If you're a Midwesterner, chances are, July is your prime time for adventures in lakes country. As someone who's written about this destination for nearly eight years, I can assure you it's never dull. The photographers and I get lost often. We eat the food from the cuisine shoot, ignore the bites from mosquitos, and happily do our job in the midst of white caps, rain, and near 100 degree days. If we have a rare, well-navigated day, with time to spare, we take a detour on the roads less traveled. This is our time to explore the shops and galleries we shot, have a glass of wine at the vineyard we're writing about, then follow the clues to new hidden gems that are destined to inspire a story. The interesting thing about lakes country is, just when you think you've seen it all, you'll be blown away by something new.
This month, the roads less traveled led us to the small Minnesota towns of McIntosh, Naytahwaush, Ottertail, Detroit Lakes and Perham. We shopped an eclectic new block of boutiques, explored a gorgeous log cabin, toured a lake home we named, the "Shoreline Chateau", and discovered a tiny cabin community called Fireﬂy. Next, we climbed the stairs to a magical treehouse to see the vineyard and orchard at Marion Lake. Finally putting an end to our endless road trip, we swung by Brew Ales & Eats in Perham to test out their new brunch menu...paying extra attention to the mini brunch cocktail ﬂights.
Before we set sail into July, just remember, you don't have to own a lake home to enjoy lakes country. There are 10,000 lakes and thousands of unique destinations awaiting your arrival. Cheers to new adventures, hidden gems and taking the road less traveled!
With Midwest regard,
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