Minnesota Bed and Breakfasts & Inns
Welcome to MinnesotaWide-open prairies and vast lakes beckon nature enthusiasts; dramatic city skylines demand attention; and cultural gems tell tales of the Dakota Indians who first inhabited the land. The air is crisp and clean, and the people are warm and welcoming. No matter what time of year you visit, iconic destinations like Lake Superior, the Mississippi River, Mall of America, and the Twin Cities await your arrival.
Things to See & DoWith a nickname like “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, it’s no wonder Minnesota’s top activities take place on the water. Go for a sail on Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake, or visit the Mississippi River for fishing, boating, kayaking, and tubing. If an epic canoeing excursion is on your bucket list, head to Boundary Waters which features over 1,100 lakes and 1,500 miles of canoe routes. Of course, there’s plenty to do on land, too. Did you know that Minnesota is home to more golfers per capita than any other state? Play a round on a championship course, then explore one of the area’s charming river towns. Once darkness falls, cruise over to Voyageurs National Park and end your day under the Northern Lights.
Where to Eat & DrinkWhen it comes to noshing up north, think diverse yet comforting fare. Minnesota cuisine draws inspiration from both Native American and Scandanavian roots, with a kiss of Midwestern grandma. You’ll find lots of local veggies and fresh fish, classic menu staples like Swedish meatballs, and regional delicacies such as wild rice soup, SPAM sandwiches, and the “Juicy Lucy” (burger patties stuffed with cheese.) You’ll also need to wash down your meal with a beverage. Minnesota boasts a booming craft beer scene and cold-climate wines. For a non-alcoholic alternative, try switchel, a simple mix of water, ginger, apple cider vinegar, and sweetener that can be served hot or cold. Tip: Ditch that Starbucks cup! In MN, it's all about Caribou Coffee.
Best Time to VisitSpring is the perfect time to hike, bike, and explore. Summer provides endless opportunities to get out on the water. Fall means foliage drives on scenic byways, and if you’re someone who thrives in the cold, you can expect an unforgettable experience when winter comes around. As the northernmost territory in the Lower 48, Minnesota is known for having some of the coldest winters in the country. (The average winter temperature is just 8 degrees Fahrenheit!) The cold weather is perfect for cross-country skiing, ice fishing, hockey, and other snow sports. Plus, downtown Minneapolis has miles of climate-controlled skyways, so you can shop and dine comfortably in the city.
Where to StayWhether you want to stay in a romantic Queen Anne Victorian or a rustic lake-side lodge, you’ll find the right accommodation for you. Scroll down to explore our Minnesota bed and breakfasts and start planning your trip today!
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