Fall in Minnesota is unquestionably my favorite time of the year. Each October I take my camera ( my wife, daughter and son dragged me in to the digital age by giving me a new Cannon digital camera for Fathers Day a couple of years ago) and search out postcard type photos of fall colors around the state. One of my favorite areas for fall colors is in the Brainerd area of central Minnesota…although I have probably visited every nook and cranny in the entire state during my years with the state office of tourism.
Well I’m headed back to central Minnesota again to try out a NEW view of the area around Breezy Point. I have walked the wooded areas and picture perfect golf courses in the area on several occasions and photographed some spectacular scenes. But, my new adventure will give me a whole new perspective. I will photograph and enjoy the fall color scenes from the deck of the Breezy Belle…which runs out of Breezy Point Resort.
The Breezy Belle is a unique Paddle-Wheel Excursion Boat and a great choice for any group, or a way for you and some friends to go on a dinner cruise or lunch cruise and unwind while enjoying Minnesota’s fall colors.
The Breezy Belle can accommodate up to 100 people with an enclosed main deck, open upper deck, banquet tables and chairs, head (restroom), handicapped accessible (main deck).
The Breezy Belle was built and designed in Brainerd, Minnesota on the shores of Rice Lake by Captain Nick Buffetta and his Grandfather and is now operated by Breezy Point Resort and Captain Nick Buffetta.
Breezy Point manager David Spizzo says they do a lot of different types of cruises on the boat. Public cruises, family reunions, corporate cruises, grooms dinners and weddings. David reminded me that the schedule through the end of September is Sunday and Wednesday evenings. From 6-8pm so you don’t have a lot of time to take advantage of this opportunity. David added that the optimum time for fall colors this year will be very soon. You can contact Breezy Point at 218-562-7180.
By the way, on your drive to or from Breezy Point and a water excursion on the Breezy Belle, take time to check out the fall colors at Crow Wing State Park in the Brainerd area. Fall colors at this great state park include goldenrods, asters, blazing stars, and wild onion. The birch and hazel tree have some noticeable yellow leaves. Hiking along the historic Red River trail and through the old town site of Crow Wing is a great way to see the changing of the seasons. You may even happen across deer and wild turkey as you meander the pathways.
Okay, that’s it…enough talk. I’m headed for the Brainerd lakes area for a cruise on the Breezy Belle and a fully charged camera I hope to fill with fabulous fall colors in Minnesota.