Ten Hip Family Vacations

Minnesota: Winter Wonderland
Follow the leader in a dog-sled exploration of Minnesota's winter wonderlands (Corbis)

For a slice of the surreal sans the theme-park stimulants, spend a long weekend at snowy Gunflint Lodge in Minnesota's north woods. It beats a stay at Grandma's country house—unless your granny kennels 30 loyal huskies.

Swaddled in comforters and sleeping bags, toddlers ages two and up can sit in the sled while a musher guides the dog team through the wintry woods. Plus there's snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and watching the deer gather at dusk. At night back at your cabin, you can tell bedtime stories in front of the fire.

The Wild Winter Package includes four nights in a cabin along with meals, snowshoe and ski rentals, a dog sled ride, and more. Contact Gunflint Lodge for the most-recent rates.

Away.com's resident family expert Candyce Stapen has written the book on family travel, having authored some 1,400 travel articles and 27 books, 26 of them on family travel. She is the winner of the 2004 "Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America" award and a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Her articles have appeared in publications including Nick Jr , FamilyFun , Parents , Better Homes & Gardens , Conde Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , and the Family Travel Network , among others. Her book, the National Geographic Guide to Caribbean Family Vacations is available from Amazon.com.

Published: 11 Apr 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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