1896

The Old Homestead Starting in 1896, the William Bergh family moved into the Homestead. The 14 m...
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1915

The Inn Sheriff Henry Spalding and his wife, Isabelle, converted the old Bergh log home in 19...
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1916

Grand View Lodge Begins Marvin V. Baker, a Minneapolis real-estate developer, purchased the lan...
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1920

The Main Lodge Baker decides to “think big” and build a grand lodge for their guests. Inste...
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1921

The Lodge Opens June 1st, 1921, the new main Lodge opens. Harriett can now offer guests, dining...
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1926

Short Course Golf Golf as we know it begins at Grand View Lodge, well the mini kind at least....
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1928

Addition to the Lodge The Ballroom is replaced by new Lodge rooms and the basement is completed...
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1937

The Grand Cote Purchase Fredrick “Brownie” Cote and partners successfully ran two wonderf...
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1957

Purchase of The Ranch After his service in the Navy in World War II, Lieutenant Commander Cote ...
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1960

The Garden Golf Course The Garden Course opens offering nine holes of leisure golf to encourage...
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1962

The Cotes Buy It All The Cotes buy out the other investors and Grand View Lodge becomes a Cote ...
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1975

The Elite Tennis Club For two decades, the resort was known as Grand View Lodge and Tennis Clu...
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1976

First Governor's Fishing Opener Governor Wendell Anderson attended the opener at Grand View Lo...
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1984

Conference Center The Norway Conference Center is built, replacing the Historic Inn to increa...
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1990

The Pines Golf Course General Manager Fred Boos envisioned the Pines Golf Course in the late ...
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1996

The Preserve Golf Course The Preserve opened after success of The Pines Golf Course. The 18-ho...
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2002

Glacial Waters Spa Glacial Waters Spa opens offering a wide variety of unique services and p...
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2009

Gull Lake Center The Gull Lake Conference Center was built offering state of the art technology...
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2014

The Grand Fishing Opener The 67th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener was hosted at Gr...
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2016

Centennial Celebration Featuring seven restaurants, a world-renowned spa, two championship golf...
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2021

The Lodge's 100 Year Birthday The Main Lodge at Grand View celebrates its 100th birthday and i...
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History

Grand View Lodge has provided guests relaxing vacation experiences for more than 90 years. Its roots grow deep in the history of the Brainerd Lakes area. Selected in 1979 for the National Registry of Historic Places, Grand View Lodge’s Main Lodge offers one of the most well-preserved examples of early resort log construction in existence today. As part of the Historic designation, the Lodge cannot be altered by construction and only materials authentic to the early 1900s can be used throughout. It remains a testimony to the vision and taste of early area entrepreneurs who foresaw the charm of the lakes area. The story of Grand View Lodge is hallmarked by entrepreneurship, family legacy and dedication to Minnesota’s natural beauty.

Early Origin In 1916, Mr. M.V. Baker began selling 50-foot parcels on the Gull Lake shoreline. His holdings included 238 lots along 3,000 feet of lakefront, which he had purchased for $43.00 per acre. In turn, he offered the lakefront lots for $10 per foot. By 1919, business was so brisk he decided to build a larger lodge to house prospective buyers when they arrived to view the property. Because the Gull Lake Dam had not yet been built, flooding was a relevant concern. Baker elected to build the Main Lodge set back nearly 400 feet from the shoreline. The lodge was built from Norway pine felled on the property and designed on a large scale to hold not only prospective buyers but those who came to enjoy Gull Lake. Today, the Historic Main Lodge remains a focal point for the entire Grand View Lodge resort.

Cote Ownership Construction of cabins continued at a rate of two per year. Following the Great Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression years, Baker elected to sell the remaining unsold property and the Main Lodge to Reynolds Frederick Brownlee Cote in 1937. “Brownie” Cote had purchased Camp Lake Hubert for Girls and Camp Lincoln for Boys and was in search of a location to provide housing for parents of campers. He bought 320 acres of land, the Main Lodge and all of the shoreline for $85,000—a hefty sum in that day when the average annual income was $1,780 and the average home price was $4,100.

A Cote Family Tradition Over the years, Brownie and his family built Grand View Lodge to provide a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation experience for guests. In the years prior to the invention of air conditioning, many people sought refuge from the high heat in Minnesota’s cooler lakes atmosphere. Guests arrived from far and near, and the Grand View Lodge tradition began. After he purchased Grand View Lodge, Brownie bought Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona—with the vision of creating a ranch vacation destination. Tanque Verde Ranch provided winter employment for Grand View Lodge employees and a warm escape for Minnesotans during the cold winters. These properties continue to be owned and operated by the Cote family in the tradition of the highest quality hospitality.