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3 WAYS TO NATURALLY LEARN MORE ABOUT MINNESOTA

June 22, 2022

Do you know what bird makes that chirping sound? Can you identify that animal rustling in the brush? Do you know how to identify the types of trees you see? There are many ways to enjoy nature and learn about and NATURALLY discover Minnesota. 1 GO FOR A WALK  An easy way to NATURALLY learn…

ADVENTURES IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA STATE PARKS

June 3, 2022

Adventures in SouthEast Minnesota State Parks So, you have decided to take your Minnesota vacation and you are visiting the SouthEast region of Minnesota. With so many sights to see and places to visit it may be difficult to narrow down an itinerary. You can visit bustling towns or go exploring in the countryside. Another…

VACATION UNPLUGGED

April 19, 2022

vacation unplugged We know your job is important. It is a large part of our identities and without it you wouldn’t be able to take a Minnesota vacation. If you work for a large corporation, a startup or are self-employed (that’s including you stay-at-home parents) you know how important it is to take a vacation…

BREWERIES-CHECK THEM OUT WHILE VACATIONING

March 25, 2022

BREWERIES-CHECK THEM OUT WHILE VACATIONING Duluth has many attractions that bring both friends and families to the area. One of the many things that draw people in are the multiple breweries within the city limits. During your Northern Minnesota vacation make it a trip to remember while visiting the following breweries. Up first on our…

Pine Tree Identification in Minnesota

March 8, 2022

Pine Tree Identification in Minnesota As you drive deeper into the Minnesota wilderness to reach your Minnesota resort you are surrounded by towering trees. Ever wonder how many kinds of pine trees there are in the area? Continue reading to learn more about the pine trees that fill the Minnesota forest.   One of the best…

Snowmobile Trails, They Do Vary

February 11, 2022

I have been snowmobiling for 23 years and have seen many different trails. We usually go with a group of friends and we start out in the Grand Rapids, Marcell and Bigfork areas. But we have gone up the north shore and other areas too. One thing is for sure. The trails do vary. My…

Winter OHV Trails

OHV Trails in the Winter

January 15, 2022

OHV Trails in the Winter Winter. Yes, it is here. For me, it is easier to “find things to do” in the summer than it is in the winter. But, if you have some 4 wheelers or side-by-sides, you can use the on some trails in the winter as well as the summer. Snowmobiles are…

5 Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Resort Vacation

January 4, 2022

Check out these ideas for your next vacation. It is the time that many Americans, including Minnesotans, to think about their New Year Resolutions. It is also a time when families are thinking and planning their next vacation. These two tasks can be combined. You can look for and plan a vacation and think about…

The Gift that Keeps Giving

December 23, 2021

The Gift that Keeps on Giving What are some of your favorite memories growing up? Are they material items that you had or are they vacations you went on, camps that you went to, sports you played, friends you hung out with, or adventures you went on? Were any of your favorite memories spending time…

A Minnesota Snowmobile Vacation

November 11, 2021

A MINNESOTA SNOWMOBILE VACATION Minnesota offers over 22,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails for you to explore. And there are many Minnesota resorts that are open in the winter. Below are some things to consider when selecting your perfect winter snowmobile resort vacation. Click here to see which Minnesota resorts are open in the winter.  1. Proximity…

How do you look forward to your Minnesota Vacation?

November 2, 2021

How do you look forward to your Minnesota Vacation? People get ready and enjoy their vacations very differently. Through the years of owning and operating a resort, I heard it all and it was fun to hear it. I made a list of some of what I have heard of how people prepare for their…

Plan now for a MN snowmobile vacation

October 10, 2021

PLAN NOW FOR A MN SNOWMOBILE VACATION Yes, snowmobile season will be here before you know it. There are somethings that can be done now to get ready for and plan that snowmobile vacation this winter. I have been snowmobiling many years and enjoy it. If you are lucky to be able to snowmobile from…

Vacation Photos Matter

September 21, 2021

VACATION PHOTOS MATTER It seems that I am constantly seeing people taking photos. Are they important? I say yes. Below are some items for you to think about. Inside photos: When you are taking vacation photos, everyone loves to see those sunset photos, even if the photos don’t do them justice. But, don’t forget out…

7 Reasons to Vacation in September

August 26, 2021

7 Reasons To Vacation in September The reasons are many! Below are a few. 1. The Resorts are usually quieter. September can still be busy, but even if all the cabins are full, the resort is usually still quieter. There usually aren’t any kids running around because they are all in school. Kids are great…

