This Spring Be Inspired By The Locals
Let the locals inspire you to head north this Spring to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. We enjoy to be out and about in the Spring because our winter’s can get a little long. We enjoy being on the lakes, trails, and foraging in the forests for wild edibles. We enjoy taking in live music at the local pubs and breweries. Here are the favorites of local Grand Rapids residents
Our Nights Feel Like They Can Last Forever
“This community has a rich art and culture history. There is a lot of art and theater to enjoy,” shares Sharon Marty. Do you know that we have a world class performance center in Grand Rapids? Locals love The Reif Center because they brings Broadway style performances to northern Minnesota. This state of the art facility went through a multi-million dollar renovation a couple of years ago. The minute you enter the main lobby you will feel right at home and welcomed. While you are waiting for your show to begin, sit back and enjoy the Minnesota artists on the walls, grab a refreshment, and relax in one of the cozy seats. With two stages, you will have the opportunity to take in large Broadway productions in the Wilcox Theater to small intimate concerts I the Ives Theater.
Enjoy Craft Brew & Live Music
“We moved back to my home town to be close to family, and saw an opportunity to create a place where people can be entertained and enjoy good beer,” shares Tasha Klockow. Minnesotans love a good beer, and so do the local Grand Rapids residents. Klockow Brewing Company is Grand Rapids’ first brewhouse and taproom! Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Andy and Tasha Klockow, they provide great local beer, live music on the weekends, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the whole community. Coming this summer to downtown Grand Rapids is the Rapids Brewing Company. They have are currently renovating the old Rialto Theater. They will offer wood fire pizza, their own brew as well as other spirits. They will also offer live music on their stage.
Bicycle the Mesabi Trail
“Grand Rapids has a wonderful paved bike trail called the Mesabi Trail. It is great for all ages to get out into nature,” shares Catherine McLynn. Locals enjoy riding their bicycles on The Mesabi Trail because it is a premier bicycle trail winding through some of the most scenic parts of North East Minnesota. Currently over 135 miles of trail offers convenient accessibility at numerous entry points. The trails starts in Grand Rapids and continues to the Iron Range. Partially built on old railroad beds, old logging and mining roads, you will find a 10 foot wide bituminous surface (asphalt paving). Many campgrounds and local parks are easily accessible from the trail, highways, and nearby communities. Food, lodging, shopping, golfing, swimming, canoeing and fishing are all in close proximity to segments of the trail, with communities and services available near all entry points. Check out the Bike Share program that is available to borrow a bicycle from Get Fit Itasca.
Hike & Bike The Forests
“I like that I can step outside of my door and access trails and ride,” shares Dr. Phil Imholte, GRIMBA member. The local Grand Rapids and Itasca Mountain Bike Association have created several trails to ride mountain bike and fat tire bike. A couple locations to consider to ride in the spring are: Legion Trail, Mt Itasca, Joyce Estates and Suomi Trail. Hiking in the Chippewa National Forest is a favorite past time of locals. Being outside in the spring is wonderful to smell fresh grass, see the wildlife come to life, and take in the sunshine through the trees. Places to consider to hike are: Simpson Creek, Trout Lake Trail and and the North Country Trail. Watch signage to see if any trails close due to weather conditions. Coming soon is the Tioga Recreation Area in Cohasset, Minnesota (just west of Grand Rapids by 5 minutes). They currenlty have 5 miles of trail created, but they are still in construction of a total of 25 total miles. The goal is to have Tioga Recreation Area open by Spring of 2020.
We Serve More Than Hotdish
“I like the fact that when we come in the door, people know us by name, and we can go to a place like Brewed Awakenings to get good food and exposure to wide diverse audience and culture,” shares Tasha Connelly, Grand Rapids City Counselor. We know the stereotype that is out there about people up north only eat hotdish. We do love our hotdish, but we enjoy a charbroiled steak, fresh suishi, and Italian pasta. Our Grand Rapids restaurants range widely from rustic and charming to chef inspired dining. Each restaurant offers a local favorite like popovers, wild rive soup, and prime rib. You can work up quite the appetite out on our trails, so be sure that our restaurants are ready to serve you a quality meal when you are ready. For more information check out our Dining web resource page.
Drive in the Woods
“When you get on our trails you can access a lot of other trail systems. You can just get on and go,” shares Al Lauer, Lawron Riders ATV Club member. The local ATV Clubs have worked to create designated wooded trails to ride. There is over 300 miles in the Grand Rapids/Itasca County area to drive your All Terrain Vehicle on. There is something special about riding through the woods on an ATV. The advantage of being on an ATV is you can cover more ground than you can on foot. Our ATV trails are special because they are a good mix of wooded trails through hardwood and pine forests, on top of old railroad grade, and around beautiful lakes and bog areas. Our ATV Trails connect to state ATV trails so you can ride from Grand Rapids, south, east, west and north for hundreds of miles.