Stay near BSU and Bemidji’s Top Attractions
From the Country Inn & Suites, Bemidji, you have easy access to Northern Minnesota’s best things to see and do, including Lake Bemidji, located just behind our hotel. Adjacent to the hotel, the Sanford Center is the area’s top spot for local concerts and is also home to the Bemidji State University Beavers hockey team. The university itself is only seven minutes away, making our hotel an ideal home base for BSU parents and prospects. While you’re in town, don’t miss out on a great photo opportunity with statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, unique attractions standing tall near the shore of Lake Bemidji and located just five minutes from the hotel. For more information about what’s happening in the area, check the Chamber of Commerce events calendar
- George W. Neilson Convention Center (connected to the hotel)
Located right next to the hotel in the Sanford Center complex, this convention center can accommodate 1,000 people for banquets, receptions, trade shows and other events.
Phone: +1 (218) 441-4013
- Sanford Center (connected to the hotel)
Home to the Bemidji State Beavers hockey team, the Sanford Center also hosts concerts, rodeos, graduations and other events throughout the year.
Phone: +1 (218) 441-4000
- Headwaters Science Center (1.6 miles)
Featuring more than 70 hands-on exhibits, this 7,500-square-foot science museum keeps kids engaged with a 210-gallon saltwater aquarium, a spaceship bridge simulator and a variety of creative, educational games.
Phone: +1 (218) 444 4472
- Beltrami County Historical Society (1.7 miles)
Founded in 1952, this organization seeks to actively preserve the area’s proud history and heritage. The facility also includes educational tours and interactive exhibits detailing the first settlers, the history of music and entertainment, and the county’s changing landscape.
Phone: +1 (218) 444-3376
Shopping and Entertainment:
- The Historic Chief Theater (1.6 miles)
See professional summertime shows at the renowned Historic Chief Theater, known for its quality shows and for casting both local and national actors.
Phone: +1 (218) 751-7270
- Paul Bunyan Mall (4 miles)
Visit this mall to peruse the wares of favorites like JCPenney and Kohl’s. If you’re feeling crafty, drop by Hobby Lobby, and then stop off at Dairy Queen to celebrate a successful shopping spree with a sweet treat.
Phone: +1 (218) 751-3195
- Forestedge Winery (24 miles)
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.
Phone: +1 (218) 224-3535
- Lake Bemidji State Park (8.7 miles)
Experience our area’s unique beauty as you stroll past rare orchids on this park’s spruce-tamarack bog walk. The park also offers picnic sites, a playground, kayak rentals and much more.
Phone: +1 (218) 308-2300
- LongBow Golf Club (29.2 miles)
One of Northern Minnesota’s most beautiful courses, LongBow stretches 6,500 yards over 300 serene acres of forest. Practice your swing at the driving range, and then finish your round on the clubhouse patio.
Phone: +1 (218) 547-4121
- Itasca State Park (31.8 miles)
This park’s small glacial lake has a big claim to fame—it’s the place where the Mississippi River starts wending its way down to the Gulf of Mexico. Itasca is also the second oldest state park in the United States.
Phone: +1 (218) 699-7251
Other Points of Interest:
- Paul & Babe (1.6 miles)
Celebrate Bemidji’s lumberjack history by taking a picture with this iconic statue of the hometown hero, Paul Bunyan, and his faithful companion, Babe the Blue Ox.
- Bemidji State University (BSU) (2.7 miles)
Located on the shores of Lake Bemidji, this public university is quickly making a name for itself through its rigorous writing programs. Catch a BSU Beavers hockey match while you’re in town.
Phone: +1 (218) 755-2001
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