May 2nd, 2013
Many of the northern Minnesota resorts were originally built from the 1920’s through the 1950’s. While some of these older cabins have been replaced, many have been maintained, upgraded, remodeled and renovated. We have 5 of these older cabins here at Loon Point Resort.
Built in the 1950’s, and added on to in the 1960’s, they have been continually improved with new appliances, furnishings and carpeting. They offer lots of up north charm, comfort and are very affordable. While we have newer log cabins and larger lake homes that appeal to many, especially larger family groups, these classic two and three bedroom cabins are often the first choice for young families and couples to rent for a week during the summer. You’ll still have many of the modern conveniences we have come to expect when vacationing, but you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back to a time when life was simpler and bit slower paced. A time when families sat on the porch and told stories, played games together in the evening and met new friends while watching their kids on the playground.
Check out our website at www.loonpointresortmn.com and take a look at our classic lake cabins – Red Pine, Jack Pine, Birch, Spruce and Aspen. Your summer vacation doesn’t have to cost a lot. The memories you make will be worth every penny.
March 13th, 2013
March is one of those months in northern Minnesota when the snows keep on coming and we get really tired of winter in general and shoveling/snow blowing in particular! It helps to try to visualize the warmer days of spring and summer. This is often when we start getting more emails and phone calls about renting a cabin for the coming season. The larger family groups are trying to coordinate schedules and grab some of the last remaining weeks of our bigger family reunion cabins, and other families and couples are simply deciding that this year they will plan a week of relaxation up north! We can tell the economy is improving – ever so slightly and gradually. There is definitely a desire to plan ahead for a get away and some quality time with the ones you love. And there’s no better place to do that than a Minnesota family resort where there is something for everyone. Fishing may be number one for some – but others just want the water activities (try kayaking and stand up paddling!) and still others look to do some hiking in the forests. Some guests love to hit the bike trails or simply walk or bike leisurely down our county road. Reading a good book while on your porch with the backdrop of the lake and the sound of the loons is high on many lists!
So while winter is waning (we hope), plan your summer vacation and join us at Loon Point Resort this season. You deserve it this year! Visit our website at www.loonpointresortmn.com and check our availability calendar and choose a cabin that is right for you.
Minnesota Family Resort on the lake.
February 21st, 2013
Itasca County boasts over 900 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, and Loon Point Resort, a premier MN resort is perfectly located for you to access those trails. Our Minnesota cabin rentals allow you to easily hop on your sled from the cabin and start riding the scenic MN snowmobile trails! There’s a short “ungroomed” logging road that connects the resort to the Herb Brandstrom Trail. From there you can connect to numerous MN trails that loop to the Taconite Trail. You’ll experience the beauty of the northwoods as you snowmobile along the trails, and in our “neck of the woods”, the trails area rarely crowded and the groomers do a great job!
Near Loon Point Resort, you’ll find a great restaurant – Scenic Pines Bar and Grill. They provide a friendly atmosphere and great food when you want a break from riding. Friday night is their all you can eat walleye dinner, and Saturday night is prime rib. There’s also a gas station and convenience store nearby to fill the tank and keep on snowmobiling.
After a day of snowmobiling the MN trails, come back to your comfortable cabin. Choose one of our full log cabin rentals or our 1800 sq. foot lake home rental. All have a cozy gas-log fireplace as well as TV/DVD. Wifi is available at the lodge where you can also enjoy a game a pool or foosball.
MN Resort Cabin Rental – White Pine
Snow conditions are great this winter. Be sure to get your snowmobiling vacation in before the season comes to an end!
February 11th, 2013
Our 1800 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2 bath lakehome – White Pine – is getting a facelift this spring! The home was built in the later 1970’s and the kitchen has sported a dazzling orange countertop along with orange hues in the flooring and wallpaper. We’ve decided it’s definitely time to update! Watch for new photos in the months to come, when we have it completed!
White Pine is a unique “cabin rental” for our Minnesota resort. Originally it was a private home, so it is situated on its own couple of acres of lake frontage. It has a private dock directly in front of the lake home, a nice yard area and ample parking behind it, as well as a private firepit for your evening campfires. The view from the lake cabin is breathtaking! This cabin is set up nicely for larger groups up to 14 persons – everything you need in the kitchen for a big group, plenty of dining space and seating in the living room, a washer and dryer, an extra refrigerator in the attached storage area, and two charcoal weber grills. Smaller groups will enjoy it, too! Every summer, a couple from Ohio stay for two weeks – sometimes bringing another couple with them and sometimes not!
