Family Fun All Winter Long at Grand View Lodge

Family Fun, Holidays, Packages, Resort Adventures, Family Fun

Season’s Greetings from the Grand View family! Whether you’ve made your reservations or are contemplating a winter visit, we’ve compiled some useful suggestions to elevate your experience. This is your go-to winter fun guide, featuring top activities for an unforgettable winter stay.

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Indulge in our Dining Experiences

We offer a variety of dining venues for our guests ranging from elevated experiences at CHAR, our renowned steakhouse, or Cru, our fine dining establishment, to more casual options like the Northwoods Pub and Freddy’s Sports Grill.

Christmas Day Buffet

If you are here over the holidays, make sure to treat yourself to our Christmas Day Buffet. With a tempting spread featuring salads and starters, a seafood display, hearty entrees and sides, and chef-selected desserts, you’ll leave fully satisfied. Every table of four receives a complimentary bottle of house wine. Reserve your place at the table by calling 218-963-8756.

New Year’s Eve at CHAR and Cru

You can also ring in the new year at CHAR or Cru, who are both offering special New Year’s Eve menus. Nestled in the Main Lodge, CHAR offers steaks, seafood, and fresh produce, meticulously prepared. CHAR’s New Year’s Eve features include a seafood platter for two, a Japanese A5 Wagyu ribeye, Pernod crab-stuffed snapper, and more.

Cru’s atmosphere is second-to-none, located in the lower level of the Gull Lake Center. Hand-select your own bottle of wine from the large wine cellar or one of the house cocktails to sip on with your meal while you enjoy great conversation in the quiet, refined atmosphere. On New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy features such as lobster-topped fried sushi roll, lemongrass-crusted scallops, and duck confit.

Enjoy a seamless dining experience while you are here by making your dining reservations! Call 218-963-8756 to book your reservations.

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Book Your Igloo Experience

Immerse yourself in magic by sipping cocktails or dining under the stars in our heated igloos. This enchanting experience is perfect for a romantic dinner or a girls’ night out. Igloos are located behind the Main Lodge and at The Pines golf course. View the menus and book your reservations ahead of time online.

Discover Freddy’s Sports Grill

For a more holiday-oriented experience, walk over to Freddy’s Sports Grill, located at The Pines golf course. Offering lunch and dinner, drinks, hors d’oeuvres in our signature heated igloos, and an indoor state-of-the-art simulator.

Freddy’s is known for its weekly special lineup, which includes a sandwich and soup special Wednesdays – Fridays for lunch, prime rib night every Wednesday night, rib or shrimp baskets with fries on Friday nights, and steak and shrimp on Saturday nights. Guests can also enjoy happy hour specials from 2:00 – 6:00 PM Wednesday – Friday.

While you are there, make sure to look for the hidden Grinch! Find him, and your name will be entered into a drawing for a Grand View Lodge dining gift card!

Freddy’s Sports Grill also offers eight flat-screen TVs, a full bar, and a unique menu, providing a great alternative to the Northwoods Pub.

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Outdoor Activities

Sharpen Your Skates and Hit the Ice

Pack your skates and enjoy a leisurely skate or a spirited game of hockey on one of our outdoor ice rinks. It’s a wonderful way to get moving and enjoy the outdoors! Guests do need to supply their own skates, so make sure you have them on your packing list!

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Go Ice Fishing

Drop a line through the ice on Roy Lake by renting one of our warm ice fishing houses. Choose from four or eight-hour rentals and experience one of Minnesota’s great winter traditions. Book your reservation and maybe even catch dinner!

Ski, Snowboard, or Tube at Mount Ski Gull

Hit the slopes at Mount Ski Gull, where Grand View guests enjoy a 15% discount on lift tickets. A day at Mount Ski Gull provides a fun-filled experience the whole family can enjoy.

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Go on an Adventure

Rent Nordic skis or snowshoes from the winter recreation center at The Pines. Throughout the winter, our premiere golf course transforms into a playground with eight kilometers of groomed trails for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing as long as snow allows. On weekends, you can also enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through the towering pines and pristine wilderness, offering a nostalgic way to connect with the great outdoors.

Warm Up with Fun Indoor Activities

Family Fun Center

Our Family Fun Center is located in the Norway Center with a variety of activities for children and teenagers. Bounce in the inflatable house, play various other games, or participate in a thrilling game of laser tag on New Year’s Eve. The Family Fun Center is available during the holidays and select weekends during the winter.


NorthPark is our recreation facility that includes a large indoor pool area with a waterslide, swimming lanes, two hot tubs, a fitness center, and workout studio. This space is perfect for warming up and relaxing after a day filled with activities outdoors.

Cotey’s Fun Room

Cotey’s Fun Room, also located at NorthPark, provides children with the opportunity to explore an array of crafts, engaging games, and other fun toys. Cotey’s Fun Room is designed to be a haven for children of all ages.

Play a Round of Indoor Golf

Book a tee time and get some swings in at the golf simulator located at Freddy’s Sports Grill. Work on perfecting your swing or enjoy a round with friends or family in a warm, climate-controlled environment. Play courses from around the world, or try your hand at The Pines or The Preserve, both of which are available to play. Sip on beverages and savor bites from the menu at Freddy’s while you play.

Coffee and Shopping

In need of a caffeine fix? Grab a gourmet coffee at Grand Outfitters and do some shopping. Browse boutique fashion lines, Grand View Lodge apparel, home décor, jewelry, candles, treats and more.

Enjoy a Spa Day

Glacial Waters Spa is the perfect place to awaken and soothe your mind, body, and spirit amidst the tranquil surroundings of northern Minnesota. Immerse yourself in therapeutic and revitalizing services such as massages, skin care, body treatments, nail services, halotherapy, and soaks. Enjoy the onsite relaxation room, steam rooms, hot tub, and sauna before or after your appointment.


Brainerd Lakes Area Activities

Discover off-property attractions like holiday shopping and the dazzling Christmas lights in downtown Nisswa. Sertoma Winter Wonderland offers a unique Christmas light viewing experience from the warmth of your vehicle.

If you’re in the mood for local beer, check out Roundhouse, Big Axe, Jack Pine, or Cuyuna Brewing. Dennis Drummond Wine Company and 5Rocks Distilling are both great options for locally produced wine and spirits.

You might not tackle all of these activities in one visit, but that’s the beauty of returning. Regardless, we’re confident you’ll create memories that last for a lifetime. Browse current rates and packages, and we’ll see you soon!