Tuesday, June 19, 2018

12 Golf Courses Within 50 Miles

If your a golfer visitng the resort, you will be happy to know there are 12 Golf Courses within an easy 20 to 50 miles of the resort.
The Wilderness At Fortune Bay offers 18 holes and is only a 30 minute drive. There are many more to choose from. Three Brothers Golf Course Miles from Orr: 16 Holes: 9 Par: 36 Vermilion River Greens 5530 Crane Lake Road Buyck, MN 55771 (218)993-2246 Vermilion Fairways Golf Course Miles from Orr: 20 Holes: 9 Par: 36 2407 Vermilion Drive Cook, MN 55723 (218)666-2679 Wolf Ridge Golf Course Miles from Orr: 23 Holes: 9-18 Par: 36-72 8501 Savage Road Angora, MN 55703 (218)-666-0218 The Wilderness at Fortune Bay Miles from Orr: 37 Holes: 18 Par: 72 Fortune Bay Resort & Casino Tower, MN 55792 (218)753-6400 Find more golf course listings on our website at http://aspenmn.com/orr_area.html

Vacations Offer Great Bonding Time

While staying at a resort offers lots of opportunity for activites, It can be fun to plan a special one-on-one day out with your kids.
Below are some ideas that you might both enjoy. *Shop for a special outfit *Get a pedicure *Have lunch at a quaint local restaurant *Visit an area farm or animal shelter *Grab a golf or tennis lesson *Visit the area antique shops *Play a round of golf *Hit the arcades *Visit area outfitters and rent a canoe *Rent a bike and hit the trails *Check out area artists

Getting Kids Interested In Hiking

*Bring Snacks - Lots of Snacks, let kids go pre-hike food shopping
*Get them involved in planning - let kids help choose the route you will take on your hike. *Having something to see at the end of the destination like a waterfall or epic view can help keep kids motivated *Let them bring a friend - let kids play games and have fun along the way *Slow your pace - walk at your kids pace so no one feels left behind *Don't just hike - play games like treasure hunt, or I spy to keep their minds occupied *Buy them their own gear - only use it when your hiking Read more: http://www.adventureseeker.org/adventure/guide-getting-kids-hiking/

Proof Fishing Is The Best Way To Bond With Your Kids

There are very few activities that balance fun and quality time between kids and parents, with engaging and educational lessons
that kids can carry with them for a lifetime. If you’ve spent more than a few days at your local fishing pond, you already know about the fun aspect, but not all parents realize just how valuable fishing can be for instilling kids with valuable skills and values. First and foremost, fishing stresses the importance of patience and hard work. While the same can be said for many childhood sports – in that kids willing to put the time and work into building their skills will be rewarded – fishing, by its very nature, is a game of patience. Read more: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/fishing-still-best-way-bond-kids/

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Vacations Can Be Benefical To Your Childs Brain Development

An enriched environment offers new experiences that are strong in combined social, physical, cognitive, and sensory interaction," says child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland. "Think: family together in the pool, walking together through the forest, touching long tall grasses waving in the wind, toasting marshmallows on campfire, hanging out together under warm sun, feeling sand between the toes." These experiences then turn on the genetic expression of key brain fertilizers in the frontal lobes, Dr. Sunderland explains, enhancing executive functions like stress regulation, attention, concentration, good planning, and the ability to learn, and also improving physical and mental health. "The brain fertilizers triggered in enriched environments are also associated with higher IQ in children," she said. "So, spend time exploring together in a new space, and you're making your child smarter." In addition, family vacations can act as "happiness anchors.....Read more here - https://www.parents.com/health/parents-news-now/family-vacations-have-long-lasting-impact-on-kids-happiness/

