Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine Labels

Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine LabelsGrand View’s Winter Culinary and Wine Experience weekend, sponsored by MN Monthly Magazine, was another great success this past February 7-9, 2014! With over 100 vintages, culinary classes and wine seminars, a soup challenge, annual artwalk and special guests, Amy Thielen and Robert Sinskey, the weekend was tastefully sensational.

Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine LabelsThe weekend kicked off on Friday with the Robert Sinskey Vineyards Wine Dinner with special guest host Robert Sinskey. Saturday afternoon showcased several culinary classes and wine seminars such as the Tasty and Warm Soup Demo presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill, Cheese 101 presented by Great Ciao, Sushi & Sake Basics presented by Grand View Lodge and Southern Wine and Spirits, Loide Oils and Vinegar Tasting and so much more. Click here to view all classes and seminars.

Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine LabelsAttendees were also able to sample ten distinctively different soups and vote for their favorite during the soup challenge. Taking 3rd place was the Lobster Bisque soup created by Grand View Lodge Sous Chef, Peter White. 2nd place was the Curried Chicken Wild Rice soup created by Grand View Lodge Breakfast Chef, Steve Wacholz. The 1st place soup was the Bourbon Shortrib soup created by Grand View Lodge Banquet Chef, Shawn Lowman. Click here for the winning soup recipe.

Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine LabelsSaturday afternoon also featured Amy Theilen, Minnesota native and the host of Heartland Table on Food Network. Amy demonstrated her Midwestern classics – Glorified Rice Pudding with Candied Pineapple & Old Fashioned Pounded Cheese. Later in the day was a meet-and-greet and book signing. Amy is a 2011 James Beard Award-winning food writer, she has written for Saveur, Men’s Journal and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and recently published her book, “The New Midwestern Table.”

Later that evening, attendees tasted over 100 of the finest wines from 20 vendors and variety of culinary flavors delicately prepared by our talented chefs during the de’Vine Grand Tasting. Click here to see what vendors and culinary stations offered.

Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine LabelsThe de’Vine Artwalk followed the Grand Tasting and gave attendees a first-handed opportunity to vote their favorite canvas from the top 10 submitted. The final artwork chosen was from local artist, Maralee Gazelka.

Maralee’s ‘Moonlight Reflections’ was chosen for the 2014 Chardonnay vintage label and was inspired by a photo she took from a friends home on Gull Lake off of Hunter’s Point, while the ‘Restful Moments’ will be featured on the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage, which was inspired during a quiet, peaceful walk on a beautiful fall day with her husband Paul.

Local Artist Selected for Grand View Lodge Wine LabelsMaralee not only will have her artwork featured on both vintages, but will also receive one case of each wine, a $200 Gift Card to Grand View Lodge, and a certificate noting her creation and achievement.

The evening concluded with the talented Divas Through the Decades which is a musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists in American pop music, featuring songs from the 40’s, through today’s current hits! The weekend wrapped up with an exclusive Champagne Brunch Demo in Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar on Sunday morning.

 

Give Back During Your Next Corporate Retreat!

Give Back During Your Next Corporate Retreat!March is the official Community Service month at Grand View Lodge, offering several unique and charity-focused teambuilding experiences for your company’s next corporate retreat. There is also an excellent meeting package tied into the month’s offerings for corporate groups.

The March meeting package includes lodging, dinner the night of your arrival and every additional night you stay, meeting room space, breakfast, lunch, all-inclusive resort amenities and a complimentary bonfire for just $195/night/person and is inclusive of tax and services. Groups will also have the opportunity to take part in several community service oriented activities focused on teambuilding for an additional charge.

Give Back During Your Next Corporate Retreat!The first teambuilding activity is with Kids Against Hunger – a non-profit organization working to help supply food not only to countries of need but also to people right here in the state of Minnesota. Kids Against Hunger’s Brainerd Lakes organization is one of many 100% volunteer organizations. All of the food is purchased through donations and packed by volunteers. Your team can produce a highly nutritious, specially formulated rice-soy casserole with 21 essential vitamins and minerals for $25 per person. This activity lasts two hours and requires a minimum of ten people.

Give Back During Your Next Corporate Retreat!Crafts & Craft is a brand new teambuilding activity, where individuals make fleece tie blankets all while enjoying a tasting tour of several Minnesota Craft beers. Attendees may take home their blankets for family members, their fury friends, or they can donate to one of our suggested charities. Crafts & Craft is $25 per person and lasts two hours.

