Head north to northern Minnesota for Spring Fun! Even though this past winter was fairly mild in comparison to previous winters, we know that everyone is feeling a little cabin fever because of COVID-19. So, we have created our Top 5 list for Spring Fun In Grand Rapids, located up northern Minnesota. Head north where you can relax and reconnect safely.
Spring Relaxation Getaway
1. Cozy & Safe Lodging
Up north Minnesota makes for a great place to get away in the spring for rest and relaxation. Grand Rapids, Minnesota makes for a perfect spring destination where you can watch the forests come alive. The abundance of public accessible forest land – over 1 million acres, makes for many trails to seek solitude and recharge your soul. You will find a wide variety of lodging properties to suit your needs. From conveniently located hotels, economical motels, charming bed and breakfast, vacation home rentals, lake home rentals and Minnesota resorts. Discover a new place to stay up north in Grand Rapids: STAY.
2. Nightlife in Grand Rapids
“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! There is two craft breweries in Grand Rapids. Klockow Brewing Company is Grand Rapids’ first brewhouse and taproom! Rapids Brewing Company opened in the summer of 2019 located in the renovated Rialto Theater in downtown. Both breweries showcase live music every week. Unwined Up North is the new Minnesota wine bar that serves small plates and flatbread, and hosts weekly events. For additional nigh life check out the Reif Performing Arts Center that showcases over 50 professional performances a year.
3. Biking & Hiking in Grand Rapids
“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: the newly built Tioga Recreation Area, and Legion 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 and Suomi Hills. Watch signage to see if any trails close due to weather conditions. For paved bicycling we suggest the Mesabi Trail that is over 90 miles of paved trail from Grand Rapids to Ely, Minnesota.
4. You Will Find 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.
5. Experience The Forest From Four Wheels
“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, 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. Download the Itasca County ATV Map.
BONUS: Live performances are back at The Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids this spring! We are excited to announce that there are limited seats available to view an in-person performances this spring. With COVID-19 guidelines opening up, the Reif Center is able to host in-person performances again. To view performances, dates and details view The Reif Center page.