The Ivy Inn near Schoolcraft State Park and Hill Annex State Park in Minnesota
Treat yourself to a sauna at the best Airbnb near Minnesota state parks. The Ivy Inn in Grand Rapids, MN is perfect after a day of hiking or a long day in business meetings.

Third in a series, The Ivy Inn in Grand Rapids, Minn. (link looks broken, but it’s not – safe to click) is one of the best Airbnbs located near Minnesota state parks. This beautiful and comfortable Airbnb, which features an indoor sauna, is set on a large, wooded corner lot near a lot of attractions and things to do in this area of Minnesota. You are near Schoolcraft State Park (20 miles away), Hill Annex Mine State Park (17 miles away), Forest History Center (13 miles away). And the Judy Garland Museum is just blocks away (Grand Rapids, MN is the birthplace of Frances Ethel Gumm).

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Best Airbnb serves as basecamp while hiking several Minnesota state parks

The Ivy Inn near Schoolcraft State Park and Hill Annex State Park in Minnesota
You’ll love this warm, welcoming and spacious Airbnb near Schoolcraft State Park and the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids, Minn. Features a large great room with a bar, tables, sofa, TV, books, board games and even a piano you can play.
Airbnb The Ivy Inn Grand Rapids Minn near state parks piano sign
You’re welcome to play the piano at The Ivy Inn, a beautiful Airbnb in Grand Rapids, Minn. and near Minnesota state parks – as long as it’s before 10 p.m.

So grateful for my Airbnb superhost, Julie, who hosted me at her charming Airbnb on my two-week road trip to finish hiking/exploring Minnesota’s 66 state parks. I had just spent the previous three nights SUV camping, which I did enjoy. However, my stay at The Ivy Inn in Grand Rapids, MN was a perfect and heavenly respite from the back of my Pathfinder.  

SUV tent camping glamping at Scenic State Park
While I loved my SUV camping experience at several MN state parks the previous three nights, I’m not going to lie. The Ivy Inn Airbnb felt like a 5* luxury resort after glamping my way around Minnesota.

This quiet and lower-level Airbnb retreat could also serve as basecamp as you explore other nearby state parks Minnesota. Ivy Inn is only 46 miles from Scenic State Park, 55 miles from Savanna Portage State Park and 58 miles from McCarthy Beach State Park. Additionally, The Lost 40 is 55 miles away (an 1882 surveying error protected this parcel of land from loggers – many trees are now hundreds of years old). And The Ivy Inn is also a home away from home when in town on business.

Airbnb The Ivy Inn Grand Rapids Minn near state parks bar
Belly up to your own Airbnb bar at The Ivy Inn located near several Minnesota state parks and attractions in Grand Rapids, Minn.

Most scenic Airbnb near Minnesota state parks

Best Airbnb near Minnesota state parks Ivy Inn parking space
This Airbnb near Minnesota state parks provides free parking and a private entrance to the lower level of a two-story home. The superhosts live on the upper floor.

Conveniently located right off a main highway (no road noise, however – super quiet!), you’ll see your own special guest parking lot as you drive up. The hosts live on the upper level while you enjoy this Airbnb’s entire lower level with access to a huge, wooded corner lot. The Ivy Inn Airbnb unit also comes with its own private patio backyard swing.

Best Airbnb near Minnesota state parks Ivy Inn backyard
The Ivy Inn Airbnb offers a large wooded backyard where you can sit and swing under towering trees.
The Ivy Inn in Grand Rapids, Minn. best Airbnb near MN state parks patio
You’ll love the spacious Ivy Inn in Grand Rapids, MN – the best place to stay near several Minnesota state parks.

Inside Ivy Inn – one of the best Airbnbs near Minnesota state parks

Best Airbnb with a sauna near MN state parks

Your parking space is just a few steps away from your beautiful lower-level unit. Inside you’ll find an inviting and spacious great room that features a sofa, TV, bar and chairs, board games, books and a piano. Yes, you can play the piano – before 10 p.m.

