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Grand View Lodge named Top 5 Resorts in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler

Grand View Lodge Receives Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award Recognized as one of the Top 5 Resorts in the Midwest For the second year in a row, Nisswa-based Grand View Lodge has been awarded the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award for the Top 5 Resorts in the Midwest. Determined by a survey administered to all readers, winning resorts and hotels are rated on a variety of criteria, including Food/Dining, Location, Overall Design, Rooms, and Service.

We strive daily to exceed expectations of our guests,” said Mark Ronnei, General Manager at Grand View Lodge. “However, our guests have now exceeded our expectations by voting us into the top Midwest resorts. It is such a huge honor for not only Grand View Lodge, but rather our community showcasing what the Brainerd Lakes Area has to offer on a global scale.”

According to Condé Nast Traveler, these awards reflect the combined opinions of 79,000 readers rating the cities, islands and hotels they visited in the past year, and the airlines and cruise ships they traveled with. Stretching across the Midwest, Grand View Lodge, the only Minnesota property to be honored, is among a list that profiles the country’s best places to stay, including the American Club of Kohler, Wisconsin and Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri.

Grand View Lodge is home to year-round offerings that include the world-renowned 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, sleigh rides, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.  In the summer, the resort fills with guests taking advantage of the property’s two championship golf courses (named as one of the Top 125 Golf Resorts in the World by Condé Nast Traveler ), a variety of land and 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.

This 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 Lodge Named Best Honeymoon in Minnesota for the 2nd Consecutive Year

Brainerd Lakes-based, Grand View Lodge has just been recognized by Minnesota Bride Magazine as the Best Honeymoon location in Minnesota for the second consecutive year; voted by over 10,000 readers for the publication’s Best of 2013 list, which features the year’s best wedding vendors, from dressmakers to custom cakes. Earning it the top spot for a honeymoon retreat, customers cited, was the Lodge’s seclusion, spa, customer service, cabins, ambiance and amenities.

“We are delighted to provide a romantic retreat and restful haven for couples after an eventful and sometimes stressful occasion, like a wedding,” said Mark Ronnei, General Manager at Grand View Lodge. “It’s so thrilling that so many honeymooners consider their stay exceptional, relaxing and memorable. Grand View Lodge is honored that couples choose to start their life together with us; we hope to continue providing an unforgetable experience that keeps bringing them back with each anniversary.”

With cozy cabins nestled within select areas of the property, couples are able to select from a variety of settings to reflect their tastes and interests, with maximum privacy, scenic views and comfort. “The small Roy Cabins were a perfect setting: quiet, peaceful and with a deck that looks out on Roy Lake. We had perfect fall weather. We sat on the deck and sipped wine, took a hike in a nearbly park, and enjoyed a couples’ massage at the Glacial [Waters] Spa. The Romance package includes champagne and chocolate – that was a perfect way to be greeted when we arrived at our cabin,” said Lisa Austin, guest who was married September 20, 2012.

In addition to providing an unforgettable honeymoon experience, Grand View Lodge offers all-inclusive resort golf on two distinct Championship courses and is home to a collection of renowned dining venues.  For more information about Grand View Lodge’s latest culinary events, golf news and special promotions, please “like” the resort’s Facebook page. For additional resort information and to find out about Romance Packages, wedding and special events venues, visit www.grandviewlodge.com.

Grand View Lodge and Brainerd Lakes Area to host 2014 Governor’s Fishing Opener

The 2014 Grand Fishing OpenerIt’s official – the 67th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener event will be held at Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake and will be highlighting the Brainerd Lakes Area, May 8-11, 2014.

While the governor’s fishing opener has been a Minnesota tradition since 1948, the last time it was last held at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa was in 1976. “The Fishing Opener will provide a great fishing experience and a glimpse into all that there is to see and do, ranging from world-class golfing to extreme mountain biking, in this outdoor paradise of the Brainerd Lakes Area,” said Mark Ronnei, Grand View Lodge General Manager.

With Minnesota’s hospitality and leisure industry grossing $11.9 billion annually, the fishing opener is just one of many Minnesota traditions that will help boost the area’s success next year and hopefully years to come.

As the 100 year anniversary of Grand View Lodge is right around the corner, this event has the opportunity to bring in “300 plus media personalities to the grounds of Grand View Lodge to cover not only the Fishing Opener, but also highlight the area’s long standing history,” said Frank Soukup, Director of Marketing at Grand View Lodge.

The theme for the event is a Grand Fishing Opener. Steve Mau, owner of Brainerd General Rental, and Soukup, are serving as co-chairs of fishing opener and Nate Grotzke, of Close-Converse Real Estate, is a sponsor chairman. “The Grand Fishing Opener will be a great way to pull the community together with a state-wide event while showcasing the great staff and amenities that Grand View Lodge and the area has to offer,” said Soukup.

While the Grand Fishing Opener committees and activities will be decided over the next couple of months, there are several known activities that are guaranteed to be a component of the exciting weekend. Grand View Lodge will be offering a golf tournament at the Pines Golf Course, as well as host the Shore Luncheon, Kids Fishing Tournament and the actual Governor’s Fishing Event on it’s beautiful, sandy shores. In addition, the Community Picnic will be held in Nisswa, supported by hundreds of volunteers with the ability to provide and serve a free Community Picnic and showcase downtown Nisswa in an evening celebration.

For more information, please click here to see our interactive Grand Fishing Opener Magazine.

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.