NORTHERN MINNESOTA ELOPEMENT AIRBNB, UNIQUE ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS NORTHERN MINNESOTA
It’s commonplace now to have elopements and small weddings. This once brushed aside ideas have become embraced over the last 10 years. But it isn’t always easy to find a location to house the people that are joining you. While you can elope in a state park like Gooseberry Falls, sometimes you don’t want the gathering to end just yet. This is why I created this list of the best northern Minnesota elopement locations on AirBnB.
Now remember – if you’re having a party of any kind, you’ll want to disclose your plans to your host. But after they’ve approved their ideas, you’ll be able to bring their space and their unique opportunities to life.
Whether you’re having the ceremony at the AirBnB or just the cake, here are the best AirBnB’s for elopements in Minnesota.
Nestled right on the shore of Lake Superior, Pointavu has both outdoor and indoor locations that work well for ceremonies. Access to your own private space on the water, gorgeous view of the sunset, and room for up to 10 people – what’s not to love? You’ll have your own view and areas to explore, and it’s a short walk to dinner at Bluefin Bay.
Need more convincing? See this gorgeous North Shore intimate elopement that took place right on the deck.
Timber Frame Home
Did you know that those in the northwoods love their saunas? Though this Timber Frame home is located on the Wisconsin side, it’s a serious contender on this list. Just 20 miles from downtown Duluth, this incredible stay can host up to 20 guests. You also have your own trail right down to the shore of Lake Superior, boasting a beach that’s perfect for vows.
Black Beach Cabin
Finding private shoreline on Lake Superior is tough – you can elope to any of the gorgeous State Parks, but sometimes privacy is hard to come by. This romantic little cabin has over 250ft of its own private black sand beach – meaning no onlookers to your ceremony. If the weather goes south, set up your altar in the beautiful main room with the stone fireplace.
Spider Lake Cabin
Another Wisconsin cabin sneaks onto this list, but at 5000 square feet, it earned its space. With a stone fireplace, whirlpool, and private dock, you can host every part of your wedding day in a different area in the house and on the property. And what’s better than a quiet evening sunset on a dock?
The Honeymoon House
Nestled on private land in Lutsen, MN, the Honeymoon House has a gorgeous length of two private beach right on Lake Superior. With beautiful architecture, staircases, trees, and more, this property is perfect for eloping (and housing a few guests too). Scenic bridges throughout the property, expansive views from every bedroom, and more. There’s always a beautiful sight.
North Shore Timber Home
This is one stunner of a property for eloping. Not only can you sleep up to 15 people, but you have a large COVERED patio. Picture your outdoor gathering, lit by candles and the warmth of the wood. You’ll also have access to acres of gorgeous trees, and even a little bridge with a small creek. And just minutes from Duluth, this North Shore getaway is an excellent choice.
Cedar Cliff Retreat
This beautiful 100-year-old craftsman home is found right on the shore of Lake Superior. Multiple screened porches give you opportunity to quietly drink your coffee the morning of your vows. Host your ceremony down by the water, in the trees, or if the weather goes south in front of their beautiful stone fireplace.
With a private dock and 7 acres to explore, this cabin is perfect for the gathering. Create a weekend soiree by hosting your family, friends, and dogs to this property that is stunning in every season. You’ll have all the amenities of home, plus a sauna.
Bailey Builds Makers Loft
The Baileys have created multiple spaces that bring lift to the Duluth experience. While you wouldn’t have space in the Makers Loft to host a small event, just downstairs from this stay is the Bailey Builds Gallery. Hosting groups up to the 25, their space would make for a perfect location to host an intimate event or elopement (and Jasmine and Andrews Bailey Builds Gallery Wedding proves it!). You could have your champagne and ceremony, and then just a few steps later be relaxing in a hammock.
Blacklist Canal Park Condo
A gorgeous space for sleeping up to 7, the upstairs has 270 degree views of Duluth and Lake Superior. Utilize the main room with the fireplace for your ceremony, or take a short walk to the beaches of Lake Superior for outdoor vows. At this condo, there’s a space for everything (and convenience is close by).
Downtown Duluth Loft
This 4000 square foot downtown loft is perfect for the couple who wants to elope with friends and still throw a party. Featuring a hot tub and pool table, you can step out the front door and directly into the downtown Duluth nightlife. But being only a short walk away from the lake and beach, you can still find that outdoor oasis.
“By the Lake” Park Point
You’ll be amazed at why this rental gets a classification as urban. With sprawling sunset views and just steps from the water, this Park Point beach house would seemingly get the rural classification. But that’s the key – this home is conveniently located on Park Point, just minutes from the bustle of Canal Park in Duluth.
Say your vows barefoot in the sand, and then host your small gathering on their sprawling patio with a view of the water. You’ll make all your beach wedding dreams come true, right here in northern Minnesota.
Lake Superior Beach House
Our last property is yet another seemingly rural but actually urban oasis. This property is also conveniently located on Park Point – and this one is a short few minutes walk to the Aerial Lift Bridge! Meaning you are just minutes away from ships, sightseeing, and every dinner you could ever want.
On its own, this house is modern, bright, and features a beautiful outdoor patio. You can watch the colors sink over Lake Superior – set up a beautiful table with florals and dessert, and you’ve got an evening made.
Are you considering an AirBnB for your northern Minnesota elopement?
There’s nothing I love more than photographing events that were designed intentionally. If your gathering is an important aspect to your event, I’d love to meet up with you and talk about your wedding photographs. As a wedding photojournalist, I create photographs that tell the story of your event as it unfolds, with no interruption or interference by me. Just you and your people – as is.
Reach out and let’s talk more about your elopement and how we can create the images of your dreams.
Hey! I'm Makayla, a wedding photojournalist based in Duluth, MN and Saint Paul, MN.
I believe that stories are best told untouched, undirected, and with intentionality and meaning.
This blog is a space to share advice for couples about weddings, advice for photographers about witnessing events with intention, and steps to create decisions based on your values and what matters most to you.
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