For a peaceful night's sleep, book a room at the Whittler's Lady (621 W. Ciro; 1-507-776-8555; www.the whittlerslady.com) in Truman, a town 10 miles north of Fairmont. Lowell and Yvonne Noorlun have operated the bed-and-breakfast for 15 years. Each bedroom is furnished with antiques and is named after a different hardwood used in woodcarving (a hobby of Lowell's).
Lakeside campsites at Flying Goose Campground (2521 115th St.; 1-507-235-3458; www.flyinggoosecampground.com) have attracted families for more than 40 years. Amenities include a beach, hayrides and canoe rentals. Located 5 miles east of town on Lake Imogene.
Former residents return to town just for another taste of Jake's Pizza (211 Downtown Plaza; 1-507-238-4725). Try the Fairmont special, with beef, mushrooms and onions. El Agave Mexican Restaurant (62 Downtown Plaza; 1-507-235-8835) is another popular downtown spot with locals. For an old-fashioned cafe experience, perch on a stool at Edie's Restaurant (110 W. 1st St.; 1-507-235-5700) and order the daily dinner special or the pancakes.
If you're seeking casual dining with a view, jump in your car or boat (depending on the season) and head to the Channel Inn (330 W. Lair Road; 1-507-238-9700) between Budd and Hall lakes. The Channel Inn Burger comes with a fried egg, bacon and cheese.
Go online to www.fairmontcvb.com or call 1-800-657-3280.