“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5
This is the good news y’all, that Christ invites all of us into His family. He so graciously has given us a glimpse of what this feels like by giving us earthly families. We know that being in an earthly family sometimes brings hurts and hardships, but it also brings so much joy and happiness. At Riverside Resort we pray that our activities, facilities, and resources provide opportunities for everyone to grow closer to their families and friends; and have a great time while doing them.
There are countless ways to spend time with others on our resort, but here are some ideas to get you started.
Some people enjoy to get further out on the water to fish, but there is great fishing right from our docks. There have been multiple occasions where our 3 sons have caught so many sunfish off the dock that it is hard to keep up with them.
2. Making water balloons
What a great activity on a hot summer day. There is great lawn space throughout the resort to play any water balloon game you choose. Or maybe you and another family member will be sneaky and plan an attack on an unexpecting target.;)
3. Taking a walk
You can take a walk at any time of day, but the most peaceful time is in the early morning. During this time, typically the grounds are quiet and the water is calm.
There is something for everybody down at the beach. You can have swim races, go down the slide, play on the splash mat, or simply splash around.
5. Collecting Rocks
God’s creation is beautiful and endless. Children are so good about noticing the small things in life. This couple has taken time this particular afternoon to find the best looking rocks with their grandsons.
6. Playing volleyball
Now time for some friendly competition! Maybe it will “older” vs “younger” or family vs family. However you choose to split the teams, there is bound to be lots of fun times shared.
There are multiple options to choose from at Riverside Resort from canoes, to paddleboards, to kayaks, to pontoons and even a few more. Click here for rental details. Some great memories are bound to be made.
8.Talking on the dock
After a long excitement-filled-day at the resort, just take some time to talk about the day or reminisce about other great memories you have had.
“But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.“ 1 Samuel 12:24
We love to serve the Lord by serving our guests here at Riverside Resort; it brings us so much joy. One of the biggest ways we get to serve our guests is by making sure everything is clean, prepared, and in working order when everyone arrives for a time of fun, fellowship, and relaxation.
Saturday mornings really get our blood pumping because it is the day our cabins and campsites typically change from one guest to another. You know how they says it takes a village to raise a child, well here at Riverside Resort it also takes a small village to get all our cabins and grounds ready for our next weeks guests. We have a great team of people that help us do just this!
At Riverside Resort we have a special name for this team, we call them the “Bed Bugs”. They are responsible for unmaking and remaking the beds in all the cabins. Some Saturdays all 19 of our cabins need to be prepared for our guests, which means they change 54 beds! You go Bed Bugs!
Each week these dedicated teams take on the important task of cleaning all the cabins from floor, to bathroom, to refrigerator, etc. These ladies are very meticulous in their work and take pride in making sure the cabins are spick ‘n span for the next week’s guests to enjoy.
Have you ever seen such cute management? Although the little one is very cute, sometimes she is not all that helpful. 🙂 Once the Bed Bugs and the Cleaning Crews have done their jobs, we give it one more look with a fresh set of eyes. Can you imagine cleaning for 4 hours straight and never missing a spot? Well, our Cleaning Crews do almost that, but it’s still good to have one last look. During this step of the preparation, the yummy Cold Spring Bakery muffins and all the Resort and area information gets set out for the next week’s guests.
Grounds and Maintenance Specialists
This is a fancy title which basically means they need to be 7 places at once. The list for these men consists of mowing the grass, gassing/cleaning the boats, and tending to any and all maintenance concerns in the 19 cabins and across the entire grounds of Riverside. In these photos they were taking the a/c units from the cabins and cleaning them. (The nice lady in the photo is actually a “bed bug” just giving a little encouragement to the men.) If anything ever goes wrong with your house or boat feel free to contact these resourceful and talented men!
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalms 19:1
Imagine it is a beautiful, sunny day; the wind is calm and the water is as smooth as glass. There is no better activity than paddleboarding on a day like this. We, at Riverside Resort, have 2 paddleboards for our guests to enjoy. Paddleboarding is a fairly new concept for many people, but the neat thing about this activity is there are multiple ways to use it depending on the person, mood, or situation.
