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Minnesota ICE DAZE Kicks Off February 1-3


Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what Minnesota winters are made of! To celebrate this, Grand View Lodge is introducing, MN Ice Daze, a weekend dedicated to families and a tribute to winter activities.

Starting Friday, February 1, we will have our Dive-In Movie at the pool, where no matter what your age, you can relax and float around on inner tubes and enjoy a movie on our big screen. If its outside you’d rather be, then try a ride on our lighted tube down the Grand View hill in front of the Main Lodge. Snow is essential for this, so let it snow, let it snow let it snow! The evening of fun will end with the awesome acoustic sounds of Minneapolis’ own Tim Mahoney (former 2011 contestant on NBC’s The Voice) joined by musician, Michael McGregor, at our Main Lodge both Friday and Saturday nights.

Upon filling yourself at our endless Breakfast Buffet, join us at our Guest-Only Fishing Derby. Our three hour derby will give you a chance to catch some lunkers and land some big prizes. Holes will be drilled for you and your poles and bait will be provided. But if you prefer your lucky pole and secret bait, bring that along too. There will also be refreshments and hot dogs will be complimentary, but beer will be an additional charge. Following the derby will be the Ice Daze Olympics, offering families and individuals competition in categories such as Ice Trike Racing, Chip It to Win It, Human Curling, a snow sculpture contest and more.

If you haven’t decided to stay for our Sunday celebrations yet, maybe we can persuade you with the following…. We will start off the morning with KFAN’s Common Man’s Snowmobile Poker Run. Five stops throughout the miles of trails in the Brainerd Area and receive 5 poker cards to get the winning hand for the big prize. If you don’t have a sled of your own, our friends at Boats ‘N Beyond Rentals have available rentals, plus all the gear at a special price for our guests.
And then it begins, our SUPERBOWL Party at the Northwoods Pub. Join us for a Football Lover’s Buffet, trivia, specials and fun. Watch the Vikings (oops, we’ll see), the champions of the NFL season battle for the coveted title. We will still have the sledding hill open if you feel the need for snow speed and fun or to join the kids outdoors for one last day.

MN Ice Daze package is for $140/night based on double occupancy. Add $50/additional adult or $10 per child per night for a weekend of fun, music and celebration. Because in Minnesota, sometimes you have to embrace the season and here’s a weekend of reasons why!

Grand View Lodge Receives Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award

Nisswa-based, Grand View Lodge has been bestowed the honor of one of the best resorts in the world according to Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. The Brainerd Lakes’ premier resort was ranked number #4 among the top 5 resorts in the Midwest and named to the top 160 in the United States.

“For the second year in a row, we feel privileged to once again be among some of the most prestigious resorts in the country, such as Wisconsin’s Ostoff Resort and the American Club,” said Mark Ronnei, general manager of Grand View Lodge. “It is always exciting to receive an award that highlights our amenities and services, but to be the only Minnesota resort chosen by our customers is truly gratifying.”

Determined by a survey administered to all readers, winners are rated on hotel criteria, including Food/Dining, Location, Overall Design, Rooms, and Service. According to Condé Nast Traveler, these awards reflect the combined opinions of 46,476 readers rating the cities, islands, hotels and resorts they visited in the past year, and the airlines and cruise ships they traveled with.

Grand View Lodge is home to year-round offerings that include the luxurious Glacial Waters Spa, first-class wine tastings and culinary events located in the resort’s exclusive wine cellar, extensive kids programs and cozy cabins.  In the winter there’s dog sledding, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.  In the summer, the resort fills with guests taking advantage of the property’s three championship golf courses (named as one of the top 125 Golf Resorts in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Reader’s Poll), water activities and the views of beautiful Gull and Roy Lakes.  Furthermore, Grand View Lodge is equipped with the impressive Gull Lake Center with meeting rooms for all sizes as well as a Grand Ballroom, serving as the perfect backdrop for weddings and special events.

The award, as well as the rest of Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice winners, can be seen online. To keep up with Grand View Lodge’s latest news, events and special promotions please visit the resort on Facebook and become a fan.  For additional resort information and to find out about vacation packages visit www.grandviewlodge.com or call 1-866-801-2951.

Grand View Wellness

Paddleboard Yoga is one of the newest additions to the Grand View Wellness Program.

If you currently have a workout regiment you’re using at home, no need to sacrifice that fitness routine while you’re on vacation now in part of the Grand View Wellness program.

The Grand View Wellness program began in 2011 and in the last year has grown into a full-blown, four-season program. These wellness programs consist of several workout courses, which offer a variety of activities that are designed to fit and tailor to any age, level of experience and actual physical fitness ability.

This summer the Grand View Wellness program offers a variety of yoga classes from the traditional style, to Lakeside Yoga and now new for 2012, Paddleboard Yoga; a unique class where you’re shown the basics of paddleboarding and have your yoga instructor perform the entire class while your on your very own paddleboard! Other classes like the Lake Swim or Boot Camp are exercises that provide natural resistance and body movement while giving your body a great workout, and Zumba, the new Latin dance-inspired fitness craze, is sure to get your body moving.

