Glamping in Cuyuna, MN

Most of us work tirelessly throughout the weekdays and live in either Minneapolis or surrounding cities. We live for the beautiful Minnesota summers and crave lake season all winter while we’re cooped up. Some of us have cabins, or know someone who has a cabin ‘Up North’. However, not everyone has a cabin and not everyone has a cabin that has direct bike-in, bike-out access to some of the nation’s top rated Mountain Bike Trails. Maybe some of us are even craving a different experience from the Log Cabin getaway. Something new, something different and exciting. Red Dirt country is calling and it’s time to call into work and head up to Cuyuna Country for a weekday or weekend trip. A straight shot from Minneapolis, the drive is a painless 2 hour and 20 minute route.

Combine a quick drive, affordable accommodations and being surrounded by the nations best Lake Country playground is only a few of the reasons Crosby, MN and Cuyuna are being recognized as the best getaway destinations. Minnesota retreat cabins are a better way to take you and your family away for a well-deserved break. Furthermore, Cuyana Cove Vacation Cabin Rentals are a selected few MN resorts that allow dogs. That way even four-legged family members are not left out from family vacations. Let’s face it, just because you are canine doesn’t mean you don’t need some downtime too! With our dog friendly cabin rentals in MN, it’s so easy and hassle free.

“Glamping” or camping with glamour is a great way to get most of us out of our comfort zone when we travel. Mixing nature with a modern form of camping sounds blasphemous for some, but is a good resolution for those who can’t rough it up in a tent. Camping can be a fun way to enjoy your downtime, but most of us don’t want to sleep in a thin tent with no floor, a sleeping bed on rocks, or even worse, doing our business in an outhouse! However, cabin rentals on the edge of Crosby, MN maintains our daily luxuries during your Glamping adventure. Therefore, you get the opportunity to stay close to town on 3 acres of wooded land with access to everything outdoors and still have all your creature comforts in your home away from home in MN.

Furthermore, some of us don’t like to go with the flow and opt for your standard package deal holiday. Most of the basic generic vacation getaways include a group tour to a nature reserve, historic sites and animal parks. These are usually day trips that we are hurried through and provided with a quick and vague interpretation. Nowadays, we want to submerge ourselves in the local culture whether it is at home or overseas, and be close to nature, rather than just being a witness to it. Hence the fact, Glamping is becoming a very popular way to vacation, since it allows you to do just that and not sacrifice all your conveniences.

Bear in mind that just because you are not roughing it up in a tent and enjoying the swank cabin rentals Cuyana Cove Vacation Cabin Rentals hooked you up with, it doesn’t mean you and your family members have to lock yourselves up during your stay. There are lots of activities to do in Minnesota to get you out with nature and fill your lungs with clean air. Now you may not be the most active person in the world, and have no fear, you don’t have to be. There are loads of activities for everybody depending on their fitness levels, preferences and capabilities. So, nobody is going to feel left out, nor will they have an excuse not to move their limbs for at least an hour a day.

What To Do Outside The Best Cabins in MN?

When you are on vacation, the last thing you want to do is stress out and start racking your brain about what you and your family are going to to do to enjoy the fresh air and take a break from technology. Here are a few things you can do, while enjoying your stay at your twin cities vacation rentals.

Take a Hike

Walk from your Glamping cabin and hike to some of the Nation’s most stunning lakes.

Want to see all the amazing nature around you? Get your hiking boots on and start trekking around the gorgeous scenery around. It’s healthy for you and doesn’t cost you anything! It’s the best way to explore Minnesota’s natural attractions.

Ride Your Bike

So, you hate to walk? No Problem. Go rent a bike at many of the rental bike shops around the area and cycle around the beautiful nature around you. Biking in Northern Minnesota is safe and quiet with 4,000 miles of paved trails, which many are former railroad trails, provide secluded and panoramic biking. Not to mention the renowned Cuyuna Lakes Mountain bike trail system.

