Central MN Lakes Area
It's the region where Minnesota lakes meet farmland. Some of the state's top resorts are found here, along with numerous recreation, shopping and dining options. World class golf courses, fishing on one of the region's numerous lakes, wine tastings, scenic bike trails are just a few of the ways to enjoy this region of resorts.
Find a classic lakeside family getaway in the MN Central Lakes Region. Enjoy boating and fishing by spending time on the water, visit top MN state parks, tour historic sites and walk or bike miles of trails in this region where the prairie meets the forest.
Minnesota's first resort region remains a prime spot for a weekend getaway. Enjoy a day on the lake, plus shopping, dining, museums and the state's largest winery. Take a spin in a classic wooden boat or relax by a sandy lakeside beach in the Alexandria MN Lakes region.
The turn of the century marked the beginning of lakeside retreats, when vacationers cruised MN lakes by wooden boat. Today, the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum, in Alexandria, MN celebrates that history with classic wooden boats like Chris Craft, Gar Wood and Larson.
Plan a trip to a world-class resort right in Minnesota. Grand View Lodge on Brainerd's Gull Lake is an escape for those who want to be perfectly pampered and enjoy a mix of relaxation and recreation. Outdoor activities by day and fine dining at night make the lodge a year-round retreat.
Wine and country charm bring visitors to Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria, MN. Set amid vineyards and apple trees, the winery offers tastings year round. Visit the restored equestrian barn for locally made crafts.
In the land of 10,000 lakes, it's no surprise that we find it hard to stay away from the lakes – even in the winter. It should be no surprise then that MN is also home to the world's largest charitable ice fishing competition. This years start - due to warmer weather is Feb. 11.
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