The City of Pequot Lakes is best known for it's highly visible bobber watertower, but with a thriving downtown retail district, the community is growing into a complete destination location. The 100+ mile paved Paul Bunyan Trail runs through town, giving bikers, walkers and snowmobilers alike a great resting spot. And weekend music concerts in the park during the summer just add to the small town charm of this city. Other summer festivals that draw crowds by the thousands include the 4th of July parade and Bean Hole Days. During winter, the antique snowmobile rendezvous brings travelers from all over the upper Midwest region.
To get a Paul Bunyan's eye view of the region, take in short drive along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway — just east of Pequot Lakes on Cty Rd 11 to the DNR Fire Tower. Listed on the National Historic Lookout Register, the climb to the top is completely worth it once you see the view.
History of Pequot Lakes
Built along the Great Northern/Northern Pacific Railroad tracks, the city of Pequot Lakes started as a trading center. Hotels, retailers and saloons lined the streets. The Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society has a museum, located in the Cole Memorial Building across the street from the bobber water tower, of Depression and World War II era items from area famllies.
Complete dinners, as well as sandwiches, burgers and pizza. Appetizers. All-you-can-eat fish on Fridays. Carry out available. Full bar. Off-sale available.
Upscale gift shop. Clothing, bath & body items, acessories, decorations, ganes and candles. Building also houses the Kitchen Place gadget store and the Gumdrop Tree toy store
Local jeweler. Will create custom jewelry. Home of Paul Bunyan's engagement ring and Paul Bunyan charm.
Household items, jewelry, art, furniture, clothing and shoes and more!
Handmade herbal soap. 75 natural soap varieties, lotions and eco-friendly skincare gifts.
Good basket food, many specials. Bar bingo, meat raffles. Tues is Mexican night.
Coffee, breakfast and great lunch options, including made-to-order sandwiches, salads and wraps. New space offers more seating, couches, a fireplace and a kids area.
Wide variety of items -- vintage, collectibles, furniture, household, books and much more
Italian style pizza, pasta, sub sandwiches, and salads. Family dining. Delivery available.
(Formerly Giovanni's Pizza)
Appetizers, soups & salads, sandwiches and burgers. Good kids menu. Fabulous elevated view of the golf course. Open for lunch during golf season. Full bar.
Consignment boutique including children's, men's, handbags, and women's clothing and accessories.
Fresh flowers and antique furniture. Gifts and homemade and locally made merchandise. Some locally made goods include pottery, jewelry and yoga bags.
Family restaurant, northwoods atmosphere, famous chicken, salad bar, and kids menu. Serving strong beer and wine. Catering and carry-out. Try the Paul Bunyan menu items!
Irish pub aerving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, featuring homemade pizzas, burgers and dinner entrees, along with a frew Irish spcialities. Catering available. Full bar.
Traditional, family-owned restaurant specializing in home-smoked ribs, steaks, seafood, whale-sized walleye, and made-from-scratch soups, sauces, and dressings. Full bar and wine list. Superior service.
Sewing and fabric, craft supplies, decorations. Copies (BW & color), including large-format.
Celebrating Celtic Heritage with unique gifts from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the USA.
Family footwear: athletic, comfort, and casual. ASICS, Clarks, New Balance, SAS, Naot, Merrell, Skechers, Red Wing, Haflingers, Minnetonka Moccasins, Birki's Aetrex orthotic inserts, and diabetic footwear.
Manufactures, sells and distributes 500 different candle designs, sizes and shapes and 70 different fragrances.
Large selection of high-quality minnows, leeches, worms, bait fish and night crawlers. Fishing and hunting licenses are also available. Taco Depot -- drive thru Mexican food. Next to Paul Bunyan statue.
Best pizza, burgers, and Italian food in town. Open for breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Kitchen open Wed-Sun. Spaghetti, burgers, prime rib. Pull tabs, meat raffle.
Specialty coffee drinks, pastries and retail food items. Patries are by Sweet Petite Treats and includes scones, cupcakes, cheesecake and creampuffs.