A white sand beach and aquamarine water? The color scheme may be reminiscent of the Caribbean, but you're in the heart of Minnesota at Sugar Lake Lodge near Grand Rapids. Why the unusually vivid blue? Sugar Lake contains a high concentration of calcium, so it reflects light differently than most lakes. The resort offers a range of lodging along that stunning waterfront, pontoon rides, water skiing, kayaks and more. It also features an 18-hole championship golf course. 37584 Otis Lane, Cohasset; 1-800-450-4555; sugarlakelodge.com.

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