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The Great Minnesota Bucket List: Entertaining Excursions

Leave the household chores for another weekend, and amuse yourself with road trips.

Head Halfway North


With 500 lakes in five counties, the Brainerd Lakes Area is the imaginary Maginot Line that divides the workweek from the weekend and real life from vacation. And if you’re craving that giddy holiday whirl of buffet breakfasts, water parks, flea markets, fudge shops, and all-you-can-eat walleye dinners punctuated by equal amounts of fishing, golfing, stock-car racing, Jet Skiing, and partying, Brainerd is big fun for any age.

» WHERE TO STAY

Peruse the list of private cottages available through Vacation Rentals by Owner. Or, for a more pampered retreat, the classic Grand View Lodge offers everything from golfing and biking to a spa day and watersports. 23521 Nokomis Ave., Nisswa, 866-801-2951


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