Comfortable places to stay near Minnesota state parks

The Ivy Inn in Grand Rapids, Minn. best Airbnb near MN state parks bedroom
You’ll sleep restfully on this comfortable queen bed at The Ivy Inn – best Airbnb in Grand Rapids, Minn. While the room lets in lots of natural light, you can choose to draw the blackout curtains.

As I’ve admitted in previous posts, I’m a bed snob. I did not want to leave my incredibly comfortable queen-sized bed at The Ivy Inn. This bed was beyond even 5* quality – so comfortable and cozy, yet spacious. I also appreciated all the natural lighting from the windows overlooking the wooded property. Even more so, I loved the blackout curtains.

The Ivy Inn in Grand Rapids, Minn. best Airbnb near MN state parks kitchenette
Best Airbnb in Grand Rapids, Minn. features a roomy kitchenette with a mini fridge, microwave and more.

The Ivy Inn Airbnb in Grand Rapids, MN also features a roomy kitchenette area as well as a full bath and shower. The kitchenette includes a mini fridge, a microwave, kitchen sink, plates, cups, glasses, utensils, etc.

The Ivy Inn in Grand Rapids, Minn. best Airbnb near MN state parks bathroom
The Ivy Inn Airbnb features a full bath with a shower.

Where to stay near Minnesota state parks with a sauna

The Ivy Inn in Grand Rapids, Minn. best Airbnb near MN state parks sauna
A beautiful ensuite suana awaits you at The Ivy Inn – also includes a cozy dressing room area.

Your own private ensuite sauna is one of the most unique features of The Ivy Inn. So if you’re off hiking, canoeing, kayaking or sitting in business meetings all day, this is the best Airbnb in Minnesota. A sauna is the perfect way to end the day!

The Ivy Inn in Grand Rapids, Minn. best Airbnb near MN state parks sauna
How perfect is this suana? It comes with your stay at The Ivy Inn Airbnb in Grand Rapids, Minn. – perfect after exploring the area’s state parks and other attractions.

I cannot say enough great things about my Airbnb stay. If you’re planning to be in the Grand Rapids, Minn. area for business or leisure or bleisure, then I recommend The Ivy Inn – one of the best Airbnbs near Minnesota state parks. Again, the link isn’t really broken and is safe to click.

Non-campers: More of the best Airbnbs near Minnesota state parks

The Ivy Inn near Schoolcraft State Park and Hill Annex State Park in Minnesota

I’ve started curating a list of the best and unique Airbnbs near Minnesota state parks. While I originally researched and reviewed these Airbnbs for non-campers and reluctant glampers, these are perfect for getaways, business trips and staycations.

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See my full review of what to pack on a day hike.

List of all Minnesota state parks

View of lake at Schoolcraft State Park
Schoolcraft State Park is one of the nearby MN state parks – located just 20 miles away from the best Airbnb in Grand Rapids, Minn.

Here is a list of all 66 Minnesota state parks (and the distance from Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport. You can find my reviews of every single one (yes, I hiked/explored every Minnesota state park). Feel free to ask me any questions about MN state parks – with one exception. What’s your favorite Minnesota state park? I can’t decide!

