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Yes, summer is quickly approaching, and with it the rat race of families beelining towards beaches, theme parks, and resorts all over the states. We aren't saying you shouldn't join them- by all means, get out there and enjoy the fantastic weather however you see fit- but perhaps, a few months later, you'll consider the road less traveled. A fall vacation is guaranteed not only to be less crowded but also to provide sights, sounds, and experience that are otherwise impossible to have in the busy season. Whether you're going for a colorful stroll through the woods or simply sitting on a deck enjoying a cold drink, you'll undoubtedly be having a memorable experience at any of the following resorts.
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Golden Eagle Lodge

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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Golden Eagle Lodge is the rare resort that allows you to choose how close to nature you want to get. Whether you're living in luxury inside a cozy cabin, or "roughing it" at the campground, you'll have an... read more

Golden Eagle Lodge is the rare resort that allows you to choose how close to nature you want to get. Whether you're living in luxury inside a cozy cabin, or "roughing it" at the campground, you'll have an unforgettable experience!

This family-oriented, year-round resort especially shines in the Fall, when warm colors are above and crunchy leaves below. Golden Eagle's adjacency to Flour Lake gifts it a wealth of fun activities for its guests to participate in, from waterskiing to fishing. If you just want to appreciate the palette of colors, simply take a walk through Superior National Forest. As Golden Eagle are the only residents on the lake, guests can expect solitude and tranquility. Afterwards, return to your fully equipped, modern cabin or your tent/RV in the campground for a well-deserved nap. You couldn't have picked a better place to do it!

Address

468 Clearwater Rd, Grand Marais, MN 55604

Highlights

If you require handicap-accessible cabins, Golden Eagle offers two barrier free cabins, as well as other options for camping and boating.

Related activities

The lodge is located a mere two miles from the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness!

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A scant three hours away from the Twin Cities stands a resort that will make you utterly forget about the flash and splendor of the big city(s): Superior Shore Resort is a getaway that you'll never... read more

A scant three hours away from the Twin Cities stands a resort that will make you utterly forget about the flash and splendor of the big city(s): Superior Shore Resort is a getaway that you'll never forget!

All types of rooms are available, from lodge and Jacuzzi rooms to spacious suites. Find your perfect match, then kick your feet up and relax in style and comfort. If you’d prefer to get a little active, get outside and experience the sixty wooded acres and 2000-foot pebbled beach for yourself. Amenities are plentiful and luxurious, including indoor and outdoor pools, hiking and cross country ski trails, and a pristine 18-hole golf course. Now pick your jaw up off the floor and make a reservation at Superior Shores.

Address

1521 Superior Shores Dr, Two Harbors, MN 55616

Highlights

Other amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, hot tub, gym and boat landing.

Getting there

The resort lies 2.1 miles from downtown Two Harbors.

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Gunflint Lodge

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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Fall is the perfect time to visit Gunflint Lodge and its surrounding rich tapestry of oranges, reds, and yellows!

A fall family getaway is just what the doctor ordered! Gunflint Lodge's perfect combination... read more

Fall is the perfect time to visit Gunflint Lodge and its surrounding rich tapestry of oranges, reds, and yellows!

A fall family getaway is just what the doctor ordered! Gunflint Lodge's perfect combination of wilderness adventure and a little luxury will keep your family occupied with fun and relaxation through the duration of your stay. Step outside and enjoy the mild weather as you go on a hike, cast away for some bass, or relax on the shore. Meanwhile the cabins are exceedingly comfortable, with all having a fireplace in the living room, plus both queen and king sized beds, full kitchens, and private saunas (for when you really want to treat yourself). The hardest part of staying at Gunflint is working up the willpower to eventually leave!

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143 S Gunflint Lake Rd, Grand Marais, MN 55604

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The resort is also 11 miles from the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.

Highlights

Free amenities include bird seed and duck feed, hiking/snowshoeing trails, and use of a 16-ft canoe, kayaks and tubes at the waterfront.

