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Top Minnesota Family Getaways
When you think "cabin getaway", do you think of going by yourself? Of course not! You picture grabbing your family, friends, and relatives and heading to a lake for some hot weather fun. And a true cabin experience isn't found in Florida or California. No, a true cabin experience has to come somewhere where the evergreens are pungent, the mosquitoes are thick, and the loons are chatty. We speak, of course, of Minnesota. These are the 10 best destinations for families seeking a complete cabin experience.
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Gunflint Lodge

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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+1 (800) 328 - 3325

Sitting right in the heart of the glorious Minnesota North Shore, Gunflint Lodge is the lodge of choice for fishermen, hikers, bikers, kayakers, and families from all over the state. You might say it's SUPERIOR to the rest!

Terrible puns aside, Gunflint Lodge is a fantastic place to bring your family any time of year. The colder months bring cross country skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling opportunities galore. When you need to warm up, simply return to your cabin and sit next to a roaring fire or hop into your whirlpool spa or sauna. The authentic hard wood style with ensnare your senses and capture your imagination. Meanwhile, in the summer months every lake-time activity you could imagine is available. Cannonball into the water, go for a bike ride, or explore one of the nearby state parks!

Address

143 South Gunflint Lake Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604

Number of runs/trails/roads/etc.

In wintertime there are more than 125 miles of cross-country trails for you to enjoy!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Ojibwe name for the area is Gichi-biitoobiig, which means "great duplicate water", referencing the two lakes.

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+1 (888) 259 - 9285

As Minnesota’s oldest resort, Lutsen has a storied history and tradition unlike and other. IT's a lot of pressure to live up to, pressure that many other resorts would crumple under. But Lutsens has endured this long because they don't crumble; instead, they thrive.

The authentic Scandinavian architecture, hand-carved log furnishings, and stone fireplaces of Lutsen Resort immediately emit a sense of northern comfort. That sense permeates every aspect of the resort, from the charming lobby to the cozy rooms to Lake Superior’s sparkling depths. The onsite dining is first-rate, and is well-known for its home-style classics with a twist, such as twice-baked potatoes topped with aged cheddar, Canadian walleye served with Minnesota’s own wild rice and Swedish meatballs – a Lutsen Resort tradition! This summer, come to where you can experience Lake Superior’s rock-laden shores, incredible lodgings, and incomparable relaxation.

Address

5700 W. Hwy. 61, Lutsen, MN 55612

Highlights

Lutsen Resort also offers villas, cabins, condos and townhomes if you require more room!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Lutsen Resort grounds include an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, game room and conference center.

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+1 (855) 815 - 9941

Just south of the quaint town of Nevis, sitting adjacent to beautiful Crow Wing Lake, sits Anderson’s Starlight Bay Resort. Whether you and a partner are seeking romantic solitude, or your dragging a huge family up for a cabin weekend, it's bound to be their new favorite place.

Unbridled hospitality, luxury accommodations, and fun up the wazoo... these are just a few of the things you can expect from a vacation to Anderson's. Cabins are spacious and cozy, set right next to the lake so as to From the cozy interior of your cabin, set out and explore your gorgeous surroundings. When you aren't swimming, fishing, or boating on sparkling Starlight Bay, you'll be observing the bountiful wildlife, including songbirds, turkeys, eagles, deer and other small woodland critters. Your family will absolutely love it.

Address

27155 County Rd 33, Nevis, MN 56467

Total area

Crow Wing Lake is 378.45 acres.

Highlights

The northern pike, walleyes, and the largemouth bass fishing is second to none!

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Little Norway Resort

Park Rapids, Minnesota

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+1 (866) 469 - 4522

Velkommen! Little Norway is the premier Scandinavian-inspired Minnesota resort, where you'll enjoy hearty meals, spacious chambers, and enough fun to fill Asgard itself.

This full-service family resort is located just one mile south of Itasca State Park but right on top of unbridled joy! Located on the north shore of Little Mantrap Lake on a quiet peninsula, Little Norway hosts excellent fishing and its crystal clear waters are a nature lover's delight. Watch the sun rise in the morn as you listen to the loons call, then watch the sun set as eagles fly overhead. The lodgings are fit for the gods, as cozy as they are spacious (which is to say, very). So wrangle the family, grab your horned helmet and head north (or a different direction, depending on where you live)!

Population

Almost a million Minnesotans claim Norwegian ancestry.

Highlights

Minnesota is the only state to refer to the red pine as a Norway pine.

Fun facts

Oslo is the capital of Norway.

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Madden's on Gull Lake

Brainerd, Minnesota

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+1 (866) 788 - 2154

Even with the serenity of Gull Lake, luxurious rooms and cabins, and seven (!) restaurants, Madden's still has the meticulous attention to detail and personal attention that each and every guest deserves.

