Jun22

Horseback Trail Rides in the Black Hills

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Looking for a great way to see the beautiful Black Hills? How about from the saddle?

Horseback Trail Rides in the Black Hills

The Black Hills of South Dakota are not only known for their pristine beauty, but also their history. In the late 1800s, pioneers and prospectors from the eastern U.S. settled in the Black Hills, with high hopes of striking it rich in the gold rush of 1876-77. This lead to clashes with the native Sioux tribes, who consider the land sacred to this day. Towns like Deadwood, Hill City and Custer are chock-full of all sorts of Old West history and landmarks.

Although times have obviously changed, you can still experience the same trails they did in the old west…on horseback! This week, we’re going to give you some of the best horseback trail ride barns in the Black Hills, so you can experience this unique adventure with the whole family. Most all the Forest Service roads and trails in the Black Hills are open to horses, but some require a user fee. For the purpose of this post, we’re recommending guided tours. Read on to find some great rides!

Jun14

5 Healthy and Delicious Campfire Recipes The Whole Family Will Love

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Campfire Cooking Doesn’t Have to Mean Kicking Your Diet to the Curb

5 Healthy and Delicious Campfire Recipes The Whole Family Will Love

Let’s face it, it’s not easy to eat healthy while camping. There are all sorts of temptations, from the moment you hit the road until you’re settled into your campsite. This week, we’re going to give you five easy recipes that won’t destroy your diet. Read on to find five easy recipes that will keep you and your weight-loss goals on track!

Jun11

The 10 Best Games to Play in an RV

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Check Out of Favorite Games to play whether you are inside or outside of your RV

The 10 Best Games to Play in an RV

If you’re hitting the road this summer, you need some ways to pass the time. Audiobooks and DVDs are great, but they can only give you so much entertainment on long stretches of driving. This week, we’re going to give you 10 fun games you can play with friends and family to get everyone involved in the trip. Read on!

May31

2018’s Best Hiking Shoes For the Family

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Planning on getting outdoors with the family this summer for hiking? Check Out Our List of the Best Hiking Shoes for the Whole Family.

2018’s Best Hiking Shoes For the Family

Shoes are underrated, especially if you spend a lot of time hiking. This week, we’re going to give you some of the best new hiking shoes for Mom, Dad and the kids. No one wants blisters and strained muscles on their feet, so read on to find some great products you can wear on your next family hiking adventure!

May24

Best Dog Camping Gear for 2018

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Your Pups are Family, check out our list of must have camping gear for your furry friends.

Best Dog Camping Gear for 2018

If there’s one thing we know our furry friends love, it’s being outdoors in the summertime. What they love even more is being with YOU outdoors in the summertime, especially in nature. With all kinds of new sights, smells and things to explore, you want to keep them safe and happy.. This week, we’ll take a look at some camping accessories to help your dogs have the time of their lives out in the elements. Read on to find some great products for your pooches!

May17

Must-Have Travel Apps of 2018

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How to Let Tech Make Travel Easier and More Enjoyable

Must-Have Travel Apps of 2018

If you’re someone who’s on the road constantly, you’re probably aware of the convenience of travel apps. For those of us who don’t get away from home all that often, we might not realize the awesome conveniences we hold right in our palms.

Say you’re looking for some cheap airfare. You can get a notification as soon as the price of a flight drops. Maybe you’re on a cross-country road trip. You can get traffic information about a crash on the interstate 20 miles ahead. If you have a long layover in an airport, there’s an app that can give you the best places to eat and some fun activities so you don’t have to sit in an uncomfortable chair for 10 hours.

This week, we’re going to make you a tech-savvy traveler and give you a few new apps that will relieve some of the inherent stress that comes with travelling. Read on!

May10

Ways to Get Your Kids Involved in the Camping Experience

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One of the best parts of camping is getting to get away with your family, check out our ideas for getting your kids involved in the Camping Experience.

Ways to Get Your Kids Involved in the Camping Experience

If there’s one thing that can ruin a camping trip, it’s an unhappy child. If they’re bored, or feel like they’re not involved in the experience, the whole vacation can quickly go downhill. One of the best ways to keep your child(ren) occupied and happy is to directly connect them to the whole camping adventure. This week, we’re going to give you some tips on camping with kids, and how to involve them so they learn valuable lessons and the entire family has a great time!

