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The 10 Best Airbnbs in Minnesota for a Unique Midwest Getaway

by Kate Sedrowski

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While it can sure get cold in Minnesota, Airbnb has an abundance of cozy cottages and cabins ready to help you stay warm and toasty.

Minnesota is known as the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes,” and that means there are hundreds of amazing Airbnbs in Minnesota on the water. Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes, and if you’ve never seen it, you’ll be blown away by how large it truly is. Many smaller lakes also dot the state, perfect for swimming, boating, fishing, and other on-water recreation.

Midwestern charm and hospitality are everywhere in Minnesota, and you can discover it in adorable and artsy Airbnbs across the state.

To help make your trip planning a bit easier, here’s a round up of the rentals from Duluth to Grand Marais, which was dubbed “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel Magazine. You’ll feel right at home in these Airbnbs in Minnesota, dontcha know?

1. Atlas A-Frame

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Why you should stay: A Scandinavian-style cabin with a fireplace and gorgeous lake views.

  • Location: Crosby
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $229/night

You’ll be wowed by the striking architecture of the Atlas A-Frame as you first glimpse this unique lakefront cabin. The Scandinavian style continues inside, with a clean white-and-wood-paneled interior and a lofted bedroom upstairs.

You can enjoy coffee or a cocktail on the deck overlooking Adney Lake, and if you bring your own boat, you can take advantage of a private boat dock. In the winter, warm up by the wood fireplace in the living room. And good news for dog owners: you can bring your pets along if they’re well-behaved.

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2. Always Grace

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Why you should stay: Luxurious wood-paneled home sitting on the shore of Lake Superior.

  • Location: Grand Marais
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $536/night

A spacious five0bedroom home with vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, Always Grace is steps away from the shoreline of Lake Superior. The living room provides spectacular views over the lake, and the patio and  multiple decks offer ample outdoor entertaining space.

The massive kitchen is perfect for preparing and sharing a family meal at the hand-crafted wooden dining table. If you want to eat out, the lovely town of Grand Marais is only two miles away. You’re also just minutes away from nearby hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country ski trails, so it’s one of the best luxury Airbnbs in Minnesota if you’re an outdoor enthusiast.

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3. Makers Loft

Duluth Makers Loft
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Why you should stay: A charming loft in an artsy area with a hammock on the enclosed patio.

  • Location: Duluth
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $110/night

This unique Airbnb is on the second floor of a former gas station since converted into a local arts center — the Makers Loft is in the center of it all. The newly-renovated studio apartment is furnished with local finds and oozes artsy charm throughout.

A sunny enclosed patio beckons you to curl up in the hammock and rest for a while, and a queen bed and sofa in the main living space ensure there’s plenty of space to relax indoors when it’s cooler outside. The kitchen has everything you need to cook up a meal to enjoy in the cute dining nook.

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4. Lakefront A-Frame

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Why you should stay: A unique and sunny lakefront cabin with charming touches.

  • Location: Battle Lake
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $165/night

This beautifully designed and decorated A-frame cabin is filled with natural light; it’s a perfect lakefront getaway.  A spiral staircase leads up to the gorgeous loft, which features a king bed and a lovely sitting area. There are two other additional bedrooms to accommodate a large group – one with a king bed, and one with a double and a twin.

There’s plenty of outdoor space for socializing, including a deck overlooking the lake and a private firepit. Ethel Lake is great for swimming or fishing, and you can even rent a pontoon boat from the homeowners if you want to spend a full day exploring the area on water.

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5. Scandinavian Chalet

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Why you should stay: A spacious lakefront chalet with a sauna and floor-to-ceiling windows.

  • Location: Lutsen
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $525/night

This Scandinavian chalet features wood columns, floor-to-ceiling windows, and stunning architecture in a wooded area on the lake.  Vaulted ceilings accentuate the natural wood and stonework, and modern furniture pays homage to the state’s Scandinavian roots. This is definitely one of the most elegant and luxurious Airbnbs in Minnesota.

