2024 Nisswa Visitor Guide

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dining venues, retail and coffee outlets, and some of the best accommodations in the state.


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Brainerd’s most unique, shopping & dining destination The Northern Pacific Center is located in the heart of Brainerd, MN and features historic buildings that are home to several small businesses. The property also holds conventions, vendor markets and a boat show throughout the year. Follow the Northern Pacific Center on social media to stay up to date on all things happening on the property!

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WELCOME

WE’RE HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!

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CHAMBER STAFF Pam Dorion, President Kalie Jay, Operations Manager Kathy Reichenbach, Event Coordinator

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From left are Kathy Reichenbach, chamber event coordinator; Pamela Dorion, chamber president; and Kalie Jay, chamber operations manager.

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e would like to welcome you to Nisswa, Minnesota. Those of us who are fortunate enough to live here want everyone to come and enjoy life in the Northland. Generations of families have known this secret, and many consider it a second home spending time with us during the summer months. Why come to Nisswa? We have over 50 shops that line both sides of Main Street and side streets, many opened seven days a week during the busy summer months. You will find over 30 dining establishments, breweries, and some of the best coffee shops in our region - there is something for everyone. You may be looking for outdoor activities like biking. Hop on the Paul Bunyan trail - it runs right through our small town. From Brainerd to Bemidji the route is beautiful and challenging for bike riders of all abilities. You might be looking for the opportunity for boating, swimming, fishing, or kayaking in one of over the 400 lakes in Crow Wing County alone. Every season has something to offer so take advantage of the fall and winter in Nisswa. Snowmobile trails, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and ice skating top the list. We have plenty to offer throughout the area. The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce hosts several events during the year starting in January and running throughout the whole year. You can see a list of our events on the calendar pages that follow. There are a lot of lodging and camping options in Nisswa and something for everyone’s budget and expectations. You can see them listed in this guide. So, if you are planning that dream vacation or you are coming to town for one of our signature events, call on the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce to help those travel plans come alive. We look forward to seeing you in Nisswa, the preeminent place to live, visit, work, and play in the Lakes Area.


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NISSWA CHAMBER BOARD The 2023 Nisswa Chamber Board.

WE ASKED THE 2023 NISSWA CHAMBER BOARD

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NISSWA CHAMBER EVENT? TINA HERRON

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2024 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

FEBRUARY

JUNE

3 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza 16-18 Nisswa Winter Jubilee 18 Nisswa Fire Department Fishing Derby

5, 12 Turtle Races 19, 26 29 Majestic Pines Artisans and Crafters Market

APRIL 13 Miss Nisswa Pageant

MAY 3-4 Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes 11 Welcome Wanigan & Fishing Opener 16 Nisswa Chamber Membership Dinner & Citizen of the Year Celebration 18 Chocolate Walk

JULY 3 Freedom Days 6 Firecracker Run Up North 10, 17 Turtle Races 24, 31

SEPTEMBER 21 Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ 21 Fall Artisans and Crafters Market 26 Nisswa Chamber Pretty Good Golf Tournament

NOVEMBER 29 Nisswa City of Lights

AUGUST 7 Turtle Races 9-10 Crazy Days 14 Turtle Races 15-18 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

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TURTLE RACES

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he 61st year of the Nisswa Turtle Races kicks off on Wednesday, June 5! Registration starts at 1 p.m., and racing starts at 2 p.m. - rain or shine! For $5 you get to race a turtle and keep your commemorative Turtle Race button! The Official Turtle Track is located just behind the Chamber Welcome Center along the Paul Bunyan State Trail in downtown Nisswa. The day starts with heat races, and those winners move on to race for the Grand Champion medal! All the winners receive great prizes from our fantastic Turtle Race sponsors.

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After the championship race, there are several specialty races: Resort Race, Tiny Tots Race, Out-of-State Race, Grandparents Race, Cabin Race and Locals Race. These are all included in your $5 fee lots of fun to be had! Mounted Eagles Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, a local nonprofit, provides the Turtle Wranglers and takes great care of our turtles throughout the season. Make sure you mark Turtle Races on your calendar - it’s one you don’t want to miss! The last race of the season is Wednesday, August 14.

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FREEDOM DAYS

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isswa is the place to be for the Independence Day holiday! July 3 brings Freedom Days, Nisswa’s annual celebration of the red, white and blue. Throughout the day you can enjoy shopping, food, Water Wars, Turtle Races and much, much more. The highlight of the day is the Freedom Days Parade at 7 p.m. Visitors line both sides of the streets to watch the best parade around! Over 10,000 people come to Nisswa to celebrate with us. In 2024, we again are extremely excited to bring you FIREWORKS! Come for the parade, and stay for a great fireworks show to celebrate the USA.

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FALL FESTIVAL

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all in Nisswa is always spectacular, with the ever-changing leaves, warm sunshine and crisp air. Celebrate the change in seasons with the Nisswa Fall Festival on Saturday, September 21, in downtown Nisswa! The Nisswa Fall Festival has been a community tradition for 49 years. The day kicks off with a delicious pancake breakfast fundraiser put on by the Nisswa Fire Department. The activities throughout the day include a medallion hunt, cornhole tournament, kid’s activities, a craft sale and live music. Enjoy the scents of delicious BBQ wafting through town as the competitors in the Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge prepare their best ribs for the judges and the public to taste. Get your VIP tickets to enjoy a great meal along with your ribs, or enjoy single ribs. It's a great day to enjoy Nisswa with the whole family!

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CITY OF LIGHTS

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xperience the magic of the holiday season in Nisswa! The Christmas season kicks off on Friday, November 29, with the 43rd annual Nisswa City of Lights Festival. Transport yourself into a holiday movie scene while you take in the sights and sounds of downtown Nisswa. There are hundreds of thousands of beautiful Christmas lights strung throughout town from the storefronts, trees, gazebo, park and beyond. Bonfires are lit along the Paul Bunyan Trail to keep you warm, wagon rides take you around town to enjoy the sights, Santa is ready to hear your wishes and his live reindeer are ready to meet you! Listen to a reading of “The Polar Express,” enjoy hot cocoa, take in a live nativity scene, and experience carolers throughout town. The crown jewel of the evening is a fireworks show at 7 p.m. There isn’t a bad place to view the show downtown! Turn your eyes to the sky as the dazzling colors explode against a dark sky over a blanket of fresh snow. Cold weather fireworks are a must see! The Nisswa City of Lights Festival is always held the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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BRAINERD JAYCEES ICE FISHING EXTRAVAGANZA Saturday, February 3, 2024

NISSWA WINTER JUBILEE

Friday-Sunday, February 16-18, 2024 Continue your celebration of winter and the outdoors by venturing to Nisswa for the 51st annual Nisswa Winter Jubilee! Enter the snow sculpture contest, search for the medallion, try your hand at the wood splitting contest, gather your friends for smoosh racing - the fun never ends! If outdoor winter fun isn’t for you, check out the cornhole tournament, live music and dancing at The Pickle Factory and the Nisswa American Legion. The Nisswa Fire Department hosts its annual fishing derby from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, on Nisswa Lake. The cost is just $5 per hole - a perfect family friendly fishing contest!

BRAINERD JAYCEES RUN FOR THE LAKES Friday-Saturday, May 3-4, 2024

If you like running, consider participating in the 17th annual Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes, which offers a marathon, half marathon, relay marathon, 10K and 5K races, as well as a 1K kids run. The full marathon course is certified by US Track and Field and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. No matter the length of race you choose, the route will take you through the beautiful scenery that Nisswa has to offer. All proceeds from the volunteer-run race are donated to nonprofits in the Nisswa area. Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024 | 17

AREA EVENTS

Head outside to spend a few hours on the ice on Hole in the Day Bay on Gull Lake for the 34th annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Thousands of anglers will again claim a hole in the ice off Highway 371 just south of downtown Nisswa from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 3, with hopes of catching a fish that will net them a big prize. Proceeds from the contest benefit area charities, most notably Confidence Learning Center.


LAKES JAM MUSIC FESTIVAL Thursday-Saturday, June 27-29, 2024

Country and rock fans alike will flock to Brainerd International Raceway for Lakes Jam, an annual outdoor music festival that unites fans of both music genres and of all ages for three days of great music. BIR, located between Nisswa and Baxter on Highway 371, is an excellent venue for this event. Headliners this year include Jake Owen and Tyler Hubbard on the country side. Other country acts include Joe Nichols, Conner Smith, Deana Carter, Mark Chesnutt, Chayce Beckham, George Birge and more! Visit lakesjam.com to find the rock performers.

NISSWA FIRECRACKER RUN UP NORTH Saturday, July 6, 2024

The Nisswa Firecracker 10K, 5K and Kids Run will wrap up Nisswa’s celebration of Freedom Days on Saturday, July 6. Known for its laidback atmosphere, the Nisswa Firecracker Run Up North boasts a Slip n’ Slide, a bubble machine, crawfish boil and free PBR at the finish line. The race starts on Main Street in Nisswa and weaves through town on a scenic tour along Lower Cullen Lake, finishing at the Nisswa Community Center. A great race for the whole family!

LAKES AREA MUSIC FESTIVAL July & August 2024

The Lakes Area Music Festival established in 2009 by area resident Scott Lykins - returns for its 16th annual season in July 2024. The music festival connects the performers and audience through classical music and inspiring education. Performances range from chamber music and symphonic orchestra to productions of opera and ballet. Artists from the top orchestras and opera companies in the world, including the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Metropolitan Opera, travel to central Minnesota. Concerts are scheduled over the first three weeks in August. More information can be found at lakesareamusic.org. 18 | Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024


NISSWA CRAZY DAYS

Friday-Saturday, August 9-10, 2024 Nisswa retailers go a little crazy and offer crazy discounts during Nisswa Crazy Days. Merchandise lines the sidewalks and spills out onto the street as shoppers pack the town to browse for good buys. Whether you are looking for home decor, clothing, artwork, toys or shoes, there’s something for everyone! Come early to get the best deals before they are gone. This long-standing tradition is a can’t miss for locals and visitors alike!

LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS AT BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Thursday-Sunday, August 15-18, 2024 The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals will attract thousands of race fans to Brainerd International Raceway, located just minutes from Nisswa. This event features the world’s best drag racers, fastest cars, the most loyal race fans and an experience like no other. At center stage are four days of groundpounding, lightning fast, blow your mind drag racing at BIR - the fastest drag strip in the country.