May04

6 Healthy, Fun and Fast Camping Snacks to Try This Season

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Healthy Snacking doesn’t have to mean no fun, try these ideas for fun and healthy snacking this summer

6 Healthy, Fun and Fast Camping Snacks to Try This Season

Let’s face it, it’s difficult to eat healthy while travelling. It’s even more difficult when we’re enjoying the outdoors. There are a lot of enticing treats to try, and of course, there’s nothing wrong with indulging every now and again.

If you’re looking to shed those unnecessary pounds however, a good diet is key. This week, we’re going to give you some healthy options to try when you’re out in the wilderness. Check out these simple recipes to feel great on those long hikes!

Apr27

Reasons You Need to Be at the Grand Ham Lake Resort Opening

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Midwest Outdoor Resort’s Newest Location is Sure to Be One of Your Favorites!

Reasons You Need to Be at the Grand Ham Lake Resort Opening

As people all over the U.S. can attest, it has been a crazy spring weather-wise. Mother Nature has struck again..and again…and again! Due to the late snow in Minnesota, the Ham Lake Grand Opening has been rescheduled to June 2nd, 2018. We’re so sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope you’re still able to make it! Please click on the link below to RSVP and we’ll have a treat waiting for you!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-grand-ham-lake-resort-opening-reschedule-tickets-45260934674

We’re really looking forward to opening our newest resort, so this week we thought we’d give you five reasons to come visit us at Ham Lake!

Apr27

5 Best Fishing Spots in Minnesota for 2018

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MN is the Land of 10,000 Lakes and one of our nation’s best fishing destinations

5 Best Fishing Spots in Minnesota for 2018

It’s almost here ladies and gentlemen! Summertime fishing is right around the corner, so we thought we’d prepare you by sharing some of the best spots in Minnesota. Now, to be honest, the Land of 10,000 lakes offers tons of great fishing opportunities, so it’s tricky to narrow it down. We’re going to give you five of our favorites, but please let us know in the comments if you have any lakes or rivers you’re partial to. Read on to find five great fishing spots in Minnesota!

Apr27

4 Of the Black Hills Best Hiking Trails, Off the Beaten Path

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The Black Hills are rich with history, scenery, and oxygen get out and experience all if it on these awesome hikes!

4 Of the Black Hills Best Hiking Trails, Off the Beaten Path

We’ve said it before, but if you’ve never made it to the Black Hills in the summer, you’re missing out. We’ve written about the top 5 places to visit in the Hills, as well as the best restaurants, but if you really want to capture the spirit of the Black Hills, it’s best to get outdoors. This week, we’ll take a look at some of the best off-the-beaten-path hiking destinations around the area.

Apr27

4 Must Haves On Your Beginners Camping Check List

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Packing can be one of the toughest parts when you are starting out camping. Check out our Must Haves for your Check List.

4 Must Haves On Your Beginners Camping Check List

So, you haven’t camped much, if at all. You’re not really sure where to start, and for that matter not really sure if camping is for you. No worries, because we’re here to help you with some useful tips and hints so you and your family can enjoy an awesome time outdoors.

First, realize that it doesn’t have to be a two-week excursion into the deep wilderness. Chances are there are many places within an hour or so of home that will do just fine (if you’re in the Midwest, or are looking to vacation there, check out Midwest Outdoor Resorts for five awesome camping destinations). As long as you’re prepared, camping is simple and one of the best ways to unplug from the daily grind and get back in touch with nature.

Here are a few useful tips to follow when embarking on your first camping adventure:

1. Choose a good campsite for you

This is key. There are almost always a large variety of places to choose from, but not every site is made equal. Do they have bathrooms and showers? Are they considered child and/or pet-friendly? Is there a town close by where you can get supplies if needed? You’ll want to do your research before just picking somewhere random. If you’re a beginner, we’d recommend choosing somewhere not too far off the beaten path, so you can get to town for things if needed. Also, make sure you book early. Campgrounds can fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons. As always, feel free to contact us if you need help.

