Plan A Romantic Getaway To This Cozy Forested Lodge In The Midwest

Minnesota's Grand View Lodge is nothing short of dreamy, especially for a couples trip. Two hours north of Minneapolis, this 100-year-old resort has received a multitude of awards in recent years. Situated on Gull Lake with a forested backdrop, the lodge's scenic beauty makes it a wonderful escape for those seeking a nature-oriented vacation. To give you a taste of its romantic appeal, the lodge is a stunning venue for destination weddings.


Hosting a vast array of activities, it's hard to be bored at this versatile resort. NorthPark, Grand View Lodge's recreation facility, contains several pools and hot tubs (including Minnesota's largest outdoor tub!). The lodge includes a fitness center, yoga studio, tennis courts, golf course, and outdoor games and sports. Bike and ski trails will give you ample opportunity to explore the resort's glorious surroundings. And that's all just scratching the surface.

Aside from adventure, Grand View Lodge is optimal for couples looking for a low-key, tranquil getaway. As one Tripadvisor reviewer put it, "A very beautiful, quiet, peaceful, setting with beautiful facilities and caring staff. The perfect place to get away from everything to simply rest." You'll want to swipe right on Grand View Lodge, as it's likely to be a blissful match.


A plethora of activities to kindle that spark

Whenever you decide to visit, there are many phenomenal activities to partake in at Grand View Lodge. Winter is surely a wonderland, as you can hop on a horse-drawn ride or cozy up around a bonfire. Embrace the chilly outdoors by ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or tubing. In the summer, consider adventures like kayaking, paddleboarding, or ziplining. Book a luxury picnic with your significant other if you're willing to splurge. This $350 add-on includes sparkling drinks, decor, a charcuterie board, a customized cake, and a professional photoshoot.


For maximum relaxation, visit Glacial Waters Spa, which features more than 70 services. With various kinds of massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and body treatments, there's no shortage of options. Let your tension melt away with a classic deep tissue couple's massage or a revitalizing hot stone pedicure. This facility also offers therapeutic soaks and halotherapy sessions.

Ideal rooms and restaurants

Chic yet down-to-earth comfort characterizes the accommodations at Grand View Lodge. Due to its proximity to the lodge's amenities, staying at the Main Property is ideal. Cottage one-bedrooms and studios are great for couples — gas fireplace, anyone? The boutique North Hotel (with rooms starting at $150) also shines with contemporary style and up-to-date features. You can book a room with two queen beds or one king bed. For additional benefits, check out the lodge's year-round and seasonal packages. The spa relaxation package, for example, includes a $100 treatment credit for each guest.


Besides snuggling in your home away from home, sharing a special meal is a quintessential part of any romantic vacation. Ignite those sparks and satisfy your palates at one of the lodge's restaurants. Meat lovers should dine at Char, an upscale steakhouse that boasts flavorful cuts. There's also Cru, which provides a sophisticated ambiance, French cuisine, and wines. If laid-back American grub is more appealing to you, chow down on some burgers or wings at Northwoods Pub. Your stomachs and hearts will be full after an intimate retreat with your partner. 

Looking for more destinations to keep the spark alive? Check out this hidden gem of a couples getaway on the West Coast, or head in the other direction to a beautiful East Coast beach town.