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Breezy Point White Birch Summer

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An August 2005 trip to Breezy Point by SavageMan

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Quote: We spent the third week of August at White Birch Estates, part of the Breezy Point resort. This journal is a description of accommodations and activities one can find at this resort and in this area.

Breezy Point White Birch Summer

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Tower Photo, Breezy Point, Minnesota
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On this trip to White Birch at Breezy Point, we traveled during the middle of August. Our family—two adults and children, 10, 8, and 6—was joined by two of our parents, male and female, in their mid-60’s. While we have stayed in the Eagles Nest portion of White Birch during the winter, this was our first summer trip, and we stayed in the portion called White Birch Estates. Breezy Point is a very large resort community made up of three primary resorts. White Birch is the newest part of the resort town and consists of individual homes with lockouts in Eagles Nest or a variety of twin-home or quad units in the White Birch Estates. All of the White Birch units are on or very near the Whi...Read More

Whitebirch Breezy Point Resort

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Hotel | "White Birch Estates"

Whitebirch Breezy Point Resort Photo, Breezy Point, Minnesota
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White Birch Estates is located just off the main entrance to White Birch Golf Course. White Birch Resort also is made up of the Eagles Nest units which are all along the golf course. The Estates are near, but not on the golf course. Our unit was a very easy walk to the course which had a bar and restaurant with fine dining. The unit had three bedrooms, the master with a king-size bed and two others with queens. There was also a pull-out couch to make sleeping available for eight. The unit was very well-kept, clean, and had a very new feel to it. A full kitchen had a center bar and breakfast bar-type kitchen table that seated four. There was a dining room that opened up to the living r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

Whitebirch Breezy Point Resort
9252 Breezy Point Drive
Breezy Point, Minnesota 56472
(218) 562-5956

Whitebirch Breezy Point Resort

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Best Things Nearby: Best Things About the Resort: Resort Experience:White Birch Estates is located just off the main entrance to White Birch Golf Course. White Birch Resort also is made up of the Eagles Nest units, which are all along the golf course. The Estates are near, but not on, the golf course. Our unit was a very easy walk to the course, which had a bar and restaurant with fine dining. The unit had three bedrooms, the master with a king-size bed and two others with queens. There was also a pullout couch to make sleeping available for eight. The unit was very well-kept and clean, and had a very new feel to it. A full kitchen had a cente...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

Whitebirch Breezy Point Resort
9252 Breezy Point Drive
Breezy Point, Minnesota 56472
(218) 562-5956

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Best Things Nearby: Best Things About the Resort: Resort Experience:Breezy Point Resort is a very large sprawling resort with many lodging options from hotel rooms to spacious and luxurious condominiums and private homes. Breezy Point Resort opened in the 1920’s under the ownership of Captain Billy Fawcet who became known for his Whiz Bang joke book which was very popular at the time. Since those early beginnings, Breezy Point has seen continuous spurts of growth. While most of the original 1920s buildings were lost in a fire many years ago, there are a wide range of accommodations and amenities ranging from old to new. The two primary attract...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

Breezy Point Timeshare
P.O. Box 285
Breezy Point, Minnesota
(218) 562-6400

Rafferty's Pizza

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Restaurant

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There are many restaurants in this area to choose. Breezy Point has two primary restaurants. There is the Marina Restaurant on the lake and Antlers located in the White Birch clubhouse. We’ve enjoyed both of these restaurants on previous trips, but chose not to visit either this time around. The Marina has a casual feel, with a popular bar connected. Antlers is fine dining and great for a formal dinner or date. While we ate at the unit most of the time, we had two dining experiences at the resort we enjoyed. Rafferty’s Pizza is a fun family stop right in downtown Nisswa. The pizza we had was excellent. They claim to be voted the best pizza in the lakes area and have received the award of being ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

Rafferty's Pizza
Main St.
Breezy Point, Minnesota

Wheelchair Accessibility

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We were joined for a portion of our week at Breezy Point by two of our parents, one of which needs wheelchair accessibility. Actually, what she uses isn’t a traditional wheelchair, but in essence an "electric chair." She uses it as a seat at the table and just as easily as maneuvers it down a walking path. This issue makes us a little more aware of accessibility issues of a resort, and the purpose of this document is to highlight where someone else who would visit this resort would succeed or have problems. First off, much of the resort is totally accessible. The lobby area and conference center building is totally accessible. All of the "hotel-type" rooms would be accessible. Some of...Read More

Itasca State Park

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Headwaters Photo, Breezy Point, Minnesota
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Ole Man River… The mighty Mississippi… It rolls on and divides our country in two, creating a great boundary between east and west, spilling out into the Gulf of Mexico. Where does this great river begin? What is its source? This was a great debate for many years as explorers attempted to discover the true source. Several options were considered over the years, but finally, scientists and geologists agreed—Lake Itasca was the true source of this great river. Lake Itasca and Itasca State Park are great places to relax, hike, and make a trek to the humble beginnings of the great Mississippi. From Breezy Point, the park is about 70 miles to the northwest. It is a beautiful drive through...Read More

Star Watching at Breezy Point

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Vacation time is a great time to enjoy amateur astronomy, and this area has the dark skies needed to really enjoy this hobby. There are plenty of places to view the skies at the resort. The golf course right outside our front door was perfect for us. We used the driving range, which provided some benches and a wide-open expanse to look without the problem of yard and streetlights. The constellations were very vivid, and one could easily see the band of Milky Way crossing the sky—something we miss so greatly at our urban home. While just enjoying the view with one’s eyes or a pair of binoculars would be great, we planned to use some of our evenings for astronomy and brought our telescope with us. ...Read More

GeoCaching!

