Archive for August, 2012


FEATURED MEMBER: Chase on the Lake

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Chase on the Lake is a premier Minnesota resort offering visitors a unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else. This is a resort located on the shores of Leech Lake and also in the heart of downtown Walker, MN. Chase on the Lake offers a unique mix of the great outdoors and historic luxury. Some of the notable amenities offered at Chase on the Lake include the 502 Restaurant with patio seating, the Cooper Door Aveda Spa, Chaser’s Bowling Alley and indoor heated pool and hot tub, and a number of outdoor activities to choose from year round. A manager at the resort commented

“there is a wide range of activities for just about anyone or any family – the dads who want to go fishing, or the moms that want to go shopping or to the spa, and a bowling alley for the whole family.”

This MN resort is very historic, incorporating elements of elegance, charm, and warmth. While talking with Adam, a manager at the resort, he described the atmosphere at the resort to be

“very laid back with a kind of nostalgic feel.”

He explained that there is quite a bit of history there, having been there since 1922. He talked about the lumber yard that once occupied the property and an infirmary that was there for injured soldiers in a nearby battle. He says everyone has a story to tell about the Chase, be those visitors, locals, or owners.

The resort offers a variety of rooms including classic rooms, lake-view rooms, state of the art rooms, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom condos, as well as ownership opportunities with the Lakeside Condos. Chase on the Lake attracts a wide variety of visitors from romantic weekenders to snowmobilers and wedding parties. A large attraction to the area and to the resort is the Ealpout Festival, which can get very rowdy and fun for people. Also, Moon Dance Jam brings in a couple of bands every year, Adam adds,

“Kiss stayed here last year!”

Leech Lake is known for being a premier lake in the state of Minnesota; it has a great reputation. Having a resort on this lake is just great. In addition to the beautiful lake and amenities offered, Adam points out,

“it is in downtown Walker – It just can’t be beat!”



FEATURED MEMBER: Country Inn Walker

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Country Inn Walker
Looking for an affordable Minnesota getaway with proximity to endless activities and attractions? There is no better place to stay than the Country Inn Walker. The Country Inn Walker has built a reputation of clean rooms and excellent customer service over the years. This Country Inn is much different from a typical hotel stay, as June LeBlanc (G.M) puts it,

“It is on a more personal level, we like to make people feel at home while they are here.”

The staff will do what it takes to ensure a comfortable stay for guests. Although they don’t have bag boys, they will go out of their way to carry guest’s luggage. Guests are also greeted to the Inn with fresh baked cookies and coffee available 24 hours a day. Some other notable amenities offered at the Country Inn include a pool and hot tub, continental breakfast, whirlpool suites, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

This Inn appeals to a variety of people including fishermen, bikers, families, couples, and others. The fishermen enjoy being able to fish during the day, hot tub at night, and enjoy a continental breakfast in the morning before they go back out to fish Leech Lake. The lake is less than a mile away with just a frontage road between the Inn and Leech Lake. Families enjoy the indoor pool as well as the MN bike trails that go right by the Inn. The Inn is also very close to downtown Walker, MN where there is a variety of activities for adults and children. Walker is a destination for many bikers. Many of them find the Country Inn Walker to be a perfect place to stay while they bike the trails. June explained,

“One group of cyclists has been coming back here for 8 years to bike all the trails over their week stay at the Inn.”

When I asked June her favorite part of running the property, she did not hesitate to say, “The people!” June explained her interest in talking with new people. She went on to tell me about a group of Vietnam vets that stayed at the Inn last summer that hadn’t seen or spoken to one another in 34 years! It sounds like a diverse group of people can be found at the Country Inn Walker, as well as countless activities to occupy ones time!


Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Ivanhoe Resort

I had the opportunity to speak with the owner of Ivanhoe Resort of Walker, MN. Mary and her husband have owned and operated the Ivanhoe Resort for about 35 years. It has only switched ownership 4 times since it was built during the depression! Mary was inside taking a break when I called. It was the first nice spring day of the season and they were working to get the water turned on and the docks in the water! She said running constantly is pretty normal in the spring! She was happy to take a break and share some details about the resort!

She describes their Minnesota resort as a “family resort” appealing to families and fishermen alike. They offer guests all kinds of complimentary recreational amenities including badminton, shuffleboard, volleyball, canoes, kayaks, playground, game room and a bonfire every night the weather permits! The resort also features nice cottages, a lodge, boats and motors for guests to use, a bait house, fish cleaning house, and weekly fishing seminars. They are located in a harbor with covered docks for the use of guests. Mary pointed out that the lake is great for fishing, but also for water skiing and other water sports. She says, “no one gets in the way of each other because the lake is so big! And if it’s windy, you can always find a bay to go to that is calm.”

The Ivanhoe Resort is within 3 minutes of entertainment in the Walker area with supper clubs, art galleries, tackle shops, churches, golf courses, a movie theater, additional hiking trails, and shopping for everyone! They are just one mile from the Northern Lights Gaming Emporium, 20 minutes from the Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, and 45 minutes from the Itasca State Park!

Mary described the overall atmosphere at the resort to be “laid back and very relaxing,” which is exactly the feeling I got just talking with her. With the seclusion of the resort, right on the water, and so close to nature it seems like an escape from real-world! Mary said her favorite part of running the property is “meeting all kinds of different people from all over.” Ivanhoe Resort is a popular place for newcomers and regular seasonal visitors. They are a Minnesota vacation destination for many leisure seeking travelers, sport fishermen or leisure fishermen, and recreation seeking visitors. Once people go there one time, they are likely to be repeat visitors. Mary comments on her repeat visitors and series of generations that have been coming back for years and says, “we watch them grow up and bring their children!”

FEATURED MEMBER: Leech Lake Bed and Breakfast

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Leech Lake Bed and Breakfast is a great place for any couple, individual, group or family looking for a different type of Minnesota vacation experience. A bed and breakfast is definitely a unique way to go. Leech Lake Bed and Breakfast of Walker, Minnesota is truly an escape from reality. This is the only bed and breakfast on Leech Lake, and it is unlike any other place you could stay on the lake!
Leech Lake B&B is nestled perfectly between the pristine Leech Lake and the exploratory Heartland Bike Trail. Guests are able to enjoy the wonderful cookery of Sandra as they gaze out at the sparkling lake and surrounding nature. Guests are encouraged to bring their own boat or rent one of Gary’s 8 boats to get out and truly experience the lake. Gary has a variety of boats including: The Old Pontoon, 23’O’Day Sailboat, 19’ Cobalt Speedboat, as well as a canoe and kayaks! Guests are also encouraged to bring bikes or rent bikes from Gary and Sandra to explore the bike trails and all that they have to offer. These trails are also great for hiking. For guests who would like to take a one-way trip on bike, hiking, or in a kayak or canoe, Gary and Sandra offer a shuttle service to pick guests up! Gary also offers a water taxi service to take guests to a local restaurant, to town for shopping, an evening sunset cruise, or whatever they desire.
At the end of the day, Gary and Sandra enjoy treating guests to a beachside campfire with s’mores. There are five bedrooms at Leech Lake B&B to choose from, where guests can really make themselves at home. The rooms offer guests free WiFi, Air conditioning, and expansive views of the yard and lake.
For anyone looking for a quiet, elegant, romantic, and fun vacation spot, Leech Lake B&B is a great option!