Only in Minnesota

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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