Canoe Or Kayak At The Best Cabin Lakes MN

If you love water activities and it’s too hot, a day on the lake might be what you are looking for. Northern Minnesota has some of the most picturesque lakes that you can enjoy, while paddling around in a canoe or kayak. Minnesota water trails are probably the best place you can get your paddling on. These water trails are spans of rivers or lakes that are outlined for canoeing and kayaking. There are roughly 35 Minnesota state water trails, so you will have lots of places to navigate your canoe or kayak.

Go Fishing Northern Minnesota

Maybe you want to be out on the fresh, clean water, but not hassled about constantly moving around? That’s perfect, because the less you move, the more the fish will start biting! Minnesota has tons of lakes where you can catch bass, crappie, walleye and perch. Get your tackle box well stocked with all the mandatory fishing gear for a relaxing fishing getaway and a tasty fish fry for the whole family!

Take a Guided Boat Tour

Have someone take you on a tour and show you all the important sites of the beautiful parks, lakes and historic sites around your luxury cabin rentals mn. Take a seat, relax and hear the soothing narration as you sail around and discover the lakes and rivers in Minnesota state.

Winter Sports

If you decided to take a break at camper cabins in the middle of winter, there’s still a lot to do but just sit inside your luxurious cabin. Get into cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and return back to your cabin in the woods Minnesota to get warm and toasty. Preferably with a big mug of hot chocolate around the fireplace!

Glamping is an excellent way to seize your life again. You can break away from your routine, throw technology away, be with the ones you love, enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds Northern Minnesota and just live in the moment! As soon as you can, make sure you rent luxury cabin rentals mn for a holiday that will help reset your mind, body and soul.

Things To Do in Crosby, MN

Welcome To Beautiful Crosby, MN!

We’re so excited to share with you what this quant, little town and surrounding area has to offer. It’s truly an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise, built up and brought together by a thriving community that loves to Mountain Bike.

Most people know about Brainerd, but haven’t quite gotten to know Crosby, MN…yet. Whether we want it to or not, word is slowly getting out about Crosby and we’ve recently been featured in National News. Outside Magazine and Cosmopolitan have raved about the area, calling it “The Most Luxurious Staycation Destinations in MN” and “America’s Best New MBT (Mountain Bike) Trails!”.

From the hundreds of lakes to canoe, kayak, paddle board, swim, to the famous Cuyuna Mountain Bike/hiking trails to winter snowshoeing and cross country skiing, this place truly has it all.

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Photo by Cuyuna.com

Brief History of Crosby, MN

Crosby was built in the early 1900s as a mining town, named after George H. Crosby. Crosby was a bigwig in the industry of mining, and he wanted to increase his fortune and further spread the trade of mining itself, and the town of Crosby was born.

However, on February 5, 1924, disaster struck. A series of unfortunate events resulted in the biggest tragedy Crosby had ever, and has ever since, seen. The Milford Mine, a manganese mine shaft, was a profitable and successful mining area that had been in use since 1917.

But on this day, the culmination of use, weathering, and nature resulted in the water from the nearby Foley Lake, a full two miles north of the town, flooding the mine while almost 50 miners were deep in the trenches. 41 were killed and only seven were able to make it to safety. The mine eventually closed due to the decline of steel in 1932, but it was never the same after the disaster, anyway.

But the city’s interesting gossip doesn’t end there. In 1932, the same year the mine closed, the local citizens of Crosby elected Karl Emil Nygard to be president of their Village Council. This was a huge national event, since Nygard was now the first Communist mayor in the entire country.

Crosby also has made a name for itself in space exploration. In 1957, Dr. David G. Simons proved that people could survive high in the sky when, as part of Project Manhigh, he flew to almost 102,000 feet from the Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake in Crosby. This launched the future of space exploration as we know it currently.

Today, Crosby and the city of Ironton combine to create an area famous for crystal clear lakes, IMBA certified mountain bike trails, and iron ranges as found on the Minnesota iron range map.

