Beckers are 'Resorters of the Year'
Ed and Sara Becker of In-We-Go Resort near Nevis have been awarded the 2011 Congress of Minnesota Resorts (CMR) "Resorters of the Year" award.
Their resort journey began when they became engaged while on a visit to the family's resort on the south end of 8th Crow Wing Lake. Fourteen years later, they bought the resort from Sara's parents, John and Ruth Ann Olson, who'd owned the resort 15 years.
Although they had some first-hand knowledge of resort operations, the purchasing of a resort brings major lifestyle changes - leaving the security of well-paying jobs and relocating their two children to a small northern Minnesota town.
But their dream to be second-generation resort owners won out and they made the move.
When Ed and Sara purchased the resort it had 10 cabins, four motel units and 12 seasonal RV sites.
They had a vision to turn this little fishing resort into a family fishing vacation destination. They have worked to overcome the obstacle of a road running through their resort and added unique features to draw activity away from the lake and the road.
They now have an in-ground heated swimming pool, a large playground, large water toys for the beach and weekly scavenger hunts.
The Beckers have incorporated unique amenities that include a chipping shot and putting green and an outdoor movie theatre with surround sound, guiding guests to their list of activities.
The resort owners purchased 10 acres, expanded the resort, dug a pond, transplanted trees and added 42 RV sites around it.
In addition to modernizing and remodeling their cabins, game room, motel rooms and fish cleaning building, they have upgraded their cabins with flat screen TVs, satellite, wireless Internet and air conditioning.
Future plans include replacing two existing cabins and adding three new cabins and a Frisbee golf course.
The couple is committed to their business and community. They have been consistently involved in the CMR organization, serving in executive roles on the board of directors and in the legislative branch of the organization.
They are active in their community, serving as members of the C&C, their lake association and church. Ed chairs the Nevis School Board.
Ed and Sara say their success comes from capitalizing on each of their strengths, being flexible, anticipating guests' needs and paying attention to detail.