Take A Quick Trip North, There Is Still Time

July 24, 2021

Take A Quick Trip North, There Is Still Tiime Summer is not over. There is still time to take a quick trip up north. School hasn’t started yet in Minnesota and many schools won’t start until after Labor Day. Some neighboring states’ school year starts mid-August. Even if you are coming from out of state,…

Make Vacation Plans, It Isn’t Too Late

July 7, 2021

Make Vacation Plans, It Isn’t Too Late I certainly hope you enjoyed your 4th of July holiday weekend. For most (or maybe all??) of Minnesota, the weather this year was fantastic. For those of you lucky enough to have spent it at a Minnesota Resort, you probably spent some time in the water. The time…

Sharing a Large Minnesota Resort Cabin

June 15, 2021

SHARING A LARGE MINNESOTA RESORT CABIN I have always believed that vacations are important. That is why my husband and I owned and operated our resort for 17 years. We provided a great vacation spot for so many families. Through the years we have seen it all and I would like to share some of…

Meal Planning while on Vacation

May 17, 2021

MEAL PLANNING WHILE ON VACATION Whether you are at home or on vacation you still have to eat. How do you do your meal planning while on vacation? There are many options and lots to consider. Every family or group is different. Some really like to spend time on meals while on vacation because they…

Enjoy your Resort Vacation without leaving the Resort

May 3, 2021

Enjoy your Resort Vacation without leaving the Resort Something For Everyone. We offer many owner-operated resorts for you to visit and enjoy your vacation however you choose!   Submitted by: Karen Senger Retired Resorter but Still Loves Resorts and Resorting Photo Credit: Paradise Resort and Karen Senger   Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! Facebook…

How Do YOU Enjoy Your Minnesota Vacation?

April 24, 2021

How do YOU Enjoy Your Minnesota Vacation? Something For Everyone. We offer many owner-operated resorts for you to visit and enjoy your vacation however you choose!   Submitted by: Karen Senger Retired Resorter but Still Loves Resorts and Resorting Photo Credit: Crow Wing Crest Lodge Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! Facebook Pinterest Email Print

New Vacationers to Minnesota Resorts

April 21, 2021

New Vacationers to Minnesota Resorts It may come as a surprise to many of you, but there are people that have never vacationed at a Minnesota Resort before! Yes, it is true. With Covid restrictions this year people couldn’t or didn’t take some of the vacations that they had planned. They didn’t go to Mexico…

5 Reasons to take a Family Vacation

March 20, 2021

5 Reasons to Take a Family Vacation Vacations strengthen your relationship with your family Vacations make you a happier person Vacations make you a better employee Vacations are a stress reliever Vacations help make you healthier 1. Vacations strengthen your relationship with your family Exercise gets easier with practice. So does communication with family. The…

Take a Break from Covid-19

March 5, 2021

Take A Break From Covid-19 With all that is going on, we often look for something that gives us some relief. What can we do with our family to make memories that doesn’t include COVID 19? COVID-19 has certainly been the center of news, school, work, society….. everything. I certainly wouldn’t be the one to…

New Kind of Family Vacation

December 20, 2020

NEW KIND OF FAMILY VACATION When our kids were nine, seven and five, we took them to Disney World. You know this kind of family vacation, right? It’s often referred to as the best family vacation for kids. It’s the vacation that every kid dreams of and that every parent hopes they can some-day give…

Minnesota Ice Fishing- Try It!

December 15, 2020

Minnesota Ice Fishing- Try It! If you want to try something new (maybe you have been ice fishing many times!), this winter is a great time to either experience ice fishing for the first time or go out there and ice fish again. Many resorts are open in the winter. Of those that are some…

Raising a Family at a Minnesota Resort

November 10, 2020

Raising a Family at a Minnesota Resort Children who are raised at Minnesota resorts live in a unique environment that can have many rewards. The following is a reflection from a mother who raised her children at their family owned resort. I grew up on Otter Tail Lake in Central Minnesota where our family had…

Spring Vacations, add a new tradition

November 5, 2020

Spring Vacations, Add a New Tradition Hear the word, ‘spring.’ A mental collage fills your head; tinkling sounds of ice-out, bird songs so familiar, quiet hum of awakening earth, easy drift of neighboring voices, glimpse of a robin, morel hunting, still long evenings, perennials poking through. Others have a different reel running in their memories.…

Take Your Time This Fall, Get Outside

September 20, 2020

Take Your Time This Fall, Get Outside Fall is an awesome time to get outside. Come to think of it, it is great to get outside anytime of year. But, there is something about the fall season that is so appealing to many people. It could be the colors or maybe the cool evenings and…

Can’t stay a full week at the perfect Minnesota Resort?

