Thursday, June 14, 2012

Traveling the Heart of Minnesota: Hackensack Pt.1




Our recent vacation was at Tri Birches Resort near Hackensack, MN.  It sits on Five Point Lake.  One of the millions up there, but it's a decent size and there were lots of fish to be had.  There are many different types of cabins there which is a good thing because all different sizes of families can come and you can choose how rustic you wanna be.  There is even an area for campers.  All cabins come with a boat and great views.  But, no keys.  Ha. There are boats to rent, also.  A small beach area by some of the docks and a playground area that Madison took full advantage of.  We were up there with lots of family and everyone had their own cabin, fire pit, picnic table and chairs outside.  It was nice to have alone time and to be able to all gather together for a big fish fry.  The Radzinowicz family are gracious and readily available.  They host a 3pm Sunday Sundaes which is very sweet.  Literally, lots of great toppings with local Kemp's ice cream.  Yum!  Stephen's family has been going up there for decades.


The nearest town is Hackensack, MN, home to Lucette Kensack (Paul Bunyan's Sweetheart).  There is a huge statue of her in the town by the lake right next to the little library and huge playground.  There is a swimming beach right there too.  This is all behind the main strip with restaurants and stores.  We meant to try the Big Dipper which is a burger joint boasting 32 flavors of ice cream, but we didn't make it.

We did eat at the namesake, Lucette's Pizza and Pub.  Yum!  We had the pizza the first day and it was really great.  We had an order of Sweet Potato fries as an appetizer and they were some of the best I've ever had.  With a chili sauce I wish I knew how to
recreate.  It was awesome. I had a side salad with blue cheese dressing.  All of their dressings are homemade and this one was great.  I loved that the cheese wasn't in big chunks.  It was fine crumbs and you got a chunk in every bite.  Yum.  We went back a second time and I got a French Dip sandwich with Swiss cheese.  It was great.  There was a good smoky flavor to the beef and the au jus was perfect.  More sweet potato fries and some of their homemade kettle chips.  My only complaint is that most of the chips were too cooked for me.  A bit brown.  But really good otherwise.

You can get a fishing license easily (and anything you need to fish) at Swanson's General Store.  It's sort of a cool little spot and has a souvenir type shop in the back with all kinds of fun stuff.  Across the street from there is Mark's Market. The only grocer there and they really do have everything you need.  The only thing I found was there were no organic products of any kind.  That was a bit of a bummer but there are other stores in other locales if you really need it.  I'll tell you more later...

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