Lake Nokomis stretches for more than 2,000 acres, surrounded by dense evergreen forests. It's just steps from Lakewood Resort's cluster of quaint cottages: sandy paths wind from the lakefront to the cottages, some of which rest right off the water's edge and ATV trails wind through the wild. Other cottages are tucked further back into the wooded scenery, but they all look out to Lake Nokomis.
The resort's access to Lake Nokomis makes it a nice base camp for a fishing trip. The waters are full of walleye and bass, and there's a place to clean up your catch on-site. Come nightfall, you can gather around a communal fire pit to roast marshmallows or burn embarrassing teenage journal entries.
Wood-paneled walls and others are decorated with woodsy furnishings, and the setup is simple and unfussy. Some of the cottages can comfortably sleep up to eight people, and you can cook up a freshly caught walleye in the full kitchen area. Right outside select cottages, there's a grill and picnic table for an evening cookout.
Be sure to bring along plenty of bed linens, towels, and toiletries, as the cottages are not equipped with these items.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a polished, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket, a family heirloom, or the wishbone from grandma's first Thanksgiving.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond prints, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution MyImages CDs, gallery wraps, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.
Papa Murphy's was born out of the owner's frustration with bad pizza from chains, which often tasted as if every ingredient was canned or frozen. Deciding to change the industry, Papa Murphy's tosses every ingredient, all of which are never frozen, onto the crust in front of the customer's eyes and sends them home to bake in a home oven. This dedication to fresh flavor earned Papa Murphy's the top spot on Zagat's National Chain survey.
Visitors can create their own take on the pizza pie or chomp into one of his signature pizzas, which range from meat-filled stuffed crust to calorie-conscious lite varieties covered in vegetables. His appetizers and desserts follow the same pattern. Customers order raw cookie dough or cheesy bread ripe for the baking, resulting in every course being fresh from the oven.
Breakfast served all day long. A row of regulars teasing the waitress in between sips of coffee. And a humble name. Dinky Diner is a true slice of Americana. Owner Mike Edlund was the first customer when the diner opened in 2005, and he jumped at the chance to take the helm in 2012. Together, he and his staff continue to make the eatery a place that feels like home, for both travelers and locals alike, without giving them a list of chores when they walk through the door. Nestled in the corner of a minimart, the restaurant's seating is limited, yet everyone is welcome to eat in or carry out from a menu of archetypal dishes such as patty melts, country fried steaks, and biscuits and gravy.
Since 1928, Camp Menominee has been making summers fun and memorable for kids who visit the family-owned camp. Suited for boys of all ages, the camp strives to teach young men the importance of a good attitude, determination, and leadership through a wide variety of fun activities. Stays range from four days to eight weeks, giving young men just enough time to make lasting friendships or forget that school exists. A traditional camp with plenty of individual and team sports, Menominee has a focus on good sportsmanship and healthy competition while also practicing acceptance and positivity.
Yogen Fr?z has an interesting answer for yogurt shops that simply top their swirls with fruit?it mixes mango, bananas, watermelon, and kiwis right in with the yogurt. These colorful, fresh creations boast low or no fat as well as a heaping helping of digestion-friendly probiotics. Of course, customers of the shop?which has more than 1,400 locations in more than 47 countries?can still opt for a traditionally topped cup of yogurt, as well as for smoothies or cups topped with fruit, granola, and yogurt, that have similar nutritional benefits.