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The ABCs of Summer Fun

An A to Z list of the region’s hottest summer attractions and destinations

The ABCs of Summer Fun

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Quiet in the North Woods >
Unwind in a peaceful resort home at Trapper’s Landing Lodge, located on Leech Lake. Utilize the 51-slip full-service marina, dine in the restaurant and lounge, and enjoy the many recreational opportunities that go hand-in-hand with a 112,000-acre lake, thousands of acres of forests, and a number of scenic trails in the Leech Lake area. www.trapperslandinglodge.com


Riverboat Concerts >
You might not have cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis, but you can be “rollin’ on the river” this summer in a riverboat, listening to upbeat music and your favorite radio personalities during the new “Rockin’ River Radio Concerts” on the Padelford Riverboat. July 6 will be hosted by KLBB, July 20 by K102, August 3 is Kool 108, and September 14 is Cities97. www.riverrides.com


St. Paul Saints >
Not only are St. Paul Saints fans treated to an open-air ball game in the heart of summer, they’re entertained between innings by ball-bearing pigs, massage-giving nuns, fun contests, and silly races. Get there early if you want to tailgate in the parking lot. http://saintsbaseball.com


Tea parties >
The elegant, charming Saint Paul Hotel is the perfect setting for sipping tea and improving your manners. Visit the elegant lobby during a Russian tea party June 2 and 16; Austrian tea party July 14 and 28; or Scotland tea party August 11 and 25. All summer teas are from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $26/person. Children’s and Business Etiquette Classes will also be offered at the Saint Paul Hotel this summer on June 24 (children 8 to 13/$40 per child) and June 14 (for those in the work force/$50 per person).  www.saintpaulhotel.com


Unspoiled Nature >
Whether you crave adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities (sea kayaking, anyone?) or prefer to sit on the sidelines and take it all in, the city of Bayfield, Wisconsin should be on everyone’s “to visit” list. The chain of 22 Apostle Islands creates unique recreational opportunities, and Bayfield’s orchard and berry farms, seasonal celebrations (the berry season, from late June through September is an ideal time to visit, with tours, sampling, and sales), shows in the Big Top Chautauqua, sailing charters, ferry rides, gallery tours, and great shopping and dining prove that this quaint harbor village is a hot spot of fun summertime activities. www.bayfield.org


Vacation near Two Harbors >
Inspired by traditional Scandinavian fishing villages, Larsmont Cottages on Lake Superior are tucked away in 40 acres of private woods, south of Two Harbors. The cottages feature a spectacular lodge and Ledge Rock Grille restaurant, a massage cottage, an indoor pool, and a Finnish sauna. Activities include kayak lessons, use of Trek bicycles, North Shore Scenic Railroad rides, and more. www.larsmontcottages.com

For large doses of spectacular North Shore scenery, gourmet meals at Splashing Rock Restaurant and Lounge, a heated indoor pool and whirlpool, canoe rentals, lawn games, and cozy bonfires on the pebble beach, look no further than Grand Superior Lodge, on Lake Superior near Two Harbors. The Superior Hiking Trail, Tettegouche State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, and Gooseberry Falls are a short drive away. www.grandsuperior.com


Wine Tours >
This summer, make it a goal to travel along the Three Rivers Wine Trail and tour six Minnesota wineries located in the St. Croix, Mississippi, and Cannon River Valleys. Wine lovers can spend a day or a weekend sampling high quality, locally produced wines in lush river valley settings. In the words of Kenny Chesney, “Perfect song on the radio, sing along ‘cause it’s one we know, it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime. Sweet summertime.”  www.threeriverswinetrail.com


Xplore the North Shore >
Cove Point Lodge is a nature lover’s paradise. Hike, bike, canoe, or watch the Lake Superior waves roll in as you adventurously explore or simply relax amid beautiful north shore surroundings. Dine at restaurants on the property, walk to nearby shops in Beaver Bay, pick blueberries at Palisade Head, or read a book in front of a crackling fire. The pebble beach, pool, and a Frisbee golf course appeal to the younger crowd. www.covepointlodge.com


Yellowstone Country >
Plan an unforgettable vacation out West to Park County, Wyoming, encompassing the cities of Cody, Garland, Ralston, Powell and Meeteetse. Buffalo Bill’s legacy remains in Cody, east gateway to Yellowstone National Park, as do the natural wonders and wildlife that make a visit to Cody so exciting.

Visitors to Cody, Powell or Meeteetse will also enjoy abundant outdoor recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, golf, river rafting, rock and ice climbing, hiking, mountain biking and camping. Attractions include the world-renown Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Cody Nite Rodeo and of course Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful.


Minnesota Zoo >
“Happy trails to you” could be the theme song for the Minnesota Zoo, with more than hundreds of fascinating animals both indoors and outside along various trails. The new Minnesota Trail will open July 7, featuring wolves, coyotes, otters, lynx, and other Minnesota critters, giving guests an up-close view of their animal neighbors. Other zoo favorites include monkeys, tigers, dolphins, meerkats, turtles,sharks, camels, horses, piglets, an amazing free-flight Bird Show, a tree-top ride on the Monorail, and even jungle gyms and slides. Adults looking for a fun date night should check out the Subway Music in the Zoo Concert Series. www.mnzoo.org


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