Rising gas prices may be a boon for Minnesota resorts

Surging gas prices that put a damper on far-flung summer vacations could be a boon for Minnesota resort owners.

For some families, the cross-country road trip to Yellowstone or Disneyland may get scrapped this year. But that will again make nearby vacation spots, such as the state’s numerous resorts, a better choice for many.

“People may say, let’s do another COVID vacation,” said Ed Tausk, owner of Vermilion Dam Lodge, about 65 miles west of Ely. “I’m looking at my calendar and I’m booked solid into August.”

“If nothing changes, it will be another banner year,” Tausk added. “But it