1). Paddle standing up
This is the traditional way to use a paddleboard. The biggest fear for most people about paddleboarding is the balance they think it requires. Believe it or not, the most difficult part of paddleboarding is when you initially get on the board and then again when you dismount at the end. The actual time you spend on the paddleboard is very peaceful and surprisingly stable.
2). Paddle while on your knees
This is an alternative to standing up that lowers your center of gravity so balancing is easier. Another advantage to paddling on your knees is that it works different parts of your arms, back, and core because your positioning on the board is different.
This is one of my favorite ways to use a paddleboard. Find a quiet little cove or a nice peaceful place in a “no wake zone” and just relax. You can use your life jacket as a pillow while you spend time sleeping, praying, reading a book, or just getting away from all the demands of life. What better way to enjoy God’s magnificent creation!
Did you know you can do yoga on a paddle board? It is so awesome! This does require a bit more balance especially if you are going to try some of those crazy poses where you stand on just one leg. Even though this may sound intimidating, there are many different levels and variations of paddbleboard yoga so don’t let it scare you. Here is a great video to get you started.
5). Strength Training
In addition to Yoga, you can also try your own strength training routine on the water or discover a new one! Adding the element of balance to any of your workout routines is going to strengthen your core and continue to work your muscles in new and different ways. Check out this youtube video.
6). Hang out on the beach and look “cool”
Still think paddleboarding isn’t for you? Here is a way to be involved without ever getting on the water. You can simply hang out with a paddleboard on the beach. Maybe just sit on it and people will think you are taking a break from a long voyage. Or perhaps fiddle with the different accessories on your paddleboard, maybe people will think that you are just returning or getting ready to depart. It’s all about perception! 🙂
However you choose to utilize a paddleboard, I encourage you all to try this unique and exciting aquatic recreation activity.
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never go thirsty.” John 6:35
We rely on the word of God to satisfy our souls, but God has created us in such a way that our physical bodies rely on food and drink to sustain ourselves. We find this to be especially true while on road trips or whenever spending a substantial amount of time traveling. As July 4th weekend approaches, many of you will be “on the move” (maybe even some will be coming to Riverside Resort 🙂 ) It is amazing how food can brighten the mood of both children and adults when times are getting testy on the road (let’s be honest, car travel has a way of bringing out the worst in us, so food becomes important).
When choosing snacks and meals for a road trip, there are three principles that apply.
1). Food with minimal crumbs and low “messy factor”
2). Food that is mostly healthy (however having sweet treats from time to time is a must)
3). Food that takes some time to eat
To aid in a deliciously enjoyable journey, here are some “on-the-go” food suggestions for you to try:
******************* Items that need to be prepared before the trip: ********************
Bell Peppers, sliced Snap Peas, washed Baby Tomatoes, washedGrapes, washed and taken off the stemCarrots sticks, peeled but whole
Homemade cookie bites:
these are very tedious and take some patience, but they are well worth it.Having cookie bites as opposed to regular cookies allows everyone to have them more often during the trip. Also, eating “mini” cookies is just more fun. 🙂Trail Mix (pretzels, peanuts, M&M’s, Honey Nut cheerios, and raisins)Waffles: Here is a great waffle recipe!!
*************** Items that need zero preparation: *****************
Pretzel RodsString CheeseApples, whole
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
Our desire is to give God the glory in all we do. We believe that God encourages us to take time out of our busy lives and get away from the pressures and obligations everyone has at their own home. Riverside Resort is a place where you can escape reality for a bit, while relaxing and connecting with loved ones. To help give some structure to your vacation, we offer various activities on a weekly basis.
Starting June 18th through August 6th, we invite different people to come help us worship while we learn more about our amazing Savior and Lord. The church services start at 10am. Check out the schedule of our speakers/performers for each week. We invite anyone to attend these services; it is not exclusively for resort guests. Please stop by and join us this summer.
On Mondays we provide the opportunity for all of our guests to get their creative juices flowing. At 3:00pm we have our craft hour. This year we will be painting bird houses. This is a great time to get out of the sun and get the fine motor skills working for a bit.
