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Favorite Crosslake Experiences

Want to experience all of Crosslake this Spring & Summer? From the joys of finding a treasure at a local antique shop, discovering new local breweries, to being called a “Meat Hog” or yelling out BINGO…. Spending time in the Crosslake Area will make memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are a few of our favorite things:

For the Beer Enthusiast you need to take the 6 pack Brewery tour! Make the Lakes area loop while you tour breweries and enjoying a pint! We have 6 local breweries scattered over the lakes area starting right here in Crosslake.

14 Lakes Brewery: Located right in the heart of Crosslake just minutes away from either Whitefish Lodge & Suites or Manhattan Beach Lodge

Big Axe Brewing Company: Located just off Hwy 371 in Nisswa in the heart of shopping in downtown Nisswa

Gull Dam Brewing & Taphouse: Located just off Hwy 371 between Nisswa and Baxter. This year they have added an outdoor stage to host live bands!

Jack Pine Brewery: Located on Edgewood Drive in Baxter. Fun Fact! Jack Pine was the first brewery to come to the area since prohibition, they are named Jack Pine because it was the first tree to take root after a forest fire.

Roundhouse Brewery & Taproom: Located in the Historic Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd; they brew a wide variety of craft beers in a uniquely historic setting.

Cuyuna Brewing Company: Located in downtown Crosby, known for the Crosby Mine Pits just down the road (now known for the amazing mountain biking trails in the state) Cuyuna Brewing is all about history and fun – not to mention the antique shopping in the area is some of the best.

Click here for a map of our local breweries!

Meat Raffles & Bingo | It's all the rage in the Lakes Area!

At a dollar a chance, patrons fill our area bars for a chance at taking home the coveted prize of… you guessed it… packages of meat! Once the drawing starts the patrons eye their tickets until all the winners are called; the losers ripping up their stubs like gamblers at the track. If you are lucky to win more than once, you may just end up with your very own “Meat Hog” sticker!

Bar Bingo is another great attraction in the area. It’s not just for the little old ladies around here!!! You will find people of all ages (as long as you are over 18 of course) Each location is unique and many of the patrons have chants to go along with many of the number such as B11 “the sexy legs of Bingo” they chant!

The following is a list of area Meat Raffles & Bar Bingos:

Manhattan’s & Manhattan Beach Lodge | Bingo on Wednesday Nights at 6 pm | Enjoy $5 Burgers while you play

Crosslake American Legion | Meat Raffle on Friday Nights at 6 pm | Bingo on Saturday Afternoons at 1:30 pm

Cedar Chest | Meat Raffle | Monday Nights | 6 pm

Fifty Lakes Bar & Bottle Shop | Meat Raffle on Monday & Thursday Nights at 5:30 pm | Bingo – Thursday Nights at 6 pm

Jenkins VFW | Voted Best Meat Raffle in the State | Friday Night from 5 – 8 pm; Saturday & Sunday Night from 4 – 8 pm

Commander Bar & JJ’s Pub | Bingo on Thursday Nights at 6:30 pm & Sundays at 2 pm | Meat Raffle on Friday Nights at 6 pm

Click here for a map of area Bingos & Meat Raffles

Antiquing in the Lakes area | Some of the best treasures can be found in one our area Antique Shops

Whether you're on a mission for something so specific it might take you years to find it, or you find something you didn’t know your wanted or needed in an unexpected place, antiquing can be both a pursuit and a surprise.

The following are some of our area antique shops… you never know what you will find…

Treasure? To you it just might be!

Curious Belongings | Located on CR 66 right in Crosslake

Treasures-n-Tiques | Located on Hwy 371 in Jenkins

Four Sack Antiques | Located on Old Hwy 371 in Pequot Lakes

Karen’s Antiques & Things | Located on CR 3 in Merrifield

Hallett Antique Emporium | Located on Main Street in Crosby

Crow Wing Antiques | Located on Main Street in Crosby

202 Antiques on Main | Located on Main Street in Crosby

Pine Cone Antiques & Art | Located on Forest Road in Deerwood

Click here for a map of our area antique shops

The Whitefish Chain of Lakes may be what we are know for Up North but we have so much more to offer. We hope to see you at one of our area Breweries, browsing our Antique Shops and just having a great time at a Meat Raffle or Bar Bingo night!



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