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Things to do during "cabin time" in Maple Lake
Looking for some amazing Maple Lake MN waterfront cabins? You’ll have a fun time searching for your newest vintage treasure in the City of Maple Lake at the Olde Town Creamery, Christine and Friends, and Maple Lake antiques shops. The Maple Lake Flea Market also is a great place to look for those one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing, paintings, furniture, books or dish ware. Local vendors also sell new hand-made clothing items, jewelry, functional wooden kitchen tools, as well as local produce in the growing season. You’ll smell the aroma of grilling burgers, steaks, and seafood at the flea market if you want to grab a quick meal while shopping. Need that morning or afternoon cup of latte? The Irish Blessings Coffee shop located in a quaint historic home downtown is just a short drive from your Maple Lake cabin that serves specialty coffees, homemade pastries, breakfast and lunches. Gluten-free options are available.
Nearby Lake Maria State Park offers abundant recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, boating, and cross-country skiing in the winter. You can rent canoes and kayaks at the park for boating on the lake. Fourteen miles of trails wander through rolling terrain with numerous ponds and wetlands that are home to spring wildflowers and 205 bird species identified throughout the park. A 1-mile self-guided nature trail includes a boardwalk through a wetland where you may just spot a rare Blandings Turtle. You’ll certainly want to take a day trip to the park from your Maple Lake cottage in the fall and see the splendor of colorful leaves shimmering in one of the last remnants of the “Big Woods” forest with remaining stands of maple and basswood trees mixed with rare old-growth oaks.
Two golf courses are located a short drive away in Annandale if you want to bring your golf clubs and get out on the fairways. The Albion Ridges Golf course has 3 nine-hole courses that has earned it a 4-star rating from Golf Digest. The Boulder Marsh course features a long wetland though the middle of the course. The Whispering Pines Golf Course has 18-holes with a par of 71. A bar and grill onsite features numerous dining options. After a day out golfing in fresh Midwestern air, your central Minnesota vacation home brings you back to all the comforts or home and the perfect place to relax and appreciate an island of serenity. If you feel a visit to a big city calling you, Minneapolis in only an hour’s drive away.
Make sure you talk to rental owners about the many Merrifield seasonal events and day trips. Compare cabins and Brainerd area lodging here, then book directly with owners or local managers. Skip those booking website traveler fees.