Thoughts of vacations to Minnesota’s Lake Country often evoke images or fishing and boating on the thousands of lakes for which Minnesota is famous. Some folks will imagine water skiing, tubing, floating on air mattresses, swimming, sunning and sightseeing on the water. For others there will be visions of rods and reels, lures and bait, dip nets and lunker walleyes. That’s great and accurate, but sometimes becoming part of the strolling visitors along the streets of one of the areas rural communities can be an interesting and delightful experience as well. In fact, should you encounter a rainy day, exploring shops in area small towns like Brainerd, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Crosslake, Crosby, Atkin, or Breezy Point is a perfect way to spend the day.
Discovering boutique shops with an amazing array of unique items is par for the course in north central Minnesota. Nisswa and Pequot Lakes are famous for their art galleries and shops specializing in locally created art works and crafts and the exciting thing is these shops also exist in nearly every town along every major highway and rural route in Minnesota. Finding exquisitely hand crafted artworks, furnishings and pottery is just part of the fun.
There are specialty shops geared to entice even the most jaded shoppers with items that can not be found anywhere else. Entire artisan communities have developed in the spectacularly beautiful natural surroundings of this part of the state.
The Brainerd Lakes area small shops cater to adults, children and families. Old fashioned ice cream parlors and candy shops offer homemade goodies and special treats to refresh and power and afternoon of browsing the wares. For the household, there are kitchen boutiques, furniture and decorator shops, yard and garden décor, wildlife specialty shops and more.
If you’re interested in antiques Crosby, Minnesota streets are lined with shop after shop of interesting articles, some from the primitive age. Other towns that offer antique stores include Crosslake, Nisswa and Brainerd to name a few.
Souvenirs to commemorate a vacation are abundant and there are items in all price ranges, with plenty of items children can select at pint-sized prices just for them. Adults can search out high ticket items to add to collections. There are many surprises to fit every vacation budget.
Both Crosslake and Nisswa offer clothing stores that cater to vacationers with truly unique items that certainly will not be found at “big box” stores. Everything from northwoods styled wool and flannel to the latest in international swimwear styles. Resort attire, footwear and jewelry are abundant and perfect for the casual style that predominates in this “laid-back” region.