Winter Getaways

Lutsen – Photo courtesy of Explore Minnesota Tourism

Andes Tower Hills

1-87-SKI-ANDES (877-542-6337) •
4505 Andes Rd. SW, Kensington, MN 56343
“I never knew it would be this nice” is the phrase we most often hear as families discover the best-kept ski secret in Minnesota.

Bearskin Lodge

1-800-338-4170 •
124 East Bearskin Rd., Grand Marais, MN 55604
Groomed ski trail starts right at Main Lodge and offers a challenges for all ability levels. 1.5 km lighted nighttime trails. Ski and snowshoe rental available.

Bear Track Outfitting Co.’s Bally Creek Cabins

800-795-8068 • 218-387-1162 •
P.O. Box 937, Grand Marais, MN 55604
Cozy, remote, romantic-rustic cabins…wood-heated, lantern-lit, 25K of groomed ski trails, easy-intermediate. Ski and snowshoe rental. Pets welcome! Non-smoking. Sleeps 2-10.

Bemidji Visitors and Convention Bureau

1-800-458-2223 •
300 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601
140 kilometers of cross-country trails winding through forests and along waterways. Snow-boarding enthusiasts can find an exciting ride at Buena Vista Ski Area’s Terrain Park.

Bert’s Cabins (at Itasca State Park)

218-266-3312 •
15782 Wilderness Dr., Lake Itasca, MN 56470
Stay at Bert’s Cabins in the tall pines, while you ski and snowshoe Itasca State Park. Comfortable housekeeping cabins with fireplaces. Open Jan. – Feb. and May – Oct.

Best Western Superior Inn & Suites/Lake Front Hotel

1-800-842-VIEW •
U.S. Hwy 61 E., Grand Marais, MN 55604
66 lakefront accommodations with breathtaking Lake Superior views. All rooms non-smoking featuring refrigerator, microwave and free high-speed Internet access. Luxurious whirlpool/fireplace suites. Giant indoor whirlpool. Free continental breakfast. One block to restaurants and shops.

Breezy Point Resort

1-800-432-3777 •
9252 Breezy Point Dr., Breezy Point, MN 56472
Experience Breezy’s Winter Wonderland, deluxe lodging, condos, vacation homes, hotel accommodations, restaurants, lounges, ice rink, fishing, skiing, winter bonus—free breakfast, nightly cocktail reception.

Caribou Highlands Lodge

1-800-642-6036 •
P.O. Box 99, 371 Ski Hill Road, Lutsen, MN 55612
Ski-in/ski-out to Lutsen Mountains from this luxury northwoods resort. Units sleep 2-12 with in-room fireplaces, whirlpools, full kitchens. Enjoy massage therapy, indoor pool, restaurant, more.

Chateaux LeVeaux on Lake Superior

1-800-445-5773 •
6626 W Highway 61, Tofte, MN 55615
“LakeShore Lodging — Superior Winter Recreation…the Best of Both Worlds!” LakeView Suites and Condos convenient to recreational attractions.  Indoor pool/hot tub under the same roof.

Cove Point Lodge

1-800-598-3221 •
4614 Highway 61, Beaver Bay, MN 55601
Free use of snowshoes. Famous North Shore cross-country trails close by. Connected to snowmobile trails. Dining, pool, hot tub, sauna. Great Hall fireplace.

Ely Chamber of Commerce

218-365-6123 •
1600 E. Sheridan St., Ely, MN 55731
Ely features over 140 km of pristine cross-country trails; with groomed trails for classic and skate-skiers, plus untouched terrain for backcountry adventure skiers. Visit Ely this winter!

Golden Eagle Lodge Nordic Ski Center

1-800-346-2203 •
468 Clearwater Rd., Grand Marais, MN 55604
A Silent Sports Only Resort with true seclusion as the only resident on Flour Lake. Over 70 km ski trails with skiing for all levels starting at your cabin doorsteps.