When the Minnesota winter chill sets in, head to the property’s private sauna after a ski day at nearby Lutsen Mountains, which has a generous 95 downhill trails. In the summer, take advantage of the home’s lake access with complimentary canoes and kayaks.

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6. Cedar Cottage

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Why you should stay: A cozy vintage cottage in the woods with a stone fireplace.

  • Location: Lutsen
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $155

If you love the idea of a crackling fire, check in to the Cedar Cottage. The centerpiece of this charming 1930s-era home is a rustic stone fireplace, and the firewood (and kindling) is fully stocked and ready for your stay. You can also use that firewood to build a fire in the outdoor fire ring. This is a charming and traditional cottage and ideal Airbnb in Minnesota for a vintage woodland getaway.

The cottage also has a wonderful deck with comfortable wooden chairs to enjoy coffee or meals al fresco. The home has a variety of games, puzzles, and books to provide old-school entertainment during the evening or on lazy afternoons.

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7. Secluded Bungalow

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Why you should stay: A home with an outdoor patio, firepit, and panoramic views of Lake Superior.

  • Location: Duluth
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $175/night

With spectacular views of the surrounding area, this secluded bungalow offers a private getaway close to downtown Duluth. You can see the boats coming and going in the harbor from the firepit, and an outdoor BBQ grill means you can spend the whole evening cooking and socializing outside. Several hiking and biking trails are nearby, too.

The indoor space has an open floor plan with a queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room, and a separate bedroom with a full-size bed. If the weather keeps you inside, no problem: there’s a selection of board games and books, plus a smart T.V. to stream your favorite movies.

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8. Treehouse Lodge

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Why you should stay: A unique treehouse suite with multiple outdoor decks, two fireplaces, and a jacuzzi.

  • Location: Cottage Grove
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $299/night

The Treehouse Lodge is nothing like the treehouses you might remember from childhood. This magical home features distinctive wooden decor and even has an actual tree growing through one of the four outdoor decks. The lodge is located on a historic farm with a large park nearby to explore. Despite being a treehouse, this is one of the most glamorous Airbnbs in Minnesota, right down too the crystal chandeliers in many of the rooms.

The main bedroom is furnished with a queen-size bed and – wait for it – a hidden room. You’ll also find two fireplaces and a large Jacuzzi tub to warm you up on those cold Minnesota winter nights.

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9. Quaint Cabin

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Why you should stay: Rustic one-room cabin with a gas fireplace and an outdoor fire ring.

  • Location: Two Harbors
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $189/night

This adorably quaint cabin features wooden walls and colorful rustic decor, but it’s updated with modern amenities. A cute front porch is perfect for enjoying a drink, and as with most amazing airbnbs in Minnesota, there’s an outdoor fire ring. Inside, an thermostat-controlled antique gas fireplace ensures the cabin is at the perfect temperatures for late nights and chilly mornings.

The solid-pine platform bed has a high-quality queen size mattress, and a full size futon also doubles as a couch. It’s one of the smaller Airbnbs in Minnesota on this list, but it’s a great find for anyone who wants to take advantage of the lighthouses, beaches, and riverfront strolls of Two Harbors.

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10. The ReTreet House

The ReTreet House
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Why you should stay: A unique treehouse located in a secluded 30-acre wood.

  • Location: Two Harbors
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $129/night

You may feel like you’re staying in the trees when you spend the night in the unusual two-story ReTreet House.The bedroom downstairs features a comfortable queen-size bed while the upper level lets you lounge and relax with treetop views.

While this home does not have indoor plumbing, it features a heated outhouse and a cold and hot water dispenser for cooking. When you need to shower, just head to the fitness center, which has plenty of room to workout and relax, including a sauna. Guests that prioritize internet access more than hot showers will be happy to know the home has Wi-Fi, plus a T.V. with online streaming.

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