Because this is a moving conference, you will need to book your accommodation in the 3 locations (2 if you do not attend QBP tour).  Duluth and Cuyuna each have multiple lodging options.

Stage 1:Tuesday, June 13th – Minneapolis:


Crowne Plaza – Bloomington

The Crowne Plaza Bloomington MSP Airport MOA hotel is perfect for business and leisure travelers.  If you choose, stay inside and enjoy our restaurant, lounge, free wi-fi, and Jr. Olympic Size pool.

Stage 2: Wednesday and Thursday nights, June 14-15th – Duluth


Option 1: Best Western Plus Spirit Mountain, DuluthWe have a block of 15 rooms reserved at the rate of 134.99/night plus tax.  All rooms have 2 queen beds.  Rooms may be booked by calling the hotel directly at 218-628-0668 and reference NICA Conference – Duluth or by following the link below:

Option 2: Mountain Villas – Nestled in a private wooded setting overlooking the Spirit Mountain ski hill and the city of Duluth.  Each villa comfortably sleeps six and has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen and a livingroom with sofa sleeper, fireplace. There are 9 villas on hold for NICA Conference attendees until 4/17/17.  Any unreserved villas will be released on that day so call early! To secure a villa, call 218-624-5784 and ask for Pam or Heidi and mention you are with the NICA Conference. For tours of the villas visit  Prices range from $172.63 – 189.34 per night tax included.  Reservations require 50% deposit.  

Option 3: Spirit Mountain Camping – Nestled in a forest on the western high point of Duluth, Minnesota, Spirit Mountain Campground offers walk-in tenting as well as 73 campsites equipped with fire pits, picnic tables and electricity. Thirty-nine sites have water hook-ups, and two shower buildings offer 24-hour convenience. For reservations call 218-624-8530 or 218-624-8544

Water and electricity: $40

Electricity only: $37

Walk-in in tenting: $27

Stage 3: Friday and Saturday nights, June 16-17th – Cuyuna


Option 1: True North Basecamp – Cabins – True North Base Camp has 6 expertly crafted lakefront cabins modeled them after the taconite mining industry buildings of the 1900’s.  Cabins – 4 person occupancy- 1 Full, 3 Twin beds. Each cabin is equipped with heating, AC, WiFi.  There is a shower house with changing areas and bathrooms too.  

Option 2: True North Base CampCamping – 25 Campsites available with fire ring & picnic table.  There is a shower house with changing areas and bathrooms too.  

Please call Dan Jurek or Jeff Bajek (owners) at the Reservation Line: 218-833-2267  (do not use website to register. Registrants will receive 20% off the quoted price displayed on the website.) The link to the video tour provides a great overview of the property!  Link to a video tour:

*If you need assistance with camping equipment rental, Dan and Jeff can provide guidance.

Option 3: Ruttger’s Bay Lodge – “The Ruttger family has been welcoming folks like you to their premier lake resort in Minnesota on the scenic shores of Bay Lake for more than a century. We welcome you and your family here to share in the warmth of our hearth and hearts because that’s the Ruttger’s Way. “

NICA Registration – Ruttger’s Bay Lodge