Saturday, April 8, 2017

Clear Lake's Yurts - A Family Bucket List Must!


The sunshine yesterday had me thinking summertime!  Now I realize we haven't even started corn and soybean planting, but it had me thinking about what might be on our family's annual summer bucket list for 2017.

Planning a summer bucket list is a fun family tradition that our whole family likes to get involved in creating.  This year we would like to encourage everyone to make their own, and include camping in one of Clear Lake, Iowa's Yurts!

A look at Clear Lake, Iowa's yurts - a family summer bucket list must!

Clear Lake's McIntosh Woods State Park is home to boat access to Clear Lake, fishing docks, trails, parks, camping spots, and two yurts!  The yurts are a fusion of a cabin and a tent and are located in a private, oak shaded area with its own dock.

A look at Clear Lake, Iowa's yurts - a family summer bucket list must!
A look inside the yurt!
Each yurt comes with a double futon, twin bunk beds, table and chairs, electricity, ceiling fan, picnic tables, grills and firepits.  The yurts also have a nice bathhouse with hot showers and toilets.  You are responsible for bringing your own bedding, bath supplies and camping supplies.

A look at Clear Lake, Iowa's yurts - complete with private dock
My family enjoying time on the yurts' private dock.
Perfect for watching wildlife, water activity and fishing.
To say our family had fun staying in a yurt would be an understatement.  The kids loved how we were camping, and Mom and Dad loved how we were camping, but above the ground, and on mattresses.  We don't own a camper, so this was a nice alternative for our family.  You can rent a yurt for $35 a night.  Reservations can be made up to a year in advance and the yurts are available for rent May 1 - September 30.

A look at Clear Lake, Iowa's yurts - a family summer bucket list must!
Hobo packets on the grill
Roasting marshmallows over the fire
Besides sleeping in the yurts, our family loved relaxing around our fire pit and making hobo packets and s'mores over the fire for supper.  We even made cinnamon rolls over the fire for breakfast in the morning.

A look at Clear Lake, Iowa's yurts - a family summer bucket list must!
Gotta have s'mores!
Staying in a yurt is a perfect way to enjoy Clear Lake.  Our family loves how Clear Lake has events and festivals all summer (and really all year long).  To check out all the possibilities when visiting Clear Lake be sure to visit www.clearlakeiowa.com and order their visitor guide or view the digital edition.  Some of our favorite family activities in the Clear Lake Area are going to City Beach and swimming in the lake and jumping around in the splash pad, and participating in the childrens' programs at the Surf Ballroom.  We also love to grab a bite to eat at PM Park and go to the Viking Drive-Inn for ice cream!

So with all of this contagious sunlight, start planning a summer getaway for your family to Clear Lake!  Have you been to Clear Lake before?  What are some of your favorite summer or family activities?  Remember to Comment for a Cause.

A look at Clear Lake, Iowa's yurts - a family summer bucket list must!

6 comments:

  1. This looks like a great way to camp that might make us all happy. My husband believe real camping has to happen in a tent... I believe you are more likely to talk me into it if it's at least semi-comfortable! We'll have to check these out!

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    1. I did enough tenting as a kid that I don't need to as an adult ;) I think the yurts would cover both of your "wants" for a camping experience.

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  2. we live in clear lake, and haven't tried these yet! I have always been intrigued. Maybe this will be a little weekend stop for my family! :)

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    1. We live just a half hour away and it was a nice little getaway. I love that they're in a quiet, private area of the park.

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  3. Looks like fun. Not on our list this year, maybe next year.

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    1. You can book a year in advance. Weekends fill up fast so you could start planning for next year now :)

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