So it’s summer, which means the kids have a ton of free time. Nowadays, free time equals screen time, which can be fine in small doses, but can engulf our lives if we let it. Even as adults we have a tendency to become addicted to our phones, tablets and televisions. Technology has given us enormous advantages, but has also complicated life in many ways.
Make the most out of rainy days this summer! Check out our list of Family Activities for Inclement Weather.
We’ve all been there. You’re out in the wilderness, enjoying time with family, and a monster storm hits. It can be difficult keeping the family occupied even in the best conditions, let alone when everyone is cooped up in a tent or cabin. As always, we’re here to help! We’re going to give you some tips and tricks to help pass the time until you can get outdoors again, all the while keeping the kids happy and your own serenity intact.
Wondering what to pack on your next MOR Trip? Check out our Packing List!
So, you’re planning your Midwest Outdoor Resorts vacation. Whether you’re travelling to the resorts in Minnesota, or hitting Rushmore Shadows in the Black Hills, we want you to be prepared. This week, we’ll give you a little insight into what we pack when we’re trekking to our resorts. Obviously, our sites have plenty of amenities so you’ll be fine if you forget anything, but we always want you to have the best possible experience!
Let go of your worries about the full time lifestyle with these RVing Myth Busters
Full Time RVing Myths
So, you’ve got the bug. Maybe you’re fed up with your job, or feel you’re suffocating in your hometown. You want to travel, broaden your horizons and explore the world. We don’t blame you. Not to get all philosophical here, but it’s easy to let the days drift by without really taking advantage of the time we have. Like John Lennon said, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
Try only of these Patriotic Treats this 4th of July
What better way to spend Independence Day than with friends and family in the great outdoors? This week we’re going to offer a few awesome recipes if you’re celebrating America’s freedom in the wilderness. We’ll have some red, white and blue-themed dishes and drinks because as you know, besides fireworks, the staple of Fourth of July is good food.
Kids, you could win a Go Pro of Your Very own & be featured in an upcoming MOR Commercial!
Looking for a cool way to document your summer adventure? How about using a Go Pro? At every Midwest Outdoor Resorts location, we are giving kids (ages 7-17) the chance to get creative! Kids can check out a Go Pro from the front desk of each resort for 45 minutes as long as they are accompanied by a BIG CAMPER (adult). Go Pros are an awesome way for kids to showcase their filmmaking skills and use their imagination to create amazing vacation videos!
Make these awesome diy remedies for your next camping trip!
The last thing you want when camping is to get caught without a first-aid kit. When you’re out in the wilderness, the first rule is to be prepared. Luckily, we’re here to help you take care of your sunburns, bruises, cuts and bug bites!
How about foregoing the chemical bath and making your own treatments? Simple, inexpensive and effective homemade remedies are the way to go. We’ll show you some easy ways to make your own, so you’re well prepared and have a little extra spending cash on your next outdoor adventure!
Try these Tips for Capturing & Documenting the Best Family Memories
Ah, the summer vacation. It’s a staple of Americana, a symbol of what we work so hard in our daily lives to achieve. We strive so we can provide awesome summer trips like this for our friends, families and ourselves. Today, we’re going to go over some of the best ways to document your summer vacay so you and your loved ones can cherish the memories many years down the road.
Take the stress out of your next trip with these DIY camping hacks
Don’t get us wrong, we love camping. There’s nothing better than being outdoors with friends and family, hearing the crickets under a full moon and enjoying nature for all it’s worth. Unfortunately, like any outdoor activity, camping has its drawbacks. There are bugs, it’s not always comfortable and the weather can be fickle. Luckily, we’re here to give you some camping hacks to make your next trip to the wilderness as cozy as possible. Try out some of the tips below, and be sure to let us know any of your own camping hacks in the comments!
Try one of these recipes to spice up your next camping trip
Forget the hot dogs, s’mores and popcorn. If you’ve never made a Dutch oven campfire meal, you’re missing out. A Dutch oven is a large, heavy pot with a lid that was traditionally used cooking under hot coals. It looks something like this:
Nowadays, Dutch ovens are used on stovetops, in the traditional oven or even while camping (we always suggest making sure food is cooked thoroughly, especially when outdoors)! They’re great for making hearty meals, and they’re so delicious you’ll feel like you’re at home. Dutch ovens can make a large variety of dishes, including soups and stews, roasts, fried meals, breads, casseroles and more. We’ll offer 5 easy recipes you can make while camping with your Dutch oven. Once you start cooking with this thing, you’ll never want to go back!
Experience this beautiful region’s mouth-wateringly delicious cuisine!
