48 Hours in Walker Minn: Your Go-To Guide For a Trip This Fall

48 Hours in Walker Minn: Your Go-To Guide For a Trip This Fall

October 18, 2022


Family hiking through the woods

Fall is an excellent time to visit Walker, MN! The temperatures are cooler, the crowds are fewer, and there’s an endless amount of beautiful fall colors through mid-October. If you’re thinking about taking a weekend trip to our beautiful and conveniently located town, but you’re not sure what to do, look no further! We put together a helpful guide to navigate your weekend!

Friday night in Walker

If you’re planning a weekend trip, you’ll likely arrive Friday evening to get settled into your lodging of choice! Some favorite places to stay around the Walker community are premier lodging properties that surround the shores of Leech Lake that truly provide that up-north experience.

After getting settled into your room for the weekend, you might want to grab a bite to eat at one of our local favorite restaurants. Once dinner is done, if you don’t feel like heading back to your lodging quite yet, you can always check out Portage Brewing Company located in the heart of Walker, open until 9:00 PM!

Spend Saturday Exploring

Lucky for you, there’s an endless amount of things to do in Walker! It might even be a little overwhelming, so we picked a few things that our visitors love to do when they come to stay with us!

Head out to explore Walker

8:30/9:00: If you’re a breakfast person, then you won’t want to miss out on a delicious first meal from one of Walker’s best restaurants! Jimmy’s Family Restaurant, Outdoorsman Cafe, and Walker Bay Coffee Co. are all fan favorites and excellent spots to get some breakfast!

10:00: Head over to the Walker Farmer’s Market to grab some local produce, goods, and other crafts to enjoy and bring home from your trip!

11:30: Dress warm and take a walk around Walker City Park where you’ll find a beautiful view of Leech Lake and the infamous Walker Bay Lighthouse.

12:30/1:00: Head over to one of Walker’s convenient restaurants for a quick lunch before heading back out on your exploration journey!

2:00: Depending on your preferences, there are a variety of things you can do in Walker to spend an afternoon. If you love to explore nature, Heartland State Trail is a beautiful spot for a hike. Tianna Country Club is an excellent course to hit a round of golf. Maybe you want to take a drive through the countryside, soaking up the fall scenery, on your way to the Forestedge Winery!

4:00: For more exploration, but also some time to relax, you can take a mystical drive along the Fall Colors (mini) Road Trip to check out the alluring oranges, yellows, and reds of the turning trees. Don’t feel like driving? You can also take a boat tour along Leech Lake and still get an excellent view of the fall foliage – you can even get some fishing in, too!

6:00: Treat yourself to an elegant dinner at The Boulders (don’t forget to make a reservation) where you can enjoy delectable seafood, locally caught fish, steak, and other entreés! Looking for something a little bit more family-friendly? Bayside Bar & Grill and world-famous Benson’s Eating & Drinking Emporium are both great spots to grab some dinner

7:00: If you’re feeling a little restless after a delicious dinner, end your day in Walker at Northern Lights Casino for an exciting night of testing your luck on the slots, poker, or blackjack!

Sunday morning in Walker

Rise and shine for an enchanting Sunday morning in Walker! While you may not be able to spend the whole day with us, there’s still some fun to be had before your departure:

8:30/9:00: Time to get some breakfast to fuel you for your last day in Walker, MN! Maybe you found your favorite breakfast spot on Saturday or you’re looking to try something new!

10:00: Do some shopping! It might be time to take it easy after a fun-filled Saturday in Walker. It’s also a great way to buy local goods and search for a souvenir from your trip! Check out:

  • Christmas Point Wild Rice, co. 
  • Terra Reflections
  • Heritage Arts, Gifts & Antiques
  • Reed’s Sporting Goods
  • TJ’s Floral & Gifts

And more!

1:00: Grab some lunch before heading back home! Try out The Piggy BBQ Restaurant for some legendary cooking to end your exciting weekend in Walker, MN!

We hope this mock-itinerary helps guide you through a delightful mini-vacation to our beloved Walker, MN! Contact us to find out more about how to enjoy your time to the fullest when you visit our town. For more ideas, check out another one of our most recent blog posts made to guide our charming visitors this fall!

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