Bump, set, spike…or just get the ball over the net anyway you can. 🙂 On Tuesday nights at 7:30pm we have a volleyball game for all resort guests. It does not matter if your playing skills are comparable to Misty May Treanor or those of Kermit the frog, we encourage everyone to play. It is a great time to have fun with family, friends, and maybe even meet a few new people. After volleyball, stick around because we will have a campfire and all the fixings for you to make the perfect s’more!
Bunny hop, photo shoot, coloring contest, prizes, minnow races, and an outdoor movie. That’s right folks, this all happens on Wednesday. How do we do it you ask? Very carefully :). Starting at 3:00pm we meet up with Riverside Rabbit and dance the bunny hop. After dancing, Riverside Rabbit will look at all the coloring sheets the children turned in at the beginning of the week and he will give prizes away to the winner. Immediately after that all the kids get the chance to race a minnow of their choice. It is a great time watching all the kids cheer on their minnow in hopes of victory!
At 8:00pm everyone is welcome to gather for a movie under the stars. For the best viewing experience, don’t forget bug spray, a blanket, and popcorn!
We end our week of lively activities with a friendly, or for some, competitive bean bag tournament. Choose your teammate wisely as you prepare for the round robin tournament that awaits you. We have found that teams perform better when they have a cheering section, so even if competing is not necessarily your thing, we encourage friends and family to come spur them on.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” -John 15:13
We would like to thank those brave men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. This is the greatest earthly sacrifice one can make for another person. It is because of this sacrifice that we are all able to enjoy the many freedoms we do each and every day. Memorial day is a time when we can remember who these individuals were and what they gave up for all of us.
When we think about the sacrifice that these men and women made for us, we cannot help but also think of the ultimate sacrifice that was made for all mankind when Jesus died on the cross for the sins of you and me. Because of this sacrifice, we are able to have hope here on earth and we are eternally grateful.
To help celebrate this special day, we have created a little acrostic using the word MEMORIAL DAY…Enjoy! 🙂
Pray for the families/friends of the fallen soldiers as they think back on all their memories they had with them.
Join others and eat some good food today. Spend time with friends and family; not alone.
Memorial Day Foundation Link
Get outside and enjoy the land these soldiers fought for and many others are still fighting for today.
Many don’t have to work today. R-e-l-a-x. Don’t look for projects to do around the house, it’s okay to take a day off.
The very first Memorial Day was May 30, 1868, it was declared an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers.
What a great country! We are so grateful God has allowed us to live here.. #Blessed!
Even if you don’t know one personally, go to a cemetery and lay a wreath, flag, or flowers on the grave of a fallen soldier.
This was the original name given in 1868 for a day to celebrate the fallen soldiers and their memories.
Pray that we will always be grateful for what we have, not just on Memorial Day, because it came at a tremendous price.
Thank you brave Men and Women of Service for all you have done and all you are still doing.
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ ” -Matthew 6:31
Here at Riverside Resort we do not worry about what we wear, however we do love to make people look fabulous wearing our official apparel. It is such a joy to choose items each year that are fun, functional, fashionable, and fantastically made!
Above is a picture of our store where all the apparel can be found. All items come in a variety of colors and sizes to make sure there is something for everyone. Some of the items you will find in our Resort store are t-shirts, baseball hats, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, and stocking hats.
Each year we order items with new styles, different materials, and sometimes even different products altogether. Our family decided to have a little photo shoot to show you some of our apparel. (As you can see, we try to make everything, even work, a family affair.)
This year our new item, which we are totally excited about, is a stocking hat. This is an item that has not ever been sold before at Riverside Resort! When these new stocking hats arrived, our boys (Caleb – 8, David – 6, and Tyler – 4) were so thrilled about them that each boy bought one with their own money.
Hands down our favorite piece of clothing we sell is our sweatshirts. They are so cozy and just perfect for a cool summer evening. They also keep you warm throughout the cold winter months–you Minnesotans know that’s 10 months each year!
Since we have taken over ownership of this wonderful fishing resort 6 years ago, our best selling piece of apparel has been our long sleeve shirts. We cannot seem to keep these items on the shelf! They come in a variety of colors, prints, and designs to suit everyone’s style.
Feel free to come on down to the store, meet these wonderful fashion models, and try on these incredible buys for yourself!