“We wanted to offer unique wellness activities that guests may not be exposed to at their home health or fitness clubs,” said Andrew Huebner, Director of Resort Amenities. “If you love swimming, dancing, spending time on the water or just simply want a challenging and fun workout, we have just the class for you!”

The Grand View Wellness program hopes to continue expanding their program with new fitness classes, providing guests with more wellness options. Whether you’re staying for an overnight or a full week, there’s always a fitness class unique to the northwoods at Grand View.

Swing Into Spring with Golf Week

Golfers get ready. Grand View Lodge will be celebrating Golf Week May 28th through June 11th.  Dedicating two weeks to the world of golf and the people that love game, the resort will feature a two day tournament, grand opening and ribbon cutting by Fred Boos of the new Lakes 9 at The Pines, golf specials and theme days as well as the introduction of Grand View Lodge’s new online booking app for mobile phones, websites and Facebook.

Festivities will kick off Monday the 28th with a ribbon cutting by Fred Boos at the New Lakes 9 at The Pines.  Fred Boos changed the face of golf forever in the Brainerd Lakes Area in 1990 when he brought in legendary golf architect, Joel Goldstrand, to build a championship course.  One of three of the resort’s renowned courses, The Pines, will open its Lakes 9 course for the first time this year with new renovations including restricted tee boxes on 14 holes, scenic rock walls, added yardage and major enhancements to the property’s signature hole, Lakes #7.

The ribbon cutting will be followed by the Lodge’s 21st Annual Fred-Mark Charity Invitational, taking place Monday, May 28th through Tuesday, May 29th at the property’s championship courses, The Pines, The Preserve and Deacon’s Lodge.  Proceeds from this event will benefit Bridges of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit organization which links families to community supports and resources.  The two-day tournament will feature putting contests, tee prizes, as well as silent and live auction items including sporting event tickets, resort stays, memorabilia and leisure packages.

“Golf has always been an important aspect of Grand View Lodge.  Therefore, we wanted to create an event that showed golfers not only our appreciation for the game, but also showcase the newest amenities and services that we have to offer,” said Jack Wawro,  head pro at The Pines at Grand View Lodge.  “From our newest renovations and tournaments to our online application and special prices, we want to show our guests and the public that we love the game just as much as they do.”

Other activities taking place include, the release of Grand View Lodge’s new online booking app for mobile phones, websites and Facebook, allowing golfers to make their tee times, receive specials and track their play throughout the year.  The app is available for free download from any mobile app store, search GrandViewGolf or via grandviewgolf.com and the resort’s Facebook page.

Furthermore, discounted prices and free clinics will be offered for young golfers as well as theme days and specials at each of the property’s championship courses.  At the main property, Lodge employees will be dressed to honor the great game with a variety of golf-themed activities, including special menu items at several onsite restaurants and golf-themed spa specials.

Get ready to hit the links for this 14 day celebration. Affordable Golf Week packages and rates are available online at www.grandviewlodge.com or call 866-801-2951 to book now.

Fresh Look. Fresh Flavors. The New and Improved Lodge Dining Room.

Grand Opening for a Good Cause
Our newest dining venue, the Lodge Dining Room, will hold its Grand Opening for a Good Cause, Friday, May 18th, 2012.  Donating proceeds of dinner and wine sales to Bridges of Hope, a nonprofit organization that links families to community supports and resources, the event is open to both resort members and the general public.

Featuring a tasting menu of a variety of flavors including: Wild Acres Smoked Pheasant Salad, Star Prairie Rainbow Trout, Braised Bison ribs and Blue Gill Chips as well as dessert, the cost is $60 per couple.  Furthermore, a “wine pull” for $10 per cork will offer attendees the opportunity to win a variety of bottled wine ranging in prices. If interested in celebrating the Lodge Dining Room’s Grand Opening for a Good Cause, please call 218-963-8756 for reservations.

The History
In 1916, the first guests arrived at the Historic Grand View Lodge. Back then families came to escape the city life and unwind. Today, almost 100 years later, our guests still seek that same tranquility, returning again and again to relax, slow down and create a lifetime of memories.

The original craftsmen who built the lodge (1918-1921) made it a haven for the weary traveler with the dining room being a lodge centerpiece and the main eating area for guests.

So when it came time to renovate the dining room in 2012, careful not to disturb the historic integrity of the space, the remodel included designers and craftsman that could easily replicate and preserve the ambiance, seamlessly blending with the property’s nearly century old lodge. In keeping within the guidelines of the National Registry of Historic Places, the Hearth Room Design Group of Brainerd envisioned and designed the millwork and furniture to blend seamlessly with our nearly century old lodge.

