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Breezy Point Ice Fest 


Enjoy specialty drinks, great food, and ice skating on Breezy Bay with a full schedule of events. See more info on their Facebook page. 

Haapajoki Memorial Cup 


The Jake Haapajoki Memorial Cup is a 3 on 3 hockey tournament in memory of Jake Haapajoki who took his life in 2018. Jake was a bright, loving, and caring kid who could always make everyone laugh. In his memory, the tournament raises money for suicide prevention and awareness and funds a scholarship to give to students at…

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We hate to say it...

Winter is coming. If there was any doubt, this week’s sub-sixty-degree weather and driving cold rain confirmed that Fall is in full swing! For those of us in summer dominant rental markets, fall offers a chance to slow down, catch your breath, gain some perspective on what went well and what needs to be improved in our short-term business, and reflect on how can we grow revenue for our owners and enhance the guest experience. Here’s what our team at Woods to Water Vacation Homes, in partnership with our homeowners, is doing to get ready for the Fall and Winter season:

Check your calendars

Make sure next summer is open as many peak season bookings happen between now and the holiday season as families gather and start…

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The GetAway Adventure Resort 

An exceptional property managed by Woods to Water Vacation Homes

Content by Colton Maher, Photography by Sarah Heath Photography + Jon Kreye 

Photo by Jon Kreye 

Quite possibly the most unique vacation rental in all the Midwest, The GetAway sits just west of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, on 520 acres of awe-inducing wooded privacy. Equipped with an in-ground pool and hot tub, a private golf course, an archery simulator, a military-grade high-ropes course, miles of trails, and two Sherp amphibious ATVs for guests to explore the property.  For years, this property sat with little use and left those driving by questioning what it was or who owned it. With new owners at the helm and with the help of Woods to Water…

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By Chuck Hasse, Leech Lake Fishing Guide with Leisure Outdoor Adventures

Fall is finally here.

Unfortunately, nobody told Mother Nature, Water temps in the mid-60s have kept fish in their summer patterns as of late except earlier in the week. Recent daytime highs in the high 70s or even 80s have warmed water temps back up as of right now.  Given the forecast, water temps should slowly start to decrease again throughout the next 10 days and hopefully activate the attitudes of fish on Leech Lake.

As of now, the best tactics for catching almost all fish are the same as you would have used a month ago.  For Walleyes, reaction baits such as a #7 Rapala Shad rap or a Berkley Flicker Shad trolled over flats in 8-10 ft of water is a good go-to right…

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We hear it daily… “People self-manage their rentals all the time, how hard could it be?” Or, “Management companies charge fees, wouldn’t it be cheaper if I just did it on my own?”  

Don’t get us wrong, there may be instances where self-managing is the right option for you. Some people have ample free time, live in close proximity to the property, or have prior short-term rental experience. Maybe renting it is a temporary solution for a few months or, some people may be a glutton for punishment. Regardless, we’ve learned that self-managing simply isn’t a viable long-term solution for most owners. We know because our clients tell us!

When you partner with a professional management company you’re getting a trusted partner, a “boots-on-the-ground”…

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