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NORTHERN MINNESOTA TRAVEL BLOG

The Gnarliest ATV Trails in Minnesota’s North Country

Not surprisingly, we’ve seen an influx of winter enthusiasts in recent months here at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort. Yet, we cannot help but daydream about spring’s gradual thaw, mainly because this peaceful, frozen tundra transforms into a sloppy, raucous refuge for ATVers of all ages and levels of expertise. If you’ve ever trekked into the heart of Aitkin County, you likely already know that these dense woods, rolling hillsides, and abandoned railways are home to some of the gnarliest ATV trails in Minnesota.

Romantic Northern Minnesota Wedding Venues: Big Sandy Lodge

A couple of years ago, we wrote about a Big Sandy Lodge & Resort specialty: fall weddings. We briefly discussed ceremony possibilities, autumn-focused receptions, and on-site lodging. This time around, we’re going to dive a little deeper into what makes our particularly picturesque slice of the Midwest one of the premier Northern Minnesota wedding venues. Below, you’ll find a brief overview of the property, 10 on-site photo ideas, a look at the four seasons, and a handful of ways to start your long-overdue honeymoon!

Top 10 Things to Do in Minnesota in the Winter

We toss on our long johns, ski jacket, and pom hat with a wide grin on our face because we know that an authentic Minnesotan adventure lies ahead. Big Sandy Lodge & Resort is revered for its romantic cabins, snowmobile meetups, and utter seclusion, all of which combine to create an alluring wintertime escape for Iron Range and Twin Cities residents alike. Compiling a handy list of fun things to do in Minnesota in the winter is easy, especially since our modern Big Sandy Lake cabin rentals rest near countless acres of pristine wilderness.

Mid-Winter Lake Cabin Rentals in MN: Big Sandy Lodge

With Halloween and autumn’s peak officially in the rearview mirror, the majority of Minnesotans gleefully turn their attention to the long-awaited snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snowshoeing season. There’s just something truly magical about exploring Northern Minnesota amid falling snow with your loved ones. For those searching for a festive, scenic, and affordable mid-winter escape, look no further than Big Sandy Lodge & Resort. Our idyllic year-round getaway is home to some of the largest lake cabin rentals in MN, all within two hours of the Twin Cities.

Northern Minnesota Resorts: Hidden Gems near Big Sandy

Nestled deep in the Northern Minnesota wilderness along scenic State Highway 65 rests a rustic, picturesque lakefront resort: Big Sandy Lodge & Resort. Not only is our lakeside haven consistently ranked as one of the premier Northern Minnesota resorts, but we’re just minutes away from a wide variety of state parks, wildlife refuges, interconnected ATV trails, and, of course, can’t-miss hidden gems.

Finding the Most Vibrant Northern Minnesota Fall Colors

The backwoods near Big Sandy Lodge & Resort, located in McGregor, MN, feature particularly stunning Northern Minnesota fall colors. You’ll observe a heartwarming meld of crimson, amber, marigold, and kelly green as you venture along backcountry roads, peaceful hiking trails, and serene lakes. Before departure, make sure to consult the always up-to-date Minnesota fall color map, which is collated by the Department of Natural Resources.