never again

Bemidji, MN

#1 Sep 25, 2007
The worst place ive ever been to on vacation, northome minnesota
Went on vacation there and talk about a bad place to visit, the people there were very rude,
we ate at a little resteraunt outside of town,
a very little place, the service was not ok the waitress we had was very rude and her service was far from good, the food wasnt all that great either and the place was very small, it is also a bar and the bar patrons were drinking heavily and were being very loud it ruined the dinner mood, the folks that were in there at the time just stared at you as if you owed them money and made it a very uncomfortable atmosphere, they have a small litte gas station in town and i will say the owner was a very friendly man more then willing to talk your ear off, there wasnt alot to do there but fish and that was another story, we tryed our luck at a nice lake call island lake just south of town although the fishing was fine the folks at the public access acted as though we were tresspassing on private property, and attempted to hurry us along as though we were in there way..
we tryed to visit city hall in town on a monday morning and there was no one around to answer any of our questions, and again tuesday morning the same attempt with the same results, we were later told by some local folks who laughed and told us good luck the city clerk works when she wants and comes and goes as she please's so any tourist information from there city hall was out of the question for us, to make a long story short we meaning my wife and i will never visit that little town again nor recommend it to any of our friends..........
Jeff Duresky

Zimmerman, MN

#2 Oct 13, 2007
never again wrote:
The worst place ive ever been to on vacation, northome minnesota
Went on vacation there and talk about a bad place to visit, the people there were very rude,
we ate at a little resteraunt outside of town,
a very little place, the service was not ok the waitress we had was very rude and her service was far from good, the food wasnt all that great either and the place was very small, it is also a bar and the bar patrons were drinking heavily and were being very loud it ruined the dinner mood, the folks that were in there at the time just stared at you as if you owed them money and made it a very uncomfortable atmosphere, they have a small litte gas station in town and i will say the owner was a very friendly man more then willing to talk your ear off, there wasnt alot to do there but fish and that was another story, we tryed our luck at a nice lake call island lake just south of town although the fishing was fine the folks at the public access acted as though we were tresspassing on private property, and attempted to hurry us along as though we were in there way..
we tryed to visit city hall in town on a monday morning and there was no one around to answer any of our questions, and again tuesday morning the same attempt with the same results, we were later told by some local folks who laughed and told us good luck the city clerk works when she wants and comes and goes as she please's so any tourist information from there city hall was out of the question for us, to make a long story short we meaning my wife and i will never visit that little town again nor recommend it to any of our friends..........
You must have been walking around with a chip on your shoulder, because Northome is a great town and it's hard to find people better than the locals. I live in Zimmerman,MN but my family grew up in Waskish,MN, 30 miles north of Northome and some of my family still lives in Waskish, Kelliher, and Northome. So maybe you need to go back to Bemidji settle down a little and go back to Northome and enjoy the beautifull scenary and small town hospitallity. And if you can't get along with the good people there stay home you 'Beaver'. I hope you change your opinion.
Outdoor girl

Tarrytown, NY

#3 Feb 2, 2008
I doubt if he will change his opinion, because mostly, he's right on the money. Several years back I had the dis-pleasure of staying at the Park Inn Motel in Northome. I know a lot of people in rural communities think "city people" are snobs - well, let me tell you, the "snobbery" was in full force at this little "Inn". I grew up country and live city, by career necessity only, and I've come across my share of 'uppity' individuals, I can spot 'em a mile away - and these two were at the top of the list. It has nothing to do with city vs. country. I figured maybe they believe they're the 'upper class' in this tiny little community of only about 300 or less. You know that old adage "Would you rather be a big fish in a little pond..." Hmm...maybe that's why they never left. However, I must say northern Minnesota has plenty of places with friendly, down-to-earth people - I recall a resort in Gemmell(sp.?), can't remember the name, but it was a really nice getaway - great accomodations and hosts. You just gotta try a few to find the good ones!
Olfart

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Jul 1, 2008
I grew up thirty miles away, and I treasure my memories of the Northome girls. Being a total geek, I got no respect from the locals, but in Northome, even the really gorgeous girls were cordial and accommodating. They would often drive all the way to Craig to join us at Peggy's. Of course, that was before the sexual revolution, so we (I at least) never got beyond "heavy petting", but, even now at 70, I often lift a glass to the Northome girls. When I die, I plan to spend eternity in the corner booth at Peggy's with a Northome girl on each arm.
Rob

Tallahassee, FL

#5 Jul 11, 2008
I had a great 4 days in Northome. although I would strongly suggest that you hire a local to escort you arond the town. I especially enjoyed the local hardware store, the corner restaurant, and the combo gas station-bait shop. Most of the men I met wre rather taciturn and standoffish. that can be mistaken for snobbery. But most folks were very friendly, even the game warden. I plan to come back again next year with my family and of course we will dress modestly.
Olfart wrote:
I grew up thirty miles away, and I treasure my memories of the Northome girls. Being a total geek, I got no respect from the locals, but in Northome, even the really gorgeous girls were cordial and accommodating. They would often drive all the way to Craig to join us at Peggy's. Of course, that was before the sexual revolution, so we (I at least) never got beyond "heavy petting", but, even now at 70, I often lift a glass to the Northome girls. When I die, I plan to spend eternity in the corner booth at Peggy's with a Northome girl on each arm.
Olfart

