Want an Amazing Fall Vacation? Four Great Ways to Experience Fall in the Brainerd Lakes Area

Family Fun

September has officially arrived, and the many changes that the season has to offer have are starting to occur. From the beautiful transformation of the leaves to the brisk, cool weather—this season has many Minnesotans claiming favoritism. There are many packages we are offering unique to this fantastic time of year.

1- Fall Into Wellness

This package is designed to offer a great opportunity for those who love the outdoors, fall colors, and maybe, a light workout during their stay.

The package includes deluxe lodging with breakfast daily. Our Grand Breakfast is offered every morning from 7:00 am to 10:30 am. Experience one of the largest breakfast buffets in the state! It is one of our guests’ favorites about staying here. Enjoy fresh juice, coffee, pastries, assorted yogurts, fresh fruit, and cereals. Also included are hot French toast, pancakes, eggs, sausage and more!

What’s a vacation without experiencing activities in the area? Adventure awaits. This package includes yoga, paddleboarding, biking, and more. Specifically unique to this package is our 5k walk/run on The Pines Golf Course. Participants will start and run one 9-hole course. We will set the running course the day-of. There is no sign-up required.

This year, we have added a 20% off spa service at our Glacial Waters Spa. This offer is only valid Monday through Thursday. Sometimes the best way to improve your physical and mental health is with a spa service to relax and unwind from the daily hustle and bustle. Also included in the package are free bike rentals and unlimited golf on The Garden course.

To book your Fall Into Wellness package call 1-866-801-2951. Available September 4-28 (Sunday-Thursday only) starting at $135 per night.

2- GOLFtoberfest and the Oktoberfest Pub Crawl

We are now planning our eighth annual GOLFtoberfest package. This package is October 6-7 and starts at $338 per person for two nights. Enjoy deluxe lodging with breakfast daily, unlimited golf at The Pines, The Preserve, and The Garden Courses.

Exclusive to people who book this package get to enjoy FREE food and tap beer Saturday night at our FREE tent party. So what’s on the menu? We will be serving BBQ Riblets, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, and Pulled Chicken Sandwich with chips and cole slaw.

The music will kick off the evening starting at 6 PM with music by Mark Mraz and GB Leighton will close. GB Leighton is a rock group from Minneapolis, MN who has performed more than 200 shows a year, created 11 albums, and was named Billboard.com’s Top 10 Country Artist to Watch

Also on Saturday is the Oktoberfest Pub Crawl.

For a nominal entry fee you will get a shuttle to several locations around the lake; The Pines at Grand View Lodge, Zorbaz on Gull, Ernie’s, Cowboy’s, Jake’s, The Side Track, and Gull Dam Brewing. Included in your ticket fee, you will also get a fun prize at varying locations. You will also receive a 4-ounce sample of your favorite beer at each location. Completing your punch card by traveling to all the locations and getting it stamped will get you an entry into the contest for the grand prize. All proceed benefits will be distributed to Confidence Learning Center, the Soup Kitchen, and the Food Shelf. Tickets are available at all sponsoring locations. For more information, visit GullLakeEvents.com. Stay up to date on this event by liking Gull Lake Events facebook page

3- Spooktacular

Dress up, trick or treat, and enjoy all that Halloween has to offer with this package. Grand View’s Spooktacular Weekend is October 27-28 and includes deluxe lodging with breakfast daily starting at $125 per night.

What’s a vacation on Halloween without trick-or-treating? Our Grand View Lodge staff get into the Halloween spirit! Trick-or-treat on Saturday, October 28 during your stay. Your kids will be able to get candy at the Front Desk, M.V. Bakers, Gull Lake Center, Spa, and the Pool. Plus, we have horse-drawn wagon rides, fall carnival, and the Family Fun Center open most of the day.

That’s not the only thing we do to get into the spirit of the season. Grand View Lodge takes advantage of their rumored haunted house, also known as the Italian Gardens. As one of the oldest buildings on the resort, there have been reports of cracking floors, ghostly moving items, and the occasional scream-worthy scare. We do an earlier ‘light scare’ for the younger kids and then open up for ‘full scare’ later.

Not up for all of the kid’s activities? We have a five-course Prisoner’s Wine Dinner just for you. Be sure to wear a costume as we are giving away amazing prizes to the winners. The dinner is $125 per person plus tax and is in our Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar. Reservations are required, call 218-963-8756 or visit gvlfun.com.

4- Grand Brewfest

Back for our eighth year, the Grand Brewfest is November 17-18 starting at $185 per person for two nights.

The Brewfest package includes two nights deluxe lodging with breakfast daily and a complimentary annual Brewfest mug. Friday kicks off the weekend with an on-site Pub crawl. Hop on our shuttle and tour three of our bars: Northwoods Pub, Freddy’s Grill, and Cru. Each location will have a different theme with beer, full bar, and delectables available for purchase.

Saturday’s activities include everything from a one-mile beer run/walk to start the afternoon through our Garden 9-hole course. Varied stops throughout the run/walk feature some great tastings to keep you rolling. Following will be our classes and demos. The nightcap will be our Grand Tasting. Taste beer from a variety of different Minnesota breweries, sample amazing flavors from our culinary team, and vote for your favorites.

Summer may be over, but the fun doesn’t end there. Whether you are interested in a weekend to improve yourself, party and enjoy fun activities, or do all things spooky – Grand View Lodge is your choice for a fall vacation destination. Book any of these fall activities by calling 1-866-801-2951 or by visiting our package page online.