We recently had a very enjoyable 4-day stay at Grand View Lodge, one of the big resorts in the Brainerd Lakes area. Grand View Lodge has a number of associated properties in addition to the main lodge (and cabins). You can either stay at the main lodge area or one of the associated properties. We stayed in one of the Interlachen Townhomes which is one of the associated properties.
The town home we stayed in was beautiful, new, spacious and clean. There were actually three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with new appliances, garage and living room. The entire time we were there it was very quiet. The back door of the town home opened up into a large, shared grassy area that led down to a beautiful and sandy private beach that was perfect for swimming. The grassy area was big enough for family games, if desired. Each town home had an outdoor grill. I believe that many of the town homes are actually privately owned, but then rented and managed by the Grand View staff.
The main lodge area is just a 5 minute drive away. It has it’s own large beach (with kayaks and paddle boats), as well as numerous other facilities such as indoor pool and water slides, gym, recreation room, bike rentals, restaurant, etc. The lodge has a number of golf courses you can use although there is a fee for using them. Each day the lodge schedules a number of activities you can sign up for. Examples of free activities include pontoon fishing, water skiing, pontoon cruise, water tubing, bike ride and beach bonfire (with smores). Example of activities with fees included golf and tennis clinics, dinner cruise and horseback riding.
All and all we enjoyed our stay very much and would go again. If you decide to go, you should be aware of two things. First, there is a mandatory 15% gratuity charge added to your bill. While this seems to be common practice among the big resorts in this area, make sure that you include it in your cost estimates. Secondly, when you check in, you are asked to sign a waiver that allows the Lodge to charge your credit card extra money (up to 20% extra) in case you use any of the services. Since we didn’t use any of the services, we did not have any of these extra service charges on our bill.
Finally, while in Brainerd, make sure that you visit Paul Bunyan Land. For one low admission charge your kids can go on many rides, you can visit a wonderful historical village and a giant Paul Bunyan will talk to your kids!
I've attached a number of photos of our townhome. Please note that they were taken before houskeeping came. The mess is our own!
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