Posts Categorized: winter recreation

Park hosts moonlight ski around granite quarries

Haley Entner and Dayna White of St. Cloud enjoy cross-country skiing at St. Cloud’s Quarry Park & Nature Area. Frost flocks Haley Enter on a super-chilled morning. Minnesota’s Quarry Park offers unique ski trails  Story & Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick On a mid-December morning, the air bites so frigidly, even the snow seems to… 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 »

Watch trumpeter swans in Park Rapids, Minnesota

No snow needed for winter birdwatchingIt may be winter, but Minnesota claims excellent bird-watching with the comeback of trumpeter swans. The biggest flock of trumpeters gathers in Monticello along the Mississippi River, but you also can get close to this flock in Park Rapids which is closer to summer nesting areas.  Take a look at… Read more »

“Narnia” wonderland on Minnesota sleigh ride

Mark Patten with Duke and Captain at Okontoe’s sleigh rides. Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick. Take a winter ride through lantern-lit forest By Lisa Meyers McClintick Remember the magic of “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” movie as Lucy steps into the hushed winter wonderland of Narnia? We’ve found it here in Minnesota, where… Read more »

Travel to Minnesota’s dogsledding destinations

Riding behind a dogsled team with brisk winter air rushing into your face should be on every Minnesotan’s bucket list. You don’t even have to spend much. For $10 a person, you can get a 10- or 15-minute dogsled ride around Gull Lake or across a golf course most snowy Saturdays at Cragun’s Resort in… Read more »

Skating at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis

Give history a whirlYou know a place has full-blown charm when it lures an 88-year-old great-grandmother onto ice skates for the first time in decades. That would be my Grandma Cretia. She couldn’t stand just watching while her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren had all the fun at The Depot’s Minneapolis ice rink over the holidays. It’s easily one… Read more »