If you’re in the St. Cloud area and are looking for opportunities to test your off-road driving skills, you’re in luck, as the area features plenty of great off-road trails that are perfect for switching into 4WD and getting the most out of your vehicle. At Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we carry a variety of All-Wheel Control vehicles, so it’s only fair that we share our favorite off-road trails in Minnesota.
Washington/ Ramsey Trail
Situated in the Nemadji State Forest, this trail system is 71 miles long and features impressive twists, steep climbs, and tight passages, all overlooking some seriously stunning landscapes. If you’re looking for a great way to get the most out of your vehicle, this trail is for you.
Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
Located just East of the city of Gilbert, the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area should be on the short list of every off-road driver. This huge park offers 36 miles of trails and takes you over a huge variety of terrains and elevations so you can really test your skills.
Bemis Hill Trails
If you’re looking for a wonderful way to spend an entire weekend, be sure to check out Bemis Hill Trails. An 85-mile system of trails perfect for off-roading, Bemis Hill is located on the shoreline of an ancient glacial lake which naturally carved out a beautiful and rugged landscape.
For the ideal off-roader, stop into Don Robinson Mitsubishi and check out our lineup.
Students love these local universities and colleges!
So, you’re a high school graduate getting ready to go to one of the great colleges near St. Cloud. We at Don Robinson Mitsubishi serve the students of the area, providing them with capable vehicles for rides to and from school.
Saint Cloud State University – St. Cloud
Located right here in St. Cloud, Saint Cloud State University is one of the largest colleges in Minnesota, with more than 15,000 students on a 100-acre campus. If you plan on commuting, a smaller car suited to navigating crowded streets with good fuel economy like the Mitsubishi Lancer or Mirage would be your best pick.
St. Cloud Technical and Community College – St. Cloud
With open enrollment and two-year programs, SCTCC is a great alternative to traditional college, but if you choose to pursue a degree it’s also partnered with Saint Cloud State. Since it’s also located right here at home in St. Cloud, commuting in a sedan or other small car would still be your best choice.
College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University – Saint Joseph
Choose an SUV to get to this out-of-town college and university collaboration, which pairs a liberal arts education with the sense of stewardship and service that comes from Catholic and Benedictine traditions. With an SUV, you get more capability, better handling, and all-wheel drive systems that secure you during the winter months.
Are you ready to pick a car for your commute to one of these great colleges near St. Cloud? Stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi today.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
If you’re looking for a new adventure in the state of Minnesota, there are tons of trails to explore. Whether you like hiking, bird watching, or biking, there’s truly something for everyone. Plus, you can easily find any off-road destination in a Mitsubishi Outlander, the perfect vehicle for the trip. With added storage space and a rugged exterior, any off-road adventure is a breeze.
One of the top Minnesota trails, according to TrailLink, is the Dakota Rail Regional Trail. This 26.6-mile trail is composed of asphalt and gravel, which is perfect for most beginners. As part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, this trail was converted from old rail lines. Activities include biking, inline skating, fishing, and even cross country skiing. Plus, it’s wheelchair accessible.
Lake Wobegon is also a popular trail in the area. This one is a whopping 60 miles, with an asphalt surface that is also built on an old rail line. Biking, skating, walking, and snowmobiling are all perfect for this trail, and there are great places to fish along the way. Again, this trail is also wheelchair accessible, making it perfect for those with limited mobility.
Finally, hop in your Mitsubishi and drive to the Paul Bunyan State Trail. Measuring over 119 miles, this asphalt trail passes through forests, over 10 rivers and streams, and along more than 20 lakes. There are tons of flora and fauna, and campgrounds are located at both ends. Like the other trails mentioned, this is an accessible asphalt trail built on old rail lines.
Planning your next adventure already? To find the perfect car for the job or any accessories you might need, visit Don Robinson Mitsubishi today.
They say music feeds the soul. For that reason, we should be grateful that there are so many great upcoming concerts in Saint Cloud to look forward to. Be sure to put these performances on your calendar and look forward to some inspiring, danceable entertainment this early spring.
The Oak Ridge Boys
The legendary Oak Ridge Boys return to the Paramount Center for the Arts on March 3-5th. This American country and gospel quartet has been around for over half a century and they’ve lasted this long for a reason. You’ll be serenaded with a mix of tunes that’s sure to please. Tickets are $27-34.
Mill Creek Irish
Get in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day with Mill Creek Irish. You’ll be out of your seat and dancing with this acclaimed local group as they put bow to fiddle and lips to tin whistle to bring you traditional Irish jigs and their modern counterparts. Catch this show on March 10th at Bo Diddley’s Pub & Deli. Tickets are $12.
Glenn Miller Orchestra
On April 11th you’ll have a chance to hear some legendary big band music when the Glenn Miller Orchestra rolls through town. Tap your foot or hone in on your swing dancing skills as the orchestra plays classic tunes like “In the Mood” or “Moonlight Serenade” in honor of the famous musician. The performance takes place at the Paramount and tickets are $18.
Get out and enjoy Winter!
It’s winter, which means you’re trapped inside, which means you’re probably starting to go a little stir crazy. Here are some tips for avoiding cabin fever until the weather warms up.
