Top 10 Summer Things to do at Grand View Lodge

Family Fun, Resort Adventures

1. Enjoy a drink this Summer on our NEW outdoor dining venue – On The Rocks

We are excited to introduce ‘On the Rocks’ to our guests. The new outdoor patio has two levels for our guests to enjoy this summer. The lower level offers an intimate and separate location with two waterfalls. The waterfalls add to the intimate space and provide a beautiful backdrop to enjoy while relaxing and having a cocktail or for a casual meeting space.

Our upper level offers wooden pergolas and built-in fire pits. These features give our new dining space an updated look compared to our beloved fallen deck which was destroyed in last year’s storm. Our favorite update is the new stone-structured outdoor bar. It is the perfect place to relax, sip, dine, and enjoy the view at our new dining venue.


2. Jam with us at the Summer Concert Series

Our second annual Summer Concert Series features three great shows on Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. on the driving range at the Pines Golf Course. Tickets are $40+tax per show. If you are a Grand View guest, tickets are only $20+tax with children 11 and under free!

We had great success with our first show on June 29 with over 550 guests coming enjoy and rock out to “Takin’ it To The Limit: An Eagles Tribute” by the Fabulous Armadillos and Collective Unconscious and opener, Ashes for April.

We still have two shows left this summer, and you don’t want to miss out. Thursday, July 20, Rubber Soul takes the stage to entertain us with one of the most revolutionary bands of all times, The Beatles. The opening band will be Kinda Kinky, a Kinks tribute. And lastly, August 3, Mick Sterling performs his Springsteen/Seger Tribute. For more information, click here.


3. Experience the Guided Paddleboard Tour

When a Minnesota summer vacation comes to mind, one of the first things you think of is the lake! What better way to experience the lakes than with exercise, a paddle, and a board. On the guided tour, you will learn the basics of stand-up paddleboarding and embark on a guided tour around Gull Lake. The equipment is based on weight and experience of the rider. Be sure to sign up on Cost is $15 per person. After your tour, you can rent a paddleboard from the boathouse and embark on your own personal journey.


4. Tacos and a Prickly Pear Margarita at Tanque Verde Cantina

While many enjoyed our former Loony’s Beach Hut, we are excited to offer fun and more exciting experience with our new venue, Tanque Verde Cantina. Named after our sister property in Tucson, Arizona, the Tanque Verde Cantina offers delicious southwestern flavors including tacos, burritos, and salads. The bar has also been extended, glass garage doors were added to help block the wind on those ‘not so calm days, ’ and a new menu is featured. Enjoy a Prickly Pear Margarita and a taco while enjoying the sun, sand, and outdoors! What could be better?


5. Guided Fishing

Gull Lake is the home of walleyes, northern pike, large and smallmouth bass, crappies, and sunnies and there are a couple of different ways to experience it properly. For the kids, our recreation team will take you out for an unforgettable fishing experience. Our pontoon fishing is a complimentary family favorite. Being one of the most popular hobbies in Minnesota, this is a great experience for all the kids. Poles and bait are provided.

For the adults, a guided experience is a must. In the Brainerd Lakes area, we have more fishing pros than we have lakes. Try S&W Guide Service, one of our favorite and recommended fishing guide services. They will pick you up at the dock in the morning and provide the boat, bait, poles, and experience to get you to some of the favorite fishing holes on the Gull Lake chain. Just let them know what type of ‘lunker’ you want to catch, and away you go. Guided fishing costs a little bit extra but it is well worth the experience.


6. Book an Appointment at the Glacial Waters Spa

Relax, rejuvenate, and unwind at our Glacial Waters Spa. Offering a variety of spa services, a vacation isn’t full without a trip to the spa. We are proud to announce the Glacial Waters Spa was recently announced Top 100 Spas by Spas of America as well. Take your worries and stress away and book 3 or more services and get 15% off. (Same person, same day. Must be three 50-minute services). Book your appointments by calling 866-801-2951.


7. Golf The Pines or The Preserve

Voted Minnesota’s best golf resort, our amazing championship courses offer you beautiful views, challenging greens, and a variety of holes from to choose. Golf at The Pines and explore all 27 holes, a true “player’s course.” Experience golf at The Preserve and see its recent million-dollar renovation. The Preserve is known for its scenic elevated tees and its tour speed greens and was also name WCCO’s Best 19th Hole!

Grand View Lodge is the destination for all golf groups. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you in customizing your experience. Visit to book your tee time or call 218-963-8750.


8. Traveling Art Pub

We’ve partnered with the local Traveling Art Pub (TAP) to provide a fun, one-of-a-kind creative experience. Tap into your creative side as you explore the canvas with paint and paintbrush. Each TAP event will feature an inspiration art piece that will be lead step-by-step by a TAP artist. A great fun activity for friends and family. No set-up or clean-up is required. All supplies are provided for you. Sip and paint as you create a masterpiece for you to keep to help remember your fun vacation at Grand View Lodge. Sign up by calling 218-454-1888 or visit to sign up.


9. History House Tour

Take a trip to yesteryear as you walk through our History House. The History House was built from the 1921 historic Baker Cottage. Our old preserved cabin contains many old artifacts and various mementos that were popular in Grand View Lodge history. It showcases a beautiful example of “luxurious” cabin living of the time and includes several original features such as a fireplace, wood floors, and enamel stove. Learn about Grand View Lodge’s 100 years of creating memories and how it all got started.


10. Wine Tasting

Add a wine tasting to your relaxing stay. Our wine tastings are held Wednesdays and Fridays down in Cru Restaurant at 4 pm. They feature wines from various regions of the world each month. Sampling wines and comparing with friends and family is a great way to explore the wines’ deep flavors, tones, and textures.

Plus, you will receive a certificate to use in our restaurants for a glass of your favorite wine that you tasted that evening. See, smell, swirl, sip, and savor! Tastings are $25 per person. Sign up early on


Summer is the time of year Minnesota dreams about all Winter, Spring, and Fall. A summer at Grand View Lodge will be BY FAR your favorite vacation. Offering plenty of activities and places to eat, you will never be bored. Book your summer vacation before it is too late. Call 1-866-801-2951 to book your stay or visit to learn more.