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SOAR with the Eagles

National Eagle Center - Soar with the Eagles

Soar with the Eagles

SOAR with the Eagles is happening all month long in March! The National Eagle Center has a wonderful lineup of presenters and exhibitors featuring some exciting new things and some old favorites including flying bird shows, live animals, arts & crafts, exotic birds, insects and more! Live eagle programs daily at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. There’s something for everyone, so bring your family and friends! Featured presenters are:


Wabasha, Minnesota offers a unique opportunity to see both of North America’s eagle species in the wild. You can learn more about eagles in the Upper Mississippi River Valley and get great views of bald and golden eagles in the wild on a guided tour with our expert naturalists. Golden eagles do not breed in Minnesota or Wisconsin, but they are regular winter residents of the blufflands region of southeast Minnesota, western Wisconsin and northeast Iowa; the Driftless region.

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Grumpy Old Men Festival – Uniquely Minnesotan!

Wabasha, MN

Grumpy Old Men Festival

Since 1993, the Grumpy Old Men Festival is uniquely Minnesotan! Hot Dish Luncheon, Minnow Races, Grumpy Plunge, Chili Feed, Spaghetti Feed, Ice Shacks n’ Plaid Parade, Cribbage Tournament, Raffles and Ice Fishing Contest. One Day Only! Saturday, February 25th, Wabasha, Minnesota. Everyone is Welcome! Come on out and enjoy the fun activities all over town in Wabasha, Minnesota.

Get your #GrumpyOldMen festival apparel for February 24-25, 2017! Stop in at Turning Waters Bed, Breakfast and Adventure also home to Hoppy Girl Brewing aka Turning Waters Back Alley Brewing Co. and pick up your short sleeve shirts, limited supply of long sleeve, baseball and trappers hats (very warm and cozy).  Let’s paint #onlyinwabasha with festive grumpy gear!!! Call Brenda 651-564-1568 #OnlyinMN

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Fasching – a German Mardi Gras

Schell's Bock Fest

Fasching – German Mardi Gras

Fasching – a German Mardi Gras is an old carnival tradition that originated in the European Alps to chase away winter. Each year, strips of cloth are strung across downtown streets in the German peasant tradition, and the “Narren,” masked characters in colorful costumes, walk the streets inviting people to the party. New Ulm‘s version of Fasching will take place on Saturday, February 25. Sponsored by The Concord Singers since 2006, it has expanded to include “Capture the Mayor” and includes music, food, dancing, and costumes are encouraged!

August Schell Brewing CompanySchell’s Bock Fest takes place outdoors on the grounds of Schell’s brewery on Saturday, March 4. Enjoy an award-winning beer or root beer beside a big bonfire and a few thousand friends. The highlight of the day is the Bock Medallion Hunt, when participants use clues to find the “bocks” (a gruff and stubborn goat of winter), to win cash and merchandise prizes.

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Best Places for Ice Fishing in Duluth

Ice Fishing in DuluthWhether you’ve been ice fishing for generations, or have always wanted to venture out onto the thick, frozen expanses of Minnesota lakes and rivers, Duluth is a great place to be this winter.  For some, the thought of sitting on a frozen lake or river for hours on end is nothing short of miserable.  For others, though, it’s a tradition ripe with memories of fun and adventure.  Ice Fishing can be a placid and tranquil way to spend a day.  Even if you don’t want to get in on the action yourself, in cities like Duluth, ice fishing has become a spectator sport.  Drive along scenic route 61, and you’ll be witness to a variety of approaches to this time-honored Minnesota tradition. Book your room at the luxurious A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast this winter, and come see what Ice fishing is all about. Read More »

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Gull Lake Frozen Fore

Gull Lake Frozen Fore

The 12th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore!  The World’s Largest Golf & Snowmobile Charity Event! Friday, February 24 thru Sunday, February 26, 2017

This three-day celebration of all things winter, brings together a weekend of activities and fun for adults. From snow golfing to dancing on a frozen lake, this winter weekend is unlike any other.

Friday night begins with the annual Frozen Flop, our version of the polar plunge, which raises money for local charities. Not only does the Frozen Flop occur in the middle of Hole-in-the-Day bay, but also under a heated tent. Unlike any other flop, spectators stay warm, and floppers keep out of the wind making it a truly unique event. Following the flop, is our heated Tent Party! Showcasing an ice bar, food and live music performed by SOLO and  Chase & Ovation (Prince Tribute).

Saturday morning begins with a Pancake Feed on the ice to get you ready for the day. Saturday’s “Happy 10th Birthday” event begins where you can jump on FREE shuttles or drive your snowmobiles or vehicles and play nine holes of winter golf at 9 different locations around Gull Lake. A Digital Scavenger Hunt will also take place during this same time. The Tent Party kicks off at 6 pm with an ice bar, food and live music from Ynott & Groove Hawks to follow at 9 pm.

