Brainerd Lakes Area, Shopping, Thrift Store

Gently Used and Previously Loved | Thrift Stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area

A thrift shop (also known as a thrift store, charity shop, hospice shop or resale shop) is a retail establishment typically run by a charitable organization to raise money to be used in accord with the organization’s stated charitable purpose. And since saving money is in everyone’s wheelhouse these days, more and more shoppers are… Read More Gently Used and Previously Loved | Thrift Stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area

Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota, Resorts, Restaurants

Time to Relax on Mille Lacs | Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort

There was a time when the idea of a grand resort and gathering place on Mille Lacs Lake was just a seed of an idea to Chuck and Marilyn Appeldoorn. As business owners and residents of the Twin Cities/Metro area, this ambitious couple dreamed of owning a resort where families could experience summer activities, excellent… Read More Time to Relax on Mille Lacs | Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort

Brainerd Lakes Area, Kids, Product + Service Reviews, Road Trips, Zoo

Pine Grove Zoo Little Falls, MN | The Second Oldest Zoo in the State of Minnesota

Pine Grove Zoo is a gem in Little Falls, Minnesota, and it’s a hidden treasure to many (even those who live only 30 minutes away!) It offers a wide variety of animals, many of which aren’t at other local zoos. It also provides a beautifully landscaped, well maintained layout that allows for a quick trip around the zoo, or a more leisurely day, depending on the time available. We all commented that it is the perfect size for a trip around the zoo before the kids start to get tired and cranky. We were able to get in and out before the nap time meltdowns began!… Read More Pine Grove Zoo Little Falls, MN | The Second Oldest Zoo in the State of Minnesota

Brainerd Lakes Area, Product + Service Reviews, Restaurants, Road Trips, Summer

Grand View Lodge On The Rocks | Something For Everyone

Life isn’t always smooth and rosy. We all know that one minute, things can be “peachy-keen” and the next, life can feeling like a five alarm fire. BUT, it’s also a well-known fact that positive things can emerge out of tragedy. That belief is clearly visibly to anyone who roams the spectacular grounds of one of the Brainerd… Read More Grand View Lodge On The Rocks | Something For Everyone

Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota, Summer

Up North Summer Fun | Let’s Celebrate Paul Bunyan Day!

Paul Bunyan is one of the best-known heroes in American folklore. He is also a highly recognizable legend in the Land of Up North. This legendary lumberjack (and his faithful companion Babe the Blue Ox) starred in many of the “tall tales” told in the Midwest during the 1800s. According to the stories, Bunyan was… Read More Up North Summer Fun | Let’s Celebrate Paul Bunyan Day!