NLJ Books

September 07, 2011 10:07 ET

New Book -- Resorts of Minnesota -- Explores the History and Heritage of Minnesota's Family Resorts

HIBBING, MN--(Marketwire - Sep 7, 2011) - With over 1,000 historical and present day images, Resorts of Minnesota involved over 50,000 miles of travel, 200 interviews, and 75,000 words.

Resorts of Minnesota gives an overview of the statewide history of resorting, in addition to the individual stories of 37 exceptional family-run resorts in Minnesota. It contains the most detailed account of resort owners, their guests, and properties to date.

Ron Schara of Minnesota Bound stated, "This is not a guide to Minnesota resorts. That's been done. Rather, Neil Johnson has touched on the heart of the matter, recalling those with leading roles in the grand performance we so cherish in Minnesota: going to the resort."

Authored by Neil Johnson along with Adam Swenson and featuring the photographic talents of Mark J. Harlow, Doug Ohman, Scott Pederson, and Neil Johnson, Resorts of Minnesota allows readers to explore Minnesota's resort industry. Over 20,000 images were shot over the course of one year from all four seasons.

The intelligent graphic design blends the images and text over 240 pages to create a stunning coffee table book.

Resorts of Minnesota is primarily a book of stories giving detailed accounts from guests, as well as both past and present owners. The stories of the properties are both entertaining and dramatic with titles like "Left for Dead," "Turning Down A Governor," and "You Can't Hurry Love."

Resorts of Minnesota has been reviewed and endorsed by Ron Schara, Al Lindner, Roger Cormier, Jason Davis, and Peter Mayer.

Neil Johnson is available for interview and loves to share his experiences from the road while writing the book.

The book is available at book and gift stores throughout the Upper Midwest and at the website

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