2. Choose a good tent

If you’re planning on doing a lot of camping, don’t skimp on this one. You definitely want one (or two) you know will fit everyone comfortably. Here’s a handy guide if you’re having trouble choosing. Some quick tips: always set the back of the tent to the wind, and drive in the pegs at a 45-degree angle. You’ll also want to find a level spot that’s clear of a lot of debris. Practicing in your backyard is recommended if you’re trying this for the first time.

3. Choose good sleeping bags

Some areas that are considered extremely warm year-round can actually get really cold at night. Always have sleeping bags for everyone, even if the temperature isn’t supposed to be too bad. Sleeping bags will generally have a temperature rating that can help you make your decision, otherwise here’s another guide to help you.

4. Know what to take:

Obviously this is key. You don’t want to overburden yourself, but at the same time you don’t want to be caught without something necessary. Depending on where you go, it’s usually a good idea to pack some of your own food (research the animals nearby and seal everything tight so you don’t have something trying to get into your cooler at night!). If you’re going on a short trip, you can easily plan each meal beforehand, and semi-prepare every meal at home.

As far as camping gear, here’s a quick checklist of stuff you’ll definitely want to have:

Tent, Poles, Stakes

Ground Cover (for the tent)

Sleeping Bags

Pillows

Extra Blankets

Flashlights with Extra Batteries

Firewood

Trash Bags

Cooler with Ice

Food Containers

Matches and/or Lighters

Sunscreen

Bug Spray

Rainwear

Sleepwear

Swimwear

Extra Layers

Gloves and Hats

First-Aid Kits

Maps

Remember, this is a short trip checklist. If you’re going somewhere for a longer period of time, or outside of peak camping season, you’ll want to bring more.

Hopefully this gives you a rough guide to one of the most fun ways to vacation! Camping season is coming up shortly, so give us a ring at (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be more than happy to help you plan your trip today. Happy exploring!


Apr27

7 Tips & Tricks For Prepping Your RV For Summer

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Summer is just around the corner! Is your RV Ready?

7 Tips & Tricks For Prepping Your RV For Summer

It’s right around the corner! Vacation time is almost here, and if you’re hitting the road in your RV this year, you’ll want to prep your rig so it’s ready to handle everything a long road trip has to throw at it. Unless you live in a warm climate (we’re jealous), chances are your RV has been stored for the winter and could use a tune-up. This week, we’ll give you some trips and tricks so you’re fully prepared for an awesome summer of travel your RV. Read on!

1. Check the Tires

This should probably go without saying, but be sure to check the tires for wear and the tire pressure before hitting the road. Any cracks in the treads or on the sidewall must be replaced. Don’t get stuck in the middle of nowhere!

 

2. Check the Exterior

Water leaks are the most common issue when storing your rig for awhile, but they can cause serious damage. Check your roof and caulking around windows, doors, AC units, etc. Even small cracks can be a big headache.

 

3. Drain the Water System

If you’ve used RV anti-freeze over the winter (which you should), be sure to flush out your water system before actually using the water. The easiest way is to mix a cup of bleach with a gallon of water, and pour it into your empty water tank. Run your faucets until you begin to smell bleach, then let it sit for a day. Drain your water tank again, and fill it with water. Run your system again until the bleach smell goes away. You’ll probably need to do this several times in order to completely flush out the tank. Here’s a video for reference:

https://youtu.be/jEepug8N-aE

 

4. Clean All Appliances

Long-term storage builds up all sorts of foreign debris in your RV. Be sure to thoroughly clean all appliances, and dust out any cobwebs, insects, nests, etc. Use household cleaners to clean out dirt and dust. You can use light air from an air compressor to clean out the burner area, but DO NOT blow high pressure up the refrigerator chimney. A thorough cleaning of appliances will go a long way to keeping everything in working order.

 

5. Check the Batteries

It’s not uncommon for batteries to lose up to 10% per month due to internal leakage, and if your batteries haven’t been stored properly over winter, it might be time to replace them. If you’ve recharged the batteries periodically over the winter, you should be good to go. Regardless, make sure they are fully charged, and they have enough water before reinstalling. If you don’t feel comfortable, ask a qualified professional for help. Your batteries must be fully functional before hitting the road.

