Must-Visit March Events in St. Cloud

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Spring is just around the corner, and there’s no better time to visit St. Cloud. The city is bustling with art exhibitions, outdoor events and fun for the entire family. Be sure to stop for these three must-visit events when you’re traveling through St. Cloud in your RV this March.

Kids Dream Winter Film Series

Take your little ones and their friends down to the Marcus Parkwood Cinema between March 4 and 6, for the Kids Winter Film Series. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m., each day, and tickets are just $3 per person. The theater is located at 1533 Frontage Road North in Waite Park.

Open Mike Night

Cruise down to the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls on Thursday, March 3, for open mike night. The event begins at 7 p.m., and all interested performers can sign up for a time slot upon arrival. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or simply a music lover, you’re guaranteed to love this monthly free event. If you can’t make it to open night on March 3, the event recurs on the first Thursday of every month through December.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

There’s no better way to kick the winter blues to the curb than with one of many health classes at the CentraCare Health Plaza. This month, visitors of all ages can take part in the mindfulness-based stress reduction class on March 1, 8 and 15. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will help you learn ways to manage the stresses you face in daily life. Register for the class by calling the Health Plaza or by contacting Patsy Murphy at patsymurphy@mac.com.

Start Spring with a Bang

There’s no better way to kick off the spring travel season than with a new or used RV from PleasureLand. Stop in and see us at our PleasureLand RV Center location in St. Cloud to get an unbeatable deal on the RV of your dreams.

Visit the St Cloud Camp and Travel Expo

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You don’t have to be a snowbird to enjoy the RV lifestyle in winter. The 2016 Camp and Travel Expo in St Cloud is guaranteed to provide everything you need to get excited about the spring camping season. This year’s show is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever with more RVs for sale, more vendors and some of the best seminars and workshops in the industry — all available with free admission.

Camping and Travel Expo Details

This year’s St Cloud Camping and Travel Expo will start on Thursday Feb. 18, and extend through Sunday, Feb. 21. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday. The event will be held at the River’s Edge Convention Center on 4th Avenue in St Cloud. Admission is free for all attendees.

What You’ll Find

The 2016 Camp and Travel Expo will feature hundreds of RVs, which will all be available for viewing indoors. It’s the best place to catch up on the latest RV trends or find an unbeatable price on a new or pre-owned RV. In addition to finding your dream camper, you can visit the booths of campgrounds, travel companies, camping companies and RV dealerships to see the latest and greatest travel deals and camping or RV supplies. If you’re into the RV lifestyle, you’ll want to return to this unbeatable free event every year.

Shop PleasureLand RVs

We’ll be taking more than 100 of our PleasureLand RV Center RVs to the 2016 Camp and Travel Expo, and we don’t plan on bringing them back with us. That means you can find the deal of a lifetime on one of our top-quality, new or used pop-up campers, travel trailers, fifth wheels or motorhomes. Start the 2016 spring camping season off with an upgraded RV from this year’s expo.

February Events In and Around St. Cloud

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February is one of the coldest months of the year in St. Paul, but that doesn’t mean that Minnesotans stay inside. St. Cloud is bustling with indoor and outdoor events to give the city’s citizens and visitors plenty to do in the heart of winter. Fire up your RV and cruise over to St. Paul for these unbeatable February events.

Winter Blossoms at the Great River Arts Center

The people at the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls don’t care what the weather is like outside, because they’re always offering unique and inspiring art displays inside. Catch “Winter Blossoms: Works by Sam Spiczka” at the art center until Feb. 27. The display features geometric structures, natural bone formations, and rural technology that is guaranteed to spark curiosity in children and adults.

The Jewelry Roadshow

You don’t have to be a lover of fine jewelry to enjoy a visit to the Jewelry Roadshow at the Cold Spring Library on Feb. 2. The event will feature America-certified diamond specialist Jen Anfinson, who will teach visitors how to redesign their favorite pieces of jewelry. She’ll discuss how to determine authenticity and metal content, gold weights, diamonds, gemstones and more. Visitors can bring their own pieces of jewelry for an exciting discussion with the expert herself.