PGA TOUR CANADA CRMC CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT Monday-Sunday, August 26-September 1, 2024 - Cragun’s Legacy Courses

For the third year, Cragun’s Legacy Courses will host the PGA Tour Canada CRMC Championship Golf Tournament. This is a part of a series of tournaments played across Canada, and for the second year in Minnesota, with the top 10 money-winners at the end of the season earning Korn Ferry Tour status, which is a step below the PGA Tour. More information and tickets can be found at crmcchampionship.com. Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024 | 19


NISSWA LEGENDS

JOE HAEG HAS ENJOYED A LONG NFL CAREER

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oe Haeg said he has been blessed to have a lengthy NFL career. And now he’s ”paying back” the community where his football career started. Haeg, an offensive lineman who played with NFL teams over seven seasons, attended Nisswa Elementary School and eventually Brainerd High School, where he graduated in 2011. Haeg graduated from North Dakota State University where he won five FCS National Championships from 2011-2015. He was then drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round of the 2016 draft. After three years with the Colts, Haeg signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won a Super Bowl title in 2020. He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021 and with the Cleveland Browns in 2022. He was released by the Browns in the summer of 2023. “I’m currently a free agent,” the 30-year-old Haeg said in November. “I’ve had (NFL) teams show interest, but I’m waiting for the right fit if that comes available. I’m looking for the right opportunity for myself and my family.” In the meantime, Haeg has been participating in activities back in the Brainerd lakes area. He plans to host his third annual golf tournament in the summer of 2024, which is part of his Game Winning Drive charity that benefits the Brainerd High School football program. “The golf tourney has been great to raise money for the (BHS) football program,” Haeg said. “My passion is to find ways to give back to the community. I was also a celebrity judge for the Nisswa Turtle Races last year.”

Joe Haeg was a celebrity judge for the Nisswa Turtle Races.

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As for his next career, Haeg admits he’s not sure what it will be. “I went to school for civil engineering,” he said, “but it has been seven years since I was in college. I would probably need to go back and retake some classes. There are different ways my (career) could go.” Haeg already has many football memories to cherish, even if he doesn’t play another snap in an NFL game. “I’m proud of how my career has gone,” he said. “I dreamed about being a (Minnesota) Twin, Viking or NHL player. It’s crazy how I got to this point - going back to having an opportunity to walk on at NDSU and pursue my engineering degree. That was a life-changing opportunity. Playing football has been a blast. I’ve met so many amazing people.” Joe Haeg played for three years with the Indianapolis Colts.

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isswa starts to really come alive in spring. The trees are green, the flowers are blooming, and everyone is thawing out after a beautiful Nisswa winter. Spring brings a favorite Minnesota tradition - fishing opener. Anglers from all over the state travel to Nisswa to try their hand at catching

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walleye and northern pike in early May. Golf courses open and golfers get out to play a round. The Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes brings runners around the scenic Nisswa area as they participate in 1K, 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon races - a Boston Marathon qualifier!

SUMMER

here is nowhere quite like Nisswa in the summertime. People from all over the country - and the world - travel to Nisswa to enjoy all the area has to offer. Our lakes offer great fishing spots, perfect sandy swimming areas, and lots of room for skiing, tubing and wakeboarding. Our parks are full of families enjoying the nice, warm days. Nisswa’s stores are full of fantastic items for shoppers to peruse. Restaurants have their decks and patios open to enjoy a meal in the fresh air. Golf courses are abuzz with players hitting the greens. Bikers, runners and Turtle Track is full of kids (and kids at Rollerbladers hit the Paul Bunyan Trail heart) trying their hand at racing turtles for some exercise. On Wednesdays, the in our famous weekly Turtle Races!

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FALL

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all brings a crispness to the air in Nisswa. It is a perfect time to take a scenic drive or a walk down the Paul Bunyan Trail as the leaves begin to change. The kids go back to school, and the streets are filled with couples enjoying a romantic getaway or a group of friends in town for a relaxing weekend. September brings our annual Fall Festival & Smokin’ Hot BBQ Challenge, where competitors take a stab at smoking their very best ribs! There’s still great golfing, fishing and boating to enjoy in the fall.

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inter comes, snow falls, and Nisswa is transformed into a scene straight out of a holiday movie. The day after Thanksgiving, Nisswa is lit up for the City of Lights celebration. Lights twinkle up and down the street, holiday shopping is in full swing, and folks sip hot chocolate while taking in the sights. A fantastic fireworks show lights up the night to kick off the holiday season! Things are in full swing at Mount Ski Gull as skiers, snowboarders and tubers make their way down the hill. The area is full of snowmobilers enjoying the hundreds of miles of trails the lakes area has to offer. Lakes become small cities as ice fishermen bring out their fish houses and try their luck at catching the big one!

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IMPROVEMENTS GUIDED BY A MASTER PLAN ARE IN THE WORKS

isswa already has great parks. Now a master parks and recreation plan will ensure those parks get even

better. The master plan will guide the city’s investments in parks and recreation for the next 20 years as the city looks at how best to take care of what it has and where changes and new ideas can have the most impact. The plan mainly focuses on Nisswa’s existing city park, as well as city-owned parkland on Camp Lincoln Road. Nisswa’s vision is to “provide an interconnected, highly accessible, citywide recreational system with adequate public and private amenities that offer diverse and quality indoor and outdoor recreation for all.” Overview A survey of park users showed paved trails and the city playground are the most used park features. People want access to water for recreation, with a beach or splash pad being the most desired elements. Also desired are standalone pickleball courts, natural resources enhancement, additional playground features and more trails. Nisswa offers exceptional recreational offerings for a community of its size. Parks are centrally focused, and outstanding new investments and park development include the Gull Lake Trail and Nisswa Lake Park. Nisswa City Park The idea is to enhance what the park offers to ensure the facilities are great for the next generation of park users. To this end, plans call for improving circulation and improving the city park as a year-round destination. Also important are adding pickleball and tennis courts, a “destination playground,” covered ice rink and improving the softball and baseball fields. Camp Lincoln Park This park will be kept natural but with restrooms and parking. It will offer nature trails, signs telling the cultural and ecological story of the parkland, and will keep the site and Camp Lincoln Road natural and quiet in character. Find the master plan on the city’s website at https://bit.ly/3m7qnbe.

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PARKS Nisswa City Park Nisswa City Park is located at the north end of Main Street in downtown Nisswa. It offers a playground, picnic area, ballfields, public restrooms, a warming house and two ice skating rinks - a full-sized hockey rink and a smaller rink for more recreational skating. Nisswa Lake Park Nisswa Lake Park is located on the south end of Nisswa, on the other side of Highway 371 from downtown, and is accessible to bikers, walkers and inline skaters through the pedestrian tunnel. This 2.1-acre lakeside park offers access to Nisswa Lake, and provides a beautiful recreational area with a walking trail, observation areas, picnic shelter, benches, boat docking facilities and an outdoor classroom. The park is adjacent to the public water access on Nisswa Lake, and is easily accessible by car or on foot. By car, it’s located on Hazelwood Drive, directly across from downtown Nisswa and Highway 371. Pocket Park Adjacent to the pedestrian tunnel is the Pocket Park that offers bench seating, a bird’s-eye view of the south end of town and a relaxing spot to enjoy that treat you just got in Nisswa.

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Fritz Loven Park Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore boasts tall trees, a babbling brook and wildlife. The 80-acre park is home to Stony Brook, a picnic pavilion with electrical outlets, a playground, restrooms, and trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. From Highway 371 in Nisswa, go west on County Road 77 into Lake Shore to Cass County Road 78 at Bar Harbor. Go right on Cass County Road 78 and then right on Ridge Road. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gull Lake Recreation Area This corps of engineers area offers a playground for kids and fishing area at the campground, in addition to a beach and boat launch. From Nisswa, take Highway 371 south on County Road 125 (Gull Lake Dam Road). Go right and follow to the campground, park and beach. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cross Lake Recreation Area This corps of engineers area offers a playground for kids at the campground, in addition to beaches. Located at the Pine River Dam in Crosslake, this park is on Crow Wing County Road 3, with the entrance directly across from the intersection of Country Roads 3 and 66.

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US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CROSS LAKE RECREATION AREA 35507 County Road 66 Crosslake, MN 56442 Conveniently located right off County Road 66 in Crosslake, you’ll find the Cross Lake Recreation Area. They have a great swimming beach with a playground and picnic tables. The recreation area also includes a boat launch, over 100 campsites, several fishing docks, picnic shelters, restrooms, fish cleaning, a dump station and more! Located just 25 minutes northeast of Nisswa.

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US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS GULL LAKE RECREATION AREA 10867 East Gull Lake Drive Brainerd, MN 56401 Situated on Government Point at the Gull River outlet on Gull Lake, the Gull Lake Recreation Area has a lot to offer! Swim at the beautiful sandy beach, complete with picnic tables, a play area, changing rooms and restrooms! Just steps away you’ll find the boat launch and fish cleaning area. The Gull Lake Recreation Area also includes a campground with shower houses, fishing area, canoe access, a dump station, a playground and picnic shelters. Located just 15 minutes south of Nisswa.

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PELICAN LAKE BEACH 27203 Pelican Lake Road Merrifield, MN 56465 Pelican Beach is a no-fuss hidden gem. Featuring a huge sandy, shallow beach, it’s a perfect spot to take small kids or to float. Restrooms are available. Located just 15 minutes east of Nisswa. WHIPPLE BEACH RECREATIONAL AREA 14441 Oakwood Drive Baxter, MN 56425 Whipple Beach has it all! They have a HUGE soft, sandy beach and a great large swimming area. You’ll also find playgrounds, a boat launch, fishing pier, pavilion, trails, and clean restrooms. Located just 20 minutes south of Nisswa.

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Paul Bunyan Trail Map Gull Lake Trail

Paul Bunyan Trail Crow Wing State Park to Baxter/Brainerd .. 13 mi. Baxter/Brainerd to Merrifield .............................. 9 mi. Merrifield to Nisswa .................................................. 7 mi. Nisswa to Pequot Lakes.......................................... 6 mi. Pequot Lakes to Jenkins ........................................ 3 mi. Jenkins to Pine River ................................................ 6 mi. Pine River to Backus ................................................ 9 mi. Backus to Hackensack ............................................ 8 mi. Hackensack to Walker .......................................... 23 mi.

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Fairview Township has the longest trail portion at 7.8 miles. The north (3.1 mile) segment extends from Sandy Point Road to a half mile south of Sunshine’s Summerhouse, with a .6-mile gap in the middle that still must be completed. The southern 3.1 miles extends from Hunters Ridge Trail to Wood Drive/East Gull Lake. Paul Bunyan Trail The Paul Bunyan Trail runs 115 miles, including through downtown Nisswa. This multi-use recreational trail built on a former railroad bed has long been used by those who like to walk, hike, bike, inline skate and snowmobile. The trail extends from Crow Wing State Park south of Brainerd to Lake Bemidji State Park in Bemidji. Area communities the trail travels through include Brainerd, Baxter, Merrifield, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Jenkins, Pine River, Backus and Hackensack. Nisswa offers trail access, a parking lot, rest area and public restrooms for trail users.

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NISSWA IS ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE educational and recreational experiences for people of all ages with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Bring your whole family to enjoy fishing, ziplining, the giant slide, the nature center and more fun activities for everyone. The Paul Bunyan Trail is another great option for everyone. Bike, walk, Rollerblade, skate, roll - everyone can enjoy it. Take in the beautiful sights of the lakes area as you go along. Bring a picnic lunch or stop at one of the area’s great restaurants or breweries along the trail. Wildlife is abundant - you never know what you might see! We mean it when we say bring EVERYONE to Nisswa - we can’t wait to see you!

