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letter from the publishers


Dear Reader,


In putting this issue together, and thinking about faith base tours, it didn’t’ take long to realize Inspiring Spires and Grottos are much more than what they seem. As we researched and traveled, we were captivated by the histories, her- itage, and diligence our forefathers had to build such magnificent places of worship. Read about why someone would dedicate his or her whole life to building a grotto in one of our sample itineraries. As you read the Destination Highlight article on page 8, you’ll learn how your group can travel from community to community through central Minnesota with very few miles in between. As your coach travels along, you will see stained glass windows and steeple's towering over the trees in every little town along the way. The Annual 2008 GREAT NORTH GROUP TRAVEL SHOW - with it’s new appointment-based format - is coming up fast (October 27-28-29, 2008)! Filled with attractions and destinations from all over the upper Midwest who want to work with you to create itineraries that will fill your coaches. So get registered early as space is limited. Details are on the inside front cover. And after the show there are 2 separate FAM Tours planned that will surprise you with new and unusual itinerary stops. And you thought you knew the upper Midwest! Drum Roll Please! Announcing the new ITINERARIES MINNESOTA ONLINE MAGAZINE! You’ll find at www.itinerariesminnesota.com. It’s just like this printed publication...except it will have audio and pages that turn (isn’t technology great?!), plus every Internet address is hyperlinked to advertiser websites and emails. We always want to hear from our readers, so if you have questions or ideas for itineraries and articles for upcoming issues, don’t hesitate to send an email to us at info@itinerariesminnesota.com. And always be sure to send back the Reader Response Survey.


Heather Lahren and Mark Peterson Co-Publishers, ITINERARIES MINNESOTA Magazine


Coming Fall/Winter 2008!


Go Ahead! Relax… Retreats and Spas are among the new opportunities that planners have to share with their groups. From urban hideaways that seem far from the concrete jungle around them to retreat centers built deep into the green country- side that hides them...all offering stress-melting experiences, education and something they may never have experienced before.


Mark W. Peterson | CO-PUBLISHER mark@itinerariesminnesota.com


Kathleen Somers | DIR OF SALES & OPERATIONS kathleen@itinerariesminnesota.com


Kelly Surla | OPERATIONS MANAGER kelly@itinerariesminnesota.com


Lynn Gottwalt | TRAFFIC MANAGER lynn@itinerariesminnesota.com


Jill Ressemann | MARKETING SUPPORT jill@itinerariesminnesota.com


Tara Ostendorf | GRAPHICS/WEB PROGRAMMER graphics@itinerariesminnesota.com


Carinna K. Hard Bullemer | ART DIRECTOR


HARD AT WORK Design, inc. | carinna@itinerariesminnesota.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS


Heather Lahren | ITINERARIES MINNESOTA, Inc. Mark Peterson | ITINERARIES MINNESOTA, Inc. Kathleen Somers | ITINERARIES MINNESOTA, Inc. Lynn Gottwalt | ITINERARIES MINNESOTA, Inc. Jill Ressemann | ITINERARIES MINNESOTA, Inc. Kelly Surla | ITINERARIES MINNESOTA, Inc. Shawn Sweeney Britt Aamodt James Downes


ADVISORY BOARD


Bill Deef | Greater Mpls Convention & Visitors Association Bill Dorn | Publishing Advisors Int’l Tom Dupont | Publishing Advisors Int’l


Michael Heim | Trip Trivia - Explore MN Highways Barb Oswell | Odyssey Development, Duluth Jean Robbins | Saint Cloud CVB


Mary Ann Steen | MN Office of Tourism Terry Sveine | New Ulm CVB


Brad Toll | Packer Country CVB, Green Bay WI


Linda Twiss | Troupe America, Plymouth Playhouse Pat Mutter | Winona CVB


Sherri Mullery | Bloomington CVB


We make every effort to be as accurate as possible, but assume no responsibility for errors or omissions found in this magazine or any other corporate publications produced by ITINERARIES MINNESOTA, Inc.


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MAKING THIS MAGAZINE WORK FOR YOU:


ITINERARIES MINNESOTA Magazine is published specifically for the travel trade professional three times a year: Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall. Minnesota and the upper Midwest are presented topically and by region, and strive to communicate the rich flavors of our destinations through unique sample itineraries, travel ideas, and fresh editorial. This publication is purposefully designed as a planning tool and resource to assist you with your group travel planning. The sample itineraries suggest destinations, are not intended for sale, and are presented in formats that can be easily customized to your needs. Simply call your tour operator or the direct contact at the end of each itinerary, or fax the Reader Response page to us after indicating which destinations you have an interest in and would like more information on.We suggest that you contact our group-friendly advertisers since they specifically seek your group travel business. Their presence in Itineraries Minnesota underscores the importance of your business for them.


COPYRIGHT 2008


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