  • Afton State Park | Hastings, MN (26 miles)
  • Banning State Park | Sandstone, MN (97 miles)
  • Bear Head Lake State Park | Ely, MN (240 miles)
  • Beaver Creek Valley State Park | Caledonia, MN (148 miles)
  • Big Stone Lake State Park | Ortonville, MN (186 miles)
  • Blue Mounds State Park | Luverne, MN (208 miles)
  • Buffalo River State Park | Glyndon, MN (240 miles)
  • Camden State Park | Lynd, MN (161 miles)
  • Carley State Park | Plainview, MN (88 miles)
  • Cascade River State Park | Lutsen, MN (257 miles)
  • Charles A. Lindbergh State Park | Little Falls, MN (112 miles)
  • Crow Wing State Park | Brainerd, MN (134 miles)
  • Father Hennepin State Park | Isle, MN (113 miles)
  • Flandrau State Park | New Ulm, MN (93 miles)
  • Forestville / Mystery Cave State Park | Preston, MN (115 miles)
  • Fort Ridgely State Park | Fairfax, MN (99 miles)
  • Fort Snelling State Park | Bloomington / St. Paul, MN (2 miles)
  • Franz Jevne State Park | Birchdale, MN (336 miles)
  • Frontenac State Park | Frontenac, MN (62 miles)
  • George H. Crosby Manitou State Park | Finland, MN (231 miles)
  • Glacial Lakes State Park | Starbuck, MN (156 miles)
  • Glendalough State Park | Battle Lake, MN (194 miles)
  • Gooseberry Falls | Two Harbors, MN (197 miles)
  • Grand Portage State Park | Grand Portage, MN (308 miles)
  • Great River Bluffs State Park | Winona, MN (136 miles)
  • Hayes Lake State Park | Roseau, MN (343 miles)
  • Hill Annex Mine State Park | Calumet, MN (197 miles)
  • Interstate State Park / Taylors Falls State Park | Taylors Falls, MN (56 miles)
  • Itasca State Park | Park Rapids, MN (219 miles)
  • Jay Cooke State Park | Thomson, MN (146 miles)
  • John A. Latsch State Park | Winona, MN (99 miles)
  • Judge C.R. Magney State Park | Grand Marais, MN (282 miles)
  • Kilen Woods State Park | Lakefield, MN (153 miles)
  • Lac qui Parle State Park | Watson, MN (141 miles)
  • Lake Bemidji State Park | Bemidji, MN (230 miles)
  • Lake Bronson State Park | Karlstad, MN (409 miles)
  • Lake Carlos State Park | Alexandria, MN (152 miles)
  • Lake Louise State Park | Le Roy, MN (113 miles)
  • Lake Maria State Park | Monticello, MN (60 miles)
  • Lake Shetek State Park | Currie, MN (168 miles)
  • Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park | Soudan, MN (229 miles)
  • McCarthy Beach State Park | Side Lake, MN (227 miles)
  • Maplewood State Park | Pelican Rapids, MN (217 miles)
  • Mille Lacs Kathio State Park | Onamia, MN (108 miles)
  • Minneopa State Park | Mankato, MN (82 miles)
  • Monson Lake State Park | Sunburg, MN (141 miles)
  • Moose Lake State Park | Moose Lake, MN (116 miles)
  • Myre-Big Island State Park | Albert Lea, MN (93 miles)
  • Nerstrand Big Woods State Park | Nerstrand, MN (52 miles)
  • Old Mill State Park | Argyle, MN (350 miles)
  • Rice Lake State Park | Owatonna, MN (70 miles)
  • St. Croix State Park | Hinckley, MN (105 miles)
  • Sakatah Lake State Park | Waterville, MN (60 miles)
  • Savanna Portage State Park | Northeast Aitkin, MN (149 miles)
  • Scenic State Park | Bigfork, MN (232 miles)
  • Schoolcraft State Park | Deer River, MN (198 miles)
  • Sibley State Park | New London, MN (128 miles)
  • Split Rock Creek State Park | Jasper, MN (202 miles)
  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park | Two Harbors, MN (204 miles)
  • Temperance River State Park | Schroeder, MN (239 miles)
  • Tettegouche State Park | Silver Bay, MN (217 miles)
  • Upper Sioux Agency State Park | Granite Falls, MN (122 miles)
  • Whitewater State Park | Altura, MN (99 miles)
  • Wild River State Park | Center City, MN (58 miles)
  • William O’Brien State Park | Scandia / Marine on the St. Croix, MN (43 miles)
  • Zippel Bay State Park | Williams, MN (345 miles)

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  1. Ivy Inn looks like such a cozy and welcoming! What a wonderful place to stay! I’d definitely love to unwind in that sauna after a day of hiking! Thanks for the great guide!

    1. Thank you and my pleasure! This Airbnb was so inviting and comfortable after hiking several nearby Minnesota state parks. And the sauna is a bonus!