Give Back During Your Next Corporate Retreat!Our third teambuilding activity is the Benevolent Bike Build. It’s a Grand View scavenger hunt with a higher purpose.  Follow the clues, solve the puzzles and gather your treasures as a team (tasks may vary in difficulty at the discretion of the planner).  Your treasure will consist of pieces to a bicycle(s) that the whole group must then assemble.  Once the bike is built, they will be donated to Bridges of Hope – a faith-based nonprofit organization that links families to community supports and resources. The Bike Build activity lasts two hours long and requires two to six people. There is a $100 set-up fee and costs $150 per team.

Grand View Lodge’s Community Service month package and pricing is only offered during the month of March, so make sure you take advantage of this excellent opportunity to help your team grow while working for the good of others. Book today by calling (800)-368-1885.

Gear Daddies to headline FREE Community Picnic in Nisswa

GearDaddiesEvent part of 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener

BRAINERD LAKES – Now that’s a keeper! The organizers of the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener have landed the Gear Daddies, recording artists behind the Billy’s Live Bait album, to headline the free community picnic May 9 in downtown Nisswa.

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber, with headquarters property Grand View Lodge and in collaboration with the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, will host the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener on Gull Lake with festivities planned May 8-11.

The community picnic is the largest public event that is a component of the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener. It is a celebration of the community and provides an opportunity for a community to showcase its personality. For the first time, Main Street in Nisswa will be closed for this event, which is estimated to draw 5,000 people.

Frank Soukup, of Grand View Lodge, Governor’s Fishing Opener event co-chair, noted that the committee has been working diligently to make the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener one of the state’s grandest. “It will give the state of Minnesota a true sense of what it means to travel to the Brainerd Lakes Area and just how great our lakes, recreational opportunities and residents truly are here,” Soukup said.

The Gear Daddies, hailing from Austin, Minnesota, will headline the stage from 8:30-10 p.m. The Gear Daddies became an important part of the Twin Cities music scene in the late ‘80s to early ‘90s.

The band’s most notable mainstream success was it played “Stupid Boy” on Late Night with David Letterman in 1991. “I Want to Drive a Zamboni” is the band’s best-known song, having been featured in the movies, “D2: The Mighty Ducks” and “Mystery, Alaska,” as well as on the television program Malcolm in the Middle. It is often played during intermissions at hockey games throughout North America. Band members include Martin Zellar, Nick Ciola, Randy Broughton, and James “Billy” Dankert.

“The Governor’s Fishing Opener community picnic truly is a celebration of the community,” said Carol Altepeter, Explore Minnesota Tourism Regional Manager and Governor’s Fishing Opener Event Coordinator. “The hosts this year – a team effort of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, and Grand View Lodge – are creating a remarkable event for the entire community as well as the media representatives who will visit the Brainerd Lakes Area.”

For any groups or individuals interested in helping out or becoming a sponsor, please call the Brainerd Lakes Chamber at 218-829-2838.

About 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener
The 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will be hosted by Gov. Mark Dayton and Brainerd Lakes Chamber, with Grand View Lodge as headquarters for the event. The event is being coordinated by Explore Minnesota Tourism, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The 67th annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will spotlight fishing and the many recreational and travel opportunities in the Brainerd Lakes Area. More information can be found at http://www.mngovernorsopener.com.

Start the New Year Off Face First!

Start the New Year Off Face First!It’s a known fact that our skin is the largest organ of the body; it maintains our body temperature, regulates our body’s fluid balance and is the first line of defense against external enemies. So it is very important to maintain healthy skin by receiving regular facials and utilizing a good at-home skin care regime.

For women and men alike, a facial is a treatment that helps achieve healthy, smoother, younger looking skin.  Along with numerous skin benefits such as deep cleansing and exfoliation, facial massage, warm steam and hot towels also provide relief for stress, sinus congestion, and migraine headaches. Having a facial on a regular basis is not only a relaxing treat, but provides some great health benefit as well.

Glacial Waters Spa utilizes an all-natural, organic skin care line from Hungary called Eminence. These organic products not only smell amazing, but skin is proven to look and feel better due to their active ingredients. Our therapists will assess your skin and help you to choose products that will maintain your facial treatment for months to come. Please join us for a relaxing and healthful experience! Click here to see all our skin care treatments.

