Archive for April, 2016

4 Minnesota Mothers Day Gifts

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Mother’s Day is right around the corner – and this year it does not fall on the Minnesota fishing opener. That makes 2016 a great year to do something extra special for Mom this Mother’s Day. While chocolates, flowers and brunch are wonderful here are five nontraditional ideas to show your mom/wife/partner just how much you appreciate her.

1. Give Mom a Spa Day

Mothers are notorious for putting themselves last while they put their families first. This Mother’s Day, put mom first and give her the chance to get away from the house and relax! Having a spa day is a great way to unwind from the chaos of everyday life. Getting a massage has been linked relieving stress, anxiety, injuries, headaches, along with multiple other ailments. Jenny’s Beehive in Walker has 30, 60, and 90 minute massages that Mom can enjoy. They offer other spa services as well, such as facials, manicures and pedicures. Whether you’re looking for a quick massage or an all day spa service, Jenny’s Beehive can help Mom to relax this Mother’s Day.

 

woman getting a massage

 

2. Clean the House

Nothing helps you relax quite like a clean house! Organizing, dusting, vacuuming, and sweeping will not only help mom help mom unwind but has health benefits for the whole house! Having a clean house makes you safer from harmful germs and bacteria. Don’t stop there though, we have all vacuumed around things, be sure to pick them up this time get those toys off the floor! Having a clean home is great for you and Mom, but did you know it’s also linked to a higher productivity and can improve your mental health.

 

3. Plan a Family Hike

Spring can be a wonderful time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Trees are budding, flowers are starting to bloom, and it feels good to be out of the house after such a long winter indoors. If Mom enjoys sending time outdoors, plan a family hike or bike ride. The Heartland Trail is one of the oldest trails in Northern Minnesota and is home to lakes, forests and wildlife.  Between the Shingobee Recreation Are and the City of Walker, the Heartland Trail has a chain of lakes and plenty of beautiful places you can sit down for a break or a picnic.

 

woman walking across bridge

 

Speaking of picnics: The key to a memorable picnic lays in what type of food you bring. Easy to eat foods and foods that aren’t very messy are great for picnics as you might not have access to running water to help clean off your hands (unless you pick a spot next to a beautiful and clear Minnesota stream). Foods like sandwiches, chips, and vegetables are great for picnics for just this reason. Be sure to pack you food in containers that seal completely – it would be a disappointing picnic if you hike all that way, open your bag and see that food has spilled everywhere.

 

4. Cook Dinner at Home

Going out to Mom’s favorite restaurant is a great way to celebrate; but there is something extra special about a home cooked meal. In today’s fast-paced and busy world it seems more and more difficult to gather the family around the table at home to enjoy a special meal.

Have mom take time off from cooking while you and the kids get her favorite meal together. While you are cooking, make sure she is all comfortable in the living room with a glass of wine, beer, or tea – whatever her favorite thing to sip may be – and a book or a magazine so she can continue relaxing! After you enjoy a home cooked meal, make sure you clean up and do the dishes so she doesn’t have to worry about it the next day, and you keep the house clean after just having picked up for Mom, Right?

 

Asian food family dinner

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers! We look forward to seeing you in Leech Lake soon.

 

6 Family Fun Summer Activities in Leech Lake

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Summer is just around the corner and with that comes all of our favorite activities – fishing, boating, and going to the beach. In addition to great fishing and outdoor activities, the Leech Lake area is home to theater, history, farmers markets and things for the whole family. Here are some of our favorite places for you and your family to enjoy this summer – in rain or shine!

Sailing on Leech Lake

Being in Minnesota, almost all of us have spent time on a boat at one point or another. But how many of you have spent time on a sail boat? Fleet Sails offers classes to teach you how to use a sail boat and gives you hands on experience -all while being in the safety of a licensed captain. Fleet Sails offers various classes based on the group size and your experience. Enjoy the day on Leech Lake and leave with a new skill!

Sail Boat on the Lake

Deep Portage Learning Center

Deep Portage Conservation Reserve is home to 6,300 acres of forest, lakes, hills and wild life for you to explore. Operating as a non-profit corporation, Deep Portage is open to people of all ages and is a place where community, education and the great outdoors come together.  The Conservation Reserve was founded in 1973 and the Resource Heritage Center opened for the public in 1987. Bring the family to Deep Portage for hiking, bird watching, archery and so much more! Deep Portage Conservation Reverse also offers summer camps and programs for kids, adults and families interested in outdoor experiences.

Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land

Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land is home to nearly 100 animals that represent all contents. You can walk with the deer, feed the bears, and see a variety of animals you might not otherwise have the chance to see. While you’re there, check out their indoor learning center to learn even more about the animals! Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land is open daily from 10:00AM – 6:00PM from Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

photo of deer

Sugar Point Battle Monument

On October 5th of 1898, the Battle of Sugar Point was fought between the 3rd US Infantry and the Chippewa Indians. The Sugar Point Battle – the last true Indian battle – had its roots in the destruction of Indian lands and burials grounds in the name of “progress” of settlers moving westward. The Sugar Point Battle Monument is located eight miles southwest of the Federal Dam Boy Bay on the east side of Leech Lake. Bring the family and learn about the history of Leech Lake!

Minnesota Folklore Theater

Looking to break the routine of bring the family to the movie theater? The Minnesota Folklore Theater – in Walker – has musical and dramatic productions for the entire family to enjoy! The mission of the Minnesota Folklore Theater is to present professional, community based, products to further the appreciation and knowledge of arts and culture.  This summer, catch their productions of Steel Magnolias, Christmas Bingo, and hear songs by Gershwin Porter. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Green Scene Farmer’s Market

Every Thursday this summer you can enjoy the Walker Community’s Green Scene Farmer’s Market! Thursdays from 9:00AM-1:00PM starting June 16th through September 22nd you can find the Farmer’s Marketing at Green Scene in Walker. Every Thursday there will be live entertainment, locally grown produce, jewelry, flowers, breads – and so much more! Bring the family to the farmers market and teach your children the importance of shopping local!

produce at farmers market

With such a wide variety or great summer activities in the Leech Lake area to keep you and your family having fun, Leech Lake makes the perfect Minnesota family vacation destination. Come explore “Minnesota’s Original Up North” with the Leech Lake Tourism Bureau.

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