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It's time to deck the halls! We've rounded up a list of the best places in the BLA + beyond to find the perfect tree.

CUT YOUR OWN

Wee Tree Christmas Tree Farm
13291 Galaxy Rd, Royalton, MN 56373
Featuring Christmas trees, greenery + gifts 
"cut your own christmas tree"
7531 Wetherbee Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401

PRE-CUT ONLY 

COPPER CREEK GARDEN CENTER + MARKET 
24735 MN-371, NISSWA, MN 56468

ERICKSON'S GREENHOUSE 
1004 SE 13TH ST, BRAINERD, MN 
LANDSBERG NURSERY 
16460 HIGHWAY 371 NORTH BRAINERD, MN

PRE-CUT AND CUT YOUR OWN OPTIONS 

JB CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
22591 153rd St, Pierz, MN 56364 
Hinkemeyer Tree farm
12675 22nd Ave NE, Rice, MN 56367
Grab your tree and enjoy sleigh rides and treats while…

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Woods to Water has chosen a family to sponsor for Best Christmas Ever and fundraising is officially underway!

Woods to Water Real Estate is honored to be partnering with the non-profit, Best Christmas Ever, for our fourth year. BCE is a local organization on a mission to provide families in our community with a once-in-a-lifetime “Best Christmas Ever”. Whether it's continued financial burden, illness, physical and emotional stress, a loss in the family, some of our friends and neighbors are in need of someone to lift them up this holiday season.

With the help of our kind, generous, and caring community, we have the opportunity to provide a local family with the Best Christmas Ever. Our family has been hit with an unexpected serious medical…

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The rut is in full swing and tags are being filled throughout the BLA.

I have seen lots of chasing, fighting, and mid-day cruising from some nice deer! The key to hunting November is stand time. Rifle season kicked off last weekend and some hunters are lucky enough to get three weekends of rifle hunting depending on your zone. Don't forget about muzzloader and late season archery to follow. If you haven't filled a tag yet, you still have time! 

The rut has been picking up in the north woods which is right on schedule. For those who think it has come and gone... it has not. Statistically does are bred around the same time every year, due to fawns being born later in the spring to survive. Hunters will also experience a "2nd" rut in December! Still…

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The Holidays are upon us – nothing better than kicking off the season in 'Minnesota's best small town'!

Save the date for the nisswa city of lights event on Nov. 25th!

For more information as it's released, follow the Nisswa City of Lights event page and Woods to Water social pages.

Schedule of events updated as of November 11th.

Best Christmas Ever

Nominations are now closed and we're nearing family selection time with the amazing non-profit we've partnered with this holiday season, Best Christmas Ever. Be sure to stop by the Woods to Water office in Nisswa during the lighting event for some holiday cheer — grab a gift tag off our giving tree to support Best Christmas Ever! You can also donate directly through our kindful link. 

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Nothing says Minnesota like a good meat raffle.

 Here’s your guide to winning big in the BLA. We’ll MEAT you there!

MONDAY

FIFTY LAKES BAR & BOTTLE SHOP 

Raffles every Monday! Ticket sales start at 4:00pm and raffle at 5:30pm

YE OLD PICKLE FACTORY 

Mondays at 5:00pm 

TUESDAY

PEQUOT LAKES AMERICAN LEGION 49

Raffle begins at 5:30pm

WEDNESDAY

LUCKY'S TAVERN 

Wednesdays + Thursdays at 6:30pm 

THURSDAY

B*mERRI GASTROPUB 

Every Thursday night through the end of the year. Ticket sales start at 5:30pm and are drawn at 6:30pm. Tickets are $1 each and support the Northern Lakes Lightning youth hockey team. 

THE DEERSTAND 

Thursday nights at 6:30pm and Saturday afternoons at 3pm.

