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Fall Couples Getaway Up North Minnesota

The changing of seasons is upon us, and it is a perfect time to plan a couples getaway up north for you and your partner. Grand Rapids, Minnesota is the perfect drive destination. It is close enough to be convenient, and far enough to be a real vacation. Every day life can get mundane and stressful. Grand Rapids is that up north Minnesota vacation destination that offers you an abundance of outdoor nature to reconnect, recharge and relish in each other’s company.

Enjoy The Outdoors

Hiking and biking are a great way to recharge your soul by being in nature. If you seek paved road/path for Biking: the Mesabi Trail is your perfect location. There is a Wheel Pass required to ride the Mesabi Trail. If you are into mountain biking, then you should look into the Tioga Recreation Area which has a world class mountain bike trail (currently under construction) but has approximately 20 miles of trail completed. If you seek a wooded path for Hiking we suggest: Suomi Trail  and Lost Forty. Both of these hiking trails are located within the Chippewa National Forest. If motorized recreation is your thing, then we have lots of ATV/OHV trails to enjoy! There are over 300 miles of designated wooded ATV/OHV trails, and our County and City roads are open to ATV/OHV travel. View the Itasca County ATV Map. Maybe you looking to enjoy nature in a different way; take a scenic drive on the Great River Road or Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway . On all of these scenic roads you will find way side stops, and wooded trails to explore.

Eat & Drink

Vacation is the time to try new food and beverage experiences. In Grand Rapids you will experience rustic and charming to  chef inspired cuisine. Grand Rapids has two new craft breweries, a new Minnesota wine bar and a new tap house. In Grand Rapids you will find locally owned places to eat and drink that offer a unique northwoods cuisine. You will find cultural food experiences, seasonally changing menu’s, and local farm to table offerings. Learn more HERE.


People have this stereotype that small towns have nothing going on, well that is NOT true! The Grand Rapids, MN area has all kinds of nightlife during the week and on weekends. You will find live music at a wide variety of places to eat and drink. The Reif Center season runs September to May of each year, and bring Broadway style shows up north where you can get an up close and personal theater experience. Check out our Nightlife resources page for more information.


This section is probably geared more towards the female audience, but we think that Grand Rapids Shops have something for everyone! In Grand Rapids you will find unique boutique style shops that offer one of a kind items. You will also find a variety of vintage shops that offer everything from antiques to junk. A majority of the boutique style shops are located in small downtown stores, but you will also find vintage, farmhouse, up north and lake inspired items. You can spend a couple of hours or the entire day going from store to store.


Pampering yourself on vacation is a real treat. In Grand Rapids you will find a couple of locations that are ready to pamper you while you are in town. A couple of places we would suggest to consider are: Bala Med Spa and Day Spa, Elements Salon & Spa and True North Salon and Spa. At the same location as Bala Spa, is Center which offers Yoga and other relaxation classes. All of these places are open Monday-Saturday for services. Booking ahead of your trip is suggested.
Grand Rapids, Minnesota is a charming small town in northern Minnesota that is a perfect drive destination in the Fall. You will find a wide selection of overnight accommodations. From conveniently located Hotels, economical Motels, a quaint Bed and Breakfast, Lake Home Rentals, Minnesota Resorts and Vacation Rentals. Whether you are looking for a place that is within walking distance to restaurants, shops and entertainment; or you are looking forward in having a place to yourself that is off the beaten path. The choice is yours.

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