Minnesota is a great getaway spot for couples, with a mix of natural and man-made attractions to explore, as well as some excellent lodges and B&B accommodation.
Here's a look at some fun romantic spots in the Twin Cities, plus some other locations in MN for honeymoons and getaways.
Many romantic getaways in Minnesota begin in Minneapolis/St.Paul, home to historic neighborhoods, parks, over 20 lakes, and a vibrant theater and art scene. A must-do walk is the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail, a 2 mile path accessible from downtown Minneapolis with scenic views of the falls and the Mississippi River.
Other Minneapolis/St. Paul attractions include:
Romantic Winter Activities in Minneapolis-St.Paul - get out of the cold and inside the gigantic Mall of America, and catch a movie or ride the roller coaster. In the afternoon or evening, lace up some blades and take to the ice hand-in-hand at The Depot, a renovated train depot now complete with a skating rink, indoor water park and 2 hotels. (225 Third Ave South, Minneapolis)
The Marquette Hotel - gorgeous rooms here have sweeping panoramic views of downtown Minneapolis, there's on-site dining, and rates start at just $159/night. 2015 Rating* for Romantic Minneapolis Hotels: 80% of Couples Rate it Excellent/Very Good. (710 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 612-333-4545)
Saint Paul Hotel - elegant and historic, and perfect for a Minneapolis honeymoon, where the perks include "Minnesota’s best sleep and shower experience". 2015 Rating* for Romantic St Paul MN Hotels: 87% of Couples Rate it Excellent/Very Good (350 Market St, St. Paul, MN 800-292-9292)
The Westin Minneapolis - offers luxury lodging, one of the best hotel beds in Minneapolis, and a level of service that keeps couples coming back. 2015 Rating* for Romantic St Paul MN Hotels: 84% of Couples Rate it Excellent/Very Good (88 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 612-333-4006)
Dining for 2:
Moscow on the Hill - start with a vodka martini, and then delve into the hearty, delicious Russian offerings of lamb and beef kabobs, borscht and beet salad. The outdoor patio and accordion player add to the wonderful atmosphere. (371 Selby Ave, St Paul MN 651-291-1236)
Barbette - French cuisine by candlelight here, although you'll find the ambience here romantic but relaxed. Gluten-free and vegetarian items are available. (1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis MN 612-827-5710)
AG Thompson House in Duluth, Minnesota is a Dutch Colonial Bed and Breakfast that dates back to 1909. It's located in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood close to many attractions, and only seven blocks from the shores of Lake Superior.
The main house has four unique rooms, with another three more in the carriage home. Each has a fireplace, soaker tub or claw foot bath with rain shower, and many have spectacular lake views.
Several romantic packages are available, but the anniversary package adds only $80 to the cost of your room and allows you to celebrate in style. You get a bouquet of fresh, seasonal flowers, gourmet dessert truffles, keep-sake wine glasses and a bottle of white wine or non-alcoholic beverage. Have breakfast delivered to your room if you prefer your privacy to the dining area. (1-877-807-8077)
Duluth - set in a prime location on the Lake Superior shore, Duluth is a fine place for ship spotting, taking a lake cruise, or enjoying the shops and eateries along the Canal Park waterfront. And it's just 3 hrs from Minneapolis, perfect for a weekend getaway in a romantic Duluth hotel or B&B.
Romantic Getaways in Minnesota: Scenic Drives - Northeast of Duluth, follow Hwy 61 for waterfalls, scenic outlooks and state parks. It's also a great route for spectacular fall foliage in Minnesota.
Southeast of the Twin Cities, U.S. 61 is part of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. Between historic Red Wing, MN and La Crosse, WI, you'll find wonderful river valley landscapes and small towns all along the Mississippi.
The Best Time to Visit Minnesota is usually from May to October. Autumn brings out some incredible fall colors, and winter, while cold, means great outdoor activities and discounts on hotels and weekend packages.
*ERV Rating for Couples: our unique, non-scientific rating formula for romantic hotels which includes: