Mar 14, 2024 - Things to Do

Travel influencer Lizanne Dooner's favorite Minnesota destinations

A photo of Lizanne, a woman with long brown hair and black glasses wearing a blue denim shirt.

Photo: Courtesy of Lizanne Dooner

If you need some inspiration for your next Minnesota vacation, Lizanne Dooner, also known as travel influencer @lizannelately on Instagram, is here to help.

What she did: Dooner has grown her account to over 63,000 followers through sharing her Midwest travel recommendations and Twin Cities hidden gems β€” like a unique farm stay in Greater Minnesota or a street in St. Paul that feels like Europe.

  • I asked her what she's been loving lately β€” here's what she said.

🀫 Most underrated Minnesota destination

  • New Ulm, especially in the fall during Oktoberfest. It's only an hour and a half from the Cities and all German-inspired, from the architecture to the food to the shopping. Schell's Brewery is one of the oldest in America and one of the most beautiful I've ever seen.

🚘 Essential road trip stop

  • If I'm going to the North Shore, I have to stop at Tobies Restaurant and Bakery in Hinckley for a coffee and cinnamon roll. The Drive In is also a must for a burger and fries when heading to Taylors Falls.

🏑 Favorite unique stays

  • Ham's Haus is one of the coolest places I've ever stayed β€” it's a shipping container cabin on the North Shore in Lutsen that's gorgeous while still being very private and secluded. I also loved the tiny cabins by Tofte Trails; they're very luxurious and beautiful.

🧠 One travel tip to go:

  • If you want a really unique Airbnb or hotel but it's fully booked, follow them on Instagram. A lot of places will post about last-minute cancellations so you can snag a reservation on short notice.
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