1 . Grand View Lodge

Nisswa, Minnesota

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We’ve heard of newlyweds being referred to as “love birds” but at the #1 spot, the couples reminded us more of “love loons!" Grand View Lodge arranges your northern destination wedding in true Minnesotan style from the ceremony to the lodging and activities.

Tie the knot beneath the boughs of emerald green trees next to stone walls and vibrant gardens. Take the Northwoods beauty beneath a white tent and archway laden with flowers. Walk down the aisle carpeted with flower petals and the lingering scent of fresh pine. For a moment of blissful seclusion with your spouse, escape to the Grand View gardens with a lantern-lined, paved pathway. Stay in a sleek, historic Main Lodge room. If you can tear yourself away from this charming room and its convenient location close to Glacial Waters Spa, you’ll find Grand View Lodge bustling with entertainment. Swim in the indoor pool with a 110-ft. water slide and three fountains. Or, lounge in one of the two hot tubs before heading to the beach. And even though you’ve just reeled in the best catch of your life (your new spouse), try to catch another keeper (like walleye, trout or bass) from Minnesota’s Gull Lake.

Related activities

For more walking paths and hiking trails, try the Paul Bunyan Trail, which has up to 100 miles of trails from Brainerd to Bemidji, or the trails in Pillsbury State Forest.

Getting there

From Minneapolis/St. Paul, take I-94 West to the Clearwater/Annandale exit (#178). Turn right through Clearwater and Clear Lake. In Clear Lake, take Hwy. 10 West past St. Cloud and Little Falls to Hwy. 371 Brainerd. Stay on Hwy. 371 to Baxter. Continue about12 miles north on Hwy. 371 to the second intersection of County Rd. 77. Follow County Rd. 77 for one mile to Grand View Lodge on the left.

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Not only does Grand View Lodge have several challenging golf courses, in the winter, The Pines course becomes more than 18 kilometers of skiing trails.

2 . Lutsen Resort

Lutsen, Minnesota

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Contrary to rumors, Northern Minnesota does not entirely shut down in the winter. In fact, many well-insulated weddings occur during this enchanting season. Through this and more, Lutsen Resort has proven itself worthy of our No. 2 spot for a classic Minnesota wedding – with or without the snow.

In spirit of the bordering woodlands, a wooden, woven archway presides over your ceremony and Lake Superior stretches out endlessly into the horizon. Take wedding pictures with this striking beach background in sunshine or snowfall. Brides stand amidst bright purple, blue and hot pink flowers or in white fur-lined coats with hand mufflers, smiling through snowflakes with a rosy-cheeked wedding party. One enticing reason for a winter wedding is Lutsen Resort’s easy access to Lutsen Mountains Ski Area. But if you hold your wedding in the spring, indulge in a waterfall tour! The surrounding steep rock canyons turn into rushing rivers and a cascading waterfall when the snow melts and the spring rain begins. And if you just have to get out and enjoy those cool summer nights, take a guided night hike! With all this and more, Lutsen Resort is your refined yet rustic Minnesota wedding destination.

Related activities

Lutsen’s lodge lobby is host to live acoustic concerts during the summer, winter and fall. You can also find more live music in the winter at Poplar River Pub.

Getting there

Lutsen Resort is situated 90 minutes northeast of Duluth on Lake Superior’s north shore on Hwy. 61. From the Twin Cities area, take I-35 West north out of Minneapolis, through Duluth and to Hwy. 61. Then, follow Hwy. 61 for about 90 miles north to Lutsen Resort.

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Lutsen Resort also caters to newlyweds looking for a romantic honeymoon destination. Stay in a log home with a deck overlooking Lake Superior or in a Poplar River condo with a Jacuzzi in your room!

3 . Cragun's Resort

Brainerd, Minnesota

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Many resorts claim to make your very special day hassle-free, but what we love about the No. 3 spot is that they really have thought of everything! No matter the season, Cragun’s Resort will help you plan every detail and then require that all you do is sit back and enjoy the festivities.

For the bachelorette party, spend a day being pampered at the spa with the girls. Meanwhile, the men will fully enjoy the bachelor party – a tournament on one of Cragun’s three premier golf courses. When your day comes, walk down the aisle of the Cragun’s Legacy Clubhouse patio, surrounded by beautifully manicured golf grounds, or opt for the peaceful backdrop of Gull Lake and stand between two willow trees, swaying gently in the lake breeze. If the grounds are as white as your dress with sparkling snow, light up the sky with fireworks, light your reception with ice candles or enjoy minty hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows at a bonfire. After the big day, Cragun’s can arrange a gift opening brunch. They will securely store your gifts and arrange them the next morning so that you can celebrate one more time before the honeymoon!

