Top Minnesota Romantic Getaways
Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior
Nothing brings couples closer together than a beautiful environment. There’s just something about pristine lakes and killer vistas that awakens a primal intimacy in all of us. Bluefin Bay is well aware, and uses its proximity to magnificent Lake Superior to great benefit.
The suites at Bluefin Bay will make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven. After returning from snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, an in-suite wood fireplace awaits you, followed by a soak in your whirlpool bath. When you’re nice and toasty, head down for a romantic dinner at the Bluefin Grill, or grab a couples massage at the Waves of Superior Spa, conveniently located at Bluefin's sister property, Surfside on Lake Superior. Bluefin Bay offers special “Romantic Getaway” packages if you’d like to go the extra mile with your significant other. Against the backdrop of the looming Sawtooth Mountains and the illustrious Superior National Forest, whatever you choose your special someone will love.
7192 W Highway 61, Tofte, MN
The average temperature of Tofte is 41.95 °F, 23% lower than the nationwide average.
For a fee, the hotel will sprinkle rose petals on your bed before you arrive!close
Superior Shores Resort & Conference Center
Two Harbors, Minnesota
If you’re the type of couple that can’t ever quite agree on what to do, then Superior Shores Resort is for you. Boasting a huge variety of activities, accommodations, and natural attractions, you and your significant other could stay for a week and not try them all.
Superior Shores, located on the banks of (you guessed it) Lake Superior, has plenty of options for couples to choose from: lodge rooms, Jacuzzi rooms, studios, suites, and three bedroom lake homes if you feel extravagant. All are rustically decorated and themed, to further immerse you in the north Minnesotan atmosphere. When you aren’t sleeping until noon in your incredibly comfortable king-sized bed, get outside and see what Lake Superior has to offer. Superior Shores is situated on 60 wooded acres with over a mile of Lake Superior coastline, including a 2000-foot pebbled beach. Go on a lazy walk and observe the native wildlife, or go skip some stones on Superior’s craggy shore. Depending on the season, hit the 18-hole golf course or the snowmobiling trails for some friendly competition. Hot tubs, lighthouses, waterfalls… the list goes on. Go visit Superior Shores to experience them for yourself.
1521 Superior Shores Dr, Two Harbors, MN 55616
Two Harbors is 3.301 mi².
Open year round, with different activities available depending on the season!close
St. James Hotel
Red Wing, Minnesota
Perhaps you aren’t a fan of Lake Superior, and southern Minnesota more appeals to you? Historic Red Wing is beautiful, quaint, and home of the St. James Hotel. It’s the kind of place where if you spend a weekend, your significant other will owe you for the rest of your life, big time. And who doesn’t want that?
A day at the St. James is filled with unparalleled opulence and class. You and your partner will roll out of bed, put on your provided push robes, and grab the newspaper outside your room door (provided every morning). Get dressed and head over to the Refined Skin Medi-Spa for your morning appointments. After getting sufficiently relaxed and pampered, grab lunch at any of the hotels three distinct restaurants. Hit the town for shopping, snowmobiling, or whatever strikes your fancy. Red Wing is the perfect town for window shopping, after all! If you get back to your room late, don’t worry: room service is 24-hours a day! Treat yourself.
The St. James Hotel, 406 Main St., Red Wing, MN 55066
An estimated 16,513 as of 2013.
Grand Marais, Minnesota
Regardless of the time of year, Gunflint Lodge will have something fun awaiting your honeymoon or romantic getaway!
Based on the aptly named Gunflint Lake, Gunflint bases its offered amenities and experience on the current season. While some things (like comfy cabins, fantastic hospitality, and delicious meals all day) are constants, the programming can definitely vary. In the spring, the main activity is hiking. See what Superior has to offer, and go observe some of the native animals along the Gunflint Trail. Chipmunks, loons, and even bald eagle can be observed at different points during the spring. If you don’t feel like walking, the horse stables open in early May for your riding pleasure. Summer offers the opportunity to be as lazy as possible. Go fishing for smallmouth bass, or pick some wild strawberries. Fall brings moose calling! Go out in a group and remember your camera, cause there’s moose afoot. Finally, winters around Gunflint are known for their snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cozying up to a crackling fire.
143 S Gunflint Lake Grand Marais, MN 55604
The Ojibwe name for the area is Gichi-biitoobiig, meaning "double body of water". This is a reference to the two bays which form the large harbor off Lake Superior.close
South Pier Inn
Let the South Pier Inn LIFT your spirits (and relationship) to new heights!
We say that, of course, because of the Inn’s proximity to the world-famous Aerial Lift Bridge, as beautiful as it is functional. Rooms in the inn are cozy and warm, the perfect place for cuddling during a chilly night. When the weather is cooperative, get out and take a tour of Duluth Harbor, a stunning bay on the westernmost tip of Lake Superior. Luckily, no matter how far you go you won’t get lost- not as long as you follow the honking ships as they go under the glorious bridge!