Grand Ely Lodge

1-800-365-5070 •
400 North Pioneer Rd., Ely, MN 55731
Experience Ely’s Winter Wonderland with the Grand Ely Lodge. Endless ski trails lead right from our door. Cozy Fireside Lobby, Evergreen Restaurant and Antlers Lounge.

Grand Marais Area Tourism/ Visitor Information Center

1-888-922-5000 •
13 N. Broadway Ave., Grand Marais, MN 55604
Outdoor enthusiasts say Grand Marais winters are spectacular!  Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, skijoring, ice fishing are within minutes of our amenities and Northwoods hospitality.

Greater Mankato Covention and Visitors Bureau

1-800-657-4733 •
P.O. Box 999, Mankato, MN 56002
Whether you’ll be hitting the slopes of Mount Kato or traversing the miles of cross-country ski trails, Greater Mankato is the perfect winter getaway.

Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau

1-888-612-6122 •
111 Third St. E, Hastings, MN 55033-1211
Near Twin Cities. Enjoy skiing, tubing, or snowboarding at Afton Alps or Welch Village Ski Resorts. Cross-country ski along the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers.

Hundred Acre Woods B&B

1-800-657-9624 / 218-757-0070 •
5048 Old Highway 53, Orr, MN 55771
The North Woods are calling. Enjoy the wilderness, ski, snowboard, snowshoe, snowmobile, or even dogsled.  Relax: Jacuzzi, sauna, fireplace and massage available! Gourmet breakfast. Gift certificates.

The Inn at Terrace Point

1-877-387-3318 •
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Romantic and secluded. Spacious Lake Superior suites for two, with traditional, private Finnish saunas. After Ski Perfection…

Iron Range Tourism Bureau

1-800-777-8497 •
403 North First St., Virginia, MN 55792
Northeastern Minnesota’s Iron Range—home of Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort, 2,000 miles of snowmobile trails, cross-country ski trails, lodging, dining, events and more.

The Outing Lodge

651-439-9747 •
11661 Myeron Rd. N., Stillwater, MN 55082
Located at one end of the Gateway Trail, with 8 km of ski trails through the forest. Packages including suites, rentals, lessons, theme dinners, and sleigh rides.

Park Rapids lake Area Chamber of Commerce

1-800-247-0054 •
1204 Park Ave., Park Rapids, MN 56407
Enjoy a wide range of peaceful escapes from groomed trails through whispering pines. Explore Soaring Eagle Trail, Itasca State Park, or venture out on a pair of lightweight snowshoes.

Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, Cabins and Wilderness Yurts

1-800-322-8327 •
Poplar Creek Dr., Grand Marais, MN 55604
Ski BWCA’s longest tracked trail—the Banadad. Lodging at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, Cabins, and wilderness yurts. Ski Yurt to Yurt and other winter adventures.

Powder Ridge Winter Recreation Area

320-398-5295 •
P.O. Box 339, Kimball, MN 55353
Just northwest of the Twin Cities, we offer skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing. Our spacious chalet has two food service areas and a lounge.

Rainbow Resort

1-888-734-1140 •
36571 County Highway 35, Waubun, MN 56589
23K of on-site ski trails. Lodge with grill, recreation center, waxing/ski rental facility and winterized cabins. Near Itasca State Park and Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.

Ski Gull

218-963-4353 •
9898 County Road 77, P.O. Box 612, Nisswa, MN 56468
Downhill skiing, snowshoeing, tubing in one location, on the west shore of Gull Lake. Ski school, rentals, adaptive services, night skiing, concessions. ALL AGES WELCOME!

Steeplechase Ski Area

507-843-3000 •
59468 423 Ave.,Mazeppa, MN 55956
Steeplechase offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and limited cross-country skiing. Nineteen trails and slopes, six lifts, night lighting, full snowmaking and a full-service chalet.