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Northern Light Resort & Outfitting

Kabetogama, Minnesota

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Northern Lights Resort, Outfitting & Youth Quest is as figuratively as long as their list of satisfied customers: really, really long. Here you can enjoy a family fishing trip on the pristine lake, build sand... read more

Northern Lights Resort, Outfitting & Youth Quest is as figuratively as long as their list of satisfied customers: really, really long. Here you can enjoy a family fishing trip on the pristine lake, build sand castles on the sun-soaked beach, and relax in a Jacuzzi tub, all in one day!

Welcome to the best waterfront oasis on the shores of Lake Kabetogama, Northern Lights. There’s plenty of beautiful wilderness to explore in fall-time Voyageurs National Park, in addition to a ton of fun to be had in the crystal-clear lake. Kids can or play around on the floating water park and you can cast away in what many call the best fishing lake in the state. The one-to-five-bedroom cabins offer plenty of space for families of all sizes, and are as cozy as ever a dwelling was built.

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10179 Bay Club Dr, Kabetogama, MN 56669

Highlights

Try frisbee golf, hiking and mountain biking, the game room, and the on-site convenience store.

Getting there

The resort is 31 miles from International Falls and the Canadian border.

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Quarterdeck Resort

Nisswa, Minnesota

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Known far and wide as one of the finest resort properties on Gull Lake, Quarterdeck is an incredible place to spend a weekend, regardless of season. But it's perhaps at its most beautiful in the Fall. Don't... read more

Known far and wide as one of the finest resort properties on Gull Lake, Quarterdeck is an incredible place to spend a weekend, regardless of season. But it's perhaps at its most beautiful in the Fall. Don't believe us? You'll just have to see for yourself!

You and your party will be absolutely blown away by the resort's wealth of things to do and see. In Gull Lake's waters you'll find boundless enjoyment via the 10,000 acres of water sports playground with miles and miles of shoreline to explore. If it's a little too chilly for swimming, you'll have a blast (literally) skeet shooting or with some archery, available onsite! Gull Lake is also known as one of Minnesota’s best fishing lakes, renowned for it's Walleye and Pike. Meanwhile, parents will love the newly refurbished 12 lakeside Lodge Suites, as luxurious as they are rustic. Quarterdeck may have "quarter" in the name, but you'll have all the fun!

Address

9820 Birch Bay Dr SW, Nisswa, MN 56468

Related activities

The resort is less than a mile from winter sports at Ski Gull and 10 miles from downtown Nisswa.

Related Onsite Offerings

There are also basketball and tennis courts, plus hiking and snowmobiling trails.

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Sullivan's Resort & Campground

Brainerd, Minnesota

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Located in scenic Brainerd, Sullivan's Resort is surrounded by a cornucopia of fir, ash, and maple trees. Come fall, they light up like fireworks!

Sullivan's nine two-bedroom deluxe cabins, one... read more

Located in scenic Brainerd, Sullivan's Resort is surrounded by a cornucopia of fir, ash, and maple trees. Come fall, they light up like fireworks!

Sullivan's nine two-bedroom deluxe cabins, one three-bedroom, and huge Retreat Home are the perfect place for you and your family this fall. All have a hide-a-bed or futon for extra sleeping room, in addition to a deck with lawn chairs. If you think you'll be roughing it, you can think again, as each cabin features showers, bed linens, dishes, toaster, electric coffee maker, and cooking utensils. You'll be living like royalty in backwoods Minnesota!

Address

7685 Co Rd 127, Brainerd, MN 56401

Getting there

The resort lies 13.1 miles from downtown Brainerd.

Related Onsite Offerings

Guest laundry and a fish cleaning station are also available.

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BlueWater Lodge

Walker, Minnesota

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If you're looking for an ideal fall fishing location, you've hit Shangri-La at BlueWater Lodge!

Whether you're a bright-eyed rookie or a seasoned fishing veteran, the Leech Lake area (and BlueWater Lodge)... read more

If you're looking for an ideal fall fishing location, you've hit Shangri-La at BlueWater Lodge!

Whether you're a bright-eyed rookie or a seasoned fishing veteran, the Leech Lake area (and BlueWater Lodge) has it all! The lake's irregular shape is packed with large and small bays and an estimated 201 miles of shoreline, giving the knowledgeable fisherman tons of opportunities to land the big one. In addition, the surrounding area is packed with hundreds of pristine Minnesota lakes of all sizes, providing excellent fishing for walleyes, pike, muskies, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, crappies and sunfish. Add that to BlueWater's sublime accommodations and you have a cant-miss destination!