Friday, April 27, 2018

Minnesota Tree Facts

Every year in Minnesota, three times as much wood is grown as is harvested.
In fact, the last 30 years alone have seen a 60 percent increase in the amount of wood across the state. According to the U.S. Forest Service and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 7.4 million new cords of wood are grown each year in the state, doubling the 3.7 million cords that are harvested. This is another example of how scientific forest management works to ensure there will be a healthy balance between wood products and the forest lands and wildlife we all enjoy. In Minnesota, less than 1% of forest land is harvested each year. Fully one-third of Minnesota – 17 million acres! – is covered by beautiful forestlands, providing recreation, wildlife habitat and a renewable supply of timber resources. Yet only 1 percent of these forests (approximately 185,000 acres) are harvested each year to provide material for paper products, home construction, furniture and hundreds of other products we use every day. What things come from Minnesota trees? 28,000 people in Minnesota's forest products industry make paper for books, magazines, brochures, computer printers and more. They make lumber, siding panels and engineered wood products for building homes, including oriented strand board. They also make industrial packaging for many commercial applications. To learn which Minnesota companies produce these products that are used all over the world, click on the various products in this photo.

11 Orr Minnesota Hiking Trails

Arrowhead State Trail Arrowhead State Trail runs between the Taconite State Trail at Pike River Flowage near Peyla and to 3
miles south of International Falls (east of I-71 near Chapple). The trail is popular among snowmobilers, and nearly 70 miles of the 135-mile route are suitable for equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers. During summer, many areas of the trail may have standing water, especially in the northern segment, where it passes through wetlands.... Read More/View Map https://www.traillink.com/trail/arrowhead-state-trail/ Bear Island Trail Much of Bear Island Lake Trail passes through Bear Island Lake State Forest in Minnesota's northern reaches, near Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The lake itself is huge, with Bear Island in the middle. The surrounding hills of Vermilion and Mesabi give depth to the landscape. The trail, part of which is an old logging rail corridor, winds among smaller lakes and.... Read More/View Map https://www.traillink.com/trail/bear-island-lake-trail/ Blue Ox–Voyageur Trail The Blue Ox–Voyageur Trail is a multi-use trail that permits ATVs and snowmobiles. It also accommodates mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians along the former railroad right-of-way between International Falls and Lake Bemidji State Park. The nearly 100-mile trail travels through.... Read More/View Map https://www.traillink.com/trail/blue-ox-trail-(voyageur-trail)/ Circle L Trail The Circle L Trail follows an abandoned logging railroad grade, which was used during the logging of the Bigfork River valley during the early 1900s. The trail passes through George Washington State Forest and also past the sites of old logging camps, some of which were used into the late 1960s. The Circle L Trail meets up with the Circle T Trail east of Bass Lake. Despite its name.... Read More/View Map https://www.traillink.com/trail/circle-l-trail/ Find information and maps on all 11 Orr Hiking Trails: https://www.traillink.com/city/orr-mn-trails/

Ideas To Help You Take Better Vacation Photo's

Your vacation photo's help you remember your vacation experiences for many years. Coming home to blurry or uninteresting
photos can be a letdown. Here are a few ways you can capture your vacation memories, which will help you tell your vacation stories later. 1)Try taking some of your pictures during transitional weather - these changes in the weather often add intrigue and texture to your photo's 2)Demonstrate scale - as opposed to having your friends and family just stand in front of a landmark like they’re lining up for something, have them pose in more interesting formations. For instance, have them stand right in the middle of a curious scene or put them beside a huge object to show its sense of scale. 3)Think small - taking pictures of a mountain from a distance is fine, but try to also take shots of animals, rocks and plants close up to give context to your photo's. 4)Adapt to shooting at night - research the best way to use your camera in dark situations, you can capture amazing candid shots in the evening 5)Include shots of signs - this gives you a change to tell a story and add character to your photo's 6)Try telling your story by using a series of frames - take a wide shot and then hone in on the details Read More:http://photodoto.com/vacation-photography/

Nostalgia Vacations Help Adults Feel More Optimistic

An estimated 60% of parents have taken their families on vacations that reminded them of their childhood, according to a
2015 survey from travel website Priceline.com Many adults are now taking their children to the resorts where they spent their own summer vacations as children. As we grow older most of us get more nostalgic. There’s something special about being able to relive your youth with your own child at the same time. Most guests are sort of taken aback by how much nostalgia hits them. It's the smells, the views, and sometimes it's even the relationship that were made. There is something magical about watching your children playing on the same beach that you played on when you were a child. This is one of the reasons many guests choose to rebook their vacations year after year. They are giving their children a gift, some not even realizing it. Taking a nostalgia vacation can help adults feel more optimistic about the present and the future, according to a 2013 study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, because they help us put things into perspective. What brings back your positive memories?

