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27th Annual Oktoberfest at Ruttger’s

Posted on: September 24th, 2012 by admin

Many of you are familiar with the fact that Ruttger’s has a strong German heritage. You see it in several different ways around the resort, including the Rüttger wine from German. There is one sign of the Ruttger’s German heritage that stands out more than the others, Oktoberfest. This year, October 19 -21 marks the 27th Annual Oktoberfest, and like past events, it is a  festival that celebrates the German history at Ruttger’s.

Oktoberfest began in 1810 in Germany when Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I, married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hidburghausen. The citizens of Munich celebrated the union on the fields in front of the city gates. At the end of the celebration, horse races were held in front of the Royal Family. The horse races were repeated every year (although they are no longer a part of the celebration) and Oktoberfest was born.


Jack Ruttger at Oktoberfest 2011


Wine and Jazz Weekend

Posted on: July 18th, 2012 by admin

Looking for a weekend filled with wine and music? Join us at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge for a Wine and Jazz Weekend on August 24-26th. The event will feature jazz music by the Sam Miltich and Clearwater Hot Club as well as the Maud Hixson Trio. The event will include several events, such as a reception with an Italian wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres to start the weekend on Friday night. On Saturday, certified Sommelier Sam Bremer will host a wine sampling in the afternoon. Later that evening, a four-course wine dinner will be served while the Maud Hixson Trio plays. (more…)

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Posted on: July 17th, 2012 by admin

Who would have thought that a sport that became popular in the ocean waters of Hawaii would make its way to Bay Lake, Minnesota? Stand up paddleboarding, or SUP, has become a worldwide sport after being popularized in the Hawaiian Islands. At Ruttger’s, we are working with Power Paddle to bring the sport to the waters of Bay Lake.

Paddleboarding is an ancient form of surfing that reemerged in the 1960s when surf instructors began standing on their boards to get a better vantage during group lessons. Since then the sport has grown in popularity, starting first in the warmer climates and eventually making its way to areas such as Bay Lake. (more…)

Zumba at Ruttger’s!

Posted on: June 28th, 2012 by admin

This summer, Zumba classes are being offered at Ruttger’s as one of the weekly activities. Zumba, which is a fitness program, has become very popular recently. It is estimated that over 12 million people are taking weekly Zumba classes in 125 countries. With its growing popularity, it is the perfect addition to this summer’s activity schedule. (more…)