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A Minnesota Lakes Family Retreat for Over a Century!

Beginning as a hotel to host railway travelers back in 1908, the Train Bell Resort has evolved to become a premiere family vacation destination in the Brainerd Lakes region. Situated amongst the pine trees on the shores of North Long Lake, all that remains of the historical stop is the newly remodeled Grand Lodge and the train bell for which the resort was named. Ideal for families, Train Bell offers a full Family Activity Program for everyone to enjoy throughout the summer. From the comforts of the cabins to the laid-back atmosphere, to the stunning sunsets and tranquil lakeside campfires, Train Bell Resort is sure to be enjoyed by all!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 19 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Merrifield
  • Nearby Water North Long Lake
  • Open Dates All Year


During the summer months, the best place to hang out during your trip to Train Bell Resort is at the beach. The sandy shores along North Long Lake are perfect for sunbathing, building sand castles, or even a game of beach volleyball. Your entire family will enjoy summer fun in the sun at Train Bell Resort!


Tailor-made for families, Train Bell Resort offers a full Family Activity Program for the everyone, no matter what age, to enjoy throughout the summertime. Enjoy a train ride on the “Train Bell Express,” search for pennies hidden on the beach at the weekly Penny Hunt, or watch a movie on the big screen with a delicious bag of fresh popcorn in the Movie Center. You can also demonstrate your talent and creativity with their Coloring Contests, or test your family's knowledge with the Trivia Contest, and much more.


With a variety of lodging options -- including accommodating up to 40 in the Lakeside Lodge -- the Train Bell Resort offers a great venue to host a Minnesota family reunion! Spring, fall, and winter lodging specials, as well as many other special packages are available throughout the year. You'll love reconnecting with your siblings and cousins with trivia contests, train rides and more!


A Minnesota fishing adventure awaits you right outside your door at Train Bell Resort. A variety of fish species, particularly walleyes and northerns, make their home in North Long Lake. The 6,000 acres of water allows anglers a perspective every time. Rent a boat from the resort, or feel free to bring your own!


North Long Lake provides guests with plenty of water activities including water skiing and fishing. Try to catch your limit of crappies, sunfish and perch! Rent a pontoon or fishing boat to take you out on the lake. With the lake encompassing 6,000 acres of water, there is plenty of room for swimming, paddleboating and kayaking. Paddleboats and kayaks are free to use at Train Bell Resort!

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

Train Bell Resort offers a wide range of accommodations from nine individual cabins, a boat house, the Grand Lodge, as well as condos and villas. The options range from one to six bedrooms, with the Grand Lodge being the six-bedroom and can accommodate up to 22 guests. Train Bell Resort offers a versatile assortment of lodging options, sure to cater to just about any size group.


Boasting a beautiful lakeside setting and a seemingly endless list of family activities, Train Bell Resort provides the perfect holiday weekend Minnesota escape! Several special lodging packages -- at great discounts -- are available during holiday weekends throughout the year. Make your next holiday getaway a retreat on the lake!

Additional Information

  • Bicycles
  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Gift Shop
  • Library
  • Pack N Play
  • ATV/Fourwheeling
  • Beach
  • Beach Volleyball Court(s)
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating & Watercraft
  • Boat Docks
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Fire Pit(s)
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Outdoor Grill(s)
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Play Ground
  • Sailing
Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony
  • Coffee Maker
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Full Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Patio
  • Refrigerator
  • Sundeck
  • Bingo
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting and Shooting
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Live Entertainment
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Programs
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Meeting Room(s)
Languages Spoken
  • English

Nearest Airports

  • Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD) / 4.9 miles
  • St Cloud Regional Airport (STC) / 63.6 miles
  • Chandler Field (AXN) / 71.5 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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