Celebrate Mother’s Day at Leech Lake!
May 8, 2019
We’ve always thought that spring was the perfect time of year to celebrate Mother’s Day. The sight of fresh, green grass, budding flowers and trees, and the sound of songbirds all remind us that “Mother Nature” has woken from her Winter nap, not to mention that many critters & creatures become mothers around early spring. So, it only seems appropriate to celebrate the motherly figures in our own lives by spending some time in the beauty of nature with them! To help give you some ideas for planning the perfect Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Mother’s Day activities — and of course, they’re all great ways to enjoy the outdoors throughout the season!
Spend An Afternoon at Forestedge Winery
Located in Laporte, MN, just outside the Paul Bunyan National Forest , Forestedge Winery offers 16 different wines, all crafted using local berries and fruits — including the rhubarb grown on-site at the winery. You can take a tour of the winery to learn more about the production and bottling process, stroll through the winery gardens, or simply enjoy the fruits of their labors on the serene outdoor patio! Sample their award-winning black currant wine, their rhubarb – raspberry wine, or their white cranberry wine — you really can’t go wrong.
Plus, the winery’s proximity to the Paul Bunyan National Forest make it the perfect starting or ending point before a lovely afternoon hike through the woods. Note that the winery is open for business from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sundays, so plan your day accordingly!
Horseback Riding at the Pine River Riding Stable
Pine River Riding Stable offers private, guided horseback rides tailored to whatever kind of ride you’d prefer. So whether you and your group are novice riders looking for a new way to experience the great outdoors, or have some experience under your belt and want to feel the wind in your hair, the guides at Pine River Riding Stable will facilitate a horseback excursion that’s tailored just for you!
If you have a larger group, or are a little hesitant about riding horseback, the riding stable also offers hay rides and covered wagon rides. Both options include snacks and refreshments, including a brief stop at the bonfire to roast some s’mores during your ride! The stables are open year-round, seven days a week, and offer plenty of hourly options and specialty packages, so it’s a great option for any trip or day out!
Play a Round of Golf
For those motherly figures who enjoy some time on the links, the Leech Lake Area has no shortage of fantastic courses. From the Championship 18-hole course along the shore at LongBow Golf Club, to the gorgeous woodland setting of Tianna Country Club, a round of golf in the Leech Lake area promises a perfect blend of fantastic courses with spectacular views. Tianna Country Club features a full menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, and LongBow Golf Club has partnered with local lodging venues to offer stay & play packages.
These are just a few of the many great ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in the Leech Lake area. We hope our list gave you some ideas for planning your own Mother’s Day festivities, and you can always check out our Attractions page for even more fabulous options!