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8 Best Luxury Vacation Destinations in Minnesota

While places like Malibu, Aspen and the Hamptons may first come to mind when thinking of luxury vacation destinations, for those looking for an escape in the Midwest, Minnesota can rival the best of them. Whether traveling in winter, spring, summer or fall, there are plenty of ritzy spots for those looking to get away from work, escape the city or travel somewhere special for family vacation.


From luxury resorts to world-class golf courses to unbeatable outdoor recreation, these are a few of the best luxury vacation destinations in Minnesota that you can fly to.  


1) Minnetonka

Nearest Airport: Flying Cloud Airport

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Just a 10-minute drive from Flying Cloud Airport, Minnetonka is a top luxury destination in Minnesota. Home to one of the biggest lakes in the state, this affable town is a boater’s paradise. Not only that, there are plenty of chic shops downtown for those looking for high-end merchandise and services. Flying here will provide any pilot with a welcome escape from the stresses of everyday life.  


2) Lake Vermillion

Nearest Airport: Tower Municipal Airport

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On Lake Vermillion, you can relax in complete seclusion by renting out your own five-acre island. That’s right; Eagle Island, located on the edge of Boundary Waters Canoe Area, is a one-of-a-kind property with a spacious log home that serves as your own private paradise. Named after the pair of nesting bald eagles that have made it their home, the island gives visitors access to more than 60 square miles of water and one million acres of surrounding state and federally protected forests. There may be no better luxury experience than renting an entire island just for you and your family. And — if you need one more reason to visit, the landing strip of Tower Airport is located on a peninsula in Pike Bay, providing a breathtaking approach into the area.


3) North Shore

Nearest Airport: Duluth International Airport

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Spanning almost 150 miles, the North Shore may be known for its beauty, but it can also accommodate a luxurious lifestyle–even if it’s just for the weekend. There are several luxury resorts situated throughout Two Harbors and up through Lutsen, as well as historical mansions and romantic bed and breakfasts available for rent in Duluth. Whether you want to ski, golf or go sailing, you’re sure to enjoy your stay on the North Shore.


4) Grand Marais

Nearest Airport: Grand Marais Airport

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Situated just 45 miles from the Canadian Border, Grand Marais is the perfect escape for those looking for a luxury retreat in Minnesota. Purchase fine art at art galleries like the famous Sivertson Gallery, go yachting around the coast of Lake Superior or spend the day exploring the surrounding Pincushion Mountain Trail System. So head north to experience USA Today’s 2017 Best Midwestern Small Town, Grand Marais!


5) The Twin Cities

Nearest Airport: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

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The Twin Cities is a bustling metropolis with something for everyone, from nightlife and great eats to shopping, entertainment and museums. If you’d like to stay in an upscale home away from home and be close to everything, set your GPS to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (note: there are six smaller airports around the metro area if you’re hesitant to land at MSP – find out more here). Split by the Mississippi River. St. Paul is the state’s capital and offers can’t-miss sightseeing, including the Minnesota State Capitol Building, The Minnesota History Center, and the Cathedral of Saint Paul, while Minneapolis boasts professional sports arenas, award-winning restaurants and plenty of outdoor recreation. If you really want to treat yourself In terms of accommodations, rent a room at the Penthouse Suite at the Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis, where suites can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 per night.


6) Stillwater

Nearest Airport: Lake Elmo Airport

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Located among the bluffs on the St. Croix River, Stillwater is known as one of the premier tourist destinations in the state. There are plenty of boutique shops lining the downtown streets, and tons of entertaining nightlife activities. You can rent a boat and spend the day exploring the St. Croix River, or grab some wine and cheese and have a picnic at Pioneer Park or Teddy Bear Park. Visiting Stillwater is sure to make for a memorable getaway!


7) Gull Lake

Nearest Airport: Brainerd Airport

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Located in Cass County, Gull Lake offers a healthy mix of extravagance and leisure. Check out the breathtaking views and comfortable ambiance at the local luxury resort, Madden’s on Gull Lake. Accommodation options include beach-accessible Mission Point, cabins along the picturesque Steamboat Bay and Wilson Bay, and spacious golf villas on Minnesota’s number one course according to Golf Advisor. Or, head across the lake to historic Grand View Lodge, which has been providing vacation-goers with memorable experiences since 1916.


8) Lake of the Woods

Nearest Airport: Fort Frances Municipal Airports

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Those that love to fish will find comfort at one of the many outfitters and luxury outdoor retreats located around Lake of the Woods. Known as the Walleye Capital of the World, this expansive part of the state is nothing but pristine lakes and forrests as far as the eye can see. Spend a week or two trying to catch that elusive big one, by hiring one of the many expert fishing guides in the area who will help you find all of the hot spots. Many outfitters can even provide you with an all-in-one experience, meaning you can rent boats, gear, bait, tackle and guides in a single package.


Do You Want to Vacation at Luxurious Destinations in Minnesota?

Whether you’re someone that wants to learn to fly or a certified pilot who wants to further their education, the crew at Inflight Pilot Training can help you gain the freedom to explore these luxury vacation destinations in the great state of MN.


Ready to get started? Inflight Pilot Training is a leading flight instruction company serving Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding areas. With a reputable training program and an extensive roster of highly skilled, certified flight instructors, we can give you the freedom to fly to the greatest destinations in our great state.

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