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Mystic Lake

By Lavender July 2, 2010

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Offers Superb Dining, Entertainment, Accommodations, and More

The recession isn’t a novelty anymore, and I’m just as tired as the next person of hearing chipper television hosts toss around the term “staycation.” It usually doesn’t sound all that great—schlepping from museum to museum, all of which I already have seen. I want a real vacation. I want escape. I want excitement. And it wouldn’t hurt if I got a little pampering, either.

Would you be surprised to know you can have it all without getting on a plane?

I was. I’ll admit it. I’ve been to Mystic Lake before: I visited the casino, and then scurried back home. But it has much more: variety of restaurants, world-class entertainment, luxurious spa, golf course, meeting facilities, and access to Dakotah Sport and Fitness.

I recently had the pleasure of spending the weekend at the resort, and I almost forgot I was just 30 minutes away from home.

Heidi Fellner luxuriates at Mystic Lake. Photo Courtesy of Heidi Fellner

My first taste of Mystic Lake was The Meadows Grille, an upscale casual eatery that offers a lovely view of the golf course. Watching the sun set over the grounds sets the mood for a relaxing getaway. Considering that a steak dinner costs under $20, it’s luxury that’s actually affordable.

Mystic Lake does not allow or serve alcohol on the premises, but I honestly didn’t miss my glass of wine. Instead, I took a stroll out onto the golf course, took some deep breaths of fresh air, and felt perfectly relaxed. The lack of liquor also helps to keep the atmosphere more wholesome.

Look around the casino floor, and you see a lot of extended families enjoying each other’s company, celebrating each other’s wins, and laughing off their losses. All in all, the crowd has a small-town, country vibe that makes for a nice change. If you’re not into all the nostalgia, let’s just say the people-watching is fantastic.

I’m not much of a gambler myself, but I had no fear of boredom. Midwest Gaming and Travel recently selected Mystic Lake’s showroom as “Best Concert Venue” and “Best Live Entertainment” for a reason. The acts are top-notch, and not a bad seat is to be found. The night I was there, Second City’s touring company played to a packed house. The showroom also has featured Jay Leno, Counting Crows, and Ringo Starr.

After the show, I was eager to get back to my room. I have a confession to make: I am a travel enthusiast, but I never, ever have sprung for the fancy room. I get it now. When you visit Mystic Lake, if you can, go for the suite: whirlpool tub built for two, separate shower with two showerheads, luxury linens over an absolutely dreamy mattress, flat screen TVs, minifridge, and enough room to be piggy about your room service tray. This is the way to do a staycation right.

A great night’s sleep prepared me perfectly for my massage the next day. Walk-ins are OK, but it’s nice to have yours scheduled in advance, so you don’t have to fret about the time. The facilities are first-rate, complete with steam rooms, multiple-head showers, and beautiful dressing areas. So, relaxation begins as soon as you walk in the door.

I must say I didn’t want to leave. As someone who isn’t into gambling, I never might have given Mystic Lake a second thought, but now, I’m convinced it’s one of the best staycations in the area.

For more information, visit www.mysticlake.com, or call 1-800-548-8536.

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