“Our history is such an important component of Grand View Lodge,” said Mark Ronnei, general manager of Grand View Lodge. “When we created our vision for the remodel, we were certain that we maintained the rustic surroundings of the resort experience.”

The Design
Next, we commissioned Northshore Wood Products of Duluth, Minnesota, a company which specializes in historic lodge renovations, to create our vision and maintain the rustic surroundings of the Grand View Lodge experience. Northshore selected reclaimed white pine from the Peavey grain elevators in Superior, Wisconsin. When the elevator was constructed in 1878, the builders used 300 to 400 year old white pine from the surrounding forests of northern Minnesota. Though the renovations are new, Northshore’s craftsmanship paired with this old growth reclaimed timber maintains the time-honored traditions of yesteryear.

Barry Nelson, artist and owner of Bear Rustic Furniture in northern Minnesota, was commissioned to recreate the focal point of the dining room, the fireplace, as well as produce picture frames that kept in theme with the rest of the room’s historical features. Using alder sticks and different colors of birch bark, both the fireplace and frames have the same style. Adorned with intricately placed pine cones designed in different patterns and a mantel clock made with walnut woods, birch bark and sticks, the frames and center point fireplace set the tone of the room, giving it the same rustic, up-North cabin comfort finish that encompasses the entire property.

Executive Chef Michael Manders runs all eight dining venues at Grand View Lodge collaborating with all his chefs on menus, flavors and presentation.

The Menu
Much like the area’s new décor and special details, including a fireplace and frames molded from alder sticks and birch bark, the new Lodge Dining Room menu features a unique variety of cuisine in what Executive Chef Michael Manders calls, “Classics to Comforts,” a collage of Grand View’s traditional dining favorites, with a spin-off unique Midwestern fare. While the menu boasts the freshest local flavors and ingredients, which includes several classics such as the 8oz top sirloin with blue cheese crust or the famous Cote family walleye. It also features entrée’s such as the wild acres rotisserie chicken with rosemary jus or the grilled star prairie rainbow trout covered in toasted almonds and chipotle honey; all of which are unique in that they’re created with as much local produce, meat and dairy as possible.  “Were making it a real focus to improve the overall dining experience,” says Manders, “we want to provide nostalgia for guests past while catering to the present and future Grand View visitors. We are providing a sense of familiarity, comfort and history, an overall experience we want our guests to feel when staying with us.”

Take in the Historic Grand View Lodge, where old and new are seamlessly combined to give our guests the authentic Northwood’s experience. Relax…sit back… and enjoy the grand view.

Spring Blossoms

This year‘s gardens of Grand View will speak to the senses, exhibiting fresh scents and colors of spring.

With 26,800 perennials and grasses being planted this year, such as yellow begonias, purple fountain grass and bright orange inpatients, Grand View’s gardens can be expected to pop with color and unveil its intoxicating aroma come Memorial Day. The gardens vivid and sensory success can be attributed to Lynde’s Greenhouse & Nursery out of Maple Grove as they design, plan and do the actual install of all plants in the gardens year after year.

While main ground gardens are an oasis for everyday activities, it’s also a premier area for outdoor weddings and other special events. The design and detail of each garden creates an enchanting and rejuvenating setting. Also, several plants that can be found in the gardens promote health and wellness such as Bee Balm, Jack-in-the Pulpit or Echinacea; All of which are found in alternative medicines and used in everyday treatments such as headaches, colds or boosting the immune system.

Grand View’s master gardener, Deb Prazak, is new to Grand View this year but brings with her 25 years of experience in designing and maintaining annual and perennial gardens. She will have two assistants aiding in preserving the oasis of detail and color far into the fall estimating 2500 man-hours of maintenance.

Whether it’s a leisure stroll through the main grounds or lakeside yoga on a warm, sunny morning, come awaken and revitalize your senses at Grand View.

Snow Much Fun

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. While most will be caught up with hosting parties, others who would rather skip straight to the marshmallow toasting and caroling out in the snow will have the opportunity to do so with Grand View Lodge’s winter activities.  While Old Man Winter is often not welcome in other places, Grand View Lodge looks forward to that first snowfall and it’s not hard to see why.  From dog sled rides along Minnesota’s wintry landscape to cross country skiing through scenic trails, it’s hard to hibernate with the variety of options available.

There is something for everyone here. Families can grab an old fashioned sleigh ride taking them over the meadow and through the woods to one of Northern Minnesota’s most spectacular views, or, for the more daring, bundle up for ice fishing, snowmobiling or a snowshoe adventure. Furthermore, just down the road at Ski Gull, our Grand View Lodge guests can receive 15% off tubing, skiing, snowboarding and rentals then come back to the Lodge to cozy up with baking, crafts, a crackling fire or mug of hot cocoa.

Winter is the prime time for a unique Minnesota vacation, no matter your interests; you’ll find plenty of indoor and outdoor activities that satisfy both the winter enthusiast and the cold naysayer, for your next winter retreat at Grand View Lodge.