Nelle Phillips of Hunter Winfield's Resort on Mille Lacs Lakes thought a Super Bowl in nearby Minneapolis would be a natural business boom for her Ice Castles outfitted with DirecTV and frozen fishing holes.
Sounds like a natural for a tailgate, eh? Just grab a Grain Belt Premium and lower your jigging rod into the hole. Stay warm in your castle house on the lake.
But after the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Eagles in the NFC Championship, Phillips says, she was stuck with a wealth of availabilities for her so-called castles, located within about a two-hour drive of the game.
Angling Eagles fans, what's up? Walleyes are jumping. Ice is 20 inches thick. If you can't afford tickets, you can still see the game on location with a cold one.
"We're the only resort that has DirecTV," she said. "It is quite popular and unique."
Alas, the Eagles' defeating the Vikings has shaved off her dreams of a bunch of ice-tailgating Minnesota fans the day of the Super Bowl.
But she wants to let Eagles fans know the ice castles are still available, ranging from $275 a night for a small one to a $450 a night that sleeps six people. "You can party all day," she stresses.