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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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Golf >
Dacotah Ridge Golf Club, a certified Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary Golf Course, is located just four miles east of Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel. Golf Digest rated the 18-hole championship course as one of Minnesota’s best. The natural, classic course blends seamlessly with the surrounding prairie landscape, attracting golfers from around the country. www.dacotahridge.com


Horseback Riding >
Enjoy some of the best horseback riding in the state at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center’s 30-horse stable, complete with riding ring and trails. Other activities at this Alexandria resort include an 18-hole golf course, an 18-hole executive putting course, a full-service marina, the Big Splash Indoor Waterpark, Darling Reflections Salon, and Camp Arrowwood for kids ages 4-12. Guests will run out of time before they run out of things to do. www.arrowwoodresort.com


Ideal Romantic Getaway >
Designed as a true retreat from the stresses of the real world, Canoe Bay’s setting is unspoiled, peaceful, and secluded. Guests are treated to privacy, friendly service, memorable cuisine, and opportunities to swim, canoe, kayak, or hike in a smoke-free, kid-free environment. When Louis Armstrong sings “What a Wonderful World,” the lyrics could aptly describe this romantic destination located near Rice Lake, Wisconsin. www.canoebay.com


Jackpot Junction >
Located in southwest Minnesota, just under two hours from the Twin Cities metro, Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel offers 325,000-square-feet of live casino action with video slot machines, table games, and a 375-seat bingo hall. Adding to the excitement is a $153,000 cash and Mustang giveaway throughout June, July, and August. Come for the gaming, great food, full-service bars, and live entertainment. Clay Walker will be performing May 18, Phil Vassar will be performing June 15, and Paul Rodriguez will be on stage July 27. www.jackpotjunction.com   


Kayak, Hike, Bike >
Whether you’re in search of an active vacation or a relaxing escape, you can’t go wrong at Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior. Take a sea kayaking lesson on the world’s largest freshwater lake, borrow a complimentary mountain bike, trailer, or stroller and head out on the nearby paved Gitchi Gami Bike Trail, soak in the indoor/outdoor hot tubs, unwind with a massage at the Wellness Center, or take a complimentary shuttle to hiking and biking trailheads.  Kids can’t get enough of the Children’s Play Area and indoor and outdoor pools at this spectacular resort. www.bluefinbay.com    


Lutsen Resort’s “Meet at the Beach” >
Wooden kayak and canoe builders will meet on Lutsen Resort’s beautiful beach June 16-17 to show off their one-of-a-kind boats and let others test their beauties in the waters of Lake Superior. The event is free and open to the public.

“There are great events happening almost every weekend,” says Adam Harju, Lutsen Resort activities and recreation director. Guests enjoy everything from Kids Camp and Adventure Club to romantic Bed and Breakfast packages at this legendary resort, in the area since 1885. www.lutsenresort.com 


Macy’s Flea Market/ Macy’s Day of Music >
Starting on June 6, Macy’s Flea Market—in the lower level of Macy’s Minneapolis—will feature fantastic finds from Paris, London, and Amsterdam. The Flea Market, with trinkets and treasures ranging from vintage to ultra-modern, will run through August. Macy’s Day of Music, from noon to noon July 13-14, will feature free performances by Tim Mahoney, the Minnesota Orchestra, and for the wee ones, a Saturday morning performance by Brady Rhymer and the Little Band that Could.  www.macys.com


North Woods Excitement >
From a tour of a working bison ranch, to a bird-watching trip via canoe, to hiking or biking along the famous Heartland State Trail, there is plenty to see and do in Park Rapids. Spend a quiet day horseback riding in the north woods, visit antique shops, fish in crystal-clear lakes, or tour a local winery. See where Lake Itasca gives birth to the Mighty Mississippi at Itasca State Park. Lodging options include bed and breakfasts, motels, hotels, vacation homes, and campgrounds. www.parkrapids.com


Outdoor Adventures >
With nonstop activities for the whole family, Caribou Highlands Lodge in Lutsen is all about summer fun. Guests can sign up for guided canoeing and hiking trips, treasure hunts, lawn games, bingo, Lake Superior rock hounding, bonfires, and ice cream socials. Zip down the nearby Alpine Slide, zigzag across Lutsen Mountain ski runs on a mountain bike, or hike along the always-beautiful Superior Hiking Trail. The resort features indoor and outdoor pools, a restaurant, tennis courts, a coffee shop, and a variety of lodging styles and options. www.cariboughighlandslodge.com


Pottery and Unique Jewelry >
Head over to Hutchinson this summer and check out Clay Coyote Pottery and Gallery, featuring handcrafted, functional pottery at reasonable prices. Clay Coyote carries the handcrafted work of 160 artists from all over North America. Find unique pottery, jewelry, blown glass, leather, and purses in this charming husband-wife studio (he does the throwing, trimming, and finishing; she does the glazing and firing). www.claycoyotegallery.com

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