Only in Minnesota

Take a Quick Trip North, There is Still Time

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, there still is time to take a quick trip […]

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 went by way too quickly. For those […]

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 the things that I have noticed […]

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 don’t have time to cook […]

Enjoy your Resort Vacation without leaving the Resort

How do you enjoy your Resort Vacation? There are so many ways. This blog focuses on how vacationers enjoy their vacation. A few weeks ago I published a blog about how I saw our guests enjoy their resort vacation by exploring area amenities such as: Take Day Trips, Different Resort Every Year, Take Overnight Trips […]

How do YOU Enjoy Your Minnesota Vacation?

Guests at Minnesota Resorts vary greatly, as do our Minnesota Resorts. And because the guests vary, so does how they enjoy their vacations. Owning our resort for 17 years, I have seen it all. A couple weeks ago we posted a blog about how vacationers look forward to their Minnesota vacations (Check out that blog […]

5 Reasons to take a Family Vacation

1. Vacations strengthen your relationship with your family 2. Vacations make you a happier person 3. Vacations make you a better employee 4. Vacations are a stress reliever 5. Vacations help make you healthier 1. Vacations strengthen your relationship with your family Exercise gets easier with practice. So does communication with family. The more practice […]

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. But spring is undeniably an evocative […]

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 Resort Vacation. Some of them made me feel pretty […]

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 to the […]

Take a break from Covid 19

With all that is going one, 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 say that it shouldn’t be […]

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 or other countries. Groups couldn’t […]

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 offer cabin rentals, ice house […]

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 a classic Minnesota lake cabin. Many of […]

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 you have will make a difference. Some resorts only rent […]

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 bright sunny days. Maybe it is the […]

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 the loon’s call, many think it sounds very […]

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 resort owners about how they […]

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 southern migration. But there is more than enough time to […]

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 c. leftover BBQ […]

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 are ok? The answer is a definite […]

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 others.  Some joke they are as big as birds, or […]

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 Resort has always […]

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 spend time up north can be just what you need. Maybe you cannot take a full […]

TAKE THE TIME to Enjoy the Lake

Relax, Enjoy, Regroup, Have Fun Since you are already going to the lake, take the time to really appreciate this opportunity. It is pretty easy to speed through a vacation. But maybe after all the stresses of this spring, it is time to really appreciate the lake and nature. Think about slowing down. Think about […]

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 century – tuberculosis, yellow fever and malaria, often […]

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 you have, I imagine that your resort owner loves […]

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 Be an Exceptional […]

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” or “resorts with screen porches”. Some […]

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 made of. When the kids grow up, they […]

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 according to the 2016 World […]

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 their kids while they are […]

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 Vacation to enjoy some summer fishing in […]

What to do, by region, in Minnesota

We are known for our 10,000 lakes! Well, actually 11,842 (10+ acres) lakes, but we don’t need to get technical. And all that water makes Minnesota a perfect vacation destination.  So while you are planning your Minnesota vacation take a look at what each region has to offer. There are so many things to do […]

Same Minnesota resort or different every year?

When choosing your summer vacation destination, there are many member resorts  to choose from. You may have grown up going to a Minnesota resort in Bemidji, but have seen other resorts that you’re interested in. Do you book your vacation at the resort you know or try somewhere new? Repeat guests create lasting memories at […]

Minnesota Resort Amenities Through The Years

The lakeside resorts of yesteryear were simple and rustic. They provided tranquility and an escape from the pressures of life. Each cabin likely came equipped with the bare necessities such as a fire ring and lake access. Maybe the resort had canoes or a swimming dock. They were nothing like Kellerman’s from Dirty Dancing—a glamorous […]

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 supposed to decorate the Pinterest-perfect […]

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 specific location of that tradition is different for everyone. […]

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 your kids all ready for a week of fun. […]

Fall in Love with Fall on a Minnesota Vacation

Well, it’s happening. School shopping is done, maybe that school bell has already rung and summer is on the down swing and poof, GONE! You might think that all of Minnesota is gathering for our winter hibernation or southern migration. But there is more than enough time to enjoy a long or short Minnesota Vacation […]

Fall vacations: A quaint lakeside Minnesota cabin or a hotel room?

There is nothing nicer in the fall than a quaint lakeside cabin, which is exactly what Minnesota lake resorts offer. So when planning your up north getaway this September, why not book a cabin rather than a hotel room? If you love the outdoors and you plan to take a fall getaway this September, DON’T […]

End of summer Minnesota family vacations. No, it isn’t too late.

Wow, August already. It isn’t too late to plan an end of the summer Minnesota family vacation. Once the 4th of July is over, many resorts get a number of calls for reservations because people realize, “Wow, where did summer go? We haven’t made a plan to take our family vacation yet!” Then the panic […]

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 a shortened version of the Ojibwe […]

Minnesota Owner-Operated Resorts: It’s Not Just Ma and Pa

You’ve maybe heard the term ma and pa resort before and wondered… what?  Ma and Pa?  Sure sounds old-fashioned, maybe a little too rustic?  The term “ma and pa” was historically used to describe local family owned and operated general stores or drugstores. Today, ma-and-pa establishments are synonymous with various different types of businesses, including […]

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 you, there are things to consider when choosing the […]

What to pack for your resort vacation

Your Minnesota resort vacation is fast approaching and it’s time to start packing. It might be the first time you and your family are spending a week at a lakeside resort or it could be the fifth time you’ve visited. Either way, packing for your upcoming stay can seem daunting. Odds are you will probably […]

Unusual Attractions in Minnesota Resort Country

We’ve all driven past that thing that made us ask, “What was that?”  We rarely stop because we’re too busy getting to where we’re going, and odds are, we forget to look it up later. In the spirit of enjoying oddities along Minnesota’s roads, we’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorites, which are scattered […]

A full week-long vacation. What are the pros and cons?

Minnesota is a great place to vacation! Planning a vacation may be a challenge. One of the decisions that needs to be made is the length of the vacation. People may ask… “do I really need a full week long vacation?”  Well… that depends. Below are some pros and cons about a full week long […]

Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener

The Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a state tradition since 1948.  It was initially designed to help improve Minnesota’s economy through the development and promotion of the state’s recreational opportunities—particularly fishing. Traditionally, it is held Mother’s Day weekend, when the ice has gone out and the snow has melted. The first fishing opener was […]

5 Reasons to Stay at a Minnesota Lake Resort in May

Minnesota lake country is full of owner operated resorts, all providing a family vacation experience like no other.  There seems to be a universal thought that the only time to go to a lake resort is in June, July or August.  Well, I’m here to tell you that the month of May is an overlooked […]

A Beginners Guide to Fishing Lures

Avid fishermen have an innate ability that tells them which lures to use for different types of fish. Let me tell you, this isn’t a skill a run-of-the-mill recreational fisherman has. I’m not a great fisherman, but I’ve always been of the mind that the pink sparkly, slightly slimy, wormy-type lures are the only ones […]

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 Vacation.  And the best […]

Why a Minnesota Vacation?

There are endless reasons why you should take a vacation.  First off, you deserve it! Second, even your doctor might tell you, “you NEED a vacation.”  Nope, that’s not just a desire or want, you NEED it.  Webmd.com states that by depriving yourself of a vacation you could experience burnout, reduced productivity, diminished creativity, failed relationships, stress, […]

 
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