Where to Stay & Eat in Bemidji

Bemidji hotels, motels, and northern Minnesota resorts provide a variety of relaxing lodging choices. Bemidji, the First City on the Mississippi, in the heart of Minnesota’s north woods, is rich in beautiful scenery, abundant recreation, inspiring arts and culture. Check out the Visit Bemidji website for a list of places to stay and eat in the area.

Visit Bemidji

Country Inn & Suites is attached to our George W. Neilson Convention Center.

Call 218-441-4800 today!

Directions & Parking

The Sanford Center is located at 1111 Event Center Drive NE, on the south shore of Lake Bemidji off of 1st Street South or Event Center Drive (by the Green Mill & Hampton Inn/DoubleTree).

Driving Directions

Head West on Moberg Dr. NW out of the airport. Take a left on US-2 East. Take a left on 5th Street NW. Right on Bemidji Ave N/US-2 Old. Left on 1st St. SE. Continue on 1st St SE. Drive to Event Center Dr NE.

From Brainerd: Take 371 from Brainerd and turn left onto Hwy 2. Take 1st exit into BJL and follow to 1st st south.
From Motley or Park Rapids:  Take Highway 71 north.

From Highway 71 N or Highway 2 E:  Follow Highway 197 (Paul Bunyan Drive) from the Airport/Mall area towards Bemidji State University and Lake Bemidji. Continue south through downtown Bemidji and follow the south shore to 1st st. S or Event Center Dr. (by the Green Mill and Hampton Inn)


We have approximately 1200 public parking spaces available for hockey, concerts, and convention center events. There are also 170 parking spaces reserved for event employees & production staff. Shore power is available with ample space for trucks & buses.