701 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802
Continental breakfast and parking are complimentary!
The inn is a 5-minute walk from Canal Park and 0.8 miles from the Great Lakes Aquarium.close
Elbow Lake Lodge
Minnesota is chock-full of lakes, each featuring its own habitat, charms, and fans. At the top of the “Best-of” list is Elbow Lake, a glistening paradise that serves as a romantic escape for couples from all over the midwest.
Let Elbow Lake Lodge show you all it has to offer! You and your partner will be hard-pressed to find something here that you don’t love. From its homey rooms to its hospitable employees, you’ll be in heaven from when you arrive til you depart. One, two, and three room suites available, or if you prefer a little more leg room, reserve a cabin for ultimate relaxation. When you aren’t getting cozy in your dwelling, go for a romantic lakeside walk, or play 18 at the lodge’s own mini golf course. Since 1930 the Elbow Lake Lodge has been fortifying relationships- yours could be next!
3975 Kennedy Rd, Cook, MN 55723
The population of Elbow Lake was 1,176 at the 2010 census.
Enjoy prepared meals and beverages in the lodge's very own full service restaurant, Fish Tales!close
Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior
Since 1885 Lutsen Resort has been a beacon for honeymoons and romantic getaways the country over. Lutsen’s hospitality, charm, and comfort will make your stay a memorable one.
Named “Best North Shore Resort” by Star Tribune and “Most Romantic Resort” by Minnesota Monthly Magazine, Lutsen has been a favorite winter getaway among Minnesotans for years. It’s well-known for excellent skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing in the winter months. A frozen Lake Superior exudes a contagious serenity, something that no doubt you’ll catch during your stay. Your toasty room can serve as a welcome respite from the cold, but otherwise you’ll want to be getting in as much activity as possible. Of course, there’s plenty to do during the summer months as well. Guided hiking, biking, golf, swimming, kayaking, fishing and live music are all incredibly popular, and you could spend an entire day on any of them. That’s Lutsen in a nutshell: time flies when you’re having fun!
5700 W Highway 61, Lutsen, MN 55612
Lutsen had 190 residents as of 2010.
Historic Afton House Inn
If you’re a couple that truly values its culinary experiences, the Afton House Inn caters to and for you. Known throughout the state for it’s award winning dining experiences, your romantic getaway will make your significant other (and your stomachs) very happy.
Dress up and check out the Wheel Room, where mouth-watering meals are enjoyed by candlelight. Their signature dish is the Steak Diane. Prepared Tableside, it’s beef tenderloin medallions with shallots, garlic, mushrooms, dijon mustard, maître d’ butter, flamed with brandy, then finished with demi-glace and served with seasonal vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. As it says on their website, “High standards are our trademark”. It’s not JUST food, of course. The beautiful St. Croix River flows right by the Inn, and most rooms offer an incredible balcony view. Come for the food, stay for the scenery!
3291 Saint Croix Trl S, Afton, MN 55001
Afton is 26.42 mi².
$175,500 is the median home price in Afton, and that may be good to know. You'll fall in love with the city during your getaway, and you make just want to stick around permanently!close
The Inn on Gitche Gumee
For an authentically romantic North Shore experience, you can't go wrong with The Inn on Gitche Gumee!
From the royal amenities to the glory of Lake Superior itself, every aspect of The Inn oozes class. Whatever room you happen to be staying in was painstakingly decorated with hand carved wood work, hand woven quilts, and local flowers galore. After you and your sweetheart get accommodated, head outside and explore historic Duluth! If you're the outdoorsy type, there are a multitude of activities in the area for you to enjoy, including skiing, swimming, shopping, dining, bird watching, hiking, and ample opportunity for photography. Then at the end of the day, return to The Inn for some well-earned rest and relaxation with your partner- it's a little slice of heaven!
8517 Congdon Boulevard, Duluth, MN 55804
There are nine state parks that line the Minnesota portion of the north shore.
Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes. It covers over 31,000 square miles!close
Grand View Lodge
You won't find a more romantic spot for a Minnesota getaway than on the shores of Gull Lake at Grand View Lodge. A variety of activities, the rejuvenating Glacial Waters Spa, and a collection of distinctive dining venues will have a planning a return visit soon!
Grand View offers a number of accommodation options, sure to help rekindle the passion in your relationship including townhomes, villas, cabins, cottages, and traditional guest rooms in the lodge, offering a range amenities from full service kitchens and whirlpool tubs to majestic stone fireplaces and screened-in porches. Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar is an ideal location for a romantic meal with its intimate and relaxing atmosphere, and with a vast cellar featuring over 2,000 bottles of worldly wines (offering over 20 for sale by glass) you're in for a gourmet treat. The Glacial Waters Spa offers a number of couples' services including body firming wrap, deep tissue massage, and even a golfer's massage. Don't wait any longer to plan your own romantic rendezvous at Grand View Lodge!
