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There's something about a Minnesota cabin vacation that feels so right. Perhaps it's because Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes. Maybe it's because of its unrelentingly friendly locals. Or it's because it has a collection of the absolute BEST cabin resorts in the country. Northern Minnesota is where a vast majority of these lie, away from the Twin Cities and the helter-skelter life that accompanies them. These are the absolute best of those resorts, places you'll go to relax, unwind and have some good old-fashioned lake fun.
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Take it from us- there's only one way you can enjoy beautiful Lake Birch more than via a shoreline cabin- on a houseboat!Technically, all the houseboats have "cabins", so they totally belong on this list! Named... read more

Take it from us- there's only one way you can enjoy beautiful Lake Birch more than via a shoreline cabin- on a houseboat!

Technically, all the houseboats have "cabins", so they totally belong on this list! Named Minnesota Resort of the year in 1998 and 2012 by the Minnesota Resort Association, grab a fishing rod, swimsuit, and gang of family or friends and heat to Timber Bay Lodge! From your mobile accommodation you can fish, swim, or simply enjoy the beautiful weather. On shore you can go on a hike through the Norway Pine forests or bike to Babbitt on one of the many paved trails (bicycles are available at the resort at no charge). Afterwards, return to a rustic cabin and enjoy some stargazing from the porch. Whatever floats your boat, Timber Bay is happy to accommodate.

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8347 Timber Bay Road Ely, Minnesota 55706

Population

As of the 2010 census, Ely's population was 3,460.

Related activities

Ely is also home to the International Wolf Center and the North American Bear Center. Both are organizations dedicated to educating the masses and serving as ambassadors for their respective species. Give them a visit if you're in the area!

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Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort

Roosevelt, Minnesota

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Family-owned since 1897, Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort offers year-round fishing and cozy serenity on beautiful Lake of the Woods.Clearly there is a lot to do on a lake as famous as Lake of the Woods. Arnesen's... read more

Family-owned since 1897, Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort offers year-round fishing and cozy serenity on beautiful Lake of the Woods.

Clearly there is a lot to do on a lake as famous as Lake of the Woods. Arnesen's excels at showing their guests the best fishing, hiking, and dining spots in the area, all recommended with an unerring smile on their faces. But this list is about cabins, and cabins they have! Complete kitchens with utensils, satellite television, BBQ grills, picnic tables, linens, and plenty of other conveniences that will make your stay an incredibly peaceful one. The cabins range in size from one to four bedrooms, so bring a romantic partner or the whole family; there's plenty of room at Arnesen's!

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6760 Rocky Point Rd NW, Roosevelt, MN 56673

Related activities

The Lodge is 19.8 miles from Seven Clans Casino.

Related Onsite Offerings

Other amenities include a fish-cleaning house and a sheltered marina with fuel, bait and boat docking.

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Brindley's Harbor Resort

Walker, Minnesota

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An aquaphobe's nightmare, for the vast majority of the population Brindley's Harbor Resort is pristine cabin paradise!1300 feet of lakeshore, a sand beach, and four long lake piers. That's what you get when you stay... read more

An aquaphobe's nightmare, for the vast majority of the population Brindley's Harbor Resort is pristine cabin paradise!

1300 feet of lakeshore, a sand beach, and four long lake piers. That's what you get when you stay at Brindley's. A weekend is never enough time to experience all that the Harbor Resort has to offer, so you and your party will just have to try to cram in as much fun as possible. Got a boat? Brindley's 37 slip marina features a concrete ramp to make launching and mooring boats safe and easy. Don't have a boat? Never fear: they also rent quality fishing boats with reliable 70 to 150 horse power motors. Of course, when you aren't out on the water you'll be enjoying the warm embrace of your luxury cabin!

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9530 Pine Point Rd NW, Walker, MN 56484

Getting there

The lodge is 15.3 miles from downtown Walker.

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Other amenities include fire pits, a game room and free use of canoes, kayaks, hydrobikes and bikes.

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Golden Eagle Lodge

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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Golden Eagle Lodge's cabins are spacious, luxurious, and rustic- but most of all, they're right in the thick of the lodge's beautiful Flour Lake surroundings!Whatever time of year you visit, this family-oriented... read more

Golden Eagle Lodge's cabins are spacious, luxurious, and rustic- but most of all, they're right in the thick of the lodge's beautiful Flour Lake surroundings!

Whatever time of year you visit, this family-oriented resort will impress, delight, and treat you to an unforgettable experience. Golden Eagle's adjacency to Flour Lake gifts it a wealth of fun activities for its guests to participate in, from waterskiing to fishing, while being inside Superior National Forest affords guests a spectacular hiking and birdwatching experience. 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!