To Watch an Amazing Video about the birth of Mountain Biking in Crosby, CLICK HERE

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But First, Where to Eat in Crosby, MN?

Red Raven:

This is a biker’s paradise and a local’s favorite. Red Raven has a beautiful aesthetic inside and a lovely patio for the spring, summer and fall. Enjoy a coffee, espresso, tea, wine or beer for a beverage after your energy is exhausted out on the trails. They also serve great sandwiches and salads. Red Raven is a great meeting spot, bike rental shop (see more info below) and overall place to relax and unwind.

(218) 833-2788

2 3rd Ave SW, Crosby, MN 56441

Photo Below: Inside of Red Raven

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Croft Pub and Grub

Located just off main street, this local spot serves up just what you need for a filling meal. Burgers, fried pickles, nachos, giant pretzels. Bar food, pool and darts to keep you busy with Happy Hour every day from 4pm-6pm and again at 10:30pm-11:30pm. Also, stop in to try their new game called A-Hole. We have yet to try it.. Let us know what you think! 🙂

(218) 546-6575

7 1st Ave NW, Crosby, MN

Iron Range Eatery:

Located on Mainstreet, you can walk from our home to Iron Range. It’s packed on Friday and Saturday evenings so get in and get your spot! Their menu is eclectic and offers items ranging from beer, burgers, specialty cocktails, homemade pizza to delicious poutine, tacos and even an upscale style hotdish. Amazing outdoor patio in the Spring, Summer and Fall! You can call to make a reservation.   (218) 545-5444    6 Main Street Crosby, MN

Mixed Company- A Kava House

Located on Main Street, you could easily stroll by and miss this cute little local spot! It has great coffee, cozy atmosphere and delicious homemade desserts! Definitely worth stopping in!

(218) 545-1010

128 W Main St, Crosby, MN

North Country Cafe

If you wake up craving breakfast, this is your place! Recently remodeled, it is a locals and visitors favorite. Only open from 5am-3pm, so get up and get in to beat the rush on weekends. Serving all your favorite traditional American breakfast choices in large quantities and a fair price.

(218) 545-9908

12 W Main St, Crosby, MN

Cuyuna Brewing Company

We’re so lucky to have an epic brewery right here in tiny Crosby, MN! Cuyuna Brewery brews up and serves some of the most unique and delicious beers, ciders and kombucha in the area. Bring your crew, your family, your dog…all are welcome. Games are fully stocked here for you and there is even a foosball table! Located directly across from Iron Range Eatery.

(218) 866-0914

1 E Main St, Crosby, MN

A biker’s favorite pitstop! Cuyuna Brewing Company is hopping all year long!

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Grocery Store In Crosby, MN

Super One Foods:

Great local grocery store. You should be able to find everything you need here.

(218) 546-6020

101 E Main St, Crosby, MN

Liquor Store In Crosby, MN

Barstock Liquors:

Great liquor store across the street from the Grocery Store

(218) 545-3004

31 E Main St, Crosby, MN

Crosby Bar:

Crosby Bar is yes, a bar. But it also has a liquor store attached to it. Across the street from Red Raven on the West side of Main street.

(218) 546-5465

212 W Main St, Crosby, MN

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MTB Rentals and Bike Repair Shops in Crosby, MN

Stop in at Red Raven (see address above) to get help with any parts or repairs you need, or if you only need to fill your tires with air, there is an Air Station next to Iron Range Eatery downtown off Main street. It also serves as a dog area and farmer’s market in the summer.

Red Raven: Bike Rentals, Snowshoe Rentals and repair shop/coffee shop.

Cycle Path and Paddle: Bike Rentals, ski rentals, kayaks, stand up paddle boards (SUP). Located across from the Holiday Gas Station near Red Raven.

(218) 545-4545

115 3rd Ave SW, Crosby, MN

Mountain Biking Routes in Cuyuna & Outdoor Maps

If you want in-person help with routes, stop into one of the bike rental shops, Red Raven or Cycle Path and Paddle. They are incredibly helpful and have large, descriptive maps pinned up for beginners who are new to the area. They can easily guide you on what route to take and where to go to get to the start of the trail head.

