Post-Fam Trips

The following Blogger FAM trips are open for application. Before submitting your application, please review the requirements and process for participation in these trips here. There may be additional FAM trips added at a later time, however these currently are the only ones offered. Be sure to note the deadline at the bottom of the page.

A few important points:

Explore Northeast Minnesota

Kayaking on Lake Superior 1376626 Carol Cepress

Number of participants: 6 – 8

Departure: Bloomington, MN, Wednesday, June 1 – 8 a.m.

Return: Bloomington, MN, Saturday, June 4 – 12 p.m.

Note: Attendees are responsible for meals.

The woods, waters and trails of Minnesota’s northeast region are full of natural wonders and wilderness adventure. Attendees will experience a paddling and overnight camping excursion to remote lakes around the world-renowned Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. From the magnificent Great Lake Superior along the “North Shore All-American Road,” to the North Country National Scenic Trail and more, northeast Minnesota is the ultimate hub for outdoor recreation. You’ll see rivers tumble over rapids and waterfalls, get into unspoiled back country, or “rough it” in sheer comfort at a lakeside lodge. Also home to Minnesota’s Iron Range, where massive iron ore mines are nestled between forests, lakes and fun-loving towns connected by all-season trails and a whole lot of history.

The seaport town of Duluth, recently named Outside Magazine’s “Best Town in America,” is a playground for adventure, big city fun and savory flavors, while smaller towns in this region have some interesting finds. From heritage museums to charming art galleries, delve into the rich ethnic tapestry that has made northeast Minnesota what it is. In fact, for many visitors, the sights in these north woods towns are their own journey.

More information about Minnesota’s northeast region More info here



Explore Central and Northwest Minnesota

Lake Itasca and Headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park

Number of participants: 6 – 8

Departure: Bloomington, MN, Wednesday, June 1 – 8 a.m.

Return: Bloomington, MN, Saturday, June 4 – 12 p.m.

Note: Attendees are responsible for meals.

This land is home to Minnesota’s largest lake, including Lake Mille Lacs, and the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi River. Among the forests and the lakes, there are lots of things to enjoy: fishing and boating in the Brainerd Lakes and Detroit Lakes areas; biking miles of scenic paved trails; hiking in state parks; and bird-watching in a variety of habitats. The area is also known as a golf destination, with more than 70 scenic courses, many crafted by top designers.

Attractive towns offer specialty shops, art galleries and dining of all kinds. Several towns are surrounded by clusters of lakes, with family-friendly resorts and campgrounds along their shores. Major music festivals, impressive theater performances, heritage festivals and cultural experiences draw lots of applause. Adventure enthusiasts will want to check out the world-class mountain bike trails.

More information about these Minnesota regions can be found More info here (Central region) and More info here(Northwest region).


Get in Touch with Nature in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

Number of participants: 4 (families can apply)

If you are applying as a family, please list the names of all family members, and ages children, on the application form.

Departure: June 1 – 1 p.m.
Return: June 3 – 11 a.m.

Visit Grand Rapids will reimburse bloggers for mileage (if your own car) or rental car. Grand Rapids is about 3 hours north of Bloomington

In Grand Rapids, you will find small town charm surrounded by Minnesota’s nature. This picturesque area is a timeless favorite for family vacations, fishing trips, couples getaways and family reunions. The distinguished fishing lakes, forest and trails provide the perfect backdrop for leisure and sports adventures. You will find a truly unique Northwoods experience, filled with abundant outdoor adventures, scenic beauty, preserved heritage, and vibrant arts and entertainment.

Participants on this tour will go paddling on the Mississippi River, take a rugged and rustic wilderness tour of the Forest History Center, Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway and Lost Forty, and dine at the area’s finest restaurants.

Learn more about Grand Rapids at More info here.

Explore Winona Minnesota


The Culture Club

Number of participants: 2

Departure: Wednesday, June 1

Return: Thursday, June 2

On this FAM, arts and entertainment aficionados will have the chance to fall in love with Winona, Minnesota, a Mississippi River hamlet with small town charm and big city swagger.  Be dazzled by a world-renowned museum featuring works from greats like Picasso, Van Gogh, and Monet, indulge in foodie bliss at some of our one-of-a-kind eateries, and be wowed by an arts and music scene that has put Winona on the national theater and music festival stage. Built by river boat captains and lumber barons, Winona is resplendent with stained glass and steepled churches, and wide swaths of this Victorian-era city are on the National Historic Register.  By blending old world heritage with cosmopolitan style, Winona is proud to show visitors how a city can offer the best of both worlds in one enchanting destination.

Equipment necessary: Casual clothes appropriate for sightseeing, plus attire for a fine-dining restaurant.

Details:  Arts, culture, foodies, history, architecture.

