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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.


‘Tis the Season to Spa!

12winter_cranberriesAs we all know, this time of year brings cold temperatures and snowy days, and along with it uncomfortable dryness to the skin.

Many seasonal ingredients bursting of antioxidants may be the perfect solution to dry skin. Cranberry and pomegranate are especially abundant of antioxidants, which are among the most important preventive ingredients in the skin care arsenal. They can effectively prevent (and minimize) redness, inflammation and are essential for slowing the signs of skin aging.

With holiday parties and family gatherings right around the corner, it ‘tis truly the season to spa and the perfect time to give your skin a little gift of renewal and hydration.  Available through December, Glacial Waters Spa offers a Seasonal 60 minute Body Wrap, a 30 minute Seasonal Body Scrub and a Seasonal Pedicure, all using these fabulous products.

You will be delighted with our seasonal blend of cranberry and pomegranate services. The soft aroma will evoke the spirit of a cozy winter day. Enveloping you in a sense of relaxation…all the while hydrating your skin. The ultimate winter treatment!

Starting in January, Glacial Waters Spa will be offering their first ever Vinotherapy services, in tribute to the January 25-27’s de’Vine – Grand View’s winter culinary and wine experience.

The Vinotherapy Ritual package includes a grape seed body exfoliation, red wine body mask, Vinotherapy facial treatment and massage.  All Vinotherapy services have been scientifically proven to be excellent agents of antioxidants, help slow down the aging process, spur new cell growth and firm skin.

To book your ultimate winter treatment and celebrate the season along with your love of wine, please call 866-801-2951 today to reserve this limited time experience.

Fall Vines and Wine

Fall is the time for seasons to change and harvest to begin. The wine harvest season is always a time for family and community to come together and enjoy the fruits of their labor. And it’s this moment, which we are trying to capture with two amazing months of flavors, colors and bouquets highlighting Italy and Napa Valley.

This September we teamed up with The Wine Company to feature some fabulous Italian wines that will allow wine lovers to enjoy the depth and complexity of some of our favorite wines of Italy. Each Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, wine tastings will introduce patrons to new and unusual varietals and regions from the boot of Europe.

The highlight of the month will be on Friday, September 21st as Executive Chef Michael Manders pairs unique culinary creations like Grilled Branzino and Osso Bucco Milanese with the exceptional featured Italian wines. The Wine Company’s Julie Bollig will be our guest speaker, sharing her knowledge of Italian wine and highlights of her recent trip to Italy.


October’s focus of the Friday and Saturday tastings will be on full-bodied reds and hearty whites which compliment the changing leaves and season.  The featured wines include the Joseph Phelps’ Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, Fogdog Chardonnay, Freestone Pinot Noir, and Eisriebe.

The highlight of the month will be the Joseph Phelps Wine Dinner in Cru Saturday, October 27th.  Joseph Phelps is one of the premier Napa Valley vineyards and has been producing amazing wines for nearly 40 years. These top shelf wines will be paired with an amazing culinary preparation by our own Executive Chef Michael Manders and Chef de Cuisine Paul Fitzpatrick. A representative of Joseph Phelps will be the guest speaker, sharing her knowledge of this unique vineyard and the wines it produces.  This is an event not to miss!

Call 218-963-8756 to reserve your spot today and celebrate fall in a whole new fashion!

Italian Gardens – the Little Italy of Grand View Lodge

Located on the west side of the Main Property

The flower gardens flourish around the Italian Gardens making for incredible colors and scents. Must be the italian cooking!

They may be far from Europe, but Italian Gardens offers family-style dining with authentic homemade Italian and Sicilian fare prepared by the talented Chef de Cuisine Matt Bankey.

Chef Bankey, who started cooking at the young age of 16, has been creating signature Italian dishes for the last 5 of the 11 years Italian Gardens has been open. A gentleman by the name of George Mauer first built the unique and cozy building to house him on his fishing excursions and in the 1950s Anna Hanson purchased the building and used it as a gift shop.

While the building of Italian Gardens has it’s own story to tell, so does the food. Chef Bankey’s forte lies within his nightly specials, which he coins “anything and everything” Italian. If you’re craving a true Italian dining experience, Italian Gardens has just the menu and nightly special for you, reflecting dishes that have been perfected since the origin of their creation in Italy.

“Mama Mia” is Italian Garden’s summer long special which includes a starter, salad, choice of three entrees and dessert, all served family style. There are also the traditional à la cart entrée features or if pizza is your fancy, they offer fresh hand-tossed take-out all summer long!

Great Italian food always must be accompanied by great Italian wine. Not only does Italian Gardens offer the proper wine to food pairings, but they also offer a unique tasting experience with wine flights, offering a sampling of three Italian wines with your meal.

Whether you decide to dine bistro style overlooking the vineyard or outdoor patio style, Italian Gardens welcomes you to dine with them this summer! They are open every Tuesday-Sunday 5:30-9:00pm.

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.

Grand View Wines 2012

Each year, Grand View Lodge selects a new wine and artist for their family house wines. Both of this year’s wines, the Chardonnay and the Cabernet Sauvignon, are easy drinking wines, created to give you, your friends and family a distinct and pleasurable evening. Each wine is available at the Lodge Dining Room and the Northwoods Pub in the historic Main Lodge.

The Cote family, 4th generation owners of Grand View Lodge, has selected the Scotto Family, 5th generation California winemakers, to blend a unique wine exclusively for Grand View. The wines, along with locally commissioned label art by Jerry Raedeke, were designed to help guests further their Grand View experience, while serving as a keepsake to preserve its memories.

The Wine – the Scotto family moved in 1883 west, from Italy to New York to California. During this multi-generation journey, there has been one constant – the Scotto’s were making wine somewhere near the water. Now located in Lodi, CA they make small lots of artisanal wines under two labels, Scotto Family Cellars for the United States and Scotto Family Wines for export. The winery is currently owned and operated by Anthony Scotto III, a 5th generation winemaker, with help from his sister Natalie and his brother, Paul.

The Artist – Recognized as a premier wildlife artist, Jerry Raedeke’s wildlife art has received numerous awards and honors, including Artist of the Year for the prestigious Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.  He supports many conservation efforts and groups and serves as a member and sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, donating more than 100 original paintings and 24,000 prints, which have raised over $4,000,000 for DU waterfowl restoration projects. Raedeke is a Nisswa local, and was chosen for the honor of painting several Northwood’s scenes for the label, which are common sights around the Gull Lake Chain.

Dashing through the Snow…

On a one horse open sleigh. That’s the idea at least behind Grand View Lodge’s newest winter feature, un Cheval.  Meaning “one horse” in French, Grand View Lodge is introducing this romantic couple’s sleigh ride Friday and Saturday nights throughout the entire winter season.

Teaming with our restaurant, Cru, Grand View Lodge invites our guests to experience the romance beginning with an intimate dinner at Cru featuring its extensive wine cellar, followed by a champagne toast while you and that special someone are whisked away through the property’s majestic landscape.  Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, trying to impress a first date, surprising your sweetheart or just looking to enjoy a moonlit ride through gently falling snow, un Cheval is the perfect ride to make your evening très magnifique!