Highlights

You can never visit Cragun’s Gull Lake Spa too many times! The morning of your special day, schedule a fully body massage with hot stone, salt glow and moisturizing foot and leg treatments. You'll feel relaxed and invigorated from head to toe.

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More events that Cragun’s will host and help arrange include bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. Have a themed rehearsal dinner, like Western Beach BBQ with horse-drawn trolley rides!

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Arrive or leave your wedding like a fairy-tale princess in a horse-drawn white carriage with velvety, plush red seats.

4 . Madden's on Gull Lake

Brainerd, Minnesota

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Fly on the wings of love – or land on one of Madden’s airstrips? Take a swing at love – or on The Classic, Minnesota’s only five-star golf course? Propose on the beach beneath a pearl white moon – or exchange vows beside the tranquil Gull Lake? At Madden’s on Gull Lake, you can do all of the above.

Not only will you hold the hand of your bride- or groom-to-be at Madden’s, you will also be guided by the expert hands of the professional team of wedding coordinators. Begin your lifetime together on Madden’s lush green grass beside the lapping lake waves as the orange sun melts into the coast’s tree line. Dance your first number as a married couple on the floor of Town Hall Governors Ballroom and enjoy delectable food options, such as tilapia dusted in Cajun spices, mushroom ragout or a fresh pastry from Madden’s talented chefs. A wedding party can never have too much fun - it is called a “party” - and Madden’s knows how to party. Visit the Tennis and Croquet Club, go trapshooting, play a game of badminton, shuffleboard or horseshoes, take a water-skiing lesson or simply relax at Madden’s Panache Spa.

Related activities

Madden’s Romance Package has it all for just the two of you: two nights lodging, a bottle of wine with chocolates, breakfast and golf on Pine Beach East, Pine Beach West and the Social 9.

Getting there

From Minneapolis/St. Paul, follow I-94 West to Clearwater. Then take the Hwy. 24 exit. Follow to Hwy. 19 and then turn left to follow Hwy. 10 West to Little Falls. Follow Hwy. 371 to Baxter and the intersection of Hwys. 371 and 210, the Brainerd Bypass. Continue straight on Hwy. 371 for four miles to County Rd. 77. Turn left and drive for 7.5 miles to Madden’s.

Fun facts

The founders of Madden’s, T.H. Harrison, his son and Chester Start, built a golf course first and then a hotel on the site that is now Madden’s on Gull Lake.

5 . Eagle Ridge at Lutsen Mountains

Lutsen, Minnesota

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Combining "I Do" with a spectacular mountain view, it's hard to beat a romantic and unforgettable wedding at Eagle Ridge Resort's Summit Chalet!

Take Eagle Ridge's Mountain Tram to the summit of Moose Mountain and the lofty Summit Chalet, and welcome yourself to the indoor/outdoor wedding of your dreams. You and up to 160 of your closest friends and family will be blown away at the unbelievable 100-mile views of Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest during the outdoor ceremony. Then, enjoy an elegant cocktail hour and a deliciously-catered dinner inside the Chalet before enjoying a night of dancing and spirits, an after-party at Papa Charlie's Restaurant & Tavern, and a romantic walk back to your Executive Condo room at Eagle Ridge Resort!

Address

445 Ski Hill Road Lutsen, MN 55612

Related activities

Papa Charlie's Restaurant & Tavern isn't just for after parties; it's also the perfect place for a family get together or a romantic dinner for two. Dine on the deck for a view of Moose Mountain, or have a blast in the arcade!

Fun facts

When you ride the Mountain Tram up to the ceremony, you'll be riding the Midwest's only gondola!

6 . Superior Shores Resort & Conference Center

Two Harbors, Minnesota

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Say your vows on the shore of Lake Superior, with a vast expanse of water and sky for your chapel.

Hold your ceremony on the pebble beach or at the ceremony site just adjacent to the lodge at Superior Shores Resort & Conference Center. Whatever you choose, you'll have a stunning backdrop for your ceremony. And, with a bridge spanning the brook in front of the lodge and a cobblestone trail to the shore, all you need for a memorable entrance is ready and waiting. During your reception, savor your choice of a plated dinner or lavish buffet featuring options like fresh fish or slow roasted prime rib furnished by Kamloops Restaurant. And the setting will be as beautiful as the food is delicious. The spacious banquet hall offers a blank slate that you can decorate to make the reception a celebration you and your guests will always remember.