“Every Good and Perfect Gift is from above…..” James 1:19
What a Gift!
This is how we feel about opening Riverside Resort for its 90th season! All winter long the Resort has been sad and lonely, but with the dawning of vacation season upon us, the resort is giddy with excitement for the guests to arrive.
Here is a little countdown to the kickoff!
It just fills the air as the weather becomes nicer and we find ourselves basking in the warmer temperatures. The time has finally arrived when we are able to start welcoming our guests and we no longer have to stay cooped up in our home (those of you who live in Minnesota or other parts of the Midwest know exactly what we are talking about).
So much goes into preparing the resort for the summer season. One job that is particularly time consuming is putting one of our largest docks in the water each spring. This is a job that would be awfully difficult for just the two of us (especially with 4 young children in tow). This year we rounded up several friends who were gracious enough to help and made it into a fun time of work, food, and capped the day off with taking a chilly boat ride around the lake.
There is never a dull moment here at Riverside Resort; every day we wake up and look forward to what the day will hold. Even before a single guest set foot on the resort this season, we had an underground water leak and a key somehow managed to break off in a door. Boy, the days never seem to go as we plan, ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE! 🙂
I’m not sure who’s more excited: the resort, us, or our four children. In the middle of April our 4 year old said he wished they (the guests) could all come “tomorrow”. The whole summer is a revolving door of one friend to the next, and the kids just cannot wait!
This BLOG! 😮
Throughout the year we will be posting on our blog regularly, be sure to follow along! We will have updates about how the season is going and other helpful/fun facts about summer, resort living, and more to keep you in the Riverside Resort loop, regardless of your geographical location.
New and Improved Booking System!
Although booking online is not a new feature, it has been improved this year to be a more streamlined process to make your vacation planning a breeze! We do anticipate our phone calls to decrease, so feel free to call and just chat from time to time! 😉 If you want to check it out, here’s the link https://guest.rezstream.com/search/riverside-resort
New Craft – Bird Houses
One of our favorite parts about spring is hearing the birds chirp and watching them find worms to feed their babies. This summer our kids craft time will focus on making homes for our little feathered friends. Come ready to follow the pattern or let your creative juices flow and make your own version.
Joe and Christina DeRose
We met while going to school at St. Cloud State University. It did not take long before we knew that we would be together forever. It was not quite “love at first sight”, but pretty close!! After getting married we spent a few years working, growing our family, and continuing to trust God’s plan for our lives. In 2012 we became the 4th generation owners of this wonderful family vacation spot called “Riverside Resort”.
We are so thankful that God has allowed us this privilege to serve and host guests throughout the summer. Without Him, none of this would be possible. We invite you to join us in our journey!
What a Gift!
“We started our fourth year today at the relaxing Riverside Resort. The DeRose’s are the most gracious hosts we’ve ever met over the years of vacationing. Weather was great and the fish were biting right off the dock. The kids had a great time fishing, swimming, tubing, and jet-skiing. Hope your stay here will be as wonderful as ours.” Tom & Julie, Minneapolis, MN .Cottage # 10
“We came by plane over the big Atlantic from Germany to Minnesota. The hospitality that people gave to us was unforgettable. We were welcomed as family members and joined the family. Thanks very much for all the efforts you’ve done. It was wonderful to meet you. Many things will keep in mind as special memories. Good-by and you are welcome to come to Germany.” Heinz & Hanna, Hude, Germany. Cottage # 15
“Well, it is now our 23rd year here! Our whole family has 10 cabins out of the 16 they have here. The weather was so beautiful all week and the fish were biting -we couldn’t have asked for anything better. Thanks to Jim, Jeanette, and family for once again a wonderful year (too bad it goes so fast!)” Fred & Donna, Shakopee, MN. Cottage # 8
“This is the third year we have spent our vacation at Riverside. From the time we leave until we come back it seems that’s all the kids talk about. We had a great week. The fishing was good and so was the swimming. This cabin has such a great view. As always, the resort is clean and well-kept. All the little extras really mean a lot.” Duane & Sherry, Winthrop, MN .Cottage # 3