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any times, accessibility can be a roadblock for families looking to enjoy their vacation destination. Not in Nisswa - we truly make sure that there is fun for everyone! Take Nisswa Falls Mini Golf, for example. When the course was being designed, owner Bob Johnson made sure to include 9 holes that are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. So whether you’re on feet or on wheels, they have you covered. They even have special golf clubs made for those in a wheelchair! Confidence Learning Center is located a short drive from Nisswa on Sylvan Lake. They provide year-round outdoor

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TRADITION CONTINUES

WE TEND TO BE THE FIRST STOP WHEN THEY GET INTO TOWN AND WE ALSO TEND TO BE THE ONE THEY MAKE SURE THEY HIT ON THEIR WAY OUT. IT’S BECOME SUCH A TRADITION. - KELSEY BEAN

THE CHOCOLATE OX’S MAGICAL EXPERIENCE CONTINUES 20-YEAR EMPLOYEE CARRIES ON TRADITION AS OWNER

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elsey Bean has owned The Chocolate Ox candy and ice cream store in Nisswa for the past year, but many likely recognize her from years gone by. Bean started working at the popular downtown Nisswa store as a high school sophomore, never dreaming it would become her career. “This was technically my first job I ever had,” Bean said. Rob and Loriese Stoll bought the former Nisswa Country Store in 2003 and renamed it The Chocolate Ox. Bean joined them a year later, in 2004. “And here I am 20 years later,” she said. After graduating from Brainerd High School in 2006, Bean earned a teaching degree from St. Cloud State University four years later. She was an elementary school teacher for 15 years with the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District. In all that time, she never left The Chocolate Ox. She continued working there during the summers while in high school and college, as well as while teaching. “I would teach during the week and then help on the weekends,” Bean said. She managed the downtown location for 18 years. 34 | Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024

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“We’ve worked so hard to make this a magical experience and to make this such a tradition for families that it was important to me after being here for so long - I was so invested in it - I wanted to make sure that it continued,” Bean said of agreeing to buy the business. “This has turned into a destination, a tradition for a lot of families,” she said. “We tend to be the first stop when they get into town and we also tend to be the one they make sure they hit on their way out. It’s become such a tradition.” She sees kids she first met in car seats who have now graduated from college and still visit the Nisswa staple. “It’s so fun to see what it’s turned into … to make it such a magical experience that it becomes a family tradition,” she said. Staff plays a big part in the business’s success, and Bean praises the staff retention. So many people begin work there while in high school and stay through their college years for a total of five to eight years. Bean works hard, but life hasn’t always been easy. In September 2021, her husband, Chris Bean, died of a heart aneurysm at age 35. They’d been together for 17 years and married for 10 years. He had just opened a medical supply business that Bean now owns. She’d teach during the day and do medical business work at night while still filling in at The Chocolate Ox as well. “It’s important to me to honor that legacy he had,” she said of her husband’s business. She resigned her teaching position in June 2022 to give herself a break. Becoming owner of The Chocolate Ox last year was a perfect fit. “I’m such a people person. My parents

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WELCOME CENTER

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he Nisswa Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center is 10 years old. A new Welcome Center was built 10 years ago to house the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce. It is located in downtown Nisswa, right on the Paul Bunyan Trail. The welcome center is the best place in the area to find all the information for your stay in the Lakes Area. We have brochures, maps and books to help you plan your days and nights while on vacation. We are open all year long! Visit us weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.2 p.m. We have added Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the summer.

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If you live here, we have great information for your guests and information for you to plan a little getaway to another location. If you’re new in town, we can be a valuable resource of information for what Nisswa has to offer and how to get tied in to the community. The Welcome Center has restrooms and a water fountain and is open 24 hours a day, every day. It is a great stop if you are in town shopping or just passing through while out enjoying the Paul Bunyan Trail. We even have a water station to quench your pets’ thirst. Be sure to stop and see us!

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NISSWA TIMELINE

HISTORY OF

NISSWA Curly Head and his band settled in the Gull Lake Area

1801

Tracks were laid by the Brainerd and Northern MN Railroad

1880 Charles A. Pillsbury formed the Gull River Logging Company to log areas accessible by water

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Name of Smiley changed to Nisswa. Nisswa is Ojibwe word meaning three.

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Thurlow’s Hardware Store

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GENERATIONS OF TRADITION

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BY TERESA SUTTER n the summer of 1944, my grandma and grandpa loaded up their car in Peoria, Illinois, “borrowed” some extra gas coupons (as rationing was still going on) and headed over 600 miles north to visit their friend, Bill Urban, a fellow centralIllinoisan, who had recently been deeded a resort on Upper Gull Lake in Nisswa, Minnesota, as a debt payment. They spent a week fishing, playing cards, enjoying the water and the woods, and reveling in time away from their five children. At the end of the week, Grandma and Grandpa vowed to return, not realizing then that their descendants wouldn’t miss a summer in Nisswa for the next 80 years. In 1946, Grandma and Grandpa decided to bring their six kids along on the annual trip to Urban’s Resort, this time staying for three weeks. They loaded up their ’38 Plymouth, spent the night in Black River Falls and arrived in Nisswa two days later. Thus began the tradition of my mom and her five siblings spending three weeks each summer in Nisswa. They played on the dock (which all five cabins shared) and on the slide in the lake, caught frogs, worms and minnows, fished and swam in the water for hours, and picked blueberries and raspberries. My uncle tells the story of sneaking into the icehouse and grabbing chunks of ice to slide down the hill into Upper Gull Lake when Grandma and Grandpa were dancing, gambling and enjoying a night out at Bar Harbor Supper Club. In the ‘50s, as my mom and her siblings entered their teenage years, they became good friends with many locals such as the 40 | Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024

Castners and the Schmidt kids, whose parents were the caretakers of Urban’s Resort. Not having a boat themselves, my mom and her four sisters spent the first few days finding boys that did! They’d often head down to the clubhouse at Cold Springs Resort to play pool, listen to music, pick up a game of ping pong and enjoy ice cream on a hot summer night while swatting the mosquitoes away. In the mid-’60s my mom met my dad on a blind date and he happened to own a boat! She convinced him to drive his boat

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up from Towanda, Illinois, to Nisswa for a week one summer. Dad stayed at Cold Springs Resort with a friend, taking my mom and her siblings out the Gull Lake Chain in his boat for skiing, fishing, swimming and cruising. Mom and Dad married in ’66 and shortly thereafter, my mom’s sister bought a cabin on Upper Gull. Mom and Dad and my uncle soon followed suit, buying a property on Upper Gull as well. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, my parents loaded their five kids and an assortment of cats and dogs into the pickup and drove the 600+ miles north to spend the summer in Nisswa! My siblings and I spent our summer days fishing, swimming, learning to ski from mom - who would take off from the dock - boat riding, chasing waves in our flivver and just having the time of our lives. Each morning began with a turtling trip to Stoney Brook or Cold Springs to catch turtles for the turtle races. Soon Mom had the idea of renting out turtles to kids at the resorts who didn’t have them and in the late ‘70s, we became the first turtle brokers, renting out turtles for $1 and giving you back 25 cents if you returned the turtle to us at the end of the race. Grandma never joined us for the turtle races, but always wanted to know which turtles were the best racers! In the evenings, we’d play cards at the cabin or catfish at the dock while listening to The Power Loon. Mom and Dad would on occasion meet up with her sister and brother and local friends and have a night out at Bar Harbor. Our older cousins down the lake would drive over in their boat to babysit. We’d boat into Nisswa and dock at the Marina

and head to the DQ or A&W for a rootbeer float and mini-golf. Sometimes if we were lucky, we’d all go to the Big Slide and ride down in the gunnysacks! Of course, no summer trip to Nisswa was complete without a visit to the Paul Bunyan Center where Paul would say your name and wave at you. We always hoped for a few rainy days so we could head into town and get a grab bag at the Totem Pole or a new pair of Minnetonka moccasins at Zaiser’s during Crazy Days. Then we’d pick up a Mary Etta’s pie for dessert and head back home to the lake for Bar Harbor’s happy hour and the soup of the day; if we were lucky, it was beer cheese! We’d read the Ripley’s Believe It or Not napkins, fill up on popcorn and play the pull-tabs before riding into Big Gull and swimming at Party Cove. In the late ‘80s, my parents sold their cabin, but we still traveled to Nisswa each year to stay with our cousins or at Point Narrows resort. Soon, my siblings and cousins began having kids of their own and in the late ‘90s, the fourth generation began to

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discover the joys of a Nisswa summer! My niece got to experience first hand the delight of three generations of family members simultaneously shouting at you the proper skiing form from the pontoon boat while you freeze in Lake Margaret begging them to just “hit it!” After a day on the lake, we’d head into the Chocolate Ox for happy hour and stop by the Pickle Factory to get the new shirt for the summer. We have a quilt with Pickle Factory shirts! At the end of the summer, as we’d begin the trip back to Illinois, we always stop by the mini-donut stand to get a few more cinnamon sugar treats before the long ride home. In the mid-2010s my cousin purchased a cabin on Booming Out Bay on Big Gull and the fifth generation will get to experience the beauty, wonder and unbridled happiness that is Nisswa, Minnesota! Six kids, 23 grandkids and five generations later, we are so grateful to my grandparents for deciding that Missouri would likely be just too hot, and Nisswa, Minnesota, sounded like a much better place to fish.

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SHOPPING

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The wonderful thing about shopping in Nisswa is that there is something for everyone - home decor, clothing, sporting goods, shoes, gifts, cards, books, toys or jewelry. Look for the choices you have in ice cream or candy. You might stop for a haircut or make an appointment to visit the dentist, or perhaps it’s time to investigate purchasing some local real estate. From the American Legion on down to the Dairy Queen, we can accommodate any want or need you might have. You can stroll the entire downtown and find plenty of outdoor seating, or stop at one of the many restaurants and coffee shops for a drink or a bite to eat. Most shops are open 7 days a week during the height of the season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Shops will vary their hours throughout the holiday season and into winter. A handful of shops close for the winter and reopen in the spring. If you’d like more information about Nisswa stores, the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center is in the heart of downtown and is open 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and six days a week otherwise. Plenty of parking and fun awaits in downtown Nisswa! We are a special destination spot in the lakes area. Come and see for yourself.

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NEW BUSINESSES

MEET NISSWA’S NEWEST BUSINESSES

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ngry Minnow is a clothing boutique that offers unique clothing and accessories with a vintage style to turn heads. Adirondack, located at 25469 Main Street in Nisswa, is under new ownership and serves a full espresso bar, fresh-roasted coffee, homemade bakery items and tasty breakfasts. They source locally, if practical, organic/sustainable whenever possible. Chocolate Ox has a new owner, Kelsey Bean, and two great locations - one on Main Street and one on the Grand View Lodge property. Kelsey has been a long-term employee who when offered the opportunity to take over the candy business - she couldn’t say no. Crew is located in the Nisswa Square and features gifts for modern living. Simply MN is Nisswa’s newest gift shop for unique gifts and souvenirs located 25527 Main Street in Nisswa. Nisswa Tuxedo, located at 23518 Smiley Road Nisswa – right next to Emily Kaye Bridal – is your one-stop shopping experience for men’s rental, sales and tailoring of tuxedos. Lakeshore Love is a lingerie boutique in the upstairs of Carriage Commons on Main Street. Norte’ will open this Spring 2024 and will be located next to Dairy Queen in Nisswa. This will be Nisswa’s newest restaurant and will have a street taco and tequila theme.

