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One Moment Please... We have arrived


Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

We have arrived at a point at which we are hopefully saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring, summer and fall -- the three more appreciated seasons of Minnesota.

Since December, most of us have seen very little of our neighbors. In every little city in our area, we have followed a very strict routine that’s all too common during a rugged Minnesota winter. Go to work, come home, stay inside. Repeat daily. There’s very little outside activity when the temperatures dip to negative 25 degrees.

But, we are on the tail end of that routine. Sure, we may have a few bouts of the “s” word coming our way, but it won’t last long with the ground thawing to our approval.

What this past winter has reminded me is the most important thing about spring, summer and fall. Don’t take those seasons for granted.

Our trifecta of favorable seasons presents an opportunity for us to explore our surroundings. And, I plan on doing as much of that as possible.

Whether hiking through Historic Forestville State Park or biking on the Root River State Bike Trail, there is no reason for anyone in this area to ever say they are bored. As a matter of fact, anyone who makes that claim may want to consider whether they are experiencing a momentary lapse of becoming a boring person.

There’s plenty to do in this area, and we should not take it for granted. Canoeing, running, hiking, biking, site-seeing, road-tripping, dining at unique family-owned restaurants, theatrical performances, historical museums, art museums, town festivals, camping, fishing, hunting, and my wife’s favorite nearly-Olympic event -- shopping.

When it comes to things to do in this area, we are not in short supply.

And, this is the moment in which I shamelessly plug our new website. Our Visit Bluff Country Magazine has been in circulation since 1985, highlighting all of the aforementioned things to do and places to go throughout Historic Bluff Country.

With the help of Michelle Haugerud at SMG Web Design, we redesigned www.visitbluffcountry.com to become the most comprehensive tourism-based website in our region. This is our third website redesign since 2009, and we have now arrived at a place we can call home. Our website brand matches up perfectly with our printed publication, and with a responsive design we are able to adapt to whatever devices are used to visit the website.

As our magazine hits the streets this month, our website goes live with a complete calendar of events, business directory, fishing maps, bike trail maps, scenic byway maps, and much more. Travelers can use our 2014-2015 Visit Bluff Country Magazine to explore the area based on their interests or by the communities they want to visit so they can better plan their getaways.

So, whether you are a local or a visitor, you can get some ideas of how to plan your days ahead. I know I am going to make the most of it. After the winter we experienced, I am going to have more fun this spring, summer and fall than I have had in a long time. I’m not going to take our three most favorable seasons for granted like I sometimes have in past years.

Let’s fire up the grill, and get outside to reconnect with our neighbors once again. Carpe diem!

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