Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort
Experience all that the Brainerd Lakes area has to offer at Kavanaugh's, a Minnesota resort that values the family experience over all else. Through their warm hospitality, lavish dwellings, and beautiful scenery, your family will feel right at home.
Like most family resorts, variety is the spice of life at Kavanaugh’s. Golf, boating, biking, fishing, antique shopping, and snowmobiling are not only options but pleasures. Open year round, most of these activities are as much fun in winter as they are in summer. Glorious Gull Lake stretches along the shoreline, inviting you and your family to untold hours of wet and wild fun. Of course, the immaculately manicured rooms are full of modern decor and deluxe comforts.
1685 Kavanaugh Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401
13,487 as of 2013
Gull Four Seasons Resort
The Brainerd Lakes are chock full of quality resorts, and this list only exemplifies what a great region this is for family travel. From its placement at the number two spot on our list, you know that Gull Four Seasons is no exception. Whether your family craves seclusion or simply wants to nurture their inner angler, the Four Seasons can help them fulfill their mission.
Does your family never run out of energy? Do they love swimming? Four Seasons has you in mind. In addition to the natural splendor of Gull Lake, you can go swimming at the huge on-site indoor swimming pool facility. Including a pool, kiddie pool, whirlpool, and sauna, it's the perfect place to go if the weather is less-than-ideal. If it IS ideal, however, step outside to the incredible patio and work on your tan while the kids swim in the outdoor swimming pool or experience the crystal clear waters of the lake.
4132 St Columbo Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401
Brainerd is known for the Brainerd International Raceway, which hosts races throughout the year and has a national drag racing meet annually in August.
The state record for Walleye is 17 pounds, 8 ounces.
Pine Terrace Resort
What comes to mind when you hear the words “Pine” and “Terrace”? For most, rustic luxury is what immediately springs into their head. The words evoke a casual elegance and old-world modernism, a sentiment that is personified at Pine Terrace Resort. You and your family will be loathe to leave.
Your family will be beleaguered by the multitudes of enticing activities for one or for everyone. From boating out to fish for largemouth bass, northern pike, sunfish, and crappies, to hiking along the neighboring trails, your family will be so tired at the end of the day that you’ll barely notice the amazing luxury cabins you’re staying in. Come to Star Lake, and Pine Terrace will make you feel like the star of the lake!
35101 Pine Terrace Rd, Crosslake, MN 56442
The resort itself occupies more than 36 acres of glorious woodland habitat!
Known far and wide as one of the finest resort properties on Gull Lake, Quarterdeck is an incredible place to spend a weekend. Grab the family and come show them how Quarterdeck got its reputation in the first place!
From its intense hospitality to its spacious accommodations, there's little your family WON'T love here. In Gull Lake's waters you'll find boundless enjoyment via the 10,000 acres of water sports playground with miles and miles of shoreline to explore. Make sure you check out the sandbar for fantastic sunbathing! Meanwhile, parents will love the newly refurbished 12 lakeside Lodge Suites, new terraced landscaping, and the new 96 slip dock system! Quarterdeck may have "quarter" in the name, but you'll have all the fun!
9820 Birch Bay Dr SW, Nisswa, MN 56468
The resort is less than a mile from winter sports at Ski Gull and 10 miles from downtown Nisswa.
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There are also basketball and tennis courts, plus hiking and snowmobiling trails.
Cragun's Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake
You’re on vacation. The kids are off doing who-knows-what, but they’re undoubtedly having a good time. So what do you do? Simple: grab your clubs and hit the links! Not only is Cragun’s Resort and Hotel the perfect place for the entire family, but it’s the perfect place for playing the gentlemen’s game to your heart's content.
Cragun’s Resort and Hotel has been the premiere Brainerd Lakes golf resort for almost 80 years. Combining towering trees, verdant green fairways and a spectacular location adjacent to Gull Lake, the courses are a treat for the senses as much as for the playing. Of course, this is a family vacation, and odds are your entire family isn't going to be as enamored with golf as you are. Visit the marina on Gull Lake and try out boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming, and more. When you’re done, return to your comfy room or cabin and relax in unparalleled splendor.
11000 Craguns Dr, Brainerd, MN 56401
Cargun's offers 54 holes of golf on nearly 15,000 yards of beautiful Northern scenery.
If you feel the need for ski, the Brainerd Lakes Ski Area is only eight miles away.
Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Since 1898, families have been flocking to Ruttger’s Bay Lodge for frivolity and the unmistakable aroma of freshly-made memories. With a potent blend of golfing, fishing, and pampering available, your family will be as busy or as unburdened as they choose. After all, isn't a vacation mostly about choice?
If you’re looking for a real Minnesota cabin vacation, they don't get much more authentic than at Ruttger's. The shores of flawless Bay Lake are a paradise of family fun and relaxation. Choose from 27 holes of golf, a luxurious spa, and Bay Lake itself present a diverse and exciting mix of potential activities for you and your family to immerse yourselves in. Spend time together or get some alone time; again, it’s all about choice. Make Ruttger’s your summer destination; your family will thank you for it.
25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd, Deerwood, MN 56444
Open year round!
Crappie, walleye, bass, muskie, and rainbow trout are available in the area for your fishing pleasure.