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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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Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort

Brainerd, Minnesota

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Ah, Sylvan Lake. One of Minnesota's finest, and the home of the next resort on our list, Kavanaugh's. Here, "excellence is a family tradition".The Brainerd area is jam-packed with world-class recreational options, ... read more

Ah, Sylvan Lake. One of Minnesota's finest, and the home of the next resort on our list, Kavanaugh's. Here, "excellence is a family tradition".

The Brainerd area is jam-packed with world-class recreational options, from golf to boating, biking to fishing, antique shopping to (in the winter) snowmobiling. But sometimes (oftentimes), people just want to relax on a vacation, and Kavanaugh's is the perfect place to do so. Cabins are absolutely PACKED with cozy amenities; bask in the warming glow of a cozy fireplace or toast the sunset on a private lakeside deck. Of course, there's also the matter of Kavanaugh's "old-fashioned hospitality", something that you'll sincerely miss upon leaving.

Address

1685 Kavanaugh Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Related activities

The Lodge is 4.3 miles from golfing at Cragun's Legacy Courses and 11.7 miles from downtown Brainerd.

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Amenities include an indoor pool and a Jacuzzi, a gym, and a game room.

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Nelson's Resort

Crane Lake, Minnesota

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Featuring 40 miles of pristine Crane Lake waters Nelson’s Resort offers an unmatched view of the glorious Northern Minnesota wilderness.Serenity, hospitality, and fun: these are the three reasons for Nelson's... read more

Featuring 40 miles of pristine Crane Lake waters Nelson’s Resort offers an unmatched view of the glorious Northern Minnesota wilderness.

Serenity, hospitality, and fun: these are the three reasons for Nelson's existence, and have been since its founding in 1931. Set inside Kabetogama State Forest, where the Echo River and Crane Lake meet, Nelson's cabins are a quintessential way to get closer to nature. The log cabins range from rustic to modern and feature 1 or 2 bedrooms, decks, separate living areas and bathrooms with showers. Kitchens and fireplaces are also available upon request. Not only does this historic haven feature things you wouldn’t expect to find at a classic lake resort, much less at a five-star city hotel, its proximity to some of Minnesota’s grandest natural elements makes it a must-stay for anyone searching out a Northwood’s destination.

Address

7632 Co Rd 424, Crane Lake, MN 55725

Fun facts

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park are only minutes away from Nelson’s Resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

Free amenities include a sauna, a playground and a beach with kayaks and canoes.

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Ludlow's Island Resort

Cook, Minnesota

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Truly unique in both style and charm, Ludlow's Island Resort's gorgeous custom cabins and fantastic location on Lake Vermilion will leave you (and your family) dumbstruck.Each cottage has been hand-crafted and... read more

Truly unique in both style and charm, Ludlow's Island Resort's gorgeous custom cabins and fantastic location on Lake Vermilion will leave you (and your family) dumbstruck.

Each cottage has been hand-crafted and continually improved over the course of seven decades; that includes the Resort's magnum opus: Dreamcatcher. This fantastic four-story treehouse offers unparalleled views of Lake Vermilion and the surrounding Norway pines. There are 22 cabins, each full stocked and intensely opulent. Whether you're looking for a remote, one-bedroom cabin for a romantic Minnesota getaway, or a large, 5-bedroom cabin for your family reunion, Ludlow's can find the perfect place for you. And all with a majestic view of sparkling Lake Vermilion's 40,000 acres of navigable waters, 365 islands and nearly 1,200 miles of shoreline!

Address

8166 Ludlow Rd, Cook, MN 55723

Related activities

Just 8.6 miles from downtown Cook!

Related Onsite Offerings

Other amenities include kids' activities, and a swimming beach with docks and loaner watercraft

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Ballard's Resort

Baudette, Minnesota

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Ballard's Resort offers some of the best fishing this side of the Mississippi, prefect for angling novices or weathered veterans. From your rustic lodgings you can head out to the lake and, be it summer or winter,... read more

Ballard's Resort offers some of the best fishing this side of the Mississippi, prefect for angling novices or weathered veterans. From your rustic lodgings you can head out to the lake and, be it summer or winter, catch the big one!

After an extremely comfortable night's sleep in your opulent cabin, you'll awake refreshed and raring to hit the water. Don't worry about cleaning up, as each cabin features daily maid service. Make what you like on your own stovetop, put it in the refrigerator, and make the most of the other amenities (towels and bedding, cooking utensils, coffee maker, and TV). Then get out and hit the water! You’ll be attempting to catch the always-crafty walleye and sauger, with your guides providing helpful information and direction throughout. To say that they're friendly is an understatement- they'll treat you like family. So if you’ve got a passion for fishing, why would you go anywhere else?

