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Your Guide to Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

By Mer Norwood

Imagine enjoying the sunshine, lakeside, while sipping a beer on a boat in the picturesque setting of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. This is your sign to get away to the Midwest and make memories that will last a lifetime. Here’s your guide to Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. 

Stay in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota  

Not only is the Best Western Premier The Lodge On Lake Detroit located on the shores of the beautiful Big Detroit Lake, but every room offers lake shore views with a patio or private balcony. Get moving on the water with a complimentary kayak or paddle boat on the private beach, and at night roast s’mores, fireside at the outdoor fire pits.  

“We have paddle boards, we have grills, we have bean bags, and we do s’mores every evening,” says Steve Cowger, the new Director of Experiences. Cowger focuses on creating exceptional and curated experiences for Best Western Premier The Lodge On Lake Detroit guests, both at the hotel and off-site. He continues, “We have all those fun experiences, and that’s the whole extra little touch. At our day spa, guests can get massages, manicures, facials, body wraps, and more.” The on-site day spa, The Spa Within, is the only day spa in Detroit Lakes.  

In addition, the ambience of the hotel exudes welcoming lake lodge vibes everywhere, “There’s stained glass artwork in the rooms, and we have historical pictures and articles in every single hallway in the hotel. It’s an experience, and really fun when guests walk down the hall,” says Katriana Mehlhaff, Director of Operations at Best Western Premier The Lodge On Lake Detroit. “At the hotel, we have over 2,000 species of wildflowers and a tranquil setting with the rain gardens and native plants. We’ve won Eco Awards and Design Excellence Awards as well.” Book your stay at Best Western Premier The Lodge On Lake Detroit today.  

Eat in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 

When you get hungry, be sure to make a stop at Lakeside Tavern & Brewery, founded in 1891. The tavern has been serving up delicious food and brewing their own brews for over a hundred years. Grab a Harry Man Porter, a local favorite, or a Beachin’ Blonde Ale, perfect for summer sipping.  

Nearby to Best Western Premier The Lodge on Lake Detroit, is the fine dining restaurant, The Fireside. Sit lakeside and take in scenic views of the sunset while enjoying the wafting smells of hand-cut steak. Established in 1948, The Fireside is a staple for romantic date nights enjoyed with a bottle of wine.  

Of course, if you don’t want to leave your stay at Best Western Premier The Lodge on Lake Detroit, simply go to the on-site cocktail lounge, LoLaD’s Lobby Bar, to enjoy live music and wine tastings, only steps from your room.  

Things To Do in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 

Splashing in the water has to be part of your plan when you visit Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Whether you are river tubing down the Otter Tail River, scuba diving to see bison bones in the lakes, or fishing in a boat for trophy-sized muskies, trout, or bass, the water welcomes you to its pristine waters.  

If you love hiking, North Country National Scenic Trail in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota is a must do. North Country National Scenic Trail, which runs from North Dakota to Vermont, is the nation’s longest hiking trail, and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota has 60 miles of it. Conversely, if mountain biking is more your style, Mountain View Recreation Area and Detroit Mountain Recreational area both have tons of miles of terrain to enjoy a mountain bike ride.  

Another must-do in the area is Pine to Prairie Birding Trail, Minnesota’s first International Birding Trail. Established in 1998, the trail has 200 miles and 51 viewing sites which serves as home for nearly 300 species of birds.  Similarly, the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge has 43,000 acres that includes lakes, rivers, marshes, and ponds; it is home to many species of wildlife including deer, porcupine, otters, and black bears.  

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