Is It Time For A Girlfriend Getaway?

Research shows that spending time with friends and family makes a big difference when it comes to happiness.
Social time is especially important for happiness –even for introverts. Studies have proven that the amount of time spent with friends and family –goes a long way towards boosting happiness –even more so than an increased income! As we get older, and life gets faster – the time we once had for our friends, seems to diminish. You might not notice it at first, but soon your coffee dates are being replaced by school meetings. Your carefree mornings are busy and rushed, and the phone calls you used to make daily to chat with your best friend are slowly turning into every other week (or month!) catch up calls. Fitting in time for friends is sadly one of the first things to go when life gets busy, and before you know it – you hardly know the person you used to call your best friend. This fact is though, that while this is tragic, it’s also preventable! Spending time with friends is one of the few pleasures in life that can cost you very little, but reward you substantially. It is also proven to be one of the best ways to combat stress. Spending time with your friends can help melt away the cares of the world, and leave you a better person all around. Carve out time for your friends, by scheduling it in..... Read More:http://www.yourefirednh.com/why-its-important-to-spend-more-time-with-friends-and-family/

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Take Your Kids Into The Wilderness

Hiking with kids is a great way to get them connected to the outdoors at a young age, but it can also be intimidating for the parent planner. We challenge you to get the kids in your life out on the trail this summer, because part of preserving wilderness for future generations is teaching youth to appreciate and enjoy nature. Here are ten tips to help: Keep it easy & feature-friendly Time is your friend – so plan for lots of it Prepare for anything Dress for success. Layers, layers, layers Plan frequent energy stops Pick a leader and make sure to rotate Keep it Safe Make it Fun Read More: https://wilderness.org/blog/take-your-kids-hiking-10-tips-make-adventure-fun-whole-family

Spring Offers Great Fishing, Great Golf & Great Rates

Early summer is a great time to reserve a resort vacation. Get in on early season rates, enjoy great fishing and for those of you who love Golf, it's finally time to dust off those golf clubs! Aspen resort is within a few miles of 9 Golf Courses. 5 which are 18 hole courses and 4 that are 9 hole courses. Vermilion River Greens, Buyck - 9 hole Vermilion Fairways, Cook - 9 hole Wolfridge Golf Course, Cook - 9 hole (reversible) Virginia Golf Course, Virginia - 18 hole The Quarry at Giants Ridge, Biwabik - 18 holes Eveleth Municipal Golf Course, Eveleth - 9 hole The Legend at Giants Ridge, Biwabik - 18 hole Falls Country Club, International Falls - 18 hole The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower - 18 hole Hitting The Green, a popular golf blog has a great article on free golf apps. To get your hands on a very useful Golf GPS, you don’t have to spend the big bucks. The three apps covered in this article are a good free alternatives to the dedicated devices available. FreeCaddie offers an estimation of the accuracy of the reading given, so a reading of “high accuracy” is within 19 yards accurate. For more casual golfers this can be enough, but for those who play regularly, those 19 yards can equate to a difference of 1-2 clubs. Swing by Swing is an all in one GPS range finder and scorecard. The range finder calculates both the distance to the center of the green and to every obstacle on the course. Golf Pad GPS boasts over 27,000 courses worldwide with range finder, scorecard, shot tracker, aerial maps, statistics tracking, and the ability to save rounds.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Walleye Fishing - Best Lures

