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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 $25 is charged per dog.

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 9

Closed for Repairs

Cabin 10

Closed for Repairs

Cabin 11

Sleeps 5

Cabin 12

Sleeps 2

Cabin 14

Closed for Repairs

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
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.

Early check-ins and late check outs may be available for an additional $50 fee. Please make prior arrangements with management. Thank you.

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.


A $35 cleaning fee will be added to each reservation.

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 the primary focus for the 2022 season. During the offseason when the resort is closed or not very busy 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!


Lance Akovenko


Most excellent place to stay! We had the cabin with King bed and kitchenette and it was well worth it. We grilled ribeyes for supper and made sausage and eggs for breakfast. And, they are located right across the highway from Superior where there's a marina and beach nearby. We plan on making Gardenwood our new go-to.

Naqib Hossain


Absolutely enjoyed their hospitality. We were 18 people on the tour. On our 2nd day, there was a storm coming, we were worried how to complete our grilling since we were using coal. The owner came himself willingly to find out if we need anything. They provided a big umbrella and a gas griller which was in great help and we did prepared our food before the rain/storm. They did not charge us anything for that. Location wise I think this resort is one of the best on the scenic road highway and its cheap too. I highly recommend this resort.

Terrie Dignan


Nice cozy little Cabins. Perfect distance from Duluth and Two Harbors. Cabins are in need of TLC but were still okay for a weekend getaway and very reasonably priced. Dan (resort owner) and family just purchased the resort this year. The family seems very nice. They even made a special trip to the cabin one evening to deliver us towels. I recommend this place if you need a little getaway and luxury is not one of your necessities.

Contact Us

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