If you’re looking for a cozy cabin in the Midwest, look no further than Cuyuna Cove! This boutique hotel sits on a wooded lot in Crosby, MN – and is just over a 2 hour drive from Minneapolis / St. Paul. The hotel is comprised of 5 stunning individual cabins that are designed so beautifully & thoughtfully.
The cabin is a peaceful, cozy retreat to enjoy a relaxing trip or to come back to after a long day of outdoor adventures. Cuyuna Cove is perfectly situated close to town (only a few minute drive to Main Street – lots of restaurants & shops) while also feeling very secluded, with direct access to trails for fat tire biking, snowshoeing and more!
While I received a discount for my stay – my review and opinions in this article & on social media are my own & based on my experience.
Relax in the cabin
Since we were up at Cuyuna Cove in late December, the sun went down very early and we spent a lot of the time in our cabin. The cabin itself was not only gorgeous, but super functional and had everything we needed to feel comfortable. Nice touches like the artwork, french press, & warm Pendleton blanket make the cabin super charming as well.
We spent time drinking coffee & reading in the mornings as the sun poured in to our cabin. And in the evenings, after a a day of exploring, we enjoyed dimming the lights, eating takeout, and playing games at the small foldable table. Definitely bring your favorite board games or cards!
The cabin does not have a TV which I think adds to the charming feel. But if you really want to watch television or movies be sure to bring up a laptop or tablet. Note, the cabins do have wifi!
Cuyuna has a mountain bike trail system with over 30 miles of trails to explore! In the winter you can take these trails by fat tire bike or snowshoe.
Fat Tire Biking
If you don’t have a fat tire bike, there are a couple of places to rent one! Red Raven is both a bike rental shop & coffee shop right on Main Street! You can call ahead and reserve a bike in advance. Another bike shop to rent from is Cykel.
Mitch and I were planning to fat tire bike on our last day in Cuyuna, but it snowed pretty heavily the night before and the trails were unfortunately closed that day for grooming. If fat tire biking is really high on your priority list, be sure to plan to do it towards the beginning of your trip! That way if you aren’t able to go when you originally planned, you still might be able to another day.
While we didn’t get to fat tire bike, we did do quite a bit of snowshoeing on the Cuyuna MBT (mountain bike trails)!
We rented our snowshoes through our hotel, Cuyuna Cove. When booking your cabin you can select snowshoe rentals as well.
If you haven’t snowshoed before, it’s pretty easy! There are lots of trails to choose from and a wide range of difficulty so there’s something for everyone. We stuck to mostly easy trails!
Explore Main Street
Main Street in Crosby has lots of restaurants & shops. Due to COVID, restaurants were closed but we still had the opportunity to get takeout! See below for places I would recommend:
- Victual – pictured below on the right, is not only a cool gift shop, but also offers premium ice creams, fine cheeses, and everything you need to make a great cocktail. Definitely check it out! We stopped in here a couple times.
- Rafferty’s Pizza – Wood fired pizza, wings, and more! I LOVED the veggie pizza (the Vegetable Supreme) pictured below.
- Iron Range Eatery – American food, open for lunch & dinner!
- Mixed Company – Coffee shop with lots of quick breakfast options (baked goods, breakfast sandwiches etc)
- Red Raven – Awesome coffee shop + bike shop! Also has great to-go breakfast options.
Plan Your Trip to Cuyuna
While Cuyuna Cove just opened in the Summer of 2020, word is quickly spreading about this awesome getaway and weekends in particular are booked pretty far out.
We went during the week which I would recommend doing, but make sure to check hours / days things are open to make sure you plan accordingly. Some businesses are closed for 1 or more days during the week (like Cuyuna Brewing Co. & Red Raven’s bike rental).
Cuyuna was a ton of fun in the winter, but it has a lot to offer all year-round! I really want to go back to experience Summer and Fall (when the leaves are changing) too!
If you’re planning a trip to Cuyuna in the summer, definitely check out Planet with Sara‘s Summer Guide to Cuyuna.
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