Spring just may be the ideal time to schedule a getaway. Temperatures are rising, but it’s not so hot that spending time outdoors is uncomfortable. Although Minnesota vacation destinations may be packed later in the year, many spots are still fairly uncrowded during the spring months. If you’ve been thinking about getting away for a few days, you may want to consider visiting one of these areas.
Located on Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota, Beaver Bay is an excellent getaway destination whether you want to spend your days fishing or kayaking or prefer to catch up on your reading in front of a roaring fireplace.
If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, you won’t have to worry about running out of things to do during your stay. Kayaking, ziplining, rock climbing, hiking, biking, charter fishing, bird watching and visits to Split Rock Lighthouse are favorite activities in the area.
Cove Point Lodge in Beaver Bay offers incredible views of Lake Superior from its lodge rooms and private cottages. Although the theme is rustic, rooms and cottages are anything but basic. Some even include fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. Cottages offer a little extra privacy and feature full kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
Amenities and activities at the Lodge include a dining room and bar, indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, a bike trail and rentals, hiking trails, campfires and Frisbee golf. A free continental breakfast features all of the usual breakfast fare, plus a few Scandinavian favorites, including pickled herring, beets and cucumber.
Just two hours from the Twin Cities, the Brainerd Lakes area offers a convenient getaway location if you love being on the water. With more than 450 lakes in the area, there’s also another body of water to explore by boat or another lakeside trail to hike.
Do you love to fish? Area lakes are teeming with musky, panfish, crappie, walleye, and large- and small-mouth bass. Fish a few lakes on your own or arrange a fishing excursion with a knowledgeable guide.
Other area activities include kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding, picnicking, mountain biking at the Cuyuna County State Recreation Area, or golfing at one of the area’s nine golf courses. After a busy day on the links or in the woods, pay a visit to Nisswa or Brainerd for shopping and dinner.
Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake is a convenient place to stay in the area. Their new Queen Shoreline Suites offer lake views, fireplaces, balconies, 50” TVs and kitchens. Fish the lake, go for a bike ride, swim in the indoor pool, play golf on one of three golf courses or visit the indoor sports center during your stay.
Boats are available for rent, or you can bring your own boat if you prefer. The resort has its own marina with a double boat ramp for boats up to 30’ long. With five on-site restaurants, you won’t have any trouble finding a place for a quick snack or a leisurely meal.
Grand Rapids, the birthplace of singer/actress Judy Garland, offers small town fun with an emphasis on the great outdoors. With more than 1,000 lakes in the area and plenty of small rivers, Grand Rapids is a fisherman’s mecca. Fish from the shore or your rented boat, or discover out-of-the-way fishing holes on a guided fishing excursion.
Although you may not be able to swim during the spring months, you can certainly spend time on the water in canoe and kayak. In fact, canoes and kayaks offer the ideal way to explore some of the more isolated backwaters.
During an early spring visit, you may be lucky enough to catch a natural light show. Although fall and winter are the best times to view the Northern Lights, you may spot a glimpse of the Lights if you’re outside on a cloudless night.
The 135-mile long Mesabi Trail passes through the area, offering ample opportunities for hiking, biking or inline skating. The trail is constructed of old logging roads and railroad beds and offers views of forests, streams and historic buildings.
When your muscles are aching ache a long hike, returning to a tiny motel room with a lumpy bed probably isn’t what you had in mind. Timberlake Lodge offers 84 rooms and suites with your comfort in mind. The king fireplace suite offers a spa tub, dual head and body shower and comfortable seating area in the front of the fireplace.
No matter what type of diet you follow, The Lodge’s 17th Street Grill can accommodate you. The restaurant features American cuisine, sushi, vegetarian and gluten-free meals during lunch and dinner.
With a population just under 3,500, tiny Ely is the place to visit if you’re looking forward to a quiet, laidback Minnesota getaway. Multiple lakes make the area an excellent place to catch a few fish, canoe, hike, mountain bike or bird watch. The Trezona Trail starts just outside downtown Ely and winds around Miner’s Lake. Other area trails include Bass Lake, Angleworm and Kawishiwi Falls.
The Grand Ely Lodge Resort & Conference Center is located just one mile from downtown Ely and offers impressive views of Shagawa Lake. Rooms and suites offer comfortable king and queen beds, flat-screen TVs, WiFi, and spacious bathrooms with whirlpool tubs.
There’s plenty to do on the grounds of the resort if you would rather not get in the car again during your stay. On-site activities include fishing in Shagawa Lake, fishing and pontoon boat rentals, and up to two hours of complimentary use of canoes, paddle boats, paddle boards and kayaks. If you’d rather be in the water than on it, take a dip in the indoor pool or relax in the hot tub or sauna. The resort also offers a game room and two restaurants.
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