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Welcome to the north; A land of deep waters, rocky surfaces, thick forests, and unrelenting weather patterns. The summer’s are warm and the winter’s are downright uninhabitable. The wind howls, the forests speak, the darkness arises and the creatures crawl. The winters - oh, don’t get me started on the winters - but, even after all the harshness, after all the hostility of the north, there’s really no place like home. That’s what I am. I am The Wilderness.
You’ll find me in Tower, Minnesota on the shores of Lake Vermilion, in the heart of The Iron Range. I’m wild, unpredictable, and completely Minnesotan. My fairways stretch far and forests run deep. But there are many little things that make me what I am. Little things that you may not realize at first glance.
For instance, I’m built on an area full of granite; actually, many of my features were not so much designed as blasted with dynamite. It might look picturesque and tranquil, but If you dig down much deeper than four feet, you won’t find lush soil - you’ll find hard rock and iron. You can actually see my rock features protruding throughout the course.
Now, to you, this might look like nothing more than a ridge of rock - something to avoid. To me, it’s a reminder that below the manicured lawns and carefully positioned shrubs lies minerals that have been on this land longer than any golfer can imagine.
But there is more to my wildness than just rock.
These mighty golf hazards are White Pine trees - common in my neck of the woods. You’ll find many holes named after these trees, but if you find yourself looking up from your ball to see this view, you’re probably not in the location you desired.
If you look down and see something like this, you’re in a my sand. And let me say, this isn’t a walk on the beach. I’ve got these peppered all over my landscape just to add a bit of difficulty to my already wild trek.
Now, if you see this view close up, hopefully you’ve got a spare golf ball or two, cus your first one is not coming back; You should see the collections I gather some days.
The staff members who maintain my beauty throughout the season are very deliberate in their actions. Besides the natural hazards, my staff keep the grounds in check and add bits of what may seem like decoration to visitors, but are purposeful assets to me.
Take these flowers, for example. Yes, they’re pretty, but marigolds have a very important job to do. They give off a strong scent, so they’re good at keeping varmints from digging holes or eating grass. So when you visit, please don’t go all Caddyshack on our marigolds - even if you are Cinderella story outta nowhere – they’re hard a work.
One thing my staff can’t control is the weather. Here, the weather can change on a dime. Don't let my stunning greens and amazing views fool you, my 18 holes are known to be challenging even to the best of golfers.
So, come try your best. My elements will test you – see if you have what it takes. And while you’re here make sure to pay attention to the little things that make me the Wilderness at Fortune Bay.
You don’t have to do a lot of research to find the perfect northern Minnesota summer vacation destination. The Wilderness at Fortune Bay is more than just a place for a great game of golf. It has all the amenities for the perfect family getaway this summer. Fortune Bay Resort features a 173-room resort, RV park, marina, delicious dining options and the incredible view of Lake Vermilion. And, of course, one of the most beautiful golf courses in Minnesota.
Our hotel rooms feature deluxe standard rooms, premium rooms, suites and executive suites. All of our rooms have a mini-fridge and microwave, along with everything else you would expect from a first-class resort like Fortune Bay. To check availability, call 1-800-555-1714.
Our casino features 850 different video games, including video poker and video keno. Visit during the week to take part in our Wednesday slot tournaments. Our table games feature Blackjack and Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em. Our summer hours offer plenty of time to go home with some cash in your pocket.
Play 10 different varieties of video poker on our 25 Game King machines. If you love good old-fashioned poker, our Poker Room is open Thursdays beginning at 6 PM, Fridays at 4 PM, and at noon on Saturday and Sundays.
If you’re hungry, The Wilderness Grill can help with that! Our breakfast menu has traditional favorites but also features unique items like our breakfast tacos and our pork belly sandwich.
We also offer up a late lunch menu with favorites like the 19th Hole Burger and Smoked Duck Pastrami. At dinner, try our house favorites like filet mignon and sea bass from 4 PM to close. To make a reservation, please call 218-753-7804.
