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Brainerd Lakes Area Summer Concerts: Martin Zellar, Killer Hayseeds and more!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Music - it soothes your soul! The Brainerd Lakes Area offers an amazing array of live music events this summer! For instance, Martin Zellar, of Gear Daddies fame, will drive his Zamboni into the Crosslake area Saturday, July 2, at Manhattan's of Manhattan Beach Lodge. Killer Hayseeds will perform as part of a free concert on Sunday, July 3, in Crosslake Town Square. Wayne Renn will headline the American Celebration Monday, July 4, at Adamson Field in Brainerd.

Throughout the summer, you will discover free community concerts in the Brainerd Lakes Area - the Pequot Lakes Bands in the Park, the Crosslake Outdoor Music Series, Crosby Music in the Park, and Brainerd's Gregory Park performances.

Many Brainerd Lakes Area businesses, such as restaurants, resorts and night clubs, also feature weekly live music.

Check out our calendar of events for information about these great summer concerts!


AdverTEES Sponsor June 27-July 3: Comfort Suites/Rapid River Lodge & Water Park

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Comfort Suites/Rapid River Lodge & Water Park, Baxter, is a favorite lodging destination of travelers visiting the beautiful Brainerd Lakes Area. We’re centrally located in the area close to great shopping, fabulous restaurants, and all the small specialty shops the area has to offer. Dad can enjoy some time at Mill’s Fleet Farm, which we affectionately call the men’s mall or Gander Mountain while Mom can get absorbed in the beautiful Christmas Point Wild Rice Co. just down the street from us. Prairie Bay Grill and Catering, located right next door is distinctive in providing our guests with the best dining experience in the Lakes Area by preparing the highest quality, freshest ingredients and offering exceptional service. Once you try them I’m sure you’ll agree they are one of the Midwest’s absolute finest restaurants.

But the biggest reason people visit us is for the exciting Rapid River Indoor Water Park that’s located right inside our hotel. You’ll enjoy quality family time that is all too hard to come by in these times. We have the 240-foot body slide and a 250-foot tube slide that comes out to a Lazy River that floats you effortlessly up and down water channels that even include a rapids area and a waterfall. Don’t think for a second that kids can be too young for the Water Park. One entire half of the park is dedicated to younger children. We feature a zero depth entry on the kids end and it’s only 18 inches at the deepest. It features smaller slides and attractions that younger children are absolutely fascinated with. They’ll have a ball spraying Mom and Dad with the water hoses!! The edges of the kid’s end are very close for parents that like to keep close watch. There’s no age that is too young to enjoy our water park.

You’ll get a peaceful night’s sleep in our Serta Perfect Sleepers and all the furniture is locally made by craftsman from the Brainerd area. You really don’t need to look any further for a great Up North family vacation, we’ve got it all. Visit us on the web at or call us direct at 877-543-8938 to book the beginnings of a family memory you will cherish for a lifetime.

Comfort Suites/Rapid River Lodge and Water Park also is the AdverTEES Sponsor July 25-31.

Comfort Suites/Rapid River Lodge and Water Park
7376 Woida Road
Baxter, MN


Perfect sunshine-filled day to talk about hitting the lakes

Friday, June 24, 2011

Brainerd Lakes Area and lakes fun, it's a combination that can't be beaten. Today is a great day to talk about the many opportunities there exist in the Brainerd Lakes Area to enjoy time on the water! Options abound - you can fish, boat, swim, kayak, ski, and so much more! AAA Minnesota-Iowa Travel magazine in the May/June issue featured the Brainerd Lakes Area in a story, titled "Land O'Lakes: When summer hits, so does lake fever. Brainerd, harboring over 400 of Minnesota's waterways, offers the cure." The story featured four standouts in the Brainerd Lakes Area: Fishing on Mille Lacs Lake, all-around family fun on Gull Lake, boating on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, and beaching it on Pelican Lake! Will you pick one of these activities to enjoy life on the water this weekend?


AdverTEES Sponsor June 20-26: Cragun's Resort and Legacy Golf Courses

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cragun’s Resort: From lodging to recreation, fine food to fabulous four-season fun – it’s all here. At Cragun’s, we pride ourselves on being large enough to offer a memorable choice of recreational packages, yet small enough to make you feel right at home. What’s your pleasure? Discover golf on 54 world-class holes at the Legacy Courses. Swim in our indoor and outdoor pools. Get a relaxing massage in the new Gull Lake Spa. Play tennis or basketball in our Sports Centre. Take a guided fishing trip or rent a boat at our full-service Marina. In winter, enjoy snowmobiling or cross-country skiing on miles of groomed trails. More than 1,200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails begin right at our doorstep, including the famous Gull Lake Lighted Trail and nearby Paul Bunyan Trail. Rent an ice fishing house or take a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Cragun’s SnowMo Center offers complete rentals of snowmobiles, cross-country skis, gear and clothing.

All this fun is housed amid a wide range of accommodations in varying style and cost. More than 200 lakeside units and cabins include luxury rooms with private balconies, microwaves, fireplaces, wet bars and more. There also are lakeside cabins and whirlpool suites. Many excellent dining choices include the beautiful Northwoods Lodge Dining Room in the Main Lodge overlooking Gull Lake, the lakeside Hungry Gull Restaurant set in a lovely, rustic 1926 timber lodge, the Legacy Bar & Grille in the clubhouse overlooking the golf course, Poolside Snack Bar and Cragun’s famous Welcome Receptions and Poolside Buffet.

Cragun’s commitment to quality and service has been recognized many times. More recently, the resort has been honored as a “Top Ten Resort” by Midwest Living, a “Family Favorite Resort” by MN Parent and as MN Innkeepers of the Year, “Property of the Year” from MN Innkeepers and “Best Golf Resort” by MN Meetings & Events.

Cragun's Resort and Legacy Golf Courses
11000 Cragun’s Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
(218) 825-2700 or (800) 272-4867



AdverTEES Sponsor June 13-19: Super 8 in Baxter

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The award-winning, newly renovated Super 8 Motel in Brainerd/Baxter, Minn., has a large
complimentary breakfast with make your own Belgian waffles, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt,
cereal, fresh rolls, juice and much more.

Discover free wireless, high-speed Internet throughout the property as well as microwaves/refrigerators, coffee pots, hair dryers and 32-inch flat screen televisions in all rooms.

Find large truck, camper and boat parking area and electric outlets to plug in vehicles on site. Guests may use downstairs meeting room for up to 35 individuals.

Pets are allowed free of charge. Please inquire for details.

Our clean, quiet and super friendly atmosphere set us apart from our competition.

Conveniently located in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Many restaurants and shopping options nearby. Super 8 is less than five miles from the Paul Bunyan State Trail, Brainerd International Raceway, Whipple Beach and many other attractions.

Note: Super 8 also is the AdverTEES Sponsor July 11-17.

Super 8 Motel Brainerd/Baxter MN
14341 Edgewood Drive (Highway 371 North)
Baxter, MN 56425
(2128) 828-4288 or (800)-800-8000



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