Madden's on Gull Lake
For the family constantly on the move, Madden’s is the perfect place to slow down your hectic lives and simply relax. Hit the lake for some watersports or waltz into the spa for a day of primping; if you want to spend a weekend worrying about nothing but what you’re eating for dinner, Madden's is the place for you.
"Do it all, or do nothing" -Words that Madden’s (and, by extension, their guests) lives by. Madden's famous golf courses, delicious restaurants, and pristine sand beaches are only some of the options at your fingertips. While the kids are having a blast on the lake, head over to The Spa at Madden's for unparalleled relaxation. With a stunning lake view and relaxing plantation-style architecture just a few feet from Gull Lake, The Spa at Madden's will make you melt into a content pile of ooze. Try out a rejuvenating pedicure, or feeling your stress melt away with a hot stone massage. Either way, you're going to be reminiscing about it for years to come (or until you go back).
11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd, MN 56401
There are over 35 species of aquatic life in the water of Gull Lake!
Of the seven Gull Lakes in Minnesota, this Gull Lake is the largest in area and shoreline.
Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/Baxter
Who doesn’t love waterparks? No one, that’s who! And while we’re in the double-negative neighborhood, remember this: after bringing your family to The Holiday Inn Express Brainerd/Baxter Hotel, you won’t not want to go back.
While the area is obviously known for its pristine lakes (and those are certainly available to you), oftentimes the variant Minnesota weather isn't cooperative. Thus, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan for your family. Enter Three Bear Waterpark, the Inn’s on-site water park. Boasting everything from a lazy river to a 1,000-gallon dumping bucket, you’re family will have pruned fingers for the next month. Parents can lounge in a hot tub or go get a delicious meal at the Three Bear Grill (apparently the bears here come in threes). Brainerd’s multitude of stupendous outdoor activities await you should the weather stay benevolent.
15739 Audubon Way, Baxter, MN 56425
While the street may be called "Audubon Way", don't worry; there's a speed limit!
Grand View Lodge
While golf, spas, and romantic walks on the beach might be more catered to newlyweds, the historic Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake has a fanatical devotion to providing quality family vacations as well.
Yes, there are two championship golf courses on the property. Yes, the rejuvenating Glacial Waters Spa has been pampering guests for eons. And while your children will appreciate these thing when they’re older, right now they just want to have some good clean FUN. Not to worry: this has been Grand View’s mission since 1916. Waterskiing, horseback riding, and paddleboard yoga (maybe not) will all entice and enrapture younger minds. Rooms can accommodate all sizes and tastes. Grand View succinctly puts it, “Whatever you are looking for in a Minnesota resort vacation, we have the lodging just right for you”.
23521 Nokomis Ave, Nisswa, MN 56468
2,004 as of 2013
Nisswa comes from the Ojibwe word "nessawae" (which means "in the middle" or "three")
Train Bell Resort
In the end, what is a family vacation about? It’s about becoming a more tight-knit community. You share experiences, laughs, and memories that can last a lifetime. Train Bell Resort knows this and invites your family to make those memories with them.
To no one’s surprise, the Lodge is located on a lake, this time the beautiful North Long Lake. Known for its fabulous fishing and crystal clear water, it’s the perfect place for the kids to swim and you to relax on the sugar sand beach. A multitude of habitations are available: lakeshore cabins, condos, villas, and even a grand lodge will accommodate parties of all sizes, and come stocked with cozy decor and modern amenities. If you want some undisturbed family time, rent a pontoon for a fun day on the water, a day in which your family will have no choice but to get along. That’s another part of a family vacation: forcing them to be with each other.
21489 Train Bell Rd, Merrifield, MN 56465
A vintage tourist train offers trips around the property's grounds!
The resort is only 10.2 miles from Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.
Birch Bay Resort
Whether your family is loud and energetic or energetic and loud, they’ll find something to love at Birch Bay. It’s almost a guarantee that you’ll have to drag your unwilling family to the car when it’s time to leave.
The brightest spot in Nisswa (a city full of bright spots), Birch Bay Resort is located on beautiful Agate Lake and offers nine private lakefront cabins and six inn rooms. You (the parents) will appreciate the clean and comfortable cabins while the kids will be entranced by the deluge of lake-based activities at their disposal. Fishing, boating, and splish-splashing around are all fantastic on a hot summer day, and Nisswa has all the charms of small-town America for an evening out.
1646 Birch Dr W, Nisswa, MN 56468
There are also tennis courts, hiking trails and a playground!
The Lodge lies 10.1 miles from downtown Nisswa and 19 miles from downtown Brainerd.
Bay View Lodge
Since 1945 Bay View Lodge has provided a wonderful retreat for families from all over the midwest. There's a reason that a large percentage of their guests are repeat customers!
Fishing, golfing, shopping, hiking, nature-watching, skiing... the fun activities available at Bay View reads like a grocery list of awesomeness. You'll spend a huge portion of your time out on the lake, swimming, boating, and fishing to your hearts content. Accommodations are homey and spacious, perfect for any size of family. When you aren't relaxing in its warm embrace, spend an afternoon in Crosslake, window shopping and having a merry old time.
12038 Harbor Lane, Crosslake, MN 56442
Make sure you stop in at Crosslakes' legendary ice cream parlor!
There are 14 lakes in the Whitefish Chain.