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Best Romantic Getaways Close To Minnesota

February 1, 2014 7:00 AM

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One need not travel to Hawaii or the Caribbean for a weekend of romance. Minnesota is situated among many romantic and quaint destinations within a short drive. Enjoy a resort or a spa along the river or head up north for a ski vacation. Check out these popular destinations for a quick romantic getaway with your significant other.

American Club – Kohler, Wisconsin
419 Highland Drive
Kohler, WI 53044
(855) 444-2838
www.americanclubresort.com

In the midst of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin lies a romantic and beautiful five-star resort and hotel. The town of Kohler, Wisconsin is the home of the famous plumbing company and an area of beautiful golf courses, lakeside beaches and one of the most romantic resorts in the country. The American Club offers accommodations in its carriage house along with fine dining, a world-class spa and access to golf courses so popular that they have hosted the PGA Championship in the past. Enjoy a weekend in Kohler, Wisconsin, east of Minnesota.

The Hancock Bed and Breakfast Inn – Dubuque, Iowa
1105 Grove Terrace
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 557-8989
www.thehancockhouse.com

Dubuque is one of the oldest communities in Iowa and its quant architecture and old-world charm attest to that fact. The Hancock is a Queen Ann-style B&B converted from the historic Hancock Home. This award-winning bed and breakfast is on the National Register of Historic Places and is filled with period antiques, many of them Hancock family heirlooms. While in Dubuque, enjoy the river views and visit the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. You can also take in the world’s shortest and steepest railway, a 150-year-old jail and in nearby Dyersville, the National Farm Toy Museum.

The Covington Inn Bed and Breakfast – St. Paul, Minnesota
100 Harriet Island Road
St. Paul, MN 55107
(651) 292-1411
www.covingtoninn.com

Watch the Mississippi flow by as you admire the downtown skyline of St. Paul from the deck of the Covington Inn, one of the nation’s few floating bed and breakfast inns. Moored just off of Harriet Island Park, the Covington is just across the river from downtown dining, shopping and museums. All of the Covington’s staterooms reflect the working-boat roots of the craft, yet are luxurious and relatively spacious. The Covington is open for business all year long and has summer and winter rates.

Related: Best Coffee Shops In St. Paul

Elk Haven Horse Camp – Keystone, South Dakota
24654 Iron Mountain Road
Keystone, SD 57751
(605) 666-4856
www.elkhavenhorsecamp.com

Elk Haven is surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest and is a four-hour horse ride from Mount Rushmore. Use an Elk Haven mount or bring your own horses and house them in the 16′ x18′ covered corrals. Human lodgings are rustic camping cabins or RV campsites. Spend the day on the trail, have a bite at the BBQ Cafe and then retire to your cabin with a bottle of red from the nearby Prairie Berry Winery.

Lutsen Resort On Lake Superior – Lutsen, Minnesota
5700 W. Highway 61
Lutsen, MN 55612
(218) 206-8157
www.lutsenresort.com

Lutsen Resort is known for its winter skiing getaways, but it is a perfect spot for a private romantic weekend any time of the year. Lodging ranges from modern condominium-style suites to more rustic log cabins. Or, if you’re looking for all of the benefits of a fine hotel, stay at the historic Lutsen Lodge. Enjoy the spa, take in the view of the lake and share a candle-lit dinner at the Lakeside restaurant. Ask about the Romance and Honeymoon packages.

Related: Top Places For Minnesota Skiing And Snowboarding

Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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