  2. Definitely hit the nail on the head with this article. I love nature but camping may be a bit too much so I love that there are these options that are a bit more comfortable than camping.

    1. Thank you so much! I love nature, but I also appreciate comfort. This Airbnb with the sauna was so awesome and love that it was so close to several MN state parks.

  3. What a treat!

    I feel like this is a fantastic spot for campers (just as much as non-campers.) It’s sooo nice after a few days in a tent to stay somewhere with a shower, let alone somewhere with a sauna! You must have loved it!

    1. Thank you! This Airbnb with the sauna was definitely a treat! It is nice to break up a camping trip while hiking all the Minnesota state parks. Love that this one was so close to several.

  4. This looks like such a cozy place to stay! It’s reminding me of Finland with the sauna included. I’ll keep this in mind when I’m in the area!

    1. Thanks! This Airbnb was very cozy and so conveniently located near Minnesota state parks that I was hiking. I worked for a company based in Finland for 16 years – they definitely know how to sauna!

  5. Very unique and interesting read! I had never looked for Airbnbs with Sauna before but they look especially welcoming and relaxing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I was surprised to learn this Airbnb came with a sauna. It’s a great feature especially when hiking at nearby Minnesota state parks.

    1. Thanks! This Airbnb was super nice and the sauna is definitely a plus. Loved that it was located so near Minnesota state parks.

  6. What a cozy looking place to stay and a bonus that it has a sauna! I agree, having a super comfy bed is top priority! Thanks for sharing this gem!

    1. Thank you and my pleasure! This Airbnb was cozy, yet spacious. And loved that it was so close to several Minnesota state parks.

  7. Great post, KMF. I’ll be open, at first I thought, ‘with a sauna’..? It didn’t seem like a huge priority. But the more I think about it, a sauna can actually make your stay a lot more fun, especially if you want to relax after a long day of hiking or walking.

    1. Thank you so much! I think the sauna would be great after a long day of hiking. And we do live in MinneSNOWta so I’m sure guests appreciate it even more so in the winter! This was such a wonderful Airbnb experience.

    1. Thank you! That’s so true! The sauna and private bar at this Airbnb are both essentials after hiking at the nearby MN state parks!

    1. Thank you so kindly! This is a perfect Airbnb to stay at in between my SUV glamping experiences. The sauna and piano are nice value-adds!

    1. I hear ya! I am not a camper so loved these Airbnbs that were so close to Minnesota state parks. This one was especially nice with the beautiful wooded lot, ensuite sauna and a piano! And a very comfortable bed – a high priority for me.

  8. I am with you, I like staying in Airbnb’s much better than. Camping. But I love exploring the outdoor and nature.

    1. Thank you! Loved my stay at this unique Airbnb in Grand Rapids, Minnesota with its sauna and piano. Great basecamp as I hiked area MN state parks and the Forest History Center.

  9. This Airbnb looks adorable! I’d love to stay here. We gave Airbnb a shot for the first time this summer. We stayed in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, and it was perfect for us! We’d already been on the road for a long time; it was nice to have a kitchen and just be able to relax. I can see us using Airbnbs more in the future.

  10. Great post! Firstly, I had no idea Minnesota had so many state parks, how cool! How amazing that there are AirBnbs with saunas. That would be such a treat after a day of exploring.

    1. Thank you! It was fun exploring all 66 Minnesota state parks. And this Airbnb with a sauna was a perfect place to stay after hiking all day.

  11. This airbnb looks adorable – I love the green color on the outside AND it has a sauna?! Also, I had no idea there were so many state parks in Minnesota.

  12. What a good selection of places to stay new the Minnesota State Parks. I did not realize there were so many of them. We could move from spot to spot and stay in several different kinds of accommodations. And one will certainly have a sauna!

    1. We do have a lot of beautiful state parks in Minnesota. And happy to share the best places to stay nearby including Airbnbs.

    1. Thank you! This is one of the best Airbnbs near Minnesota state parks – and the sauna is a bonus especially after hiking.

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