As hard as it is to admit, it’s that time of year again. The summer air, full of heat and humidity, will soon be giving way to the crisp, cool air of autumn. You can feel it, smell it and you can definitely see it. Radiant yellow birch and aspen, golden oak and scarlet maple paint a portrait of such brilliance, it can’t be missed.
Peak, fall color in the Brainerd Lakes Area are usually experienced during late September to early October, however, fall colors and their peak color displays change each year according to location, precipitation and temperature variances. The breathtaking yellows, oranges, reds and browns that we witness during the fall are caused by four main groups of biochemical; chlorophyll, carotenoids, anthocyanins and tannins. Varying amounts of these chemicals will give subtle variations in color from one leaf to the next or even tree-to-tree.
If you enjoy outdoor activities, Grand View Lodge offers you a wide variety of options to choose from. Located near the Paul Bunyan Trail, you can get on your bike or one of our complimentary bikes and pedal beneath the canopies of Minnesota’s vibrant fall branches. Horseback riding and guided nature hikes are also available throughout the week.
If fall golf is what you are seeking, take a swing at one of our three golf courses – The Garden, The Pines or The Preserve – all located in Minnesota’s rich landscape of forest, which glows brightly with the fall leaves. Cool weather, prime course conditions and the love for the game allow players to enjoy all that fall has to offer.
If you prefer to unwind by the water, join us on our Autumn Pontoon Cruise every Friday through Monday. Sit back and watch Gull Lake sparkle amid woods full of maple, oak, birch and aspen. Or get up-close and personal on our weekly kayak tour, or better yet, go on your own color tour by kayak, canoe or boat.
Buckle up and enjoy the scenic landscape by cruising along Hwy 371 and Hwy 6 – make sure not to miss the country roads between them! Highways 77, 78, 107 and 13 offer breathtaking views and brilliant fall colors that dance in the crisp autumn air. Click here for the best roads for a color tour.
Join us this fall to celebrate and fully revel in the brilliantly colored woods of the Lakes Area. We will be offering our Fall into Wellness Package all month long with rates starting at just $135 a night, special discounts on spa and golf, and a wide variety of wellness activities. Click here to see the Department of Natural Resources Fall Color Report so you make sure you visit the north country when the leaves are most vibrant!