As a bonus, enjoy your meal on the patio. You can’t go wrong with the scenic view from the deck at The Wilderness Grill. The view of Lake Vermilion will leave you breathless.
The one thing you can’t forget is taking advantage of Lake Vermilion. The trails area will make any seasoned hiker happy with scenic views of the wonders of nature. The Black Bay Peninsula Hiking trail offers six miles of walking while the Tower Hiking Trail has miles of red pine forest to power through.
The camping options are also strong at our RV Park. We feature 16 drive-thru sites with water available. The park is in a spectacular setting and is just minutes away from everything at the resort.
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay is one of Minnesota’s top resort golf destinations. It’s designed by architect Jeffrey D. Brauer and is surrounded by the shores of Lake Vermilion. The course has six different tee options that range from 7,207 yards to 5,324 yards. No matter what your skill level is, you can find a tee option that works for you.
To get some warm-ups in, visit our extensive practice area. The driving range opens each day 45 minutes before the first available tee time. There is also golf instruction available from our head professional.
So, whether you’re looking to improve your golf game or take the entire family on a terrific summer vacation, we hope to see you this summer at Fortune Bay!
As we excitedly await the spring golf season, The Wilderness has planned a fun event to tide us over. The Wilderness Grill's Dinner and Beer Tasting event will be held on Saturday, February 25th, and it is one you do not want to miss. Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery have brought forth their finest beers in a variety of flavors to delight our guests and make it a night to remember.
This gourmet meal will include our chef's most impressive main entrees. Choose either a seared 10oz pork chop topped with bacon, wild mushrooms, onions and a side of white rice and black eyed peas or braised brisket with sides of fingerling potatoes, grilled turnips and petite carrots. Is your mouth watering, yet? Because we are just getting started. All entrees include duck croquettes with a turnip puree and heirloom tomatoes as well as potato beer cheese soup, made with Wasatch brewery beer. Dessert will send you to the heavens with butterscotch pie, pecan brittle and butter rum ice cream.
So enough about the food, let's talk about the beer! At this event, you will taste three samples of Wasatch brewery's best beer. You will get to try the creamy richness of Devastator Double Bock, which according to Wasatch brewery, has developed sort of a cult following. Nitro Polygamy Porter is a smooth, chocolatey porter that goes well with any food pairing. First One Down Winter Warmer Ale is a seasonal brew that is sure to warm you up!
You will also get to try two fantastic flavors from Squatters Craft Beer. Hell’s Keep Belgian Golden Ale is a devilishly delicious Belgian-style brew and Hop Rising Double IPA adds a malty backbone to the traditional IPA. Fun fact: Squatters master brewer Jason Stock is pictured on this brew’s label.
This exclusive event has limited seating and reservations are required. Seats cost only $45 a person and seating for dinner reservations start at 5 pm. Grab your gang or treat your sweetie to this fun event by calling Karen at 218-753-7508 or email email@example.com. We hope to see you February 25th!
The holidays are almost here! Where will you be enjoying your winter festivities? Start your holiday celebrations with some of the special events happening at The Wilderness. Take a glance below at the holiday happenings that will be taking place this season:
The Wilderness will be hosting a five-course holiday dinner and cocktail pairing on Saturday, December 17th. The event will be split into two sections, a social hour starting at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Come and enjoy a delectable offering of winter salad, pork belly, scallops, petite tender filet, and cheesecake paired with a variety of sophisticated cocktails. With only 60 seats available, guarantee your place at the table by reserving a spot by Monday, December 12th.
