The Great Minnesota Bucket List: Luxurious Locales

Toast these relaxing getaways with a bottle of wine—no knapsacks, kid packs, or achy backs in sight.

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Dream in the Trees

Yes, it is possible to spend the night in a treehouse. Simply call Ludlow’s Island Resort, located on a private island in the middle of Lake Vermilion, and ask for the Dreamcatcher. Designed by SALA Architects, the new three-bedroom cabin sits tall and proud among the island’s towering Norway and white pines. With four levels of living space and floor-to-ceiling glass panels on the third-floor family room, no other view on the island can top it. 8166 Ludlow Dr., Cook, 877-583-5697


If you’re looking to pull out all the stops, book The Fireside Romance package, which includes lodging, dinner in your cabin, massages, and a boat for a cruising.

Sleep In

Make date night more interesting with an interactive five-course murder mystery dinner. A trip to Spicer Castle Inn is sure to spice up your evening as you speculate about who among you is the culprit. Plus, with 18 lodging options, the bed and breakfast offers everything you need for an evening away. The only thing you need to figure out is whodunit: the maid with the candlestick or the inspector with the rope? 11600 Indian Beach Rd., Spicer, 320-796-5870

Sleeping under the stars may sound like a romantic adventure—sleeping outside sans modern-day plumbing and a mattress, not so much. Burntside Lodge in Ely offers the best of both worlds: authentic log cabins nestled quietly away in the wilderness equipped with amenities such as bedding, fine dining, and electricity. Without televisions or telephones, you’ll still spend your vacation at one with nature, but when nature calls, you needn’t worry about bears or bug bites. 2755 Burntside Lodge Rd., Ely, 218-365-3894


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