Central Minnesota Farm Show

The Central Minnesota Farm Show is one of the biggest and best in the industry, featuring more than 350 booths and 200 exhibitors. Visitors will be able to attend a number of seminars given by farming experts and learn about a huge selection of farming businesses across the midwest. This year’s show will be held on Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Paul.

Shop for Your Dream RV

There’s no better time to find unbeatable deals on the latest and greatest RVs than now. Stop in and see us at the PleasureLand RV Center in St. Cloud to drive or tow away your dream RV today.

The Best Coffee Houses in St. Cloud

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Minnesota is teeming with famous coffee houses, and St. Cloud is the place to find some of the best. Take a break from the road and warm up this winter travel season with a visit to one of these top three coffee houses in the St. Cloud area.

Central Perk

Central Perk, on West Germain Street, is one of the best places to relax with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or mingle with friends. A variety of seating options, ranging from couches to high-top tables, and an extremely friendly staff make Central Perk one of the best places to enjoy a warm cup of Joe. The prices are fair and there are a number of cute shops and restaurants within close walking distance.

 Dunn Brothers Coffee

Cruise over to 900 Cooper Ave. S., if you’re looking for some of the city’s best baked goods to pair with your hot, caffeinated drink. The service is fast, the hot and cold coffees are crave-worthy and the coffee shop has plenty of other treats to offer, including fresh-brewed teas, all-natural smoothies, and handmade breakfast and lunch offerings. If you’re craving that afternoon cup of coffee, Dunn Brothers is the place to enjoy a sandwich and a pick-me-up.

G W Coffee and Tobacco

G W Coffee and Tobacco, on Wilson Ave NE., is where you’ll find some of St. Cloud’s top coffees, teas and cigars. Adventurous travelers will love exploring this off-the-beaten-path coffee shop with blends ranging from Certified Fair Trade organic blends to French roasts, breakfast blends and more. Ooey Gooey Caramel, Beaver Island Hazelnut and Bubbling Butterscotch Sundae are just a few of the flavorful custom blends on offer right now.

Stop and See Us

Don’t forget to stop and see us at the PleasureLand RV Center in St. Cloud, Minn. We’re fully-stocked with everything you need to enjoy the winter RV lifestyle to the fullest.

January Events You Don’t Want to Miss in Minnesota

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There’s no denying that Minnesota is a chilly place to be in January, but Minnesotans know how to keep warm. The state is bustling with must-visit events ranging from concerts to museum exhibits and outdoor adventures. Fire up your RV and cruise over to the St. Paul area for these awesome January events.

January Artists at the Whitney Center

Each month presents new artists at St. Cloud’s Whitney Center, and this month is shaping up to be one of the best yet. From Jan. 1 to 29, enjoy the art of Kao Lee Thao, Annette S. Lee, Alice Rueter, Flora Schinkle, Sandra Driscoll and Bob Rosenberg. The forms of art range from woodcarving to oil painting, watercolor, native skywatcher art and more. The Whitney Center is located at 1527 Northway Drive in St. Cloud.

Elton Songs: The Deep Tracks of Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Elton John fans shouldn’t be anywhere other than Pioneer Place on Fifth in St. Cloud on Jan. 15 and 16. Experience Elton John’s most influential period, from 1970 to 1976, led by Mick Sterling and Peter Guertin. The 11-piece band with them will perform a number of Elton John’s greatest hits and most influential tunes.

Snowshoeing to the Stars

Cruise over to Onamia, Minn., to enjoy an evening under the stars, in the wilderness and with your snowshoes strapped to your feet. This snowshoe trek to discover the stars of the winter sky will take place on Jan. 9, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Mille Lacs Kathio State Park Campground. Registration is required and the group will be limited to 25 people to provide a more personal night sky experience.

Month-Long Sales at the PleasureLand RV Center

We’re kicking off 2016 with some of the deepest RV discounts in the industry. Stop in and see us at our PleasureLand RV Center locations in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Brainerd and Long Prairie to find unbelievable deals on new and used RVs.