September 15, 2020

Can’t stay a full week at the perfect Minnesota Resort? So, you don’t think you can take a full week of vacation. What can you do? You have options! Below are some things to consider when trying to plan your perfect Minnesota resort vacation with a limited amount of vacation days. The amount of time…

5 Campfire Recipes

August 27, 2020

5 Campfire Recipes Tired of the same old hot dogs and burgers on the grill? Try one of our favorite lakeside recipes that can be made right over your campfire, in one pot or less. Camping Breakfast Sandwich  Difficulty: Easy!     Time: 25 minutes Adapted from The Adventure Bite https://theadventurebite.com/camping-breakfast-sandwich/ Ingredients: 4 English muffins 2…

Fall In Love With Fall on a Minnesota Fall Vacation

August 21, 2020

Fall In Love With Fall on a Minnesota Fall Vacation Well, it’s happening. School shopping may be done, maybe that school bell will ring in your school district, maybe it isn’t. But summer is on the down swing and poof, GONE! You might think that all of Minnesota is gathering for our winter hibernation or…

Why Take a Fall Getaway?

August 18, 2020

Why Take a Fall Getaway? What an unusual year we have had so far in Minnesota, the United States and the world. I think there are certainly more questions that we have about our world than answers. But, there are answers to the question “Why take a Fall Getaway?” Minnesota resort guests talk with the…

4 Distinct Loon Calls: Crazy as a Loon!

August 12, 2020

4 Distinct Loon Calls: Crazy as a Loon! If you are going to a resort in Minnesota, you will most likely be hearing and seeing loons. They are a big attraction for many vacationers. But, do you know very much about the Common Loon (Gavia Immer, if you want to be scientific)? When we hear…

Last minute stays? Yes, they are OK!

July 15, 2020

Last minute stays? Yes, they are OK! Sometimes life just gets too busy. We find that planning ahead for a northern Minnesota get away just cannot be done in advance. We understand. It is much better to try to do it last minute then not at all! To answer the question if last minute stays…

Vacation WITHOUT Flying Somewhere

June 20, 2020

Vacation WITHOUT Flying Somewhere We are hearing this more and more. “I want a vacation with my family, but right now I don’t want to fly.” Some people have never enjoyed flying and even more are reluctant to fly during this Covid-19 pandemic. That doesn’t mean that you cannot go on vacation. Vacationing at a…

Minnesota Mosquito – Surviving the Bite on Your Minnesota Vacation

June 10, 2020

Minnesota Mosquito – Surviving the Bite on Your Minnesota Vacation Three Survival Suggestions! You’re packed, checking that list for your Minnesota Outdoor Vacation.  Sunscreen-Check! Beach Towels-Check! Tackle Box-Check!  Bug spray?  Yep we aren’t going to sugar coat it.  We have mosquitoes. But, here are times of the day or year that are certainly better than…

Try a Short Stay at a Minnesota Resort

May 10, 2020

Submitted by:Karen SengerResorter for 17 years, now retired Try a Short Stay at a Minnesota Resort With all that is going on in our world these days, a Minnesota Resort Vacation could certainly be what you need to relax. Perhaps you cannot get away for a full week. That is OK. Just getting away to…

I’ve Been Looking Forward to this Vacation All Year!

March 22, 2020

I’ve Been Looking Forward to this Vacation All Year! Owning and operating a resort for 17 years, we heard lots of stories. Some of the ones that I cherish are the ones where they have been looking forward to their vacation ALL Year. Perhaps you have said some of these things and can relate. If…

Minnesota Resorts Have Always Met Current COVID-19 Guidelines!