The Black Hills area gets a lot of credit as a summertime vacation destination, and for good reason. The scenery is gorgeous, national and historic landmarks abound, and there are tons of outdoor activities everyone can enjoy. One thing rarely talked about, however, is the food in the area. From Rapid City to Deadwood, Hill City to Custer, the Hills have a variety of fantastic dining options.
Explore the best Minnesota has to offer on foot, on these amazing Hikes!
Mention Minnesota to someone who’s never been, and they’ll likely think cold, lakes and the movie Fargo. The truth is, Minnesota has splendid scenery and is one of the best outdoor recreation states in the U.S. People are highly active throughout the year, and the terrain varies from mountainous regions in the north to prairie land in the south. There’s fishing, biking, camping, and most importantly for this post, hiking. If you’re travelling to the state, or are looking for some great spots near home, take a look at our 7 best hiking trails in Minnesota:
Follow our tips and tricks and you will be well on your way to amazing Family memories!
It’s finally May! The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and camping season is right around the corner. As humans, we have an innate desire to connect with nature (there’s even a word for it: biophilia).There’s no better way to get close to nature than camping, and it has been shown to be beneficial to your health and happiness (levels of serotonin naturally rise when you’re outdoors). If you’re as excited about getting outdoors as we are, take a look at the 8 tips below to make this the best camping season you’ve ever had!
Good news folks - Spring is in the air! The trees are budding, flowers are blooming, the days are longer and all of our resorts are opening May 1st! We decided to give away some special prizes for our loyal readers this week. Check out a quick overview of all our resorts, then share this post with your friends on Facebook and tag @MidwestOutdoorResorts in your post for your chance to some crazy cool prizes!
Plan your next getaway around our country’s most delectable desserts!
The U.S. is famous for all kinds of delicious comfort foods. From mouth-watering burgers to delicious pies, we are a food nation. Imagine how fun it would be to base an entire trip around food. You could try to find the best hot dog, breakfast burrito or even…dessert!We’re going to take a look at a few hot spots for sweets around the U.S., and see if we can point out some great locations near you. Of course, traditional dining powerhouses like New York, Chicago and San Francisco offer plentiful delectable treats. We’ll see if we can also pick out some hidden gems near you. This imaginary road trip begins on the West Coast and ends on the East, so let’s find some places to satisfy that sweet tooth…
Our April theme is the road trip, a tradition as American as apple pie. Road trips can bring people together like nothing else, but if you’re going to cruise across the country, you’ll want to be prepared. When traveling with friends, family and/or kids, it can be difficult to keep everyone entertained and occupied for the long stretches this vacation requires. We’re going to take a look at 10 ways to pass the time on your asphalt adventure, and maybe even have some fun along the way.
A trip isn’t the same without your best buddy by your side!
If we’re about to take the road trip vacation of our lives, don’t we want our best friend(s) by our side? The last thing you want on a long drive, however, is an anxious dog or cat. If you’re traveling with human family or friends, there are enough concerns to deal with. Luckily, we’re here to help.
Our Final Installation of the Best Trips To Take in 2017, Concludes with taking a look at some of our Nation’s Most Hidden Vacation Treasures!
We’re finally here! Today we’re concluding our five-part series on the best vacations in the U.S. We’ll take a look at ten of the most underrated spots for travelers in the States, and some must-see destinations and landmarks along the way. Everyone knows the splendor of the Grand Canyon and the raw beauty of Yellowstone, but how about Sedona, AZ or the northern shore of Lake Superior? While we certainly suggest seeing everything this great country has to offer, taking the road less travelled is a great way to broaden your horizon and enhance your vacation experience.
Start your Lake Adventure at Soo Line and create lasting memories
Welcome to our fourth installment of our five-part series on the best vacation destinations in the U.S. Today we’ll take a trip to Midwest Outdoor Resorts’ Soo Line Trail Campground in Onamia, MN, minutes from world-renowned fishing in Lake Mille Lacs and an hour and a half north of the Twin Cities. Since we’re getting close to flip-flop weather, we’ll highlight some fun summertime activities around the resort.
Got lost in the beauty of nature at this one of a kind hidden in the bluffs resort.
Welcome to our third installment of our five-part series on amazing vacation spots in the U.S. Today we’re taking a look at Midwest Outdoor Resorts’ Hidden Bluffs in Spring Grove, MN. Tucked in the southeast corner of Minnesota, Hidden Bluffs is a two-hour drive from the Twin Cities. Here you’ll find a fantastic family destination where you can kick back, relax and enjoy all this secluded area has to offer.