A Little Grown-up Fun

Fall is a beautiful time for family outings in Greater Minnesota. You’ve hit every apple orchard in the tri-county area. You’ve done the corn mazes, hiked the nature trails, hit the haunted hayrides, and trick-or-treated ‘till you dropped.

As we move deeper into the cold and snow, it’s time for the adults to have a little fun of their own. Join us in this article for a local tour of adult attractions that will put some sizzle and a dose of grown-up cheer in your winter evenings and weekends.

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Start with a contemporary breakfast or lunch

For a sophisticated casual dining experience, stop by the Middle Fork Cafe in New London and Willmar. Featuring classy soup and sandwich upgrades as well as gluten-free menu selections, the Middle Fork is a pleasant and contemporary day-stop on your adult adventure.

The Middle Fork offers a full range of specialty coffee drinks, wines, and craft beers in their New London location. Their Willmar destination houses a used book shop onsite as well as their fabulous hot beverages, so you can eat, sip, and savor with all of your senses.

Get out in nature

When the outdoors is your thing, stop by the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in Spicer. Their year-round activities are sure to spark your love for nature.

Stop in for fall hiking, the challenge course on their indoor rock-climbing wall, or grab your mountain bike and hit the trails around the center. Visit their website for registration rates, dates, and special events to plan your day out.

Two women snowshoeing in the forest away from the camera

Take a class

When it’s time to come inside, and it’s still early, stop by Rustic Designs Flower Farm in Belgrade for a unique floral design class. Right now, you can create a spruce top pot for a holiday decorating statement you won’t soon forget.

This class runs weekends through mid-December. Cost is $5 plus supplies. After class, be sure to browse the selection of hand-woven rugs for a homey and rustic complement to your completed floral craft project.

Finish the day soaking up the ambiance

Summer isn’t the only time to enjoy grapes in Greater Minnesota. This winter, Glacial Ridge Winery in Spicer offers Friday night soup-and-music from 6-8 pm each week.

Create warmth from the inside out with a piping-hot bowl of gourmet soup or chili, paired with the vineyard’s most excellent wines. Enjoy conversation, relaxation, and entertainment with live music while you linger with a friend or loved one over soup spoons and stemware.

Soup, pizza and appetizer service begins at 5 pm, with music to follow from 6-8 pm. No cover, just community.

Woman with gray hair painting a piece of pottery while another women watched over her shoulder

One day of creativity not enough?

Bug-Bee Hive Resort in Paynesville goes all out for crafters this fall. Reserve a full-service cabin for the weekend of November 7-10, 2019, and let your artistic or crafty flag fly.

Enjoy a private cottage for sleeping and relaxing, and a six-foot crafting table set up for you in the main lodge banquet space. You can bring all the projects you’ve put off and complete them in a room full of like-minded adults.

Exchange ideas, reclaim your focus, make new friends, or meet up with your best buddies around your favorite hobby. All meals are catered, delicious, and included in your registration fee.

Plus, when you get tired of perfecting your art, you can indulge in a swim or hot tub soak. Or sit by the fire in the lodge with a good book or a warm conversation.

Arts and crafts not your thing – don’t forget the snowmobiles

Minnesota is the ideal winter playground for motorsports. The Northern Inn in Spicer boasts wicked-good access to several major regional trails. They are located just one block off the trail entry and have ample parking to accommodate snowmobile trailers.

When the trails get too cold, a dip in the hot tub and a hot meal at one of the nearby local restaurants will refresh and renew you. Conveniently, the Northern Inn’s website lists all the local fare within a walk or short drive.

Men on snowmobiles riding on a snowy forest trail

Looking out a little farther – Winter(fest) is coming

Spicer’s Winterfest kicks off January 17th-February 9, 2020, with a variety of invigorating grown-up activity options to help shake off the mid-winter blues. Enjoy four weekends packed with winter fun, like:

  • Ice Castle
  • Hot dogs and burgers with the Lion’s Club
  • Bonfire and s’mores
  • Sleigh rides
  • Kicksleds
  • Ice dance with live music
  • Ice fishing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Hiking
  • Polar Plunge Special Olympics fundraiser
  • Frozen 5k
  • Fireworks
  • And more!

Visit http://www.willmarlakesarea.com/events/spicer-winterfest-4/ for all the details.

Local Willmar has you covered for grown-up fun!

Visit Local Willmar for awesome suggestions on how to maximize your late fall and winter entertainment. Our community is chock-full of local gem destinations, events, and activities. Get out there and take advantage of them!

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