Top 10 Reasons to Visit this Winter

Family Fun, Packages, Everything Spa, Culinary & Vino, Wellness

Central Minnesota is a prime destination for every season, but we might just say that winter is the best of all! Whether it’s next to an outside bonfire with a glass of wine or sliding down a huge tubing hill—you are bound to have SNOW MUCH FUN at Grand View Lodge this winter. We know the reasons why to visit GVL in January are endless, but we made it easy for you with the Top 10 Reasons to Visit This Winter.  

NUMBER 10: 15% off Mt. Ski Gull

Want to spend a day thrashing through the snow down some hills! Make your way over the Mt. Ski Gull where you can enjoy 15% off your ski, snowboard, or tubing pass for the day just for staying with us at Grand View Lodge. Just show your keycard at the ski lodge and start saving. Check out the great movie we made showcasing some of fun just a few miles from our resort.

NUMBER 9: Indoor Pool & Hot Tub

Warm up in one of two hot tubs with winter views of Gull Lake. The kids will enjoy playing in connecting swimming pools while having the time-of-their-life sliding down our 110-foot waterslide. Our pool area also includes three water fountains and two water guns. Your whole family is guaranteed to have fun!

NUMBER 8: Great Local Fun

In the small town of Nisswa, Minnesota, there are big things to explore. Make your way downtown where you can shop at cute antique stores, boutiques, and craft stores. Grab a cappuccino from a local coffee shop, and enjoy a book from one of the local bookstores. Be sure to look into the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce’s Website for a complete listing of shops, and things to do in the area.  

NUMBER 7: Beer

Yes, we said beer. New craft breweries are popping up all over the area including in Crosslake and Crosby. But we have four close by including Big Axe Brewery and Gull Dam Brewery in Nisswa and two really cool taprooms in Brainerd including Roundhouse Brewery in the Clock Tower at the Northern Pacific Center and Jack Pine Brewery just off 371 in Brainerd. Stop for a sip or grab a couple growlers on your way to the Lodge. Otherwise, don’t forget our Northwoods Pub has all MN beer on tap if you are looking for some north shore or urban flavors you can’t get enough of.  

NUMBER 6: Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Enjoy skiing and snowshoeing and explore over 20 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails through The Pines Golf Course. Bring your own skis or snowshoes or use ours from our Pines Winter Activity Center included with your stay. Also check out our lighted skating rinks as well. Bring your own blades or use ours. It is sure to be a fun time!  

NUMBER 5: Ice Fishing

Join in on a true Minnesota experience by Ice Fishing! Enjoy Gull Lake’s bite during the winter months. Rent one of our fish houses or bring up your very own. Grand View also offers an Ice Fishing 101 activity with our seasonal fishing hosts– enjoy a few hours on the lake in this family-friendly introduction to ice fishing! We also have a Guest-Only fishing derby during our MN Nice Daze with a chance to win some great prizes.  

NUMBER 4: Dazzlin’ Deals by Glacial Waters Spa

Our Dazzlin’ Deals makes for a great excuse to visit us during the weekdays of January. The service menu offered through our Glacial Waters Spa features a festive theme and discounted pricing.  With each day having special services (Monday through Friday,) it’s a relaxing and renewing opportunity you don’t want to miss! Then just relax in the evening by your fireplace in the cabin and sip some wine. Well deserved.  

NUMBER 3: Fun for Everyone

When you join us for a family vacation, a couples retreat, or girlfriend’s getaway, we can guarantee you that there is something for everyone here during the winter months. Whether it’s the Fishing Extravaganza, MN Ice Daze, de’Vine Wine & Culinary Weekend, Frozen Fore, or just coming up for a Valentines or our new package over President’s weekend, Northwoods Pond Hockey Classic!  Don’t forget about our several dining options that will keep your taste buds satisfied…. which brings us to number 2…..


NUMBER 2: All-New Restaurant: CHAR

Winter got you cold? Sit under the flame at Grand View Lodge’s new steakhouse, CHAR, where you will experience classic traditions seared with flavors that sizzle. Here you will find premium craft steaks, along with local fish and produce—prepared with care. CHAR also features Minnesota beer, spirits, and a unique selection of Old World, New World, and Minnesota wines. Smoked, seared, roasted, or grilled; we let our craft speak for itself. CHAR is located where the Lodge Dining Room used to be and is in the heart of the Grand View’s Main Lodge. (Don’t forget Cru Wine Bar and Northwoods Pub if you want something different!)  

NUMBER 1: A Breakfast for the Books

Start your day…. every day, our with scrumptious breakfast options, including our dual locations for buffet-style and a la carte breakfast spreads that will make you jump right out of bed! Experience one of the largest and best breakfast buffets in the state! Enjoy fresh juice, coffee, pastries, assorted yogurts, fruit, and cereals, as well as, hot French toast, pancakes, eggs, sausage, and more! The Grand Breakfast is the perfect way to start your day of adventures and is located in the Heritage Room of the historic main lodge. If a buffet-style breakfast doesn’t fancy you, then our NEW a la carte breakfast menu at Cru will! Enjoy your choice of Cru Benedict with Short Ribs, Roasted Tomato Hollandaise, with grilled asparagus, or try our Cranberry Wild Rice French Toast. There’s more where that came from! See the rest of Cru’s delicious breakfast menu for more options. 

There you go! Grand View has something for everyone this winter. Plus our area is a special kind of beautiful when it comes to winter.  Breathe in the fresh pine, oak, and brisk air and take it all in with a loved one or family. So, load up the vehicle and get up here first. We will keep your cabin warm and ready.