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Where Beauty & Nature Intersect

Blog – May 2021

Listen to the quiet

One of the things we appreciate about evenings and nights in the north woods is how quiet it is. There may be the hum of a utility box or an occasional airplane flying overhead, but often it can be perfectly still, peaceful, silent. That is when some sounds are welcome: loon calls, coyotes howling, a light breeze stirring through the trees.

During the first week in May we celebrate Loon Appreciation Week. We know summer isn’t far off when their yodels signal the loons have returned to our lakes and rivers.


Loon on Island Lake


The walleye/northern fishing opener Saturday, May 15 also delivers the promise of summer days on the lake pursuing a fish catch for the grill and views of spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

As of April 21, Minnesota has guidelines including mask wearing and social distancing related to outdoor recreation and facilities. Frequent questions and answers are available at HERE. One take-away is that outdoor activities are encouraged and healthy, too. And resorts and campgrounds are accepting reservations. In fact, don’t put it off!

Local restaurants and retail shops are open with most restaurants continuing to offer take out, curbside and other options.

Like working on a giant puzzle, organizers are putting the pieces together so summer events, like 2nd Street Stage, and community celebrations, can safely resume. Watch the Chamber events calendar for dates and details.

If you need help planning a memorable, affordable and safe 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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