The best bait for walleyes just might be a leech on a jig, but what’s the challenge in that? We rounded up the best crankbaits, spinnerbaits, walleye jigs, and jerk baits for fishing on any water in any condition. From tried and true to new and hot, we’ve got the skinny on the only walleye lures you’ll ever need. These are our top 15 picks. BY DAVID A. BROWN 1. Cordell Wally Diver - One of the sport's legendary lures, the Wally Diver produces big results when cast or trolled. Built with a slender profile designed for a tight wiggle, this bait reaches depths of 20 feet when trolled and teases fish with a vulnerable presentation by sitting motionless when paused. Learn More 2. Lindy Fuzz-E Grub Jig - A soft-plastic, grub-style body offers a slippery, life-like appearance, while the tantalizing marabou tail enhances the display. This, along with a two-color painted eye on the jig head prompts aggressive strikes and entices the fish to eat the whole bait, then hold on longer for greater hook sets. Fish it plain, or tip it with a minnow, crawler or leech. Learn More 3. Terminator T1 Spinnerbait - Impress the ’eyes with a spinnerbait sporting unbreakable titanium construction, premium ball bearing swivel and a premium VMC® hook. Painted, gold or nickel plated blades made with bevel edges complement the realistic baitfish head design and QuickSkirt changeable premium silicone skirt. Fish this bait over weeds or troll it through trees for suspended walleye. These are David's top three recommendations for best walleye lures. Read the entire article for more! https://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/gone-fishin%E2%80%99/2013/03/best-bait-15-greatest-walleye-lures-all-time#page-4

Best Vacation Reads

Swimsuit? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Three books, because you couldn't choose just one? Check. From juicy novels about "rich people problems" to frankly human meditations on everything from life to death, ELLE.com's summer books preview will help you narrow it down. Gotta make room for that nicely chilled bottle of rosé somehow. A favorite vacation activity for some is reading. Here is a new 2018 list of great summer reads. If you wish you had time to read, now is your chance! Here are the 24 books to put on your summer reading list. *'Rich People Problems' by Kevin Kwan *'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness' by Arundhati Roy *'Perennials' by Mandy Berman *'The Answers' by Catherine Lacey *'Do Not Become Alarmed' by Maile Meloy *'We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria' by Wendy Pearlman *'Surpassing Certainty' by Janet Mock Read the entire list here: http://www.elle.com/culture/books/a35543/19-summer-books-for-every-kind-of-warm-weather-reader/

Campfire Cinnamon Rolls-ups

There is nothing better than sitting around the campfire with your family cooking over an open fire. Here is a breakfast treat with simple ingredients that are easy to pack and easy to cook!
These sweets treats are made with just 3 easy to pack ingredients and only take about five minutes to cook over an open flame. These make a fabulous camping breakfast, especially combined with some campfire scrambled eggs and orange juice. Seriously, yum! Doesn’t that sound amazing?! Campfire Cinnamon Roll-ups. This is a must have camping recipe! Ingredients 1 package crescent rolls 1/4 cup sugar 1 tbsp cinnamon Wooden Skewers Instructions Combine cinnamon and sugar in small bowl Separate crescent rolls and wrap them around the skewer Roll it in the cinnamon sugar mixture Cook over campfire for 5 minutes, rotating frequently Optional - Mix 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 2-3 tbsp water together to make a glaze and drizzle over cooked roll-up Get more great recipes at http://www.almostsupermom.com/2015/07/campfire-cinnamon-roll-ups.html

Monday, January 8, 2018

Quick Vacation Tip: Pack Spice Blends

Planning on doing any cooking on your vacation this summer? Instead of messing with a lot of individual spices, ne easy solution is to pack just a few of your favorite spice blends instead!
~oregano, thyme, rosemary, and marjoram ~half chili powder, equal parts cumin and smoked paprika, and a small amount of cayenne ~cinnamon with a bit of nutmeg and clove. Read entire article here: https://www.thekitchn.com/quick-vacation-tip-pack-spice-88852