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t’s hard to go anywhere these days and not find a brewery, and the Nisswa area is no exception. We have Big Axe Brewing Company right downtown, Roundhouse Brewery just minutes away, and Jack Pine Brewery down the road in Baxter. They all make top-notch beers. But what if you don’t drink? I am here to tell you that it doesn’t matter - you can still have a great time at a brewery! Big Axe Brewing Company offers house-made root beer and cream soda. They have an exceptional dining menu, with everything from cheese curds to tacos, burgers to walleye dinners, brisket sandwiches and smoked trout dip. They have a fantastic patio where you can soak up the sun by the awesome mural. They offer several fun activities, such as live music, trivia, karaoke, painting nights, burger specials, wing specials and Happy Hour to Help. Plus the patio is dog friendly and they are also kid friendly! Roundhouse Brewery has a cool atmosphere with a train theme throughout. You can sip on their house-made kombucha or root beer. The Dining Car offers appetizers like pretzel bites and pot stickers. Follow that up with a wrap, sandwich, burger or their very own beer brat produced in partnership with Schaefer’s Foods. Check out their killer live music lineup, trivia, and even try your hand at ax throwing. Their Union Station event space can host your next event as well. Jack Pine Brewery is situated among the pines in a cozy

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DINING

PLACES TO DINE A & W Restaurant (218) 963-4361 www.facebook.com/awnisswa/ 5446 Lakers Lane, Nisswa

Nisswa’s A&W Restaurant is located in downtown since 1966, right across the street from First Western Bank & Trust. Open seasonally, May through September. You will find great burgers, hot dogs, chicken, fries, onion rings, cheese curds, floats, ice cream, and of course, fantastic Draft A&W Root Beer!

Adirondack Coffee (218) 967-0111 www.lovemymug.com 25469 Main Street, Nisswa www.facebook.com/ AdirondackCoffeeShop

The most important thing to know about us: we love food! Whether cooking, serving, eating, or just talking about it, food is our profession and our passion. You’ll find a menu of what you might expect, mouth-watering pasta, but you’ll also see familiar staples like flat bread pizzas and Bruschetta. And of course, no hardy Italian meal starts without a salad and bread. ​But what is Italian food without the wine? We offer a large selection of wine to pair beautifully with your Italian tastebuds. Not sure what works? Just ask one of our friendly servers and they’ll help you choose with samples and expertise.

Baxter’s Bar & Grill (218) 822-3663 www.arrowwoodbrainerdlodge.com 6967 Lake Forest Road, Baxter

Located at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lake - Baxter’s Bar & Grill offers northwoods dining at its finest! Open Wednesday/Thursday: 3:00-9:00 Dinner with bar until 11:00pm, Friday: 3:00-9:00 Dinner with bar until Midnight , and Saturday: 11:00am - 9:00 Dinner with bar until Midnight. Serving appetizers and small plates, dinner specials, fresh pasta dishes, salads, hand-tossed pizzas with their own twist, sandwiches and desserts. Fresh and locally grown food is incorporated with prices that fit every budget.

Coffee, breakfast & lunch on Main Street in Nisswa

American Legion – Nisswa (218) 963-9946 www.nisswalegion.com 25807 Main Street, Nisswa

Barajas Mexican Bar and Grill (218) 568-9950

Barajas offers delicious Mexican dishes ranging from tacos to enchiladas, fajitas, nachos and more. Sip a specialty margarita while you enjoy your meal!

Big Axe Brewing Company (218) 961-2337 www.bigaxebrewing.com 25435 Main Street, Nisswa

Nisswa American Legion, the “Gettogether Place”, is open to the public serving lunch Monday-Saturday 11:30am2:30pm. Play Bingo Wednesdays 6:30pm and Sundays 3:30pm, Meat Raffle Fridays 4:30pm and pull tabs every day! Enjoy Burger Mondays, Mexican Night Tuesdays, Wing Night Thursdays and Friday Night dinners. See you at the “Get-together Place”.

Big Axe Brewing Company serves the freshest, finest quality brews, homemade root beer and delicious food. Grab a bite from Big Axe Kitchen, options including burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and daily specials. The dog friendly patio and kid’s menu make Big Axe enjoyable for the entire family. OPEN DAILY, year ‘round.

OPEN EVERYDAY

BEER &

FOOD PATIO SEATING LIVE MUSIC EVENTS FAMILY FRIENDLY Check our website or facebook page for weekly specials and events

25435 MAIN ST

Baia Della Italian Kitchen (218) 824-6444 Baiadellaitaliankitchen.com 15115 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425

NISSWA, MN 56468 • 218-961-2337

www.bigaxebrewing.com

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Blaze Pizza (218) 453-0088 | http://blazepizza.com 14398 Dellwood Dr. N, Baxter, MN

Get fired up with Fast-Fire’d Pizzas from Blaze! Made just the way you want. Order online for delivery or pickup.

Cowboy’s (218) 963-6200 www.cowboysoflakeshore.com 8385 Interlachen Road, Lake Shore

We are your neighborhood restaurant and pride ourselves on providing excellent service and really good casual food. We try hard - very hard - to personally greet you with an open door and a big welcoming smile. Until we meet again, Happy Trails to You!

BREEZY POINT RESORT

*Antlers Restaurant (218) 562-7162 • www.breezypointresort.com 7891 County Road 11, Breezy Point

Enjoy premium aged steaks, walleye, scallops, large shrimp and more in a casual, upscale setting; or dine on the patio overlooking Antlers Gardens and Whitebirch golf course. Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week, May through October with late fall/winter open hours Wednesday-Sunday at 4:30pm for dinner.

* Dockside (218) 562-7170 • www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Drive, Breezy Point

Located in the heart of Breezy Point Resort, Dockside serves family friendly entrees on their lake level patio. After 9pm, Dockside is for adults with live bands 6 nights a week, May-September. There are tributes on the deck; Johnny Cash & Neil Diamond Fridays and Elvis on Saturdays mid-June through Labor Day. DJ Sundays summer and Friday and Saturdays Fall and winter.

*Marina II Restaurant (218) 562-7161 • www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Drive, Breezy Point

Marina II is located in the heart of Breezy Point Resort with wonderful water views of Breezy Bay. Breakfast is served 7 days a week year ‘round. Dinner is offered May through September, featuring premium steaks and prime rib served nightly, lobster, walleye, and lots of other good things. Family friendly dinners offered weekends November through February.


* Palmer’s Grille at Deacon’s Lodge (218) 562-6270 www.breezypointresort.com 9348 Arnold Palmer Drive, Breezy Point

* Legacy Bar and Grille (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun’s Drive, Brainerd

Open to the public, Palmer’s Grille is located in the Deacons Lodge Club House. Dine indoors or on the patio. Open for lunch and dinner May through mid-October serving appetizers, salads, gourmet burgers, steaks and seafood. Full bar and ice cold taps.

The Legacy Grille is open year-round. The menu provides a variety of options from appetizers, burgers, dinner entrees and more. Dine-in or on the large outdoor patio during our warmer months overlooking the emerald greens, ponds and rolling fairways of the newly renovated Cragun’s Legacy Golf Courses.

* The Coffee House (218) 562-7179 www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Drive, Breezy Point

* Lodge Dining Room 218-825-2700 www.craguns.com 11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd

Located in the heart of Breezy Point Resort, the “Coffee House” features a wide selection of the famous Caribou specialty coffees, homemade cinnamon & caramel rolls plus several flavors of scones, all locally made. The “Coffee House” also has a service counter featuring your favorite flavors of Kemps ice cream. Free Wi-Fi, comfortable seating, open daily throughout the year.

Dairy Queen – Nisswa (218) 963-2163 25312 S. Main Street, Nisswa

Enjoy a panoramic view of Gull Lake while dining on Cragun’s north style breakfast buffets or hot breakfast.

Dairy Queen’s classic Ice Cream Treats and Cakes. Also serving a limited menu of hot food items including Hot Dogs, Chili Dogs and Rotisserie Chicken Bites. Enjoy a treat on our patio. Order a cake for your next event on DQcakes.com! Open for the season Spring through early Fall.

CRAGUNS: * Bear Trap Lounge (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun’s Drive, Brainerd

Dock 77 (Quarterdeck) (218) 961-1177 • www.quarterdeckresort.com 9820 Birch Bay Drive SW County Road 77, Nisswa, MN 56468

Located in the main lodge of Cragun’s Resort, the newly renovated Bear Trap Lounge offers a new dining experience and lounge escape. A perfect place to retreat for an elevated bar experience. Call Cragun’s for hours and more information.

* Cabana Café (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun’s Drive, Brainerd Located by the indoor pool, the Cabana Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and light dinners based on occupancy. The Cafe menu includes coffee drinks, salads and wraps, burgers and sandwiches and a variety of snack items. Full cocktail service also available.

Located on the west side of Gull Lake, Dock 77 has the finest view (in many of our guests’ opinion) of Gull Lake. Come by boat, snowmobile, automobile or whatever mode you choose and try our tasty menu. If you are coming to see the lake, the view from the bar is absolutely breathtaking. And if you are an ice skater, our rink is lit! See you at the DOCK!

* Irma’s Kitchen (218) 825-2700 www.craguns.com 11000 Cragun’s Drive, Brainerd

Located on property, Irma’s Kitchen is open seasonally with fine dining options available for all. The seasonally menu is updated each summer with new offerings and handpicked by Cragun’s Executive Chef. Open for dinner mid-June through early September.

Dough Bros Woodfire (218) 454-4900 Doughbroswoodfire.com 14039 Edgewood Drive Baxter, MN 56425

We offer a truly unique atmosphere and dining experience, featuring mouth-watering handmade wood-fired pizza and sandwiches, beer, wine, craft cocktails and much more!

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*Northern Soul Smokehouse (218)568-4944 www.grandviewlodge.com 5506 Preserve Boulevard, Pequot Lakes, MN

At the Preserve, renowned celebrity chef Justin Sutherland and Executive Chef Bill Coyle have teamed up to bring southern smokehouse favorites prepared with northern charm. Northern Soul at The Preserve offers a variety of flavorful smoked meats, a bucketlist bourbon selection to pair, and fine cigars.

Iron Range Eatery (218) 545-5444 www.ironrange.3cheersmn.com 6 West Main St., Crosby, MN

Iron Range Eatery is located on Main Street in Crosby. Delicious and unique food, and homemade desserts. Indoor and seasonal outdoor dining featuring local decor, fire pit, and waterfall. A must experience for both locals and visitors!

Ernie’s on Gull (218) 829-3918 www.erniesongull.com 10424 Squaw Point Road, East Gull Lake

The view of Gull Lake from Ernie’s lakeside deck is nothing short of amazing. Quality food and great service all in a unique lakeside dining atmosphere truly makes Ernie’s on Gull the place to dine in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Open daily at 11 am year ‘round.

