Remote Minnesota: Five out-of-the-way trails and state parks to escape to this summer

Minnesota is blessed with an abundance of scenic attractions and wonders that are renowned across and beyond the Land of Sky Blue Waters. But for those amongst us seeking less-trodden trails, a host of options can be found across the North Star State. Some are hidden deep within Minnesota’s wilderness while others can be found … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Outdoor Guide

During the four glorious months that compose summer in the Midwest, the call of the wild echoes over the plains and through the river valleys, through the forests and along the lake shores, and into our hearts and minds.  For some, the call stokes the fires of adventure and self-reliance. It’s a chance to test … [ Read more]

Cooke Custom Sewing: Handsewn outdoors gear for the harshest elements

It just works.” That’s Dan Cooke’s response when asked why the hand-sewn camping gear he’s been making for 38 years continues to have such an enthusiastic and dedicated following. “When you have a car, it’s the little things that start to fail. By the end, you just have four wheels to take you from A … [ Read more]

How To Boundary Waters: Minnesota’s favorite outdoor playground is open to all—with a bit of planning

There are few outdoor pleasures more classically Minnesotan than mounting an expedition to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and spending a few days on the lakes and under the stars. For all of its charms—outdoor beauty, campfire camaraderie, and the sweet, sweet “general lack of other people” key among them—it can be tough to … [ Read more]

Better Camp Eats & Drinks: Nalgene Cocktails

This article is a part of The Growler’s Outdoor Guide. Find more tips for outdoor adventure and dining here.  If you’re going camping, you can nip on a 1.75 of whatever whiskey you can find in a plastic handle and that’s a perfectly respectable way to get three sheets to the warming summer wind. But … [ Read more]

Better Camp Eats & Drinks: Best Camp Coffee

This article is a part of The Growler’s Outdoor Guide. Find more tips for outdoor adventure and dining here.  While backcountry camping, a full-flavored, fresh cup of coffee is one of those small luxuries that can lift one’s spirits. But how do you produce the highest quality flavor while keeping the amount of equipment and … [ Read more]

Better Camp Eats & Drinks: 2 Essential Spice Rubs for Camp Cooking

This article is a part of The Growler’s Outdoor Guide. Find more tips for outdoor adventure and dining here.  Everything tastes better in the wilderness, but that’s no excuse to eat bland food out of plastic bags. One of the most versatile (and lightweight) weapons in a camp cook’s arsenal is the spice blend. The … [ Read more]

Better Camp Eats & Drinks: Dehydrated Dining Tips and Recipe for Peanut Coconut Curry

This article is a part of The Growler’s Outdoor Guide. Find more tips for outdoor adventure and dining here.  Extended camping treks involve a lot of planning, especially when it comes to meals. To punch things up—and not drag down your pack in the process—turn to dehydrated food. Before you run out to your local … [ Read more]

Get in the Van: VanGo Automotive’s vintage camper van rentals are one-size-fits-all

Drive far enough down West 7th Street and you can find pockets of St. Paul that haven’t yet fallen in step with the capital city’s gentle amble toward modernity. Past the faux food trucks and industrial upcycling, you’ll find steakhouses that still sport cigar burns from “legitimate businessmen” and lunch-counter diners with checkerboard on the … [ Read more]

Five State Parks across the Heartland for your road-tripping pleasure

Looking for some summer or fall road trip inspirations? The Growler has you covered with these Heartland destinations. ■ ■ ■ West on I-94: Lake Sakakawea State Park near Pick City, North Dakota Stretching 178 miles in length from Williston, North Dakota, to the Garrison Dam near Pick City, North Dakota, Lake Sakakawea is a … [ Read more]

Oregon Garden BrewCamp

Outdoors within a stunning 80-acre botanical garden, BrewCamp celebrates the best of Oregon’s summer with camping, incredible music, and top breweries from around the state. The three-day festival features eclectic, nonstop music on two stages, on-site festival camping, both tent and RV, beer tasting with 40+ craft breweries pouring 80+ beers, ciders and meads, new … [ Read more]

Recipes: Fresh vegetable salads from Beth Dooley

These simple salads are great for the beach picnic, alfresco dinner on the dock, or can be toted along in the cooler for the camping trip. Vary the veggies to use what’s fresh and in season. Picnic Tomato and Green Bean Salad with Toasted Croutons Serves 4 to 6 This is great when made ahead … [ Read more]

How to drink in the woods: Pro tips to elevate your beverage experience in the backcountry

We’re approaching that glorious time of year when we shed what’s left of our winter layers and head north in search of fresh air and open spaces. What’s an adventure trip without some delicious drinks to enjoy after those long, summer days? We talked to some Duluth-based experts who shared their recommendations on the best … [ Read more]

Craft Culture: Fresh views on camping at Vistabule Teardrop Trailers

There’s a timeless nostalgia and sense of adventure in the very shape of a teardrop camping trailer. The petite, two-person campers weigh around 1,200 pounds and can be hauled by most station wagons or small trucks. They were popularized in the 1930s, but the internet age renewed them into fashion. Now a handful of entrepreneurs … [ Read more]

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Hidden Minnesota: 5 underappreciated state parks and recreation areas to visit this year

Minnesota has long been recognized as the land of 10,000 sky blue-tinted lakes. But did you know the North Star State also is home to 66 state parks, not to mention an additional nine recreational areas, 25 state trails, and 43 state forest campgrounds? Many Minnesotans and visitors are familiar with such celebrated parks as … [ Read more]

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