 

6. Test the Gas

Be sure to test all of your gas appliances before heading out. First, check your liquid propane (LP). Make sure all LP appliances are turned off, there is no smoking, flames or sparks nearby and the leak detector inside the RV is on. Open the valves of your tanks, and smell for any leaks. If you detect a leak, talk to a professional to repair it for you.

If everything looks good, light your stove-top burner, then light the fridge on gas. Light your water heater as well, but first make sure it’s full. Gas appliances can be difficult to get started after sitting awhile, and can be dangerous. Be sure everything is in working order.

 

7. Extra Safety

Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure the fire extinguisher is still full. Check your plumbing system and lines for cracks and leaks. Roll out your awnings and inspect the fabric. You’ll also want to make sure the generator is in good working condition. Generators, like gas, can be tricky after sitting for an extended period of time.


These are just a few steps to make sure your RV is primed for an awesome summer vacation. If you’re unclear on any of these steps, it’s a good idea to take your RV in to a place like Camping World to get everything tuned-up. The last thing you want is to have to make repairs on the road, or have a much-needed appliance break down. Here’s to some fantastic road trips this year, and happy exploring!

Apr27

5 Awesome Wisconsin Destinations to Camp with Our Affiliate, Coast to Coast

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Have You Camped with Coast to Coast? Don’t Miss these awesome Wisconsin Parks this summer!

5 Awesome Wisconsin Destinations to Camp with Our Affiliate, Coast to Coast

Of course you’ve heard of our 5 Properties you can enjoy as a member of MOR, but did you know that we offer other destinations as well? This week, we’ll take a look at 5 awesome parks you can visit in beautiful Wisconsin! Depending on your membership level, you can visit these parks for $10 per night, or completely free! These destinations come compliments of our affiliate, Coast to Coast. Let’s take a look!

1. Chain-O-Lakes Resort, Eagle River

Located in the gorgeous northwoods region of Wisconsin, Chain O’ Lakes offers fishing, boating, hiking and swimming o’ plenty! The campground sits right on Cranberry Lake, which is connected to 28 other lakes in the area (hence, Chain O’ Lakes). The area features 47 acres of woodland area, perfect for the whole family to explore!

 

2. Captain’s Cove Resort and Country Club, Gresham

Gresham is a gorgeous little town located about an hour from Green Bay. This wooded lakeside resort is perfect for getting away from it all, with two sand beaches and a clubhouse overlooking the water. The lake is closed to motorized boats, so you can really get some peace and quiet. For nightlife, the Menominee Casino is only 8 miles away.

 

3. West Bay Camping Resort, Rhinelander

If you’re into fishing, this is the resort for you. Located on Lake Thompson, you can cast for trophy Muskie, or check out the 232 lakes, Trout streams and two rivers located within a 12-mile radius. West Bay also offers a private beach and plenty of great hiking. Ask about the legend of the Hodag!

 

4. Harbour Village Resort, Sturgeon Bay

Sturgeon Bay is located in Wisconsin’s famed Door County, one of the most scenic places in the Upper Midwest. Harbour Village is close to some of the best golf, wineries and beaches in all of Wisconsin.  Harbour Village also has the largest waterpark in Door County, so you know the kids will love it!

 

5. Christmas Mountain Village Campground, Wisconsin Dells

We couldn’t talk about a Wisconsin vacation without mentioning Wisconsin Dells! Widely known as “The Waterpark Capital of the World,” this is a wonderful area to take the entire family. Christmas Mountain Village has a 27-hole golf course, as well as alpine skiing in the winter. Boating and fishing are a must in the area, and there are plenty of secluded forests to explore. The entire area is a bucket-list destination, so don’t miss out!


One aspect of a MOR membership our customers really enjoy is the flexibility to check out new areas. Remember, these parks average $10 per night for a Midwest Outdoor Resorts Deluxe Member and are free for Premier Members! Give us a call at (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be happy to go over all your membership options. Happy exploring!