Plan Activities Ahead of Time
Make a list of books you want to read, print out crossword puzzles, find simple game apps, take on a new project—anything you can do to kill time. It has the bonus side effect of making you feel more accomplished.
Don’t Sleep In
This might seem counter-intuitive, as you might feel like you have nothing better to do and that sleep is something that will make time go faster. However, it’ll just make you feel sluggish and irritable. There is such thing as too much sleep.
Even if it’s just for 10 minutes, put on your coat and head outside for some fresh air and sunlight.
Eat Healthy Food
High-fat, high-carb foods—you know, the kind of stuff we snack on when it’s freezing outside – has the nasty side effect of making us feel terrible. Keep your energy and happiness levels up with a better diet.
Balance Social Time and Alone Time
If you’re alone all the time, you’ll get bored, and if you’re around people all the time, you’ll feel overwhelmed. Try to balance the two.
Avoiding fever isn’t that bad, huh? It may feel difficult to motivate yourself at first, but once you make yourself more active, keeping your own routine will come more naturally.
Thanksgiving is rolling around, which means family and friends will be coming together for a feast before you know it. This holiday season, however, we here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi would like to ask you to give a little back to your community. The local food pantries in St. Cloud could use your donations in preparation this coming holiday.
The Salvation Army Food Shelf is one of the major food pantries in our area. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday between 1pm and 3pm as well as Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and 11am.
Those in need should note that there’s a one visit per month limit and you’ll need a photo ID and proof of address as well. The Salvation Army Food Shelf in St. Cloud, Minnesota serves the Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns counties.
It doesn’t matter how little or how much you give—every bit helps feed the hungry and less fortunate in our very own community.
If you don’t have anything to give, consider volunteering your time instead. Contact the food pantry directly at (320) 252-4552. Potential volunteers can also fill out a volunteer application and drop it off at the Worship and Service Center located at 400 U.S. Highway 10 South.
Live in or near the St. Cloud area in Minnesota? Every year, the Rotary Club at St. George takes advantage of the summer heat to hold the annual Summertime by George Festival on the shores of the newly-renovated Lake George. The festival began in June, but runs for 12 weeks every Wednesday until August 26th. The event opens to the public at 5pm; the music begins at 6 and lasts until 9.
Admission to Summertime by George is entirely free to the public. Other activities at the festival include the Middle Town Market, providing access to a diverse variety of local vendors and food. The Eastman Tavern is nearby and serves craft beers, wine, and snacks, and the little ones can play to their hearts’ content in Little Georgetown. There’s also a trolley that runs through the area every 10 minutes Wednesday evenings, which makes parking much easier.
The Summertime by George Festival celebrates fun, live musical performances as well as local artisans and culture, nearby eateries, and area breweries. Whether you’re getting a drink with friends or looking for an evening with your family, Lake George has an all-summer-long event to keep you entertained. Stop in and tell us all about it at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
If you are looking for something to do this month, we at Don Robinson Mitsubishi highly recommend taking time to go to the St. Cloud Granite City Days. This year’s festival is celebrating 10 years of amazing events and will take place starting Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26th.
The official Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:30pm on Thursday, but for all you early birds, there’s plenty going on before the festival officially starts. There is a variety of event and entertainment available during the four-day festival. Each day is jam-packed with great activities such as a Lemonade Concert and Art Fair, a Medallion Hunt, a Parade, a Fishing Derby, and even a Civil Air Patrol Fly-In Pancake Breakfast.
There are also canoe rides from Beaver Island to River Bluffs Park and a Gran Fondo Bike Ride at Lake George, which is a new addition to this year’s festivities. In addition to many great activities for you and your family to do, this festival will see it’s fair share of amazing entertainers, such as TONIC SOL-FA, Justin Ploof & the Throwbacks, and Jack and Kitty.
For more information and a detailed schedule, click here. This is one amazing festival that you do not want to miss!
New Year’s is a great time to celebrate the ending of the year and the beginning of the next. In St. Cloud, there are many events that you can go to help start the year off right, from events that are great for the family or for just you and your significant other. See what we recommend to do this New Year’s Eve in St. Cloud from Don Robinson Mitsubishi
New Year’s Eve Bowling Bash
If you are looking for a great place to take the kids and still have a good time, Great River Bowl is the place to be. The best part about this party is that there are two! The first one is for the early birds and goes from 6 to 8:30. This is great for families with young children. The second party starts at 9:30 and goes till 1am. There’s also a chance to win some cool prizes.
Fireworks by Lake George
Lake George is perhaps one of the best places to see fireworks and for the 2nd year in a round, they will be letting them off for New Year’s! Our towns’ Mayor Kleis will be leading the countdown and this free event will host hot cider, coffee and bagel bites to everyone!
Deuces Wild New Year’s Eve
If you are looking for some entertainment to end the year, the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center will be presenting the Deuces Wild New Year’s Eve. Tickets for this event are $25 and there are two showing, once at 7pm and again at 10pm.
There is plenty more to see and do this New Year’s in our great city. To see what else is going on St. Cloud this New Year’s, click here to find out more!