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Happy first day of Fall! Time to start checking off your Fall to-dos. Woods To Water has rounded up a list of festive places in the BLA to do just that!


Copper Creek | Nisswa

Check out their corn pit, hay bale bowling, fall photo stations and more at their Fall Festival Days running through the end of October! Buy one get one 50% all plants.




Double T Acres | Nisswa

Beautiful farm in the heart of the lakes area with Festive Fall offerings open Saturdays and Sundays from 10-2 and by appointment during the week!



Boys-n-Berries | Brainerd

Family run hobby farm serving the Brainerd Area! Shop their huge selection of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes with a variety of mums and corn to choose from right in

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Fall is here in the Lakes Area and Nisswa is kicking it off with the 48th annual Nisswa Fall Festival presented by The Smokestack BBQ Supply Store this Saturday, September 18th! 

Woods To Water is excited to once again participate in the Smokin' Hot BBQ Contest! The morning will start with a pancake breakfast presented by the Nisswa Fire Department followed by a medallion hunt, bean bag tournament, petting zoo and more! Check out the full list of events below and we will see ya there!

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

10:00am | Enjoy pretty good shopping, dining, treats and more! @ Downtown Nisswa

10:00am | First Medallion Hunt clue posted @ Appaloosa Ridge

10:00am-4:00pm | Fall Artisans

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Check out these local Labor Day happenings going on around town and our weekend bucket list!

The last hooray - get your water sport fix in, take a sunset cruise, and jump in the lake because Summer is on it's way out! Hope to see ya out there as we celebrate the end to another sweet Summer in the Lakes Area! 



  • MN Trader's Co. Soft Opening. Come try samplings of their food, craft coffee, wine, beer and shop their curated retail boutique! Open Daily 7am-7pm

  • Snarky Loon: Hero and Villian Live Music c 6pm



  • Jack Pine: Bonfire S'mores, SKOL Food, Dos Guys Live Music 6pm-8pm

  • Snarky Loon: Eric Whitson Live Music 6pm

  • Roundhouse: Nathan Griner Live Music 1pm

  • Kicks 66

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We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite patios in the Lakes Area for you to visit before Summer comes to a close!

Head out with your crew and say goodbye to patio season the right way;) 


Moonlite Bay | Crosslake

Large outdoor seating over looking Crosslake with tons of dock space for everyone! Check out their new second floor patio addition with it's own elevated menu!



The Wharf | Crosslake

In the heart of Crosslake, right off the Rush Channel with two floors of patio seating and a large yard!


Dockside| Pelican Lake

Popular spot for lakeside activities and live music on Pelican!


Manhattans | Trout Lake

The best sunset on The Whitefish Chain with a beachside tiki bar!


On The Rocks

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As Summer wraps up, The Woods To Water team is sharing their bucket list with you! 

From the experts who know the area most...



  • Rollerblading with the baby

  • Go boating a few more times

  • Visit the State Fair

  • Go Kayaking

  • Stay in a tiny home around Duluth



  • Golf with my dad

  • Shop Downtown Nisswa with my Mom

  • Live music on the patio

  • Boat day with friends

  • Sunset dinner cruise



  • Go to the state fair

  • Tour a Brewery

  • Visit Canterbury Park for horse races

  • Visit Minnehaha Falls

  • Go cliff jumping



  • Brainerd Zip Line

  • Roller blade

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These pizza joints will be sure to steal a slice of your heart;)

With the help of our followers and the Woods To Water team, we've found the best ZA in the BLA for your next pizza night!

Image cred: Dough Bro's

Rafferty's | Crosslake, Nisswa, Brainerd, Crosby (woodfire)

VOTED BEST PIZZA from our recent poll on IG and we weren't surprised. Rafferty's is a lakes area staple with 5 different locations and take and bake options! We love their holiday shaped pizzas! They offer online coupons you can use with every purchase. Check out their Crosby location for a woodfire style.


Zorbaz | Crosslake, Lake Shore

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For the thrill of the thrift!

Support small businesses, local crafters, and second-hand shopping by visiting one of the many thrift + antique stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area! 

Curious Belongings | Crosslake

Open Monday-Saturday 10Am–4PM and Sunday 11AM–3PM

(651) 808-1668

36378 Co Rd 66, Crosslake, MN 56442


Common Goods | Brainerd & Crosslake

Open Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm

(218) 824-0923 | 16227 MN-371, Brainerd, MN 56401

(218) 692-7682 | 35562 Co Rd 66, Crosslake, MN 56442


Treasures-n- Tiques | Jenkins

Open Wednesday-Sunday 10:30am-5:30pm

(218) 820-7931

34008 MN-371, Jenkins, MN 56472


Twin Pines Trading Post | Jenkins

Open Daily 9am-5pm

(218) 839-0829

34016 MN-371, Jenkins, MN

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Support your local farmers and create sweet memories with your family by visiting a berry farm! 

Nothing better than picking your own berries and sampling along the way right?! Check out the current picking schedules below. Due to some environmental issues picking times and varieties are limited. We recommend calling before visiting to get the most up to date time.


Wallin Berry Farm | Nisswa 218-963-7456

Currently picking raspberries and blueberries Thursday-Saturday 9-11am. Call for updated picking times. Over 40 years in business and family-owned and operated since 1979 when two brothers, Calvin and John Wallin, got the idea from a strawberry farmer at an auction.



Double T Acres | Nisswa 515-494-5449

Currently picking

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Come on a Brewery Tour with Woods To Water!

The Lakes Area is buzzing with breweries and we’re excited to take you along for a pint to check them out;)


Snarky Loon | Jenkins

Newest brewery to the Lakes Area. Focused on small batch and experimental beers, IPAs, German lagers and Belgians. Bobber Red IPA and Wave Runners Imperial are the go-to in our opinion. Check out their unique pontoon stage where they host live music!



Roundhouse | Nisswa

A creative variety of beers ranging from lime pontoon ale to wild rice brew, something for everyone! Great atmosphere with a newly renovated top deck seating inside, event space, and axe throwing! Check out their new "Dining Car" food menu.



Big Axe | Nisswa

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B.L.A. is going green!

Green thumb or no, there are tons of independently-run plant and floral shops in the Brainerd Lakes Area that specialize in custom floral arrangements, house plant styling or potted plant decor galore! Whether you want to grow some little plant babies yourself or find an expert to add some life to your space, we're surrounded by small shop talent in this area. Let's dive in!


Copper Creek:

Beyond their landscaping services and customizing outdoor environments, Copper Creek Market has: Houseplants, Garden Tools, Seeds, Home & Garden Decor, Soils & Fertilizers, Books & Puzzles, Outdoor Cooking, Gifts.


Petals & Beans:

Hand-crafted floral design. With

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