Minnesota Sights and Views

5 Great Places for Ice Fishing in Minnesota

Ice Fishing in MinnesotaIf you’re looking for fun and new to try in Minnesota this winter, why not try your hand at ice fishing? It is, without a doubt, cold outside. Cold and snowy weather outside doesn’t mean you have to stay inside, though. Ice fishing can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. All you really need to do is wear plenty of warm clothing, borrow or rent an auger to break through the ice, grab a fishing pole and something to sit on and get outside for a fantastic ice-fishing adventure.

There’s something special about getting outside and experiencing one of our favorite summer pastimes during winter. Add to your ice fishing adventures a stay at one of our romantic Bed and Breakfasts, and you have the perfect Minnesota getaway. When it’s time to come inside after a day fishing on the frozen lakes, our exceptional accommodations await. Experience the best of Minnesota this winter, and book a room at one of our member Bed and Breakfasts. Read More »

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10 Great Places for Cross Country Skiing in Minnesota

Cross Country Skiing in MinnesotaIf you want to thoroughly enjoy a Minnesota Winter, then there’s no doubt that you should be outside cross country skiing.  After all, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are two of the most popular things to do when the snow starts to fall.  Talk about a unique and beautiful way to explore the state’s stark winter landscapes! If you want to see some of the most beautiful parts of Minnesota, we recommend cross country skiing in Minnesota State Parks.  That’s certainly not the only place to enjoy these winter months, though. Ask your local Innkeeper for their recommendations, too!

Minnesota transforms every winter, from the moment the first powdery layer of snow begins to fall. There are a variety of cross country skiing trails around the state, each designed for different uses and experience levels. You don’t have to stick to groomed trails, either. Feel free to strap on a pair of nordic skis or snowshoes, and strike out on your own!

Whether you end up north, south, or somewhere in between this winter, the first step to planning a great getway is choosing one of our Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts. Our member Inns are waiting to welcome you with that traditional Minnesota Nice hospitality you’d expect. Find you’re own quiet corner of Minnesota’s winter wonderland this year, and book a room at a Minnesota Bed and Breakfast today!

6 Great Cross Country Skiing Spots in Minnesota

Minnesotans love to say they have more miles of cross country skiing than a trip from St. Paul to Los Angeles. That’s our quirky way of saying you’ll find an incredible number of trails to explore here. Dare we say limitless, even. There’s no doubt that cross country skiing can be a difficult sport and an exhausting one at that! But while you’re out of breath, take a moment to look around you, and you’ll remember why you started this journey in the first place. There is truly nothing more beautiful than Minnesota in the winter.

Cross Country Skiing in MinnesotaIt should come as no surprise that more places for cross country skiing that even we know of. Even so, we’ve taken the time to put together a list of some of the most popular places to go. What are you waiting for? Get out there and get skiing!

  • We’d be remiss to talk about cross country skiing in Minnesota without mention the most popular trail of them all:  The Gunflint Trail in far northeast Minnesota. Spend a day (or more) traversing the trails here, and marvel in some of Minnesota’s most remote and beautiful wilderness in the state.
  • Jay Cooke State Park, just outside of Duluth, is an excellent place to spend a winter’s day.  The trails here consist of rolling hills, rocky outcrops and a beautiful view of the St. Louis River gorge. It even connects up to more trail networks in the Duluth area, including the Willard Munger State Trail.
  • Glendalough State Park, located in central Minnesota, has 8 miles of hilly terrain that’s fun to ski.  Nordic skiers will enjoy skating their way through the landscapes, which range from prairie to northern hardwood forest. This State Park is one of the last large tracts of undeveloped lakeshore in western Minnesota, and thus provides a scenic winter backdrop to your cross country skiing adventure.
  • Head to Mt. Itasca Winter Sports Center near Grand Rapids, and enjoy the almost 150 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. Mt. Itasca is a winter playground for everyone in Minnesota.  Moreover, they have great snow-making capabilities, so they often open earlier and stay open longer in the spring. There’s plenty of terrain for all levels of skiers, from beginner to expert, too.
  • If you plan on staying in the Twin Cities area, there are still plenty of great cross country skiing adventures you can enjoy. Head to Theodore Wirth Park, where you’ll find more than 15 miles of cross-country trails across its 740-acres. Another great choice is the Elm Creek Park Reserve in nearby Maple Grove. Visit at night to explore 3 miles of lighted trails for an unbelievable romantic experience you won’t soon forget.
  • In southeast Minnesota, the 60-mile Root River State Trail system offers a stunning backdrop to a relatively easy day of cross country skiing. Here, you’ll enjoy skiing through the deep river valleys and next to the soaring bluffs. They are strikingly beautiful, to say the least.