(Arrangements will be made for participants to be picked up at the Radisson Blu in Bloomington – time to be determined)

Learn more about Winona  More info here



Adrenaline Junkie Dream


Number of participants: 2

Departure: Wednesday, June 1

Return: Thursday, June 2

Test your nerve and see some of the most beautiful country in the Midwest on this outdoor recreation FAM to Winona, Minnesota. The city, cradled between the Mississippi River and towering limestone bluffs in Southeastern Minnesota, is a premiere hiking and biking, paddling, and climbing destination for enthusiasts of all abilities. Participants will have the opportunity to experience for themselves Winona’s outdoor bounty on excursions guided by local experts, as well as spend the evening enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of this vibrant river town.

Equipment necessary: Casual clothes appropriate for outdoor recreation.

Details:  Outdoor, Adventure, Nature. A moderate level of fitness is required to participate, though experience biking, paddling, or climbing is not.

(Arrangements will be made for participants to be picked up at the Radisson Blu in Bloomington – time to be determined)

Learn more about Winona More info here



Minne-Roadtrip: Discover Northfield, Owatonna & Faribault

Minne Road Trip image

Number of participants: 6-8
Departure from Bloomington: June 1
Return to Bloomington: June 4

The Minne-Roadtrip offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and everyday life. Visit our picturesque downtowns, historic attractions and small family-owned businesses. Located in southern Minnesota, Owatonna, Faribault and Northfield’s attractions are accessible from Interstate 35.

Take a tour of Owatonna’s State School Orphanage Museum and the Northfield Historical Society, home of the famous attempted bank robbery by the James-Younger Gang. Stroll through Faribault’s River Bend Nature Center, which boasts more than 10 miles of trails through beautiful forest and prairies. Enjoy the arts at the Northfield Arts Guild, Faribault’s Paradise Center for the Arts, and take in the beautiful Louis Sullivan-designed bank in Owatonna.

Each city offers unique shopping and dining experiences, including hand-rolled candies, farmers markets and locally produced cheese.

Northfield More info here,  Faribault More info here  & Owatonna More info here


Find Your Inner Otter in Otter Tail Lakes Country

Otter Tail

Number of participants: 4
Departure from Bloomington: June 1
Return to Bloomington: June 4

Note: Attendees must purchase a Minnesota fishing license.

Recently named one of the top 10 places to live by Boating Magazine, Otter Tail County boasts 1,048 lakes and 1,274 miles of meandering rivers. No other county in the United States has as much water as Otter Tail County. Participants on this trip will have ample opportunity to “find their inner otter” and experience the lakes and rivers of Otter Tail County, including a guided fishing trip, as well as biking and hiking in Maplewood and Glendalough state parks.

You’ll find many charming communities sprinkled among wooded hills and crystal clear lakes, chock full of wonderful eating establishments, historical sites and museums, art galleries, fantastic shopping, parks, and public art with a story to tell.

More information about Otter Tail Lakes Country can be found at More info here.


Explore Alexandria, Birthplace of America


Number of participants: 2

Departure: June 1
Return: June 3

Explore Alexandria will reimburse the 2 bloggers for mileage (if their own car) or rental car (up to $200). They would need to travel together.

Go on a lakes country adventure in Alexandria, and discover why it’s considered the “Birthplace of America.” Bike the Central Lakes Trail, canoe a beautiful section of the chain of lakes, and boat to the docks of Lake Carlos State Park. Participants will dine at lakeside restaurants, visit a local winery and whiskey distillery, and learn about the area’s history and heritage at the Runestone Museum and Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum.

Note: Be prepared for moderate physical exertion, as the adventure portion of the trip will be consecutive. Bikes and boats will be provided.

Learn more at More info here.

Family Fun in the Bloomington Area

Number of participants: 8 Participants plus family welcome

If you are applying as a family, please list the names of all family members, and ages children, on the application form.

Check in: June 1 – 9:00 am
Check out: June 2

As host of TBEX 2016, Bloomington is offering attendees the opportunity to experience family fun opportunities in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area.

*             SEA LIFE(r) Minnesota Aquarium at Mall of America(r) brings you closer than ever before to more than 10,000 sea creatures, including sharks, sea turtles, rays, jellyfish, seahorses and more! Plus, fun interactive activities throughout the aquarium including a quiz trail, touch pools and the opportunity to feed the sharks!

*             Enjoy an experiential lunch before your adventure to The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, which features 2,300 animals, representing 400 different species. The zoo is one of the finest zoos in the U.S., where visitors can observe the animals-in-residence in a variety of habitats.

*             Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington is a beautiful park area which is home to the Richardson Nature Center, Hyland Disc Golf Course and the Hyland Play Area.  Activities available include Chutes and Ladders Play area, kayak and paddleboard rental, hiking, biking, and disc golf, a perfect place for family frolicking to round out the day.

*             For 45 years, the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres has been recognized for quality dining and entertainment.  Relax and enjoy delicious tableside meal followed by a spectacular performance of Beauty and the Beast at the nation’s largest professional dinner theatre

More attraction information at More info here

 The deadline to apply for these trips was April 12th, 2016, 5 pm Pacific Time