For more trail information, the best place to go is https://www.cuyuna.com/

Once you are at the website, click on the ‘Adventure Tab’ for details on specific routes.

Also, there is a great ‘Virtual Tour’ option and you can experience EVERY trail to which route you want to take! It’s really cool! 

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Gym/Pool/Sauna In Crosby, MN

If you are here on a rainy day or just want to use the sauna and pool, head on over and buy a day pass to The Hallett Community Center. It’s a great place to go after biking if you need a shower or just relax in the sauna. If you have the kids along there is a water slide with a kid pool next to a lap pool. All of the gym equipment is brand new as of 2018! Bright, clean and welcoming. We work out here and love it! (218) 546-2616

470 8th St NE, Crosby, MN

Day Pass: $10/adult; $30 family of 5 ($5 per additional person); youth 4–17, $5 (must be accompanied by adult); under 3 years, free.

Shower only: $3/time; towel rental: $1/time.

Summer hours: May 1–Sept. 30. Mon–Fri: 5a–8p; Sat: 7a–4p. Closed Sunday.

Winter hours: Oct. 1–April 30. Mon–Fri: 5a–9p; Sat: 7a–7p. Sunday 11a–7p.

Beaches & Playgrounds In Crosby, MN

Crosby Memorial Park Beach and Playground:

The park is an experience in itself. It features a playground, beach, skateboard park, baseball field, basketball court, pavilion, band shell (Music in the Park is held Thursday evenings in the summer), and boat access.

The park’s “Cook Shack” can be rented for gatherings and has both indoor and outdoor amenities—including stove, microwave, and refrigerator. (For Cook Shack reservations, visit: crosbymn.govoffice3.com

Also, the park is home to Kanabec, a giant, colorful, serpent statue that was installed lakeside in June 1977 and stands 20 feet tall and weighs 2,500 pounds.

Farmer’s Market In Crosby, MN

The park is a comfortable venue for the farmers market and features a massive mural highlighting mountain biking, kayaking, and mining. It also has a large pergola, tables, and benches, as well as a bike repair station and bike parking. Approximately 8–10 vendors bring a variety of farm-fresh foods and locally crafted items. Check out the local wildflowers—they are Cuyuna through and through.

Held on Saturdays, June–October, from 9a-noon. Learn More: facebook.com/cuyunarangefarmersmarket/

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Photo by Cuyuna.com

History of Cuyuna/Crosby Minnesota

When most people think of Minnesota, they picture…well, cold.  Frigid winters, hot dishes, snowmobiling and a funny accent are commonly associated with this lesser-known state. But there are tiny little cities in Minnesota, like Crosby and Ironton, that are full of culture, stunning scenery, nationally ranked outdoor activities and a diverse history that may easily be overlooked.

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Crosby/Ironton, MN

Crosby, Minnesota, located in Crow Wing County, has a tragic backstory behind it, leading to a “rising from the ashes” type of bittersweet success. Crosby was built in the early 1900s as a mining town, named after George H. Crosby. Crosby was a bigwig in the industry of mining, and he wanted to increase his fortune and further spread the trade of mining itself, and the town of Crosby was born.
However, on February 5, 1924, disaster struck. A series of unfortunate events resulted in the biggest tragedy Crosby had ever, and has ever since, seen. The Milford Mine, a manganese mine shaft, was a profitable and successful mining area that had been in use since 1917.
But on this day, the culmination of use, weathering, and nature resulted in the water from the nearby Foley Lake, a full two miles north of the town, flooding the mine while almost 50 miners were deep in the trenches. 41 were killed and only seven were able to make it to safety. The mine eventually closed due to the decline of steel in 1932, but it was never the same after the disaster, anyway.
But the city’s interesting gossip doesn’t end there. In 1932, the same year the mine closed, the local citizens of Crosby elected Karl Emil Nygard to be president of their Village Council. This was a huge national event, since Nygard was now the first Communist mayor in the entire country.
Crosby also has made a name for itself in space exploration. In 1957, Dr. David G. Simons proved that people could survive high in the sky when, as part of Project Manhigh, he flew to almost 102,000 feet from the Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake in Crosby. This launched the future of space exploration as we know it currently.
Today, Crosby and the city of Ironton combine to create an area famous for crystal clear lakes, IMBA certified mountain bike trails, and iron ranges as found on the Minnesota iron range map.

