Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center sits amid more than 100 wooded acres just outside of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. In the elegant lobby, you'll find a grand piano and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on Lake McKnight. Despite its tucked-away feel, the hotel is only about 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and a scenic drive to five local wineries and breweries and the quaint lakeside town of Excelsior.
The lake serves as the property's focal point, and there are several tree-lined walking trails surrounding it if you're up for a hike. You can also play basketball or racquetball on one of the onsite courts. Inside, comfortable guest rooms are decorated with warm tones and equipped with free WiFi. Grab a bite at the waterfront Seasons Restaurant or sip a cocktail at Lakeview Lounge.
Highlights of Chaska, Minnesota
Small-town charm: Just southwest of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Chaska is surrounded by tiny lakes, golf courses, and family-owned wineries.