THE FAMILY RESORT EDITION: The Itasca County area became well known as a major resort area in the early 1900's and still remains to this day. We visit two resorts that have been family-owned for generations; with one offering recreational amenities for its corporate and family clientele including a picturesque lake-side golf course, and the other that sits on Wabana Lake - equally as stunning with wondrous stories of yesteryear and counting Hollywood stars among their past guests. From there, we glide across Wabana & Trout Lakes and arrive at the historical Joyce Estate - one of Minnesota's unique & historical sites, operated by the Chippewa National Forest. The Joyce family helped pioneer the regional lumber trade in the early 1900's. As you stroll through the majestic grounds of the Joyce Estate, imagine the roaring twenties, the time of prohibition and women's suffrage. Heir to the family fortune, David Gage Joyce of Chicago built the estate with native logs and stone between 1917-1935. It consists of 4,500 acres of forest, eleven lakes, 26 miles of shoreline and 40 buildings. The estate boasted its own seaplane hangar, nine-hole golf course, clubhouse, tennis court, bathhouse/sauna, library and advanced amenities for its time like a hot water system, telephone line and electric lighting. The Joyce family was well known for hosting lavish parties with no expense spared, flying out-of-state guests in on the family's seaplanes for the week-long, lively gatherings.

© A Plus B Productions, LLC | | Directed by Alisi Styles | Produced by Alisi Styles & Benjamin Braff.

Itasca County, a few hours north of Minneapolis, is 75 miles west of Duluth and world-renowned Lake Superior and just an hour or so from Bemidji, Brainerd, and Walker.

The following towns comprise this vibrant forest community:






Deer River


Grand Rapids


La Prairie



Squaw Lake




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