Serendipity Art Gallery and Gifts

Serendipity Art Gallery and Gifts opened in the Pequot Lake’s Jack Pine Center in 2016.

You can find some of Minnesota’s best-loved artists on display.

The studio is filled with blown glass lamps, wine glasses and terrariums, intricately painted rocks, colorful origami wall displays, batik fabric artwork, fish and nature prints.

Owned by Jenni and Mike Sommerness, Serendipity is home to many local artists including Cyrus Swann, Jerry Raedeke, and Rose Eden.

If you are an arts lover, you should definitely check it out!

Lakes Lattes

Lakes Latte is an adorable coffee shop in Pequot Lakes.
They have all sort of options; coffees, smoothies, sandwiches, donuts, homemade scones & cookies.
Need inspiration? Try the “Up North,” a blend of caramel, chocolate and espresso.
The spacious coffeehouse is surprisingly warm and welcoming with comfy sofas, a fireplace, reading nooks and even coffee tables made with coffee bean art.
An up north home-away-from-home, if you will.
Fun fact: Lakes lines up to Paul Bunyan trail making it the perfect place to take a break from snowmobiling across the north woods.

Paul Bunyan’s Fishing Bobber

Did you know that Pequot Lakes is the home of Paul Bunyan’s Fishing Bobber? Yep, it totally is! A major landmark,  “The World’s Largest Fishing Bobber” sits in Bobber Park. Built in 1960, the former water tower’s claim-to-fame began in 1987 when a when the water tower needed to be painted and then-council member Dale Headlee suggested a change of color from blue. The Pequot Lakes Chamber sponsored a contest for anyone who could come up with a new design for the tower, offering a $100 savings bond to the winner. Nathan Burns, an elementary school student, had the winning pitch. The bobber has since become the symbol of Pequot Lakes. Anywhere you look, you’re bound to find jewelry, mugs, hats, signs, sweatshirts – you name it, emblazoned with the infamous bobber. If you are planning a trip to Pequot Lakes, just, “Find the Bobber … You’re there!”

The Hungry Loon Cafe

I’m spending the next two weeks taking you on a trip up north to the Brainerd Lakes area for snowmobiling, billiards, drinking, sledding, ice fishing, board games and even bingo!
The first stop for me is always food.
Located in the Jack Pine Center in downtown Pequot Lakes, the Hungry Loon is a perfect spot, no matter the season.
Boasting, and rightfully so, a casual ‘up north’ atmosphere, you’ll find the walls covered in all things Northwoods.
Since they have a collection of different mugs they serve hot beverages in, I got hot chocolate just to see which one I’d end up with.
Fan favorites are Loon’s cranberry wild rice bread, rosemary potatoes and the made-from-scratch Hungarian mushroom soup.
And you can’t go wrong with their smothered-in-goodness Reuben!