The Perfect Minnesota Staycation

How to Embark on a Cabin Escape Up North 

Though this time of year can give us all feelings of restlessness as we await spring, it’s also the perfect time to take advantage of the “staycation.” After all, just a few hours’ drive away, there are incredible weekend getaways just waiting for you to enjoy. Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend with a loved one or want something a bit more active for the whole family or a group of friends, there’s nothing quite like a cabin escape in northern Minnesota where you can take in the snowy winter views from a cozy perch. This week, we’re showing you our favorite Minnesota staycation finds, and we have a feeling that once you get a glimpse, your next getaway will be booked in an instant.


Sawtooth Cabin

Crisp and clean, this modern cabin sits high on a bluff in Schroeder, Minnesota, and it’s a view of Lake Superior you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Windows cover nearly every exterior wall, so you’ll truly feel as though you’re sitting right in the heart of nature (but with a warm and roaring fireplace, of course). If you’re looking for a contemporary escape, this will definitely top your list. Designed in 2009 by Snow Kreilich Architects, this multi-award winning cabin has us astounded.

 
Situated on the top of a bluff overlooking Lake Superior, this modern cabin is an architectural beauty. /  Source

Situated on the top of a bluff overlooking Lake Superior, this modern cabin is an architectural beauty. / Source

 
 
An open floor plan allows for a seamless transition between kitchen, dining room, and living room – all within view of the roaring modern fireplace. /  Source

An open floor plan allows for a seamless transition between kitchen, dining room, and living room – all within view of the roaring modern fireplace. / Source

 
 
Chic and modern, this living room space provides endless views of the surrounding landscape. /  Source

Chic and modern, this living room space provides endless views of the surrounding landscape. / Source

 

Honeymoon House

Located right on a private stretch of Lake Superior’s Pebble Beach, this beautiful cedar shake cabin is known for its breathtaking views of the lake. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide the perfect glimpse of nature, and there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book to watch the snow-tipped pine trees sway in the breeze.

 
Floor-to-ceiling windows make this snowy view of Lake Superior absolutely stunning. /  Source

Floor-to-ceiling windows make this snowy view of Lake Superior absolutely stunning. / Source

 
 
A cozy corner allows for pure relaxation as the snow gently falls among the surrounding trees. /  Source

A cozy corner allows for pure relaxation as the snow gently falls among the surrounding trees. / Source

 
 
A majestic cedar shake cabin, Honeymoon House provides gorgeous views of Lake Superior’s splendor. /  Source

A majestic cedar shake cabin, Honeymoon House provides gorgeous views of Lake Superior’s splendor. / Source

 

Gunflint Cabin

A modern architecture dream, the Gunflint Cabin is located in Grand Marais, Minnesota, and is home to a chic and minimal style you’ll instantly fall in love with. Just steps from the house is an inviting deck where you can soak up the fresh air and view the lake up close, or if you prefer to stay cozy, grab a blanket and take a seat in front of the sleek fireplace – the views are simply astounding. Designed in 2010 by VJAA this AIA Award winning design is top notch in our book.

 
Sleek and modern, this cabin redefines a woodland getaway, and its simple paths to the lake offer serenity and calm. /  Source

Sleek and modern, this cabin redefines a woodland getaway, and its simple paths to the lake offer serenity and calm. / Source

 
 
Curl up next to the modern fireplace for unbeatable lofted views of the forest and lakefront. /  Source

Curl up next to the modern fireplace for unbeatable lofted views of the forest and lakefront. / Source

 
 
With simple wood floors and paneling, this open floor kitchen and dining space serves as the perfect spot for staycation entertainment. /  Source

With simple wood floors and paneling, this open floor kitchen and dining space serves as the perfect spot for staycation entertainment. / Source

 

Cottage Caim

Practically touching the lapping waves of Lake Superior, Cottage Caim is a beautiful little cabin that’s ideal for a weekend trip. Its contemporary blue exterior fits seamlessly with the nature surrounding it, and its compact, yet comfortable, interior allows for ample space to enjoy a mug of your favorite hot drink as you listen to the sounds of the surf.  

