Archive for August, 2013

21st Annual Ethnic Fest

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The 21st annual Ethnic Fest in Walker, MN, will take place this year on September 13th and 14th. These festivities, sponsored by the Leech Lake Chamber, include activities that the whole family can enjoy!

 

Ethnic Fest celebrates the various cultures that our ancestors brought to the area when they left their homelands long ago. These festivities will feature cuisine from many cultures, and the streets will be filled with booths offering crafts from different countries. To get into Ethnic Fest you will need to purchase a button. The cost will be $8 for one button or $15 for two. The money made from these buttons helps support the event every year.

 

The festivities will start on Friday night with live music from The Calgary Fiddlers playing at Calvary Free Evangelical Church. The music will go from 7:00 to 9:30 pm.

 

Ethnic Fest offers many kid friendly activities, including a parade on Main Street starting at 11:00 am on Saturday morning. There will also be bubble station races and face painting afterwards on the Court House lawn from noon to 4 pm.

 

All the craft vendors will be located on 5th street and the food vendors will be on the Court House lawn. There will also be a “No Class” Car Show at Walker City Park. Live music will be playing starting at noon on Saturday featuring music from all over the world! There will be three stages located on 4th and 5th street.

 

Ethnic Fest will go well into the night on Saturday with more live music at various locations and restaurants around town.

 

If you’re looking to learn a little about the different cultures around the world, Ethnic Fest is the perfect place for you! Make sure you stop by Walker on September 13th and 14th to enjoy all the festivities.

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Chase on the Lake

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Can you believe it’s almost September already? Even though summer is almost over, there is still time to make a family trip to Leech Lake for one last getaway before fall!

 

If you’re looking for the perfect place to take an end of the summer vacation, look no further than Chase on the Lake in the heart of downtown Walker, MN. This beautiful resort offers all the amenities you could ever need! Your entire family is sure to enjoy a getaway at this historic, yet modern, resort.

 

At Chase on the Lake, you have the choice of staying in the luxurious hotel rooms, spacious condos or cozy cottages. The hotel rooms conveniently feature a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board and hair dryers. They also have some of the most comfortable beds you will ever sleep in! You can also choose from lakeside rooms with balconies overlooking Leech Lake or suites with a full living room and kitchen.

 

If you’re looking for a little more room than a hotel room can offer, the condos at Chase on the Lake are perfect for you! All the condos feature a full kitchen, washer and dryer, fireplace and balcony. You have the option to choose from studio, one, two and three bedroom condos that can sleep up to eight people comfortably. Most of the condos are attached to the resort, so you’ll be right next to all the amenities offered at Chase on the Lake.

 

The cottages are the last lodging option at Chase on the Lake. All the cottages have been recently remodeled and are within walking distance of the resort. The cottages feature private lakeside decks, docks and a sandy beach area. You can choose either a seven or five bedroom cottage, and all the cottages come with the conveniences of home, like high speed internet, a full kitchen and a washer and dryer.

 

There are a variety of activities at Chase on the Lake that will keep your whole family busy! You will definitely never be bored at this resort. Besides being located right on Leech Lake, which offers amazing fishing, boating, water skiing, tubing, canoeing and swimming, Chase on the Lake also offers a pool and fitness center. The pool area has arcade games that are a perfect way to keep kids busy on a rainy day. Chase on the Lake also offers a two lane bowling alley that the whole family can enjoy! There is even catering and cocktail service, so you can enjoy some food and a drink while you bowl. There is also a spa at Chase on the Lake that offers massages, manicures and pedicures, body wraps, facials and much more.

 

A day on Leech Lake will make anyone hungry! Luckily Chase on the Lake is home to the 502 restaurant that serves delicious Northwood’s specialties and timeless classic American dishes.  The 502 offers amazing views on its lakeside patio and also features a full bar with live entertainment on the weekends.

 

As you can see, a lake vacation doesn’t get much better than at Chase on the Lake! Book your end of the summer getaway here right away, before it’s too late!

Cajun Fest at Northern Lights Casino

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

It’s that time of year again; Cajun Fest at Northern Lights Casino is back! Cajun Fest is an annual Leech Lake area event that features Cajun food, music, dancing and many other fun festivities.

 

Cajun Fest is held under the Big Top tent at Northern Lights Events Center. This year the festivities will take place this weekend, August 15th to 17th.

 

Cajun Fest starts out on Thursday with music from authentic Cajun musicians starting at 11:00 am. There will be a children’s parade held at 6:00 pm and a Mardi Gras parade at 9:00 pm. The fun will continue until 10 that night.

 

Friday and Saturday will also offer live Cajun music all day long and parades both nights. There will also be a meet and greet with Liz the Gator Queen and her daughter Jessica from the popular History Channel TV show Swamp People. The meet and greet will be held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and again from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on both Friday and Saturday. There will also be fireworks following the festivities on Saturday night.

 

The bands at Cajun Fest are some of Louisiana’s most popular Cajun musicians. They will be performing a variety of contemporary, Zydeco, Cajun and Swamp Pop music.

 

Besides the music, there will also be Cajun cuisine available, free dance lessons, costumes, free beads and much more! If you want to experience a Cajun style party straight from Louisiana’s Bayou Country, make sure to stop by Northern Lights Casino this weekend!

Featured Minnesota Resort Member: Bayside Resort

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Do you have plans for Labor Day weekend yet? If not, you should definitely book your stay on Leech Lake today! Bayside Resort on Leech Lake is the perfect place to bring your whole family for an end of the summer vacation.

 

Bayside Resort is located on Agency Bay in Leech Lake. Agency Bay is a great area for fishing and also the perfect spot for swimming, water skiing and jet skiing. You will also have access to Walker Bay and Trader Bay for even more fishing and boating opportunities!

 

Your children will love the sandy beach and playground at Bayside Resort. The resort also offers volleyball and basketball court for visitors, as well as a swim raft, kayaks and paddle boats so your whole family can enjoy long days on the water.

 

All the cabins at Bayside Resort have beautiful views of Leech Lake and are near the shoreline. Depending on your family size, there are one, two, three and four bedroom cabins available for you to choose from. All of the cabins have air conditioning to keep you cool on the hot summer days and are fully equipped kitchens with microwaves, coffee makers, toasters, mixers and other appliances. They also offer the modern conveniences of cable TV and free wireless internet access.

 

Grills are available for making family dinners as well as fire pits for roasting marshmallows and gathering around at night after a long day on the water.

 

Bayside Resort offers fishing packages that include a boat and motor, bait, gas and free fish cleaning so you can take advantage of the excellent Leech Lake fishing. You can also fish right off of the dock.

 

The lodge at Bayside Resort carries essential grocery items, in case you forgot to pick something up before you get there. There are also various games to keep your children busy if there happens to be a rainy day during your stay, including a dart board, pool table and pinball machine.

 

If you feel like exploring the surrounding area, Bayside Resort is close to a variety of restaurants and shops in Walker, MN. There are also four golf courses nearby as well as paved hiking and biking trails.

 

Bayside Resort is offering fishing package specials for the end of August and throughout the month of September. Give them a call today to reserve your Leech Lake getaway at this amazing family resort!