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7051 Wintergreen Trail NW, Walker, MN 56484

Highlights

The one-bedroom loft lodge rooms have full kitchens, gas fireplaces, pull-out sofas, and washer/dryers.

Related Onsite Offerings

Boat rentals are available at a marina, and there's a boat ramp.

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St. James Hotel

Red Wing, Minnesota

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When you hear “Red Wing”, you probably think of a cardinal, or the professional hockey team in Detroit; certainly not a south-Minnesota town that is home to one of the finest fall resorts around. But come for... read more

When you hear “Red Wing”, you probably think of a cardinal, or the professional hockey team in Detroit; certainly not a south-Minnesota town that is home to one of the finest fall resorts around. But come for a stay at the St. James, and that’s exactly what will spring to mind from then on.

The St. James positively oozes luxury, from the gorgeous design of the building to the resplendent interiors of its rooms and suites. The surrounding area offers delectable fall-time walks, bird-watching, and bike rides, but if the weather isn’t being cooperative you’ll rest assured knowing that your getaway won’t be spoiled in the slightest. From its luxurious rooms to its to-die-for spa, a stay at the St. James is just what the doctor ordered this fall (or any season).

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406 Main St, Red Wing, MN 55066

Highlights

You're only two blocks from the Mississippi River!

Related Onsite Offerings

Other amenities include two restaurants serving local and American fare, an old-world pub, coffee shop, spa, and plenty of shops!

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Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge

Deerwood, Minnesota

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The friendly arms of Ruttger’s Bay Lodge welcome countless couples and families each fall, and each leave smiling and satisfied. The cornucopia of colors and activities make for the perfect fall... read more

The friendly arms of Ruttger’s Bay Lodge welcome countless couples and families each fall, and each leave smiling and satisfied. The cornucopia of colors and activities make for the perfect fall getaway!

Whether you’re into fishing, swimming, golfing, or just goofing around, Ruttger’s is the place for you. Since 1898, The Ruttger’s family have shown guests all the wonders that their lodge (and Bay Lake) have to offer. From the luxurious cabin accommodations to the untold charms of the nearby town of Deerwood, it’s a foregone conclusion that a stay here will be exceedingly memorable. Long story short, you’ll be glad you came to Ruttger’s.

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25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd, Deerwood, MN 56444

Highlights

All-day coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are free!

Getting there

Only 19.5 miles from Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.

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Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior

Tofte, Minnesota

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The North Shore has a ton to offer on a weekend getaway, and resorts and lodges have sought to capitalize on this for decades. But perhaps none have been as successful as Bluefin Bay.

Offering a majestic... read more

The North Shore has a ton to offer on a weekend getaway, and resorts and lodges have sought to capitalize on this for decades. But perhaps none have been as successful as Bluefin Bay.

Offering a majestic view of sparkling Lake Superior, Bluefin Bay's rooms are cozy, bucolic, and elegant. When you aren't out on the lake, enjoy the dozens of amenities offered, including (but not limited to) in-suite wood fireplaces, whirlpool baths, and undeniable hospitality. Outside, go for a hike in the nearby Sawtooth Mountains or Superior National Forest. Just remember to tell 'em who sent ya!

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7192 MN-61, Tofte, MN 55615

Related activities

The resort lies 1.3 miles from Temperance River State Park and 8 miles from Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

There's also an indoor pool, heated outdoor pool, sauna, spa and private beach with fire pits.

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Located on Birch Lake near Ely Minnesota and the Boundary Waters, Timber Bay Lodge & Houseboats fulfills an important niche in the north Minnesotan resort ecosystem- that of a houseboat provider.

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Located on Birch Lake near Ely Minnesota and the Boundary Waters, Timber Bay Lodge & Houseboats fulfills an important niche in the north Minnesotan resort ecosystem- that of a houseboat provider.