Firehouse Subs 15094 Dellwood Drive N., Baxter (218) 828-0629 www.doordash.com

Fast Casual, Dine In, Drive Through, Carry Out, Call Ahead, Phone Orders, Door Dash, Food Dudes, Web Ordering, Firehouse Subs App.

GRAND VIEW LODGE:

*On the Rocks (218)963-8756 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Iron Waffle Coffee Company (218) 963-6317 www.theironwaffle.com 8785 Interlachen Road, Lake Shore, MN

On the Rocks features two waterfalls, built-in fire pits and wooden pergolas that create a perfect place to enjoy the variety of appetizers, burgers and sandwiches offered. The stone designed patio bar is the ideal place to relax, sip and dine. Open seasonally, weather permitting.

Voted “Best Breakfast Place” by Best of Brainerd Lakes, the Iron Waffle is a cute, cozy coffee shop just minutes from downtown Nisswa. Featuring all varieties of coffee drinks, specialty sweet liege waffles, an assortment of sweet treats and with indoor and outdoor seating, the Iron Waffle is the place to be!

*Tanque Verde Cantina on the Beach (218)963-8756 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Lost Lake Lodge Restaurant (218) 963-2681 www.lostlake.com 7965 Lost Lake Road, Lake Shore, MN

Tanque Verde Cantina is the perfect place to grab a bite, enjoy a cocktail and take in the views of Gull Lake. Offering delicious southwestern flavors including tacos, burritos and salads, you’ll never have to leave the beach. Try the famous Prickly Pear Margarita. Open seasonally.

A gorgeous lakeside setting that offers fresh, inventive and local cuisine options with a few fun surprises mixed in as well. Come by boat to enjoy patio seating overlooking the Gull Lake Narrows or dine inside one of the two cozy dining rooms. Full bar and banquet areas available.

* CHAR Craft Steaks (218) 963-8756 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Experience classic traditions seared with flavors that sizzle. Committed to excellence, CHAR sources only the finest ingredients. You will find premium craft steaks, local fish and produce. CHAR also features Minnesota beer, spirits and a unique selection of wines. Smoked, seared, roasted or grilled, CHAR lets their craft speak for itself.

* Italian Gardens (218) 963-8756 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Situated in the quiet gardens of Grand View Lodge, you’ll find a magical little cottage...dine family-style and savor the homemade flavor as you escape to Italy for an evening! Inside you’ll be warmed by the rich aroma of authentic Italian cuisine, while surrounded by hundreds of beautiful flowers. Open seasonally.

*Freddy’s Sports Grill (218)963-8756 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Your spot for fun, food and sports. Whether you’re just getting off of the course or stopping by to watch a game, Freddy’s has the perfect refreshing beverages and fantastic food for you. The menu features mouthwatering wings, juicy burgers, tasty sandwiches and a full bar. Open seasonally.

*Northwoods Pub (218)963-8756 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Northwoods Pub is a relaxing family-friendly restaurant and pub located on the lower level of the Main Lodge of Grand View. Savor the flavors of Chef-created sandwiches, burgers and house made pizza. Stop in and enjoy a variety of featured local and Minnesota-made craft beers and seasonally scheduled live music. Open year ‘round.

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LOST LAKE LODGE WWW.LOSTLAKE .COM 7965 LOST LAKE RD. LAKE SHORE , MN 56468 (218) 963-2681 VACATION @ LOSTLAKE . COM

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MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE * The Classic Grill (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

A warm, inviting setting to enjoy a chef-inspired lunch or dinner, on the scenic deck or by the cozy fireplace. Serving only the finest, fresh ingredients, The Classic Grill is a “can’t miss” dining experience in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Open daily 11am – 9pm from May – Mid October and Wednesday – Saturday throughout the winter.

* Parfecto Pizza (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

Come by boat or car! Fresh-baked pizza, appetizers, beer and wine. Located in Madden’s Tennis & Croquet Club, Parfecto Pizza is open daily March – Mid October 5pm – midnight and open for lunch Memorial Day through Labor Day. Dine indoors, on the deck overlooking the lush greens of the croquet and lawn bowling lawns or take a pizza out on the boat.

* Mission Point at Madden’s (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

A scenic, comfortable dining experience, sourcing the freshest quality fish and finest cuts of meat to create a delicious memorial meal. Picturesque 190-degree views of Gull Lake are rivaled only by the superb food quality. Reservations recommended.

* 19th Hole (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

Open daily May – Mid-October 11am – 9pm. Enjoy a beverage, a casual bite to eat or catch your favorite sporting event on TV. During the summer, dine on our brand-new patio pool deck. Perfect for lunch, sunning or watching golfers on Pine Beach East. The 19th Hole is a great gathering spot for a celebratory drink after your round!

* Lobby Café (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

The perfect place for breakfast or lunch, conveniently located at the Pine Beach East Golf Course. The Lobby Café specializes in hearty breakfasts, made-from-scratch soups, delectable salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Open daily 7am – 2pm May-Mid-October.

* Fairways Restaurant at Madden’s (218) 829-2811 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

Casual and family-friendly with enticing food prepared to perfection. A wide and varied menu ranging from abundant sandwiches to wholesome salads to delectable entrees. Overlooking the lush greens of the historic Pine Beach East Golf Course.

Main Street Ale House 218-961-6724 www.mainstreetnisswa.com 25559 Main Street Suite 1, Nisswa

Main Street Ale House is a family friendly restaurant and pub located in downtown Nisswa. 30 local and regional tap beers, extensive spirits and wine lists, a fresh rotating menu and patio dining makes Main Street Ale House your new favorite in the Lakes Area. Located next to the Post Office in downtown Nisswa.

MN Traders Co (218) 568-1071 www.Mntraders.com 31038 Government Drive Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Coffee-to-cocktails gathering space + curated home goods boutique offering craft coffee, beer and wine bar, gourmet donuts + specialty sweets, curated sharables + full food menu, lifestyle boutique offering locally-sourced home goods, co-working lounge, private offices + conference room and event space rentals

Notch 8 Chowhouse & Drinkery (218) 454-6688 www.notch8brainerd.com 1511 Northern Pacific Rd. Brainerd, MN 56401

Notch 8 features a menu of casual favorites that will please any palette. Pizza, pub-style bites, and craveable comfort food that pairs well with our large selection of local craft beer. Our space is a place where you can slow down, reconnect with your people and enjoy the area’s best drinks and bites.

Pequot Lakes SuperValu Deli (218) 568-5001 www.pequotlakessupervalu.com 30581 Patriot Avenue, Pequot Lakes

Enjoy a variety of tasty deli meats, cheeses, homemade sandwiches, hot meals, rotisserie chicken and more from the Pequot Lakes SuperValu Sibley Lake Deli. Incorporated into the deli is a large, cozy seating area with tables and chairs where you can enjoy lunch or dinner by the big-screen TV and fireplace. In-store pick up of your groceries is also offered. Imagine the time this will save so you can get out to the lake that much quicker. Simply visit SHOP. PEQUOTLAKESSUPERVALU.COM and place your order for pick-up at the store.

Rafferty’s Pizza of Nisswa (218) 963-3023 | www.raffertyspizza.com 25457 Main Street Nisswa, MN 56468

Featuring award-winning traditional and artisan pizzas in a family setting. Pizza dough and sauce made daily on the premises, topped with only the freshest ingredients. Cold beer, wine and beverages. Dine in or carry out, outdoor patio setting. Open daily, year ‘round in downtown Nisswa. Call ahead or order online at Raffertyspizza.com.

Schaefer’s Deli (218) 963-7877 | www.schaefersfoods.com 23962 Smiley Road, Nisswa, MN 56468

Schaefer’s Foods Deli opens at 7am. Featuring breakfast made to order and a lunch menu with a wide selection of sandwiches, burgers, homemade soups, broasted chicken and BBQ ribs. Also offered is take and bake pizza. Dine in or take out. Pick up your salads, lunch meats and cheeses for your trip to the cabin.

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Breweries Big Axe Brewing Company (218) 961-2337 www.bigaxebrewing.com 25435 Main Street, Nisswa

Big Axe Brewing Company’s taproom provides a fun, relaxing environment. You can enjoy up to 12 different house-made, craft brews. Blonde ales, IPAs, Stouts, root beer and more! Hungry? Grab a Big Axe Burger or bowl of signature, from-scratch beer cheese soup made by Big Axe Kitchen. OPEN DAILY, year ‘round.

Jack Pine Brewery (218) 270-8072 www.jackpinebrewery.com 15593 Edgewood Drive, Baxter Sherwood North (218) 963-6261 www.Sherwoodnorth.com 8789 Interlachen Rd, Nisswa, MN 56468

Much like the Jack Pine is the first tree to take root after a forest fire, Jack Pine Brewery was the first brewery to launch in the Brainerd Lakes Area since prohibition. Try it on tap locally or stop by the taproom for a beer flight, pint or a growler to go.

Roundhouse Brewery 23836 Smiley Road, Nisswa www.roundhousebrew.com

Roundhouse Brewery made the move to Nisswa in 2020 in order to accommodate our growth and to expand our offerings. We now have a huge outdoor music stage and patio. Fear not, the patio is open during the winter with campfire pits available. We have also added axe throwing in The Wreck Room, a private event center called Union Station, and the Dining Car which provides food for the taproom and Union Station events as well. We have become a destination entertainment complex with much to offer. As always, community is at the center of what we do and we are family friendly as well. Come grab a plate and a pint and see what we are all about. We call it the Roundhouse Experience.

Sherwood North combines contemporary style and experience with our historic Minnesota lodge setting. Delicious dining and drinks, as well as indoor and patio seating with a full bar!

StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery (218) 961-2326 www.stonehousecoffee.com 25346 South Main Street, Nisswa

Imagine the freshest coffees right out of the roaster, delightfully rich, extraordinarily aromatic and alive with flavor. Enjoy the espresso and coffee bar, with some of Minnesota’s most delicious pastries. Share the inviting, comfortable, relaxed atmosphere with great friends, great conversation, great coffee and the incredible artwork of Samantha French.

Subway 218-963-9789 24400 Smiley Road, Nisswa order.subway.com

Serving your favorite sandwiches on fresh baked bread as well as new sandwiches arriving frequently, all in a newly remodeled store. Our catering options look and taste fantastic. Open 7 days a week with plenty of available seating. Order in person or online.

Sunshine’s Summerhouse (218) 961-4300 www.sunshinessummerhouse.com 2008 Hill Dr SW Nisswa, MN 56468

We are a Craft Kitchen with Elevated Cocktails and lots of Summer Vibes Year Round! We have Juicy Burgers, BBQ Smoked Meats, Pastas, Fresh Salads and more available for Take-Out & Dine-In

Relax and stop in for a special treat. Don’t forget to order your DQ cake! Find us on DQcakes.com

WineDown Nisswa (218) 961-2345 • Winedownmn.com 5386 Merril Ave, Nisswa, MN 56468

WineDown is a place where friends and family can gather to recharge, reconnect and enjoy their love of wine. Our wine bar features a monthly rotation of nine wines from all over the world. We offer something for everyone from long-time wine enthusiasts to those trying their first sip. Sit outside on our patio in hte beautiful lakes area or cozy up at a table in our inviting ambiance. ​Wine without cheese? Never. We select the perfect charcuterie board pairings that include artisan meats, cheeses, breads and crackers to compliment your pour perfectly.

