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What does it take to Minnesota family resort ready for summer?

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This is a question I get asked by a lot of our guests. I thought it might be fun to list what we have to do prior to the first guest of the fishing season arriving. Trust me, there isn’t room for it all.

1) Yard work: raking the leaves that blew in from last year (the price of having trees), lots of sticks to pick up, remove any dead trees, plant flowers, clean gutters, seed in bare spots in lawn, mow the lawn for the first time.  Bring in and spread gravel for driveway areas that may need it.  Get out fire rings for the firepits and stock the firewood pallets.  Plant replacement trees. Get out the grills and deck furniture. Get out the recycling cans.

2) Put in the docks and hook up the electricity to them. Add boats and watertoys. Re-top dock sections that need replacement. Rake beach to remove winter leaf and weed accumulations and spread new beach sand. Clean and organize the baithouse.

3) Seasonal Cabins: Sterilize and open water lines to the seasonal cabins (and fix any leaks!) and then Spring clean the cabins:  Hook up and light the water heaters. clean carpets and upholstery, wipe down walls, wash windows, wash dishes and wipe out cabinets, hang drapes, make beds, clean bathroom, check dishware, glassware and kitchen stock and add as necessary, light furnaces.  Do this eight times.  Make sure everything works!

4) Year-round Cabins: Rewash all bedding, clean carpets, drain down water heaters to remove and sediment, clean carpets and upholstery, wipe down walls, wash windows, wash dishes and wipe out cabinets, hang drapes, make beds, clean bathroom, check dishware, glassware and kitchen stock and add as necessary, light furnaces. Do this five times.  Make sure everything works!

5) Have the septic tanks pumped.  Always a joy to pay to remove poop.

6) Stain decks, paint and stain cabins and service buildings where necessary (this project never ends).

7) Order bait, gas, candy, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, ice, replacement linens, gravel, sand, clothing for the gift shop, ice cream, etc.

8) Shop for replacement cookware, glassware and dishware, replacement furniture and appliances, garbage bags, water softener salt, 2-cycle oil, new lifejackets, boat cushions, etc.  I could keep going but it would put you to sleep.

9) “Summerize” the winter equipment (snow blowers, ice augers, snowmobiles) and put away until next season.  Put away the ice fishing equipment (that didn’t get used this year because it was too dang cold!).

10) Split more wood for the firepits. It truly is the definition of the never-ending  job.

This list doesn’t even take into consideration any new or improvement projects we have on the list for 2014.  In the meanwhile, if you are looking for a great Minnesota family resort for your next vacation, Katie will be glad to help your with your reservations.  I think I will go rest up.  Spring is just around the corner.