Finishing the Frozen Fore weekend is Sunday’s Food Fest. This cook-off features a variety of local restaurants showcasing their flavors in a taste competition for the best flavors in the area. Enter the heated tent at Hole-in-the-day Bay and take in the aromas of the Brainerd Lakes Area’s finest restaurants. Vote for your favorite after you’ve sampled them all and get ready for to hear the judges announce the winner.

Proceeds of the weekend event are donated to Confidence Learning Center and Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area.

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38th Annual Eel Pout Festival

Minnesotan’s embrace winter. That’s why thousands will be heading North to fish and party at the 38th Annual Eel Pout Festival in Walker. In addition to fishing for one of the ugliest fish, “eel pout”, there are lots of winter activities to keep you entertained.  The traditional Friday fish fry will be featuring eel pout nuggets. As Minnesotans would say, “they are not too bad”.  There will be a bull riding competition, live music, vendors to help you with your winter wardrobe and fishing supplies, and a kids “perch-pull” competition.  More details can be found at www.eelpoutfestival.com.

Don’t stay inside this winter, come up North and celebrate!
Dates:  February 23-26, 2017
Location:  Walker, MN

Walker, MN Annual Eel Pout Festival

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What are you doing for Valentines Day??

What are you doing for Valentines Day? Candy and a card? Or maybe flowers?

This year why not so something really romantic? Book a weekend stay at the Maple Knoll Inn Bed and Breakfast! Located about 1 hour north of the Cities in Rush City, MN. We are a nicely appointed 1914 home. Check out our web site for amenities and rooms – www.mapleknollinn.com.

Make a memory this Valentines Day.

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Minnesota Nice, or Naughty?

Minnesota Nice, or Naughty?The A.G. Thomson House in Duluth has long prided itself on warm hospitality and top-notch service for its guests.  Our commitment to Innkeeping is reflected in our consistent ranking as a top Bed and Breakfast on TripAdvisor.  The awards are out again this year, and we aren’t disappointed.  For 2 of the last 4 years, we were ranked the #1 Bed and Breakfast in the country. This year, we made the Top 25, coming in at a solid #22.  We’ve also received the Traveler’s Choice award all of those 4 years. We’re truly honored to receive these awards, and can’t think of a better time to celebrate with you than this upcoming Valentine’s Day.  To make a visit even more enticing, we’re offering a new package: Minnesota Nice or Naughty?  Take advantage of this great deal today, and book a room at our Inn today. Read More »

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It’s a New Year; Getaway to Duluth!

Duluth Winter GetawayWinter’s in Duluth are notoriously cold, and oftentimes uncomfortable if you’re out in the elements for too long.  If you’re into sporty adventures, then Duluth is one of the best winter playgrounds in the MidWest. But, for those of us that like to hibernate during these cold winter months, it can sometimes feel like a interminably long wait for the return of spring.  Despite the cold, we think there are plenty of reasons to join us for a mini winter getaway at the A.G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast.  Winter isn’t leaving us anytime soon.  Bundle up and book your room at our luxurious Duluth Bed and Breakfast today! Read More »

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Ice Castles is the must-see winter wonderland

Photographed on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.(Pioneer Press: John Autey)

Ice castles is the must-see winter wonderland where fairy tales are brought to life with twinkling lights, magnificent archways and towers, ice-carved tunnels, fountains and slides ready to be explored. By day this frozen castle glimmers with glacial blues and after dark the ice formations create a magical glow. Fluctuating temperatures made the castle’s debut date uncertain, but the attraction is on track to open this weekend with plans to run through early March.

Located for the first time in downtown Stillwater along the riverfront in Lowell Park, these beautiful ice formations have been a Minnesota tradition for years moving to its present location from Eden Prairie where it was produced the past two years. Plan to stay overnight to further explore Stillwater’s historic downtown shopping, dining, night life, and family fun. Look for special performance times on Saturdays and Sundays of the enchanted Frozen sisters (Tiny Diva Princess Party), high energy fire shows by Insphyre Performance and Star Watch parties with meteorologist Mike Lynch of WCCO radio on January 26 and February 8.


Looking for deals for all this extra fun before or after the ice castles? Visit www.discoverstillwater.com/cool-deals.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Discounts are applied online when 15 or more tickets are purchased.
General Admission (12 and older): $9.95 M-TH
$12.95 F-Sun and Holidays
Child (4-11) $6.95 M-TH
$8.95 F-Sun and Holidays

Purchase Tickets at: www.IceCastles.com/Stillwater  (pre-purchased tickets with specific timeslot required)

Hours of Operations:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 3-9pm
Tuesday: Closed
Friday: 3-10pm
Saturday: Noon-10pm
Sunday: Noon-9pm

Presented by Discover Stillwater and Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce at Lowell Park – North

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