NISSWA – LIMITED MENU – 25312 South Main St. 218-963-2163

PEQUOT LAKES 30799 Patriot Ave 218-568-5440

The Woods - b*merri Gastro Pub (218) 829-7507 http://www.thewoodsmn.com 19624 County Road 3, Brainerd

Our b*merri Gastro Pub which includes a full bar and restaurant, a pour-your-own self-serve tap beer wall, a garage door on the North side of our building that opens up to a beautiful patio, meat raffles, seafood raffles, live music, seafood boils, daily specials, and more!

Zorbaz on Gull Lake (218) 963-4790 • www.zorbaz.com 8105 Lost Lake Road, Lake Shore

The Lakez Area hot zpot! 46 beerz on tap, bezt margaritaz, frezh homemade pizzaz and great Mexican food. Outdoor patio & deck. Come by car, boat or float plane! Open Monday- Sunday 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. Online ordering and take-out available every day.

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N I S S WA M N COME EXPERIENCE A TOTALLY NEW WINE EXPERIENCE SERVING WINE AND CHEESE & MEAT BOARDS 5386 Merril Ave. | Nisswa winedownmn.com

The Old Lundrigans Outlet building behind Lundrigans and next to Fun Sisters

PINE RIVER 306 Front St. 218-587-4762


CHOOSE NISSWA FOR A PLACE TO STAY Perhaps you want to try one of the local hotels. Some of the finest hotels in the Midwest are right here in the Brain-

erd lakes area, offering indoor and outdoor swimming pools and water parks. Or skip the pool and go jump in the lake - area lakes are pristine and well taken

care of so enjoy them whether you’re swimming, boating, fishing or just hanging out. The Brainerd lakes area has amazing attractions for all ages. Many of the lodging properties offer organized kids activities, with kids clubs and/or daycare options to give you a break for some alone time. Whether a large resort or a small one, a hotel or a bed and breakfast, there’s something for everyone at any age. As an added benefit, most lodging properties are open year-round. Of course, summer is the busiest season, but spring is beautiful when the ice comes off the lake and the wildlife returns. Fall is breathtakingly gorgeous with the changing of the leaves and crisp air; winter is remarkable with snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing; and spring is a great time to watch the ice go off the lakes and fish again on open water. An added bonus is that fishing in the lakes area is great all year long.

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LODGING

Whether you’re visiting while on a family vacation, romantic getaway or corporate retreat, the Nisswa area has lodging for you. Within a 30-mile radius of Nisswa, you have your pick from mom and pop resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts and large resorts. The various properties can include golf courses, restaurants, water parks, spas and recreational opportunities like boating, skiing and paddle boarding. If you’re looking for an old-fashioned cabin with basic amenities on a beautiful, clean lake, come to the Nisswa area. With hundreds of lakes within close proximity, you can choose to stay on a large body of water or a very small one. If you prefer a big resort, the Nisswa area can accommodate you. You can golf or play tennis in the morning, have a midday lunch or snack, hit the beach or pool for some fun in the sun, eat an amazing dinner and listen to live music without ever leaving the resort.


PLACES TO STAY Agate Lake Resort 9326 Agate Lake Road Lake Shore MN 56468 (218) 963-2224 www.agatelakeresort.com

Agate Lake Resort is a secluded four-season boutique resort offering 12 beautiful, completely furnished cabins with full kitchens, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and towel service. Located just west of Gull Lake on crystal-clear and sandy Agate Lake, minutes from the best golfing, restaurants, and shopping in the Lakes Area. Watch your children play on the walkout beach while grilling at your lakeside cabin, then retire to the Lodge in the evening for cocktails and live music. Enjoy complimentary amenities including paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, water bikes, bonfires, beachfront movies, kids krafts, and much more (anglers will love the Bass and Northern Pike fishing too). Family owned and operated since 1948, Agate Lake Resort offers a peaceful respite to rest, reconnect, restore and recharge in any season.

AmericInn Lodge & Suites by Wyndham Highway 371 & County Road 16 Pequot Lakes MN 56472 (218) 568-8400 www.upnorthlodge.com

AmericInn is centrally located in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area, Minnesota’s premier four-season recreational region. Located on the Paul Bunyan State Trail system and the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway it provides you with access to hundreds of miles of trails for biking, hiking or snowmobiling. Five minutes from the Whitefish Chain of Lakes with nearby great shopping and restaurants and next to Wildwedge Par 3 golf and Mini Golf. Meeting room on site.

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes 6967 Lake Forest Road Baxter, MN 56425 (218) 822-5634 www.arrowwoodbrainerd.com

Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes offers 102 spacious rooms and suites - so large they feel like cabins. The whole family will enjoy the indoor ‘’Paul Bunyan Water Park’’ and 2,400 square foot video arcade room. On site is Baxter’s Bar & Grill, the place to dine and relax with your favorite beverage. And with 7,500 square feet of flexible meeting/banquet space Arrowwood Lodge is the perfect spot for your next meeting, conference, special event or wedding reception.

The Lake is Calling www.breezypointresort.com | Toll Free (800) 432-3777

boat… fish… dine… dance… golf…

From our Marina II & dining area to our Lakeside Ballroom, we have what you need for your wedding, corporate retreat, family reunion, or getaway. While you are here remember to enjoy our full-service Coffee Shop featuring Caribou Coffee & a Full Service Spa.

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Birch Bay RV Resort 1497 Sandy Point Road SW Drive SW Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-4488 www.birchbayrvresort.net

Tucked away in Nisswa, Birch Bay RV Resort is your gateway to the Lakes Area. Birch Bay is located on Agate lake just southwest of Nisswa and offers 8 lakefront cabins and 6 quaint inn rooms. The cabins are simple, clean, and well equipped. Birch Bay also offers 175 HUGE RV Sites. RV sites can be rented nightly or for the season. No matter the getaway you seek, Birch Bay is perfect for your family.


Bobbertown Bungalows 31267 Rasmussen Rd. Pequot Lakes, MN 56468 (218) 568-5410 www.bobbertownbungalowsmn.com

A newly remodeled, family owned, pet friendly, historic bed & breakfast with 6 individual Bungalows. These are nestled into a wooded lot in downtown Pequot Lakes. Offering yard games, outdoor cooking, and a fire pit in the common grounds to get some R&R. Just a short walk will have you shopping, eating, or enjoying the beautiful Paul Bunyan Trail or enjoying the short hike up to the fire tower to enjoy the town from a different angle. Also located just off the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway for a stunning drive through the Lakes Area. Private party bookings reserve the entire grounds to host your wedding, family reunion, or any other event in this one-of-a-kind up north getaway!

Boyd Lodge 36539 Silver Peak Road Crosslake, MN 56442 (218) 543-4125 or (800) 450-2693 www.boydlodge.com

Since 1934 Boyd Lodge has helped families create lasting vacation memories. Come relax in either the Loft Style Cabins with wood burning fireplaces or the new Cottages with screened-in porches. Located on the beautiful Whitefish Chain of Lakes, Boyd Lodge is your four-season destination offering something for everyone; planned summer activities, amazing sugar sand beach, miles of on-site hiking and cross country skiing trails and the best sunsets you will find anywhere.

Breezy Point Resort 9252 Breezy Point Drive Breezy Point MN 56472 (218) 562-7811 or (800) 432-3777 www.breezypointresort.com

You’ll find accommodations including hotel, condos, vacation homes and unique retreats with 4 to 11 bedrooms. Breezy Point Resort’s 5 restaurants featuring premium steaks, seafood, family friendly pizzas and basket food. Enjoy live bands 6 nights a week May through September in the Dockside Lounge with outdoor tributes to Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond Fridays and Elvis Saturday in July, check website for Sunday Schedule. Golfers can enjoy 54 holes of golf including Arnold Palmer’s signature Deacon’s Lodge.

Cragun’s Resort 11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd MN 56401 (855) 543-3038 www.craguns.com

Newly added luxury lodging with the Private collection, renovated cabins and lodge style hotel rooms, reunion & golf homes and more! Located on Gull Lake with a mile-long sandy shoreline with lake views in most units. Two beaches, indoor and outdoor pools, event Centre, marina rentals from pontoons to snowmobiles. Minnesota’s newest premier championship golf courses designed by PGA TOUR Pro, Tom Lehman. Call for special rates or to book your tee time.

Eagles Nest Resort 5108 Poplar Avenue Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2336 or (800) 922-0440 www.eaglesnestnisswa.com

Eagle’s Nest Resort’s spacious housekeeping cabins with screened porches are nestled among the pines on Lower Cullen Lake and offer a relaxing fun filled vacation for the entire family. Enjoy the clear, shallow and sandy beachfront or spend the day on the lake fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding or canoeing. Relax while the kids play on the two acre playground or walk the Paul Bunyan State Trail to Nisswa for a little shopping. Unplug and relax.

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Fritz’s Resort & Campground 26483 Highway 371, PO Box 803 Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 568-8988 www.fritzsresort.com

Enjoy modern housekeeping cabins with A/C, cable TV, Wi-Fi, picnic tables, fire pit and deck or screened porch to enjoy the beautiful Lake Edna sunsets. With a sandy beach and crystal-clear lake, the swimming and fishing are perfect. Rent a paddleboat, paddleboard, fishing boat or pontoon for water fun and enjoy basketball, tennis, volleyball, playground or rec hall for additional family entertainment. Located 1 mile north of downtown Nisswa across from the Paul Bunyan State Trail.

Galles Upper Cullen Resort & Campground PO Box 72 Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2249 www.uppercullen.com

Galles Upper Cullen Resort features modern, family-style lodging with 12 non-smoking, air conditioned, housekeeping cabins near the Paul Bunyan State Trail and on a secluded “Golden Pond” lake. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, cabin-side parking and 35 wooded acres with nature trails, playgrounds, swimming area and weekly hay wagon rides in the summer. Enjoy the activities, the cry of a loon, a golden sunset or just relax. 3 & 4 bedroom air conditioned “lake homes” also available. We have paddleboards and kayaks.

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picnic tables, lawn chairs & grills for all cabins tennis court | boat launch lakefront cabins with safe, sandy beach excellent fishing spring and fall

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Good Ol’ Days Family Resort 26050 Oak Lane, PO Box 358, Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2478 or (800) 227-4501 www.goodoldaysresort.com

Good ‘Ol Days Family Resort – where memories of a lifetime are made – is located 6 blocks from downtown Nisswa on Lower Cullen Lake and on the Paul Bunyan State Trail. Over 300 holes of golf and dozens of restaurants are just minutes away. This 4-season family resort features 12 new housekeeping cottages and 8 lodge rooms overlooking beautiful Lower Cullen Lake. All units are lake level, tree-shaded and on the lakefront.

