Bemidji: Frozen Wonderland
Tech is traveling to Bemidji this weekend for what will likely be the marquee WCHA matchup of the year. If you are within driving distance and are just now thinking of making the trip, there are still hotel rooms available and a plethora of winter outdoor activities waiting for you in the "Curling Capital of the US."
So You're Travelling With: Family
First and foremost, make sure to check out Bemidj's annual WinterFest on Lake Bemidji this weekend. WinterFest will provide a lot of opportunities to get outside in a family friendly atmosphere for curling, frozen turkey bowling or to competing in an ice fishing tournament. The kids will love to see the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues in Bemidji. Bundle up and take a photo with these Minnesota icons.
Dave's Pizza is likely your best bet for pizza for the family. Dave's pizza has been a Bemidji tradition since 1958, so you know the pizza has staying power. Make sure to check their hours though; reports are Dave's is closed at weird times.
So You're Travelling With: Friends
WinterFest is all afternoon Friday and all day Saturday, and even includes a "tap room on the ice" sponsored by Bemidji Brewing. If you and your friends are into the outdoors, but want to avoid all that pesky walking, grab some snowmobiles and hit the Bemidji area trails. As of this writing, the trails are open, but note that recent warm weather has really beat the trails up.
The DoubleTree or Hampton Inn may be your best bets for hotel choice. Each are showing availability for this weekend still, and they are both within walking distance to the lake for WinterFest and to the Sanford Center.
Head over to Bar 209 before (or after) the Tech games. Bar 209 has happy hour 2-for-1 drinks and half-priced apps every day from 4:00-6:00pm and 10:00-11:00pm. The food comes well recommended (try a burger), and Bar 209 is noted as the only bar in town which serves food after the game.
So You're Travelling With: Fellow Tech Students
For a hockey-themed restaurant and bar, head to the Corner Bar. The Corner Bar even lists that it "has Hockey at it's core." It's just a few blocks from the Sanford Center, so it will likely have a few Beaver fans there. Speaking of the Sanford Center, the home of the Bemidji State Beavers is one of the newer and nicer arenas in the WCHA. Although not as nice as our beloved JMSIA, the arena was built in 2010 when BSU became DI, and has already hosted a national championship team. Take some photos of the arena and of this weekend's games while you're there and send them to us, and we'll highlight them next week.
To save a dollar or two, stay at the Candlewood Suites. It is a slightly longer walk to the Sanford Center than the above hotels, but it's cheaper and you're young.
Cover Photo Courtesy Wikipedia User: Ase500 (Mar 28th, 2005).