Laid-Back Family Lake Resorts
Detroit Lakes area: What to do
Itasca State Park Most people come to walk the Mississippi headwaters in Minnesota's oldest state park (pictured at left), but the forest's massive pines, sparkling Lake Itasca and miles of hiking trails and paved bike trails might steal the show. (218) 699-7251; dnr.state.mn.us
Summerhill Farm Seven miles north of Park Rapids on the way to Itasca State Park, Summerhill Farm features several clothing and gift shops in old farm buildings connected by brick paths and white fences on a hillside. The Sun Porch restaurant features lunches. A big fall sale brings hundreds of carloads of shoppers. (218) 732-3865; summerhill-farm.com
The Trading Post This home of Park Rapids' famous cigar-store warrior has been selling loon whistles, shot glasses and other tourist souvenirs on Main Street since the 1920s. (218) 732-4509
For more information on the region, contact the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau (800) 542-3992, visitdetroitlakes.com, and the Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce (800) 247-0054, parkrapids.com.