Posts Categorized: brainerd

Minnesota’s northern lakeside resorts embrace bigger luxuries

Around since the 1930s, Clamshell Beach Lodge north of Brainerd has new luxuries–like newer cottages and a pool.   Minnesota cabins get bigger, modernize By Lisa Meyers McClintick My daughter jumps into the pool. On a Minnesota resort trip last June, my 7-year-old daughter barely glanced at the sandy beach on Whitefish Lake north of… Read more »

Minnesota ice bars, ice fishing & polar plunges

Grand Superior Lodge’s BLU ice bar takes inspiration from the Split Rock Lighthouse. Lake Superior helps keep it cool. Minnesota dreams up icy frolics & February fun By Lisa McClintick Costumes add to the fun of the Pout Plunge that’s part of Walker’s Eelpout Festival. Take warm welcome of Minnesota Nice, nip it with winter… Read more »

Bundle up for Minnesota’s biggest ice fishing festival

Last January, the windchills were 20 below at the  Brainerd Jaycees’ $150,000 ice-fishing extravaganza. That didn’t seem to bother anyone except posers like me with hand- and toe-warmers and pajama bottoms augmenting long underwear and too-thin snowpants. Truly hearty Minnesotans brought portable heaters to thaw their beer. Bud slushie, anyone? The sheer spectacle of this ice-fishing contest–10,000 people and 21,000… Read more »

Warm up at Minnesota’s best water parks

In the middle of winter, few things feel as good as shedding all the bundled-up layers. Seriously. In the last brutal week of temperatures, I was wearing long underwear just to work at home. So be free! Grab the kids, dig out your suits, and enjoy a weekend at Minnesota’s water parks. It may not… Read more »