By: Jennifer Bateman | Wednesday, March 30, 2016
If you are thinking of a Park Rapids area northern Minnesota resort vacation this year, maybe you should consider booking in the spring or fall. You'll be taking advantage of everything you love about a classic resort, plus you'll be avoiding many of the things you don't like. Here are OUR five main reasons to come early or late, and leave the high season to the crowds.
From accommodation to transportation, and even restaurants, prices are bound to be cheaper in the off season. This is the best time of the summer to enjoy all the luxury of a Minnesota resort, yet pay significantly less. For instance, Cabin #8 is 35% cheaper to book if you stay between May 13th and June 10th, compared to staying during the high season. Combined with the weekly rate discount, you could save a serious amount! Check the weekly and daily rate to see how much you can save.
The bustle and the hustle of a busy summer resort may evoke nostalgia for some, but there’s something magical about being the only one out fishing on the lake, or exploring the Northwoods. The seclusiveness of traveling during the offseason puts travelers at ease and there is a general relaxed feeling in the air.
Northern Minnesota offers an endless array of outdoor activities from fishing and birding, to hiking and biking on some of the country's best trails. But sweating and panting on a hot summer day might discourage the less enthusiastic explorers. With daytime temps in the 60s and 70s, early Summer in Park Rapids, MN is a great time to set out in your dream outdoor adventure.
Spring and early summer birding is spectacular as species in bright mating plumage migrate to their northern homes. The spring migrations start with geese, swans, and ducks followed by raptors such as hawks, eagles and falcons. The peak migration for the songbirds and other bird species is the month of May. Look out for the golden-winged warbler, a small migratory bird that sings “zee bee bee bee” in the spring. Minnesota provides breeding habitat for 42% of the entire global population of this warbler, and the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge is trying to create an ideal habitat to fight the decline of the population.
On your excursion out to Itasca State Park, try to spot 27 different species of orchids at Itasca State Park, picked as the orchid hot-spot by the Native Orchid Conference in 2014. Cypripedium arietinum, otherwise known as Ram’s-head lady’s slipper, has always been considered biologically rare in Minnesota, and recent surveys of potential habitat and historic sites have failed to document any extant populations south of Aitkin County.
Hotels and resorts generally have vacant rooms due to work and school hour conflicts. Thus, traveling during the off season gives you a chance to be more flexible. Most cabins are fully booked from mid-June to early-August this year, but there are still opportunities to visit early summer or late summer. Check our availability, and contact us to reserve your summer vacation.
Now, does booking an early season lake resort stay sound like a great idea to you?
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