This coming weekend may be our last chance to get away for any stretch of time, outside of taking a formal vacation. Where will you go? Here are a few suggestions I came up with on the fly.
Fishing in Duluth
Drive a little over 2 hours northeast of Blaine and you’ll be in fish heaven. I’m not sure if any of the full or half-day charters on Lake Superior are still available but it’s worth a call to find out. August is the best month for most of the fish in the lake – trout season doesn’t close until the end of September – and you can also fish for walleye, coho and Chinook salmon.
Afterwards, stop by Fitger’s Brewhouse for a round of beer tasting. You could also spend part of the weekend shopping Duluth’s Canal Park – never too early to shop for unique holiday gifts. Finally, you must take the sunset dinner cruise on Saturday night, offered by the Vista Fleet cruise line.
Tee it Up in Brainerd
For a Labor Day weekend to remember, can I interest you in more than 180 holes of golf? The Brainerd Golf Trail offers that, and more. Golf Digest calls it "One of the Top 50 Golf Destinations in the World.
The trail includes 10 courses, all within a 45-minute drive of one another. Courses include:
- The three Cragun’s Legacy courses
- The Pines at Grand View Lodge
- The Garden Course at Grand View Lodge
- The Preserve at Grand View Lodge
- Whitebirch at Breezy Point Resort
- Breezy Point’s Traditional Golf Course
- Deacon’s Lodge at Breezy Point Resort
- Golden Eagle
The resorts in the area are amazing so pick your favorite courses and then stay at the corresponding resort.
Door County, Wisconsin
If you want to really feel like you’ve gotten out of town, take a 5.5 hour drive east of Blaine to Door County, Wisconsin. This is more of a family-type trip with a lot to see and do. The Cana Island Lighthouse in Bailey’s Harbor is a must-see. It’s 100 steps to the top but the view is well worth the lung power it takes to get there.
Along the peninsula there are lots of small towns and state parks to keep you busy. Art studios, unique boutiques and quaint inns gave rise to the area’s nickname as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.”
Even if you decide to stay home in Blaine this last long weekend of the summer, take some time to enjoy the weather and relax before the madness of back-to-school is upon us.