Yes, the cabins are fantastic, but this fall why not have an incredibly unique experience and spend a weekend on a houseboat? You'll float along and enjoy beautiful views of Superior National Forest. Feel free to fish, swim, and relax to your heart's content as you cruise along beautiful 20-mile long Birch Lake. Adventure is the name of the game, as you can explore the forested shorelines, rocky islands, and sheltered bays unique to the area. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles, loons, and the occasional bear!

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8347 Timber Bay Rd, Babbitt, MN 55706

Highlights

The rental cabins can accommodate parties of two to 19 people!

Related activities

Nearby Giants Ridge golf course is well-known as one of the finest courses in Minnesota.

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Big Sandy Lodge & Resort

McGregor, Minnesota

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The Big Sandy Lodge & Resort has been a McGregor institution since it was built way back in 1902. Come and see why!

That kind of longevity doesn't happen by accident- Big Sandy Lodge & Resort has a... read more

The Big Sandy Lodge & Resort has been a McGregor institution since it was built way back in 1902. Come and see why!

That kind of longevity doesn't happen by accident- Big Sandy Lodge & Resort has a sterling reputation for stupendous hospitality and intimate lodging. When you combine that with the beautiful south shores of Big Sandy Lake and you have an ideal family and romantic retreat! While the surroundings are beautiful any time of year, it's fall when the colors truly shine. Whether you're observing via a kayak or hiking for a closer view, the orange, yellows, and reds of autumn or brilliant and exceedingly memorable. Whichever of the 18 rooms you stay in, you're going to have an unforgettable time!

Address

20534 487th St, McGregor, MN 55760

Related activities

The resort is on the edge of the Savanna State Forest and just 10 miles from the town center.

Related Onsite Offerings

Other amenities include a boat dock, a deck with lake views, and walking trails, plus activities such as fishing, kayaking and biking.

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Surfside on Lake Superior

Tofte, Minnesota

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Treat yourself to a little bit of luxury this fall at Surfside on Lake Superior, where the refined accommodations, warm and friendly hospitality, and gorgeous surrounding will enchant your senses and entrap your... read more

Treat yourself to a little bit of luxury this fall at Surfside on Lake Superior, where the refined accommodations, warm and friendly hospitality, and gorgeous surrounding will enchant your senses and entrap your mind.

The typically lush green forests of Lake Superior’s North Shore transform into a splendid assortment of colors each fall, and a stay at Surfside gives you a frontline seat! You could spend the entire trip enjoying the dazzling backdrop, but you’ll want to get in on the opulent relaxation that Surfside also offers. Your lakeside townhome is filled with modern comforts and amenities, while the friendly staff will pamper you within an inch of your life. When you think about it, there really isn't a decision to make: Surfside is the place for you.

Address

10 Surfside Dr, Tofte, MN 55615

Related activities

The resort lies 0.3 miles from Temperance River State Park and 8 miles from Lutsen Mountains ski resort.

Fun facts

There's even a free shuttle to Lutsen Mountains ski resort!

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Moore Springs Resort

Akeley, Minnesota

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You know the feeling you get when you find a $20 bill in your pants pocket? That initial surprise, swiftly followed by jubilation? That’s the same feeling that each and every guest enjoys at Moore Spring... read more

You know the feeling you get when you find a $20 bill in your pants pocket? That initial surprise, swiftly followed by jubilation? That’s the same feeling that each and every guest enjoys at Moore Spring Resort; they come not expecting much, and leave wanting to return.

Fall transforms the typically-green Chippewa National Forest into a eye-popping cornucopia of oranges, reds, and yellows. When you aren’t enjoying a leisurely stroll through the woods, there are plenty of activities to do, things to eat, and memories to make. Fishing, swimming, and canoeing around the crystal-clear waters of Howard Lake are always popular, while relaxing in your cozy room is a blessing. Just make sure you spend most of your time outside hiking in the Chippewa National Forest or biking the Heartland Trail or the Paul Bunyan Trail.

Address

5127 Howard Lake Rd NW, Akeley, MN 56433

Highlights

The resort features 1100-feet of beautiful shoreline!

Related Onsite Offerings

If it's camping you want, you can choose sites that are lakeside, or wooded on the upper tier of the resort.

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