By: Jennifer Bateman | Wednesday, July 31, 2013
These guests never leave the resort. They are here for the lake and the lake only! They purchase a full week's worth of groceries before they arrive, unpack, and don't start the vehicle again until it's time to head home. They value rest, so they sleep late, go to bed early and nap during the day. They read several books at the swimming beach, often making friends with the other "Lake Lovers" who share their desire to be close to the water. Quiet sports such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and other outdoor recreation is done daily no matter the weather. Meals are simple yet nutritious, with the "eat when hungry" mentality. You can often smell food on their grill at odd hours of the day. They notice and enjoy watching the loons and the bald eagles. "Lake Lovers" are marked with a sunburn early in the week that they proudly maintain.
Go and Doers
The "Go and Doers" do just that. With so much to see and do in the Park Rapids Lakes Area, these people want to do it all. "Action" is their middle name. They often arrive with a speed boat for skiing and tubing, and have a family fishing tournament and golf tournament planned (complete with trophies). When they check in, they want MAPS - a map of the Park Rapids area, a map of the Heartland Bike Trail and Two Inlets Lake, and of course a map of Itasca State Park. Questions such as "Where is a good place to eat?" and "Where can we rent bikes?" and "What's going on in downtown Park Rapids this week?" are common. They enjoy each other's company and do things in groups. They often fish four in a boat, load as many cousins on the water tramp as will fit, and come to the lodge buying ice-cream treats by the dozen! Laughter and happiness exude from the "Go and Doers."
Just Glad I'm Not at Work
These people (always adults) can't be so specifically described, but you can recognize them by the silly grin on their faces. They move slowly, hang out in quiet places such as the end of the dock, their cabin screen porch or in an adirondack chair at the water's edge. They spend a LOT of time with their kids doing whatever the kids want to do, and rarely say "No" when their kids want a treat from the lodge. They set no activity goals for the week, and willingly go places if that's what the family wants to do.
So, now back to my original question. "How do you Minnesota resort vacation?"
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Jennifer Bateman owns Two Inlets Resort, offering vacation lodging near Itasca State Park. She frequently blogs about Minnesota resort vacations.