Friendly locals, relaxed lifestyle and multitude of recreational options
BY PAUL HANKEL
Located twenty minutes south of Detroit Lakes and about an hour away from Fargo-Moorhead, the city of Vergas, Minnesota sits at the west end of Long Lake, one of Minnesota’s premiere recreational lakes. With many of the town’s homes situated right on the water, the town serves as a perfect backdrop for families looking to truly experience lake life. As a resident of Vergas, you’ll always be mere minutes from the water. The lake runs west to southeast on a map, and features miles of sandy shoreline, clear blue water, prime lakefront property and plenty of open lots that could serve as a perfect canvas upon which someone could build their perfect lake home.Long Lake is home to several different types of fish and wildlife, including loons, and is a popular spot for fishing and wild life enthusiasts.
THE LOON AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS
Vergas is home to The Loon, the town’s 20-foot tall loon statue that proudly stands on Long Lake’s shoreline, in City Park. Hom-age to the Minnesota state bird, the statue was erected in 1963 and is not only a town attraction, but also a symbol of pride for its residents. To this day, the statue stands tall and overlooks Long Lake. The park surrounding the statue is a great place to picnic or bring your family.
You and your family can be a part of Maple Syrup Fest, a yearly springtime celebration that is a town favorite and attracts hundreds of visitors and maple syrup fans. The celebration features a pancake feed, The Saps Running 5K run/walk, live music and other community activities. Looney Daze, another yearly celebration takes place during the late summer months.
Vergas is unique. A small town situated on a lake, Vergas feels small enough to give residents and visitors the small-town feel that so many desire, while still offering the same dining, lodging and recreational activities that a larger lake city would. There’s a whole lot to do in Vergas! Hunting, fishing, boating and shopping are in abundance throughout the town and surrounding areas. In town you’ll find many different shops and boutiques, such as Natalie’s Serendipity, Lake Life lounge, The Attic Shop, and the Forest Edge Art Gallery. Vergas is also home to several churches of varying denominations, all with convenient worship schedules for you and your family. Gas up your car and water toys and grab the kids an ice cream treat at The Vergas 66 Convenience and Gas station, the interior of which resembles a genuine log cabin!Looking for dinner and drinks? Head to Billy’s Corner Bar and Grill or Skal Bar and Grill for good food and cold drinks. If you’re in the mood for an upscale dining experience, try Spanky’s Stone Hearth, which, according to a resident, has some of the best food and drinks in the lakes area. you always have to stop at the Loon’s Next for lunch or breakfast.
The winter months in Vergas are filled with ice fishing and hunting, along with snowmobiling, snowshoeing and skiing on any of Vergas’ nearby trails. Detroit Mountain, a popular Minnesota ski hill, lies just half an hour north of town and features down-hill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Summertime means time on the water. However, there are a host of other activities to take part in. Heisler Country Camping and several different resorts local and nearby resorts provide a chance for you and your family to get away for the week-end or host company! Detroit Mountain and the many area trails offer miles of biking, hiking and exploration. You and your family can walk the Long Lake Trail, which, according to city officials, was constructed as, “a safety lane from Vergas Main Street to Long Lake Park,” and runs right beside Long Lake. If you’re looking to make your home in Vergas, you’re looking in the right place. The friendly locals, relaxed lifestyle and multitude of recreational options make living in Vergas, on the water or in town, the obvious choice for truly experiencing Minnesota lake life.