Summers are divine at Marina Lodge – Fairmont, MN

Lakeside patio at Marina Lodge - Fairmont, MN

The lakeside patio at The Marina Lodge brings together sights, sounds, aromas and tastes that make Minnesota summers divine! Though there is indoor seating- booths in the restaurant and high-top tables in the bar, you’ll want to be outside. It’s evident that the property owners recognize how to launch diners into the resort-like environment. Large planters, filled with beautifully arranged flowers, line the perimeter. Warmer evenings call for the torches to be lit. Most weekend evenings between May and October, the artistically perched stage hosts live entertainment.

The Marina Lodge often has live entertainment on the outdoor stage overlooking the patio

Choose a table toward the far side overlooking the water. From there, you’ll be able to see the beach that sports picnic tables bean bag toss and other games. The dock stretches far into the lake accommodating those who choose to come by boat or pontoon.

Drinks on the patio and flowers, on the shore of Lake Sisseton at The Marina Lodge in Fairmont, Minnesota
The Marina Lodge on the shore of Lake Sisseton offers a resort-like experience during summer months.

Cooler weather visits is when you will be able to enjoy the eclectic atmosphere of small town America. Conversation crosses table boundaries inside the small facility, so be prepared to make new friends. Bundle up and join the locals outside near the fire barrel. Even in sub-zero temps, it’s warmer than you think! It’s truly a unique and memorable experience.

A brisk day in April on the patio at Marina Lodge - Fairmont, MN. Snow pushed aside.

A seemingly light menu offers variety. Whether you are looking for feel-good foods like burgers, low-carb like marinated steak-bites or appetizers like spinach dip and chips, you will find choices.

Located in the heart of Fairmont, Minnesota nearly equal-distance between Rochester to the east, Sioux Falls to the west, Des Moines to the south and Minneapolis to the north off Highway 90, this facility also offers a 3-bedroom, fully-furnished luxury lodge perfect for couples or groups who choose to stay longer.

The typical Americana experience that hearkens to the 60s can be found here. Because this town of around 10,000 residents hugs the shores of a chain of five lakes, local culture revolves around fishing, swimming and water sport. Unique communities spring up on the lakes themselves. During prime boating season, boats may gather near sand bars and occasionally you may see a cookout there! Of course all five lakes freeze during the winter, and once the ice is deemed safe, a different community springs to life! Colorful ice houses and vehicles scatter over the surface. Sometimes your may see a hearty angler seated upon a pail, rod in hand.

Lake community happens in the midst of winter, too!

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