Labor Day is just around the corner, and perhaps you have yet to decide where you’d like to go to relax for the weekend. Last-minute plans can be difficult, but if you check out some of these locations, you may be able to get a hotel room and explore these unique areas. Get away from the bustle of city life and spend the long weekend relaxing before the children head back to school. You won’t regret it.

(credit: Comfort Suites Canal Park)

(credit: Comfort Suites Canal Park)

Comfort Suites Canal Park – Duluth, Minn.
408 Canal Park Drive
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 727-1378

Duluth, Minn., provides visitors with a beautiful retreat roughly three hours from the Twin Cities. Located on the shores of Lake Superior, Duluth is chock full of beautiful sites and historical areas. The Comfort Suites Canal Park hotel is located near many of these sites, including the Aerial Lift Bridge, the Lake Superior Marine Museum, the Great Lake Floating Maritime Museum and the historic Congdon Estate. Spend down time relaxing in Canal Park on the shores of Lake Superior.

Northern Rail Traincar Inn – Two Harbors, Minn.
1730 Highway 3
Two Harbors, MN 55616
(218) 834-0955

The Northern Rail Traincar Inn is a special vacation in its own right. The hotel itself, which is made out of old train cars, is a unique delight. While staying in the bed-and-breakfast type lodging, you can actually sleep in an old train car. Visitors can step outside the hotel room and hike through the woods, relax with a bonfire or spend some time on the shores of Lake Superior. The town of Two Harbors is located roughly 30 miles north of Duluth and a little more than three hours north of the Twin Cities.

(credit: Brewster's Red Hotel)

(credit: Brewster’s Red Hotel)

Brewster’s Red Hotel – Lanesboro, Minn.
106 Parkway Ave. S.
Lanesboro, MN 55949
(507) 467-2999

Lanesboro, Minn., is known as “The Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota,” and Brewster’s Red Hotel is one of the best hotels in town. The hotel is one of the most conveniently located in town, as it sits across the street from the Root River State Trail and the beautiful Root River itself. Visitors to the area usually enjoy riding bikes along the trail or kayaking down the river. Lanesboro is located about two hours south of the Twin Cities.

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Water Street Inn – Stillwater, Minn.
101 Water St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-6000

The Water Street Inn is located on the St. Croix River. The hotel is nestled among the historic streets of Stillwater, Minn., and is within walking distance of many shops and historical restaurants. Many of the uniquely decorated rooms in the hotel boast views of the river, and several of the rooms have fireplaces or whirlpool tubs. The town, which is frequently called “the birthplace of Minnesota,” is located on the Wisconsin border just 20 minutes from the Twin Cities.



Water Park of America – Bloomington, Minn.
1700 American Blvd E., Building B
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 229-5753

Consider sticking close to home this Labor Day with a trip to the Water Park of America. Located in Bloomington, Minn., the water park is less than a mile from the Mall of America and partners with a Radisson Hotel. The vacation resort offers water slides, raft rides, zero-depth pools, wave pools and plenty of other water features. Spend the day playing in the pool and relax in the evenings with a quick jaunt to the mall across the street.

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