23521 Nokomis Avenue Nisswa, Minnesota 56468
2016 marks 100 years of operation for Grand View Lodge
Related Onsite Offerings
Grand View Lodge offers a number of waterfront rentals if you'd like to spend some time on Gull Lake during your stay. Spend a calm and relaxing day on the pontoon boat, or pick up the pace with a speed boat rental.close
The preeminent Duluth lakefront hotel, Fitger’s Inn has been a Minnesota institution for years. Much like the historic 1885 brewery it’s set in, Fitger’s exudes rustic class and a congenial attitude. It’s as romantic a getaway as any in the state.
The Inn was fully renovated in 2008, and features 62 unique rooms and suites with magnificent views of Lake Superior and the city of Duluth. You and your partner-in-love will be blown away by the pleasantly friendly employees and the wealth of things to do in the area. But perhaps more impressive is their catalog of things to do ON site. The former brewery features four great restaurants, two nightclubs, and many unique retail shops. And when you’re done exploring those, you and your partner can take a walk in nearby Canal Park, the cap on a perfect day in Duluth.
600 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
Only a mile from Duluth’s historic Canal Park district
Among the four on-site restaurants is a pub/grill serving American fare and the brewery’s own beer!close
The Outing Lodge at Pine Point
Scenic Stillwater is home to one of the most luxurious little resorts in Minnesota: The Outing Lodge at Pine Point.
Whether you're outside exploring the more than 300 acres of wooded paths and rolling hills or inside your cozy accommodations relaxing, you and your partner will be loathe to leave The Outing Lodge. This authentic retreat is ideal at any time of year- in the summer you'll be swimming and fishing on the St Croix or window shopping in quaint downtown Stillwater. In the winter, you can snowshoe and snowmobile to your heart's content, then return for some hot cocoa next to a roaring fire. The lodge has been bringing guests back for over 25 years- after one visit, you and your partner will be among them!
11661 Myeron Rd N, Stillwater, MN 55082
The population of Stillwater was 18,225 at the 2010 census.
Your stay includes a European-style breakfast buffet, featuring fresh baked pastries & baguettes, cheese, fruit, hard & soft boiled eggs, cold deli meat, yogurt & homemade granola, coffee & juice.close
Romance and nature often go hand in hand. Nowhere is that more evident than Quarterdeck Resort is scenic Nisswa. From it's sparkling lake to its delectable hospitality, it's a perfect getaway.
You and your partner will be absolutely blown away by the resort's wealth of things to do and see. There's simply so much to occupy your time, whatever your interests may be. If you're an active couple, go swimming, hiking or participate in some skeet shooting or archery, available onsite. If you're interested in a more laid-back experience, Gull Lake is also known as one of Minnesota’s best fishing lakes. Real in a big Walleye or Pike! Meanwhile, the newly refurbished 12 lakeside Lodge Suites are the perfect place to rest after a long day of fun. Quarterdeck may have "quarter" in the name, but you'll have all the fun!
9820 Birch Bay Dr SW, Nisswa, MN 56468
The resort is less than a mile from winter sports at Ski Gull and 10 miles from downtown Nisswa.
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There are also basketball and tennis courts, plus hiking and snowmobiling trails.close
Grand Marais Hotel Company
Grand Marais, Minnesota
Located on the "Tip of the Arrowhead,” the town of Grand Marais is generally considered to be the last outpost before the legendary Boundary Waters Canoe Area. While it may act as a type of layover, as people prepare for their adventures, Grand Marais is a pleasure in its own right a pleasure that is most easily experienced when staying with the Grand Marais Hotel Company.
The Grand Marais Hotel Company has six well-stocked, rustic properties available for couples. Motels, lodges, and beautiful suites are options; whatever fits your fancy. When you’re not enjoying the room, go out and experience Grand Marais for yourself. Visit the nearby historic lighthouse looking out over majestic Lake Superior, or head over to the Lake Superior Trading Post and do a little shopping. There are even three different art galleries to visit! If you want to have a quality weekend in a quality small town, The Grand Marais Hotel Company is calling your name!
208 E Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604
Grand Marais is 2.90 miles²
Grand Marais doesn't contain any actual bodies of water!close
Park Point Marina Inn
There’s something about watching a huge boat lazily drift by. It’s calming, romantic, and above all else, just really neat. This is a pleasure that, while increasingly rare, is front and foremost at the Park Point Marina Inn. Situated right on the bank of the Harbor Cove Marina, it’s truly a unique experience.
Harbor life is a surprisingly relaxing affair. In the summer months, guests can enjoy the soothing breezes coming off Lake Superior, and lay on the beach to wait for the famous Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge to let in the next boat. The nearby Duluth Boat Club is available for anyone interested in boating culture or history, while Duluth’s most popular shopping and dining districts are a complimentary shuttle ride away. After a busy day, retreat to your room for fantastic balcony views and comfortable feather beds.
1033 Minnesota Ave., Duluth, MN 55802
Duluth averages 86.1 inches of snow per year!
The nearby Aerial Lift Bridge was has been in constant operation since 1929!close