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A Weekend Stay at Cuyuna Cove boutique cabins

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One of the reasons we were so excited to visit Cuyuna Minnesota was the gorgeous new boutique cabins at Cuyuna Cove. I had been following their build on Instagram since winter and watched the five cabins come to fruition over many months of hard work. They opened in late June 2020 and we had the chance to visit mid July as some of the first visitors to the Louise cabin.

Below are some highlights of our stay. Note – while we received a discounted stay as I’m writing about our stay on Social Media/my Blog, these opinions are entirely my own.

Gorgeous Design

The boutique cabins are so cozy and finished with high end features. I loved the light wood which made the whole cabin feel airy and bright. Stone flooring in the shower brings nature elements indoors and the shower is equipped with luxurious soaps. The kitchen is well appointed with a mini fridge, organic coffee beans with a grinder and french press, seasonings and plates/glasses/cutlery (plus sticks for making s’mores!). There is quite the view from your bed which is so soft and covered in a beautiful Pendleton blanket.

There’s a little table inside but, pending, weather, you’ll likely want to enjoy all your meals on the patio (more on that space below!).

One of my favorite memories was coming back to the cabins at night as the string lights twinkled overhead.

Relaxing Patios

The patios overlook a little pond with an incredibly relaxing fountain feature. The sound may even lull you to sleep for a quick nap after a busy day exploring! I loved the patio space for an outdoor morning yoga session – it was so peaceful looking up at the trees and listening to the water fountain. If you don’t have a mat, a towel will work too!

We enjoyed the attached grill on the patio to make dinner one evening. Just remember your bug spray because the bugs start coming out as the sun sets!

Close to Town for food and drinks

While you certainly could make all your meals at the cabin, Cuyuna Cove is just a 10 minute walk to the nearby Main Street in Crosby which features many great food and drink choices! The drive would take you about 2 minutes if you prefer. We loved breakfast sandwiches and smoothies from Red Raven, chai lattes from Mixed Company, fish sandwiches from North Country Cafe and ice cream from Victual. I’d also recommend Hard Water Lounge for cocktails (try the smoked old fashion!) and Cuyuna Brewing for beers or seltzer!

On the famous Bike Trails

Cuyuna Cove is located right on the mountain bike trails so you can hop on your bike from the cabin and head out for a day of exploring. If you’ve brought your own bikes, you’ll have a personal storage locker just for your cabin. If you haven’t brought your bikes, you can walk ~10 minutes to Red Raven to pick up rentals for the day.

Near to Activities

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is just a 5 min drive from Cuyuna Cove where you can swim, paddleboard, kayak or snorkel. It costs $7 to park, which is well worth it to enjoy the gorgeous lakes. My favorite was Huntingon Lake right off the main parking lot. The lakes are the most clear and turquoise of any water I’ve seen in Minnesota!

Pro Tip – head back to the State Recreation Area about an hour before sunset and hike up to Miner’s Point (takes ~20 min). While the view faces more Southeast, you can see glimpses over the lakes facing West on the walk up. Once you’re at the top, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views and the golden hour light on Cuyuna’s lakes!

We already can’t wait to go back to Cuyuna and Cuyuna Cove will be our first choice of places to stay! For more planning advice, check out my complete long weekend itinerary for Cuyuna here!

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