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3314, Bur Oak Rd NW, Baudette, MN 56623

Getting there

Only 12 miles from downtown Baudette!

Fun facts

The first Intercollegiate Basketball game was played in Minnesota on February 9,1895.

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Gunflint Lodge

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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Whether you're fishermen, hikers, bikers, kayakers, or just an adventurous family, Gunflint Lodge has everything you could possibly want from a Minnesota destination. You might say it's SUPERIOR to the rest!Terrible... read more

Whether you're fishermen, hikers, bikers, kayakers, or just an adventurous family, Gunflint Lodge has everything you could possibly want from a Minnesota destination. You might say it's SUPERIOR to the rest!

Terrible puns aside, Gunflint Lodge is a fantastic place to visit 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. Hardwood paneling and stupendous amenities will make it difficult to leave! Meanwhile, in the summer months every lake-time activity you could imagine is available. If you have kids, they'll love cannonballing off the dock. Afterwards, go for a bike ride or explore one of the nearby state parks- it's all fair game at the beautiful Gunflint Lodge!

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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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Zippel Bay Resort

Baudette, Minnesota

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Zippel Bay Resort, in beautiful Baudette, has plenty of charms and delights that are as unique as its name!Nestled snugly against the Canadian border, Zippel Bay is a world-class fishing resort on pristine Lake of... read more

Zippel Bay Resort, in beautiful Baudette, has plenty of charms and delights that are as unique as its name!

Nestled snugly against the Canadian border, Zippel Bay is a world-class fishing resort on pristine Lake of the Woods. The approximately 65,000 miles of shoreline and 14,000 islands give ample opportunity for exploration and seclusion. But despite its intimidating size, the resort still manages to feel cozy, mostly due to the comfy rooms and irrepressibly perky staff. Incredible fishing is everywhere you look, with plenty of walleye, sauger, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and perch for everyone. If that doesn’t interest you, a walk around the pristine LotW environment certainly will! Family, friends, and couples, lend Zippel Bay your ears!

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6080 39th St NW, Williams, MN 56686

Related activities

Only 36.3 miles from Beltrami Island State Forest!

Fun facts

Minnesota got its name from the Dakota Sioux Indian word mnisota for "sky-tinted water," referring to the Minnesota River.

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Buckhorn on Caribou Lake

Marcell, Minnesota

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Lakeside fun, enchanting cabins, and incredible hospitality- that's Buckhorn on Caribou Lake in a nutshell!Whether you're staying in one of the resort's three beautiful hand-crafted, four bedroom log lodges or one... read more

Lakeside fun, enchanting cabins, and incredible hospitality- that's Buckhorn on Caribou Lake in a nutshell!

Whether you're staying in one of the resort's three beautiful hand-crafted, four bedroom log lodges or one of the two chalet-like cottages, at Buckhorn you'll quickly lose track of time. Make sure you make the most of it! Fantastical natural splendor is in high supply, and can be experienced from afar or up close and personal. Take a hike amongst the tall pines and along the shore of crystal clear Caribou Lake, while you look for woodpeckers, loons, and the occasional beaver. If you wanna get a little energy out, swimming, canoeing, fishing, and more can be done inside Caribout Lake's crystal-clear waters. Whatever you choose to do, one thing is for certain: you're not gonna be bored!

Address

45101 Buckhorn Resort Rd, Marcell, MN 56657

Highlights

The resort’s main lodge contains a library and game room.

Getting there

The Resort lies 24.9 miles from downtown Grand Rapids.

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Cedarwild Resort

Deer River, Minnesota

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Located on Moose Lake, the beautiful Cedarwild Resort is the perfect place for a fun and relaxing cabin getaway in Northern Minnesota. Spend quality time with family and friends as you make memories that will last a... read more

Located on Moose Lake, the beautiful Cedarwild Resort is the perfect place for a fun and relaxing cabin getaway in Northern Minnesota. Spend quality time with family and friends as you make memories that will last a lifetime. The natural beauty and wonder of the area will renew your spirit.

Cedarwild's comfortable one, two, and three bedroom cabins can sleep from one to eight people comfortably. Each cabin has a screened-in porch allowing you to take in the tranquility of your surroundings. The cabins also feature a kitchen and family area. Most cabins have a great view of Moose Lake, overlooking a large, well-groomed front lawn which is ready for family activities.

