» About us: Rendezvous with a group of friends or bring your family for a getaway to Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, just two hours west of the Twin Cities on the shores of Lake Darling in Alexandria. The Big Splash Indoor Waterpark is a hit with the kids, the Darling Reflections Spa is a hit with the adults, and everyone loves the on-site restaurants (try the Sunday brunch). Tennis enthusiasts can play a game or two in the huge indoor tennis facility, and those who embrace the snow can rent a snowmobile (mini snowmobiles are available for kids ages 6-11), cross-country skis, or ice skates, go ice fishing, or play broomball or hockey on the Lake Darling rink. Nearby Andes Tower Hill has great winter skiing, boarding, and snowtubing (and affordable package deals), Carlos Creek Winery is open year-round for wine tasting and tours, and you’ll find unexpected treasures when boutique or antique shopping in Alexandria’s historic downtown. Our courteous and accommodating staff go above and beyond to make sure your stay exceeds expectations.
» One more thing: Accommodations range from lodge rooms and suites with lakefront views to luxurious four bedroom townhomes. All of the large, clean, comfortable, and well-appointed rooms at the resort were recently renovated.
» At a glance:
• 38,000-square-foot indoor Big Splash Waterpark
• On-site Darling Reflections Spa
• Outstanding year-round recreation
» What’s new: The area’s abundance of waterways and forested trails provide a variety of winter recreational opportunities. Picture this: 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, 140 kilometers of cross-country ski trails winding through scenic North woods, great vertical drops on the hills, and excellent ice fishing on 400 fishing lakes around the area—including the opportunity to catch walleye and lunker crappies in Upper Red Lake. The always fun and exciting “BRRRRemidji Polar Days” is set this year for Jan. 21, 2012 (see a full calendar of events on our website).
» Bemidji is… closer than you think! The “First City on the Mississippi,” it has a historically charming and relaxed small-town atmosphere with the amenities of a big city, only a four-hour drive away from the Twin Cities.
» Our visitors are… in search of a family vacation, weekend getaway, or outdoor adventure. Breathe in the fresh, crisp air, and have fun exploring the area on a snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes. There’s also great shopping, evening entertainment, and lodging accommodations.
» One more thing: For trail maps and snow conditions, fishing reports and information on area activities and events, contact 877-250-5959 or visit visitbemidji.com.
» At a glance:
• 400 fishing lakes in a 25-mile radius.
• The Bemidji area will be celebrating Paul Bunyan’s 75th Birthday in 2012 (watch for upcoming events throughout the New Year). Paul Bunyan and Babe are the second most photographed roadside attractions in the nation.
• The Bemidji area has more artists per capita than the metro area!
» About us: At Bluefin Bay, you’ll experience up close and personal the very best Minnesota’s North Shore has to offer. We bring you closer to the exhilarating waters of Lake Superior and to each other. Our indoors are as great as the outdoors, with upscale accommodations including in-suite fireplaces, whirlpool baths, and breathtaking views. The outdoors offer the year-round playground that is the Lutsen-Tofte region, set against the backdrop of the Sawtooth Mountains.
» Our guests can consistently expect… warm and friendly hospitality, a comforting ambience, high-quality lodging accommodations, excellent dining options (including the Bluefin Grille and Coho Café & Bakery), and breathtaking natural surroundings.
» Our location: Bluefin Bay is unmatched in its intimate proximity to the greatest of lakes and boasts the best views on the shore. Just a short drive from Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort and the harbor village of Grand Marais.
» One more thing: We celebrate winter by offering amazing deals on holiday shopping, skiing/snowboarding packages, and last-minute vacancies, found online at
» At a glance:
• The Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts consists of the renowned Bluefin Bay, the new luxury townhomes of Surfside, and our distinctive log homes at Temperance Landing.
• Bluefin Bay was named the “Best Honeymoon Resort” for the sixth year in a row by Minnesota Bride; reinforcing its title as the most romantic resort in Minnesota.
• Surfside on Lake Superior is home to Waves of Superior Spa, the only full-service destination spa on the North Shore.
» About us: With the Mississippi River on one side of town and majestic limestone bluffs on the other, a more beautiful place than Winona is hard to find. This charming city—located in southeastern Minnesota—is home to historically significant buildings, a variety of dining, shopping, and lodging options, and numerous recreational opportunities. Winona has also earned a reputation as an arts and cultural mecca, with nine museums, area vineyards, and renowned festivals taking place throughout the year.
» We are home to unique attractions: We are home to unique attractions: Visit the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Watkins Museum/Store, Polish Museum, and Winona County History Center (the Laird Norton addition has won numerous awards). The Minnesota Marine Art Museum features Impressionist and Hudson River School artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Cezanne. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy scenic Garvin Heights Vineyards, located on the bluff tops of Garvin Heights. Don’t miss a visit to Garvin Heights Overlook for a spectacular panoramic view of the river valley.
» One more thing: There’s always a fun festival or event happening in Winona. Visit from Jan. 25-29, 2012 for the Frozen River Film Festival, offering documentary films and programming that engages, educates and activates our community to become involved
in the world.
» At a glance:
• College town vibe: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona State University, and Minnesota State College SE Technical
• Don’t miss: Frozen River Film Festival, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Midwest Music Fest, and Boats & Bluegrass Festival.