Minnesota is known for it’s beautiful cabins and lakes up north. However, there’s no need to drive hours away from the Cities to find a perfect vacation destination for the family. Resorts, cabins, and lodges are available across the state.

Twin Cities

Whitetail Woods Regional Park
Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Whitetail Woods Regional Park – Dakota County’s newest park, offers cabins sleeping up to six nested perched among the pines. The park also offers a natural playground, hiking, geocaching, and more. Note, bathroom not included in the cabin.

William O’Brian State Park – William O’Brien provides a beautiful setting for quality recreation along the banks of the St. Croix River. Great hiking and fishing. Canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards available for rental. Camper cabins available.

Elm Creek Park Reserve – Right in Maple Grove, at 4,900 acres, Elm Creek Park Reserve is the largest of Three Rivers’ parks. This park features amenities for almost every outdoor activity, including the Creative Play Area (aka the Rainbow Park), Winter Recreation Area, Eastman Nature Center, miles of hiking and biking trails, a swimming pond, and much more. Camper cabins available.

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Northeast Minnesota

Burntside Lodge
Burntside Lodge

Burntside Lodge – Spend the night at the oldest remaining lodge in Ely. Burntside is on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, naturalist programs and a Finnish sauna.

Larsmont Cottages – Inspired by traditional Scandinavian fishing villages, these North Shore cottages are tucked away in 40 acres of private woods, south of Two Harbors, MN, with 1,300 feet of Lake Superior beachfront shoreline.

North Star Lake Resort – We plan several activities for every day of the week so you and your kids are sure to find one that fits into your vacation schedule.  We even have a supervised activity program – our Kindernook program (ages 3-7). It is entertaining for the kids and it allows Mom and Dad some quality time together.  Cabin rental during the summer season allows guests access to not only all of our resort activities but it also includes participation in all of our planned activities.

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Northwest Central Minnesota

Good Ol’ Days Family Resort
Good Ol’ Days Family Resort

Good Ol’ Days Resort – Vacationing at the Gold Ol’ Days Family Resort is like taking a step back in time. Easy days at the waterfront property can be spent strolling on a sandy beach along Lower Cullen Lake, fishing above sunken islands, or canoeing across the channel in search of wildlife. The manicured resort grounds are dotted with picnic tables, a playground, lawn swings, and a volleyball court. Each day starts off with a complimentary continental breakfast.

Taber’s Historic Log Cabins – Come & stay in your own 1930’s historic cabin for a unique, affordable & relaxing time away from home. A great place for family time, solo retreats, romantic getaways or good friends getting together.

Lost Lake Lodge –  Our all-inclusive pricing means you can pack just your clothing and count on us to supply everything you need for a memorable Gull Lake cabin getaway.  Recreation and activities, peace and quiet, gourmet food and time with your loved ones: plenty to do and so much to enjoy included in one simple per-person nightly rate.

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Southern Minnesota

Cedar Valley Resort

Cedar Valley Resort – Located within minutes from Lanesboro, named one of America’s Prettiest Towns by Forbes Traveler, and the Root River State bike trail. All cabins built between 2001 & 2009. Offers frisbee golf course, 3 playgrounds and much more.

Jelly Stone Campground Austin – Whether you’re coming to enjoy the multitude of activities that we have scheduled on our theme weekends, or you want to play mini-golf, jump on the jumping pillow (socks required), slide into the slide pool from one of the 3 water slides (must be 48″ tall), we’re sure that your family will have more fun than they ever imagined! We also have themed weekends for you and your family.

Hidden Bluffs Resort – Hidden Bluffs is southeast of the Twin Cities with easy access to Root River Fishing & Bicycle Path, Niagara & Mystery Caves, Amish Communities, Kayaking, Tubing, Hunting & Four-wheeling! Near Forestville, Lansboro, Harmony & Spring Grove, Minnesota our Resort is tucked into a valley made up of beautiful hardwood forest and limestone bluffs and offers the best in what we call “natural amenities”. Like nearly one mile of picturesque trout stream, and over four miles of groomed hiking trails!

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