Cross Country Skiing World Cup in 2020

Cross Country Skiing World Cup to be held in Minnesota

This winter, there’s even more excitement for cross country skiers in Minnesota.  For the first time in nearly two decades, the Cross Country Skiing World Cup will be held on American Snow, and it’s going to be right here in Minnesota. Theodore Wirth Park, near Minneapolis, will host the 2020 Coop FIS Cross-Country Ski World Cup from March 14-17.

In addition to the World Cup event, the festival will also feature downhill “Snowball in Hell” SkiCross and BikeCross races, a Parallel 45 Cup race series for the country’s top junior, collegiate and citizen racers, and a free four-day block party complete with food trucks, beer tents and live music. Talk about an event that is quintessential Minnesotan!

Get Cozy at a Minnesota Bed and Breakfast

Cross country Skiing when you stay with a Minnesota Bed and BreakfastWhen you’ve done all you can do outside and are ready for a break, put your feet up and relax at one of our member properties.  Our Innkeepers are thrilled to offer you all the creature comforts that remind you of home. In order to have a great getaway, you first need to book exceptional lodging.  That’s why we’re here, offering you a unique collection of Minnesota’s best Inns.

Our Innkeepers are here to help you make the most of your time in Minnesota. Book your next winter getaway at one of our Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts today.

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5 Places to go Fat Tire Biking in Minnesota

Fat Tire biking in MinnesotaHave you ever wondered what all the fuss is about fat tire biking? It’s become a popular new sport for people to try! And, though you can go fat tire biking all year long, it really gained popularity as a new addition to winter sports.  If you struggle or don’t enjoy cross country skiing or snowshoeing, then fat tire biking may be a great new way for you to experience the same previously off-limits areas in the snow without all the hassle. Fat tire bikes are increasingly used throughout the year, but winter is undeniably the most fun time to ride what is commonly referred to as a “fattie.”

If you love biking and being in the woods, this fun new winter sport might just be for you!  Come stay with us at any of our Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts, and get local tips from our Innkeepers on the best places to enjoy a ride on a fattie this winter. Read More »

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10 Things to Do in Minnesota This Winter!

10 Things to do in Minnesota This WinterHave you ever spent much time in Minnesota during the winter? There are a surprising number of fun things to do in Minnesota this winter, and it’s a great candidate for a winter getaway.  Our Innkeepers are here to help you enjoy the best of the state! It is, without a doubt, cold outside. Cold and snowy weather outside doesn’t mean you have to stay inside, though. In fact, Minnesota is the perfect wintry destination, especially for you snow lovers out there.

Though Minnesota is an exciting destination that offers 4 seasons of activities, there’s something that just feels special when you take the time to experience this outdoor lovers’ paradise in the winter.  It has much to do with the silence and solitude you can experience outdoors in the winter. We also know you’ll need someplace warm to get out of the snow for a while. For that, choose to stay at one of our member Bed and Breakfasts. Experience Minnesota for yourself this winter, and book a room at one of our member Bed and Breakfasts. Read More »

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13 Great Minnesota Breweries to Visit This Winter

The Best Breweries in MinnesotaMinnesota has long been considered a destination for beer enthusiasts. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to enjoy a getaway in Minnesota without finding some great quality craft brews nearby. Minnesota’s brewing industry dates back to 1849 when commercial brewing got its start. Since then, breweries around the state have been brewing a wide range of beers.