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Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa 23521 Nokomis Avenue Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2234 or (866) 801-2951 www.grandviewlodge.com

Only visiting in person will give you a true sense of the luxurious grandeur of Grand View Lodge. Spanning 750 acres, the massive resort offers plenty of room for fun amongst deluxe accommodations, 45 holes of championship golf, a world-class spa, multiple event & wedding facilities, and activities galore.

Gull Four Seasons Resort 4132 St. Columbo Road ,Brainerd MN 56401 (218) 963-7969 | www.mnresortcabins.com

New Cabins! Reunion Facility. Indoor, Outdoor and Kiddie Pools, Swimming Beach. Enjoy an affordable vacation on beautiful Gull Lake. All Condos and Chalets have central A/C, and dishwashers. Our Cabins include kitchens w/dishwashers and A/C. Gas grills at all units. There is a playground, whirlpool, game room, tennis, paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes, fishing boats/motors, pontoons, boat lifts, laundromat! Off-season savings and specials are offered! See you at the lake!

Gull Lake Beach Resorts Nisswa, MN 218-656-6965 | www.gulllakebeachresorts.com Nestled along Gull Lake’s popular East Side Beach, our cozy cabins are just steps away from sandy beaches that make the perfect backdrop for four-season fun. Our units are beautifully arranged with everything needed for enjoying lake life. Stay at Gull Lake Beach Resorts, situated on the “Best Beach on Gull Lake,” to make your next getaway picture perfect. From lakefront sunset views to our convenient boat rentals and lifts, we’ve got something for everyone.

Gull Lake Resort 1304 Gull Lake Lane East Gull Lake MN 56401 (218) 829-1344 www.gulllake.com

Gull Lake Resort is a central point for lakeside fun and acres of wooded Minnesota beauty. The 53 acres at Gull Lake Resort include 3,000 feet of glorious lakeshore; the rest is natural woodland with plenty of room to roam. There are 23 housekeeping units that are beautifully done and have perfect elevation to the lake. The resort offers a designated swimming beach, boat rentals and nearly two dozen golf courses in the immediate area.

Hidden Paradise Resort 20621 Hidden Paradise Road Brainerd MN 56401 (218) 963-3180 www.hiddenparadiseresort.com

On beautiful North Long Lake, Hidden Paradise invites you to enjoy the seasons. Spring is time to reel-in walleye, northern pike, bass, sunnies and crappies. Summer is when North Long Lake beckons you to fish, water ski, float or sunbathe on the shallow shore. Fall is “golden” with color and more fishing. Just minutes from the Paul Bunyan State Trail, downtown Nisswa and great golfing opportunities, this is the place to be.

» 102 spacious guestrooms › 6 multi-room suites » Complimentary HOT breakfast » Complimentary Wi-Fi » 7,500 sq ft of flexible meeting space » Complimentary Shuttle Service to the Brainerd Regional Airport » Baxter’s Bar & Grill » 30,000 sq ft indoor waterpark » Fitness center » Firepit for after-function gatherings » Arrowwood Rewards Program - stay 10 nights and receive a check for $100!

877-687-5634 ArrowwoodBrainerd.com

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Hideaway Resort on Upper Hay Lake 34088 N. Oak Drive, Pequot Lakes MN 56472 (218) 568-4249 | www.hideaway-resort.com

• Swimming Pool • Special package rates for school sports groups • Hot Tub • Free Continental Breakfast • Construction Rates Available • Truck Parking • Close to Cuyuna Bike Trails, Brainerd/Baxter, BIR Raceway • Flat Screen TV’s • Upgraded Suites CLOSE TO PAUL BUNYAN TRAIL AND NISSWA SHOPPING 24186 North Smiley Road Hwy 371 and County Road 13 Nisswa, MN 56468

1-218-963-3500 nisswainnandsuites.com nisswainnandsuites1@gmail.com Clean Comfortable Quiet

You are invited to enjoy Upper Hay Lake, known as the headwaters of the Whitefish Chain. Bring back a tradition of family vacations with magical moments…and renew your childhood memories while you enjoy the sunrise views from the brand new deluxe lakeshore cabins. Open year ‘round with fully furnished cabins (just bring your own towels). Hideaway Resort is located near the Paul Bunyan State Trail and is close to great shopping, dining and family fun.

Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort 1685 Kavanaugh Drive, East Gull Lake, MN 56401 (218) 829-5226 or (800) 562-7061 www.kavanaughs.com It’s time to enjoy a True Minnesota Boutique Resort Experience at Kavanaugh’s on beautiful Sylvan Lake. Family owned and operated since 1969 and welcoming families for over 50 years. Enjoy extraordinary lodging, perfectly kept grounds, abundant amenities and crystal-clear Sylvan Lake for the perfect vacation getaway in any season! We look forward to seeing you at Kavanaugh’s, because building memories is what we do.

Lost Lake Lodge & Restaurant 7965 Lost Lake Road, Lake Shore MN 56468 (218) 963-2681 or (800) 450-2681 www.lostlake.com

Discover the hidden gem of the Brainerd Lakes Area on the Gull Lake Narrows with award winning cuisine, private beach, hiking trails, boat rentals and guest docking. This boutique resort offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cabins, new 2, 3 and 4 bedroom cottages with upscale furnishings/appliances. With privacy and seclusion, this enclave in the woods is minutes from nearby golf courses and has the finest on-property restaurant in the area.

Madden’s on Gull Lake 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula Brainerd MN 56401 (218) 829-2811 or (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com

• Free Wi-Fi • Fridge and microwave available on prior request • Just across the street to the Paul Bunyan Trail • Pet Friendly Rooms Available • Easy in/out for Trucks & RVs • Special Construction Rates available

HWY 371 SW, PINE RIVER | Next to Ford Dealership across from the to Paul Bunyan Trail 218.587.4499 • 800.450.4499 • PineRiverInn.com • pineriverinn@gmail.com

Madden’s is Minnesota’s favorite resort destination for families, reunions, couples, retreats and golf outings. You’ll find spacious grounds, upscale lodging, 63 holes of golf and award-winning restaurants, lakeside spa, kid’s program, 3 beaches, 4 pools and a wide variety of recreational offerings. Family owned and operated for 93 years, gracious service, genuine hospitality and FUN is Madden’s mission and passion.

Nisswa Inn & Suites 24186 Smiley Road Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-3500 www.Nisswainnandsuites.com

The Nisswa Inn & Suites is located on State Highway 371 just minutes from Grand View Lodge, Gull Lake, the Paul Bunyan State Trail, lake accesses, golfing and downtown Nisswa shopping. The rooms were remodeled in 2014 and amenities include Wi-Fi, breakfast, hot tub, sauna and indoor pool. Pets are accepted in designated rooms. The pool is open to the public for a small fee.

NatureLink Resorts 24621 S Clark Lake Road, Nisswa, MN 56468 (218) 537-3389 www.Naturelink.us

23884 FRONT STREET | P.O. BOX 250 DEERWOOD, MINNESOTA 56444 RESERVATIONS: 877-534-3303 | PHONE: 218-534-3101 | FAX: 218-534-3685 WWW.COUNTRYINNDEERWOOD.COM • Free High Speed Wireless Internet • Indoor Pool & Hot Tub • Complimentary Light & Healthy Breakfast • Guest Laundry • Outdoor Gas Grill • Freshly baked Heggies Pizza’s

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• Bike wash station • Pet Friendly • Complimentary outdoor parking • Boat Trailer and Truck Parking • Kids 16 & under stay free with an adult • Close to Cuyuna Bike Trails, Brainerd/Baxter, BIR Raceway

At Nature Link Resort you’ll find a luxurious nature centered experience directly on Clark Lake in Nisswa! Conveniently located on the Paul Bunyan Trail and minutes from downtown Nisswa, the newly constructed + renovated accommodations have a modern and sleek design. Amenities include a private beach, bikes, snow shoes, and bonfire pits on the property. The property also boasts a newly constructed lakeside event center which hosts a wide range of events.

Nisswa Motel 5370 Merril Avenue Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-7611 or (800) 254-7612 www.nisswamotel.com

The Nisswa Motel is located one block from the shops and restaurants of downtown Nisswa. The Paul Bunyan State Trail for biking, walking and snowmobiling is also just one block away. The Nisswa motel has 17 clean, comfortable units with a variety of room sizes, prices and bed configurations. Stay at the Nisswa Motel and you will see that it is one of the best lodging values in the Brainerd Lakes Area.


Paul Bunyan Land Campground 17553 State Hwy 18 Brainerd, MN 56401 218-821-9617 www.paulbunyanland.com

Located next to Paul Bunyan Land Amusement park, The campground offers overnight camping with 32 spacious sites. Water, electric and sewer available. Discounted Amusement park tickets offered to our camping guests, with shuttle service. Outdoor games and board games available to borrow, books to take, clean and family friendly restrooms and showers. Open May 1st thru Oct 1st.

Pine River Inn (218) 587-4499 | Pineriverinn.com 2684 State Hwy 371 SW, Pine River

Visitors can easily get to the Paul Bunyan Trail, a multi-use trail spanning over 100 miles that passes along the shorelines of 21 different lakes and through several towns. Enjoy our amenities like free WiFi and laundry facilities. Our fresh, clean rooms offer desks, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Select rooms have even more amenities, such as microwaves and fridges. Pet friendly property.

Point Narrows Resort 991 Point Narrows Road, Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 568-5552 www.pointnarrowsresort.com

Point Narrows Resort, located on Upper Gull Lake and close to the Paul Bunyan State Trail, great golf courses, fine dining, shopping, water slides, miniature golf and go carts, offers completely furnished housekeeping cabins with full kitchens, air conditioning and wood decks or screened porches. On site there is even a beautiful 9/10th of a mile walk through the woods around the resort where you will see deer and other wildlife, so take your camera along on your walk!

Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake 9820 Birch Bay Drive SW Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-2482 or (800) 950-5596 www.quarterdeckresort.com

Quarterdeck Resort is a four-season boutique resort featuring all new Cottages and Beach Houses, and Lakeside Lodge Suites. Situated on the west shore of Gull Lake, the resort features 27 acres with nearly 850 feet of sandy beach. Resort amenities include a Beautiful Restaurant in the lower level, Boathouse Event Center, Boat Docks, self-serve Marina Fuel 24 hours a day, Boat Ramp, Pontoon Rental and gift shop in the new lobby.

Sandy Beach Resort 1314 Sandy Point Road SW, Nisswa MN 56468 (218) 963-4458 | www.sandybeachresort.net

Situated on the west side of Gull Lake, Sandy Beach Resort offers a peaceful surrounding ideal for families. Sandy Beach is centrally located offering a wide variety of local shopping, entertainment and dining. Nearly all the cottages are on the lake shore and the beach is always available to every guest. With gull Lake’s northern pike and largemouth bass fishing grounds nearby, the fishing is excellent including great walleye fishing spring and fall and pan fishing year ‘round.

