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Never been to LOTW but want to get up there in the coming weeks. My wife will likely accompany me. She is a trooper and has done trips with me in the past to Mille Lacs and Red lake. If we go to LOTW, because of the lack of a night bite, we would like to stay on shore. She appreciates the creature comforts like a real bed, bathroom and a hot shower.

I've heard many great things on here about some of the resorts but I have a few questions.

Because it is such a long drive from the cities, we're probably looking at a 3 night stay with 2 days of fishing. Is it worth getting the meal package or are we better off providing our own food? If you do get the meal package, how is the food? I wouldn't mind cooking a couple meals but don't really want to spend our time doing that. Are there decent restaurants close by or is everything spread out up there? How about evening entertainment?

All recommendations/advice is appreciated.

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I prefer to pay for each meal as i go, ive done both and food has been good at places i have stayed at.

when i did the meal plan i ended up eating large dinners even if i was not hungry just to get my moneys worth

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Not sure where you are staying, but if you are staying near the Wheeler's Point area everything is very close. Multiple resorts neighbor each other. Nearly all of them have bars/grills.

The Morris Point area is only a few miles away from Wheelers Point, and again, there are multiple neighboring resorts.

For entertainment, some of the more popular resorts have live bands on the weekend.

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I would skip the meals in the package. You can pay the Wigwam $5 and thy will cook your fish that you catch. They also have live music on the weekends. I spend all my spar time at the Wigwam. Wheelers pt and Adrians have bars that i have been to. All are cool in their own way. They are all within walking distance. I second the wheelers pt area. All the resorts are like next door neighbors. I love that area.

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