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Best Fall Family Getaways in Minnesota

It isn't uncommon for Minnesotans to hate hot weather and also hate cold weather, which means that fall wins favorite season of the year by default. In addition to the moderate weather, the autumn season in Minnesota is a great time to consider a family get together. Not only does it provide colorful scenery and the best fall foliage in the country, but during the fall, people are too busy settling into back-to-school routines and preparing for winter (which means less crowds and cheaper rates). Consider taking a break and checking out one of the best fall family getaways in Minnesota.

Arcadia Lodge
52001 County Road 284
Bigfork, MN 56628
(218) 832-3852

Located on the shores of Big Turtle Lake and just off the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, Arcadia Lodge seems to be perfectly positioned for fall getaways. Visitors that enjoy gazing at colorful autumn leaves will appreciate that the lodge is also surrounded by the Chippewa National Forest. Arcadia Lodge also provides a number of fall-related activities and getaways for the entire family. While some will enjoy a fishing trip on 2000-acre Big Turtle Lake, others may choose wildlife viewing and hiking. Other fall activities at Arcadia Lodge include boating or hunting for black bear, ducks or whitetail deer. Two-bedroom to 10-bedroom lodging is available.

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Great River Road National Scenic Byway
Lake Itasca Park to southeast border of Minnesota

(651) 341-4196

Families in search of a simple getaway to observe the changing scenery of fall may be interested in packing up the car or the bicycles and traveling down one of Minnesota's many scenic byways. The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the Mississippi River 575 miles from Lake Itasca State Park all the way to the southeast border of the state. This byway stretches through the Chippewa National Forest, the agricultural plains of central Minnesota and even the metropolitan Twin Cities with opportunities along the way for hiking, canoeing or just enjoying "The Pleasure Drive."

Fall Colors 2012
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Good Ol' Days Family Resort
26050 Oak Lane
Nisswa, MN 56468
(218) 963-2478

On over 1600 acres, the Good Ol' Days Family Resort in Nisswa provides tons of family and child friendly activities for the fall season. Activities include pontoon rentals, bicycles, playaks and kayaks, paddle boats, nightly campfires and a playground area. In addition to the amenities and activities at the resort, families visiting Nisswa will find a number of fun fall activities outside of the resort such as the Paul Bunyan Trail, area parks, horseback riding and Pillsbury State Forest. The resort offers a number of special rates for the late season as well as special events which include the annual Good Ol' Days Family Resort Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration. This event includes spending the holiday in a cottage over Lower Cullen Lake and Thanksgiving dinner.

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Christina Majaski is a full-time legal assistant and freelance writer for online and print publications. She has an obsession for all things related to social media and invites you to follow along with her on Twitter @cmajaski. She currently resides with her daughter in central Minnesota. Her work can be found at

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