Take off to the Great White North

Schools are almost out for the summer and the official first day of summer is just around the corner. You are probably thinking about places to go with family and friends. Think beyond your typical trip with your family and friends to states where tourism is popular like in Florida, California, and big cities like Chicago and New York, for that matter. Head on up to the land of 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, instead, where there are many family owned and operated resorts.

Most people think of a resort where you can go stay in a cabin or a cottage and still access the internet and watch TV. However, one resort that is unique in comparison to many other resorts out there is the newly owned and operated “Britton’s Resort,” formerly known as Mayen’s Northvue Resort on Trout Lake in Bovey, Minnesota.

In August, for every year as long as I can remember, my family has gone to Trout Lake. We call it our “week to get away from reality,” take time to ourselves and relax in the wilderness. Face it: in this day and age most of us are all addicted to the Internet, social media, apps, and using our phones. If you truly wish to be disconnected from that reality, then Trout Lake is for you.

Britton’s Resort is located just 23 miles from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, which so happens to be the hometown of Judy Garland from the Wizard of Oz. Very cool to see the Museum, which actually was her house while growing up.

One of the luxuries we experienced as resort guests was getting to explore the rich history of a few of the cabins built in the 1890s. All eight cabins have very creative names and all have modern housekeeping units with fully stocked kitchens, hot and cold water, half baths and showers. The pristine lake has little development and its clear waters shine a beautiful sky-blue tint. Each cabin has a spectacular view of the waterfront with a beautiful natural sugar sand beach and a swimming area. Trout Lake is great for catching lake trout, walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and perch.

Britton’s Resort is the only resort that is in the midst of the Chippewa National Forest. It has boat access to Little Trout, Wabana, and Bluewater lakes. One of the day trips that you can take by foot and or boat is about three miles from the resort itself but on the shores of the lake, the Joyce Estate. The Joyce Estate, actually has Chicago roots, as its founder David Joyce of Chicago built the estate in the 1920s and was operated until one of the Joyce family members passed away. The Forest Service maintains the estate as a historical place. Now go make your reservation for Britton’s Trout Lake Resort!

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