Two-Day Getaway to Detroit Lakes | Midwest Living

Two-Day Getaway to Detroit Lakes

About 200 miles northwest of Minneapolis, Detroit Lakes resorts make for throwback-style escapes.
Fair Hills Resort
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The Fireside Restaurant
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Hopperstad Stave Church replica at The Hjemkomst Center
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Day 1

Fair Hills Resort doubles as a family summer camp, complete with ice cream socials, a pirate cruise and sandcastle contest (from $789 per adult and $292 per child, per week).

Should you venture into town, Detroit Lakes shops worth stopping at include The Nines for women’s clothing and jewelry and The Red Willow for kitchenware and home decor.

La Barista in the Washington Square Mall serves a rotating menu of home-style soups and salads that pair well with its wine selection.

About 100 vendors gather on summer Sundays at Shady Hollow Flea Market to sell art, pottery and collectibles on this grassy field 5 miles south of town.

For dinner on the town, sample stellar sirloin, filet, ribeye and cheesecake at The Fireside Restaurant, where an open wall lets in breezes.

Day 2

More than 250 bird and 50 mammal species call the 43,000-acre Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge home.

Beach bar Zorbaz cooks up create-your-own pizzas by the lake.

A mile of sugar-fine sand along Detroit Lakes City Beach draws swimmers.

Serious Italian food in a 1970s Mafia movie-style setting awaits at Speak Easy; try the Bonnie and Clyde prime rib special.

More information: (800) 542-3992;

Day trip

A replica Viking ship and Norwegian stave church impress visitors to The Hjemkomst Center, which preserves and celebrates the history of Norse immigrants in Moorhead, 45 miles west of Detroit Lakes.

With a glassed-in dining room and extensive patio seating, the 1936 stone Usher’s House restaurant makes for one of the most scenic places to dine; the made-from-scratch items on the menu change seasonally.

The Rourke Art Museum houses Pop Art by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

For those with scientific leanings, The Planetarium at Minnesota State University Moorhead evokes awe with its multimedia tour of the planets.

Sarellos Restaurant and Wine Lounge serves Chilean sea bass, lobster ravioli and Dakota bison sirloin in a modern cafe setting.

More information: (800) 235-7654;


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