Minnesota is known as a winter wonderland, and that can make for some beautiful areas to spend a romantic getaway. From the Twin Cities to the North Shore Scenic Highway; Minnesota provides the backdrop for a romantic weekend. With Valentine’s Day approaching, now is the time to consider a getaway with your true love.
Which Romantic Getaway?
The small city along the St. Croix River offers the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. With cozy bed and breakfast inns and classic hotels, exploring Stillwater with your love makes for a fun and amorous visit. The Hotel Crosby located along Main Street. The hotel is home to 55 rooms, so you can enjoy a cozy, comfortable stay. Matchstick Restaurant and Spirits prides itself on a locally-sourced farm-to-table menu, as well as about 700 select bottles of wines and spirits.
With six rooms available, Ann Bean Mansion guarantees a personal and historic experience in a Victorian mansion. Enjoy a home-cooked breakfast. Jeremy and Erin Drews have owned the B&B for 15 years and love investing their talents and energy into providing a memorable visit for guests.
While visiting Stillwater, enjoy a stroll along Main Street viewing murals highlighting the area’s logging history. Sample treats at Candyland, a boutique candy and popcorn store, as well as browse antiques and other vintage items at the Staples Sawmill. Grab lunch downtown and visit Lift Bridge Brewery or Northern Vineyards Winery.
From spring through autumn, the river is home to river boats offering a variety of sightseeing trips, including jazz tours.
Enjoy fine and casual dining at Brick and Bourbon, with a menu featuring barbecue whiskey pork ribs and wild mushroom mac and cheese. Dock Café offers entrees such as Atlantic salmon, walleye and scallop and shrimp alfredo.
North Shore Scenic Drive
Spend a weekend riding the rails or, better yet, stay at the Northern Rail Traincar Inn in Two Harbors. It has themed rooms and the converted rail cars provide a memorable experience. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast featuring muffins, oatmeal and other treats. Take it back to your room to enjoy breakfast in bed.
Enjoy the day driving the North Shore Scenic Highway north of Duluth to the Canadian border, stopping in Grand Portage to take in a short hike to the High Falls. Along the way, visit the lighthouse at Split Rock, enjoying a view of Lake Superior. The highway offers dozens of attractions in the small towns, including beautiful lake views and nature hikes.
Grand Marais is an art lover’s town. The scenic lakeside community is perfect for photographs and a romantic stroll. Consider staying at the Art House Bed and Breakfast. Each of the four bedrooms is located on the second floor. The century-old house is a perfect place to stay. You may run into artists during your visit.
If you do have “company”, (i.e. your offspring) I highly recommend our FAVORITE hotel in Duluth. It has a water-park for the kids and Lake Superior views for the love birds!
Nestled along the shoreline of the Mississippi River, the St. James Hotel provides lasting memories. Opening about 150 years ago, the St. James’ 67 rooms feature Victorian décor. With views of Red Wing’s historic downtown, the St. James has hosted celebrities and dignitaries. The hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway in Minnesota.
Home to Red Wing shoes, the city boasts the world’s largest boot. The attraction is just a small part of taking in the beauty and history of the area. With trails overlooking the city and the Mississippi River, as well as historic districts featuring Victorian mansions, the city offers a couple a wonderful weekend adventure.
Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the St. James or venture out for the nightlife and grab pizza and beer at Maries Underground and Tap House. They feature unique pizzas such as Obie Mac & Cheese, with macaroni, bacon and two types of cheese on top of a layer of cheese and topped with croutons, and the Jo Mashed, a pizza featuring a layer of mashed red potatoes with bacon and ham and topped with three kinds of cheeses! You can also sample any of the 14 beers on tap.
A visit to the International Wolf Center highlights a visit to Ely, about four hours north of the Twin Cities. The center offers an interactive experience where visitors can enjoy encounters with wolves in an effort to help foster positive relationships between humans and the canines. Located within the Superior National Forest, a visit to the wolf center can be a special occasion.
Stroll through downtown Ely, visiting galleries, gift shops, arts and crafts stores, as well as boutiques and sporting goods shops.
In addition, the area is home to several history museums and attractions, including the Dorothy Molter Museum and Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum.
Ely is home to beautiful lodges, including the Grand Ely Lodge. Open year round, the northern Minnesota resort is in the perfect backdrop for snow mobile rides and cross country skiing. Beautiful landscape surrounds you during a stay at the Grand Ely Lodge. With rustic-looking rooms, a visit to the lodge truly is a trip into the wilderness.
Ely’s culinary scene is second to none. With farm-to-table restaurants like Insula providing locally-sourced ingredients to its menu, diners can enjoy Canadian walleye or a duck pot pie. With a large variety of drinks available, you’re sure to select the perfect drink to complement your meal. Home to its own brewery, Boathouse Brewpub and Restaurant offers a casual dining experience, with a menu featuring burgers and sandwiches.
Minnesota’s largest city has so much to offer visitors. You can create your own romantic itinerary from hundreds of choices. But, have you considered a romantic walk along Nicollet Avenue? As you enjoy a walk among the pubic art and shops and restaurants, pose for a picture with the Mary Tyler Moore statue. Bring a hat, as you’ll want to recreate the iconic scene from the nostalgic television series.
Take in a show or musical at the Orpheum Theatre. The classic theater has been home to Broadway-caliber shows and concerts for nearly a century. The Orpheum also offers tours.
How about taking in a local band at First Avenue, a hangout for the late Prince? Housed in a former Greyhound bus depot, First Avenue is the Twin Cities’ longest-running music and concert venue. With acts like Tina Turner, Husker Du and Prince performing on stage, First Avenue welcomes people of all ages.
A former railroad bridge crossing the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis, the Stone Arch Bridge is the perfect spot for a late-night romantic walk. With the city’s skyline behind you and St. Anthony’s Falls flowing a short distance away, the Stone Arch Bridge should be considered one of the Twin Cities’ most romantic spots.
Offering a fine dining experience at a reasonable price, Sanctuary – the Restaurant offers an interesting menu in the city’s theater district. From a grilled pork chop with cinnamon spiced sweet potatoes to New York strip steak with cheddar cheese mashed potatoes, Sanctuary offers a delicious menu for a romantic evening.
Whether you want a romantic getaway in the city or a trip to places like the boundary waters or Lake Superior, there are plenty of Minnesota romantic getaways to choose from. As you plan your romantic getaway, consider any of these locations for a fun and memorable experience.