2nd Annual de’Vine to feature Food Network’s Amy Thielen

2nd Annual de’Vine to feature Food Network’s Amy TheilenGrand View’s Winter Culinary and Wine Experience weekend, sponsored by MN Monthly Magazine, is back and better than ever this February 7-9, 2014! With over 100 vintages, culinary classes and wine seminars, a soup challenge, annual artwalk and special guest, Amy Thielen, the weekend is tastefully sensational.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, February 7 with the Robert Sinskey Vineyards Wine Dinner. Cost is $95 per person and reservations are required as space is limited. Click here to view the decadent menu.

Saturday afternoon, enjoy several culinary classes and wine seminars including sushi and sake, cheese varieties, oils and vinegars, along with several chef demos. Sample several of our chef’s prized soups and vote for your favorite during the soup challenge.

2nd Annual de’Vine to feature Food Network’s Amy TheilenMinnesota native and the host of Heartland Table on Food Network, Amy Thielen, will also be in attendance. A 2011 James Beard Award-winning food writer, she has written for Saveur, Men’s Journal and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and recently published her book, The New Midwestern Table. She will be here to demonstrate one of her Midwestern classics and to sign books.

2nd Annual de’Vine to feature Food Network’s Amy TheilenLater Saturday afternoon, experience over 100 of the finest wines and variety of culinary flavors delicately prepared by our talented chefs during the de’Vine Grand Tasting. The de’Vine Artwalk will follow the de’Vine Grand Tasting from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m and give attendees a first-handed opportunity to vote their favorite canvas from the top 20 submitted. The final artwork chosen will be featured on the 2014 Grand View Wine bottles – including both the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon vintage.

2nd Annual de’Vine to feature Food Network’s Amy TheilenThe evening entertainment will be provided by the talented, Divas Through the Decades which is a musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists in American pop music, featuring songs from the 40’s, through today’s current hits! Click here to see a sneak peak of the Divas.

Sunday morning, start your day off with an exclusive Champagne Brunch Demo in Cru.

Excluding Friday’s Wine Dinner, the de’Vine weekend is only $224 per person, which includes lodging and breakfast each morning. This also includes one of Grand View’s signature wines. For those who already have cabins in the area, the Saturday Event pass is only $95 per person. You can purchase the Saturday Day Pass at the Grand View Lodge Front Desk, or by calling 218-963-2234  to purchase advance tickets.

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin SoupSoup is unquestionably one of the best foods for cold-weather comfort, so enjoy this simple Pumpkin Soup recipe to use on those days you need a little warmth! (For a printable version of these recipes for your recipe box, click here, print and cut.)

Everyday is a Holiday during the 9th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore!

Everyday is a Holiday during the 9th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore!The 9th Annual Frozen Fore is the “World’s Largest Golf and Snowmobile Charity Event” taking place in the Brainerd Lakes Area on February 21-23, 2014. This 3-day celebration of all things winter, brings together a weekend of activities and fun for adults throughout the state.

Everyday is a Holiday during the 9th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore!Friday night begins with the 2nd Annual Frozen Flop (our version of winter swimming), followed by the Tent Party, which is located in the middle of Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake. The Tent Party will showcase an ice bar, food and live music performed by Mother’s Hotdish, featuring musicians from Soul Asylum and Prince’s Revolution. Click here to see the band in action at the 2012 Tent Party.

Everyday is a Holiday during the 9th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore!Saturday’s “Everyday is a Holiday” event begins where you can jump on provided shuttles, or drive your snowmobiles or vehicles and play nine holes of winter golf at 9 different locations around the Gull Lake. A 4-on-4 Pond Hockey tournament and Digital Scavenger Hunt will also take place during this same time. The Tent Party kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with an ice bar, food and live music from YNOTT and Boogie Wonderland to follow at 9:00 p.m.

Everyday is a Holiday during the 9th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore!Finishing the Frozen Fore weekend is Sunday’s Food Fest event, which features a variety of local dining options showcasing flavors from their restaurant in a taste competition  for the best flavors in the area. Proceeds of the weekend event are donated to Confidence Learning Center, Mount Ski Gull, Blue Line Club & Kids Against Hunger – Brainerd Lakes Area.

This year, KFAN’s Paul “MeatSauce” Lambert, KDWB’s Falen and the Powerloon’s Mac will be the emcees of the weekend’s activities with MeatSauce presenting his show LIVE from Grand View Lodge on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.!

If you’re interested in participating in this fun and charitable event you can buy tickets for $45/person or $50/person weekend of and can be purchased online at www.GullLakeFrozenFore.com, or at any of the sponsoring locations. And If you want to be in the center of all the action, make sure you book your room now! Accommodations start at $160/night and not only will you receive deluxe lodging with breakfast daily, but also have access to all the weekend’s activities, amenities and shuttle service.