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Plan a summer getaway for the whole family

April 2011
Plan a summer getaway for the whole family

Spring is a tease, like a bubble we want to grab and hold onto, but just when it seems to be within reach, it slips away.

The snow and lake ice will melt though and soon pussy willows will burst from their shells, daffodils will sprout, Canada geese and loons will return. Bald eagles and blue herons have arrived already finding rivers with open water.

Bikers, rollerbladers and hikers will soon populate the Heartland Trail. Anglers will drop a line into open water in hopes of catching a perch, crappie or other panfish. Some look forward to firing up the grill for the first time since fall.

With summer closer now, it’s time to plan your vacation. The Park Rapids lakes area is truly a destination to explore whether you are from out of town or out of state. Natural areas and forests surround pristine lakes. The Mississippi flows from the might river’s source in Itasca State Park. The Lake Country Scenic Byway stretches from Itasca to Park Rapids and then west past the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge to Detroit Lakes and east through the Chippewa National Forest to Walker.

Resorts, B&Bs, Motwls and Campgrounds in the Park Rapids area invite guests to stay at the center of this extraordinary region and will help visitors realize their dream vacation whether it’s lying on the beach with a good book, venturing out to learn more about the local flora and fauna or timing a stay to take in local festivals or cultural events or experience exciting local attractions, great shopping and amazing local restaurants.

The Chamber website can also assist with your trip planning with suggestions for day trips, attractions and dozens of ideas for things to see and do.

If you don’t want to wait for summer, April can be a quiet time for a leisurely visit to see nature in transition, shop or just relax. April 29-May 2 the Red Bridge Film Festival brings six unusual feature films, a visiting filmmaker and discussions.

It is part of life here that we are optimists at the beginning of each new season and its progression of change. Our accommodations become your personal retreat and our wonderful community is your home away from home.

If you need help planning a memorable and affordable visit, need more information about the area or have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.


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