Minnesotans know that the beauty of fall is short-lived, but there is still time to enjoy Minnesota’s most spectacular season at Big Sandy Lodge and Resort. We provide a perfect weekend getaway from Minneapolis or St. Paul since we are only two hours north of the Twin Cities. The crisp air of fall welcomes crackling fireplaces, brisk hikes, and paddling past vibrant foliage at our Resort. But, fall is also a time where things slow down and cozy weekends of horror flicks and warm apple cider emerge. So, whether you want to enjoy the mild weather (while it lasts) or relax in a cabin, Big Sandy offers the perfect fall getaway.

Great Weather for Activities 

Fall in Minnesota is an excellent time of year to get outside and enjoy nature. And there is an abundance of ways to get outside at Big Sandy Lodge. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Hiking: We have on-site walking trails perfect for a short and scenic hike from the lodge. We are also a short drive away from the trails at Savanna Portage State Park. This park features beautiful rolling hills and lakes along with hardwood trees that are a riot of color this time of year. 
  • Spot Wildlife: While you are at Savanna Portage, keep an eye out for deer, bear, moose, coyotes, and birds. And if you are interested in seeing a variety of waterfowl, then make the drive to Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Check out our Fall Activities in Minnesota at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge to learn more about trails and wildlife at the refuge.
  • Paddle Big Sandy Lake: We are located on the beautiful shores of Big Sandy Lake, where you can spend cool fall days on the water. We have kayak and canoe rentals available right at the lodge, so you can easily embark on an afternoon paddling adventure. 
  • Golfing and Dining: The Minnesota National Golf Course is located minutes from the Lodge and features 18 holes of championship golf. Even when the course closes for the season, you can still visit the on-site restaurant for brews and dinner.

Cool Weather and Cozy Cabins

There’s something quintessential about spending a fall weekend in a cabin by the lake in Northern Minnesota. Families will love spending time together in the spacious villas, and baking fall treats together in the kitchen. Some villas even have wood-burning fireplaces perfect for warming up after a chilly day of activities. And if you are traveling on a romantic getaway, choose our lodge rooms for a smaller and more affordable option. The first floor of our lodge features our Bear’s Den Bar and Restaurant, where you can easily access delicious food and drinks. 

Photo inside a living room in villa ten at Big Sandy.A Weekend Getaway from Minneapolis at Big Sandy

Big Sandy Lodge is an excellent place for a fall weekend getaway from Minneapolis. Enjoy the mild temperatures of fall before the upcoming winter at our Northern Minnesota resort. Spend your days hiking or paddling near our Resort, or opt for a relaxed weekend in one of our cabins or villas. However, you decide to celebrate the season; you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for at Big Sandy.