Vacationers enjoying time at the resort in earlier years
As we press forward with preparations for the Governor's Fishing Opener, there is much talk surrounding this question: "What do we, as a resort community, want to convey to the media about Park Rapids area resorts? What makes our area different from other family resort communities in Minnesota?" That's a good question, and I have some thoughts.
I think our area sets itself apart because the resorts have not been pressured to "go condo." For the most part, family resorts remain to be the traditional "cabin on a lake." They are quaint, they are close to the water, and they are located in rural, natural environments. Docks and a swimming beach exist for basic lake pleasures. Generally speaking, our resorts are pretty simple, and that's one thing that makes them appealing to many.
Who ever invented the swim raft had a good idea!
Another feature I'll point out is that we remain truly "owner operated." Simply put, we operate the place! When you make a reservation, you talk to the owner. Same when you check out, or when you need some fishing tips, or have questions about the area. The owners rake the yard, water the flowers, sell you ice-cream, and unplug the toilet. They chase the racoons out of the garbage, maintain and clean the cabins, and put the docks in and out every year. What other vacations do people take where the owner is also their host? Have you ever met the owner of Disney World, or a Mexico resort? I know the answer.
We hope to convey this message, along with a few others, to the media in a couple weeks. Wish us luck, because you guessed it! It will be the resort owners themselves who are interviewed!
If you've vacationed at a Minnesota resort, what would you convey to the media?
Until next time, ~~ Jennifer
Jennifer Bateman owns Two Inlets Resort, offering vacation lodging near Itasca State Park. She frequently blogs about Minnesota resort vacations.