“Well, as a cabin dweller you have discovered that Cabin 9 is the tranquil spot! The DeRose family has been fantastic, consummate hosts. The emphasis on kids has been so much fun. We’ve done bunny hops, coloring contests, frog hunting, and bug collecting as well as the mandatory beaching. It has been a pleasure watching the customer service excellence that the DeRose’s have to offer! Eric & Kathy, Lanesboro, MN. Cottage # 9
“Our brother discovered this jewel resort last summer. He organized a brother-sister reunion this year and five out of six were able to come, including most of the kids. We came from Idaho, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Illinois. It was truly superb! The DeRose family has a special blessed ministry here. We definitely felt ‘close to home’ at Riverside.” Bob & Cathy, Sagle, ND. Cottage # 12
” As the sun sets and the full moon rises over Riverside Resort, a bittersweet feeling comes over me. Yes, it’s time to go home -to work and to reality -but the memories here will last a lifetime. When summer closes into fall and I’m pulling up the last petunias in my garden, once again I’ll be dreaming of next summer when we can return to Riverside. Thank you for offering a place where dreams are fulfilled.” Roger & Janice, Minneapolis, MN .Cottage # 4
“We had a family reunion with folks coming from Washington, New York, New Hampshire, Kansas, Wisconsin and all parts of Minnesota. Many remarked, ‘This is a wonderful place you picked. These folks are so gracious and caring. Your love for Christ shows through your business.” Donna, Litchfield, MN. Cottage # 14
“This was our big family vacation of the summer, and as I sit here writing, the night before we head home, may I say – we’ve had a great time! Our family turned our fishing into a( catch-and-release ) fishing competition. We were able to make use of the water bikes also -and tubes and plenty of swimming. The DeRose’s are very nice and caring people and I can’t imagine the time and dedication they truly give for others! We made many new family memories this week and you can be sure we will let others know what a wonderful place this is!” Roger & Tracy, St. Cloud, MN. Cottage # 3
“My husband and I started going together up here. My dad, Bill Brinckerhoff, also played Cupid to Don’s sister, Marilyn, and Richard (another long time regular.) They married, had 4 kids and 7 grandkids. We married, had 2 kids and 2 grandkids. Must be something in this Minnesota air. We have had some really great times here with all the ‘every year regulars’. Jeanette and Jim, you are every bit as hospitable as your parents (they would be proud).” Don & Nyla, Torrance, CA. Cottage # 8
“We are having our family vacation at Riverside Resort for the 7th year .We have cabins with all our 5 children and spouses and soon 23 grandchildren. It’s wonderful. The children really enjoy the water sports. Most of them love the fishing. The women go for dinner and shopping one day and some enjoy golf a couple of days. This year Grandpa had meditation on Joshua 1:9 and Timothy 1:7. Grandma shared on Proverbs 18:10. What a wonderful week. What a blessing!” Harold & Harriet, Peterson, MN. Cottage # 15
“The cabin is all packed up and we are ready to go. Each year here seems to go faster than the previous. Last year it was Jackie who caught the 4lb. 4 oz. fish at the age of 5. This year is was Casey’s (3) turn to catch the big one. The smile on her precious face when she held up her catch for the picture is priceless. Our children are only young once and now is the time to create the memories for a lifetime.” Art & Wendy, Glen Ellyn, IL. Cottage # 12
“Someone has come up from Omaha from our family for over 40 years. It has changed over the years, but the Kurtz and DeRose families have never changed how great they run their business. Everything is always perfect. They are the nicest hosts anyone could ever want and they make sure everyone has an ‘awesome’ visit. We appreciate them very much and we realize how hard they work to make our vacation super.” Walt & Connie, Omaha, NE. Cottage # 9
“We visited for the first time. We soon became known here, as we are known most places, as the family with 8 children. We all enjoyed the terrific (gospel) quartet Sunday morning and the resort picnic afterwards. We knew we wanted to spend a week in Minnesota and had material from the Office of Tourism as well as the internet. The Sunday a.m. service at Riverside caught my eye, but the warmth and personal attention I received over the phone drew me to this place. It wasn’t long after we arrived that everyone else applauded the decision. Thanks so much to the DeRose family for making our vacation so memorable!” Rob & Betty, Shelbyville, IN. Cottage # 10