15 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in Minnesota

By Swathi Ramaswamy on May 30, 2018
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Minnesota is one of the northernmost states in the United States of America. Situated in the border of Canada and Lake Superior, Minnesota is one of the less explored states in the US. The state capital Saint Paul and its twin city Minneapolis have a rich cultural background. The Walker Art Centre, Minnesota Science centre, etc. are proof of that. The Minnesota History Centre, The Chain of Lakes, The Ariel Lift Bridge in Duluth, etc. are a few of the most visited tourist spots. Listed below are a few romantic weekend getaways in Minnesota that you can whisk your lover away to.

1. Kavanagh’s Sylvan Lake Resort

Spend a romantic weekend at this lake resort with your loved one and rekindle the flames among the wilderness. Go skating in the lake during the winter season for an outdoor adventure. Play golf or go swimming in the indoor or outdoor pools during summer for some quality time together. 

2. Boyd Lodge

Equipped with all modern amenities, this cosy cabin is the perfect getaway to take a break from the hustle of daily life. Private cabins with a wood burning fireplace will make this place perfect for a good cuddle with your partner. Take a walk on the sandy beaches or go canoeing if you visit this lodge during the summer.

3. St. James Hotel


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Located in Red Wing, which is named the 23rd most historic place by National Geographic, the St. James Hotel is a cosy place perfect for a romantic rendezvous. Pamper yourself and your partner with a session at the hotel spa that provides various treatments for an unwinding session. Explore the twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul as it is close to the hotel.

4. Birch Forest Lodge

Overlooking the Pelican Lake, The Birch Forest Lodge offers private accommodation for couples with a splendid view. Equipped with all modern amenities rent your private cabin on the shores of the lake. Activities and water sports like boating, kayaking, canoeing, etc. are must try during the summer season. 

5. Grand Ely Lodge

This lodge boasts of being a four-season lodge with beautiful surroundings during all four seasons including summer, fall, winter and spring. During the winter months, this lodge offers a range of activities like ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, tobogganing and dog sledging. Activities like trails, golfing, and bird watching is conducted during the summer and spring seasons.

6. Water Street Inn

The only waterfront hotel at Stillwater, the Water Street Inn is the perfect place to spend a weekend with your partner. The Sunday brunch at their restaurant names Charlie’s is a favourite among locals and visitors. Luxurious amenities like a double whirlpool bath and fireplaces make it a cosy place to spend the weekend with your lover.

7. East Silent Resort

The East Silent Resort is the best place to unwind. It is one of the quietest places in the state that provides all the privacy that you need. They offer a wide range of rooms, suites and cabins for you to choose from depending on your needs. Set at a property of 40 acres of the Northwoods, one can truly enjoy the magic of the forests and lakes nearby.

8. The Foshay

Also known as the W Minneapolis, this is an extremely posh hotel that combines luxury with the rich history of Minneapolis. The Minneapolis orchestra performs regularly not far away from the hotel. Various recreational activities like a walk down the famous Chain of lakes are organized.

9. Alexander mansion

Initially only open to the elites of Minneapolis, this bed and breakfast was only recently opened up to the public. The gourmet food served at the elegant dining halls is a once an experience of a lifetime. Equipped with modern amenities, the Alexander Mansion still maintains its Victorian décor and charm. 

10. Northern Rail Traincar Inn

Initially a train car, it has now been converted into a boxcar with 17 rooms connected by platform walkways. Visit this hotel for a unique experience. You can relax among nature and build campfires for an outdoor adventure. Each room has its own theme. For example, there are Victorian, Safari and Lighthouse themed rooms.

11. Cragun’s Resort

Situated at Gull Lake, the Cragun’s resort offers cosy accommodation to make your romantic getaway a peaceful affair. Enjoy the environment and spend time with nature in this hotel that has lush forests surrounding it and beachfront access. Activities like a bonfire and horse-drawn trolley ride are organized for a romantic experience.

12. Fair Hills Resort

Open from May to September; this resort is situated on the calm and tranquil Detroit Lake. While you are here, visit the Fair Hill Hootenanny and Smorgasbord festival. Enjoy your stay in the cosy cabins and the host of activities organized in the resort.

13. Archer House River Inn

One of the most hospitable places in Minnesota, the Archer House River Inn is a well known landmark. This hotel boasts of making available all modern amenities while keeping the historic feel alive. Gourmet restaurants including a beachfront bar make it unnecessary to step out of the hotel for anything. 

14. Lost Lake Lodge

Situated in Lakeshore Minnesota, this resort provides an all-inclusive stay with tasty gourmet food and the luxury of all modern amenities. Visit this resort with a loved one for a peaceful, rustic northern stay with your partner. Various activities including forest trails and fishing in the lake are organized for a day of adventure outdoors.

15. The Grand Hotel

Located in downtown Minneapolis, this hotel provides the calm and quiet you need to unwind but also gives you access to the buzz of the city. Take a walk to downtown and visit the art museums as well the culture of the Theatre District. A boutique hotel offering Midwestern hospitality, The Grand Hotel is the perfect place to treat your loved one to an elegant and luxurious stay at Minnesota. 

Minnesota is a relatively unexplored place full of hidden treasures. A romantic getaway with your partner to these resorts will definitely prove to be an experience you will treasure for a lifetime.

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