Highlights

Looking for a casual and comfortable rehearsal dinner? Try a barbecue on the beach and enjoy delicious food, a crackling fire, and a spectacular sunset over the lake.

Related activities

The stunning natural beauty of the lake isn't the end of the sights you can see near Superior Shores Resort. You will be just minutes away from Minnesota State Parks, Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse.

Related Onsite Offerings

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of your big day by having a bonfire on the beach. It's a great way to spend a moment with your family.

7 . Bluefin Bay Resort

Tofte, Minnesota

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You are about to embark on the most exhilarating path you’ve ever encountered and there’s no better way to start the journey than by holding your wedding ceremony at our No. 7 pick, Bluefin Bay Resort on Lake Superior - voted Minnesota’s Favorite Resort by Minnesota Monthly magazine!

As the sun sinks into the sky-blue waters and leaves specks of gold on the rising rocks around you, your family and friends witness the most beautiful sight: you and your significant other joining hands in marriage. Bluefin’s private Tofte Cove is the romantic backdrop to commemorate your already romantic occasion. Exchange vows and your first kiss as husband and wife on this secluded cobblestone beach. The fun doesn’t just happen at the wedding and reception either! Take a wedding party sea kayaking lesson on Lake Superior in double or single kayaks or hike to Oberg Mountain and breathe in the refreshing scent of spruce and cedar trees. Maybe you’ll even see the beaver pond! Or, perhaps you prefer to snuggle up to your new hubby or wifey in your suite with a private fireplace, whirlpool tub and lake views.

Related activities

Don’t go to bed with the sun. Stay up with the moon at one of two fire pits at Bluefin Bay Resort, one next to Bluefin Grille and the other at the base of the historic Boat Ramp in Tofte Cove.

Fun facts

The Norwegian family that founded Bluefin Bay Resort in the early 1900s first moved to the shores of Lake Superior because a boat captain had promised he would “buy all the fish [they] could catch” and the land around the big lake reminded them of their home in Norway.

Related Onsite Offerings

Make the reception less stressful - and very delicious - by catering from the Bluefin Grille and Coho Café and Bakery.

8 . BlueWater Lodge

Walker, Minnesota

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For a charming Northern Minnesota wedding look no further than BlueWater Lodge for your big day!

Whether you are looking for a large extravagant, 400 guest celebration or a smaller, intimate wedding BlueWater Lodge has the place for you! Romantic chandeliers dazzle the ceiling, cater's create perfect meals for you and your guests and the DJ or band blasts the room using the fully integrated sound system all while over looking a dashing Leech Lake. Let all your wedding dreams come true today!

9 . Five Lakes Resort

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

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Indoors and out, Five Lakes Resort will bring the beauty of the woods and lakes to the beginning of your life together.

Imagine a ceremony under a canopy of trees and blue sky on the shore of a sparkling Minnesota lake. Five Lakes Resort offers all that and more. This resort sits in a beautiful natural setting that would make the ideal backdrop for an outdoor wedding. If you'd prefer a church wedding, there are a wide variety of local churches to choose from. Their banquet hall will bring the stunning beauty of the setting indoors for your reception. It might be called "The Barn," but you won't find any horses there. Instead, you'll find a beautiful vaulted wooden space that you can string with lights and turn into the perfect setting for your event.

Address

Five Lakes Resort 34677 Camp Cherith Rd, Frazee, MN 56544

Highlights

Out of town guests? No problem. They will find all the comforts of home in the comfortable and private cabins at Five Lakes Resort.

Related activities

If you're seeking a relaxed moment with your family during your down time, you can hike through the woods and spot different species of birds.

10 . Appeldoorn's Sunset Bay Resort

Isle, Minnesota

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On the shores of Lake Mille Lacs, you'll find the #10 pick on this list of Top 10 Minnesota Wedding Resorts: Appeldoorn's Sunset Bay Resort. This resort has everything you'll need to make sure your special day goes off without a hitch, while you and your special someone are getting hitched!

