Enjoy a pumpkin patch & apple orchards in Grand Rapids, MN this fall. The Cowhorn Crosing Pumpkin Patch & Farm is officially open for the season. They are open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. This family-owned hobby farm puts on a great kid friendly experience that all ages will enjoy. Take a hayride through the field and the forest. Let the kids run off some energy through the corn maze. Costumed farm helpers will assist with the petting farm where you can pet the horses, donkey, rabbits and more. Then when the kids have played their hearts out, have them pick out a pumpkin that you can carve into a jackolantern for Halloween festivities. The Farm is open special hours over MEA weekend. Check them out on FACEBOOK.
Another fun outdoor family friendly activity is picking apples at the apple orchards in Grand Rapids, MN. Lavalier’s Berry Patch and Apple Orchard is family owned and operated. In the summer they have sweet strawberries and blueberries, and in the fall they have apples, pumpkins, gourds and squash. Some years they even have brussels sprouts that you can cut right off the stalk from their garden. If you don’t feel like picking apples, they also offer pre-picked. Both are by the pound.
TimberSweet is also a family-owned and operated apple orchard that offers blueberries in the summer, apples in the fall, and award winning maple syrup year round. The Fideldy family prides themselves on harvesting the best produce and maple syrup. At their farm site they offer pick your own and pre-picked, and maple syrup. You can also find them at the Grand Rapids MN Farmers Market selling blueberries, apples, and maple syrup.
Both berry patches and farms are perfect to let the kids participate in harvesting MN grown produce, and then going home and cooking or baking with them. The experience is a wonderful educational and bonding memory. You could even start a new fall tradition.
FUN PLACES TO EAT & DRINK
While in town for the pumpkin patch & apple orchards in Grand Rapids, MN, you will want to check out the fun places to Eat & Drink. Grand Rapids is home to two craft breweries, a Minnesota wine bar, a tap house, and locally owned restaurants that make their menu from scratch and with locally grown produce, meat and eggs. Brewed Awakening and NoPo are both great places to start the day off right with locally sourced coffee, baked goods, and made from scratch recipes. For lunch you will want to check out Unwined Up North and Rapids Brewing Co; both offer made from scratch and locally sourced products. Unwined is the MN wine bar that also sells MN craft beer. Rapids Brewing is one of two craft breweries in town that has a log fired oven that they create pizza, a smash burger and other made from scratch recipes. For dinner we suggest Timberlake Restaurant, Pickled Loon Saloon on Pokegama and Forest Lake Restaurant. All three of these restaurants offer a full menu from burgers, salads, pasta to steak and seafood specialties. For a full list for Places to Eat & Drink in Grand Rapids, click HERE.
FIND COZY LODGING & OUTDOOR RECREATION
Don’t just come for the day, stay overnight. Grand Rapids, Minnesota is known as the outdoor recreation mecca of the north. Over 1,400 lakes, and over 2,000 miles of trails that are located on over 1 million publicly accessible forest acres. Come for the pumpkin patch & apple orchards, and stay for the cozy lodging and outdoor recreation!
You will find a wide variety of overnight lodging to choose from. There are in town Hotels and Motels that are conveniently located near in town trails, shops, and places to eat & drink. Then you will find a charming B&B located on Pokegama Lake, and close the the golf course and in town trails. There are in town Air B&B’s that are located above or near the downtown business district. These are close to the downtown restaurants, shops, public art and historic sites. And there are Minnesota Resorts and Lakeside Vacation Rentals that are all located on beautiful northern Minnesota lakes. Find Grand Rapids Lodging HERE.
Grand Rapids is surrounded by the Chippewa Nation Forest, UPM Blandin Forest and the George Washington State Forest just to the north of Grand Rapids. Over 2,000 miles of trails to ATV, hike, bike, and hunt. There are over 300 miles of ATV Trails with the closest one being only nine miles south of Grand Rapids (UPM Blandin ATV Trail). There are over 1,000 Hiking Trails, our favorites are in town (Legion Trail) and (Suomi Hills Trail) located just 30 minutes north of Grand Rapids. There is lots of Hunting Land, just make sure that you look up the hunting regulations and requirements for the land you are seeking to hunt on. Resources to check with are the Chippewa National Forest, Itasca County, and MN DNR. For biking we suggest the Mesabi Trail a 80+ miles paved trail, and Tioga Recreation Area for mountain biking. Tioga is a 25 mile, single track trail that has a skills course (Pathfinder Playground) and multi-level trails for the entire family. Explore all of the Outdoor Recreation you can enjoy around the Grand Rapids, MN area HERE.,