SIDETRACK BAR & GRILL 

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Whether you're looking for TRICKS or TREATS, here's your guide to all things Halloween happening this week around town: 

  • Oct 28th + 29th Haunted Hidden Hallows at Paul Bunyan Land from 7-10PM. Haunted house: $14, Corn Maze: $18, both attractions for $28. 

  • HALLOWEEN PARTY at ye old pickle factory IN NISSWA OCT 29TH FROM 8PM-MIDNIGHT featuring live music from the nissfits 

  • GRANDVIEW LODGE SPOOKTACULAR OCT 28TH-30TH. FOR GUESTS OF THE B.L.A STAYING AT GRAND VIEW LODGE. 

  • haunted bobbertown bungalows IN PEQUOT LAKES. October 28, 29, 30, 31 from 7:00PM-9:00PM.

  • NISSWA FIRE HAUNTED BARN & HAYRIDES at the nisswa fire station. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29TH. "Not So Scary HOURS" from 5-7PM (No Live Spooks) and "Scary Hours"…

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YOUR GUIDE FOR LATE-FALL HUNTING

The most favorable time of the year is here for the outdoorsman: FALL



The leaves are at their peak colors and temperatures are dropping, things are only getting better! With most hunting seasons already underway there is plenty of opportunity to keep busy! Pheasant opener kicked off on October 15th. Followed by youth deer the 20th-23rd. Get outside and have some fun!


OPENER DATES:

PHEASANTS - 10/15/22
YOUTH DEER - 10/20-10/23/22

→ PRO TIP: I have had some early success on the water, duck hunting and in the woods deer hunting! Some key things I look for while hunting in the month of October are: big temperature changes, barometric pressures greater than 30, moon phases, and hunting near pre-rut…

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[insert fall color tours] Best spots to experience Fall colors in the B.L.A. 

Hometown hues are here! Read up on our top viewing locations for those peak fall colors.

Paul M Thiede Fire Tower Park

Pequot Lakes, MN | 5230 County Road 11, Pequot Lakes, MN

Climb this historic 100 ft fire tower dating back to 1934 for some of the most picturesque views of Pequot Lakes - floods of color for miles make for some epic takeaways from this bird's-eye view. Walk their 3,000 feet of wooded walking trails through the woods before or after. The park is open year-round from dawn to dusk, with minimal maintenance (i.e. snow plowing) during the winter months. More info on the park

Miner's Mountain Trail / Crosby Mine Pits

The overlook at…

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Fall has made its arrival – if your calendar isn't full of festive fun outings, you're doing it wrong! 

WE'VE DRUMMED UP A LIST OF SOME OF THE AREA'S MOST FESTIVE ADVENTURES. GRAB THAT PUMPKIN SPICE YOU'VE BEEN WAITING ON AND HIT THE TOWN...

FALL COLOR TOURS

We haven't quite hit peak color in the BLA yet but we have some beautiful viewing spots right in our backyard - stay tuned for our next blog post on the top spots in the area to catch the colors!

COPPER CREEK FALL FESTIVAL DAYS

Now through the end of October, the Copper Creek fall festival has been taken to new levels! A full-blown fall fest with activities galore - fun for the whole family including painted hay bales, corn pit, hay bale slides, outdoor bowling, slingshots,…

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Nisswa Fall Festival (47th annual) & Smokin Hot BBQ Challenge '22: Saturday 17th! 7:30am - 8pm

Woods to Water will be competing in the annual Smokin' Hot BBQ Challenge once again!

⭐️ TIP: Get there early to snag tickets, available outside - the party is between Woods to Water and the Pickle! Enjoy a day of fun participating in events, live music, and shopping small in downtown Nisswa, all while taking in the sweet smell of smoked bbq. VIP tickets are still available through the Nisswa Chamber - get them before they run out for the full bbq experience.


7:00am-10:00am Nisswa Fire Department Pancake Breakfast - Nisswa Fire Department

10:00am First Medallion Hunt clue posted - The Dock Panther

12:00pm Second Medallion Hunt clue posted -…

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