Get Outta Town: 48 Hours at Mille Lacs Lake.
Get the friends and family out for the summer. Here is our take on 48 Hours around Mille Lacs Lake. Only a 90-minute drive from the metro, Mille Lacs Lake has several charming little cities like, Isle, Wahkon, Onamia, and Malmo that offer that laid-back relaxed feeling. Did you know that professional fishing associations are anticipating the next world’s record for muskies, bass and walleye will come from Mille Lacs? If fishing isn’t your thing, take a trip along Minnesota’s newest scenic byway to experience picturesque landscapes and quint little shops, and an amazing sunset or sunrise!
Time to check into your resort or hotel. If you’re bringing fido, try the family friendly Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort. This place is the immaculate resort that offers great service and spectacular views of the sunsets.
If you are looking for a fishing resort, try McQuoids Inn with a fishing Charter that looks like the Big Mac of Mille Lacs or stay right in Isle in a cabin at well-known Chapman’s Resort or Hunter Winfields and get that personal guide experience with seasoned anglers.
Take a dip in the lake at Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort, rest on the sandy beach and enjoy the summer sun with some fruity umbrella drinks. If swimming in the lake is not your thing, try the pool at Izatys and sip poolside with cocktails and appetizers from the club house. If it is raining, they have a smaller indoor pool that is perfect for the little ones.
If you like Meat Raffles, try the Vets Club in Onamia Bayview Bar and Grill, Da’ Boat House, or Wahkon Inn or Muggs of Mille Lacs. There are a few others in the area. If you happen to enjoy meat raffles, ask a local when all the meat raffles are held, they will be sure to share the times and days for each one. (you might miss out on dinner if you are heading out, but don’t worry because several of the restaurants are open later).
If you prefer Thai cuisine, try Chef Brian’s amazing creations at the Izatys Restaurant. Up for good pizza or burgers? Wet your whistle with a few cocktails and order up some juicy burgers or Pizzas at: Bayview Bar and Grill, Da’ Boat House, Muggs of Mille Lacs, or Wahkon Inn. There are so many options and these are just a few!
Bowling and Games.
Avoid the gutters in downtown Isle at the multi-lane Isle Bowl and Pizza. Enjoy cocktails, snacks, pool, and other video games that could keep the whole family entertained.
Try your luck with a morning fishing launch.
Mille Lacs is Minnesota's second-largest inland lake at 132,516 acres which means we can have launch boats that don’t have to comply with coastal waters regulations. Fish for record Muskies, Bass and Walleye. Try McQuoids, Hunter Winfields, Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort, or KJ’s.
Prefer Golf?Make a Tee-time
Izatys (320) 532-54445
Northwood Hills Golf course (320) 692-4325
Check out some homemade and handmade goodies at the local Farmer’s Market and while you are there, stop in at Johnson’s Portside to pan for a little gold, get some Mille Lacs T-shirts, sweatshirts or trinkets, fill up with gas or buy a few adult beverage supplies.
Breakfast and Coffee.
Looking for a good flavored coffee? Try Beckhams Bar & Bistro in downtown Isle.
Explore the Town and All Around.
Get in for a hot stone massage, facial, wax, or pedicure at Massage on Mille Lacs (763)-219-0163 in downtown Isle. They offer a couple’s massage packages, girls getaways, retreats, and escapes for you single explorers. You can even book services online at massageonmillelacs.com and they even have same day availability not to mention affordable prices and a 5-star rating.
After the spa, head on over to Someday Isle to shop for local artist creations or the Pineapples Place Trading in Wahkon. There are small gift shops, a new self-serve dog wash & groomer, kayak and bike rentals coming soon, and gift shops along the way from Isle to Wahkon.
Lunch at the Bistro:
Stop in at Beckhams Bar & Bistro for some fresh sandwiches and soups. If you’re really lucky, you will get a chance to try Bob’s smoked brisket or ribs! Have a cocktail, coffee, or even soft serve ice cream. Looking for the perfect Ice-Cream treat? Try hard scooped ice-cream at Isle Bowl and Pizza or Morning Star Market in Wahkon or get the full flavors or soft serve at Dari-Vi in Isle.
If you prefer to travel by motorcycle or vehicle, take the Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway around the lake.
There are several little bars and restaurants along with places to stop and rest, sight see, or snack. The entire trip takes approximately 1 hour without stopping. Remember: Mille Lacs is the 2nd largest inland lake!
Stretch Your Legs or Get Sea Legs.
Rent a brand-new Pelican Kayak from Naomi’s in Isle and paddle Mille Lacs. Naomi operates a pet grooming business and pedals bikes too! Rent a bike from Naomi’s in Isle and become your own guide. Take a tour through Father Hennepin State Park to go bird watching, hunt for shells and other creatures on the shore, walk the trails, or look for albino deer. Take the pole along and fish from the piers and bridge out at the park for some Minnesota Fishing Fun!
Begin your evening with dinner on the patio at Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort. Delicious entrées to select from, but an all-time favorite; the Honey Pecan Crusted Walleye! After dinner, you might enjoy sitting by the fire and sipping on a few cocktails. (If you prefer a little downtime, you might want to hang out here and watch the sunset. It is by far the best place to experience the Mille Lacs Sunset.
TRY YOUR LUCK.
Once your tummy is full, take a trip to Grand Casino Mille Lacs for a night of gambling fun and cocktails. The casino offers slot machines, blackjack tables and poker. Depending on the weekend you are planning your trip, there may be a great lineup of comedians and musicians.
Good Morning, Rise and Shine.
Only need a little something for breakfast, try Isle Bakery and their homemade delicious creations! It will make your mouth as soon as you walk in the door. Need a little more to fill you up? Try the home cooked breakfast at the Wahkon Inn and perfect your own bloody at the bloody mary bar.
Swing into Morning Star Market and fill up on gas, snacks, coffee, or stock up on more beer for later.
Get out on the lake with the Mermaid Launch by KJ’s, McQuoids, Hunter Winfields, or Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort. These year-round guides do a great job of getting you on the best fishing holes that Mille Lacs has to offer.
Prefer the one-on-one fishing experience, try Tim and Tina Chapman for the ultimate guide experience. They even clean and bag your catch (depending on the season and regulations) so you can take the fish home with you.
Beer and Eats.
Stop in at Muggs of Mille Lacs for some frosty mugs of beer with 14 beers on Tap. Order up some great burgers and onion rings. They have an area to grab some Muggs gear as well! You never know where you will be spotted with Muggs gear. Don’t be surprised if you are wearing it and someone snaps a picture of you – it just might end up on Facebook! Are you a foodie? Try Da’ Boat House in Da Bay for some seared Ahi Tuna to start followed by a thick cut Juicy Lucy or a tasty wrap. There a so many menu items to try.
Before heading out of town, schedule more services at Massage on Mille Lacs or set one up for your next visit. We know you will have had fun on the journey here.
When planning your next trip to this magnificent area, check out the Mille Lacs Tourism website to look for upcoming attractions, deals or information. The start of our summer activities is right around the corner; don’t delay, plan your trip today.
4th of July Fireworks
Isle Days July 11-14th
Wahkon Days August 15-19th
For more information about the area, contact:
Tracy Gallati (763) 219-0163
Tina Chapman (320) 676-9972