Cuisine Type: American comfort food
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Bison burger
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
It's hard to find a restaurant more worthy of the term "farm-to-table" than Eichten's Market & Cafe. The earliest version of the eatery—a cheese market and deli—opened in the late '80s to provide customers with direct access to the products produced on the Eichten family farm.
Originally dairy farmers, Joe and Mary Eichten expanded their operation in the mid 1970s, when word spread that The University of Minnesota was looking for local farmers to create European-style cheese. The Eichtens answered the call and whipped up their first wheel of Dutch gouda cheese, which still sits in a display on the family farm when it isn't busy doing its chores. Today, the farm churns out approximately 15 varieties of gouda, plus 12 varieties of gouda spreads, and Mary’s own tilsit cheese.
In the late '80s, the couple added healthy, low-fat bison to their product line, and in the early 2000s, after realizing the big demand for specialty food products, they remodeled their store and opened a full restaurant. There, guests can pair wine and beer with Eichten Farms' gourmet cheese boards, gouda fondue, and a number of fresh, bison entrees, including bison chili and burgers.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Tucked in the cool shadows of old, forest oak trees, St. Croix Valley Golf Course's nine-hole layout invites golfers to swing across 133 acres of rolling topography. Originally sculpted into the woods in 1925, the 3,060-yard course eschews sand traps and favors natural obstacles including ponds, trees, elevation changes, and indigenous photographers who snap their shutters during players' backswings. The golf experts that preside over the pro shop can sharpen swings with lessons, ensure trustworthy equipment with club regripping services, and offer rental clubs so players don't have to hit with the oversized gavel normally used to settle remote control disputes at home.
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Car-X Auto Service works wagons into shape with an array of alleviating automotive services. The trained lubricant sommeliers will pour your car a refreshing 5-quart glass of oil while rim rejuvenators revolve your ride's rubbers with a tire rotation. Heroic windshield wipers are retired from service and replaced with fresh recruits, and the vehicle's road trip longevity is ensured with a 30-point courtesy inspection.
Gander Mountain Academy updates its lessons in gun safety, handling, and marksmanship with virtual shooting technology that was once only available to military and law-enforcement agencies. The ladies-only basic fundamentals class gives women a foundation in the mechanics of handguns and how to use them safely. Students start by winnowing down the right type of gun for their needs, be they self-defense, hunting, or reclaiming the garage from infestations of gremlins. Next, instructors with callused trigger fingers explain the safety rules of handguns, compare ammunition options, and demonstrate proper grip, stance, and trigger control.
The Dead End Hayride rumbles into the dark, eerie expanses of Pinehaven Farm on a trail that seems to lead nowhere. In the middle of the woods, guests are evicted from the wagon and must rely on their own feet, wits, and ouija compasses to make it back safely. Wandering the Departed Oaks Trail, which outcast creatures and spirits call home, hikers confront the Site 66 cornfield, where a 28-foot tower casts an ominous shadow over the surrounding expanse. Screams and explosions set the stage as lost souls fight their way through the winding paths and fend off creatures more terrifying than a killer whale jumping out of a hall closet. DJs and bonfires await survivors each night.