September 4, 2019
The Minnesota Northwoods is filled with history, culture, and art that can transform any vacation into a trip back in time. From our rich Native American cultural influence and vibrant arts scene to the history of the Great Northern Railway portal and logging industry, we’ve got you covered!
History and Architecture
Bemidji is considered the cultural hub of northern Minnesota. The city’s most historical buildings include the Carnegie Library built in 1910 (funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie) and the neoclassical architecture of the Great Northern Depot (the last train depot commissioned by railroad executive James J. Hill). The depot has been restored and is now home to the Beltrami County Historical Society.
Statues and Sculptures
Bemidji is famous for its Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues, which stand watch along the downtown waterfront of Lake Bemidji. What you might not know is that just up the hill stands the beautiful bronze-cast statue of Shaynowishkung or “Chief Bemidji.” The monument, which stands 9 feet tall, was dedicated in 2015 and proudly overlooks the downtown area.
Arts and Entertainment
Bemidji boasts a vibrant arts and entertainment community. Visit the new downtown location of the Watermark Art Center with exhibits from local artists. While you’re there, pick up a brochure for the First Friday Art Walk where you can enjoy art, literary, and musical entertainment. Bemidji is also home to Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, the Bemidji Chorale, and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, providing entertainment for all age groups.
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November 20, 2019
The Minnesota Northwoods offers a variety of dining that will suit your needs. Bemidji, Blackduck, and Cass Lake each have unique dining experiences perfect for the whole family. Minnesota Nice Cafe – Bemidji Quality ingredients and traditional methods are used to produce exceptional home cooked meals, just like Grandma used to make! Their menu includes…
November 13, 2019
Big Bog State Recreation Area has two parts: a northern unit and a southern unit. The peat bog is the largest peat bog in the lower 48 states, covering 500 square-miles, and is located in the northern unit. A mile-long boardwalk in the northern unit allows visitors to enjoy the unique plants and animals, including Yellow-eyed…