Minnesota's wild lakes, remote resorts and abundant mountain forests attract romantically-inclined travelers for skiing, swimming, sailing and exploring the region's wooded hillsides. Visitors staying at Minnesota resorts paddle calm lakes, snuggle by stone fireplaces and savor lengthy candlelit dinners on rural porches. Travelers arriving in Minnesota can revel in the state's romantic countryside, with its 11,842 lakes, star-filled skies and abundant wildlife. Couples stay in Minnesota’s rural resorts to enjoy alone time amid the lakes and forests.
Superior National Forest
Minnesota’s River Pointe Resort lies within Superior National Forest, along Birch Lake, South Kawishiwi River and million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Lovebirds cuddle up in the resort’s private, knotty-pine villas containing wood-burning fireplaces, ceramic tile two-seater whirlpool tubs, private patios for grilling a romantic lakeside dinner. Guests pay extra for terry robes, unlimited firewood supplies, gourmet chocolate, a photo shoot in the woods and access to canoes for intimate paddles on the lake. Tap into animal instincts by visiting a resident wolf pack at the nearby International Wolf Center
Lake Superior’s Bluefin Bay Resort offers views of the nearby Sawtooth Mountains, with plenty of outdoor activities including walking the Superior Hiking Trail, bicycle rides, admiring waterfalls, canoeing on the lake, making s’mores on the lake and learning how to harvest maple syrup. If this sounds too taxing for the romantically inclined, the resort offers couples massages, in-room chilled champagne, comfy beds scattered with rose petals, breakfast-in-bed service and candlelit dinners.
Minnesota’s Kavanaugh Resort Properties offers real estate opportunities for couples interested in purchasing lakeside cottages after spending a romantic weekend at the resort. The 23-acre resort’s streams, ponds and waterfalls make for relaxing strolls, and two lakeside beaches provide for swimming and dozing in the sun with loved ones. Vacation units feature wood decks and barbecue grills for private dinners and stone-faced gas fireplaces for cuddling on snowy afternoons.
For a romantic lakeside wedding, guests stay at Cragun’s Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake in Minnesota. Brides choose from numerous ceremony locations, including a willow-lined beach and fireside winter lodge. Wintertime weddings sometimes incorporate fireworks in the snow, romantic bonfires with hot chocolate and marshmallow roasting, natural-twig table settings and candles formed from ice. Horse-drawn carriages, mulled wine and dog-sled rides are additional romantic touches. The on-site spa provides services including hot stone massage, salt glow massage, pedicures and manicures.
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