Apr27

Not Your Average S’more Recipes

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Try these fun new takes on an old classic

Not Your Average S’more Recipes

It’s almost spring, and therefore, almost camping season! Few things go hand-in-hand with camping better than s’mores. This week, we’re going to give you some interesting s’more recipes you and the entire family can enjoy! Let’s get a little creative, and see if we can make a delicious snack even better. Click on the links above the pictures to find full recipes. Enjoy!

 

 1. S'mores

A nice twist on the classic summer treat, these are sure to delight! S’moreos are pretty simple to make, all you need is peanut butter and Oreos in additional to the traditional s’more ingredients.

 

 2. Pot of S'mores

We’ve done some Dutch Oven recipes before, but this one might be the most delicious! This particular recipe takes about 15 minutes, but will make 12 servings. An easy and efficient way to make dessert for a lot of campers!

 

3. S’mores-Dipped Apples

Few things go together better than Granny Smith apples and chocolate. You’ll want to make these before you go on your outdoor adventure, but they’ll make a great treat after a long day of hiking!

 

4. Pumpkin Pie S’mores

This recipe is especially great for fall camping, when you have some leftover pumpkin pie! It’s a simple recipe, but a great one for those brisk fall evenings.

 

5. S’mores On a Stick

Is there anything better than food on a stick? This is another simple recipe you can make at home before you head out camping. Add your own sprinkles to make this sweet treat even better!

 

6. Bacon-Weave S’mores

Have you ever tried campfire bacon? If not, you’re missing out. Combine it with the classic s’more, and you’ve got one interesting flavor combination! This particular recipe uses a home oven, but can just as easily be done over the campfire.

 

 7. Liquid S’mores 

As this recipe says, the only thing better than eating a s’more is drinking one! This gooey treat is absolutely delicious. To be honest, it may get a little messy at the campsite, so try it at home first.

 

 8. Peanut Butter S’mores

This is a classic take on the traditional campfire smore. Get some chocolate chip cookies, and mash them into a delicious s’more! Be careful, these things are decadent.

Hopefully you’re as excited to get outdoors as we are! Give a few of these tasty recipes a try to give yourself a treat after a long day outdoors. Happy exploring!

Apr27

DIY VACATION COUNTDOWN IDEAS

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Try these fresh ideas to countdown to your next family vacation

DIY VACATION COUNTDOWN IDEAS

So, you’ve got the date set, the tickets are bought and all the work plans are in place. In a couple months, you and the family are heading out on an awesome vacation! Unfortunately, the kids know it too, and are pestering you every day, constantly asking how much longer it will be until they get to leave. Why not do something productive and fun the entire family can participate in? This week, we’re going to give you a few ideas on making a vacation countdown, which helps with not only counting down the days, but also saving and planning for your trip. Read on!

1. Calendars:

Making a countdown calendar is pretty simple, and there are all kinds of options. You could buy a Hawaii calendar, for example, and have the family jot down fun things to do every day until your trip. If the kids are into coloring and drawing, have them draw pictures of things they’ll be seeing at your destination each day. You could also do an “advent calendar” type things, where you peel off a portion to see a fact and/or picture about your trip. Click here to find a bunch of great ideas.

2. Countdown Chain:

A countdown chain is exactly what it sounds like. You can use construction paper or cardstock, and make individual pieces for every day until your vacation. Have the kids decorate each piece with stickers or drawings. There’s something very satisfying about seeing that chain get shorter and shorter! Here’s a cool idea for a beach vacation countdown chain.

3. Savings Plan:

Of course, it’s always a good idea to teach kids about saving their money. If they know they’re going to be using it on an awesome trip, they’ll tend to be more motivated. You could do something simple like piggy banks for each member of the family, and chart everyone’s saving progress as you go along, or even set up individual bank accounts and have a competition to see who can save the most. Maybe the kid who saves the most gets an extra prize. This is especially good if you can get extended family involved as well.

4. Countdown Gifts:

At significant intervals (50 days out, 25, etc.), you could give or send a useful little gift to those going on vacation. This could be something as simple as pictures of your destination, or something they’ll use, like sunglasses for the beach. You don’t have to break the bank on this, but it will get kids (and adults!) excited for your upcoming trip.


Click here to find some more ideas to spark the imagination. It’s hard to believe we’re almost to spring already, and therefore the time to start planning that fantastic summer trip! Give us a call at (800) 231-0425, and we’ll be happy to help with all your vacation needs. Happy exploring!

