Whether you’re looking for a secluded cabin perfect for snuggling in front of the fireplace, or a big city setting packed with tons of fun activities and attractions, the state of Minnesota has it all. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Central Minnesota, the rugged outdoor beauty of the North Shore, or the bustling nightlife of the Twin City area. Book a stay at a vacation rental in Minnesota for Valentine’s Day. Take a look at these top Valentine’s getaway destinations in Minnesota.
1. St. Cloud
Head to St. Cloud in Central Minnesota for a romantic getaway on the Mississippi River. The Pioneer Place offers romantic Valentine’s Day dinner theater in a beautiful historic setting, and many other area theaters, including the Paramount Theatre and the Cathedral High School Performing Arts Center, offer love-themed February shows sure to put you in a romantic frame of mind. If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, make reservations at Anton’s Restaurant and request one of their stagecoach booths. These special dining areas look like an old-fashioned wagon and provide a semi-private setting for enjoying the restaurant’s great seafood specials.
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2. St. Paul
Valentine’s Day is a great time to bundle up and take a romantic moonlit stroll through St. Paul’s historic district, admiring the charming, old-world architecture accented by snowy gilding. During the day, check out the ambiance of the historic Landmark Center as you enjoy the Wells Fargo WinterSkate hand-in-hand with your loved one. For a romantic Valentine’s date, consider a show at the Ordway Center, which often offers opera, ballet, or orchestral performances with suitable seasonal themes. For a fresh take on your Valentine’s dinner, sign up for a couple’s date night cooking class at Cooks of Crocus Hill, and enjoy a meal you won’t soon forget along with skills you can take home and use in your own kitchen.
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Afton offers visitors a beautiful location with the St. Croix River as a backdrop and charming old-village buildings that are sure to set a romantic tone for your getaway. Drop into Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour, the oldest ice cream shop in Minnesota, and reminisce about the good-old-days while sharing an ice cream soda, and be sure to spend an evening at Swirl Wine Club, whose date-night events are a favorite of both locals and visitors. For the ultimate Valentine’s dinner, make reservations for the four-course Sweetheart Wine Dinner at The Historic Afton House Inn. From the crisp white tablecloths to the fine cuisine to the huge windows offering spectacular views, the Afton House has nearly every detail covered to ensure you have a special time.
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4. Two Harbors
When you’re thinking about where to go in Minnesota for your romantic getaway, consider the quaint lakeside community of Two Harbors. Whether you want to spend most of your time snuggled up in the warmth or your vacation home admiring great views of the ever-changing Lake Superior or you’d rather head out and see the sites close-up, Two Harbors offers options to bring you closer together. For a thrilling ride through the snowy landscape, rent a snowmobile from Beaver Bay Sport Shop or Sawtooth Outfitters, and hit the Taconite State Trail or one of the Two Harbors Corridor trails, all with trail heads right in town. When you’re ready for a little luxury, head to the Ledge Rock Grille for a sophisticated three-course Valentine’s dinner with wine or champagne plus spectacular desserts.
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5. Thief River Falls
Choose Thief River Falls in Northwest Minnesota for a Valentine’s Day vacation that allows you to embrace your playful side. A vacation rental makes it easy to bring along sleds, ice skates, or skis to enjoy the wintry beauty of this Northern community. Head to the Hartz Park sledding hill for snowy rides together down the hillside plus a great view of the river. After the sun sets, lace up your skates at Northrup Park for a few turns around the outdoor rink admiring the beauty of the surrounding park in the glow of the rink’s twinkling lights. Two Fools Winery is a must-stop location for wine lovers. Be sure to get a taste of their specialty wines featuring rhubarb, berries, and cold-hardy grape varieties. Stop by The Candy Store and More for delectable Valentine’s chocolates and special souvenirs for memories of your getaway after you return home.
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Book a vacation rental in the heart of Minneapolis for easy access to a variety of romantic activities to save driving time and spend more time with your partner. Explore the beauty of historic Minneapolis with a carriage ride around downtown from The Hitching Company. The 30-minute ride takes you past Minneapolis’s most famous landmarks while you cuddle underneath the provided carriage rugs. Make memories while relaxing together with a couple’s massage at the Sabai Body Temple or Sanctuary Salon Spa. Follow up your massage with a delicious Valentine’s dinner paired with some fabulous wine selections at the Kenwood in Minneapolis’s beautiful Lake of the Isles district, or opt for the fantastic five-course Valentine’s feast with perfect beer pairings at the Republic, if wine’s just not your thing. For those who love a great show along with their dinner, the Dakota offers Valentine’s dinner paired with a romantic musical theater performance to entertain you while you dine.
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7. Grand Marais
For couples who like a little adventure with their romance, Grand Marais offers plenty of opportunities for exploring the winter wonderland, from snowshoeing adventures to see Minnesota’s highest waterfall to ice fishing on Lake Superior. Bring along your cross-country skis, and work up an appetite on the well-groomed Gunflint trails, and then head to one of the fabulous eateries on Grand Marais Harbor for a delicious Valentine’s dinner with a view. If you’re looking for casual and cozy, check out the Crooked Spoon Cafe, and start your evening with a glass of wine or fabulous local craft beer in their glass-enclosed rooftop bar. Try to time your meal for sunset for the most spectacular view.
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