Minnesota Sights and Views

10 Minnesota Wineries to Support This Summer

Minnesota Wineries to Support This SummerThe tourism industry, like many others, has been hit pretty hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spring saw plenty of business closures, and those that have stuck around are looking forward to a healthy summer and fall season. It’s no different for our Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts and other small businesses, like Minnesota wineries.

This summer is a great time to get out and explore this beautiful state. And while you do that, make sure you support as many local businesses as you can. Planning a getaway and enjoying a little wine tasting at Minnesota wineries is one way to do exactly that, all while enjoying a little bit of that much-needed “you” time you’ve been craving, too!  It really is a win, win for all!

Once you figure out where you want to explore, you’ll need to make some lodging reservations. You can’t go wrong when staying at one of our member Bed and Breakfast properties, found all over the state of Minnesota.  Find a property, and book your room today! Read More »

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Where to Find Minnesota Wildflowers This Spring

Hikes to Minnesota Wildflowers

Heading out in nature and enjoying the vast array of Minnesota wildflowers and other natural scenery is one of our favorite parts of spring and summer.  Across the state, there are a number of incredible nature preserves, parks, and hiking trails to explore, many of which have extensive blooms to enjoy. And, the best part about seeing these colorful wildflowers is that they can be enjoyed while still following social distancing guidelines.

Minnesota wildflowers bloom at various times throughout the year, with some making their appearance as early as April, and most peaking around June. You might not able to share in your wildflower joy with your favorite Innkeeper this spring, but we can still offer you our best tips and tricks when it comes to enjoying this incredible state we call home.  And, hopefully, soon enough, you’ll be brightening the halls around our Inns again.

Speaking of our Inns, have you made summer plans yet?  Now’s a great time to plan. Our Innkeepers would love to welcome you this summer, and it will give you something to look forward to, too.  Browse through our collection of Inns, and book a few days at a Minnesota Bed and Breakfast today! Read More »

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10 Great Hiking Trails to Discover in Minnesota

The Best Hiking Trails in MinnesotaIn a state as diverse and beautiful as Minnesota, it should come as no surprise that there are some truly beautiful hiking trails worth discovering. While many of Minnesota’s State Parks and natural areas are closed to the public during the global COVID-19 pandemic, now is a great time to plan out the hikes you’re going to take when these public spaces do open again this summer and fall.

Hiking is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Minnesota’s beauty and enjoy those sought-after vistas. Whether you plan to visit northern, central, or southern Minnesota, there are plenty of great hiking trails to add to your list.  And, when it comes to lodging, there are plenty of great properties to choose from as well.  Browse through our unique collection of Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts, and start planning your escape into nature today. Read More »

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Popular Minnesota Biking Trails to Ride This Summer

Bike Trails in MinnesotaOnce it’s safe to go outside, engage in our normal routines, and put the stress of social distancing and the global COVID-19 pandemic behind us, it will be time to enjoy the great variety of Minnesota bike trails. There are a wonderful variety of bike trails in Minnesota, many of which are near our unique collection of Bed and Breakfasts.

After these months of isolation, there’s no doubt you’ll be ready to get away and enjoy a change of scenery. Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts offer the perfect respite. With comfortable accommodations, access to some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas and popular attractions, and exceptional hospitality, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the year.  Give yourself something to look forward to, and plan a visit to one of our exceptional Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts today! Read More »

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10 Minnesota State Parks You Need to See in 2020

The Best Minnesota State ParksAs the snow begins to melt and we emerge from the long winter in Minnesota, it’s time to start thinking about all of the fun places you’re going to visit this spring, summer, and fall. Of all the places you could go, we think Minnesota State Parks are a great place to start! State Parks offer you a great way to explore this naturally beautiful state and all of its hidden gems and natural wonders.

In total, there are 75 Minnesota state parks, which combined see ### visitors each year. Beyond just these preserved state lands, there are also plenty of state forests, county parks, and other recreational areas to visit. If you’re always wanted to explore the land of 10,000 lakes, then 2020 is the perfect time to book a room at one of our Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts. Read More »

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10 of the Best Waterfalls in Minnesota to See This Spring

10 best Minnesota Waterfalls to See This Spring

What better way to celebrate the reawakening of spring that to go chasing Minnesota Waterfalls? This spring, as the winter snow and ice begin to melt, Minnesota’s rivers will swell to their seasonal highs, leaving us with powerful water rushing over the state’s most beautiful waterfalls. It’s absolutely one of our favorite things to do every spring (and at other times of the year, too).

There are a number of waterfalls around the state of Minnesota, and it’s pretty hard to go wrong. If you’re having a hard time choosing where to concentrate your time, we’re here to help. We’ve listed 10 of our favorite Minnesota waterfalls to see this spring. The best part about visiting these waterfalls is the chance to stay at one of our member Bed and Breakfasts!  Find your perfect getaway destination, and book your room today! Read More »

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Visit the National Eagle Center in Wabasha Minnesota

Visit the National Eagle Center in Wabasha MinnesotaHave you witnessed majestic eagles at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha?  This winter might just be the perfect time to do so! In Minnesota, we spend a lot of time talking about all of the great adventures there are to be had in this amazing state. That’s just as true in the winter as it is during the summer!  This winter, people around the state are spending their time cross country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, fat tire biking, drinking beer, and otherwise hunkering down for the winter. There’s plenty to see and do, and no shortage of fun to be had!

But if you’re looking to do something a little quieter and more relaxing, we thinking heading to the beautiful town of Wabasha for a relaxing weekend, where you can visit the National Eagle Center, is just what you need. There is one Minnesota Bed and Breakfast right in the heart of Wabasha, and several others nearby that would make the perfect landing place for a quiet weekend (or week) away.  Browse through our options in Southern Minnesota, and book your stay today! Read More »

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The 2020 Cross Country Skiing World Cup Comes to Minnesota

Cross Country Skiing World Cup to be Held Near Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts in 2020!In a recent blog, we wrote about all of the wonderful places to go cross country skiing in Minnesota, but have you ever had the chance to attend the Cross Country Skiing World Cup? Probably Not! If you’re interested, keep reading.  2020 promises to be a great year for cross country skiers!

Truth be told, there are endless miles of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails to enjoy in this incredible state. Minnesota is definitely a snow-lovers paradise. But, if you’re on the fence about visiting one of our Bed and Breakfasts in Minnesota this winter, we have the perfect event that might just spur you to action.

This March, Minnesota is going to be home to the Cross Country Skiing World Cup. It will be held in the Twin Cities area at Theodore Wirth Park. Though there are a lot of accommodations in the Twin Cities area, you shouldn’t settle for anything but the best. The best lodging in all of Minnesota, of course, is our wonderful Bed and Breakfasts, and we just so happen to have a number of them in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Find your favorite, and book your room with us today for this exciting winter event! Read More »

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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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