Though the beer industry has always thrived in Minnesota, recent years have seen tremendous growth in the number and popularity of microbreweries. And, of course, many of our member Bed and Breakfasts are well-situated for you to explore some of the best craft breweries around the state of Minnesota. As the crowds diminish this winter, it’s a great time to sit back and relax at your favorite Minnesota Bed and Breakfast, craft brew in hand. Use our convenient tools to find an Inn, and book your room today! Read More »

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The 2019 Bentleyville Tour of Lights is Nearly Here!

2019 Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Duluth MinnesotaThough technically it is still Fall, it’s really starting to feel much more like winter in Duluth, especially with exciting events like the 2019 Bentleyville Tour of Lights opening in just a couple of short weeks. At the A. G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, we’re finding it hard not to get excited about the upcoming holiday season. It truly is just around the corner, and that means that now is the perfect time to plan your holiday activities before it’s too late.

This November and December, bring your family together and make lasting memories at Duluth’s top holiday attraction, the Bentleyville Tour of Lights.  This year, it opens on November 23rd and runs through December 28th, 2019.  It’s a popular attraction, and rooms tend to sell out fast.  Don’t miss your opportunity to see this year’s lights.  Book your room at the A. G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast today! Read More »

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Plan a Romantic Getaway to a Minnesota Bed and Breakfast

Romantic getaway at a Minnesota Bed and BreakfastIf you are thinking of planning a romantic getaway, we have the perfect getaway destination in mind. It involves one of our Minnesota Bed and Breakfast members, which just so happens to be the perfect place to spend that coveted one-on-one time you’re craving. You’ll find the perfect romantic accommodations at a Minnesota Bed and Breakfast.

Providing romantic settings for these purposes is something we take immense pride in. Minnesota has rightfully earned itself a reputation as a destination for both romantics and adventurers, and there’s no saying the two don’t go hand in hand! This winter, it’s your turn to get a taste of the famous Minnesota Nice hospitality. Book a romantic getaway with us this winter, and enjoy all we have to offer at the finest Bed and Breakfasts in all of Minnesota. Read More »

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10 Fun things to do in Minnesota This Fall

10 Things to do in Minnesota in October 2019If you’re looking for fun things to do in Minnesota this Fall, you’re in luck. October is a special month in Minnesota. The fall season itself doesn’t last very long, but it is vibrantly colored and filled with plenty of fun things to see and do. And October is at the heart of all of it. Visit one of our member Bed and Breakfasts this fall, where you’ll enjoy exceptional hospitality and incomparable local knowledge. Use our convenient search tool to find the property you want to visit, then book your getaway today! Read More »

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It’s Time to Get Haunted in Minnesota

Get Haunted in Minnesota this FallIt’s October; the month many people around the country visit frighteningly haunted places. Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts are busy celebrating what has so far been an extraordinarily colorful fall and enjoying the sights, sounds, and flavors of the season with our guests.  If you’re still looking for ways to enjoy this short but busy season, take a look at our most recent blogs.

But if you’re ready to move on from fall colors and enjoy some of the other aspects of fall, we’re here to help!  October is the perfect time to visit a Minnesota Bed and Breakfast. Why not push those boundaries a little and enjoy a haunted adventure? It is the season of screams and scares, after all. As you make your plans, be sure to use our convenient search tool to find your perfect Minnesota lodging. Read More »

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Get your 2019-2020 Ski Tickets at Spirit Mountain

2019-2020 season at Spirit Mountain in DuluthSpirit Mountain Recreation Area, located in the rugged outdoor-focused town of Duluth, Minnesota, is one of the state’s most popular places for downhill skiers and snowboarders. Given its incredible popularity and proximity to the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, it’s never too soon to start talking about ski season. In fact, Spirit Mountain Recreation Area is still offering discounts on their season passes, and opening day is just around the corner.

Needless to say, all things snow are certainly on our minds. A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast is located less than 20 minutes from this incredible ski hill and only a few hours from Minneapolis-St. Paul. It’s the perfect getaway destination this winter, and now is the time to start planning!  Get your tickets for the season, and then make your reservations at our incredible Duluth Bed and Breakfast. Read More »

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