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Our family enjoys going GeoCaching. GeoCaching is a high-tech scavenger hunt. There are caches hidden all around the world. The website www.geocaching.com is the place where one can find cache coordinates in any area. I found the cache coordinates while at home and printed out the information we would need. There is a guest computer with printer available by the Breezy Point Resort office as well. The coordinates are entered into a GPS unit. The GPS unit then helps you locate what you are looking for. The cache is a container—sometimes large, other times very small—that contains a logbook and often times small treasures to trade. At times, the cache container has been an old ammo box ...Read More

Sheer's Lumberjack Show

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Chopping Photo, Breezy Point, Minnesota
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Have you ever watched Saturday afternoon sports and seen those logging championships where the guys chop, saw, climb, and try to knock one another off a log floating on the water? Scheer’s Lumberjack is a longstanding attraction at Hayward, Wisconsin. It is at Scheer’s stadium in Hayward, where the championships are held. Scheer’s has another lumberjack arena just north of Pequot Lakes. Shows are held afternoons and evenings most days each week. You’ll experience some impressive displays of strength and balance as you watch the friendly competition between two guys as they chop, climb 50 feet up a pole, and show off their chainsaw and hand saw skills. The highlight is the water porti...Read More

Paul Bunyanland & This Old Farm

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Paul Bunyan Photo, Breezy Point, Minnesota
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Talk about the northern forests of our country and you remember the legend of Paul Bunyan. Many of us grew up with tall-tale legends like Paul and Babe the Blue Ox. The folksy legends of how Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes came from Paul’s big footprints and how he could clear forest with one fell swoop of his ax. (No one ever said that he was the most environmentally friendly guy!) The great pine forests that surround Breezy Point are an integral part of where these legends came from, and several places in this area capitalize on this. One of the great childhood memories for many adults is being taken to Paul Bunyan Land in Brainerd, MN. Brainerd is a small city located about a half-hour south of Bre...Read More

Golf in and around Breezy Point

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Golf is big in this northern vacationland. Breezy Point is home to two well-designed and well-kept courses. The Traditional Course is best for the recreational golfer or one who enjoys a course where a strong long game is not required. At 5,192 yards, this course plays well and is a great course to for the weaker player or for the experienced player to "warm up" on. White Birch is Breezy’s more advanced course. At 6,730 yards, a long game is helpful to get the scores you want. As with all courses in this area, the Breezy Point courses are carved into the beautiful landscape, and even if your game isn’t up to par, you’ll enjoy the beautiful vistas. Golf at Breezy Point averages about $50 to $60 per day...Read More

Mini-Golf Courses

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There are several mini-golf options in the Breezy Point area. To the south by Baxter, there is Pirates Cove Adventure Mini-Golf. Perhaps you’ve seen this chain of pirate-themed mini-golf courses in other major vacation destinations, like Orlando. Another course worth mentioning is Bump-n-Putt. They have a number of attractions for kids and teens. We chose Wildwedge, located just north of Pequot Lakes, next to the Scheer’s Lumberjack Show. Wildwedge is actually a small par 3 golf course and mini-golf course. We did not experience the golf course, but it looks like a great place for a beginner or a child to try golf for the first time. A local travel paper that we picked up f...Read More
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So, is a Breezy Point vacation a good vacation option? Perhaps you’re looking for a vacation trade in Orlando or other major vacation market but haven’t found what you’re looking for. We spent a week in Orlando this past June, so it is interesting to make some comparisons between this trip and our Florida vacation. First off, a vacation here is not a theme-park vacation. Sure, there is Paul Bunyanland and some amusement parks, but if you are looking for Disney, go to Disney. This is not the uniformly packaged, themed vacation that you’ll find at some resorts. If you enjoy being active and doing things, you will love a vacation here. Sportsmen and women: This one should be ...Read More

Breezy Point Ice Arena

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Breezy Ice Arena is a full-sized dedicated ice arena that is open year-round. It is used by a couple of local hockey teams and figure-skating clubs. There are numerous camps held throughout the summer for budding hockey or skating stars. Breezy Point Guests receive a coupon with their welcome packet for admission to an open skate time. Skate rental is available at the pro shop, as is sharpening and anything else you’d expect from a skate pro shop. Ice skating is a Minnesota tradition, and even in the summer months this is a fun diversion from the outdoors. We are not a "hockey family," and skating is still somewhat new to our family. I did not grow up here, so ice skating is new to m...Read More

Shopping in the North Woods

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If you like to look through little shops, this is a great area for you. The towns of Nisswa and Pequot Lakes have many little shops filled with inexpensive and expensive treasures. For the interior designer looking to decorate with North Woods flair, this is a gold mine. You’ll fine tons of tasteful options. Because of the wide range of people who vacation here, there is a wide range of merchandise. Some stuff is the typical souvenir-shop quality. But most of the shops specialize in much finer quality merchandise. Kids will love the Lucky Loon. They call themselves "the coolest toy store on the planet," and they just may be right. They have a great combination of normal and unique toy...Read More