About Us


Welcome! Mark and Sue Edgington, along with our son Andre and our friendly staff, invite you to experience the Adventure Inn. We strive to provide those special touches that will make for a memorable stay in Ely, MN.

Whether preparing for a trip into the BWCAW, or just wanting to experience Ely, the Adventure Inn will offer you clean and comfy, eco-friendly lodging. Our staff will make sure your rooms are immaculate, the coffee locally sourced and steaming, and locally made delicious scones from Crapola! made right here in Ely. Down pillows and duvets will snuggle you at night, along with our organic cotton sheets. We offer dog friendly accommodations as well. Just ask about our dog friendly rooms.

At the Adventure Inn, we put service first, and our reviews speak for themselves. For several years in a row, The Adventure Inn has received the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. This accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding reviews from travelers.

Owners of the Adventure Inn, Mark and Sue Edgington

Owners of the Adventure Inn, Mark and Sue Edgington


We know the small things really count when traveling

We stayed at Adventure Inn in a King Jacuzzi room. The room was clean, the jacuzzi was heavenly, and Mark who checked us in was friendly and helpful! He even walked us right to our room. The bed was comfy! The shower was hot and had great pressure. We would definitely recommend!  Ruth from Duluth, MN


Our Story

The Adventure Inn is your gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and the Superior National Forest. Year-round outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy a host of unparalleled opportunities for adventure. Summer brings gorgeous vistas for canoeing, hiking, backpacking, camping, and biking. With winter comes breathtaking beauty and tranquility while enjoying skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, skating, dog sledding or snowmobiling.

Our Inn is located in the heart of Ely, Minnesota. We will make your stay here memorable and relaxing with fresh roasted coffee, organic cotton sheets and north woods decor.

We are a green motel dedicated to our guest’s comforts while lessening our impact on the environment. The Adventure Inn is a proud member of Green America and the Green Hotels Association. Please read more about our ongoing environmental efforts on our Go Green page. We completed our new energy efficient, solar thermal addition which opened last summer.


We pride ourselves on accommodating all travelers

We were a large group and were thrilled to find a nice place to stay that could give us the space we needed. The Adventure Inn booked us one room with three queen beds and a kitchen suite with two bedrooms. Both units were clean, well appointed, and comfortable. We enjoyed the great outdoor space to sit and relax, surrounded by incredible flowers...definitely a treat. The front desk was very welcoming and made us feel at home. I will come back!  Nellie from Oakdale, MN


The Inn

The Adventure Inn now has two buildings to cater to your needs! Choose from our log building’s North Woods decor, or our new Green Designed building with Scandinavian decor to relax and calm you. We also have a Jacuzzi-for-2 for added pampering. We have all sizes of beds and rooms to suit every size family or group, from single Queen bed rooms, to single King bed rooms, to rooms with 2 Queen beds, as well as Two-Bedroom Kitchen Suites.  We also have 2 large rooms, one with 4 Queen beds and one with 3 Queen beds. We cater to any specific needs, including physically challenged or chemically sensitive guests. Ask about our Pet Friendly rooms for dogs.

We use only earth friendly cleaners in our rooms and on our 100% organic cotton sheets and towels. Enjoy our soft down or raw silk duvets and fluffy down or synthetic down pillows! We provide natural, herb-tinctured soaps for hair and body. We promote recycling in the rooms to remind guests that our planet belongs to all living creatures. Check our our current Green Efforts here. Creature comforts include fresh brewed coffee, locally roasted and blended by Ely’s own Gene Hicks, plus an eclectic assortment of teas and locally made scones by the folks at Crapola!— check them out!.

Please don’t hesitate to call (218) 365-3140 or email us with any questions and visit our Facebook Page about the Inn & Ely!

The Adventure Inn

The Adventure Inn


Our travelers visit our Eco-friendly Inn year after year

We love the Adventure Inn! We just returned from at least our 10th stay at the Adventure Inn! The owners and staff are always exceptionally warm and welcoming. The rooms are fabulous. The beds are unbelievably comfortable. The bathrooms are beautiful, with great showers. We love the attention to sustainability. They have excellent coffee and delicious pastries every morning. Really, nothing could be better. We will return again and again, whenever we have an opportunity to visit Ely.
David from Minneapolis, MN


The Cabin

Welcome to the Leaning Cedar Tree Cabin! The Leaning Cedar Tree Cabin is the perfect adventure getaway. Our remote log cabin is bordered by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on one side, and surrounded by Boreal Forest and the gently flowing North Kawishiwi River on the other.

Accessible only by water across Farm Lake at entry point 31 in the BWCA, the cabin’s zen-like simplicity will captivate your soul, and welcome you with warmth and serenity. The cabin is kept cozy by the wood burning stove, modern gas range, propane fridge and lights, but is still comfortably rustic without electricity, wireless or modern plumbing. Unplug, rest and relax. We will take you and your gear out to the cabin by boat and pick you up after your stay. We will set up times when you book.

The kitchen is fully equipped with even a cork screw to open that wonderful bottle of wine. Clean drinking water is provided, plus plush down bedding and soft organic cotton sheets and towels. The wood-fired sauna will cleanse body and spirit. Fall asleep to the sounds of Loons in the summer and the crackling fire in winter. Relax on the deck overlooking the BWCA or in your own private forest.

Also included: 1 Kevlar canoe, 1 sea kayak, and 2 fun open hull kayaks, We have 2 more Kevlar canoes for rent at $20/day. Interested in renting a motorized fishing boat to use on the chain of lakes next to the cabin, or interested in a guided fishing trip from the cabin? Check out MooseTrackAdventures.com In the winter, rent snow shoes and back country skis in Ely. Whether you come in summer to paddle and fish, or in winter to ski and snowshoe, we’ll help you plan your outdoor activities. Most importantly, we want you to enjoy the peace and solitude at the Leaning Cedar Tree Cabin. Click Here for Cabin Info and Rates.

Contact us today to plan your getaway visit to the Leaning Cedar Tree Cabin at (218) 365-3140 or info@elyloghome.com.

Leaning Cedar Tree Cabin images by Jason Thrasher

Leaning Cedar Tree Cabin images by Jason Thrasher



We're here to help

Whether preparing for a trip on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, resting your head after a months-long journey on the lakes, or just making a quick stop in our historic town of Ely, MN, the Adventure Inn offers lovely, eco-friendly lodging with a super-friendly staff. Let us know how we can help you plan your trip, today!