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What are some good places to stay along the Paul Bunyan Trail?

What are some good places to stay along the Paul Bunyan State Trail for one night? - Karen, Eagan, Minn.

You're asking specifically about one night, so I'm guessing you've checked with some of the resorts, and they had minimum stays. Most resorts do try to rent by the week in summer, but often they'll rent by the day in fall, or if they have a cancellation.

On the newest section of trail, the 16 miles between Walker and Guthrie, try Embracing Pines B&B on the Kabekona River. It's six miles northwest of Walker.

In Nisswa, two resorts are walking distance of downtown Nisswa and the trail, on Lower Cullen Lake:  Good Olí Days Family Resort, 800-298-2478, and Eagles Nest, 800-922-0440.

In town, the modest Nisswa Motel downtown has clean and pleasant rooms, 800-254-7612. Just south of Nisswa in Merrifield, the Train Bell Resort is right on the trail.

In Pequot Lakes, the lodge-style Americinn is right on the trail.

In Walker, Chase on the Lake is right on the Bunyan as well as the Heartland. It has a small beach on Leech Lake and a good restaurant and is close to good shopping.

There's also a regular Americinn in Walker. It's right off the trail on the south edge of town.

In Bemidji, the lodge-style Hampton Inn & Suites, on the south shore near downtown, has a long sandy beach, and rates include a hot breakfast.

For more, see Bicycling the Bunyan, Fast times in NisswaFishing in Walker and Bemidji's behemoths.

Last updated on May 20, 2010