Getting to the main resort – where the sandy beach, all the water “toys”, playground, and lodge are found – is an easy 5 to 7 minute walk by our private driveway. Boating over is easy, too – we provide an extra boat slip for folks in White Pine to dock while on the main resort – be it for using the beach and swim area or cleaning fish.
So if you’re looking for a private cabin for your next Minnesota vacation, but would like the additional amenities a MN resort offers along with the assurance that someone will always be on hand should you need anything, then consider our White Pine cabin rental. It’s a great place to stay while you reconnect with family or friends.
January 9th, 2013
There’s nothing like a relaxing winter weekend in a Northern Minnesota cabin. Recently, we’ve had a number of guests whose primary reason for coming was to RELAX! Secondarily – some went ice fishing, another attended a biatholon at nearby Mount Itasca, and another group came for some cross-country skiing. Soon, the snowmobilers will be arriving! Loon Point Resort has direct access to hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails, and the groomed cross country ski options are numerous and not too far away, tho’ you could certainly ski on the lake or driveway right outside your cabin. Wasson Lake offers some good ice fishing – predominantly for northern pike. And there’s many lakes in the area that provide good ice fishing options as well. Regardless of your preferred outdoor activity, you can be assured that at the end of the day, you’ll have a warm, comfortable cabin to come home to. Sit by the cozy fireplace, read a good book, spend time on your favorite craft – be it scrapbooking or knitting, play some cards, even watch a little TV if you like. More than anything – you’ll enjoy the beauty of winter and the quiet solitude of the northwoods. And no doubt you will sleep late! So, join us this winter for some rest and relaxation at Loon Point Resort in Northern Minnesota.
July 29th, 2012
Baby Hummingbird at feeder
One of our favorite things to do in the summer at our Minnesota family resort is to sit on our porch and watch the hummingbirds. We have three feeders just off the porch and for reasons we don’t understand, we have more hummingbirds than any of the cabins on the resort. And July and August seem to be the peak time. We were really lucky this year in that we have seen several newly fledged baby hummingbirds. They are little puffballs . . . actually looking bigger (actually – fatter) than the adults. The photo with this blog shows one of these little ones and we think it was his first time at the feeder. He didn’t quite know what to do. We watched the mama and daddy hummer buzz near him several times, keeping the other hummers away from him. And at one point, the mama bird gently hovered over him and seemed to push his head toward the yellow flower. It was an amazing sight.
The loons are also a favorite for our Minnesota family resort guests and for us to view and listen to. If you’ve never heard a loon, you’re in for a treat. They have a variety of calls – some very soothing, and some are warning calls generally heard when an eagle is nearby. And speaking of eagles, there’s an eagle nest on “Island One” not far from the resort that has been there for at least 10 years. Each year there are two, and sometimes three, eaglets. And what a racket they can make when their hungry and not yet flying! The parent eagles are always looking for a meal for them. If a fisherman throws over a fish that isn’t going to survive, you can bet one of the eagles will be there in an instant!
We hope you’ll visit our northern Minnesota family resort and enjoy the peaceful tranquility that comes with watching the birds. It’s a Minnesota vacation experience that is sure to please everyone in your family!
June 12th, 2012
Minnesota Resort Vacation
The vacation trends have definitely changed over the past 19 years we have owned Loon Point Resort. Vacationing at a northern Minnesota family resort used to mean planning ahead – oftentimes a full year ahead. While we still have plenty of guests at our MN family resort who still do that, we are finding (as other resorts are, too!) that many folks don’t plan until the last minute – sometimes a month ahead, but sometimes only a few days or a week! The Minnesota Office of Tourism did a survey a few years ago and found that while resorts were booking up later and later during the season, the majority of Minnesota residents perceived that if you wait until June, it’s too late to find a cabin. And that just isn’t the case anymore.
