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Hiking Trails, Part of a Minnesota Resort Vacation

December 12th, 2017

Hiking Trails, a Minnesota Family Resort Vacation Gold Nugget – Hiking Trails around Crosslake MN

Staying at a Minnesota family resort, offer some of the greatest tools to connect with the great outdoors.  First of all, one of the best tools for connecting are quiet family resorts and  Hiking Trails,  Hiking Trails most of all are a way to get away from modern day life, because it is a  step away from the busyness of life. Furthermore it give us a chance to unwind and get some needed exercise.  The Brainerd Lakes area offers an awesome Northwoods environment to do just that. While  hiking trails around Crosslake MN and Breezy Point, MN have some great hiking trails also as a result, hiking trails offer an out of this world experience compared to the loud city life. Trails speak rather by their silence. This summer let’s get our “hike on” and get out of this world for a hour or two.

Hiking Trails at a Minnesota Family Resort with Children is especially fun!

Children’s outdoor activities are very important and keeps them engaged during your stay while on your Minnesota vacation. Children love seeing bugs, frogs, cool vestigation and minnesota wildlife. One advantage of taking children on hikes is the fresh air, it really tires them out. Therefore not only do they have a great time they sleep great that night. Trails offer an environment that most children are not around and gives them a new love for nature. In conclusion, many Minnesota resorts have on site hiking trails.  Some of the most noteworthy Hiking Trails are listed below.

CrossLake and Breezy Point Hiking Trails at a glance.

Hiking trails around Crosslake MN are awesome, here are a few.

  • Breezy Point Walking Trails.  This is a pleasant woods walk, the trail is available to the public at no charge. The trail can be accessed from Winter Trail off Ranchette Drive.
  • Chiarella Forest Management Area. From the hiking trails that run throughout the property, visitors can see Oak trees, young Norway pine, and plenty of birds.
  • Crosslake City Trail.  This paved path for pedestrians and bicyclists runs past the Crosslake Park, Playground, Library and Community Center. Over 3 mi. of natural hiking trails.
  • Historic Fire Tower. Built in 1934.  An interpretive panel at the trailhead shares Paul Bunyan’s whimsical tale about fire towers.  Travelers may still walk from the parking lot to the fire tower but access to the tower is now fenced off.
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail. The terrain on this trail ranges from flat, open, hilly and most of all scenic.
  • Pelican Lake Conservation Club:  The site includes three ponds around a developed nature trail with observation platforms.
  • Pelican Woods Cemetery & Nature Trails.  Unobtrusive and quietly inviting to travelers wishing to stop for a bit to enjoy the tranquility of this trail.  This is a beautifully landscaped  creatively designed, and undulating walking path. Trail includes an informational tree walk.
  • Rollie Johnson Natural and Recreational Area / Big Island on the Whitefish Chain. A rare surviving example of an undisturbed old-growth maple-basswood forest. Trees 150 years old tower up to 100 feet.  They shelter a rich assortment of flowering plants, unusual this far north in Minnesota.
  • Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area.  Wide walking trails meander throughout the property and maps are available at the arched entry.
  • Veterans Memorial Walking Trail. An interpretive panel at the trailhead tells the story of a disastrous fire.
  • West Shore Drive Trail.

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Paddle Boarding, a Minnestoa Family Vacation Experience

February 16th, 2017

Experience a Minnesota Lake in a new way!

“Paddle Boarding” has become a very popular summer Minnesota lake activity in the Brainerd lakes area. “Paddle Boarding” offers a unique way to get in touch with the northern Minnesota lake surroundings. It offers the user a way to experience the lake right on top of the water. Unlike a jet ski or personal watercraft, and boats of any kind, Paddle Boards” are very different. They’re quiet, serine, and your senses are engaged in only a way you will find Paddle Boarding. They are a very different experience than that of canoeing or kayaking.  While standing, skimming across calm water you can see down and into the undisturbed water to view the lake environment in an fresh new way.

Exercising on a Paddle Board?

Many even use the Paddle Board as an exercise platform to strengthen their core. Can you think of a better place to exercise and relax? Riding on a board goes way back to areas of the world where water was the means of travel and entertainment. For hundreds of years people have been either riding the waves or pushing themselves along by a paddle or stick. Inland fresh water lakes have now taken a hold with the public, and the increasing activity of Paddle Boarding has been born.

How do I know if Paddle Board ownership if for me?

Choosing a board to purchase can be a daunting task as there many manufactures and styles available.  But before you buy, there are many places you can see if board ownership is for you. Gull Lake by Brainerd and Crosslake, MN located on the Whitefish chain of Lakes have a few places in which the public can rent Paddle Boards. Many Minnesota family resorts now offer Paddle Boards either for rent or to use free of charge, giving the Minnesota vacation another added amenity in its arsenal to attract families to the lake. Don’t forget to give it a try next time you are at a Minnesota lake.

 

 

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How To Choose a Resort For Your Family Vacation in Minnesota

June 1st, 2016

It’s the time of year where families start to plan for their summer vacation. Another year of work and kids activities creates a need for a vacation where you can unplug and just be a family again. But as you think of ideas and places to go, sometimes a vacation at a quiet family resort is the ticket to recharging your batteries. But how do you choose a resort from the hundreds in Minnesota?

Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Vacation Resort

First, identify the types of activities you like to do as a family. Do you like to jet ski and water ski, or are you the type of family that likes to “get away from it all” and experience the peace and solitude of nature?

That identification will make a big difference into the type of resort to choose. Pay attention to these items:

  • How big is the lake?
  • How many different resorts are located on the lake?
  • Are there a lot of private homes on the lake?
  • Are there restaurants and marinas on the lake?
  • Is there public boat access?
  • Does the resort have land with hiking trails and lakefront cabins?
  • Are there fishing and pontoon boats available for rent?
  • Is there a safe beach area for children to play in the water?

If there is a big lake with a lot of resorts, public boat access, and restaurants, you will be staying at a busier lake with more people. If it is a smaller lake with only one resort on the lake and no public access, you will more than likely be in a quieter, more peaceful setting.

By asking the right questions, you can really choose the best family resort for your summer vacation in Minnesota.

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