Give Your Clients An Up North Executive Getaway
Trapper’s Landing Lodge
If out-of-town clients have never experienced an authentic Minnesota fishing weekend, take them to Trapper’s Landing, just three and a half hours north of the Twin Cities. The lodge is situated on 1,600 feet of Leech Lake shoreline—the third-largest lake in the state, renowned for its plentiful supply of walleye, monster muskie, feisty northern pike, largemouth bass, among other fish. Depending on your personal rustic index, check into the classic Merit cabins near the marina, or a newer townhome on the water. Begin the day in the Beachfire Grille with a bloody mary and a snit from Leech Lake Brewing, and a platter of shore lunch Benedict (walleye cakes topped with poached eggs and wild rice hollandaise). Whether you bring your own boat or rent one from the lodge’s private marina, bring along a local guide to help you navigate the lake’s complex fishing terrain. After dusk, return to the dining room for another round of walleye, a pint of Leech Loch Monster Scottish ale, and a game of pool, or head into nearby Walker for dinner at local favorite Lucky Moose Bar & Grill.
Trapper’s Landing Lodge, Walker, 866-665-3324, trapperslandinglodge.com
Lost Lake Lodge
If your team could benefit from some fresh thinking and a change of scenery, reserve the entire Lost Lake Lodge Resort for a rewarding executive retreat. An easy two-and-a-half-hour drive from the Twin Cities, Lost Lake Lodge is situated on 80 private acres on Lost Lake and Gull Lake Narrows, about a half-hour north of the majesty that is Brainerd. Established in 1946 as a restaurant, the lodge now offers cabin accommodations for up to 40 people, meeting and breakout spaces, and Wi-Fi throughout the property. After a morning of ideation and vigorous outdoor team-building, spend the afternoon paddle boarding, biking, golfing, fishing, or exploring the Gull Lake Chain via pontoon. Reward your team’s efforts with a sumptuous city-style dinner (such as bison short ribs with roasted sweet corn risotto, accompanied by a wine from the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list) and a hall pass to sleep late the next day.
Lost Lake Lodge, Lake Shore, 218-963-2681, lostlake.com
The Lodge at Giant's Ridge
To give your clients a true sense of Minnesota zeitgeist, invite them up to the Iron Range. As you arrive in Hibbing, about three and a half hours north of the Twin Cities, you’ll pass the world’s largest open-pit iron mine on the outskirts of town and recall some of the town’s most famous residents, including winemaker Robert Mondavi and Bob Dylan. Continue northeast, making a quick stop at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, and end your journey at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik, the Ojibwe word for “iron” or “valuable.” After checking in to the Lodge at Giant’s Ridge, flip a coin to decide whether to start at the Legend, named one of the Best Public Courses in Minnesota by Golf Magazine, or the Quarry, number 12 on Golf Digest’s Top 50 Most Fun Public Courses in America. Afterward, relax with a beer in the Sticks lounge, followed by a satisfying steak dinner in the Lodge Grille.
The Lodge at Giant's Ridge, Biwabik, 218-865-7170, giantsridge.com
Breezy Point Lodge
If your clients have a taste for glamour, indulge them with a stay at the legendary Breezy Point Lodge on Pelican Lake, just more than three hours from the Twin Cities. Established in the 1920s by millionaire publisher William Hamilton Fawcett, Breezy Point was akin to the Palm Springs of Minnesota, attracting Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Jack Dempsey, and other boldfaced names. To channel Fawcett’s charismatic spirit, bring a posse and take over Fawcett House, Captain Billy’s personal log mansion with 11 bedrooms and nine bathrooms. After breakfast overlooking Breezy Bay, take your pick of three golf courses, including Deacon’s Lodge, the par 72 championship course designed by Arnold Palmer and named after his father, nicknamed Deacon. Take a ride on the Breezy Bell, a vintage paddlewheel boat, and enjoy a decadent, Roaring ’20s-style dinner followed by Chris Olson’s Memories of Elvis show on the deck at the Dockside Lounge.
Breezy Point Lodge, Breezy Point, 800-432-3777, breezypointresort.com