Winter vacation in Minnesota? BRRRRRR! Not so fast, we see it as a perfect opportunity to practice and reach total Hygge! Hy who? Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga” or “hue-guh” this concept is not just a word but a feeling of coziness and happiness. We can thank the Danish for it, and according to the 2016 World Happiness Report, Denmark is the world’s happiest country, so we think they are onto something. Think of coziness, charm, happiness, contentment, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance and kinship.

How do you reach hygee? According to, it requires consciousness and ability to not just be present, but recognize and enjoy the present. Another way to look at it is as an art of creating intimacy in your home, with yourself or with friends on a winter Minnesota vacation. Alex at also explains that Danes create hygge because they were trying to survive boredom, cold, dark and sameness and the undefinable feeling of hygge was a way for them to find moments to celebrate or acknowledge and to break up the day, months or years. With so many cold, dark days in Denmark the simple act of a candle glowing with a cup of coffee in morning or a home cooked evening meal with friends can make a huge difference in one’s spirit.

You can find your hygge right here in Minnesota.


Pack up that hot cocoa or tea, your favorite cozy outfit and most loved blanket for a vacation of hygge at one of these great Minnesota Resorts for a winter vacay. One of these owner-operated accommodations will be sure to help you reach hygge. Visit for more information on each of the unique spots.

For the most current list of our resorts that are open in the winter, click here: Minnesota Resorts open in the winter.

List of resorts that are noted as having winter availability

All Seasons Resort & Cabins and Trailer Park
Ashby Resort and Campground
Balsam Bay Resort
Black Pine Beach Resort
Bonnie Beach Resort
Bowstring Shores Resort
Boyd Lodge
Breezy Point Resort
Brindley’s Harbor Resort
Brophy Lake Resort
Camp Holiday Resort & Campground
Camp Idlewood Resort
Campfire Bay Resort
Cass Lake Lodge
Cedar Point Resort
Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake
Diamond Crest Resort
Diamond Lake Resort
Eagle Ridge Resort
Geneva Beach Resort
Golden Eagle Lodge and Campground
Hidden Haven Resort
Hunter Winfield’s Resort
Jake’s Northwest Angle
Joe’s Lodge
Kohl’s Resort
Little Boy Resort & Campground
Loon Point Resort
Lost Acres Resort
North Star Lake Resort
Northern Lights Resort & Campground
October Ridge Resort
Pine Cone Lodge
Riverside Resort
Royal Starr Resort
Sugar Lake Lodge
Sunset Bay Resort
SweetWater Resort
The Wilds Resort and Campground
Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites
Two Inlets Resort
Timber Trails Resort
Wildwood Resort
Zippel Bay Resort

Submitted by: Megan Johnson

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