Although it may not be V day, this time of year, you need something similar. After spending the longest summer ever hanging out with the kids, couples need ways to rekindle the romance. It isn’t exactly a holiday affair when the kids go back to school, but do you and your honey a favor and make it the next best thing. Here are Minnesota’s best places for celebrating, or rather rekindling, romance.
Superior Hiking Trail Association
Office and Store
731 Seventh Ave.
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Couples that really want to get away for a day of peace and quiet can’t go wrong with the Superior Hiking Trail. The 286-mile trail travels above Lake Superior from Duluth to the Canadian border and includes 89 free backcountry campsites and parking lots every five to 10 miles for day hikes and backpacking. Because the trail is only a footpath, there are no motorized vehicles tooting along anywhere close, leaving you and your love to hike through the wilderness alone and in quiet.
Massage Retreat and Spa
4445 Nathan Lane North
Plymouth, MN 55442
Price: from $49.95 per month
Massage Retreat and Spa has two locations, one in Plymouth and the other in Edina, with plans to open a new location in Shoreview. . The spa specializes in relaxation and massage services such as deep tissue massage, facials, waxing and skin therapy. There are also specific couple’s massage and spa packages available to make this an hour or an entire day of pampering and letting go.
Iven’s On the Bay
19090 Highway 371
North Brainerd, MN 56401
Couples looking for a quiet dinner will want to stop by Iven’s on the Bay in North Brainerd. The restaurant is locally owned and operated facing North Long Lake. The menu includes fresh herbs and vegetables grown on site and desserts made right at the restaurant. Indulge, its wine list has been recognized by Wine Spectator since 2003. That in addition to a martini list of 51 different martinis makes this the ideal place for sunset drinks at the lake.
706 Fillmore Ave. South
Lanesboro, MN 55949
Price: from $122 to $210 per night
Vacationers looking for a quiet overnight trip must check in at The Habberstad House for reservations. The six unique guest rooms all include a whirlpool, private bathroom and balcony providing tons of rest and relaxation. For couples looking for things to do, the Root River Trail in Lanesboro has been transformed into a trail for biking, hiking and inline skating right nearby. Kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding await nearby as well.
3719 West Highway 61
Lutsen, MN 55612
Price: from $46 per night per person
Another relaxing getaway for couples, Cascade Lodge in Lutsen, features log cabins and scenic beaches surrounded by Cascade River State Park. In addition to ample outdoor activities available nearby, the lodge itself boasts no shortage of playtime. Couples who are interested in cross country hiking, biking, fishing or canoeing may do so and stay right at the lodge for the entire vacation for a stress-free staycation moms and dads are sure to love.
Related: Guide to Romantic Bed and Breakfasts
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