FARGO - School's out for summer, and that means oodles of family time and vacations. What better way to spend these few precious months before the kids hit the books again than packing up the family and heading out on an adventure to remember?
When looking for interesting and unique places to visit, locals don't have to look any further than their own backyard. (OK, so maybe not your own backyard, but pretty close.)
We've rounded up five of the most unique places to stay in Minnesota and North Dakota, so pack up and ship out, because these places fill up fast!
Prothero's Post Resort (Angle Inlet, Minn.)
With its fairly isolated, remote location and excellent fishing, Prothero's Post Resort at the Angle Inlet offers guests an experience unlike any other. Built before there was even a road to get there, this 48-year-old log cabin resort sits at the most northerly tip of the contiguous United States. With six log cabins surrounded by lush green forest, Prothero's is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of fishing on the million acres of water Lake of the Woods has to offer.
Thanks to a topographer's mistake in 1783, this area of Minnesota is accessible by land only by traveling through Manitoba in Canada. Each cabin comes fully furnished complete with towels, linens and kitchenware as well as a 16-foot Lund boat. Guests should bring their own food and drinks.
About 95 percent of the resort's business is repeat families, making getting a cabin difficult for last-minute stays. However, the wait is worth it.
To book: visit www.protherospostresort.com or call 218-223-8081
Price: $125 for two people, plus $60 for each additional person (daily rate); $575 for two and $125 for each additional person (weekly rate)
Amenities: 16-foot Lund boats, Prothero's Store complete with gas, live bait and tackle, free Wi-Fi, safe docking for private boats and power at docks.
Distance from downtown Fargo: 4 hours 33 minutes (259 miles)
Note: Because of the unique location, visitors must clear customs in both Canada and the U.S. Videophones are located at various points along the way. Passports are required for adults traveling to the Northwest Angle. Visit www.cbp.gov for information on border crossing.
Coteau des Prairies Lodge (Havana, N.D.)
Located on the northernmost ridge of the Coteau des Prairies, this lodge is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city living. The spectacular views of prairie farms and fields combined with log and steel architecture means guests are treated to the rustic of the past with a modern twist.
Whether you're there for a large gathering or as a family getaway, the lodge offers 13 rooms each with a view of the vast prairie that is truly memorable. Access to the kitchen to prepare meals, outdoor expeditions, farm tours, excellent hunting areas and hiking trails ensure there's plenty to do for even the finicky of guests.
The lodge is open to individual guests but is also available to rent out as a whole, making accommodating large groups a cinch.
To book: visit https://cdplodge.com/ or call 701-680-1175
Price: $140 (standard room); $1,900 (whole lodge)
Amenities: continental breakfast, farm tours at an additional price, game-cleaning station, hiking trails, in-house chefs and a full kitchen.
Distance from downtown Fargo: 1 hour 43 minutes (95 miles)
The Ashley Lodge (Ashley, N.D.)
Built between 1919 and 1921, this renovated creamery is located within walking distance of anywhere in town.
Instead of individual rooms, guests are able to choose from four floor suites. The owners designed the building to flow from floor to floor, much like a connected room at a normal hotel.
Large spaces and amenities combine to create a space that can easily accommodate large groups or families. Complete with fully equipped kitchenettes for guests to create delicious meals, furnished apartment-style suites and easy access to each of the other floors, the Ashley Lodge ensures the comfort of the modern day in a historic part of Ashley.
To book: visit www.theashleylodge.com, or call 701-535-1197
Price: $800 (whole building); call for individual rates
Amenities: fully equipped kitchens on each floor, beds and linens and easy access to downtown.
Distance from downtown Fargo: 2 hours 53 minutes (187 miles)
Enchanted Castle (Regent, N.D.)
Every child dreams of being a prince or princess one day. Now, families can experience what it's like to live in a castle right in small-town North Dakota.
The Enchanted Castle, at the end of the roadside gallery known as the Enchanted Highway, is a 19-room converted school that promises to treat guests like royalty.
From parking under the drawbridge to being guarded by knights in shining armor, families are brought into medieval times in this themed hotel.
The Tavern and Steakhouse are available to feed a hungry brood before they relax in one of two hot tubs or hit the court in the on-site gymnasium.
To book: visit enchantedcastlend.com or call 701-563-4858
Price: $99 (standard room); $135 (suite)
Amenities: full-court gym, tavern and steakhouse, fitness center and two 10-person hot tubs.
Distance from downtown Fargo: 4 hours 38 minutes (313 miles)
Long Prairie Treehouse (Long Prairie, Minn.)
If you're looking for an unusual place to stay in central Minnesota, look no further than Joyce LaVoie's treehouse in Long Prairie.
Purchased in 2003, this one-room nook in the trees offers guests a step back from the modern world within this 120-square-foot rustic living space. Featuring one large double bed, a cot and ample floor space, the treehouse can accommodate up to four people comfortably. A patio wraps its way around most of the treehouse, allowing for amazing views of the property and a perfect place for bird-lovers to relax and listen to their songs.
With breakfast offered daily by the owners, the treehouse could be the perfect getaway from everyday life.
To book: www.vrbo.com/484320
Price: $175 per night
Amenities: parking spaces, kayaks and canoes, linens and books, games and toys.
Distance from downtown Fargo: 2 hours 8 minutes (135 miles)