Start your new year off right on the Whitefish Chain at any of the fabulous New Year’s Eve celebrations going on around the lakes. Some places, like The Wharf, are even doing special dinners ahead of New Year’s Eve.
Overlooking Norway Lake and hidden away in Ideal Corners, Norway Ridge Supper Club is a gem. The restaurant, which has selective hours in the winter, will be open Dec. 27-31 and is currently accepting reservations for New Year’s Eve. Call 218-543-6136. Norway Ridge is located on County Road 39, south of Ideal Corners and north of Breezy Point.
Finish out your new year with a delicious meal on Dec. 29 at The Wharf, which is having a six-course Fork and Cork meal. Call for details and to make reservations (required), at 218-692-3454. The Wharf is located on County Road 16, a mile and a half west of County Road 66 on the Cross Lake-Rush Lake channel.
Antlers, located south of the Whitefish Chain, will host a full menu all evening with specials, like sterling silver prime rib, lobster, shrimp, scallops, and deserts to share.
At Manhattan's on the shore of Big Trout Lake you can ring in the new year with a five or seven course meal. The restaurant is hosting two seatings, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The 5 p.m. seating is a five course meal including scallops and a New York strip, while the 8 p.m. seating is a seven course meal with all the specials of the 5 p.m. seating plus halibut and a raspberry mint sorbet. All meals include a champagne toast. Reservations are required, so call 218-692-2246, ext. 0. See the full menu on the Manhattan's Facebook page.
Mission Tavern will host a New Year's Eve Havana Nights Ball Drop Dinner with seven courses Dec. 31. It's a cocktail attire event that is Cuban inspired. Tickets are required and are available in advance only for $80 per person. Highlights include empanadas, coconut shrimp, mojitos, lobster and more. This dinner also includes a champagne toast and drink of choice. Entertainment will be provided by Andy Fisher. There will be prizes, a cigar smoking lounge and countdown to midnight. Get your tickets at Mission Tavern, south of Crosslake on County Road 3.
The Bourbon Room
Overlooking Ox Lake, the Bourbon Room is planning a dinnerpairing for New Year's Eve. Choose from three different main courses: chicken marsala, creamy lobster papparadelle, or steak and shrimp. Dinner includes garden salad, bread sticks and choice of dessert. Prices range from $24.95 to $32.95. See the Bourbon Room's Facebook event page for more.
In Pequot Lakes on Main Street, Lucky's will host lots of food specials and pig races on New Year's Eve. Specials start at breakfast and pig races will be from 2-5 p.m. Special drink deals start after midnight and 2019 bingo begins at 1 a.m. See complete info on the Lucky's Facebook page.
No matter where you spend your New Year's Eve, if you're around the Whitefish Chain you're bound to have a great time. Welcome, 2019!