Apr27

7 Reasons to Try Tent Camping with Your Family This Summer

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Fresh Air & Family Time: Tent Camping Has Never Sounded Better

7 Reasons to Try Tent Camping with Your Family This Summer

For as long as humans have existed, we have camped. From the early hunter-gatherers to the sophisticated explorers of today, people have camped underneath the stars and truly connected with nature. Camping is one of the best ways to detach from the grind of everyday existence. This week, we’re going to give you 7 reasons why you and your family should try tent camping this summer. If you haven’t tent camped, or it has been a long time, it’s time to recharge your batteries and get outdoors. Here’s why:

 

 1. Camping is Economical

If we’re being pragmatic about it, camping is going to save you a lot of money compared to other destination. With airfare, hotels, theme park tickets, etc., expenses can add up quickly, especially when travelling with family. Camping is comparatively cheap, and can be just as much fun. Sure, you may need to purchase some basic equipment like a tent and sleeping bags, but your still going to save a ton just by camping for a couple vacations.

 

2. Camping Keeps You Fit

Being outdoors in general is healthier than sitting on your couch, and if you do even some moderate activity (which you will) you’re going to burn a lot of calories. Most campsites have plenty of hiking, biking and swimming nearby, and usually new activities you’ve never tried before. Being outdoors also boosts your vitamin D and increases your endorphins, which are natural stress-fighters.

 

 3. Camping Allows You to Explore New Places

You can camp just about anywhere you go in the U.S. There are so many fantastic things and places to see, and you’re not tied down to just one spot when you camp. Non-campers are often shocked how many great campgrounds and gorgeous areas are less than an hour from their homes. You can go places you’ve never thought of going and really expand your horizons.

 

 4. Camping Makes the Food Taste Better

There’s nothing like campfire food after a long day of hiking and exploring. If you haven’t experienced it, trust us on this one. There are all kinds of new and fun recipes to try, and again, it’s going to cost a lot less than taking the entire family to a restaurant.

 

 5. Camping Resets Your Sleep Cycle

Studies have shown that exposing yourself to only natural light can reset your sleep cycles to that of the sun, the way humans lived for thousands of years before harnessing electricity. A few days of camping will really help you sleep better when you get back home.

 

6. Camping Lets You Detach

We’re so often bombarded by constant phone notifications, emails and advertisements that we don’t understand how scrambled we can get. Now, we’re not suggesting you’re never going to have your phone or tablet with you when camping, but it might be nice to turn them off for awhile. Again, studies show that simply getting away from work and/or school will actually make you a better employee/student when you get home. Leave technology behind for awhile, and live (at least somewhat) like our ancestors. You’ll be thankful you did.

 

 7. Camping Makes Memories and Builds Skills

We’d venture a guess that those of you who grew up camping have unforgettable memories of friends and family together. The skills and activities you learn while growing up camping can be used for a lifetime and passed down through the generations. At Midwest Outdoor Resorts, our campgrounds offer all sorts of fun and unique activities that the entire family can do together. Most state parks also offer classes and lessons on all sorts of things, from kayaking to knot-tying. If you’re looking to rekindle a relationship, or get closer with your friends and/or family, camping in the outdoors is a perfect way to do it.

Please let us know some of your favorite camping memories or activities in the comments. As always, we’re happy to help plan your next camping adventure. Give us a call toll-free at (800) 231-0425, or email us here. Happy exploring!

Apr27

5 Minnesota Summer Family Adventures

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Check out these Awesome Vacation Destinations, and Get Yourself to MN this Summer!

5 Minnesota Summer Family Adventures

Let’s face it, Minnesota is one of the most underrated vacation destinations in the U.S. In the winter, people think ice and snow, and in the summer, humidity and mosquitoes. Luckily, that couldn’t be further from the case. Minnesota is full of awesome family adventures throughout the state, and offers a wide variety of terrain and climate so you can find activities for everyone. This week, we’re going to take a look at 5 awesome destinations for you to check out in Minnesota this summer.