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Deerwood, MN

Also part of Crow Wing County, Deerwood, Minnesota is situated deep in the heart of the Cuyuna Range, surrounded by lakes and forests. This quaint village has a rural charm and a small population of 532 residents, but the recreational opportunities bring people from all over the country to the area.
Deerwood’s history is not quite as dramatic as that of Crosby/Ironton, but it paints a picture of the real story behind Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion of the United States.
Deerwood, aptly named for the abundance of whitetail deer in the area, was founded in 1881 when it changed from Withington to its current name. To entice settlers to the village, the government used the Railroad Act Bill of 1857 and the Homestead Act of 1862 to give new settlers 160 acres of land if they agreed to live on it and farm it for five years.
With this incentive, the area grew, and then the Northern Pacific Railroad came through, making it even more popular. Eventually, enough settlers were living in the area that the Cuyuna Range was established. Businesses were encouraged and families flourished.
The mining boom was initiated by Cuyler Adams of Deerwood, cementing the seeds that would make Deerwood a city instead of a village, and in 1909 Deerwood was now considered an organized city.
While Deerwood still holds its old-world atmosphere and small village charm, it now provides hundreds of businesses that fill the needs of its citizens and the ever-growing number of tourists that come to the area.
With all of the trails and water surrounding the city, it has become a popular destination for those looking for water recreation sports like canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and trout fishing. The trails make it one of the most famous in the country for winter sports recreation in the form of snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, and it’s a top destination for serious mountain bikers and hikers.

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Cuyuna, MN

The Cuyana Range in Crow Wing County also includes one of the newest cities in its cluster, Cuyuna, Minnesota. Established back when one-room schoolhouses were the norm and most parents participated in the PTA, Cuyuna was originally full of nothing but wide dirt streets and a basic well and sewer system.
In 1908, a small school was built and in 1909 The First State Bank of Cuyuna was established. From there, the village began to grow. People who were attracted to the area because of George Crosby’s investment in mining flocked to Cuyuna and chose the village as near enough to Crosby/Ironton.
By 1911, Cuyuna had made a name of its own with a hospital, a doctor, a barber shop, and even restaurants and hotels. A high school was built and a baseball team was organized.
When it was clear that Cuyuna could hold its own as a prosperous city, the Rogers, Brown Mining Company began building houses to attract stable, married, family men. Electricity was eventually added.
Between the reasonable housing, free entertainment, and other benefits, Cuyuna became the place to live if you were a family man looking to take care of your wife and children.
Now, Cuyuna has a place on the map for those looking in the Cuyuna country state recreation area. The Cuyuna trail map is used by mountain bikers and hikers and the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail is a famous Minnesota tourist attraction.
The Cuyuna Iron Range is mostly in Crow Wing County, part of a 68-mile long line stretching from the city of Brainerd to Aitken, Minnesota.

Explore the Real Minnesota

If you are looking for places to explore in MN, the Cuyuna Range, encompassing Crosby/Ironton, Deerwood, and Cuyuna, is a must-see for your travel plans. This area is recommended by those who enjoy Minnesota winter tourism, is considered a Minnesota state tourist attraction, and is firmly situated as a recommendation in the Minnesota tourism office.

When you are ready to visit Minnesota, the Cuyuna lakes mountain bike trails, Crosby historical society, Cuyuna Country State Park, and other historical and natural landmarks are the real Minnesota tourist attractions.

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