Must-Visit December Events Near St. Cloud

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The holiday season is in full swing, and that means St. Cloud is bustling with events for the entire family to enjoy. Fire up your RV and cruise into one of Minnesota’s favorite cities for these must-visit December activities and events.

Christmas at the Mansions

If you’re not in the holiday season yet, Christmas at the Mansions can help. This annual event in nearby Little Falls features a self-guided tour of the Musser and Weyerhaeuser mansions. The gorgeous buildings are decorated to the nines for the holidays, with this year’s theme being “Deck the Halls.” The mansions are open Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for teens. Kids under the age of 12 get in free.

27th Annual Festival of Lights

The annual holiday lighting ceremony at St. Cloud Hospital will take place on Dec. 3, this year. The family-friendly event will feature trolley rides, caroling by the Tech High School Chamber Choir, appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, a live nativity, hot chocolate, and cookies. The entire event is free and open to the public, but don’t forget to bring a few non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Shelf.

Dave Cofell’s 7th Annual Christmas Show

Cruise over to St. Joseph for Dave Cofell’s 7th Annual Christmas Show on Dec. 18, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature holiday storytelling, singing, poetry and plenty of jokes. The show’s famous gingerbread cookies and an array of special guests are guaranteed to make this a night to remember. Admission to the event is free, and the show is sure to please all ages.

Stop and See Us

Don’t forget to stop and see us at the PleasureLand RV Center in St. Cloud this holiday season. Our lot is fully stocked with the highest quality RVs to bring your family more holiday cheer than ever this December.

St. Cloud’s Top 3 Southern Food Restaurants

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Minnesota is nearly as far north as you can travel within the United States, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find your favorite southern eats. In fact, St Cloud is home to a vibrant foodie scene that boasts a number of southern food restaurants. The following three soul food and southern restaurants offer your favorite dishes right here in the St Cloud area.

Old Capital Tavern

Travelers who crave catfish should cruise over to the Old Capital Tavern in Sauk Rapids. This innovative and affordable restaurant offers a new take on traditional southern meals, like catfish, meatloaf and pork barbecue. However, if you’re not into southern eats, you’ll find an array of salads, burgers and sandwiches (they’re known for their reuben) to suit every person in your group.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

When you’re craving southern barbecue in the north, the best place to go is Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Division Street. Dine in the restaurant or take the barbecue pork, beans, potatoes, slaw, macaroni and cheese and other southern dishes to go. There’s a reason southerners head straight to Dickey’s when they’re craving a taste of home.

Lily’s Wings, Burgers and Things

Lily’s Wings, Burgers and Things is a family-friendly restaurant that’s famous for its southern fried chicken. Choose from a wide range of combos including fries and a side or opt for a fish sandwich, pulled pork sandwich or a premium Angus or bison burger. Lily’s is also famous for their chicken wings and tenders that can be smothered in sauces ranging from Washington Apple to Southern Blues, Smokin’ Mustard and countless others.

Stop and See Us

Don’t forget to stop and see us at the PleasureLand RV Centers in St Cloud, Brainerd, Ramsey and Long Prairie when you’re out cruising throughout the Land of 10,000 Lakes in your RV this fall and winter.

November Events in St. Cloud

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The weather may be cooling down, but the holiday season events are just starting to heat up in St. Cloud. With everything from comedy to concerts, film festivals and special events, there’s always something to do in the St. Cloud area.

Fire up your RV and head into town for these unbeatable St. Cloud events this month.

2015 St. Cloud Film Festival

The annual St. Cloud Film Festival kicks off on Nov. 7, and continues through Nov. 13, this year. The festival will include screenings of more than 50 local, regional, national and international films at a number of venues around the city. Whether you’re into comedies, animation, shorts, documentaries or feature films, you’re guaranteed to find a number of new favorites at this year’s event.

