Whether you’re in the mood for hunting, fishing, cross country skiing, or just relaxing in the welcome embrace of nature, cabins are a fun place to retreat to this time of year. In the spirit of the autumn season, here are eight cabin retreats in Minnesota that you should visit. And, remember – with a private pilot license, you can fly to these cabin getaways whenever you want. All you need to do is hop in the cockpit, set your coordinates and take-off on your next adventure. Inflight can help get you there: visit our pilot programs page to learn more.
1) Money Creek Retreat
Location: Houston, MN
Nearest Airport: Houston County Airport (CHU)
Money Creek Retreat, located in the gorgeous hills of southeastern Minnesota, is the perfect place to relax in nature. With plenty of wildlife around, the hunting opportunities are outstanding—however, the views alone are worth a stay at this cabin retreat. With three available cabins, including Whitetail Cabin, Loggers Lodge and the Tiny Boathouse which is an actual boat hull converted into a cabin, guests can choose their ideal accommodations in the woods.
2) Cabin Inn the Woods
Location: Stillwater, MN
Nearest Airport: Lake Elmo Airport (21D)
Surround yourself with some amazing fall foliage at Cabin Inn the Woods, which offers accommodations in newer, log-sided cabins, surrounded by old oaks, maples, pines and fruit trees. With four golf courses within 10 minutes, guests can catch a late-season round and then enjoy a bike ride or walk on the nearby trail afterward.
3) Lady Loon Cottages
Location: Prior Lake, MN
Nearest Airport: Flying Cloud Airport (FCM)
For a quintessential Minnesota fall getaway, consider a stay at Lady Loon Cottages, where guests will find a number of exceptionally well-maintained cottages. These cottages are located in Prior Lake and Spring Lake, just a short trip outside of the Twin Cities, so they are close to the action. Just minutes away are a number of things to do, from Minnesota’s largest casino, horse racing track, cross country ski trails, amusement parks, zoo and shopping.
4) BWCA Cabin Retreats
Location: Ely, MN
Nearest Airport: Yelland Field (ELY)
For a truly remote getaway, take a look at BWCA Cabin Retreats, located on the edge of Boundary Waters Canoe Area. You can’t get much more remote in this state; with no roads, electricity, telephones or traffic, you’ll be able to relax among the wilderness in complete peace. Nearby is Ely, a well-known town for outfitters and rental companies, offering kayaking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding and more.
5) Shire in the Woods
Location: McGrath, MN
Nearest Airport: Moose Lake Carlton County Airport (MZH)
Nestled in the hear of the Solana State Forest, Shire in the Woods is the perfect destination to unwind and refresh in a natural setting. As a family-friendly option, there’s plenty of woods and trails to explore with children, including the nearby 27-mile Soo Line South Trail. They also accommodate weddings, workshops, meetings and corporate retreats, so there are options available for your unique needs.
6) Cabin O’Pines
Location: Orr, MN
Nearest Airport: Orr Regional Airport (ORB)
For those that are still fishing into the fall, check the availability of Cabin O’Pines on Pelican Lake. With a wide selection of cabins available, some fitting up to 9 people, you’ll find a place to enjoy great fishing, the quiet beauty of the woods and alluring scenery. Plus, some of the cabins are pet-friendly, so you can bring along Fido!
7) Wannigan Point Cabins Resort
Location: Taylor Falls, MN
Nearest Airport: Simenstad Municipal Airport (OEO)
These comfortable cabins in beautiful Taylor Falls, MN, offer guests a variety of cabins built with modern amenities. Enjoy the views of and recreation around the St. Croix River Valley, and then retire to your cabin featuring a full kitchen, air conditioning, bath, fireplace, WiFi, cable TV and grill. Plus, it’s a quick drive to Minneapolis/St. Paul, so you’re not too far from things to do.
8) Buckhorn on Caribou Lake
Location: Marcell, MN
Nearest Airport: Grand Rapids/Itasca County Airport (GPZ)
Five hand-crafted log cabins await guests at Buckhorn on Caribou Lake, the clearest lake in Minnesota. Located just north of Grand Rapids, MN, off National Scenic Byway 38, this cabin retreat is right on Caribou Lake in the middle of an expansive and diverse Chippewa National Forest. Explore the nearby wilderness, fish or swim in the lake (that boasts 40-feet of visibility to its sandy bottom) or simply relax, play and enjoy the company of friends and family. And, there’s no need to bring any bottled water – fill up jugs at the lake to bring home with you, it’s “the best water on earth”.
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