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“What a stunning experience! Not a single other house is visible - it's just you and the mountains.” - Jenna, Chicago, Ill.

May 18, 2016

Erik's Minnesota Adventures


Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 12.12.10 PMMadison (Maddy), an energetic and accomplished equestrian, eagerly shares her knowledge and horse expertise. As a tour guide, she shares information about caring for and racing horses. Growing up on a ranch in Colorado—much like Erik's Ranch—Maddy discovered an affinity for horses where she learned to ride, groom, train and care for a variety of breeds. While in Colorado, Madison was a member of Pony Club and she competed with her horse, Aragorn, in English riding competitions. She is also a graduate of Minnesota Life College.

Maddy's Canterbury Tour

Have you ever wondered about the life of a jockey or race horse? Now is your chance to find out! Enjoy the luxury of limousine transportation to Canterbury Race Park. Maddy, your guide for a behind-the-scenes Canterbury Park tour, will take you inside the paddock where she'll explain how to size up the horses for betting. You'll watch a race from the Winner's Circle and even get to be in the photo with the winning horse. Then you'll get to meet some pony horses up close while you enjoy live music. After the excitement of the second race, you'll be taken upstairs to view the Hall of Fame, watch as Paul Allen (voice of the Minnesota Vikings), calls the fourth race and ask him some questions. Finally, watch two more races while enjoying a complimentary hot dog and pop. After the sixth race, we will head back to Erik's Retreat in Edina where you can get another behind-the-scenes look at our guest accommodations. The best part is that you'll be supporting Maddy's dream job of sharing her love of horses. It’s a win-win.

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Well-traveled, well-read and a friend to all, Sam’s myriad interests and passions are inspiring. A native Minnesotan, and our veteran member, Sam is currently enrolled at Normandale Community College where he is studying geology. A budding naturalist and geologist, his favorite rock is pegmatite. He enjoys biking, roller blading, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, mountain climbing and nature. He loves all animals, especially his 11-year-old yellow lab, Tori. Sam is a World War II history buff and had the incredible opportunity to travel to Normandy with his family. Sam also boasts the largest and only coin collection at Erik’s Retreat – 4,000 pennies dating back to 1941! Sam’s kindness and generosity toward all – whether animate or inanimate - are sure to please!

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Sam’s enthusiasm for history will take you back to an era that, as FDR coined, “Will live in infamy.” The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing in St. Paul is where you’ll be welcome to. Climb into one or all six aircraft (including a replica of the Miss Mitchell, a B-25 bomber), take a ride in one of the WWII motor pool fleet vehicles and view a unique collection of World War II artifacts on display. Coupled with an up-close and personal view of military aircraft, museum display cases and motor pool vehicles, Sam will ply your inner historian with little-known or well-known facts about this infamous war. If it’s a clear day you might just also get to watch a historic airplane take wing. If that isn’t enough, for a separate fee, the museum offers flights in their aircraft for a one of a kind and surreal experience. 
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Sam’s Lake Calhoun Water Sports Tour

Cool off at Minneapolis’ largest and most popular lake canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating or paddle boarding! Just a little over three miles in circumference, this idyllic lake boasts biking and pedestrian trails and a picturesque lagoon that channels into Lake of the Isles. A favorite outing among our members, enjoy as Sam shares his passion for water sports with you! Be sure to pack sunscreen and a water bottle. 
*Sam's Lake Calhoun Tour will resume Summer 2017* 
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Exercise and a healthy, active lifestyle are very important to Tim. Equipped with a discerning palate and an appreciation for the finer thingsScreen Shot 2015-11-18 at 12.17.18 PM in life, Tim is a talented chef and in the process of creating his own cookbook. He grew up in North Carolina and California and recently moved to Minnesota, where he has discovered his affinity for Jucy Lucy burgers! A funny and witty young man, Tim’s myriad interests include World War I trench warfare, comedy, paintball, boxing, Cross Fit, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and Mixed Martial Arts.

Tim's Wine Tasting and Tapas Happy Hour Tour

Kick off your weekend where aromas and flavors abound as you join us in our elegant sitting room to sample delightful tapas prepared by our sous chef in-training. Enjoy discussing with Tim the process of pairing just the right wine as he imparts his amassed culinary expertise. Bon appétit! 
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*Beginning in May, Tim's tour will take place on our elegant rooftop.*

Tim's Boxing Fitness Tour

Tim has turned his passion and knowledge of boxing into a tour. After sitting at your desk all day, put up your dukes for an engaging and invigorating workout! Guests will learn some background information about boxing before heading out to Edina’s Title Boxing Club for a class. After you hook, jab and cross with a punching bag at Title Boxing Club, you will understand why he loves this sport so much. After class, you will head back to Erik’s Retreat and enjoy a delicious and healthy smoothie and snack prepared by Tim. Tim’s tour will leave you feeling fit and like a boxing pro! 
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