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Where Beauty & Nature Intersect

April 2012, Spring Has Arrived!

April 2012 Spring comes early; summer will be here before we know it.

If spring is the first day that sun warms your face, we’ve already enjoyed a few days of the long-awaited season.The snow and lake ice have melted, pussy willows are bursting from their shells and Canada geese are returning.

Loons, Bald eagles and blue herons have arrived too, finding rivers and lakes with open water. Bikers, rollerbladers and hikers began using the Heartland Trail earlier than in most years. Anglers are dropping their lines into open water in hopes of catching a perch, crappie or other panfish. And many of us have already fired 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 mighty 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 and other lodging accommodations 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.

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 17-23 the Red Bridge Film Festival brings six feature films about the future, an Award-winning Iranian documentary, “This is not a film,” shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 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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