Hotel at a Glance: Manhattan Beach Lodge
Manhattan Beach Lodge has stood on the shores of Minnesota's Big Trout Lake since 1929. In its early days, the lodge catered to wealthy residents of the Twin Cities and Chicago who wanted to get away from the city. More than 80 years later, Manhattan Beach Lodge still feels like a rustic hideaway with handcrafted pine furniture, a stone fireplace in the lobby, and a picturesque setting in the Minnesota Northwoods.
- A room with a view: All of the lodge's rooms and suites face the lake and enjoy unobstructed views of the region's colorful sunsets.
- Free continental breakfast: is served daily.
- Winter and spring activities: Cross-country skiing, hiking, and biking along forested trails
- Fireside dining: Use your $10 dining credit toward Canadian walleye, braised duck, and cut-in-house steaks at Manhattan's.
- Why visit now: WinterFest, an annual festival in Crosslake with horse-drawn wagon rides, pond ice skating, and fireworks displays, goes from Thursday, January 30 to Friday, February 1.
Crosslake, Minnesota: Rural Northwoods Community Surrounded by Dozens of Lakes
Lakes practically outnumber people in Crosslake, a rural community about 60 miles southwest of Grand Rapids. The community overlooks dozens of small lakes, including the Whitefish Chain of Lakes. Comprised of 14 interconnected lakes, this chain spans 119 miles of shoreline and more than 13,500 acres of water. The Whitefish Chain of Lakes has plenty of outdoor fun in all seasons, from swimming and boating in the summertime to ice fishing for blue gills, crappie, walleye, northern pike and large mouth bass in the winter months.
Crosslake's quaint town square is a great place to shop for local arts and crafts, handmade chocolates, and fishing equipment. To see more of the region, the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway passes right by the square. The byway wends throughout the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, passing numerous small towns, scenic vistas, and historic sites on the way.