 
An inviting and cozy little cabin with sweeping Lake Superior views serves as the perfect weekend getaway up north. /  Source

An inviting and cozy little cabin with sweeping Lake Superior views serves as the perfect weekend getaway up north. / Source

 
 
A picture window provides up-close views of the waves of Lake Superior and provides the perfect cozy nook for relaxing. /  Source

A picture window provides up-close views of the waves of Lake Superior and provides the perfect cozy nook for relaxing. / Source

 
 
Located on a private stretch of Pebble Beach, this cabin offers ample outdoor space to roam and discover new sights. /  Source

Located on a private stretch of Pebble Beach, this cabin offers ample outdoor space to roam and discover new sights. / Source

 

Whitetail Woods Camper Cabin

Is there anything more delightful than a lofted woodland view? For a truly unique experience, stay among the trees in this modern and sophisticated cabin in Dakota County, Minnesota, where you’ll be treated to a cozy, inviting atmosphere as you revel in the quiet of the forest. Designed in 2015 by HGA .

    

Side-by-side treehouse cabins blend seamlessly into the surrounding forest, providing guests with pure solace and quiet. /  Source

Side-by-side treehouse cabins blend seamlessly into the surrounding forest, providing guests with pure solace and quiet. / Source

A lofted view of the surrounding trees makes this cabin the ideal spot for a staycation getaway. /  Source

A lofted view of the surrounding trees makes this cabin the ideal spot for a staycation getaway. / Source

Compact, yet open, this treehouse cabin is a one-of-a-kind vacation destination with room for six guests to comfortably sleep. /  Source

Compact, yet open, this treehouse cabin is a one-of-a-kind vacation destination with room for six guests to comfortably sleep. / Source


Lilla Norr (little north) A-Frame

Currently a work-in-progress, this stunning little A-frame cabin is being remodeled by the owners of Arlee Park, and it’s set to be finished by spring of 2019. With a riverside setting, we can only imagine the potential for amazing winter sunsets and tranquil moments of relaxation. We love the dreamy winter views and can already picture a weekend spent here enjoying the best that the north has to offer.

 
An A-frame cabin nestled in the woods provides a picturesque winter staycation escape. /  Source

An A-frame cabin nestled in the woods provides a picturesque winter staycation escape. / Source

 
 
A vintage morso wood stove defines cozy in this home while adding the perfect modern touch. /  Source

A vintage morso wood stove defines cozy in this home while adding the perfect modern touch. / Source

 
 
A stack of freshly split pine provides an idyllic welcoming vignette at this simple, yet impactful, A-frame cabin. /  Source

A stack of freshly split pine provides an idyllic welcoming vignette at this simple, yet impactful, A-frame cabin. / Source

 

Adventure Studio

Finally, for a budget-friendly staycation option, the Adventure Studio in Brainerd is the perfect fit. At only $132 per night, this lofted abode is surrounded by plenty of woodland and offers beautiful views of the lakefront, making it a great spot for a cozy winter escape.

 
An open-concept living and dining area in this lofted cabin offers beautiful lake views. /  Source

An open-concept living and dining area in this lofted cabin offers beautiful lake views. / Source

 
 
Chic and contemporary, this Brainerd cabin sits right on a lake and is surrounded by beautiful forest. /  Source

Chic and contemporary, this Brainerd cabin sits right on a lake and is surrounded by beautiful forest. / Source

 
 
A simple neutral bedroom makes staying at this cabin getaway the ultimate relaxation spot. /  Source

A simple neutral bedroom makes staying at this cabin getaway the ultimate relaxation spot. / Source

 

If these stunning cabins have you craving a trip up north, then a winter staycation may be just the antidote you need to survive the next few months here in Minnesota. All you have to do is take the leap.

 

By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Vela Creative

Megan Johansson