From the rehearsal dinner prior to your event, to the gift opening the morning after, Appeldoorn's provides everything you need for your dream wedding. The resort offers a variety of packages to make sure your event fits within your budget. Find out what you'll get with the Silver, Gold, and Platinum packages when you visit the property website. For your bachelor and bachelorette parties, Appeldoorn's offers a bevy of activities to enjoy together. The ladies are sure to love the idea of a day spent soaking up some sun on the beach. If you're looking for a little more activity, spend the day boating, jet-skiing, or fishing. The "Adventure Package" is great for bachelors and bachelorettes, and features a fishing launch trip and three hours of Appledoorn's Backwoods Paintball. Of course, the facilities are what you're looking for when planning that dream wedding. A 2,000-square foot ballroom includes seating for up to 200, and two additional conference rooms are available for different sized groups, or overflow seating. A state of the art sound system and interactive display systems will make your reception and wedding dance a memorable experience for all. Planning the ideal wedding is easy when you've got a great destination and friendly staff to help out along the way!

Address

45401 Mille Lacs Parkway Isle, MN 56342

Extra Stops

Located on the opposite side of Lake Mille Lacs (a 30-minute drive) from Appeldoorn's Sunset Bay Resort is Grand Casino Mille Lacs. Here, you can enjoy slot machines, live gaming, and more.

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Make sure to inquire about the Photo Booth when putting together your wedding package. The photographer may be able to create a custom mosaic out of all your entertaining photo booth pictures, offering memories of this special day that you'll treasure for a lifetime.

11 . Thumper Pond Golf Course

Ottertail, Minnesota

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Hidden Among 250 acres of red pine trees is the beautiful Thumper Pond Golf Course & Resort, the perfect place to say "I do"!

Thumper Pond Golf Course & Resort offers breathtaking views of Katy Pond a variety of outdoor Minnesota wedding venues as well as indoor venues that look out onto the golf course! The helpful staff will gladly help with every detail from the flowers to the menu! Enjoy the scenery as you say your vows in Minnesota's lake country!

Address

300 Thumper Lodge Road Ottertail, MN 56571

Related activities

Before or after you get hitched, check out the Thumper Pond Golf Course designed by Eric Niskanen!

Related Onsite Offerings

In addition to weddings, the venue is also great for wedding and baby showers!

12 . St. James Hotel

Red Wing, Minnesota

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Red Wing's prime location along the banks of the Mississippi River offers you and your fiance the opportunity to plan the perfect Minnesota wedding, and the helpful staff at St. James Hotel will make your special day unforgettable.

Offering ceremony, banquet, and ballroom spaces, in addition to 62 elegantly furnished guestrooms that everyone in your party will enjoy, the St. James Hotel is the ideal wedding venue. Whether you are looking to plan and indoor our outdoor ceremony, the hotel has exactly what you're looking for. An onsite wedding coordinator will help you plan every detail of your special day, from catering and menu tasting to decorating. State-of-the-art A/V equipment gives you the ability to customize your reception and event. Plus, with a spa right onsite, you'll have the opportunity to rest and relax in the hours leading up to your ceremony.

Address

406 Main St. Red Wing, MN 55066

Related activities

Weddings aren't the only group events that St. James Hotel is capable of hosting. Inquire about your next conference, meeting, or family reunion!

Fun facts

There is a belief that a lyric from one of Bob Dylan's song is a reference to time spent at the St. James Hotel.

13 . Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center

Alexandria, Minnesota

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Resting on the shores of Lake Darling, Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center offers a truly romantic setting for your wedding celebration. This luxurious Minnesota destination features beautiful venues that can host anywhere between 25 and 400 guests and has a prepared, professional staff that's ready to work with you through every little detail. Whether you're planning something quiet and intimate or looking to take things to the next level, you're sure to create a wedding event that everyone will remember. Arrowwood offers a variety of options for your rehearsal dinner: host the event out on their lawn or the patio over the lake, or celebrate out on the beach with a Hawaiian Luau! Afterward, you and the bridal party can enjoy a relaxing pontoon ride along the lake or take in a game of golf at the onsite Atikwa Golf Course. For the big day itself, exchange your vows overlooking the waters and settle down for a grand reception dinner at the elegant ballroom. The morning after is reserved for gift opening during a continental breakfast or a full brunch buffet; it's a great way to top off your unforgettable wedding event!

Address

2100 Arrowwood Lane NW • Alexandria, MN 56308

Highlights

The onsite Darling Reflection Spa is waiting for you and the bridesmaids for a little indulgence before the big event. Unwind with a soothing massage and get dolled up for the celebration with manicures and pedicures!

Related Onsite Offerings

The resort offers audio/visual equipment such as a dance floor installation, LCD projectors and microphones for an additional cost.

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