Archive for June, 2012


FEATURED MEMBER: Steamboat Bay Resort on Leech Lake

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Steamboat Bay Resort is a small ma and pop resort that seems to be the perfect getaway for any individual, family, or group looking for a getaway on a budget. It’s a small, affordable resort that started out as a fishing camp that has transformed into an angler’s heaven and a family fun destination. It appeals to angler’s with its protected harbor, boat ramp, live bait, gas, docks, and a fish cleaning house all on site. It’s also a great place for families and large group gatherings. The area itself is the big attraction for these families. They enjoy the biking, hiking, swimming and the fishing that the area and the lake have to offer. They are located conveniently just 5 miles north of Walker, and many people enjoy taking their boats or biking the trail to town.

The resort offers just the basic amenities needed and encourages guests to explore the area and all that it has to offer. Doug and Cynthia (owners of the resort) do however enjoy personalizing their guest experiences by offering each guest a complimentary ice cream sundae (June-August) and offering group activities to kids. They also have a number of outdoor activities for guests to enjoy, including: volleyball, horseshoes, tetherball, shuffleboard, a playground for kids, canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, inner tubes, and a water trampoline. They are located on a beautiful sandy shore that both children and adults can enjoy.

In speaking with Doug, he was eager to tell me about the resort and how they appeal to families and fishermen. “We are not a top end resort, and we don’t want to be,” he states. They really focus on affordability and good family fun. Each cabin has a kitchen and outdoor charcoal grill wherein guests can take care of themselves for meals. Doug went on to say, “a lot of the resort is decorated with 60’s and 70’s décor, which the guests tend to have fun with!” When I asked Doug what his favorite part is in running the resort, he replied

“the best part is just Minnesota summers; I mean, boy, it’s just beautiful up here!”

He went on to talk about all the people he meets in a summer and all the memories he makes year after year. He mentioned how fast the summers go by when he is meeting people all the time. He says the fishing is just great and there are plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained.

“I am a lucky person to have a job that I enjoy, and I know that.”

In addition to being such a great place for angler’s and families, the resort is also dog friendly! This resort seems to welcome just about anyone! Doug and Cynthia have also put in Martin houses that encourage birds to frequent the property!

FEATURED MEMBER: The AmericInn Lodge & Suites

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The AmericInn Lodge & Suites hotel of Walker MN was one of the first 20 AmericInn’s built, and this is shown through in their experience in dealing with guests. AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Walker is known for their friendly staff and convenient location. Their staff stands by the Golden Rule of treating others the way they would like to be treated. The staff is willing to go out of their way to make guest happy and make sure guest’s expectations are met.

This lodge seems to know what their guests are looking for with their wide variety of amenities done right. First, the lodge understands that guests are often on a budget, and breakfast is something they take pride in offering their guests. They offer guests a complimentary, hot home-style breakfast including fresh baked waffles, fresh fruit, Danishes, bagels, muffins, cereal, juice and milk. They also provide a 24 hour coffee bar to guests! The lodge is located just one block from historic downtown walker, where guests can find a multitude of shops with something for everyone. As if the lodge hasn’t already surpassed my expectations, it also offers guests complimentary bikes to enjoy during their stay; encouraging guests to go out and explore the area! Some of the area attractions include fishing, golfing, casinos, shopping, biking, theaters, and music festivals.

They appeal to businesspeople, and pleasure seekers including: families, children, and fishermen alike. All AmericInn Lodge & Suites guests are able to enjoy the free, hotel-wide , wireless internet as well as a lobby computer and printer for use 24 hours a day. They also offer a number of amenities to families including a large indoor heated pool, a hot tub and a sauna. The lodge also has an extra-large parking lot to accommodate boat trailers and motor coaches. Oh! And children under 12 stay free!

The overall atmosphere at the lodge is described by Betty Greer (G.M. of AmericInn Lodge & Suites) as “very calm and laid back.” She commented on the cozy lobby which contains a beautiful stone fireplace adding to the overall calm environment. When we asked Ms. Greer to comment on her favorite part of running the lodge, she commented, “definitely the people I meet. Hearing the stories of why they are here, and who they have come to visit.” Betty also comments, “There is so much to do here. There’s something for everyone!”

Guests of AmericInn Lodge & Suites can also find a number of specials (including fishing specials) on their website