The Area

Located between two delightful small villages- New London and Spicer, the Retreat on Dragon Fly Bay is perfectly placed to keep your head spinning with the number of activities you can take part in, restaurants you can eat in and entertainment spots you can relax in. Whatever the season, you can’t beat this area for recreation and fun!

Here are just a few attractions that are minutes away from The Retreat:

¨      Less than a five minute drive to the award-winning 27 hole championship Little Crow Golf Course (and their amazing Sunday Brunch)

¨      A leisurely five-minute walk to The Glacial Ridge Winery featuring handcrafted wines from Central Minnesota, regional food and outdoor concerts in the summer!

¨      A beautiful ten-minute drive around Green Lake to the legendary Spicer Castle, home of the original murder mystery theater dinner!

¨      Less than 1/2 mile away is the 80-mile scenic trail that winds from St. Cloud to Hutchinson and back. Terrific for a biking, hiking or a cross-country skiing excursion!

¨      If you still haven’t had enough biking you can take the 12 mile trail around Green Lake or, if you like BMX racing you can join the fun at Green Lake BMX, near the Green Lake Diamonds ballpark in Spicer.

¨      Two miles South, in Spicer, or two miles North, in New London, you will find an amazing assortment of recreational activities at your fingertips:

*Big Kahuna Fun Park: Mini-golf, Go-karts, Bumper-boats, Powerwheels track, Jr and a full arcade with prizes!  Group rates and Birthday Party specials are available.

*Bellazza Salon and Spa: A full service salon with a relaxing Italian atmosphere!

*The Twin Spin Movie Theater: The cutest darn movie theater you ever saw! This locally-owned theater has four screens and shows new release movies but at a heck of a lot less than you’d pay in the big city!

*Playgrounds, Picnic Areas and Parks Galore! Between Spicer and New London there are no less than ten terrific parks boasting such amenities as tennis courts, baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, disk golf courses, basketball courts, sheltered picnic areas, a band shell, creative playground systems, swimming beaches, fishing areas, convenient docks for boating and hiking trails.

*Restaurants- The area has an almost miraculous variety of fine food vendors  available. Whether you are looking for fine dining, pizza, Mexican or just a quick burger and a shake, everything is at your fingertips in less than ten minutes! Bring your appetite, you’re gonna need it!

*Exercise – If the hiking and biking and skiing isn’t enough (not to mention your own private exercise room), you can meander down to Spicer Snap Fitness and finish your workout 24 hours a day.

*Boat Tours- Several professional companies provide scenic boat tours of majestic Green Lake. Tours vary from a more basic package to a stunning brunch or dinner cruise complete with entertainment. You be the judge!

*Nightlife- There are a number excellent nightclubs in the neighborhood, offering cocktails, food and music. During the summer you can even find live bands playing outside!

*Shopping- The Crow lake Region is the center for many antique and curio shoppes,  potters, painters and artists of all kinds. If you enjoy browsing for just that special addition to your collection or you just like to peruse, you will find yourself in seventh heaven but don’t forget to take time to eat!

*Theater- In addition to The Spicer Castle’s Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, New London supports the Little Theater which presents a variety of local, regional and national theatrical productions and musical venues.

*Sports – New London-Spicer has been blessed for many years with a high school sports program that is second to none. Boasting a variety of state championships, both the boy’s and the girl’s athletic teams have consistently been top in their class and the community supports them without reservation. If you want to have a great time, head to one of the many games throughout the year and not only will you have fun, the community will welcome you with open arms!

In addition to the high school athletic programs, New London-Spicer hosts a variety of sports events annually. Events consist of summer and winter triathlons, the state baseball club championships, regional cross country competitions, scuba diving tournaments, swimming marathon competitions, the New London Marathon and the Green Lake Sailing Regatta, to name a few.