Friendship

Girls Weekend Getaway

Take some time away and have a fun weekend with your girls.
Day One – Friday

First things first, check-in to your hotel and meet up with your friends at a nearby restaurant.

If you’re staying in Willmar, we suggest staying at the Best Western Plus or Holiday Inn Express & Suites so that you’re next door to two amazing restaurants with patios: Green Mill and Ruff’s Wings & Sports Bar. If you’re staying in Spicer, we suggest staying at Northern Inn Hotel & Suites or the Hampton Inn as they are both close to the downtown Spicer activity. Then you can always meet at O’Neil’s or Zorbaz for a delicious supper and a few drinks.

After you catch up with your friends over supper, then head into New London to see the amazing and talented Little Crow Ski Team perform at Neer Park (Fridays June-August) or check to see if the New London Little Theatre has any performances going on.

Finish off your first night together over a delicious craft beer at Goat Ridge Brewery, O’Neil’s or Zorbaz on Green Lake while listening to a live band or DJ. Check out our Event Calendar to see who is playing where.

Day Two – Saturday

Make the most out of your full day with your friends by starting out early in the day.

The Willmar Lakes Area is unique in the fact that it boasts a variety of coffee shops that serve their own unique blend of coffees, beverages and delicious baked goods. If you’re in Spicer, we suggest stopping at Kafe La Baja or Fresh Start Espresso & More if you’re in the mood for your morning fuel on the go. Otherwise Coffee & More is a great little place to stop and have a bite while enjoying a brewed coffee. If you’re in Willmar, you must stop at LuLu Bean’s Coffee House or The Goodness Coffee House for a scrumptious breakfast item with your raspberry white chocolate mocha or a bikini bottom matcha!

Then it’s time for some seriously fun shopping! Make sure to check out Urban Escape while you’re in Spicer, the Lucky Duck, Ali J Boutique, The Happy Sol and Three Sisters Furnishings while in New London, and Shoppe 14 and Glow by J. Boutique while in Willmar. The Willmar Lakes Area is home to a variety of unique shops and boutiques. To see the full list click here. If you stop at the Uptown Willmar mall, make sure you schedule a time for you and your friends to enjoy some gem sluicing at West Central Rockhounds.

Not in the mood for shopping, plan ahead and make a reservation for a Bloody Mary Cruise with Green Lake Cruises (usually Saturdays in June-August) or book your own private cruise for you and your friends. You’ll love the scenic view of Green Lake aboard the ‘Danny Boy’ and the amazing relaxed atmosphere that this 56 foot houseboat creates.

And whether you decide to get lunch before or after, a stop at Mr. B’s Chocolates is a must on any visit to the Willmar Lakes Area. You’ll get to sample some of the best Belgian chocolates in Minnesota. But they are only open until 1:30pm on Saturdays so make sure you plan accordingly.

There are so many lunch options in the Willmar Lakes Area that it can be hard to choose sometimes. It really depends on what you’re in the mood for. For amazing authentic Mexican food, we would suggest heading to downtown Willmar to enjoy your favorite dish at Azteca, Rosita’s Grill or Spurs Bar & Grill. For delicious pizza head to Jake’s Pizza, Giovanni’s Pizza or Zeppole’s Pizza and Pasta. For a meal that makes you think you’re at Grandma’s house, stop by Frieda’s, Middle Fork Cafe in New London or Willmar, and McMillan’s Family Restaurant.

Now that you’re refueled, we suggest wearing off some of that energy by going enjoying a leisurely walk, bike ride or kayak adventure. Some of our favorite walking and biking trails include the Glacial Lakes State Trail, the Eagle Lake Trail, Robbins Island trails and the beautiful road route around Green Lake. Don’t have a bike? Rent one from one of eleven BikeWillmar bike share hubs throughout Willmar. You can also call to make a reservation for a kayak or fat tire bike from Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Just make sure to call 24 hours in advance or by noon on Friday for a weekend reservation.

Let’s bump up the fun a notch and head to Big Kahuna Fun Park! Enjoy some racing action on their go-karts, cool off on their Wet & Wild bumper boats with squirt guns, and enjoy a competitive game of mini-golf on their large 18-Hole premier mini-golf course. And you’re never too old to enjoy some arcade games and ice cream, are you?

The best way to end this amazing Saturday with your gal pals is to drive out to Hinterland Vineyards to enjoy a wine tasting and a delicious meal while overlooking the beautiful vineyard.

Day Three – Sunday

Before you part ways and head back to your normal life, enjoy a leisurely breakfast that will have you refueled for the day to come.

If you’re in Spicer, head over to Westwood Cafe for an amazing breakfast menu that’ll have your mouth watering. If you’re in Willmar, McMillan’s Family Restaurant is known to have the best brunch menu in the area! And if you’re not quite hungry enough for a full brunch buffet, they also have amazing cinnamon and caramel rolls that’ll satisfy your hunger!

Not ready to say goodbye to your friends yet, plan ahead and make a reservation at The Relaxation Station in Kandiyohi for an amazing massage.

After a weekend in the Willmar Lakes Area with your besties, you’ll definitely feel recharged and ready to get back to work the next day!

Public Beaches

Missing the beach but don’t want to travel far? Willmar Lakes Area has got plenty of beaches and lakeshore for you to enjoy this summer.

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Places to stay

Whether you revel in the outdoors or are looking for all the comforts of home, we’ve got plenty of campgrounds, hotels, and resorts to fit your needs and budget.

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Fish our lakes

The possibilities are endless on our 30 recreational lakes…boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, hydro biking, paddle boarding and so much more!

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Surrounded by beautiful lakes and scenery…who wouldn’t take a hike or a leisurely bike ride to enjoy the view? With miles of trials to choose from, you can always find new places to explore.

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