Best. Summer. Ever. [Sponsored]
Let’s face it. We all cherish summer as the fleeting, “enjoy-it-while-it-lasts” season it is here in Minnesota. So when the weather’s nice and those vacation days beckon, it’s good to have a gameplan for making the most of summer.
We’re here to help.
This page is filled with our sponsors’ great ideas for summer — trips, activities, products — all kinds of fun to make 2014 your “Best. Summer. Ever.”
A maze’n Farmyard
Good old-fashioned family fun is what we’re all about! Your kids will love our interactive barn, featuring a variety of farm animals they can pet and feed. Be challenged by our 20,000 square foot maze. We’ve also got a 150-foot giant slide, pony and train rides, mini golf, a bounce barn with five inflatable bouncers, snack and gift shop and more! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our clean playground and shelter area. Ideal for group parties! Located just 3 and ½ miles west of Eden Valley. 320.453.6901 or Amazenfarmyard.com. Open daily through Labor Day…then open weekends in September and October.
For the best FOOD this summer – check out Axle Grill, parked in the food court in Crossroads Mall and on the move with their food truck! Third-pound burgers like the Fajita Burger, Mac and Cheese Burger, Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger, Over Easy Burger, and more. Enjoy Axle Grill Wednesday-Friday, 11:00am-1:00pm in downtown St. Cloud; at Summertime by George at Lake George every Wednesday evening; Renegade home football games Saturdays at St John’s University; and at graduations, anniversaries, backyard gatherings, weddings, grooms dinners, and “welcome back” parties! Axle Grill…in the Crossroads Mall Food Court under the Baja Joe’s Beachfront Grill sign.
Skydiving, charter fishing, a dinner theater, however you planning your anniversary this summer make it even more memorable with a keepsake from Bachman Jewelers. Propose to her again along the beach of the north shore with a stunning and ever unique meteorite band. Hit it out of the park with a diamond anniversary band while at the baseball game. Or while you’re out on the town, stun her with dazzling diamond earrings. True love stories never have endings, show your endless love this summer. Oohs and awes in every box, guaranteed! Visit us at BachmanJewelers.com.
BayView Bar and Grill
BayView Bar and Grill, on the south end of the beautiful Mille Lacs Lake has been a year round destination for tourists, Lake Home and cabin owners, fishermen and hunters a like for over a century. We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week in a casual and fun environment. Come and enjoy drinks, dining and spectacular sunsets on our spacious deck, entertainment every weekend and meat raffles at 6 on Saturdays. We enjoy getting to know our customers. Join us this summer and visit online BayviewBarandGrill.net. And “like” us on Facebook for information on specials and events.
Camp North Crest
Want to be sure your kids are having a summer they’ll never forget? Sign them up for Camp North Crest! Camp North Crest is both Educational and Recreational! Your kids will build muscle, brain cells and character with our nationally licensed curriculum. Camp North Crest offers daily athletic and academic activities all based on themes that develop character while kids are participating in fun! Camp North Crest is an all day, all week program that allows you daily flexibility and offers more field trips than any other program available. Register today at northcrestgym.com or call 251-3416!
The Good Earth Food Coop
Every Friday this summer, you’re invited to a cookout at The Good Earth Food Coop, your local natural food market! They’ll serve up burgers made from local meat, and local food including vegan and vegetarian options, from 11:30am-2:00pm. On July 5th, celebrate International Day of the Coop! Live music, a bouncy house, dunk tank, prizes, and cookout. Every Wednesday, The Good Earth Food Coop will be at Summertime by George! Check out their store deli featuring fresh, small-batch soups; weekday entrees; and a brunch buffet on Saturdays and Sundays. The Good Earth Food Coop — Veterans Drive, Saint Cloud.
The Good Life Bar and Café @ Liberty Beach
Looking for a unique dining experience or weekend getaway? The Good Life Bar and Café @ Liberty Beach and Hunter Winfield’s Resort in Isle is just the answer. Treat yourself to Lake Mille Lacs newest bar and restaurant offering lake side dining, Isle, the southern end of the lake. The Good Life features all fresh ingredients and unique menu items like parmesan crusted shrimp and homemade jalapeno poppers for an unsurpassed dining experience. Patio, horseshoes and volleyball coming soon. Stay with us at Hunter Winfield’s Resort offering rustic log cabins, launch boats, rental boats and guide service.
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar St. Cloud is proud to unveil their new Expanded Outdoor Patio, including a new Bon Fire Seating area. Enjoy live music on the Patio every Wednesday and Thursday evening from 8 to 11 all summer! Sample the Green Mill’s new Summer Menu, enjoy appetizers with friends, and find out what’s in our Skip n’ go Ciders, and what’s new on our Tap Lines! See who’s playing all summer by clicking here! Can’t wait to see you at the Mill! Summer….Patio!
