T;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;;;;;; around the campfire, staying up late to catch fireflies, playing tag with the
kids from the next cabin. If you grew up
in Minnesota, these images might remind
you of summers spent at a lakeside
resort. If you haven’t been to one, it’s
never too late to start a new tradition and
make some memories of your own.
Northeast Minnesota is home to more
than 250 resorts that range from quaint
to luxurious. Though not as numerous
as they were 30 years ago, today’s
resorts have upgraded, expanded and
diversified, enticing travelers to get away
and experience life’s simpler pleasures.
“There’s something nostalgic about
a resort vacation,” says Su Ugstad, a
longtime Minnesota resort owner.
“You go as a kid, and it sticks with you,
even if you just went one time. It’s
something that’s so unique, laid-back,
friendly and wholesome.”
Those who vacation at resorts o;en
find themselves coming back year
a;er year, sometimes generation a;er
generation. Whether it’s a certain patch
of beach, a particular lakeside cabin or
a lucky fishing spot, there’s something
that makes these places feel like a home
away from home.
The connection between resorts and
families applies not only to the guests, but
o;en to the owners as well. Many resorts
are run by multiple generations of the
same family, and the pride they take in
their business is clear to all who stay there.
When it comes to sleeping
arrangements, choices are plentiful.
Cabins, with anywhere from one to
five or more bedrooms, are ideal for
families or groups of friends. Bring your
suitcases and some food to cook, and
make yourselves at home. A fully stocked
kitchen, living and dining areas, and linens
are usually included. Some cabins come
equipped with fireplaces, air conditioning,
TVs, grills and other extras.
For couples or smaller groups, many
resorts o;er rooms in the main lodge.
Some have kitchens, fireplaces and
hot tubs, and are steps away from
everything the lodge has to o;er, which
might include a game room, dining area,
bait shop, laundry facilities and other
amenities for guests to use.
No two resorts are the same, and each
one caters to di;erent types of travelers.
Some, such as Lutsen Resort and East
Bay Suites on Lake Superior, have
townhomes and condos available for
rent, while others, including Northern
Acres Resort & Campground in Deer
River and Hungry Jack Lodge on the
Gunflint Trail, feature campgrounds for
RVs, trailers and tents.
One of the best things about a resort
vacation? You never have to leave the
premises if you don’t want to. Usually
located on a lake or river, resorts give their
guests access to boats, swimming beaches
and other water-based fun, like hydro-bikes and floating trampolines. Some also
have heated swimming pools and hot tubs.
Rewind and Relax
Northeast Minnesota resorts o;er
retreats like no other. | ERICA WACKER
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resorts and plan your next trip at
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