Best Minnesota Lake Resort for Families

There’s something truly special about the Midwestern United States in the summer. The air takes on a rich, organic scent and as the sun begins its journey towards the horizon each evening, a beautiful mist sets in. The days just seem to linger forever (it’s a fact – the summer days are really long this far north during the summer months!)


And of course there are the ten thousand lakes that dot the Minnesota landscape- as the state’s license plates will tell you. Though the actual number of lakes in the state is actually double that!

If you are looking for a destination for a fun, extended family adventure this summer – definitely consider Minnesota and the iconic Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake. Here’s why Grand View Lodge is the best Minnesota lake resort for families.

The Original Minnesota Lake Resort for Families

Grand View Lodge is one of the original destination lake resorts in Minnesota. Originally constructed in the early 1900’s, Grand View Lodge remains a testimony to the vision and taste of early area entrepreneurs who foresaw the charm of these Minnesota lakes.

In 1916, the original lodge was built from Norway pine felled on the property and designed on a large scale to hold not only prospective buyers looking to purchase lakeside pilots but those who came to enjoy Gull Lake. Quite a visionary undertaking for the time. This same grand lodge, now a historic landmark, is still the centerpiece of the resort today.

New Luxury Homes are Perfect for Families

From cabins on the beach to new, luxury homes, Grand View Lodge has an accommodation option to suite every family group.

But Grand View Lodge is THE best Minnesota lake resort for families because of their new Fairway Pines Villas vacation homes. These units are newly constructed and outfitted to perfection. Multiple bedrooms, all en suite, gourmet kitchens, screened in porches, game rooms and a private pool area make this section of the resort my go-to for families.

Experience the most Authentic Northwoods Lake Country

While Grand View Lodge offers everything you would expect from the nicest resort in the area – golf, spa, kids club, pools – please don’t miss experiencing the quintessential countryside that make this an iconic midwestern lakes experience.

Grand View lodge has two beautiful beaches on property, one at the main lodge on Gull Lake and a smaller beach on Roy Lake.

Everyone in the family will love swimming, bouncing on the water trampolines, kayaking, SUPing, and maybe even hopping on a jet ski or small sail boat! Be sure to spend at least one day out on a pontoon boat. Pack a cooler with food and drinks and slowly exploring the coastline of this impressively large lake.

If you’re in the area for a full week, plan to mix in a few days of adventure off campus as well. Head to the Paul Bunyan State Trail where you can road road and mountain bike as well as rollerblade on a large network of well maintained trails. Also consider spending a day kayaking on the Pine River. a super fun way to view wildlife and experience the beauty of the Minnesota Northwoods.

Thinking about planning a family trip this summer? Contact me now to learn more about the best Minnesota lake resort for families and get your family’s next adventure booked! (My clients enjoy some nice perks and amenities at Grandview Lodge!) Just looking for some ideas? Sign up below for instant access to some of my favorite family itineraries.

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