Another Hidden Gem of Fargo-Moorhead

Our local TV news station released a timely expose on the many hidden gems in the Fargo-Moorhead area, for the 1% of residents who, for completely unknown reasons, do not have a lake home to go to on Memorial Day Weekend.


The list (as noted above) includes public parks, the mall, and shopping downtown. Too bad these places have been hidden so long — we really missed all the fun we could have been having all these Memorial Day Weekends in years past.

Today we found an unlisted F-M treasure. It is called:


Technically, it’s not listed on the National Register of Historic places or even on the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s list of attractions. Technically, it is a car dealership.

But it is so much more.

This all-inclusive staycation includes:


A small, taxidermy zoo.

Summer Camp

A summer camp in the midst of fluorescent lighting and trucks resting on tile floors.


A theater & game center.


A snack and beverage court, featuring Corwin brand bottled water and four types of vending machine cappuccinos.


Books, toys, Legos, stuffed animals, and TWO television screens inside Camp Toyota.

Power Dryers

Even the bathroom (which we visited frequently) was nicer than any hotel we’ve ever stayed at.

We spent the better half of our Saturday afternoon at Corwin Toyota. And let me tell you, it was the free* staycation of a lifetime. Thanks to Jeff the Car Guy for the entertainment.


*Well, we did buy a car.

It’s a Jeep Cherokee, the exact same one that my BFF from junior high, Jen Covell’s, family drove us all over Tampa Bay in. Literally. I found a note wedged in the seats that we had passed back and forth while Mr. Ciccarello was doodling on a state-of-the-art projector. (Okay, maybe not, but the note exists somewhere.) Ah, mem’ries.

As we were leaving our staycation, Erma said, “Please, please, PLEASE can we come here again? That was FUN!” I remember car shopping for our Toyota Camry in the summer of 1988. It was the one of the most dreadfully boring experiences of my childhood, and that counts going with my parents to eye doctor appointments (just pick the big, plastic frames and let’s get outta here already!) and waiting in line for several hours to meet my brother’s idol, Hulk Hogan. How times have changed since those innocent 80’s!

I let Erma name our new family member. I’ll let you guess what she named him.


7 responses to “Another Hidden Gem of Fargo-Moorhead

  1. Car shopping has given me a massive headache every time. I am so happy not to have to ever do that again! But if you have to, it looks like you found the place to go! Enjoy your new vehicle. Planning any westward excursions???????

  2. Congratulations on your new vehicle!

    With all the amenities offered by Corwin, I don’t think they came out ahead. πŸ™‚

  3. Congratulations on the new car! Must have been a fun adventure for the kids trying out the seats for their sitting arrangement. πŸ˜‰

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