Minnesota Sights and Views

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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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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