Is the weather not cooperating? Perhaps you’ve had a few action-packed days outside, and need a break from the elements? Maybe you just ran out of sunscreen. Whatever the reason, indoor fun is only a hop, skip and jump away from the Whitefish Chain. Below, we highlight some of the best places to enjoy the great indoors.
Crosslake Area Library
The Crosslake Library is a great place to cozy up with a good book. The library has a fireplace in the corner with cozy chairs nearby, several computers available for public use, and rents books, magazines, movies and audiobooks. Every Thursday at 10 a.m. is story hour for preschool children. After storytime, the children have open gym time in the community center, which is attached to the library. The library’s located on Daggett Pine Road, off County Road 66 just north of town.
Pequot Lakes Library
The volunteer-run Pequot Lakes Library has more than 19,000 materials to choose from. The library also has six computers and high speed internet. It’s located on County Road 112, north of the four-way stop in Pequot Lakes.
Pine River Public Library
The Pine River Public Library is home not only to thousands of materials, but also to Browser the Library Cat, a resident black cat who enjoys reading with library patrons. Childrens’ story time is held on Wednesdays; call the library at 218-587-4639 for more information. Pine River’s library is located on Park Avenue, two blocks east of Hwy. 371.
Sunset Cinema is the locals’ favorite place to catch a flick. The theater has four screens that are playing new releases, and seats that are well-elevated. Admission prices are kept lower than big-city screens, at $8 for adults and $6 for children. Matinees are $6 per person. Tuesdays are dollar discount day, with $1 off admission, pop and popcorn. Showtimes can be found at thesunsetcinema.com. The theater’s located at the corner of Hwy. 371 and County Road 16 in Jenkins.
Pine River Community Bowl- Pine River
The Community Bowl in Pine River has a thin-crust pizza that’s practically legendary. One of the best-loved winter activities in the area, the Community Bowl burned down in the ‘80s, but an effort among residents brought it back. Stock was sold throughout the community in order to raise the money to reopen the bowling alley. Today it’s still a popular place for both league and open bowling.
The Community Bowl opens at 3 p.m. on weekdays, noon on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays. Call 218-587-3100 for open bowling times. It’s located on Barclay Avenue in downtown Pine River.