Romantic Getaways In Minnesota

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Norm Goldman, Editor of Sketchandtravel.com and Bookpleasures.com interviews Tom Watson (author and freelance photojournalist) over at The Brogue Hog site.

The subject of the interview…

Is There Such A Thing As A Romantic Camping Getaway In Minnesota?

If you live or camp to Minnesota you will want to check out this article. Here is a quick preview:

Norm:

As many of our readers are interested in romantic getaways, could you describe eight of the most romantic and unique camping areas in Minnesota? Why are they romantic?

Tom:

That calls upon my interpretation of both “romantic” and “unique” campsites. I am foremost a primitive camper, minimum facilities, minimum impact.

To me a romantic site is private, remote and amid better than average scenery or natural attractions.

Based on that I could list almost any campsite in the BWCA Wilderness as well as any in Voyageurs National Park - most of which are water accessible only. As far as drive-up sites, and those with a bit of walk-in access (my favorites), I have to list the following…

Yes, Tom goes on to describe his top seven favorite romantic camping sites.

Check it out >>HERE<<.

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Web Resources For Hiking

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Take a break from the concrete jungle! Go for a HIKE

Hiking is an inexpensive way to enjoy the beauty of Nature. Hiking is also a great way to get some exercise. Bring food, wine and a blanket and you can turn your hike into a Romantic Picnic.

There are many websites offering hiking information. Check out some of these cool hiking resources:

American Hiking Society
As the national voice for America’s Hikers, American Hiking Society promotes and protects foot trails and the hiking experience. This site has information on trails and other news useful for hikers and backpackers.

American Trails
American Trails is the only national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests, including hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, water trails, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail motorcycling, ATVs, snowmobiling and four-wheeling. Their goal is to find common ground and promote cooperation among all trail interests. A large collection of trail related information and articles can be located at this site.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a volunteer-based, private nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a 250,000-acre greenway extending from Maine to Georgia. If you are considering any sort of hike on the Appalachian Trail this is the spot to begin planning your trip.

Continental Divide Trail Alliance
The Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) was formed in 1995 to assist the federal land management agencies in the completion, management and protection of the trail that extends the full length of the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. This site has all the information you need about the trail, including maps and access points.

Pacific Crest Trail Association
The mission of the Pacific Crest Trail Association is to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. There is general trail information and updates on trail conditions. The site has trip planning information and even journals from hikers.

Peak to Peak
The mission of the Peak to Peak site is to provide visitors with links to other Web sites containing original content about hiking, trail, walking, and also wilderness communities. There is truly a wide selection of links on this site!

Trail Peak
The mission of Trail Peak is to provide the best source of hiking, mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, skiing, and snowshoeing trails and trip planning tools across Canada and the US. Their trail database is built and maintained by… you (and everybody else). Cool site!

Trails.com
This award winning website provides its customers with several great services…

  • Unlimited access to our more than 40,000 routes; driving directions, trail guides and maps.

  • Unlimited access to every USGS Topographic map in the U.S.

  • Trail Finder and Topo Finder functionalities that allow for fast and easy searching.

  • Create, save download, email and print maps and guides.

  • Real time weather, GPS and more!

You can check out Trails.com “Unlimited” now with their FREE trial. With the free trial you can download up to 3 trail guides. If you like the service you can continue for the regular subscription price of $49.95 per year.

Looking for more romantic ideas? Click HERE for more Romantic Hiking ideas and information.

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Web Resources: The Outdoors

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There are often times when I need inspiration. This is usually when I’m stressed and overworked. It always helps to take a break for a few moments. Soak up some fresh ideas and possibilities! I like to think about my next outdoor adventure. This inspires me to keep working. Let the following outdoor links inspire you! Check out MORE camping links at RomanticCamping.com. Enjoy…

Appalachian Mountain Club: Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest nonprofit conservation and recreation organization. They promote the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the mountains, rivers, and trails of the Appalachian region. This is an excellent resource for all outdoor excursions into the Appalachians. http://www.outdoors.org

GreatOutdoors.com: GreatOutdoors.com is an online community dedicated to inspiration and information. The goal of this site is to quench your thirst for adventure through inspiring photo galleries and action videos, captivating stories, up to date news and profiles of the world’s top outdoor athletes. http://www.greatoutdoors.com

The Mountaineers: The mission of this outdoors club is to be the premier northwest outdoor recreation club, dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and protection of natural areas. Their site offers information about outdoor activities in the northwestern area of the United States. http://mountaineers.org

Outdoor Adventure Canada: This online magazine is focused on Canadian outdoor activities. Among other features, the site offers great articles, discussion forums, planning tools and campground directories.
http://www.outdooradventurecanada.com

Outdoorzy.com: Have you ever been called “outdoorsy?” This site was designed for the outdoorsy people of the world. It is a place where these people pool all of their gear lists, trip reports, photos, and information on our outdoor adventures. Outdoorzy.com is a social network where you can share information and get the most out of your outdoor play time. www.outdoorzy.com

Outpost Magazine: Outpost aims to take a more adventurous and realistic look at the world and how people travel through it. Their site provides archived information on destinations and travel health, and offers samples of some of their wildest stories. This is a good resource for travel inspiration!
http://www.outpostmagazine.com

Outside Online: As the online home for Outside magazine, Outside Online is dedicated to covering the people, activities, gear, art, and politics of the world outside. Outside Online features over ten years of articles from the pages of Outside, plus exclusive features found only on the Web. Browse stories on health and fitness, travel, gear, and culture, and see exclusive online photo galleries, slideshows, interviews, on-the-scene event coverage, and more. Plus, get expert advice from our Gear Guy, the Adventure Adviser, and Chris Carmichael, in his fitness Q&A. www.outside.away.com

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