1. The Twin Cities

Of course. If you haven’t made a trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul in the summer, you’re missing out. The Twin Cities are full of awesome activities, from art fairs to baseball games to museums to the Mall of America. They really revamped the downtown area over the years, and it’s a great place to visit for the entire family. If you’re looking to stay away from city life but still want to be close, check out our new Ham Lake Resort, located just half an hour north of Minneapolis. You’ll get all the fun outdoorsy activities while being close enough to take a day trip or two into the Twin Cities. Don’t miss the Cities in the summer!

2. The St. Croix River

The St. Croix creates a border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and is widely considered one of the best canoe rivers in the United States. This scenic waterway is also great for fishing, with 19 species including Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Lake Sturgeon and more. The area is filled with ATV trails, and is known for tubing (a Minnesota tradition!). Visit us at the St. Croix River Resort, where you’ll stay minutes away from all the fantastic activities the St. Croix has to offer. 

3. Lake Mille Lacs

Located approximately 100 miles north of the Twin Cities, Lake Mille Lacs is a gorgeous summer vacation destination. Mille Lacs is the second-largest inland lake in Minnesota (which is saying a lot), and the surrounding area is filled with a fun small-town vibe. Grand Casino Mille Lacs offers nightlife for the adults, and there is plenty of fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, hiking, biking and golf to keep the entire family occupied. As a member, you can stay at the Soo Line Trail Campground, just minutes from the lake and right by the famous ATV trails. This is a cool area that is often overlooked by those coming from out-of-state, but it shouldn’t be!

4. Bluff Country

Looking to get away from it all? There’s no better place than Minnesota’s Bluff Country, tucked in the Southeast corner of the state. This historic area has 4 state parks, 3 state trails, 2 state waterways and one huge state forest. MOR’s Hidden Bluffs Resort, located in Spring Grove, is a perfect destination from which to explore Bluff Country. From Hidden Bluffs you can explore the Root River, the Niagara and Mystery Caves, Amish communities, and plenty of outdoor activities like fishing and tubing.  This is not an over-crowded area, so come for the peace and tranquility the area offers.

5. The North Shore

We’d be remiss not to mention the North Shore of Lake Superior. This is Northwoods vacationing at its finest. The woods and waters around the area are perfect for fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, biking, camping and any other outdoor activity you can think of (some brave souls even surf Lake Superior!). The city of Duluth is a great spot to start your vacation from, then journey north along the lake and check out the gorgeous towns of Two Harbors, Grand Marais and Lutsen. You can also hike the Gunflint Trail, which winds inland from Grand Marais and provides access to the Boundary Waters, and hike to the top of Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota. There is a ton to do on the North Shore, but be aware that other people are aware of it as well. This area will be busier than the others on our list, but is well worth the trip.

If you’ve never been to Minnesota in the summer, you’re missing out. Give us a call toll-free at (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be more than happy to help plan your Minnesota summer vacation. Happy exploring!

Apr27

4 Reasons Ham Lake Resort Should Be On Your Must Visit List!

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Ham Lake Resort is Midwest Outdoor Resort’s Newest Location, Opening May 1st for the Season!

4 Reasons Ham Lake Resort Should Be On Your Must Visit List!

Have you heard?!?! If you haven’t, we’re excited to announce that Midwest Outdoor Resorts is opening an awesome new vacation spot this May in Ham Lake, MN! This week, we’re going to give you a sneak peak at some fun things we’ll be offering at our Ham Lake Resort. Ham Lake is located 30 minutes north of the Twin Cities, making it a perfect weekend getaway spot. Let’s take a look at some fun things that will be going on at our newest resort this camping season!

 

 

1. The Lake Itself

Of course! While very close to Minneapolis and St. Paul, Ham Lake is a quiet and secluded area, perfect for dissolving the stress of work and school over a long weekend. The resort is located right on the lake, and we’ll have rowboat and canoe rentals, as well as paddle boat rentals on the pond. You can also bring your own boat, and of course, fishing is a must! The resort also has a swimming beach, which will make for plenty of laketime fun for you and the entire family!

 

2. Petting Farm

Did we mention Ham Lake will be fun for the entire family? Unique to MOR resorts, Ham Lake will have goats, a pony, llamas, a mule and a peacock, all available for the kids to pet and feed. The animals are a lot of fun for everyone!

