15 Great Midwest Winter Weekend Escapes
No matter how you like to travel, Brainerd, Minnesota (about 3 hours north of Minneapolis), fills the bill. Go adventurous and try snowboarding at Ski Gull (skigull.com), dog sledding at Cragun's Resort (craguns.com) or cross-country skiing at Northland Arboretum (northlandarb.com) or Boyd Lodge (boydlodge.com). Take it slower and stomp a path through new snow or ski on a frozen pond.
Or, if you'd really rather just stay warm, browse the shops in Nisswa and Pequot Lakes. No matter what you do, also make sure to book a massage at the lovely Glacial Waters Spa (grandviewlodge.com). More information: Brainerd Lakes Chambers of Commerce