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35951 County Road 238, Deer River, MN 56636

Highlights

Enjoy all the activities Moose Lake has to offer, including exceptional fishing, boating, and hiking. Onsite, there is a heated swimming pool which makes for a great daytime activity for the kids. After a day at the lake, return to Cedarwild's comfortable cabins that are sure to become your home away from home.

Related activities

Fishing enthusiasts are in for a treat at Cedarwild Resort. Their cabins come with a boat so you can easily enjoy fishing on Moose Lake, which is known as one of the area's finest natural walleye fisheries.

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North Star Lake Resort

Marcell, Minnesota

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Popularly known as "the gem of Minnesota family resorts", North Star Lake Resort is a spectacular destination, whatever the occasion!With the backdrop of beautiful North Star Lake, it'd be tough for any resort to... read more

Popularly known as "the gem of Minnesota family resorts", North Star Lake Resort is a spectacular destination, whatever the occasion!

With the backdrop of beautiful North Star Lake, it'd be tough for any resort to fail. But North Star isn't just any resort: it's the premier one! Here, families can stay, play and relax amidst the beauty and solitude of Minnesota's great Northwoods. All cabins are true "Northwoods Cabins," featuring amenities like fireplaces, air conditioning, and gorgeous lake views. When you're not enjoying its spacious interior, you'll be enjoying the great outdoors! Fishing is a popular choice, with oodles of muskies, lunker walleye, largemouth bass and sunfish eager to bite. Swimmers, skiers, tubers and sun bathers will love the sandy beach, safe swimming area and the water trampoline. So what are you waiting for, an invitation? Well here it is: come to North Star Lake Resort right now!

Address

37948 N Star Rd, Marcell, MN 56657

Highlights

Some of Minnesota's finest fishing can be found on 1,000 acre North Star Lake! Bass, Walleye... they're all here!

Related Onsite Offerings

The resort also features a free kids activity program that is not only educational and FUN, but also entertains the troops while allowing mom & dad to take advantage of some well-earned rest and relaxation.

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Gull Four Seasons Resort

Brainerd, Minnesota

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Gull Four Seasons Resort has been providing unforgettable cabin getaways for families and fisherman since the 1920s.Gull Four Seasons Resort boasts a marvelous view from the east shore of Gull Lake and offers an... read more

Gull Four Seasons Resort has been providing unforgettable cabin getaways for families and fisherman since the 1920s.

Gull Four Seasons Resort boasts a marvelous view from the east shore of Gull Lake and offers an assortment of cottages, cabins, and condos. Go for a cozy cottage or cabin as a more affordable option or treat yourself to a condo, which contains central air conditioning, a dishwasher, and a wood burning fireplace. Whether you’re looking for a Minnesota fishing lodge, a cottage on the water, or a luxurious condo, there is something to satisfy everyone. Minnesota cabin getaways are all about getting on the lake and Gull Four Seasons makes it easy. They give their guests the option to rent boats, pontoons, and motors and they provide canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards free of charge! Also, make sure to check out the swimming beach, whether you enjoy a riveting beach read or cool off in the glimmering lake, it will be just you needed.

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4132 St. Columbo Road, Brainerd, MN 56401

Highlights

No need to worry about rainy day activities at Gull Four Seasons Resort. With an indoor pool and sauna, a game room and video arcade, and free wireless internet, you and your family will never be without entertainment.

Related activities

Looking for an activity in town? Check out nearby Nisswa for a local shopping experience. Walk down the main street of Nisswa to find specialty candy at the Chocolate Ox, a book at Turtle Town Books and Gifts, or a quirky gift at the Totem Pole.

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Boyd Lodge

Crosslake, Minnesota

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Boyd Lodge, on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, features an atmosphere so friendly you can practically taste it. Or is that just the walleye from the lake?Specializing in family vacations, couple's packages and group... read more

Boyd Lodge, on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, features an atmosphere so friendly you can practically taste it. Or is that just the walleye from the lake?

Specializing in family vacations, couple's packages and group resort getaways surrounded by the Northwoods beauty of Minnesota, Boyd Lodge offers four seasons of fun in beautiful Cross Lake. During the summer you can enjoy a dip in the pool or in one of the 14 lakes in the Whitefish chain, while winter brings about its own set of activities. Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are all fantastic options, and after you're done you'll return to an exceptionally cozy room to warm back up.

Address

36653 Silver Peak Rd, Crosslake, MN 56442

Getting there

The Lodge is 6.9 miles from downtown Crosslake.

Related Onsite Offerings

Amenities include a sauna, playground, heated outdoor pool, sandy beach and movie nights.

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