Hope Looks Like a Minnesota Family Vacation

MN Family Vacations – Now More Than Ever

Three months ago we could not have predicted the crazy, stay-at-home, wear a mask, keep your distance life we’re all living right now! That’s what is so anxiety-producing about this COVID situation: not only was it unforeseen but it’s also out of our control. The only thing we can do is to concentrate on what we can control:  our thoughts and our actions. Jay and I are choosing to be prayerful and positive every day even when it’s a struggle to do so. We are concentrating on the upcoming Minnesota summer vacation season and we are preparing to welcome our summer guests.  We want you to know that we are moving forward with hope and we hope you are able to do the same!

Hand printed essay titled Vacation by Justin. This summer my family is going to Grand Rapids. Last year I caught my first northern. I caught a 13 ounce blue gill. I got on the record board. I will probably see these animals: eagle, loon, fish, and minnows. We were in the cabin closest to the playground. There is a beach there. It is fun there.

Essay about Wildwood Resort written by a long-time guest when he was 8 years old.

Recently we received an email from a long-time guest. He shared a grade school letter written by his then 8-year-old son. (His son is in his 20s now!) The text of his letter reads, “This summer my family is going to Grand Rapids. Last year I caught my first northern. I caught a 13 oz bluegill. I got on the record board. I will probably see these animals: eagle, loon, fish & minnows. We were in the cabin closest to the playground. There is a beach there. It is fun there.” I’m guessing that all of our long-time guests have similar letters written by their kids!

That email and letter was such a timely reminder of why we believe in the value of a Minnesota resort vacation. Obviously it’s what we do to earn a living but it’s so much more than a J-O-B. Our work provides the backdrop for some of the most memorable family vacations people will ever take. A family summer vacation at a MN resort is different from a vacation to Disney World or Washington D.C. (both of which are awesome btw) Active vacations like those focus on the “what” involved in precious vacation days. But a Minnesota family vacation is about the “who.” Some of our guests fish a lot while they are here. Many take their kids tubing or water-skiing while others sleep on a beach chair under the summer sun. Most people do a little bit of all of those things. The most beautiful thing, though, is the time spent with important people. Time that grandpas and grandmas get to spend with their grand kids. And time when parents set aside their J-O-Bs and other life responsibilities in favor of playing basketball or taking a turn on the stand up paddle boards.

old photo of a father and child in a boat on the lake

Favorite Thing: Watching my kids make the same memories that I did.

On our Facebook page we recently asked our guests to submit photos of their favorite things about Wildwood. The list of favorite things submitted reads like a to-do list for MN family vacation: family time, sunsets, fishing, campfires, outdoor space, fun on the beach, watching wildlife, making new friends, eagles, relaxation and tradition. Many of us in the resort industry do not know what our summer will look like. It depends on the decisions made by Governor Walz after May 4th. However, Jay and I believe that at some point we will be open and welcoming guests. (while following health and safety guidelines laid out by the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC) So we encourage to you to have hope that the current craziness will pass. And we encourage you to plan for a Minnesota family vacation full of favorite things with the people who mean the most to you.

 

sunset over a minnesota lake resort

Favorite Thing: Sunsets

family in a boat at a minnesota family resort

Favorite thing: Family Time

family standing in front of a cabin at a minnesota resort

Favorite Thing: The once yearly six pack! Love capturing this photo for the past 11 years!

sunset photo shoot on vacation at a minnesota family resort

Favorite Thing: Instagram sunset photo shoots

campfire at night during a minnesota family resort vacation

Favorite Thing: Campfires

young girl in a boat trying to keep away from a fish

Favorite Thing: I think we can all agree it’s not fishing!

feet up on the side of a boat at sunset on a minnesota family resort vacation

Favorite Thing: Relaxation!

minnesota family enjoying their resort vacation

Favorite Thing: Traditions