Seasons come and go in the Great Lakes area, but the outdoor fun never stops.
During the spring and summer months, boating, golfing and hiking are the activities of choice. Hunting takes precedent in the Midwest during the fall months. And in the winter, guests strap on their ice skates and skis, or tour vast stretches of unspoiled beauty by snowmobile.
Near the shores of Lake Michigan, a pair of Wisconsin resorts offers several opportunities to get away and play. Resort-style living here means hitting the links, the tennis courts, the lake - or simply heading out for a scenic hike.
Venture west and you'll find Iowa's great lakes, also known as the "Corridor of Opportunity." Here, Spirit Lakes offers everything an outdoor enthusiast could possibly want in a get-back-to-nature getaway: golfing, fishing, boating, ice fishing, cross country skiing and more.
Four-crown luxury, and more outdoor fun, can be found in Minnesota, where you can enjoy access to a private lakeside beach or one of Golf Digest's Top 100 courses in America. Experience all that this region has to offer any time of year. Book your Great Lakes vacation today!
Iven's on the Bay (Breezy Point, MN). Although Iven's is a great choice for fine dining, the upscale restaurant's dress code is anything but haughty ("wear what makes you comfortable"). Expect fresh seasonal dishes prepared with herbs from the restaurant's own garden.
The Okoboji Fudge Factory (Spirit Lake IA). Watch fudge as its being made, and then sample a finished batch. Among the more than 40 items on the menu: truffles, chocolate creams and hand-dipped Bear Paws. A variety of crafts and other souvenirs are also available.
52 Deacon's Lodge. Touted as Arnold Palmer's first design and rated as one of America's Top 100 public courses by Golf Digest, this championship course is built around three wilderness lakes. Of course, this is just one of literally hundreds of great courses to play throughout the Great Lakes region.
Catch your dinner. You name it, you can probably fish for it: walleye, bass, muskie, crappie, sunfish, trout, bluegill. There are 420 lakes just within the Detroit Lakes area of Minnesota alone.
Historic Holmes Theatre (Detroit Lakes, MN). The Playhouse 412 theatre group and other performers will entertain you in the remodeled auditorium.
RiverEdge Galleries (Mishicot, WI). This art gallery with outdoor sculpture garden along the banks of the East Twin River was once a meat market.
Go for a scenic drive (Detroit Lakes, MN). Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you drive around the lakes and wooded areas in this area of Minnesota, and stop at one of the many painters' and potters' studios along the way.
Schroeder's Department Store and Red Bank Coffeehouse (Two Rivers, WI). Visit one of the country's oldest independent department stores, family owned since 1891, for additions to your wardrobe. Then rest your feet in the coffeehouse where you can enjoy a wide selection of some of the world's finest coffees.
Wren's Nest (Spirit Lake, IA). More than 75 artisans display their handcrafted creations here year-round.