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AmericInn Lodge & Suites of Madelia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-642-2004 620 Haynes Ave NE – Madelia, MN 56062. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-634-3444 This MLA Property of the Year prides itself in exceeding guest expectations with excellent service, top-notch rooms, and a welcoming décor-all at a great value. Features: fireplace & whirlpool suites; a beautiful, indoor recreation area, hospitality room available for business or pool parties; high-speed/wireless internet; enhanced continental breakfast.


ACCOMMODATIONS


Comfort Inn Albert Lea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-377-1100 Holiday Inn & Willmar Conference Center Willmar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-405-4466


ATTRACTIONS Birch Coulee Battlefield Morton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-697-6321 Freeborn County Historical Museum Albert Lea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-373-8003 J&L Bison Ranch Willmar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-235-8465


Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-644-7814 PO Box 420 – Morton, MN 56270 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-WIN-CASH wincash@jackpotjunction.com / www.jackpotjunction.com 99 miles southwest of Minneapolis. 325,000 square feet of action: video slot machines, table games, bingo, pull tabs, restaurants, full service bars, 276-room on-site hotel, swimming pool, fitness center, live entertainment, RV Park, Dacotah Ridge Golf Club.


Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site Comfrey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-628-5591 Lac qui Parle Mission Montevideo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-269-7636 Lower Sioux Agency Morton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-697-6321 Melvin’s On The Lake Spicer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-796-2195 The Mikkelson Boat Collection Willmar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-231-0384 MinneSOYta Nice Glenville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-448-2753 Olaf Swensson Farm Museum Montevideo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-269-5527 Olde Country Winery Lake Lillian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-664-WINE Pelican Breeze II Cruise Boat Albert Lea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-383-2630


Albert Lea Convention & Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-373-2316 2566 Bridge Avenue – Albert Lea,MN 56007. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-345-8414 cvbdirector@albertlea.org / www.albertleatourism.org Located 90 minutes from Mpls, where I-90 & I-35 intersect, featuring small town hospitality with big city amenities. Plus additional lakes & 38 city parks hosting various outdoor activities.


CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAUS AND CHAMBERS


Explore Southern Minnesota Tourism . . . . . . . . . 888-868-7476 ext. 162 PO Box 286 – Mankato, MN 56002 / www.exploresouthernminnesota.com You’ll be surprised…at what you’ll find in southern Minnesota! With many scenic byways, festivals, parks & trails, historic sites, caves, bluffs, waterfalls & so much more, it makes a perfect destination for any group.


Fairmont Convention & Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-235-8585 PO Box 976 – Fairmont, MN 56031. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-657-3280 director@fairmontcvb.com / www.fairmontcvb.com The “City of Lakes” welcome’s you. Located at the intersection of Hwy 15 and I-90 we’re easy to find. Halfway between Chicago and the Black Hills, Fairmont has a little something for everyone.


Redwood Falls Area Chamber and Tourism. . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-637-2828 200 South Mill Street, PO Box 21 – Redwood Falls, MN 56283 . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-657-7070 chamber@redwoodfalls.org / www.redwoodfalls.org Along the Minnesota River, this area has much to offer its visitors. Alexandria Ramsey Park/Falls/ Zoo - 217 wooded acres, 18 hole championship golf course, gaming, many historic attractions, great specialty shopping, convention & lodging facilities.


Willmar Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. . . . . . . . 800-845-8747 2104 Highway 12 East – Willmar, MN 56201 / www.willmar.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ext. 79 Visit the Willmar Lakes Area. Only 2 hours west of Mpls/St. Paul. 360 lakes, 36 parks, 81 holes of golf – and that’s just on the drive in! Let our staff help put together a getaway for your group.


FESTIVALS & EVENTS Big Island Rendezvous and Festival Albert Lea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-658-2526


RESTAURANTS Green Mill Willmar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320-235-9500


THEATER Marion Ross Performing Arts Center Albert Lea. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507-377-4372 The Mikkelson Collection


Where the Lakes Begin!


This sample itinerary can be customized for anytime of the year. You’ll find it at coordinates F-14 on your 2008 Annual Group Travel Map distributed in the Fall 2007 issue of Itineraries Minnesota Magazine.


DAY ONE 12 – 1:30 pm Roll into Willmar and enjoy lunch at the Green Mill Restaurant. Choose from their selection of signature Mill Street brews while sampling Minnesota’s most awarded pizzas or soups and salads to heartier fare; they have a choice to fit any taste. Since the Green Mill is located inside the Holiday Inn, you can quickly check into your room as well. 1:30 – 4:00 pm Take a step back in time as you tour the Mikkelson Collection – the world’s largest and finest of Larson Boat Works, featuring the famous Falls Flyers. The collection is adorned with all the boating memorabilia imaginable. 4 – 5:00 pm Return to the Holiday Inn, Willmar’s full service hotel, offering comfortable rooms, lounge, pool and more. Unpack and freshen up before the evening’s activities.


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5 – 9:30 pm Take the short ride north to Spicer to Melvin’s on the Lake, located on beautiful Green Lake. You have a choice of dining inside, outside on the patio, or aboard their Houseboat for a dinner cruise. All offer an incredible view of Green Lake. (The boat’s view is slightly better!) Call ahead for cruise arrangements. Stick around for the evening’s musical entertainment.


DAY TWO 9 – 10:00 am Enjoy a continental breakfast at your hotel. 10 – 1:00 pm


Board the bus for a 30-minute ride to Lake Lillian’s K-8 School – this former school is now a winery. Yes, you read that correctly, a winery. The Olde Country Winery is now housed inside this old school. See the vineyard and enjoy a tour and a tasting, then relax with a catered lunch over a glass of their fine wine. 1 – 3:00 pm From wine to buffalos…or more specifically, the J & L Bison Ranch, home to 300 bison that roam over 200


Melvin’s on the Lake


beautiful acres. In addition to visiting the unique gift shop, you will board their bus and be up close and personal with the bison. We’re saving the rest of the details for the tour.


For more information on this sample itinerary contact your tour operator or Willmar CVB, 800-845-8747.


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