By: Jennifer Bateman | Friday, November 13, 2015
How do you find the best Minnesota resort for your family? That's a good question. Minnesota has about 830 to choose from, so where to begin? Not everyone is looking for the same features and atmosphere. And you can't always confidently pick one off the internet. If I've heard it once I've heard it a thousand times by people stopping in to look at our northern Minnesota resort, "They all look and sound the same on the internet." Here are five things to consider when you are looking for the best Minnesota resort to fit your family.
1) Size - When you stay at a Minnesota resort, keep in mind that you are sharing the property with other families. Minnesota resorts range in size from small to very large. The larger the resort, the more general commotion you can expect. Large resorts are often a good choice if you are hoping your kids will find a playmate during the week. Choose smaller if you want a quiet and quaint atmosphere.
2) Location of cabins - If the view from inside the cabin is important to you, be sure to pick a resort that has cabins close to the water. If you plan to enjoy the lake mostly from the swimming beach or in a boat, then finding a resort with good lake views may not be priority.
3) Activities - It's safe to say that all resorts have activities available. Some have a daily activity schedule with set times on where to meet to join in, while others have plenty of things for you to do but on your own schedule. If canoe races sound like fun, consider choosing a family resort with planned activities. This is also a good way to meet other families and kids. If you like to canoe, but don't want to be held to a set schedule to enjoy it, then just be sure you are choosing a resort that has canoes available.
4) Referrals and Reviews - To help get you started, ask your friends and social networks if they can recommend a nice family resort. Trusted referrals are a great place to start! Then look on TripAdvisor for up to date reviews. Keep in mind that many Minnesota resorts are closed during the winter, so will likely will only have reviews posted May through October.
5) Price - Don't go cheap! You will get what you pay for. Resorts that charge more are also spending more to keep the resort nice, clean, updated and well maintained. Keep in mind that the price of the cabin also includes access to the lake, use of the dock and water toys, and so much more! In the world of travel, staying at a nice Minnesota resort is a great value! A few thousand dollars buys some truly lasting memories.
I hope you find this information useful to find the best resort in Minnesota for your family.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Jennifer and Bob own and operate Two Inlets Resort near Park Rapids, MN and Itasca State Park. The resort is named to the "Best of MN" list by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in the category of best traditional lake cabins.