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jul 14, 2008
It's really too bad you missed Peggy's. As for modesty in dress, the mosquitoes make that mandatory.
joey

Bemidji, MN

#7 Dec 6, 2008
what are you people dumb or what northome is the lousy place to go and visit. the local are dumb and in-breed. the women they are rude and snobby. most of them are butt ugly. they might be pretty at first but wait when they hit 26 or 28 that all down hill from there. they dont take care of themselves (they are over weight) and bunch of drunks and druggies. my god what are you people smoking on.
Hmmm

Bemidji, MN

#8 Dec 14, 2008
Whatever, Joey from Bemidji. You must have came to Northome with blinders on and a negative attitude. What were you smoking???
Lesley

Elmhurst, IL

#9 Jan 15, 2009
Northome is the best town ever. I've been going up there for 20 years (Since I was a baby). Everyone in the town knows me and my family. Everyone in the town are very laid back and very friendly. They would always love to share a fishing story or a hunting story with you. I have never had an issue with anyone being snobby... perhaps you are the one who acted snobby and they were just paying back the favor.
mizpah

Davenport, IA

#10 Mar 4, 2009
I stop by northome alot and i know many people there. They are not bad people, they are justinsulated from the outside world most of the time . when people show up from the outside world they are baiting bear or shooting deer both of which are male drinking sports. not many women show up. liquor establishments and churches have all the attention. small towns in the middle of nowhere arent famous for their chambers of commerce. youre on their turf. get used to it.
Connie

Bemidji, MN

#11 May 10, 2009
I would like to let every person who reads this know as a person who has lived 10 miles from Northome for 28yrs. We came from Monticello. That you would find nicer and people that talk to everyone. And if you were at a cafe there all you would have to do is be there and people would be nice and kind to you. Because I worked in 2 of them at sometime. And Fishers station is the best stop in town. I would ask anyone who has to them had a bad time in Northome Please come back and go to Jigg's cafe at 8 a.m. 7 day's a week and you will see just how much fun you can have in Beautyfull downtown NORTHOME!!!
Kathy

Bemidji, MN

#12 Aug 9, 2009
just yesterday I was telling someone (who has recently moved into the Northome area) "how much I LOVE where I live!" We moved to the area 13 years ago only to find ourselves in the midst of a great bunch of Christians and neighbors. The dining is casual, friendly and good. The businesses in this area are run (for the most part) by people who go out of their way to help. Tourism is a big part of this small community and most of us appreciate our visitors and are grateful for their taking the time to vacation here (which is what WE did first before moving here) We LOVE where we live and can't imagine being anywhere else, and we were some of those "city snobs" for over 45 years first!
Joel

New Prague, MN

#13 Feb 10, 2011
Wow. It's like some people go on vacation simply to look for things to complain about.

I have a hunting shack near Northome, and have been going to the area since I was a teenager, over 30 years now. The good people of Northome couldn't be more friendly and accomodating. I wouldn't drive 5 hours one way several times per year to go to someplace where the people weren't good and friendly.

As for you people who have vacationed there and think that you have something to complain about, maybe the next time you go on vacation, you should go someplace where the locals have nothing better to do than to run around wiping your butts.
On the Money

Marion, IL

#14 Feb 7, 2013
Outdoor girl wrote:
I doubt if he will change his opinion, because mostly, he's right on the money. Several years back I had the dis-pleasure of staying at the Park Inn Motel in Northome. I know a lot of people in rural communities think "city people" are snobs - well, let me tell you, the "snobbery" was in full force at this little "Inn". I grew up country and live city, by career necessity only, and I've come across my share of 'uppity' individuals, I can spot 'em a mile away - and these two were at the top of the list. It has nothing to do with city vs. country. I figured maybe they believe they're the 'upper class' in this tiny little community of only about 300 or less. You know that old adage "Would you rather be a big fish in a little pond..." Hmm...maybe that's why they never left. However, I must say northern Minnesota has plenty of places with friendly, down-to-earth people - I recall a resort in Gemmell(sp.?), can't remember the name, but it was a really nice getaway - great accomodations and hosts. You just gotta try a few to find the good ones!
Yeah...you hit that one on the money. Northome is a typical small town, with the busy bodies, and "big fish/small town crowd"...but there are lots of great people there too. The two you probably encountered...the Elhard & Duresky duo are two of the most arrogant natives of the area, unfortunately for you. I don't believe they are still married, and don't own the motel anymore. You might want to try again. So sorry they were your example...most others are not near as full of themselves.
doggie style

Marshalltown, IA

#15 Apr 30, 2014
If Northome didnt meet your expectations,,maybe you should lower your expectations...

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