Find many things to do in Bemidji and the Northwoods region

Nestled in Minnesota’s Northwoods, the Country Inn & Suites, Bemidji, MN provides easy access to key attractions like Lake Bemidji, located just behind our hotel. Since we’re also adjacent to the Sanford Center, you can quickly change into your Beavers gear in your hotel room before cheering on the Bemidji State University men’s or women’s hockey team. The university itself is a seven-minute drive away, making us an ideal home base for BSU parents. If you’re visiting in the spring, pencil in time to attend the annual Spring PowWow to see dancers in full regalia. For more information about must-see things to do during your stay, check the Chamber of Commerce events calendar.

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Itasca State Park

23.65 mi / 38.06 km from the hotel
See where the Mississippi headwaters begin their journey to the Gulf of Mexico, or wander beneath old-growth pines at Minnesota’s oldest state park. Explore lakes, spot wildlife, and hike trails in the Wilderness Sanctuary, a National Natural Landmark.

Headwaters Science Center

1.44 mi / 2.32 km from the hotel
Spend time exploring more than 70 hands-on exhibits designed to teach scientific principles and concepts at this science center. You can make a harmonograph picture or, for a walk on the wild side, feed the snakes.

Lake Bemidji State Park

5.1 mi / 8.21 km from the hotel
A year-round playground, this park on the northern shore of the lake is home to rare lady’s slippers, insect-eating sundews, and dragon’s mouth plants. You can hike, swim, stroll a boardwalk along a conifer bog, or see an occasional black bear.

Beltrami County Historical Society

1.37 mi / 2.21 km from the hotel
Preserving the area’s proud history and heritage, the facility includes educational tours and interactive exhibits detailing the first settlers, the history of music and entertainment, and the county’s changing landscape.

Bemidji State University

1.61 mi / 2.59 km from the hotel
Located on the shores of Lake Bemidji, this public university is quickly making a name for itself through rigorous writing programs, which feature courses in Weblogs, wikis, and content writing. The BSU Beavers hockey teams are also well known.

Forestedge Winery

20.39 mi / 32.82 km from the hotel
This winery sits right on the edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest. Sip rhubarb wine while you walk through the gardens or relax on the cobblestone patio.

George W. Neilson Convention Center

0.02 mi / 0.03 km from the hotel
Located in the Sanford Center complex, this convention center can accommodate 1,000 people for banquets, receptions, trade shows, and other events.

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Statues

1.28 mi / 2.05 km from the hotel
Celebrate Bemidji’s lumberjack history by taking a picture with this iconic statue of the hometown hero, Paul Bunyan, and his faithful companion, Babe.

Paul Bunyan Mall

3.04 mi / 4.89 km from the hotel
Visit this mall to peruse the wares of favorites like JCPenney and Kohl’s. If you’re feeling crafty, drop by Hobby Lobby or JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts.

Sanford Center

0.02 mi / 0.03 km from the hotel
Home to the Bemidji State Beavers hockey team, the Sanford Center also hosts concerts, rodeos, graduations, and other events throughout the year.

The Historic Chief Theater

1.37 mi / 2.2 km from the hotel
See professional summertime shows at the renowned Historic Chief Theater, known for its quality productions and for casting both local and national actors.