day.
Limited shuttle service to Jackson Lake Road or Otter Lake Road for guests staying two consecutive or non consecutive nights. Ask us about pricing.
Slack packing site for those staying two consecutive or non consecutive nights. This service is FREE with reasonable amount of gear left behind.
Limited primitive camping sites available with access to our indoor bathroom. Showers at additional cost.
We LOVE pets and animals in general, but because we have 35 Sled Pets, including 5 full-time house dogs, you will need to leave your pets at home.
Upon arrival, if you wish, let's schedule a time that you can participate in our lifestyle that could include dog feeding and chores and, a beeswax candle workshop tour, among other things. This is included in your stay! We'd also be happy to chat with you about other activities and sights that might be available to you at the time of year you are visiting. We share our secret sights with our guests.
The shared bathroom on the main floor and your suite on the second floor are kept clean and tidy for our guests at all times. It is extremely unlikely, however, that the main part of our home, which includes the porch, entry way, our private living quarters and the beeswax candle workshop, will be free of dog hair, dirt and dust and some seasons are better than others. We really do "live" here along with our 35 sled pets, after all. You will get to see true life with Points Unknown and heck, we may surprise you and there won't be any dog hair, dust and dirt. But then again, I would wonder if you were in the right place.
Here is a link to our beeswax candle company that is right here on site! Scent from Nature: 100% Pure Beeswax Candles
Visit our "Nearby Sights" page to learn about the natural beauties in our area that are worth a visit during your stay with us at the Points Unknown BED & SLED/Hostel.