Find Winter Whimsy & Romance at these Minnesota B&Bs

By Lisa Meyers McClintick

Victorian home decorated for Christmas

Victorian Bed & Breakfast decorated for the holidays / Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour in Lanesboro

For a cozy romantic escape or a weekend of quiet luxury, Minnesota's bed & breakfasts and historic inns are the perfect getaway—and winter is the perfect season for the quiet charms of your B&B escape. 

Whether you stay in an elegant mansion in a historic downtown, a renovated lighthouse on the North Shore or a rare eight-sided octagon home, make yourself at home at one of these intimate inns.

Winter B&Bs on the North Shore of Lake Superior

In a state with a great variety of environments to enjoy a winter B&B getaway, a lakeside room on the North Shore offers some of the best (and warmest) views of Lake Superior’s gunmetal grays and blinding blue water. Stay in Duluth to explore the city's architecturally stunning downtown and trendy lakeside neighborhoods, or stay further up the shoreline for the chance to dogsled or take a sleigh ride, ski lodge-to-lodge on the Gunflint Trail and possibly spot a wolf or a moose ducking into the deep woods.

Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast

Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, Two Harbors / © Aneese3 - stock.adobe.com

Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast, Two Harbors

Guests double as assistant lighthouse keepers at this 1892 red-brick landmark that shines across the working harbor.

Baptism River Inn Bed & Breakfast, Silver Bay

Inland from Tettegouche State Park’s visitors center, this log home offers a prime location for outdoor lovers exploring the North Shore’s beauty.

Poplar Creek Guesthouse, Gunflint Trail

This B&B in the woods by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness also can coordinate lodge-to-lodge or yurt-to-yurt skiing with access to hundreds of kilometers of trails.

Solglimt Bed & Breakfast, Duluth

A lakeside room at Duluth’s Solglimt Bed & Breakfast offers some of the best (and warmest) views of Superior’s gunmetal grays and blinding blue water. It sits just minutes away from Canal Park and boutique shopping, plus the city’s numerous attractions.

Winter B&Bs in Lanesboro

Tucked into Minnesota's Bluff Country, this small town that’s big on charm bills itself as Minnesota’s B&B capital with close to a dozen choices, from gracious Victorian homes to downtown inns and country settings. Many are within walking distance of gift stores, galleries, restaurants, events at the St. Mane Theatre, and the Root River Trail for skiing or winter walks.

Downtown Lanesboro main street in winter

Lanesboro is a charming destination any time of year / Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce

Habberstad House

This festive red-and-green Victorian home opens for winter guests in February, offering five different rooms in the spacious main house and a sprawling, luxurious suite in the carriage house.

Berwood Hill Inn

Five miles outside of Lanesboro, this four-room B&B offers the charm of a farm nestled in the quiet of the Root River Valley’s countryside. Summer visitors can also stay in a garden cottage.

Scandinavian Inn

This B&B in an 1892 Victorian home welcomes guests with breakfasts such as apple puff pancakes and Persian omelets and a choice of five rooms, including a treetop suite. Guests can bundle up to linger in its second-story gazebo.

Winter B&Bs in Red Wing

As one of Minnesota’s oldest cities and with a coveted location along the Mississippi River, this getaway with six B&Bs also draws visitors to see bald eagles, ski or hike regional trails, shop for antiques, and explore its heritage as home to Red Wing Shoes and Red Wing Pottery.

Interior room at Round Barn Farm B&B

Enjoy a country-style getaway at the Round Barn Farm B&B in Red Wing / J. Schultz

Round Barn Farm Bed & Breakfast

Travelers can watch for the illuminated white round barn at this country home with five suites, including one with an indoor hanging swing. Breakfast includes fresh bread that guests can help bake.

Octagon House Retreat

This rare and historic eight-sided home includes five guest rooms with classic Victorian decor and antiques.

Pratt-Taber Inn

With elegant rooms inspired by the four seasons, this inn welcomes guests with wine, cheese and candlelight each evening in this 1876 Italianate home.

Lisa Meyers McClintick

Lisa Meyers McClintick is a prolific travel writer for outlets including USA Today, Midwest Living, the Star Tribune and her website lisamcclintick.com. A mom of three, she especially enjoys family travel, hands-on learning vacations, local food and farms, living history and outdoor adventures.