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April 2014 – Chasing Spring

April 2014
Chasing spring

As a friend says, the first day of spring is not the same as the first spring-like day. We wait for the snow to leave, the lake ice to melt and the loons to return.

Like gardeners deciding which seeds to start indoors and which ones to sew later, community groups gather to plan for summer and organize festivals and events for everyone to enjoy.

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, 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 explore the local landscape 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.

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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