 

3. The Surrounding Area

If you’re looking for something to do outside the resort, there’s plenty of fun available! Nearby towns include Bethel, Lino Lakes, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Andover and more. Be sure to check out Willow Tree Winery, a new vineyard and tasting room right in Ham Lake, or stop by Pump It Up, a fun spot with inflatable slides, obstacle courses and bounce houses for the kids. If you’re a golfer, Majestic Oaks Golf Club is renowned in the area and offers two 18-hole courses as well as an executive 9-hole course. This is a really fun area full of activities!

 

4. The Service You've Come to Expect from Midwest Outdoor Resorts

Ham Lake will feature all the great amenities and services you’ve come to expect from MOR. In addition to the petting farm, Ham Lake will have a community firepit, tent camping sites, RV hookups and cabins. Ham Lake will continue to grow and improve throughout the seasons.

We truly can’t wait to open in May. Ham Lake is a great addition to our resort group, and we’re excited to show you and your family a great time at our newest resort. Be sure to give us a call at (800) 231-0425 or leave a message in the comments with any questions. We’re looking forward to another awesome camping season, and hope you are as well. Happy exploring!

Apr27

Affordable and Off the Beaten Path Midwest Family Vacations

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Traveling The Midwest Has Never Been This Fun!

Affordable and Off the Beaten Path Midwest Family Vacations

Maybe you and your family have already done Disney, Yellowstone, the Rocky Mountains, etc. While spectacular, you know how expensive and crowded those destinations can be. Perhaps like us, you’re a little quirky and like to explore new and off-the-beaten path regions. This week, we’re going to give you five up-and-coming areas in the Midwest to check out. These places will be less crowded than your normal tourist stops, yet still offer a lot of fun for the entire family. Read on!

  1. Traverse City, Michigan

The area around Traverse City has over 100 lakes and more than 180 miles of shoreline. Stop in July for the annual Cherry Festival, where live music, games and an air show are just a few of the family-friendly activities available. There is also plenty of nature to enjoy, with over 3,000 acres of parkland. Hiking, paddling and fishing are some of the many fun things Traverse City has to offer. Michigan beaches are often overlooked, but they shouldn’t be.

2. St. Croix River, Minnesota and Wisconsin


This overlooked area is bustling with fun year-round. Paddling, river boating, fishing, and hiking abound on one of the prettiest rivers in the Midwest. You can also visit Stillwater, MN, which is a great little town for historic landmarks and antique shopping. In the winter, some of the best cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the midwest is available. Be sure to stop and see us at our St. Croix River Resort, which offers lodging, camping and a ton of fun for the whole family.

3. Door County, Wisconsin


Located on a peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, Door County is often called “The Cape Cod of the Midwest.” Door County has five state parks and fantastic arts, music and food scenes during the summer. You must take a stroll through the 2,500 acres of cherry orchards, and skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are all available during the winter months. Door County is truly a hidden gem in the Midwest.

4. Hocking Hills, Ohio


Be sure to bring your camera! Hocking Hills offers unbeatable scenery in the summer and fall months, and the winter offers awesome hikes. Replete with caves and gigantic rock formations, Hocking Hills is a great area for biking, canoeing and even zip-lining! A Scottish theme permeates the area, with cottages and fine dining. This is quickly becoming a go-to vacation spot, so get there before it becomes too popular!

5. The Black Hills, South Dakota


We’d be remiss not to mention our own home in the Black Hills. OK, so Mount Rushmore isn’t necessarily off-the-beaten path for vacationers, but there is so much more to do in the Hills. From unparalleled hiking to historic landmarks, Southwestern South Dakota offers one of the best vacation destinations in the U.S. There are famous areas like Deadwood and the Badlands to see, but be sure to check out Hill City, which offers scenic treasures and a bustling arts and music scene. Stop and see us at Rushmore Shadows Resort, where you’ll stay just minutes from all the awesome adventures the Black Hills have to offer.


Please let us know your favorite Midwest vacation spots in the comments. Of course, there are many more places to visit in this wonderful region. Give us a call at (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be happy to help plan your next Midwest adventure today. Happy exploring!

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