Cedar Valley Resort – Open Year Round

Cedar Valley Resort offers 11 beautiful log sided cabins built between 2001 and 2014 that accommodate anywhere from 2 to 37 guests. For business retreats, church events, family reunions and everything in-between our cabins and 30 acre resort property in beautiful bluff country offer a perfect getaway.

With the Root River State Bike Trail winding through our resort and the Root River running alongside, there is no better access to biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, tubing and fishing. We are located an hour southeast of Rochester, Minnesota and just 5 minutes from Lanesboro, Minnesota (one of America’s Prettiest Towns according to Forbes Traveler).

Enjoy the unspoiled natural splendor of the Root River Valley right from your cabin porch. The wildlife is abundant with bald eagles, deer, wild turkey, song birds and in the evening, you will hear the owls hoot and the coyotes howl.

Book your next vacation, family reunion, friends’ weekend, conference or group retreat with us today! Cedar Valley Resort offers the perfect setting and accommodations for a relaxing, scenic and memory-filled getaway all year long!


“#1 Top Minnesota Winter Cabin Getaways” by Resorts and Lodges

“2024 Best of the Best – Rentals” – by Bluff Country

“2023 Best of the Best – Event Center” by Bluff Country

“2022 Best of the Best – Lodging & Vacation Rental” by Bluff Country

“#1 Top Minnesota Team Building Resorts” by Resorts and Lodges

“2021 Best of the Best – Lodging & Vacation Rental” by Bluff Country

“Best of Minnesota – 2015” by Star Tribune

“The Best of the Midwest – 2013” by Midwest Traveler

“Operators of the Year – 2013” by Minnesota Resort and Campground Association



Family Owned and Operated!

John, Brittany, Cooper, Oakley, and Tucker Smith

Larry, Sheryl, & Lucas Johnson

What our guests say…

Cedar Valley Resort
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Cindy KillipCindy Killip
12:38 25 Jun 24
We have been going to Cedar Valley Resort for our family reunion for 10 years now. It’s located in a beautiful area known for biking trails, pie shops, and tubing the Root River. The Resort’s owners are amazing. They strive to give their guests a special time. We’ve stayed in Big Timber, where our numbers have ranged from 17 to 27 over the years. It’s a safe place for kids to run and play. They now have a pickleball court which was a plus for our family.
Brenda DeVriesBrenda DeVries
00:04 22 Jun 24
Family vacation. Everything was wonderful. The owners are great. Space was super clean and fresh. We already are trying to figure out when we can go back.
Mike StukenholtzMike Stukenholtz
04:41 26 May 24
Perfect! Thank you so much!!!
Daniel JonesDaniel Jones
05:18 20 May 24
Had a Great Time.”The Best Place In The World “
Ian AndersonIan Anderson
15:22 02 May 24
Great location
18:04 24 Apr 24
Ampersand Families is a small nonprofit organization based out of Roseville, MN that serves older youth in foster care. Our contract allows us to host 3 retreats for our families every year, and our spring retreat was held at Cedar Valley Resort. The weather was a bit chilly but the youth still had a great time biking on the bike trails, playing lawn games, and using their imaginations on the playground. There was plenty of space for them to run around and play flashlight tag and ghost in the graveyard too. All of our meals were hosted in the Retreat Center. We got catering and deli food delivered from the local restaurants/grocery stores, and we served it out of the kitchen. The kitchen was gorgeous and had everything we needed (and more!). It was a beautiful space to eat, socialize, and set up crafts.There was a fireplace in every building, including the Retreat Center, and a firepit and grill outside each as well. We had a campfire one evening to roast our own hot dogs and smores, and we also fired up a grill to cook the hamburgers we brought.Everyone reported having a great time, and it was a pleasure to stay there. The owners are all super accommodating and kind. We would love to come back in the future. As long as an organization has the staff and materials to do their own programming and meals, this is a great place to host retreats and gatherings!
Judy BassettJudy Bassett
01:36 22 Apr 24
Brigetta LairdBrigetta Laird
01:55 08 Mar 24
We’ve been coming to Cedar Valley Resort since they opened and have always had a 5 star experience! From the amenities, to the extremely well maintained cabins and grounds, to the amazing staff – you can’t beat it. We would reccomend to any and everyone who is looking for a wonderful getaway. Cedar Valley Resort will always have a very special place in my heart!
Kelsey RoyceKelsey Royce
04:54 29 Feb 24
Cedar Valley Resort is the gem of Bluff Country! The cabins are inviting, clean, and cohesive with the nature experience but with all the modern amenities. Whether you want to sit back and relax on the porch or in front of a fire, or take in all of the outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and canoeing – they have you covered. The beautiful new event center is also great for large birthday parties or bridal showers, and was so much easier than hosting 50 people at home! This resort has stunning grounds and is so versatile for groups small to large.
Justin GJustin G
15:22 27 Feb 24
Cedar Valley is a beautiful resort with exceptional service from great people.
caden grebincaden grebin
13:44 26 Feb 24
Exceptional stay at Cedar Valley Resort! Impeccably clean cabins, breathtaking views, and outstanding hospitality. Can’t wait to return for another unforgettable getaway!
Jerimia BrownJerimia Brown
03:11 26 Feb 24
“Absolutely phenomenal experience at Cedar Valley Resort! From the breathtaking scenery to the cozy cabins, every detail exceeded my absolute expectations. The staff were some of the best people I’ve ever met, ensuring my stay was nothing short of perfect. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, this hidden gem in Whalen, MN, is a must-visit destination. Can’t wait to return!”
Heather GrebinHeather Grebin
02:37 26 Feb 24
My favorite place for our family to host gatherings! So much fun for all ages.
Taylor GrebinTaylor Grebin
23:07 25 Feb 24
Cedar Valley Resort is a great getaway for friends, family, work trips, you name it. The staff is very welcoming and there are many things to do for all ages.
Noah YoungNoah Young
18:00 25 Feb 24
I have been to Cedar Valley Resort on several different occasions and I love it there. They have such a beautiful spot it is quite and the staff is amazing and so nice always willing to help. I would love to come back again soon.
10:48 22 Aug 23
First-class resort in every way. The rooms, the family-friendly activities, the grounds, and most of all, the friendly and helpful owners. So many thoughtful touches to make your time restful and pleasant. You can be as active or as relaxed as you choose.
Brian SpragueBrian Sprague
02:45 09 Jul 23
We know the owners and have stayed here before. Great location and cabins!
Barbara Neebel MeierBarbara Neebel Meier
21:58 06 May 23
Went to consider it for a retreat I am planning. Very nice place!!
Greg BronkGreg Bronk
12:56 15 Mar 23
Who would have thought that this wonderful resort is located just outside of small town Whalan Mn. Very nice facilities and helpful staff.
Tim TroxelTim Troxel
18:23 25 Jan 23
Great cabin resort in southeast Minnesota on the root river trail with many activities for all seasons. The cabins are clean with plenty of space and full kitchens. It is close to lanesboro if your group needs to go out and eat.