Via a time share trade, we spent a week at the Breezy Point Resort. It's a collection of different types of units from hotel style to family-sized cabins, all built at different times and managed by several different companies.
We got a 1 bedroom unit with a full kitchen, unit #15 in the Pelican Pines building. We were across the street from the marina and the golf course. The building housed 3 units, #15 shared a wall with the other upstairs unit, but we didn't hear very much neighbor noise as there was no unit above or below us.
The unit was rustic, Northwoods kitsch with a kitchen and bathroom from the 1970's. The kitchen was fine- equipped with everything we needed, except I would have liked a non-stick frying pan for fish filets and eggs. Everything worked well and we appreciated the stack of coffee filters and extra roll of paper towels.
The bedroom was small with a door to the deck, but no screen and no other window or way to access fresh air. There was a fan in the closet which we used to move air in the bedroom. The full-size mattress was too soft for us, but that's a person preference. Closet and drawer space was good.
The living room/dining area was furnished fine. Nothing fancy, moderate yet mostly comfortable. There was a gas fireplace which we didn't use. The tv was a flat-screen with a decent selection of channels.
The bathroom was the pits. The tub surround was contoured in such a way the soap and shampoo slid right off, there was a built-in seat on the side that got in the way and was more nuisance than helpful. The door to the bathroom competed with and banged into the door to the toilet/shower area. The best things in the bathroom were the counter space and the powerful fan.
The resort is spread out. There's a main building with a restaurant, bar with bar food and live music, dock, indoor pool, hotel style units, a game room, and a coffee bar. The bar, Dockside, has a nice outdoor area and good pizza and burgers. We took the paddle wheel boat, the Breezy Belle, tour around the lake. It lasted 2 hours, we brought on pizza and salad from Dockside, got a couple of beers and enjoyed a leisurely sailing while the sun set.
Each night we walked around the resort and ended up in the game room to play pinball.
There is a marina where you can rent boats or you can bring your own.
Antlers is a pricey restaurant overlooking the driving range. The food is good- tasty prime rib, good salad, excellent soup. The service was good.
We spent our days exploring the area. Antiquing is good in Crosby and there's a public fishing pier where we spent an afternoon doing catch and release.
Nisswa is a quaint little town with touristy shops where you can get souvenirs.
We drove to Walker, about 40 minutes away and spent an evening at the Northern Lights Casino. Thursday night is seafood night- all you can eat crab legs, along with the rest of the buffet for $24.95 per person. There's live music nightly, a decent poker room, about 10 gaming tables and a bunch of slot machines.
This is a wonderful vacation area and many families go there year after year with other family members and friends. I can see why. There are so many resorts and lakes and things to do in the area. I'd love to go back and bring my friends who like to fish and spend time on the lake.
Our resort was good. I was very pleased we chose it for our summer vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled along the shores of Big Pelican Lake, Breezy Point Resort, provides the perfect setting for you, your friends and your family to get away from it all - year round. The resort encompasses 3,000 acres with three 18-hole golf courses, a complete boat marina, more than 250 lodging units, restaurants, an ice arena, spa, coffee shop, lounge and full-service conference center. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Breezy Point Hotel Breezy Point