Depending on your family's size, a room or cabin at Madden's will offer a spacious space for you to relax and recuperate from the helter-skelter pace of everyday life. But you're here for fun, and that this resort has in spades! Tennis courts, USCA-sanctioned croquet lawns, lawnbowling, sand volleyball, horseshoes, badminton, and shuffleboard are all obscure games that both adults and kids will be excited to learn. Madden’s also offers four swimming pools with whirlpools and saunas, a children’s wading pool, an outdoor hot tub overlooking Gull Lake, and a complete “waterpark,” complete with trampoline, swim platform and water bouncers. Give your family what they deserve; come to Madden's as soon as possible.

Address

11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401

Getting there

Maddens is only two miles from Pillsbury State Forest and 15.7 miles from Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.

Related Onsite Offerings

Other amenities include a spa offering massages and beauty treatments!

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+1 (866) 708 - 9560

The North Shore's adventure headquarters, Eagle Ridge at Lutsen Mountains will enthrall your family, put your mind at ease, and go gently on your wallet.

Surrounded by peaceful mountain views and filled with enthusiastic employees, you'll find no better harbor on Lake Superior than Eagle Ridge at Lutsen Mountain. Your brain will leak out your ears as it's melted by the seemingly endless list of attractions and activities to participate in. From alpine slides to mountain trams, scenic ridgelines to waterfalls, even the most attention-deficient of kids will be entranced by the fun. Meanwhile, the adults will love the mountainside studio and condo units, which boast cozy amenities like fireplaces and Jacuzzis.

Address

445 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen, MN 55612

Highlights

Cozy up to the fireplace, go for a dip in your Jacuzzi tub, or enjoy a multitude of on and off the mountain activities!

Related Onsite Offerings

Papa Charlie's Restaurant & Tavern has an incredible dining room, bar, and deck with a beautiful view of Moose Mountain.

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+1 (866) 835 - 0564

Gull Lake features all the things that make Minnesota Lakes wonderful, with the added bonus of a quaint, small town setting. Cragun's Resort and Hotel is the best place to experience all that it has to offer.

In addition to their rustic charm and impressive cleanliness, Cragun's guestrooms and cabins come with cable TV and free WiFi. Cabins also have separate living rooms, fireplaces, full kitchens, and a private game room (perfect for the kids if the weather is uncooperative). Get outside and enjoy the plethora of activities available onsite! The golf course, spa, and marina are perfect for parents, while kids will love the indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and spacious sandy beach. Hungry? Go enjoy some succulent meat at the steakhouse or relax at the poolside buffet.

Address

11000 Craguns Dr, Brainerd, MN 56401

Fun facts

Cragun's Legacy Golf Course has been rated as the "Midwest's #1 Golf Course", and is proud to be a Certified Bronze Audubon International Signature Sanctuary.

Related Onsite Offerings

Cragun's is consistently named one of the Top Wedding Venues in Minnesota thanks to their wide variety of indoor and outdoor wedding venues

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+1 (866) 452 - 8480

Just a short drive from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center is an incredible family retreat to spend a day, weekend, or (if you indulge yourself) even longer!

Arrowwood is an all-seasons resort focused around Minnesota’s natural splendor and aimed squarely at anyone seeking fun. Here you'll enjoy the natural beauty of the lakeside resort hotel while taking part in dozens of exciting activities in and around the grounds. Adults will adore the 18-hole Atikwa Championship Golf Course, while kids will bask in the glory of the indoor Big Splash Waterpark. Offsite you can take the family for tours of the Carlos Creek Winery or the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum.

Address

2100 Arrowwood Lane NW, Alexandria, MN 56308

Highlights

Let the kids loose and spend a day at the onsite Darling Reflection Spa. Unwind with a soothing massage, manicures, or pedicures!

Related activities

The hotel is 4.2 miles from downtown Alexandria and 4.7 miles from Casey's Amusement Park.

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+1 (877) 601 - 0931

While Brainerd isn't a "classic" vacation spot, it nonetheless makes for a fantastic one, in no smart part due to the Holiday Inn Express. With excellent amenities, superb hospitality, and a close proximity to nearby lakes and outdoor recreation, Brainerd will become your new destination of choice.

Perhaps the crown jewel of the Brainerd area, the onsite Three Bear Water Park serves as a perfect destination for families of all ages. It features a winding lazy river, 1,000 gallon dumping bucket, and unbridled mirth. Hungry? Check out the complimentary hot Express Start Breakfast (featuring items such as scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and fruit), or the onsite Three Bear Grill for lunch and dinner. During the summer, you can spend a quiet afternoon on Gull Lake, while winter brings skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. And time of year, you'll find cozy rooms and a fantastic getaway!

Address

15739 Audubon Way, Baxter, MN 56425

Related activities

The hotel is only 3.7 miles from central Baxter.

Related Onsite Offerings

Amenities include free buffet breakfast, an American grill where kids 12 and under eat free, an arcade, and fitness and business center!

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Kabetogama Lake Association

Kabetogama, Minnesota

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+1 (866) 593 - 3020

Situated along the U.S-Canadian border, Kabetogama Lake has miles of pristine undeveloped shoreline and 25,000 acres of clean, cool water. Where you stay isn't nearly as important as what you do here, but rest assured- you and your family will have an unforgettable experience.