Hemker Park and Zoo
Before the summer ends make sure to experience the Hemker Park and Zoo. We’re located just off Interstate 94 near Freeport. But you’d think you were worlds away when you see the many species of exotic animals we have for you to enjoy. We’re a family-run business that gets you closer to the animals. We also feature mobile programs where we can bring animals to your school, business, church or municipal event. And mark your calendar for our annual Fall Zoo Fest event on September 6th. You’ll get discounted admission that day and more fun! Hemkerzoo.com.
Holiday Inn Elk River & Wild Woods Water Park
Rainy Day? Humid Day? ANY DAY! The 30,000 square foot Wild Woods Water Park at the Holiday Inn Elk River features four-story tube and body slides…a lazy river…activity pool…large hot tub…and Buddy’s Playland zero-depth pool. It’s fun for all ages!
Book your Summer Getaway Adventure! All stays at the Holiday Inn Elk River include Wild Woods Water Park passes! Our “Shop and Stay Package” includes a $25 gift card for the Albertville Premium Outlets or Cabela’s! The “Family Fun Package” includes pizza, soda and arcade tokens! Book now or call 763-656-4400!
Minnesota Wine Country Tours
Small group travel at its finest- We come to you so you don’t have to come to us! Minnesota Wine Country Tours features experienced, knowledgeable guides who provide you with a safe, enjoyable and most of all FUN day sampling wines and touring some of Minnesota’s most beautiful wineries. We offer easy booking, reasonable prices and small group tours of 4 to 6 people that interact with you on a personal level. Whether you’re an individual traveler, couple, or group of six, call us today and let Minnesota Wine Country Tours help you explore the burgeoning wine industry that is making Minnesota one of the fastest growing wine producing states in the nation.
Oak Hill Golf Club
The best golf value AND one of the finest golf experiences can by found a short drive away at Oak Hill Golf Club. It starts with a course nestled among mature trees and greens that are true. Oak Hill Golf Club in Rice is meticulously manicured all season long and at $38 (tax included) for 18 holes with a cart any day, it’s a great value. Finish it off with a stop in the club house for a burger basket or something else from their new kitchen. Wash it down with a beer or a drink from their full bar. Book your tee time at Oak Hill Golf Club.
River City Extreme
River City Extreme is Monticello’s premier entertainment venue you must visit this summer. Enjoy live music, bowling, laser tag, our HUGE arcade, patio bonfires, volleyball, bean bags, great food, drinks and more! Click here for the latest information on bands, free kids summer bowling, events and specials.
Summer Events include Golf/Bowling Outing (June 21), Amateur Bowling Tour (June 8), Ying Yang Twins (June 28), Project Pat (July 25) and Diamondback (Sept. 19). Visit us at Monticello RiverFest (July 10-13) and Lions Brewfest (August 16).
St. Cloud Skatin’ Place
When cousin Rick comes over this summer and you’re bored stiff, lace up your skates and join the fun at St. Cloud Skatin’ Place! With great music, an awesome laser tag course, fabulous skating and the best birthday parties around, time will fly at the Skatin’ place! NEW this summer, purchase a summer pass for only $30 and get into ANY of our open skate times for FREE! Get out of the sun and enjoy the rink at St. Cloud Skatin’ Place!.
Starlite Drive-In Theater
Ready for a fun date night or family night out? The Starlite Drive-In Theater is just a half mile northwest of Litchfield at Highways 22 and 12! Enjoy current blockbuster films. The first feature starts at dusk – followed by a second movie! Watch BOTH for one low price! For showtimes and more information, go to http://www.starlitemovies.com. The Starlite Drive-In also has mini golf and an arcade! Enjoy the show like nowhere else in central Minnesota!
Ultimate Sports Bar and Grill
You want to go out tonight or this weekend, but you don’t want to be cooped up inside during Minnesota’s short summer season. So your solution is the fabulous NEW DECK at the Ultimate Sports Bar and Grill in Waite Park! The Ultimate’s new 1300 square foot deck is unlike any other in the area! There’s four wall-mounted TVs to catch your favorite sports action outside while enjoying the great summer weather. The Ultimate is Central Minnesota’s TRUE sports-lovers paradise…but now their massive deck makes it THE PLACE to be for just about anybody this summer! Visit us at UltimateSportsBarGrill.com.
Woods Farmer Seed and Nursery
Your best summer ever starts with your best lawn ever! Let the experts at Woods Farmer Seed and Nursery help you with your planting, fertilizing, and landscaping needs. Serving Central Minnesota since the 1950’s, their great flowers, plants, lawn decorations, and more come with advice for every situation. Maybe it’s a question of planting in shade or direct sunlight, Tom and Ellen Woods and their staff will make sure all your questions are answered. Listen to Tom Woods every other Saturday on AM 1240 WJON for the Woods’ Garden Show. Seeds – A Promise of New Life.