Blessed with nature's trifecta of slopes, woods, and water, Lutsen, Minnesota, on the banks of Lake Superior, is a great Escape for any wildlife lover. Add to that the Eagle Ridge Resort at Lutsen Mountains, boasting 74 cozy suites and condos, and you've got a summer getaway that would make even Coloradans jealous.
Set up camp for a two-night stay for two, Sundays through Thursdays ($134) or Fridays and Saturdays ($160) in a Fireplace Studio, which features a patio, gas fireplace, and lodgepole furniture. Or, upgrade to a Fireplace Studio Elite or Jacuzzi Studio Elite—both more spacious than their non-elite counterparts—between Sunday and Thursday ($161) or on Fridays and Saturdays ($193).
Thanks to its perennially popular ski resort—the largest in Minnesota—Lutsen was hailed as the "King of the Midwest Hills" in 2009 by The New York Times. Even without snow, this resort town just 30 miles from Canada, as the crow flies, is a royal treat. Hop on the Mountain Tram for a sun-soaked sight—the gondola delivers views of Lake Superior as you glide to the top of Moose Mountain. And hold on to your straw-brimmed hat, because you might even glimpse a bear or wolf in the woods on the way up.
Trade in the sundress for a sled, and scream your way down the Alpine Slide, a half-mile adrenaline rush down Eagle Mountain, or go on a guided canoeing or kayaking adventure along the Poplar River. The Gitchi-Gami State Trail, traversing 88 paved miles when finished, offers bikers a trip across bluffs, through woods, and by the waterfront. Avian enthusiasts, meanwhile, will love the birdwatching photo ops, while eagle-eyed (and birdie-eyed) golfers can take to the Superior National Golf Course, the state's foremost scenic range.
From paddling in the lake to walking through the woods, we can't imagine a better start to summer.
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Eagle Ridge Resort
High Adventure in the Minnesota Mountains
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