If you have only one week that you’re able to get away and if you want one specific cabin, you’re best to plan ahead if at all possible. But if you have to plan your family resort vacation more last minute, check out our website and our availability calendar – there’s still time to get that vacation at the lake. And if you can’t take a full week away from work – we are now offering some 3 and 4 night rentals during the prime summer season. Come for a Sat., Sun., Mon – or a Wed., Thur. Fri. Add in a 4th day if you can. If you can take a full week – then you can take advantage of our latest deal for a summer vacation (new reservations only, please) - $100 off a weekly rental.
So – now is a very good time to reserve your Northern Minnesota family vacation in a clean and comfortable cabin at your favorite Minnesota family resort. Where the fishing is good, the beach and lake activities are in full swing, and there’s plenty for everyone to do!
June 4th, 2012
Geocaching in the northwoods
Our first guests of the spring season consisted of a multifamily group with young children. They were here for fishing opener – but they weren’t “die-hard” fishermen. They told me about their adventures geo-caching in the area and how their young kids enjoyed finding “treasures”. This is a fun family vacation activity and a wonderful way to introduce your children to the great outdoors. While looking for the “treasure”, they’re also observing plants, animals, birds – our natural environment that so often goes unnoticed in this age of video games. The guests told me about the website www.geocaching.com
and how anyone can go on there and find areas to go looking for a cache. There’s quite a number of sites near our resort. So, in addition to all the stuff to do on the resort (beach fun, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, sailing, fishing, biking, hiking, playing on the playground, having a campfire), you can add geocaching to your list of fun things to do during your Minnesota family vacation!
May 25th, 2012
Our cabins are now all spring cleaned and ready for the MN vacation season! Recently, Meg Christiansen of Visit Grand Rapids paid a visit to us to film spring cleaning of our Minnesota cabins. Check it out on the visitgrandrapids.com website. While here, she asked me how many hours are spent just getting the cabins ready for all of the upcoming family vacations and fishing trips. Since it was time to write paychecks to my cleaning help, I added it all up – 85 hours clocked for our cabins since we began in early April. That, of course, doesn’t include my hours or Steve’s! Nor does in include the time spent on putting in the docks, washing blankets and curtains, cleaning up the grounds, getting the beach “toys” ready for the season, splitting firewood for the cmpfire, the painting and staining that needs to be done – the list to prepare for our summer resort season is endless. But is is so worth it. The guests arrive and tell us how clean the cabins are and what a beautiful Minnesota resort we have. Yes – all the work we put into Loon Point Resort is paid back to us ten-fold with happy customers who appreciate what we have to offer.
April 27th, 2012
I knew when March was unseasonably warm and dry that we would pay for it in April. And we did. A snowfall early in the month brought us a foot of heavy wet snow as well as the power outages that generally accompany such an event. Then a week of relatively decent weather. Then another snowfall – fortunately only about 4 inches for that one. Now here we are at the end of the month and the temps at night will be dipping into the 20’s. And in a week, we hope to turn the water on in our seasonal cabins so that we can spring clean and be ready to have them available for Fishing Opener. It doesn’t matter the year. This is something we go through just about every year.
Spring is a busy time on the resort. There’s the routine stuff of washing blankets and curtains, thoroughly cleaning each cabin, putting in the docks, cleaning up the grounds (this is a bit more involved after a heavy wet snowstorm!). Then there’s whatever improvements we’ve planned to do – new carpeting, a few new beds, some new landscaping. We did some major improvements to our White Pine Cabin last fall – new windows throughout, new curtains and “Florida” see-through shades. This spring the garage next to White Pine will be getting new siding to go with the new roof it got last fall. There’s always something to do and something to improve upon.
So, suffice it to say that we’re glad the legislature didn’t move fishing opener up by a week. Given all we have to do as well as the cooler weather than moved in – the earlier date would not have worked for us or probably most other resorts! Spring is here, tho’. That we can tell. The loons are back. The hummingbirds will be coming soon (Mother’s Day is the typical arrival time). The buds are popping out. The frogs and peepers are croaking in the ponds. This is what we wait all winter for.
So plan your spring fishing trip soon. May and June are great times to come up to Loon Point Resort and enjoy fishing, hiking, a campfire. And yes, even in northen Minnesota, you be able to enjoy water activities like kayaking and swimming by the time June rolls around – maybe even earlier! We look forward to seeing you!