The word “resort” can describe a number of different vacation settings here in Minnesota and depending up what type of retreat you’re looking for, there’s sure to be something for you.

Gunflint Lodge

143 S Gunflint Lake
Grand Marais
Cook, MN 55604

Located on the Gunflint Trail in Northeastern Minnesota, the Gunflint Lodge epitomizes what makes the great outdoors great. Winters activities include groomed ski and snowshoeing trails, snowmobiling and dog sledding are just a few of the Gunflint Lodge features. Summers are filled with horseback riding, fishing, hiking biking, boating and moose viewing. The lodge will also cook up trout fishers’ catches for dinner. Guests can choose from Classic Cabins, Gunflint Lake Homes and Romantic Cottages. Be sure to watch the skies, you may just catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Ludlow’s Island

8166 Ludlow Drive
Cook, MN

A private island getaway sounds too good to be true, especially here in Minnesota. But it’s possible if you rent a cottage on the pine-covered Ludlow’s Island on Lake Vermilion. Vacationers feel anything but stranded. The island has a swimming beach, covered dockage for boats, a sundeck, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, hydrobikes and a floating climbing rock called the “iceberg.”

Bluefin Bay

7198 W. Highway 61
Tofte, MN 55615

Sitting alongside Lake Superior, the town of Tofte is home to historic Bluefin Bay. The resort’s history dates back to the late 1800’s when four Norwegian settlers arrived in the area and were welcomed by Native Americans who helped them understand the land and moody seasons. Eventually a small lodge was created to accommodate the area’s growing traffic. Today, Bluefin Bay is an extensive year-round lakeside resort with skiing, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and an onsite spa. Lodging options range from traditional guestrooms and suites to condominiums and townhouses.

Moose Track Adventures Resort

593 Kawishiwi Trail
Ely, MN

Any resort with “moose” in the name sounds like a fun place to stay and that’s certainly the case for Moose Track Adventures Resort which is ideal for fishing, canoeing and vacationers who enjoy a cabin-filled resort. Families-friendly amenities include a natural sandy beach, kids’ play set, and even a dock perfect for teaching the kids to fish.

Giants Ridge

6325 Wynne Creek Drive
Biwabik, MN 55708

Giants Ridge is the ideal year-round resort boasting the best of winter activities such as alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. Summer months the resort switches gears to accommodate golfers. Stay tuned, the resort isn’t done growing yet. Rumor has it an ice skating rink, water park and increase in lodging options is in the works.

– Beth Blair has turned a decade of travel industry experience into an action-packed travel writing career. She writes for various print and online publications and is co-founder of and Learn more about her at and find her on Twitter: @BethBlair.