Sure, you know Lake Mille Lacs is beautiful and you’ve heard the fishing is great, but is that enough for the ultimate Minnesota lake vacation?
We don’t think so.
Good thing a Mille Lacs lake resort vacation at The Red Door Resort offers so much more!
Hit the Water
Mille Lacs is gorgeous, the water is clear and you’re on vacation time. The first place to start is the water.
First things first, you’ll need to grab your bathing suit and towel because you’re going “in” the water. Ease yourself into the shore-lapping waves, letting that cool lake water refresh your spirit before you head out along the sandy bottom which extends a long way off shore before you dive in and swim out to our lily pad rafts.
When your body tells you it’s time for a rest, come to shore to sunbathe in the warm rays of a lazy summer day. When you’re rested and dry, gather friends for a friendly game of volleyball or frisbee on the front lawn.
Want to enjoy the lake without going “in”? Rent a boat, kayak or paddleboard to explore the lake from the water. You’ll enjoy lovely views as you head through the clear waters spotting wildlife in the lake and along the shore.
Now, since you’re back at the water, you may want to grab the tackle box and cast a line. Lake Mille Lacs offers a variety of fish populations and fishing opportunities.
A little more adventurous in spirit? Mille Lacs offers great conditions for jet-skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. Or, perhaps you’re interested in kiteboarding. This unique sport is gaining popularity and Mille Lacs offers a fantastic environment for it!
Built up an appetite now, have you? It’s time for a picnic! Enjoy it on the boat or cozy up on shore.
Enjoy a sunset boat ride to end the day. Or, if you’re an early riser, plan a sunrise boat ride for tomorrow before enjoying a bonfire on the lake shore as you enjoy smores with the family.
Away from Shore
Of course, the best Mille Lacs lake resort vacations don’t just include time in the sand and water. You can always enjoy a vacation day away from shore.
Starting here at the resort, you can stop at the on-site playground for the youngest visitors in your group or pick up a game on the basketball court, cornhole boards or Gaga ball pit.
Just want to relax? Enjoy a quiet moment of rest in a hammock or enjoy your new favorite book in a lounge chair under the blue skies and sunshine of Minnesota.
When rest isn’t calling and neither is the lake, perhaps it’s time for a hike. Nearby Minnesota State Parks offer engaging, well-maintained trails through forest, field and along shores.
Interested in local history? Mille Lacs Kathio State Park offers educational resources in their visitor center reviewing 9000 years of human presence in the area as well as on-going archaeological studies.
While you’re out in the parks, it’s a great opportunity for birding and wildlife spotting. Ask at the visitors center for the best time to spot local species.
Of course when you want to enjoy the trails in a new way, you can bike them! Unbound Adventures offers both bike rental & guided bike tours on beautiful trails in the area. Horseback riding provides another way to explore the trails and landscapes of the area.
Or, perhaps you’re ready to get off the trails and enjoy the day on the green. Change into new clothes and grab your golf clubs for tee time.
Out and About
You’ve hit the lake, the trails and even the green! Now’s the time to go out for local culture and dining.
It’s been a day and you’re probably ready to fuel up. Fortunately you’ll find delicious options from cozy favorites to more upscale date spots during your Mille Lacs lake resort vacation. Find a few of our favorites here.
Would you like to stay in and prepare your own favorite meals as a family? Then you’ll want to check out the local farmers market for fresh produce and local products. It’s a treat to see what’s in season from our local farmers.
When you’re ready to add a little pep to your step or swing to your groove, you will want to take in a show or performance at The Ripple Center. Or support local artists at open mic night at Sampaguita.
Sooner or later it’ll be time for a change of pace and you’ll be happy to take the family out for popcorn and a movie at the historic Rialto Theatre. Perhaps you’ll love to know the theatre just celebrated its 86th year since opening!
Feeling lucky? You can head to Grand Casino for gaming, dining and shopping.
And then, when you’re ready to wind back down, you can enjoy a local massage or spa services. Or, take a leisurely stroll along the Mille Lacs Scenic Byway.
Your stay at The Red Door Resort is a fantastic way to start your ultimate Mille Lacs lake resort vacation. All the opportunities are here for you to enjoy vacation days on or off the water however you want to spend them.