Winter Fun in January at Grand View Lodge

Holidays, Family Fun, Packages, Everything Spa, Culinary & Vino, Resort Adventures

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Happy Holidays from your Grand View Lodge family! We hope you and your loved ones have a relaxing, fun, and safe holiday season!

Also, don’t forget to book your winter vacation and continue the fun with us this January. In the first month of 2020 alone, there are so many fun getaway weekends and activities to look forward to. Get that true Minnesotan experience on beautiful Gull Lake as you reel in that big fish during the Jaycee’s Ice Fishing Extravaganza or during the exclusive Minnesota Ice Daze weekend! For the couples looking for a quick romantic getaway, our Fork-n-Cork package IS BACK and to our spa-goers—Dazzlin’ Deals are perfectly gleaming! Book now so you don’t miss out on the priceless memories to be made!


Ice Fishing Extravaganza
January 24-26, 2020 - Starting at $175/night

Book your stay at Grand View Lodge at the end of January and experience the largest charitable ice fishing contest on earth! Stay right near the action and enjoy access to exclusive amenities and extras only available to those staying at Grand View Lodge. Avid ice anglers and hobbyists alike will love the fun and exciting weekend filled with ice fishing, entertainment, and a multitude of winter memories waiting to be made.

This annual event is put on by the Brainerd Jaycee’s and benefits 46 local charities including the Confidence Learning Center, a local recreational facility and camp for individuals with developmental disabilities. The long-standing area tradition was started in 1991 in order to create a signature event that embraces our community and what a Minnesota winter is all about. The event takes place on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay and brings over 10,000 people in the hopes of hooking that big fish. The event features over $150,000 in prizes from a Polaris ATV, augers, fish houses, to a new truck.

Though the event is focused around the ice fishing contest, that is far from the only excitement taking place over the weekend! The events kick off Friday night with entertainment by comic magician and illusionist, Jared Sherlock, at the Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge. Enjoy world-class entertainment, some adult beverages, and meet and greet with some of the best ice fishing minds in the industry. All proceeds from the kickoff event go to local charitable organizations, the primary being the newly formed Brainerd Warrior Fishing Team.

On Saturday, wake up and head down to our grand breakfast buffet (included in your stay!) and fuel up for the busy day ahead with delicious scrambled eggs, pastries, sizzling bacon, and much more. Hop onto one of our free shuttles that will transport you out to the Ice Fishing Extravaganza and find your lucky hole, all of which are pre-drilled by a team of volunteers. Ready, set, fish! The cannon fires at noon sharp and the contest is off!

Grand View Lodge guests (fishing or not) have access to our exclusive top-notch warm hospitality tent. Inside the nice, cozy tent you will find delicious food, hot chocolate and coffee, and beer, all for FREE. Throughout the day, feel free to stop by, warm up your toes, and eat some good food.

Our shuttles bring our guests back and forth from the resort property to the event all day until after the 3:00 p.m. winner announcements. After spending the day on the ice, warm up by a cozy fireplace or head to the Northwoods Pub for a tasty and warm hot toddy!

Join us this January for a weekend you won’t forget! Make sure to book early to ensure the best lodging options at the most convenient location, Grand View Lodge!

Package includes:

  • Deluxe lodging with breakfast buffet daily
  • FREE shuttles to and from fishing event
  • Access to the guest-only hospitality suite
  • Warm-up with FREE beer, hot cocoa, chili, and hot dogs
  • Snowshoe and cross-country trails (complimentary equipment rentals)
  • 15% off ski, snowboard, or tubing pass at Mount Ski Gull
  • Lighted ice skating and hockey rinks
  • NorthPark: Our new recreation center!
  • Indoor pool with swim lanes, hot tubs, and water slide
  • Fitness center, yoga studio, Wellbeats™ fitness

Minnesota Ice Daze
January 31-February 2 - Starting at $155/night

Winter lovers, anglers and adventurers young and old will love this family event that takes place every year, exclusively for Grand View Lodge guests! Our Minnesota Ice Daze weekend was created to celebrate all things that we love about Minnesota in the winter. Your family will love fishing in the exclusive to Grand View guests Ice Fishing Derby, horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, and more!

Our Recreation Director Kelby Klimek says our guests had a blast last year. “It was a great turnout and great to see so many kids out fishing, for some it was their very first time!” It was a beautiful day last year, with temperatures in the balmy 20’s and our recreation department is hoping for similar weather in 2020. “Last year was awesome! The sun was out and everyone was enjoying a beautiful Minnesota winter day. Plus the team provides free hotdogs, cocoa, and beer for the adults out on the ice!”

