Boasting a Gold Standard certification from the American Sailing Association, Northern Breezes Sailing School welcomes tender-footed sailors aboard a fleet of US Coast Guard?inspected boats for safe, exciting lessons. With a host of courses for beginners, intermediates, and advanced dread pirates, Northern Breezes acclimates students of all levels with both the practical and nuanced aspects of the art of wind harnessing.
Helmed by ASA instructor-evaluator Captain Thom Burns, the school has awarded more than 5,000 ASA certifications since its inception. Northern Breezes also offers camps for adventurous whippersnappers as well as boat charters and onshore courses on how to read the wind rippling across the water.
Tucked away on a private, 150-acre preserve, Cove Point Lodge cocoons guests in an environment of luxurious amenities and natural attractions, providing couples an ideal destination for serene sleepovers and romantic getaways. Retreat with your sweetheart to one of the lodge's rustic rooms, some of which come with a jetted tub or fireplace (based upon availability) and all of which feature pine and hickory furniture and small refrigerators for boarding pet cheesecakes.
The seasoned anglers behind Red Lake Outdoors grew up fishing the same private, wild waters where they now take their clients. They've set out on small boats under the August sun, and navigated their way across ice-covered water in the middle of January. On a series of guided, hands-on fishing trips, they teach others how to do the same. The half- and full-day excursions explore every inch of the Red Lake region's 27 lakes and their miles of pristine, undeveloped shoreline?from hidden coves to calm, open waters, to that one spot where cousin Dan swore he saw a shark. In the winter, guides also demonstrate how to cut holes in the ice above prime fishing spots. Trips pit visitors against fish such as rainbow trout, bass, pike, and crappie, and include gear and lunch.
Tucked away in a grove of towering red and white pine trees, the Character Challenge Course pits teams of patrons against a series of obstacles, fostering confidence, teamwork, and communication skills. A collection of low-ropes activities challenges teams with trust falls, games, and role-playing exercises while remaining a short distance from the ground. High-ropes challenges, meanwhile, soar to heights of up to 35 feet, and include cloud-scraping ladders, wobbly bridges, and the Leap of Faith, in which patrons must scale a 25-foot pole and then leap to a trapeze bar five feet away before lowering themselves earthward. To further facilitate team unity, groups gather after completing each obstacle to discuss how the course's mental and physical trials can be applied to daily struggles in cooperating with others at work or while opening a pickle jar.