Do you have Spring Fever? If so, Head North to Grand Rapids, Minnesota for a Spring getaway and take advantage of Spring Hot Deals. The Spring time of the year is a wonderful time to getaway for a little vacation. There are many things to do and see in the northwoods in the Spring.
Grand Rapids, Minnesota is located in the central part of northern Minnesota. It is conveniently located 1.5 hours from Bemidji and Duluth on Hwy 2, and an easy drive from the Twin Cities by taking 169 N.
This time of the year everyone has the itch to get outside into the fresh air, and enjoy time in Minnesota’s nature. Grand Rapids, Minnesota has over 3,000 miles of groomed trails, over 1,000 area lakes and one mighty river – the Mississippi. With all of the abundance of nature, Grand Rapids is the ideal destination to find your ideal balance again in its small town charm that is surrounded by Minnesota’s nature.
Many Grand Rapids Resorts offer Hot Lodging Deals in the Spring that make it very affordable to rent a cabin for the week or weekend. The conveniently located Grand Rapids Hotels and Motels also offer Hot Lodging Deals in the Spring as well as special package deals like romantic getaways and Theater Deals to come for a show at The Reif Center and stay overnight. You will save on both when you purchase together. Also, check out the Dining Deals and Shopping Deals for the Visit Grand Rapids discounts offered at local restaurants and shops.
Things To Do
Since there is an abundance of outdoor recreation, there are lots of recreation opportunities for you in Grand Rapids this Spring. The Mesabi Trail opens April 1st. This is a 60+ miles of paved trail that is ideal for bicycling, walking, running, or rollerblading. There is a daily rate or annual fee to use the trail. If you don’t have bicycle(s) or do not want to bring yours with you, don’t worry the Itasca Trail Sports shop rents them.
If you are up for a hike rather than a walk or run, check out Suomi Hills that is located north of Grand
Rapids off of the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway. This is the oldest scenic byway in Minnesota. It is a beautiful 47 mile drive from Grand Rapids to Effie, Minnesota. There are many historic markers along the route, as well as many lake lookouts. Another place to hike is the Joyce Estates within the Chippewa National Forest. In the Spring there are many wildflowers along the trails within the Chippewa. Another wonderful place to hike in the Spring time of the year is the Lost Forty. Now this is a little drive from Grand Rapids, count on an hour drive north and west of Marcell, Minnesota.
Whether you have a four wheeler, latest side by side all terrain vehicle, or an off road motorcycle; you will find trails to ride in the Grand Rapids, MN area. Some of the ATV/OHV trails open April 1st (Soo Line, Rabey, and Alborn). The Chippewa National Forest opens May 1st and the rest of the trails open May 15th. These trail opening dates can vary due to the spring weather conditions. Make sure to check with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for open dates for statewide ATV/OHV trails. The trails in Grand Rapids are unique that they are a combination of wooden trails, bog trails and forest road trails.
Grand Rapids is blessed to have an active arts and culture community that provides regular live music, performance shows and concerts. As well as art events like the monthly First Friday Art Walk that happen on the first Friday of each month. Grand Rapids is home to a gem of the northwoods theater, The Reif Center. The Reif Center brings world class performances to northern Minnesota. If you are looking for live music, check out the Grand Rapids VFW for Wednesday Jazz, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles for live bands on Friday and Saturday night.
When you are on vacation, the local cuisine is something that is fun to enjoy. In Grand Rapids you will find the places flare from wild rice and walleye cakes, wild rice soup, hand-pattied burgers, and all you can eat bluegills. The local chefs at the 17th Street Grill, Cedars Dining, and Forest Lake Steakhouse will have nightly and season specials that incorporate locally grown foods and fresh produce from local farmers.