True Minnesotans embrace winter’s arrival, including the frigid temperatures, heavy snowfall, and deserted state parks. The Danish art of hygge has been sweeping the nation over the past couple of years, but it’s been in Midwesterners’ blood for centuries. 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.

Embrace the Climate: Things to Do in Minnesota in the Winter

Big Sandy Lodge & Resort is a quintessential Northern Minnesota snowmobile hub during the crisp, frosty months. Riders from all across the Midwest trek to our peaceful respite to escape their busy city lifestyle. But you don’t have to own a sled to enjoy the quiet, dense forestry near McGregor, MN. To ensure that your upcoming winter vacation to Big Sandy Lake is nothing short of spectacular, we’ve pieced together 10 unique things to do in Minnesota in the winter.

  1. An Extended Snowmobile Vacay: Aitkin County alone has nearly 650 miles of groomed trails, many of which can be quickly accessed from our cozy, rustic lodge.
  2. Golf On Ice, the Wackiest Northern Minnesota Tradition: Have you ever played nine holes of golf on top of a frozen, 6,500-acre lake? Well, now’s your opportunity.
  3. Devour a County Fair Burger: Taste-testing a variety of comfort food remains one of the most beloved things to do in Minnesota in the winter. Pretend it’s summer by munching on a County Fair Burger at the on-site Bear’s Den Sports Bar & Grille—melted cheese curds, crispy bacon, ranch dressing…what’s not to like?
  4. Ice Fish for Days: Big Sandy Lake remains one of the most desirable ice fishing destinations in Minnesota. While not every local fish is bound to bite in the wintertime, our beautiful lake is teeming with walleye, northern pike, black crappie, yellow perch, northern cisco, and bullheads.
  5. Backcountry Snowshoeing: Yes, our classic Minnesota lake resort is minutes from Savanna Portage State Park and Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge. But feel free to ask a member of our staff about the area’s most secluded backcountry trails.
  6. Things to Do in Minnesota in the WinterFireside Cocoa: The main lodge has four authentic stone fireplaces; each is a perfect location for a post-outdoor-excursion cup of hot cocoa.
  7. Cross-Country Skiing at Savanna Portage State Park: Savanna Portage, located just 12 minutes northeast of Big Sandy Lodge & Resort, boasts nearly 10 miles of Nordic ski trails.
  8. Sip on a Cup of Joe at Sunrise: Warm up for the day inside your cozy log cabin with a steaming cup of coffee as the sun subtly ascends above the snow-covered treeline. The Big Sandy Lake sunsets, meanwhile, make us one of the best places to visit in Minnesota in winter.
  9. Hot Tub and Sauna Relaxation: Warm up after a chilly day of snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or Nordic skiing inside our bubbling hot tub or steamy sauna.
  10. A “Digital Detox” for the Ages: Leave the laptop at home. Don’t touch the remote. And turn off your smartphone. It’s time for a long-overdue digital detox in the Northern Minnesota wilderness!

Year-Round Northern Minnesota Resorts

As one of the top-reviewed Northern Minnesota resorts, we’re continuously enhancing the guest experience here at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort. One of the things to keep an eye on this winter is our up-to-date event calendar. Not only will be celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in style, per usual, but we have several live performances and special events lined up in the coming months. Please give us a call today at 218-426-5040 to book a long-overdue getaway to Big Sandy Lake. Our front desk staff can also dish out several more suggestions for fun things to do in Minnesota in the winter.