Try your luck at catching that big fish and bring home memories that will last a lifetime along with it. You will never forget that look on your child’s when they reel up that big catch! Compete for prizes during the Fishing Derby on Saturday and then stay until Sunday for our Super Bowl 54 Party Night! We will have a party in the Northwoods Pub with a full-service bar and food specials. Reduced lodging rate on Sunday night, so no need to worry about driving home late after the game ends.

Package includes:

  • Deluxe lodging with breakfast buffet daily
  • Grand View Fishing Derby
  • Saturday 1:00pm-2:30pm (prizes awarded) sign up here
  • Super Bowl 54 Party Night
  • Party in the Northwoods Pub with a full-service bar and food specials (5:00pm-8:00pm)
  • Special lodging rates starting at $140/night (Sunday only)
  • Scheduled family fun activities
  • Snowshoe and cross-country ski trails (complimentary equipment rentals)
  • 15% off ski, snowboard, or tubing pass at Mount Ski Gull
  • Lighted ice skating and hockey rinks
  • NorthPark: Our new recreation center!
  • Indoor pool with swim lanes, hot tubs, and water slide
  • Fitness center, yoga studio, Wellbeats™ fitness

January 1-February 29
Weekday $170/night | Weekend $189/night

Our popular package for food-lovers and romance-seekers alike is back! The Fork-n-Cork package is perfect for you and your sweetheart or for a fun foodie getaway with a friend. Check-in and be treated to a bottle of our signature Grand View Lodge house wine. Throughout your stay dine in our delicious restaurants, all of which offer a unique atmosphere and variety of cuisine. You will love the $50 gift card (per night!) that is included with your unit during your stay. An added bonus of the Fork-n-Cork package is 20% off at our Glacial Waters Spa services during the week. Relax and rejuvenate your mind and body at our award-winning spa in between dining in our delicious restaurants. All of your senses will be awakened during our Fork-n-Cork package!

Grand View Lodge’s Executive Chef Shane Moore looks forward to hosting guests during our Fork-n-Cork package every year. “The Fork-n-Cork package is a great opportunity for guests to be able to experience all of our dining venues. We are so lucky at Grand View Lodge to have such a variety of amazing culinary options right on site! All offer something unique and memorable. I can’t wait to guide guests through an amazing culinary experience in January through our Fork-n-Cork package.”

Package includes:

  • Deluxe lodging with breakfast buffet daily
  • $50 dining card per night, per unit (Use at restaurants or wine/beer experience)
  • One bottle of GVL wine (red or white)
  • 20% off regular-priced spa services (Mon-Thu)
  • Snowshoe and cross-country ski trails (complimentary equipment rentals)
  • 15% off ski, snowboard, or tubing pass at Mount Ski Gull
  • Lighted ice skating and hockey rinks
  • NorthPark: Our new recreation center!
  • Indoor pool with swim lanes, hot tubs, and water slide
  • Fitness center, yoga studio, Wellbeats™ fitness

Dazzlin’ Deals
Starting January 6th and taking place throughout the month of January, head over to our award-winning Glacial Waters Spa and enjoy an abundance of Dazzlin’ Deals. Each day of the week (Monday through Friday) features different deals from buy-one-get-one massages on Tuesdays to 30% off retail items on Thursdays! Stay with us Sunday-Thursday for $65/person per night.

Glacial Waters Spa Director Lisa Miles says you don’t want to miss out on these specials. “Our Dazzlin’ Deals promotion is one of a kind. It’s really fun since each day corresponds with a different deal, ensuring that no matter when you come you are sure to find something new and exciting!” Our Dazzlin’ Deals promo is the perfect opportunity to check out the spa for the first time or for long-time spa-goers to continue the relaxing and rejuvenating tradition. “We are so excited to host you in January at Glacial Waters Spa. Book your appointment and come witness for yourself the relaxing and rejuvenating properties of glacial waters,” Miles said. Glacial Water Spa is consistently ranked among the top spas in the country. Nestled in a soothing atmosphere of pines and nature, our spa is one of a kind. Make sure to come early and relax your mind and body in our complimentary steam room, sauna, and relaxation room. After your spa service, the relaxation does not have to stop. Head over to our outdoor jacuzzi at NorthPark or visit us at Cru for a delicious glass of wine.


