Your Up At The Cabin Experience.

Gardenwood Resort

Gardenwood Resort

Harboring North Shore Memories

Right now, vacations are more important than ever. Create happy memories of the North Shore with a visit to Gardenwood Resort & Motel.
Located on majestic Lake Superior, we offer you an “Up at the Cabin” experience in Duluth, Minnesota.

Conveniently Located

Gardenwood Resort & Motel is located 10 miles from Downtown Duluth, MN on the Scenic North Shore Drive. Our cabins have all the comforts of home and we are located near many attractions. Catch a train ride from Duluth to Two Harbors on The North Shore Scenic Railroad, visit Duluth’s historic Glensheen Mansion Estate, cruise historic Old Highway 61, hike Gooseberry Falls State Park for breathtaking waterfalls, and more. Minnesota family resorts like Gardenwood Resort & Motel are a special find.

Lake Access

Gardenwood Resort has a wonderful view of Lake Superior. The Lake is also very accessible thanks to being adjacent to the McQuade Safe Harbor. This DNR operated small craft harbor has paved sidewalks along the Lake and along the peninsula that makes the breakwater. There are 4 ramps and docks, a kayak launch, and public restrooms. Gardenwood has a mowed walking path from our property to the Safe Harbor since its right next door. You can then take their sidewalk under North Shore Drive.

Dog Friendly Cabins

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the resort. Gardenwood is the perfect retreat for your family and your dogs. For most people, dogs are part of the family. Why leave your dog at home when you can bring it along and create family vacation memories? A top dog-friendly activity is Duluth’s Lakewalk – all of which is dog friendly. There are several dog-friendly restaurants in Canal Park with outdoor seating for four-legged patrons if you want to catch a bite before or after your walk.
Pets cannot be left unattended on the resort property. A fee of $50 is charged per dog. Two dog maximum per unit.

Our Cabins

Over a dozen cozy cabins conveniently located right across from Lake Superior. We strive to carry on the traditions of unmatched customer service with exceptional value that has been helping create family vacation memories since 1929. To some vacationers, the North Shore of Lake Superior brings back memories of waves, campfires, and a cozy cabin.
For your next family vacation, look no further for your perfect “Up at the Cabin” experience in Duluth, Minnesota.

Cabin 1

Sleeps 4

Cabin 2

Sleeps 4

Cabin 3

Sleeps 4

Cabin 4

Sleeps 2

Cabin 5

Sleeps 2

Cabin 6

Sleeps 2

Cabin 7

Sleeps 2

Cabin 8

Sleeps 5

Cabin 11

Sleeps 5

Cabin 12

Sleeps 2

Motel 22

Sleeps 3-4

Motel 23

Sleeps 3-4

Motel 24

Sleeps 3-4

Motel 25

Sleeps 4

Ready for your stay at Gardenwood Resort?

Guest Policies

Check-in, Check-out Times
  • Check-in: 3:00pm
  • Check-out: 11:00am

Early check in or late check out may result in an additional $50 charge.


For the 2024 season we are making some changes to our availability. We hope this will allow for work on projects while providing a better and consistent guest experience. Our seasonal units will be available Grandma's Marathon (June) through MEA (October). Our base package is Friday and Saturday night. If you would like to come a day early on Thursday or stay an extra night on Sunday that is available.

Cancellation Policy

A 14-day cancellation notice prior to reservation is required. If the 14 days are not met you are required to pay for all nights requested. You will be charged for one night to help offset the cost of rebooking.

Rates are subject to change and may vary over holidays and special events. Rates do not include tax.

Must be 18 years old to reserve a room with us.

Please call 218-370-7993 to cancel or modify your reservation

Visitors and Extra Guests

Please make prior arrangements with management. Thank you.

Quiet Time

11:00 p.m. each night: meaning voices lowered, music off, fires out. This is out of respect for others enjoyment of their visit. Thank you.


Complimentary firewood is available at the resort.

There is a large community fire pit in the center of the property for those that do not have a fire pit.

All fires should be out by 11:00PM for the respect of other guests. Thank you.

Charcoal Grills

There are park-style charcoal grills throughout the property. Please bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid as we do not have any for purchase.

No Smoking

All our units are non-smoking units. Electronic cigarettes are prohibited in cabins. A $100 cleaning fee will be assessed for any smoking damage in a unit.


Our cabins are "housekeeping" we do not go in to clean each morning, but are happy to provide any additional supplies.

If you have a kitchen please clean dishes before checking out. Uncleaned dishes upon check-out will accumulate a $25 charge. Thank you.

Rate Changes

Rates are subject to change and may vary over holidays and special events. Rates do not include tax.

Method of Payment

Payment is required when making a reservation.

We accept:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
No firearms or fireworks

Thank you.

About Us

Learn more about this family owned resort.

  • Meet the Motschenbachers

    Dan and Darcy Motschenbacher and their daughters Nola and Lillian took over ownership of Gardenwood Resort May 1st, 2020. Given the prime location and rich history of the resort, they felt that this was an opportunity too good to pass up. Dan is primarily responsible for overall resort operations as this is his full-time job. Darcy gets the final say on interior design and decoration while working full time for the Duluth school district. Everyone helps out with housekeeping and keeping things tidy. Being native to the area they have experienced most of the things the area has to offer and would be more than happy to help plan your itinerary. Gardenwood is a great base camp for exploring further up the North shore, Ely, Iron Range, South shore, and of course Duluth! Don’t forget to bring your bikes. You can ride from the resort all the way to canal park and park point on bike paths. They are dog friendly and have a yellow lab named Lucky.

  • Our Vision

    Gardenwood Resort has been a destination for people looking to make memories in a low-key at the cabin atmosphere for over 90 years. Being outdoors, having fires and outdoor cooking are all part of the experience. TV and Wi-fi have been removed from the property. The owners feel that as new stewards of the property maintaining that connection to the past is vital. However, time does take its toll and northern Minnesota is a very harsh environment; general maintenance and functionality continue to be our primary focus. During the offseason when the resort is closed, bigger issues like painting and infrastructure projects will be tackled.
    Dan and Darcy hope to provide you with a cozy space that provides everything you need to re-charge for your next day of exploring the region. The cabins are small and the features are quirky but they are doing their best to make sure things are clean and inviting.

  • Come and stay with us!

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We are excited to have you stay with us! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call or send an email.