GVL Named the Best in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler


The Brainerd Lakes Area is by far Minnesota’s destination of choice and top tourist area in central Minnesota. Our region is an outdoor paradise, boasting more than 500 lakes and rivers as well as beautiful parks, forests, resorts, festivals, and more. For the third year in a row, we have been named in the Top 10 in the Midwest according to Condé Nast Traveler.

Our came in second overall, behind The American Club Resort in Kohler, Wisconsin. Condé Nast’s readers gave us a total score of 96.36 out of 100—which ranks us in the top 50 in the nation. The travel website determined the rankings in the country’s heartland by surveying more than 300,000 travelers.

“It is an honor to have Grand View Lodge receive this award for another year,” said Cote Family Destination’s Director of Marketing Frank Soukup. “We are thrilled to have been recognized especially with our total score increasing every year. It shows how great our staff is performing and improving based on our guest feedback. Being recognized again just shows how important the Brainerd Lakes area is to our tourism economy and how endearing our community is for our out-of-town guests.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Condé Nast calls Grand View Lodge a “quintessential Midwestern escape” and mentions the resort’s beautiful championship golf courses and the award-winning spa, which is one of many reasons why guests keep coming back year after year.

Grand View Lodge has been providing guests with memorable vacations since 1916. With deluxe accommodations, eight dining venues, 45 holes of championship golf, a par three course, a world-class spa, full event and wedding facilities and activities galore—it’s hard NOT to find a reason to come to Minnesota’s Most Awarded Resort! Make a reservation by calling 800-432-3788 or visit www.grandviewlodge.com.

Cote Family Destinations has an intimate collection of resort, camp, and real estate holdings in Minnesota and Arizona and its array of managed properties, Cote Family Destinations enriches the lives of our customers and guests by providing unique and special memories and experiences. We provide personalized and distinctive service steeped in the rich tradition of the Cote Family Companies guided by a spirit of hospitality and authenticity.