The menu for the evening includes:
Fennel / Squash Puree / Cranberry Compote
(High West Double Rye, Cranberry, Bitters, Absinthe)
Yams / Brussels Sprouts / Walnuts / Pomegranate / Maple Vinaigrette
(High West American Priarie Bourbon, Copper & Kings Apple Brandy, Dunkheld Atholl Brose, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters)
Smoked Corn Puree / Balsamic Reduction
(Prairie Gin, Lemon Juice, Prosecco)
Petite Tender Filet
Grilled Turnips / Sweet Potato Puree / Port Wine Reduction
Port Finished Old Fashioned
(Copper & Kings Apple Brandy, Port Reduction, Orange Bitters, Rosemary)
Pecan Pie Cheesecake
Graham Cracker Crust / Candied Pecans / Cream Cheese / Caramel
Rum’s The Word
(Far North Alander Rum, Gioia Luisa Lemoncello Crème, Lemon Juice)
Holiday Sale Specials
Now through Friday, December 23rd, The Wilderness will be holding a holiday sale. Find a gift for that special someone with 40% off men’s clothing, 50% off women’s clothing and headwear, 20% off balls, towels, and accessories, as well as specially marked prices on clubs and bags. The Wilderness gift cards and lesson packages for the golf novice in your family can make for wonderful Christmas presents. Find special deals on both at our Holiday Sale. There’s something for everyone on your guest list at The Wilderness!
The Wilderness Grill makes for the perfect winter setting for a holiday gathering. With a grand and beautiful dining area. From signature entrees to classic Minnesota dishes and incredible cocktails, the Wilderness Grill offers a menu for every soiree and function. For every $100 gift card purchased, receive a 25% discount coupon towards a 2017 merchandise purchase in the golf shop. (Certain restrictions apply. Coupon may not be used with any other coupons or promotions.) Take in the spectacular views of northern Minnesota’s snowy landscapes right from your dinner table.
For more information on The Wilderness Grill, nearby area attractions, and exhilarating winter activities that will round out your resort experience, visit Fortunebay.com today.
Spring and summer weddings are beautiful, but autumn weddings are positively enchanting. In northern Minnesota, where the autumn season inspires warmth, comfort, and charm, set your wedding against the woods of The Wilderness for a memorable event. Get inspired by these autumn wedding themes as you begin planning your celebration:
For a soft and romantic celebration, infuse your wedding with vintage elements. Think about a palette of blush, champagnes, and ivories. Set up a Polaroid photo booth with suitcase props and floral petals strewn throughout your reception. For the bride’s look, play around with ruby red lips, lace, pearls, and a birdcage veil. Tea length gowns—not too short, but not quite floor length— are perfect for bridesmaids. To personalize your banquet tables, set up framed photos of family weddings from different generations for that ‘something old,’ yet still beloved.
Get vampy, sensual, and glamorous for your autumn wedding. The rich and bold color palette of the autumn season can add a luxurious and playful element to your celebration. Incorporate bold plums and deep burgundy into you color palate and play around with textures through lace, velvets, and furs. Offer a wine bar and decadent chocolate desserts to play up your theme!
The Great Outdoors
To take full advantage of the gorgeous scenery of northern Minnesota, engage with the Great Outdoors. Use the wide range of red, oranges, violets, and pines to inspire your wedding colors. Illuminate your wedding reception with soft, warm lights and let the beauty of the sparkling nighttime stars shine through. Incorporate outdoor elements like tree leaves, pine cones, ferns, and mosses into your décor. Focus on soft folk music for the atmosphere at the reception to bring out the natural tones of the season.
A rustic wedding theme has no better backdrop than autumn scenery. Think sparkling string lights, burlap accents, and mason jar centerpieces filled with wildflowers. Serve your guests hot toddies, spiked apple cider, and hot chocolate for cocktail hour. Consider savory pies, tarts, and pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg-flavored desserts. Throw on those cowgirl boots for the reception and enjoy the country-inspired wedding of your dreams!
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay offers a beautiful venue for your fall wedding. Located on Lake Vermillion, The Wilderness offers a warm atmosphere, timely guest transportation, and a gorgeous backdrop for all your wedding photos. For more information on wedding packages at The Wilderness, visit our Wedding page.