In the land of 10,000 lakes, we really know how to put our shoreline to good use. These lake houses offer stunning views in a serene setting that allows you to enjoy the outdoors without the ruggedness of camping and will have you wishing you didn’t have to return to normal life. It’s the best that Minnesota has to offer.

(credit: Michael Rostance)

(credit: Michael Rostance)

Brindley’s Harbor Resort
9530 Pine Point Road N.W.Walker, MN 56484
(218) 547-1721
www.brindleysharbor.com

When you’re taking a vacation with kids, not any old getaway will do. Located on Leech Lake, Brindey’s miles of sandy beaches, sailboat, kayak, water raft, and canoe rentals and plenty of inland options available as well, make it perfect for the whole family. The kids can play all day long and tire themselves out while parents kick back and relax. At the end of the day, head inside for a comfortable night’s rest in the cottage you can call your own. At least for the duration of your stay.

Samara Point Resort
1026 Birchwood Hills Road
Nisswa, MN 56468
(218) 963-2615
www.samarapoint.com

Right on Gull Lake, there are multiple lake houses right on the water for you to choose from for your stay. Plus, as the name tells you, they are all located on a point and you will be surrounded on two sides by water, with the channels flowing by. It’s a peaceful getaway that truly lets you become one with the lake, while still enjoying a comfortable bed to fall asleep in at night. Head out to the dock at dusk to enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ve ever seen while listening to the loon calls around you.

(credit: Mitch Pafko)

(credit: Mitch Pafko)

Cascade Lodge
3719 MN-61
Lutsen, MN 55612
(218) 387-1112
www.cascadelodgemn.com

Since 1927 the Cascade Lodge has been providing stellar views of Lake Superior and access to the majestic surrounding woods. Whether you’re looking for a more rustic, log cabin-type experience, or want to stay in the more house like main lodge, Cascade will provide the getaway you’re looking for on Minnesota’s greatest lake. Spend time hiking, or hit the water for some canoeing or kayaking and immerse yourself completely in the natural bounty of the North Star State.

Related: Best Lakeside Getaways Near Minnesota

(credit: Judy Jaskowiak/Alexandria)

(credit: Judy Jaskowiak/Alexandria)

Wilderness Resort Villas
6316 Wilderness Road
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
(218) 568-5642
www.wildernessresortvillas.com

These villas are located on one of Minnesota’s most secluded, and thus peaceful lakes. Middle Cullen Lake, as a part of a three-lake chain with Upper and Lower Cullen Lake, is where you’ll be staying and the fishing is phenomenal. If you truly enjoy your stay, and can’t imagine life without coming back again and again, there is an option to buy a lake home and become a permanent fixture on the lake. But for a relaxing vacation of outdoor fun, hit the private beach and take advantage of Minnesota’s summer weather.

Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake
1685 Kavanaugh Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
(800) 562-7061
www.kavanaughs.com

Whether you want to stay for just a short while, or all summer long, Kavanaugh’s has homes available to rent right on Sylvan Lake. And it doesn’t even have to be summer, as you can rent during any of the four seasons. While you certainly can’t get in the water during the frigid Minnesota winter, there are plenty of other activities, like snowmobiling and skiing to enjoy. But for now, it’s summer and the sun is shining and you want to rent out some place where you can sit along the water and appreciate the the warmth. Then fall into a comfortable bed in one of the picturesque cottages or villas.

Related: Travel Guide To The Best Lakes In Minnesota

Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.