Experience all the beautiful scenery and fun activities that a Minnesota winter has to offer right here at Grand View Lodge. Whether it’s curling up next to a cozy bonfire with your loved ones or exploring the 1,200 miles of snowmobile trails, there is something for everyone here at Grand View Lodge! Book your stay with us this January for an adventure-filled winter weekend!

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing
During the winter, The Pines Golf Course is transformed into a winter wonderland. The Pines Winter Recreation Center is comprised of 8 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails and offers complimentary snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals to all of our guests. You and your family will love exploring the beautiful Grand View grounds while surrounded by fluffy magical snow.

Outdoor hot tub
Located right outside of our new NorthPark recreation center, our 8,000-gallon hot tub is the perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring the northland. The hot tub is open year-round and has multiple private bays so even when busy, the jacuzzi still has that private, intimate feel.

Bring your own or visit our friends at Boats and Beyond Rentals to rent a snowmobile and explore the 1,200 miles of trails surrounding the resort. Speed down the trails with your friends and family and marvel at the beautiful views you discover along the way.

Ice Skating Rinks
You and your family will love skating hand-and-hand underneath twinkling lights on one of our two ice skating rinks. Take a leisurely skate or challenge your family in a friendly game of boot hockey. You will love the magical winter feeling that our ice-skating rinks bring!

Horse-drawn wagon rides
Every winter weekend at Grand View Lodge, we offer free horse-drawn wagon rides to all of our guests. Your family will love the memories made as two beautiful Clydesdales take you on a ride through our beautiful snow-covered property. Your loved ones will love being transported back in time as you listen to the clip-clop of the horses’ hooves and the jingle of their harnesses.

Wine and beer tastings
Every Saturday don’t miss out on our exclusive wine and beer tastings held right on our main property. Hear from our wine and craft beer experts as you taste delicious Minnesota-made beers and wines from all over the world. All tasting participants receive a coupon for a pint of beer or glass of wine to use during your stay. Make sure to sign up in advance

TAP Events – January 14 & 28, 2019
Join us for two unique and crafty events taking place right here in our Northwoods Pub! The Traveling Art Pub is visiting on two evenings in January. The TAP artist will to guide you as you paint a winter-themed work of art, all the while enjoying a beverage or two! Don’t worry if you are not a natural artist. The TAP artist will guide you through every stroke of the paintbrush so that even the newbies can create a beautiful piece of art!


The Brainerd Lakes Area is becoming a hub for craft breweries. There are 4 breweries in just a 20-mile radius of Grand View Lodge alone! Bring your family and friends to one of these cozy tap rooms to try some local beer and challenge your family in a board or card game!

The Brainerd area and downtown Nisswa offer some of the best shopping in the area! Nisswa, recently named Best Small Town in MN by WCCO, offers a huge variety of storefronts from unique gifts and clothing to home décor, and more! Don’t forget to check out Grand View’s Grand Outfitters connected to Grand View’s Main Lodge. Find the perfect cozy Northwoods hoodie with plaid, signature coffee mug, and so much more!

Mount Ski Gull
Mount Ski Gull, located just 15 minutes from Grand View Lodge’s main property, offers the perfect adventurous family-fun day. Strap on those skis or a snowboard or spend a day tubing down the snow-covered hill. You and your family are sure to never forget all the laughs and memories made at Mount Ski Gull! All our guests at Grand View Lodge receive 15% off ski, snowboard, or tubing pass when they show their room key.

Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous – January 17-18, 2020
Travel to our northern neighbor, Pequot Lakes, and experience this unique show of vintage and antique snowmobiles. Taking place the third weekend of January, the Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous is an event that is looked forward to every year by visitors and locals alike. Stop by to see who takes home the prizes of “oldest operational machine,” “best original antique,” or “best costume.” You won’t regret checking out this unique winter event for the whole family!


Book your stay today!
Don’t let yourself fall into those winter blues once the holidays are over! Book your stay at Grand View Lodge in January and experience all the fun, excitement, and relaxation that a Minnesota winter has to offer. Whether you find yourself exploring the winter wonderland that surrounds the resort on snowmobile or you find yourself reeling in that big fish during the Ice Fishing Extravaganza, there is never a dull moment to be had. We look forward to hosting you and your loved ones in the new year. We look forward to helping you create those life-long memories that you and your family will never forget.