Date: Friday, February 6th, 2009
Category: Girl lake, Longville, Woman Lake
In the midst of our modern, busy and stressful lives, it can be difficult to find time to decompress and re-connect with our families and ourselves. Instead of taking a “normal” trip to an overly commercialized theme park or a busy tourist trap, consider planning an extraordinary vacation to the peaceful respite of Longville, Minnesota. Experience true rest and rejuvenation in the breathtaking wilderness of the scenic Northwoods of Minnesota. Commune with nature, play in the lush forests and crystal clear lakes and take some much deserved time to reconnect with yourself and your family!
Longville, MN sits along the edge of Girl Lake, a virtual outdoor playground for adults and children alike. Woman Lake, reputably one of the most beautiful lakes of the Minnesota Northwoods, is situated just to the southwest of Girl Lake. Located in Cass County, Longville is small with a population of approximately 200. Although Longville is quiet and peaceful, there are numerous family oriented activities in and around this quaint town.
For fishing, the lakes surrounding Longville cannot be beat! In their waters lie an abundance of bluegills, crappies, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northerns and muskies all waiting to be snagged on your line. Enjoy a pan of fresh fish cooked over a roaring fire after a leisurely day on the lake. Hunting is also plentiful here in the Minnesota Northwoods. Fishing and hunting guides are available for hire to assist you with your next expedition.
Whether you own a boat or are planning to rent one at a local marina, the lakes of Longville Minnesota are a wonderful boating destination. From sailboats to pontoons to houseboats, there is something for everyone. For those with a truly adventurous spirit, try your hand at water-skiing or tubing along the smooth lake waters. As you relax on the water, you may even catch a glimpse of area wildlife such as bald eagles, black bears, deer or fox cavorting along the shore.
The summer months also bring a plethora of opportunities for terrestrial outdoor relaxation including hiking, mountain biking and ATV riding through the pine forests of the region. For less adventurous pastimes, be sure to check out the quaint local shops in downtown Longville, MN and nearby Hackensack and Walker. Relax with a cappuccino, sit back and enjoy the local entertainment in the cozy “Common Grounds of Longville,” a coffee shop in downtown Longville. Featured entertainers include singers, acoustical musicians and poets, among others. Treat the family to an ice cream cone at the legendary Frosty’s. Relax with a tasty, home-cooked meal at the Redbird Cafe. For more elegant dining, consider Patrick’s Fine Dining and Lounge or the country club at the Ridgewood Golf Course. Catch the latest movie release at the Bear Pause Movie Theatre in nearby Hackensack. For evening entertainment, travel to the local town of Walker for a night of gaming entertainment at the Northern Lights Casino.
Winter may sound like an unwelcoming time to visit the Minnesota Northwoods. To the contrary, it is a delightful time to escape to this wintry playground. Snowshoe, cross country ski or snowmobile through the beautifully snowy forests. Enjoy some ice fishing on Girl Lake or Woman Lake. Dog sled racing is also popular in this neck of the woods. If you happen to be in the area during late January or early February, be sure to stop in for the Sled Dog Races on the Heartland and Paul Bunyan Trails. For daring souls, try the “polar plunge,” where brave visitors and locals take an icy dip into one of the area lakes!
For family fun and entertainment, Longville hosts a variety of wholesome, nostalgic events. Longville, Minnesota has been dubbed the Turtle Racing Capital of the World. Every Wednesday from June through August, children (and adults) come from far and wide to pit their reptile friends against one another in this fun, time-honored family tradition. Enjoy the turtle themed games and dance contests in addition to edible treats such as snow cones and hot dogs. Fitness gurus will love the Run Around Woman Plus, a 30K run around Woman Lake, held annually in May. For those who like the idea of a race, but hesitate at the 30K distance, there is also a shorter 5K run/walk at the same time. In July, be sure to check out Summerfest, a celebration of the summer season complete with live entertainment, tasty treats and displays of local artistry. Autumn brings the Oktoberfest celebration. This festival offers visitors the opportunity to absorb the local culture and enjoy some tasty German food and beer.
Regardless of your lodging preferences, Longville is certain to have exactly what you are looking for. From budget friendly motels and camping sites to more luxurious vacation rental homes and resorts, Longville and the surrounding area have it all! Neighbors in this part of Minnesota are friendly and welcoming. You may even come back year after year to catch up with your local friends here in Longville!
For an opportunity to rest, unwind and reconnect, plan this year’s vacation in Longville, Minnesota. You are certain to create family memories that will last a lifetime.