Northern Minnesota Resort

Minnesota Golf Discounts

Jay and I are a little sick of winter. So let's talk about summer vacation in Minnesota instead! I'm thinking about MN family vacation with sandy beaches, walleye fishing, relaxation and Minnesota GOLF! We are pleased to partner with two local golf courses offering golf discounts to all of our guests this summer! Pokegama Golf Course and Eagle Ridge Golf Course have extended an offer to our guests for significantly reduced green fee/golf cart rates. This season all of our guests can ... Read more

Groomed Snowmobile Trails, Fresh Snow and Perfect Weather!

I think all of us can agree that winter has been pretty long so far. And the fact that it is only mid-February might make some folks head for the nearest airport to escape the cold. However, Mother Nature has finally given us a break this week with perfect snowmobile and x-ski trail conditions, fresh snow for grooming and "warm" temperatures to enjoy it! Guests staying at Wildwood over the last few weeks are reporting near-perfect snowmobile trail conditions with all local ... Read more

Ice Fishing Season Is Coming On!

Anglers waiting for Minnesota ice fishing must be thrilled with our cold temperatures these last few days.  Bass Lake is making ice like crazy! In fact, there are several inches of ice for about 15 feet out from shore. There certainly isn't enough ice to consider ice fishing but it seems like it won't be long before we see people out on the lake for "first ice." It should be good ice this year, too.  It looks like those first layers ... Read more

Scrapbooking Weekends, Quilting Retreats and Girlfriend Weekends!

I know so many people who hate winter. They hate the onset of the cold weather and the anticipation of months of snow. I, on the other hand, don't mind winter so much. That's because winter signals the end of my least favorite season: fall. I'm not one to wax poetic about fall colors (although they are lovely) or to sigh in relief that the hot, summer weather is finally over. Nope. I LOVE hot, summer weather and as far as ... Read more

Can We Snowmobile Yet?

We awoke to temps in the 20s this morning.  The chill in the air has the bite of winter and I couldn't help but think about snow.  And do you know what snow makes me think of?? Minnesota snowmobile season! We're getting ready to pull docks out of the lake and put our boats in storage. When that happens we move our snowmobiles to the FRONT of the storage shed for easy access. It's a seasonal right of passage and the ... Read more

Growing Pains

Jay and I have done a lot of talking about our current renovation plans. It started with talks between us about what we need to do and what we want for Wildwood in the long run. Then came lots of discussions with bankers and builders about whether or not our plans are wise and/or feasible. Those discussions often meant more soul-searching and discussions between us about how much OLDER we are than the last time we did a large project and, ... Read more

Minnesota Fall Colors and Demolition

The Minnesota fall color season is upon us and while it isn't as spectacular as some other years it's pretty darn beautiful! We were very dry coming into the fall so lots of the trees have dropped their leaves already. However, there is still plenty of beautiful fall scenery to take in. The DNR estimates that we are at 50-75% in our area while northern Itasca County is at 75-100%. A drive up the Highway 38 Scenic Byway or Scenic 7 ... Read more

Looking Forward

This week we have started the demo of our older cabins. From past experience we knew that seeing the cabins with doors and windows torn out is painful. However, past experience still doesn't lessen the shock of seeing the cabins torn up. We've emptied Cabins 2, 3 & 4 and started the "gutting" of Cabin 1. We've packed up and stored what we'll reuse and we are in the process of selling or donating the rest. Right now the building are scheduled to ... Read more

The Changing Face of our Minnesota Family Resort

Jay and I purchased Wildwood Resort in 1999. At that time we had eight "classic" cabins and one moldy 70s era single-wide mobile home. After an unexpected visit in 2002 by the State Fire Marshall (he wasn't too impressed by the mobile home) it was pulled off the resort in 2003 and now it lives on another piece of property somewhere in Itasca County. While we had no fondness for the mobile home, its loss made us really start looking at ... Read more