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8 Reasons to Book a Grand View Lodge Getaway

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Grand View Lodge, set under towering pines and alongside Gull Lake in Nisswa, is an iconic Minnesota getaway and a tradition for so many families. At just over 100 years old, the property has historic importance with many modern touches. No matter the season – it’s a perfect place to escape!

We visited the property in the Spring of 2021 and found it to be the perfect respite with all the COVID safety procedures I’d expect.  Below are the top reasons to book an escape there today!

Note: Grand View Lodge hosted our visit. As always, opinions are my own.

1. Great location at just 2 hours from the Twin Cities

Getting to Grand View Lodge only takes ~2 hours from the Twin Cities. We left on a Friday after work and still made it up before sunset.  As soon as we stepped out of the car, we could smell how fresh the air is, thanks to the towering pine trees all over the property.  It’s the best feeling like you’ve gotten far away without having to spend so much time in the car!

2. Gorgeous and various lodging options

Whether you’re visiting for a couples’ getaway, girlfriend trip or family reunion, there are lodging options from standalone cabins to a boutique hotel. We loved staying in the new (less than 2 years old!) North Hotel. The rooms are Scandinavian influenced and so well decorated. The details are fun from the books on the bookshelf to the artwork on the walls.

The bed was the most comfortable hotel bed I’ve ever slept on! We kept our door open a little bit for fresh air and I slept like a baby. The common spaces at North Hotel were also beautifully decorated but functional with spaces to hang out with friends and family, dine or watch a sporting event.

3. So many included activities!

The amount of activities included at Grand View Lodge is amazing! Depending on the season, you could snowshoe, ice skate, cross-country ski, paddleboard, swim (in the lake or pool), use the hot tub, go biking, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride and wrap your day up with free s’mores by the bonfires. We visited in the Spring and loved renting bikes to bike into Nisswa, taking the horse drawn wagon ride and enjoying s’mores by the bonfire at the end of the day.

Other activities you can pay extra for include golf and spa time. You’ll likely want more than a weekend like we booked to enjoy all these amenities in your Grand View Lodge getaway!

4. Only 10 minutes from Mt. Ski Gull

If you visit in the winter, a highlight of the area is Mt. Ski Gull! We visited at the tail end of the season and had a great time snow tubing.  Fun fact: Mt. Ski Gull has the longest tubing hill in Minnesota! There’s a moving walkway so it’s super easy to get back to the top of the hill. The staff made sure everyone was having fun and the hill was safe.  We saw plenty of skiers and snowboarders too if you want to spend a day on the slopes.  Plus, Grand View Lodge guests receive a discount!  Thanks to Mt. Ski Gull for having us out.

5. Delicious and fun dining options!

Oftentimes, resort dining prices are high because they know you’re already on site.  That is not the case at Grand View! The prices are super reasonable and the food is delicious.  You also have options – from Northwoods Pub (highly recommend the falafel wrap!), to pizza delivery right to your cabin/hotel to a steakhouse.  If you don’t feel like cooking breakfast, opt in for the buffet. Our stay included breakfast and we loved ordering fresh omelets with potatoes, fruit, smoked salmon and sweets each morning.  It’s also a great way to fuel up for a day of activities. 

Most recently, Grand View Lodge has added fun igloos you can dine in as well! They look so beautiful and sit right outside of Northwoods Pub. It costs $100 to reserve which is applied against your final bill.

6. Proximity to Nisswa

Grand View Lodge is only a few minutes’ drive from the main area of Nisswa, which is filled with shopping and dining options. I’d recommend grabbing a pizza from Rafferty’s and a scone + coffee from Stonehouse Coffee. We opted to bike there on rentals from Grand View which took about 25 minutes on neighborhood roads. We stopped en route at Wildflower Chocolste a don’t miss this stop! It’s handmade, local chocolate and is so delicious.

Grand View is also only a 5-minute drive from the fabulous Roundhouse Brewery which recently moved to its new location in Nisswa. They have axe-throwing, beer tasting and an outdoor stage for events!

7. Friendly staff that go above and beyond

The staff could not have been kinder or more willing to go above and beyond to make our stay memorable! From the woman working in the evenings at North Hotel who called to find us a bonfire space that was open to the young man who brough us extra wood to keep the bonfire going to the breakfast attendants – everyone was so polite. The staff working the bike rentals also took the time to share route options so we’d have a fun and safe experience biking into Nisswa. When you’re on vacation, you want to feel like you’re taken care of and the staff definitely made us feel that way!

8. Right on the Lake

Whether you’re visiting for ice fishing, boating or paddle boarding, the resort is right on Gull Lake so you’ll have access to do it all! We enjoyed just watching the sunset over the lake since we were in between seasons.  So beautiful and serene!

Are you ready to plan your Grand View Lodge getaway? We loved our visit and I hope you do too!

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