Kabetogama Lake is a forested lake country setting born of an ancient glacier flow, edged by the great Canadian Shield. If you're a city family, there's a decent chance that you don't even recognize some of the words in that previous sentence. The knowledgeable experts of the Kabetogama Lake Association will gladly educate you on all that you're ignorant of. Bring a boat and you'll be blown away by the glorious surrounding flora and fauna.Cruise along the interconnecting Voyageur waterway and aspen covered granite islands, where you'll view bald eagles, osprey and pelicans. If you'd like to get even closer to nature, explore the area in a canoe, kayak, or on foot. Fishing is always a popular and fun activity for beginners and veterans alike.

Address

9707 Gamma Rd, Kabetogama, MN 56669

Related activities

Sand Point and Crane lakes are 65 miles west to east!

Fun facts

Voyageurs National Park is Minnesota's only National Park and was discovered by 18th century French-Canadian Voyageurs who transporting goods and furs along the international border lakes.

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+1 (866) 695 - 5415

If you're looking for a supremely fun family vacation that won't break the bank, Holiday Inn Minneapolis NW Elk River & Wild Woods Waterpark was made especially for you!

Hospitality, accommodations, and location all are excellent here, but the real draw is the eponymous Wild Woods Waterpark. Designed in the style of an old river town, the park is 30,000 square feet of unprecedented fun! Slide down one of the amazing four-story waterslides, including two tube slides and one body slide, or circle the Prospector's Pan. Kids can test their skill at the old-fashioned Log Walk, cruise down the Lazy River, or go one-on-one at the basketball court in the activity pool. You're going to leave exhausted but raring to go back!

Address

9200 Quaday Ave NE, Otsego, MN 55330

Related activities

The hotel is an 11-minute drive from the Ellingson Car Museum and 30 miles' drive north of Minneapolis.

Related Onsite Offerings

The facility also offers a restaurant serving American fare (where kids 12 and under eat free) and an indoor water park with slides and a lazy river!

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Sand Lake Resort

Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota

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+1 (866) 645 - 1178

Don't be fooled by the name- Sand Lake is very much filled with water, and Sand Lake Resort is filled with memories just waiting to be made!

First things first: you'll be staying in colonial comfort during your stay at Sand Lake Resort. The are seven cabins to choose from, each sleeping anywhere from three to six people. They're fantastic places to kick back and take some well-earned rest, but when you're at SLR you'll be spending most of your time outside enjoying the beautiful environment! Nearby you can go hiking or biking on the local Trails (including the famous The Willard Munger State Trail), zoom around the hundreds of miles of ATV trails, or hit the lake for some quality Walleye fishing!

Address

94154 Co Hwy 61, Sturgeon Lake, MN 55783

Getting there

The resort lies 0.7 miles from Moose Lake Carlton County Airport

Related Onsite Offerings

There's also a game room with a ping pong table!

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Eagle Ridge Resort

Tenstrike, Minnesota

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+1 (800) 279 - 5177

Fishing, hiking, and relaxing by a tranquil lake as the sun sets- Eagle Ridge Resort has everything you could ever want from a family cabin vacation!

Located 17 miles northeast of Bemidji, Eagle Ridge provides rustic accommodations and superb hospitality for each and every one of its guests. Spring-fed Gulf Lake is known for its great fishing and crystal clear water- you'll practically be able to see the fish biting! If you're the exploratory sort, grab a canoe, kayak, paddle-boat, or stand-up paddle board and make your way down the shoreline. While most of the charm is in the outdoors, Eagle Ridge knows that modern conveniences are also critical in facilitating an excellent vacation. Thus, they provide their guests with free Wi-Fi throughout the resort! Stay connected with the world while your family has an unforgettable outdoors experience!

Address

10246 Stallion Ct. NE Tenstrike, MN 56683

Dates and Times

Eagle Ridge Resort opens in May for the annual fishing opener, and stays open through the glory days of September!

Fun facts

Over 70 different species of birds have been identified and documented at Eagle Ridge!

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Lakewood Lodge

Deer River, Minnesota

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+1 (866) 469 - 4544

This fishing and boating hotspot is ideal for a family escape any time of year!

The quiet bay of Sand Lake makes for a beautiful backdrop for any occasion- that includes a family vacation, of course! All of Lakewood Lodge's 14 cabins are full of all the comforts of home, and are superbly spacious. Outside, the fantastic swimming beach features water toys, kids activities for all ages, great fall and winter get-a-ways and awesome sportsman’s opportunities. Grab the rods and reels and head out on the lake for some fishing. There's plenty of bass and pike to go around- catch something to brag about when you go back home!

Address

53026 Co Rd 35, Deer River, MN 56636

Related activities

The resort is 24.8 miles from Deer River.

Related Onsite Offerings

There's a sandy beach with a swim raft, plus boat rentals, a playground and a fish-cleaning station.

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