Sweet Sounds by WindSync

If you haven’t seen the WindSync quintet in action yet, Nov. 17, is the day to do it. This mind-blowing wind quartet is quickly becoming known as one of North America’s best, and St. Cloud residents and visitors will have a chance to see them live at the Whitney Senior Center’s Clemens Hall. The show starts at 2:30 p.m., and tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 from the Whitney Senior Center.

Christmas at the Mansions

End the month of November in the holiday spirit in nearby Little Falls. The Christmas at the Mansions event wil be held daily from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, with self-guided tours of the festively decorated Weyerhaeuser and Musser mansions. The mansions will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 30. Admission is just $12 for adults, and children under the age of 12 get in free.

Start Your Holiday Shopping

It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping. Find all of the best gifts for the RV lovers in your life right here at the PleasureLand RV Center in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Brainerd and Long Prairie.

Why Now is the Best Time to Buy a New RV

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The end of summer and beginning of fall is one of the best times of year to get an incredible deal on a new RV. The busy summer RV season is winding down and our showroom is filling with brand-new 2016 models. We still have dozens of new 2015 models in stock, and it’s time get them off our PleasureLand RV Center lots.

That’s why we’re offering tons of unbeatable end-of-summer deals at the Minnesota State Fair. We’re the exclusive RV dealer of the fair, and we’ll be taking a variety of RV models with us this year.

Why Shop at the Fair?

Heading to the Minnesota State Fair is one of the best ways to get an unbelievable deal on a new RV. We’ll be transporting RVs from all of our locations to the fair, so you have a wider variety of discounted RVs to view.

Even better, we’re knocking thousands of dollars off each RV’s MSRP, so you enjoy unbeatable deals just for meeting us there. We don’t want to have to take these RVs back to the dealership after the event, so we’re ready to accept all reasonable offers.

About the Fair

The Minnesota State Fair will take place from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7, and we’ll be there every single day. The fairgrounds are open from 6 a.m. to midnight, and there’s far more to see than our discounted RVs.

The event is packed with competitions, contests, live music, rides, shopping, parades, games and tons of other family-friend entertainment. Regular fair time admission is just $13 for adults and $11 for kids ages 5 to 12. Kids under the age of 5 get in free.

The Minnesota State Fair features a campground, so you can park your RV on-site and spend days exploring the grounds. The fairgrounds are located at 1265 Snelling Ave. N., in St. Paul. We look forward to experiencing the excitement of the 2015 Minnesota State Fair with you.

The Top 3 Places in Minnesota for Family Fun

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There’s no better time of year than summer in Minnesota, and you won’t have to travel far to reach some of the state’s most exciting sites. These three destinations are some of the best in the state for enjoying family fun this summer.

The Mall of America

Taking your kids to the mall may not sound like a family-friendly activity, but the Mall of America is unlike any other mall in the world. You can take this year’s back-to-school shopping to the next level this august while taking breaks to ride the rides at Nickelodeon Universe, explore the Sea Life aquarium, enjoy the Barbie “The Dream House experience,” and take part in a number of other family-friendly activities. Even better, the Mall of America and all of its included activities can be enjoyed rain or shine.

The Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo is located just a few minutes south of the Mall of America, and it offers even more fun for kids and adults. It’s home to more than 4,300 animals in a variety of environments ranging from the tundra and lush tropical forests to the boreal forest, marine center and so much more. The Minnesota Zoo is also the perfect place to enjoy a birthday party or other celebration.

Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain isn’t just a winter destination anymore. This skiing and snowboarding hotspot near Duluth is just as much fun in summer as it is in winter. Spirit Mountain’s adventure park features a zip line, scenic lift rides, a disc golf course, mountain biking trails, mini golf and even day camps for kids. The park’s signature Timber Twister alpine roller coaster features a 3,200 foot track that’s exhilarating for adults and kids alike.

Start Your Adventure at PleasureLand

The best way to travel to Minnesota’s best family-friendly attractions is in the comfort and convenience of a new or used RV from PleasureLand RV Center. Stop in and see us in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Brainerd or Long Prairie to find the perfect RV for your family adventures.