Three Rivers Park District

763-559-9000 •
3000 Xenium Ln, Plymouth, MN 55441
Guaranteed Winter Fun!  Snowmaking and lights for tubing and cross-country skiing. Terrain park for downhill skiing/snowboarding.  Walking, snowshoeing, dog off-leash areas, nature and recreation programs.

Victoria’s House Bed and Breakfast

1-877-837-3222 / 218-834-3222 •
408 Fourth Ave., Two Harbors, MN 55616
Built in 1910, Lake Superior Lakewalk Trail, honeymoon, anniversary, weekend retreat (crafter’s), fireplace, five rooms, gourmet breakfast, smoke-free, pet-free, wireless Internet, ship schedule.

Visit Winona

507-452-0735 •
160 Johnson St., Winona, MN 55987
Nestled amid rugged bluffs, secluded valleys, and rushing streams in the historic rivertown of Winona, an idyllic setting for a fascinating winter adventure.

Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber/CVB

1-800-565-4158/ 651-565-4158 •
P.O. Box 106, 160 Main St. W., Wabasha, MN 55981
Ski and snowboard the Coffee Mill Area, featuring the longest vertical drop south of Duluth. Enjoy fantastic views of river valleys and two states. 

Wild Mountain Winter Recreation Area

1-800-447-4958 •
37200 Wild Mountain Rd., Taylors Falls, MN 55084
Famous for snowmaking and excellent conditions, with terrain and lessons for all levels. Skiers and snowboarders love the terrain park and Soaring Eagle Halfpipe. New addition: Wild Chutes Snow Tubing Park.

Willard Munger Inn

1-800-982-2453 •
Located at the foot of Spirit Mountain, Duluth, MN 55807
Ski remote Duluth Trails right from your door. Alpine Ski free at Spirit Mtn. Ask about our Winter Season Special – $20 Bucks per person. Fireplace & whirlpool suites. Free Lake Superior Zoo passes.

Wintergreen Northern Wear

1-800-584-9425/ 218-365-6602 •
205 Sheridan St., Ely, MN 55731
When you wear Wintergreen, you’re wearing the Northwoods. Wintergreen Northern Wear—inspired, designed and made near the Boundary Waters for 20 years. In Ely, really!

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

1-800-523-2733/ 218-353-7414 •
6282 Cranberry Rd., Finland, MN 55603
Wolf Ridge’s Family Vacation and Elderhostel offer skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, cultural activities, and a New Year’s Eve folk dance. 12/27/06 or 12/29/06 through 1/1/07.

YMCA Camp du Nord

612-465-0465 •
Located on the edge of the Boundary Waters. Year-round cabins available for families and groups. Canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sauna. Meeting space and dining facilities.


Get Away this Winter to a Special Minnesota Destination

Explore Minnesota Tourism, the state’s tourism office, makes it easy to plan a winter getaway. The season brings lots of excuses to treat yourself to a break: long holiday weekends, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays, fresh snow on the trails, or simply, cabin fever. A convenient starting point for your trip is the Explore Minnesota web site

Check out the “Deals” and “Packages” section  of the website. Under “Deals,” you’ll find special offers and last-minute vacancies. You can also subscribe to get these weekly listings by e-mail.

The seasonal travel packages included on the website combine two nights lodging with an off-site attraction, activity, or dining experience. For example, a package could include two nights at a historic inn and tickets to a theater performance. The packages are a quick way to select and plan a winter escape.

Both the deals and travel package sections of the website are organized by geographic area of the state: northeast, north central/west, south, and Twin Cities metro area. You can use the site to search for B&Bs, resorts, dogsled outfitters, and much more.

The website also includes updated snow condition and trail reports, so you can plan a last-minute getaway where the snow is. (Even if there’s not much white stuff in your backyard, chances are someplace else in the state has a decent accumulation.) Recorded snow reports are also available by calling 888-TOURISM (888-868-7476).