The Blue Heron Bed & Breakfast is a lakeside lodge adjoining the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) – our million acre front yard near Ely, Minnesota. At the Blue Heron you can experience all the wilderness of a canoe trip but with a king or queen size bed, private bath, and breakfast in the dining room overlooking the lake.
You can launch from our shore to canoe, fish or just laze about. By boat or by foot you can explore the nooks and crannies of our 10 acres and the BWCA… next door. Numerous trails and logging roads nearby can be used for hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing. In winter we host dog sled trips. Or perhaps you’d rather ‘just be’ in a comfortable chair by the shore, on the porch or in front of the fire.
Our marsh is a favorite delicatessen for moose, who have been known to peak in the windows. They occasionally leave evidence of their nocturnal visits on the path – watch your step. The marsh also hosts two active beaver houses. Its calla lilies and blue flag iris are a favorite for photographers. Deer graze on the ledge rock just behind the lodge. Early risers can often see deer from the bedroom windows.
There are wolf packs nearby, occasionally seen and often heard. Bear leave tunneled paths through the wild raspberries around the lodge.
Other unscheduled entertainment is the family of foxes who den nearby and a trio of otters. Their antics have delighted us at breakfast and on canoe and ski outings. Our bay is home to ducks, loons, and a family of bitterns. The blue heron fishes our bay on its daily route and sunbathes in the view of the dining room. In winter an ermine makes his home under the building.
A pair of Eagles nested close; it is about a 10-minute paddle into the BWCAW. If we forget to point out their nest site on the lake map, please ask. They have very cleverly placed it behind view-obstructing branches in tall trees. Eagle watching is a daily treat in spring as the chicks grow incredibly fast and the patient parents – well- run out of patience!
About The Owners
Chad, his wife Tiffany and two kids Isabella and Mason moved up to Ely after spending 10+ years in the Chicagoland area. We are now very proud to call Ely, MN home. Chad’s parents Kerry and Sandy Davis own White Iron Beach Resort just down the road from the Blue Heron. They have been around the resort life for over 20 years and love the personal relationships, day to day living, and the memories that are made!
Since moving to Ely Chad has kept busy as a resort General Manager, real estate agent and building a merchant services company. When he’s not working he has been actively involved in the community serving on the Little League Board, coaching, hunting and fishing.
While nine months out of the year Tiffany is a 1st grade teacher in Ely, she has dedicated her summers off to working at White Iron Beach Resort and one of the best eateries in town, The Boathouse Brewpub. In her spare time she loves relaxing at the lake and taking in a good movie.
Mason and Isabella keep their parents busy throughout the year playing multiple sports and activities. Mason loves to fish so if you’re looking for a pointer or two don’t hesitate to ask. Isabella’s loves are dancing and singing. If you hear someone singing around the B&B it’s most likely her.
Chad and Tiffany have a tremendous amount of passion and enthusiasm when it comes to helping others. They look forward to your stay with them and sharing your time in Ely while making your own memories that will last a lifetime!