March 12, 2020

Minnesota Resorts Have Always Met Current COVID-19 Guidelines! I’m currently reading a book titled “The Early Resorts of Minnesota.” An interesting thing is that Minnesota resorts were a popular summer destination in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The book states that there was fear of three of the most dreaded diseases of the nineteenth…

Sunsets are a Minnesota Resort Amenity

February 22, 2020

Sunsets are a Minnesota Resort Amenity So you’ve decided to take your family vacation at a Minnesota resort. Congratulations! And it could be that you’ve already decided what amenities your family would probably enjoy at a resort. Which means you are probably doing a thorough Google search using terms like “Minnesota resorts with water trampoline”…

Make Family Memories

February 8, 2020

Make Family Memories Much promotion related to Minnesota resort vacations is “Making family memories that will last a lifetime.” You see and read it all the time. Resorts promote it, tourism communities promote it, and so does Explore Minnesota Tourism. I recently helped lead a class in our church titled “Intentional Parenting: 10 Ways to…

Practicing Hygge-A Minnesota Winter Vacation

January 22, 2020

Practicing Hygge-A Minnesota Winter Vacation Winter vacation in Minnesota? BRRRRRR! Not so fast, we see it as a perfect opportunity to practice and reach total Hygge! Hy who? Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga” or “hue-guh” this concept is not just a word but a feeling of coziness and happiness. We can thank the Danish for it, and…

Why you should take a kid ice fishing

January 20, 2020

Why you should take a kid ice fishing There are many reasons that you should take kids ice fishing. But, if you are looking for some reasons, read below. Make memories:. Kids grow up very fast. Spending time with them, teaching them something that not every other kid has done, is what some memories are…

VILLAGES ON WATER – MINNESOTA ICE FISHING

December 15, 2019

VILLAGES ON WATER – MINNESOTA ICE FISHING There is a place where the landscape changes each season and when this season turns frozen new towns appear.  Sound magical?  Almost, it’s just a Minnesota winter and people enjoying the sport of ice fishing.  Everyone knows that people have been traveling for +150 years for a Minnesota…

New Kind of Family Vacation

December 5, 2019

New Kind of Family Vacation When our kids were nine, seven and five, we took them to Disney World. You know this kind of family vacation, right? It’s often referred to as the best family vacation for kids. It’s the vacation that every kid dreams of and that every parent hopes they can some-day give…

DEER HUNTING AND THE HUNTING SHACK, A MINNESOTA TRADITION

September 27, 2019

DEER HUNTING AND THE HUNTING SHACK, A MINNESOTA TRADITION For some, deer hunting is that one thing that they never miss. They will miss family weddings, kids’ school functions and deer-hunting-widow sales at the local stores for that first weekend of deer hunting. Going to the shack for deer hunting has been a tradition. The…

Holidays at a Minnesota Resort

September 6, 2019

HOLIDAYS AT A MINNESOTA RESORT Once Labor Day passes it seems to be a race to the holidays. The logistics can be hard, stressful, and sometimes just not even fun. Whose year is it to go where? Where will everyone sleep at mom and dad’s house at Thanksgiving now that they’ve downsized? How am I…

Road Trip: 19 Games and Challenges for the Car

August 18, 2019

ROAD TRIP: 19 GAMES AND CHALLENGES FOR THE CAR Your Minnesota vacation is officially under way. The car is jammed packed with beach gear and fishing gear and clothing for anything the Minnesota climate can throw at you.  Now to get there……  You might even have three generations in the car with your parents and…

WHAT’S IN A MINNESOTA LAKE’S NAME? MORE THAN YOU KNOW!

August 4, 2019

WHAT’S IN A MINNESOTA LAKE’S NAME? MORE THAN YOU KNOW! WHAT’S IN A NAME A lot of Minnesota’s lakes were named during the days of President Millard Fillmore (1850-1853.)  St. Paul’s Lake Phalen was named after a soldier at nearby Fort Snelling. The Dakota and Ojibwe tribes claim naming rights to many of the state’s lakes.  Lake Bemidji is…

CAMPING, WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR MINNESOTA CAMPGROUND

June 8, 2019

CAMPING, WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR MINNESOTA CAMPGROUND When you hear the word “camping” different thoughts may come to mind. You may think of tents, being outside, campfires, sitting in a fancy camper/RV, being outside…. The list goes on. No matter what you have to “camp” in or what the word camping means to…

ALL INCLUSIVE MINNESOTA VACATION

April 23, 2019

ALL INCLUSIVE MINNESOTA VACATION You packed the car. You drove 2, 4, 7, maybe 10 hours with the kids and you thought that was the adventure.  Now what?! Now you do it all; from fishing to swimming to hiking, to absolutely nothing, that’s what.  Here are the top things you can do on your Minnesota…