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Train Bell Resort 21489 Train Bell Road, PO Box 100 Merrifield MN 56465 (218) 829-4941 or (800) 252-2102 www.trainbellresort.com

Train Bell Resort is a spectacular family resort on beautiful North Long Lake, located right on the Paul Bunyan State Trail. 20 units include air conditioned LakeShore Cabins, LakeSide Condos, Villas and the Grand Lodge for groups. Guests enjoy free use of paddle boards, boats, kayaks, and bikes, plus boat, pontoon and jet ski rentals are available. You’ll love the sandy beach, land and sea activities, water/sand volleyball, three playgrounds, train rides, rec center and more. THERE IS NOTHING ORDINARY ABOUT TRAIN BELL - Come see!

Wilderness Point Resort 6316 Wilderness Road Pequot Lakes MN 56472 (218) 568-5642 or (800) 231-4050 www.wildernesspointresort.com

Wilderness Point Resort with 2,650 feet of shoreline, including a sandy beach and over 30 wooded acres on Middle Cullen Lake, offers both secluded rustic cabins and newly constructed 3-5 bedroom villas and twin homes for rent and for sale with whole or quarter ownership available. Wilderness has a clubhouse with an indoor pool, fitness center, spa, sauna and game room. Wilderness Resort’s new townhomes and the clubhouse are open year ‘round for your enjoyment.

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he Brainerd Lakes Area offers some of the top golf courses in the country. And some of the courses had expansions and redesigns over the past year. Here is an update on some of the course changes. The Pines course has a new look The 27-hole golf course that opened in the early 1990s recently went through a renovation project that started in the fall of 2022. “It’s been about 30 years since The Pines opened,” said Adam Haugen, director of golf at Grand View Lodge. “Courses get tired and greens get expanded as they are mowed and organic material gets on there. The idea was to touch it up and give the course a little bit of a face lift. We want to give the course better material to introduce to the golf course. The main focus was also the playability and maintainability of the golf course to help the growth of the golf course and freshen things up.” The Pines has three 9-hole courses: The Lakes, The Woods and The Marsh. In 2023, The Lakes and The Woods courses were finished with bunker 60 | Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024

transformations. Some bunkers were removed while others were improved and newly added. Ohio white sand will be brought in and used on the bunkers with playability, drainage and overall surfaces on the courses improved. The Pines also emphasized tree removal to make the course a little more open. “We know we are a resort facility and get a lot of players who are higher handicaps,” Haugen said. “We are trying to make the course a little more playable for them. We got rid of a lot of trees on the outskirts to make it a little more

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playable. We didn’t want to make it too easy because we have a lot of good players in the area as well. We wanted to get it challenging, so we moved some bunkers a little strategically to make people think about their shot a little more. We wanted to bring some shot value and strategic thinking well, keeping it easy for resort play.” The Marsh added new bunkers, like the other two courses, and the tee boxes, greens and cart paths touched up. That project was expected to be completed in the spring of 2024.

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Cragun’s opens Lehman 18-hole course Completion of 36 new and redesigned holes at Cragun’s Legacy Courses were finished in 2023, including the opening of the new Tom Lehman 18-hole course. Lehman and Chris Brands partnered to build and redesign all 36 holes on Cragun’s property. Construction isn’t done yet, however, as nine more holes will be finished in the summer of 2024 giving Cragun’s 45 championship quality holes. “It’s a 36-hole renovation and then adding nine more new ones,” Lehman said. “It really became something a little more different because we eliminated some holes and had to create new holes and reversed some holes. We probably renovated 31 holes and built 14 new

holes. It was a big project lasting three years. You are obviously limited here in Minnesota with the weather, but beautiful typography and a beautiful sand base that was easy to work with.” The Lehman 18 course stretches all the way to the Gull River and back to the clubhouse. “The Lehman 18 is a combination of some of the existing holes that were renovated or changed combined with some brand new holes,” Lehman said. “The brand new holes were built on sand dunes and I’ve always loved courses in Australia that are sand built and we all know what that look is with the big reveal. It’s a little bit of a different kind of sand here, but the look is kind of what we wanted to achieve.”

Lehman first saw Cragun’s Legacy Courses when he was watching his son play in the Minnesota PGA Junior Match Play event in the summer of 2020. He met with Dutch Cragun on the patio of the clubhouse and was interested in helping the new project of expanding the Legacy Courses. Three summers later and it’s nearly complete. Lehman started designing golf courses in 1997 a year after he won The 1996 Open Championship at the Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club. His first project was The Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Arizona. Shortly after he designed Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, Wisconsin. Overall, Lehman estimated he had been a part of 30 golf course designs.

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PLACES TO GOLF BREEZY POINT RESORT – Deacon’s Lodge Golf Course (218) 562-6262 or (800) 432-3777 (Press 4) www.breezypointresort.com 9348 Arnold Palmer Drive Breezy Point, MN 18 Holes, Par 72, 6977 Yards

Named in honor of Arnold Palmer’s father “Deke”, Deacon’s Lodge is considered one of Palmer’s best designs. Sculpted from 500 acres of Northern Minnesota wilderness, Deacon’s Lodge combines the uncompromised beauty of surrounding lakes, woodlands and wetlands with a nationally acclaimed layout meticulously maintained to exceed your golf adventure expectations. Featuring massively wide bent grass fairways, masterfully designed green complexes, and native transition areas throughout, Deacon’s Lodge guests are greeted by 18 championship holes equally deserving of signature hole status.

BREEZY POINT RESORT – Traditional Golf Course (218) 562-7166 or (800) 432-3777 (Press 4) www.breezypointresort.com 9252 Breezy Point Drive Breezy Point, MN 18 Holes, Par 68, 5192 Yards

Patti Berg, Les Bolstad & Walter Hagen are some of the famous names that have golfed Breezy Point’s Traditional Golf Course. This is a “shot maker’s” course that rewards accuracy over power and is enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. The charming pro shop and clubhouse are open daily to meet all of your golfing needs.

BREEZY POINT RESORT – Whitebirch Golf Course (218) 562-7177 or (800) 432-3777 (Press 4) www.breezypointresort.com 7891 County Road 11 Breezy Point, MN 18 Holes, Par 72, 6709 Yards

Whitebirch features over 6700 yards of lush fairways and huge undulating greens with multiple tee boxes. Add to that, trees, sand and water and you have what many consider the best championship golf value in the area. The pro shop offers the latest trends in men’s and women’s golf apparel, accessories and golf items.

CRAGUN’S LEGACY COURSES – Bobby’s Legacy Golf Course (218) 825-2789 or (888) 873-0162 www.craguns.com 11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd 18 holes, Par 73, 6807 Yards

Bobby’s Legacy, a Golf Digest 4 ½ star-rated course, was named after its famed designer, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. This is a “shot-makers” dream, with elevated tees, shorter holes and longer, more traditional par 4s and 5s, along with many split fairways and multiple tees that makes Bobby’s Legacy the ultimate in playability for all.

CRAGUN’S LEGACY COURSES – Dutch 18 Golf Course 888-873-0162 | Craguns.com/golf 11496 E Gull Lake Dr, Brainerd, MN 18 holes, Par 70, 7025 yards

Dutch Legacy Course is the crown jewel of the Lakes Area’s golf courses and was rated 5 stars by the readers of Golf Digest. As part of the Legacy courses 10-million-dollar renovation, The Dutch Legacy will be expanding to 27 holes in 2024 with 18 holes open for play throughout the 2023 golf season. The skillful blend of par 3s, 4s and 5s makes this a great course for all golfing levels.

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CRAGUN’S LEGACY COURSES – Minnesota’s Premiere Championship Course 888-873-0162 Craguns.com/golf 11496 E Gull Lake Dr, Brainerd, MN 18 holes, Par 72, 7491 yards Golf the new Lehman 18, designed in partnership by Minnesota PGA TOUR Pro, Tom Lehman. Every hole has been reimagined with the customers’ playing experience in mind – such as white bunkers, green contours, larger fairways, shorter forced carries, extended chipping areas around the greens and much more. This is Minnesota and the Midwest’s newest premiere championship golf course.

CRAGUN’S LEGACY COURSES – Reversible 9 Golf Course 888-873-0162 | Craguns.com/golf 11496 E Gull Lake Dr, Brainerd, MN 9 Holes, Par 27, Clockwise 1365 yards

This unique reversible par 3 golf course was inspired by the classic St. Andrews in Scotland. The Reversible 9’s direction alternates daily and is ideal for novice, family and group play. The Reversible 9 also features the new game of Footgolf that combines the two sports of soccer and golf, a great game for golfers and non-golfers to enjoy.

GRAND VIEW LODGE – The Pines (218) 963-8755 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Explore 27 holes designed as three 9-hole landscapes at this unique championship par 72 course. Five tees at each hole offer flexibility for all skill levels. The Pines’ practice facility features five separate putting greens, a two-sided driving range and a complete short game practice area is available.

GRAND VIEW LODGE – The Preserve (218) 963-8755 www.grandviewlodge.com 23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa

Experience golf and nature in harmony as you make your way through this 18-hole, par 72 championship course. Scenic views from eleven elevated tees offer a spectacular experience of nature’s beauty. Five tees at each hole offer flexibility for all skill levels. Voted WCCO’s Best of MN 19th hole!

MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE – The Classic at Madden’s (218) 829-2811 or (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd 18 Holes, Par 72, 7102 Yards

The Classic offers spectacular views, challenging shots and an unforgettable experience for anyone who values traditional “classic” golf. The towering oaks and northern Minnesota beauty provide a natural, tranquil and traditional golf experience that is truly unmatched.

MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE – Pine Beach East (218) 829-2811 or (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd 18 Holes, Par 72, 6154 Yards

The Pine Beach East course, designed by James Dalgleish, a Scottish golf course architect, was established in 1926. The lovingly maintained historic course retains its 1920’s charm but with rebuilt greens, added bunkers and natural fescue grass. Pine Beach East features a 618 yard, par 6 hole – A one-of-a-kind!

MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE – Pine Beach West (218) 829-2811 or (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd 18 Holes, Par 67, 5070 Yards The most unique Brainerd Lakes Area golf course, this par 67 accommodates today’s golfer by being quick to get around and challenging to score. So challenging, you’ll need every club in your bag. Think Pine Beach West doesn’t fit into your trip? Take “The Owner’s challenge”, break par and your round is on them!

MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE – The Social 9 (218) 829-2811 or (800) 642-5363 www.maddens.com 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd 9 Holes, Par 28, 1341 Yards

The Social 9, overlooking Gull Lake, is ideal for a quick nine and is perfect for juniors, beginners and more skilled players to work on short-game skills. This course is great for a warm-up to playing a full 18 on The Classic or a fun way to end the day with your golf group. Its postage stamp greens make it a great place for the accomplished player to practice.

WHITEFISH GOLF CLUB (218) 543-4900 www.whitefishgolf.com 7883 County Road 16, Pequot Lakes 18 Holes, Par 72, 6462 Yards

Tucked away in the tall pines and majestic oaks of the Minnesota’s Scenic Lakes Area is the Whitefish Golf Club, a Golf Digest 4 ½ star rated classic style 18 hole golf course that provides the perfect spot for a relaxing round of golf while taking in the breathtaking scenery.

WILDWEDGE GOLF, MINI GOLF & RV PARK (218) 568-6995 www.wildwedge.com 32792 Paul Bunyan Trail Dr., Pequot Lakes (on Hwy 371, 2 miles north of Pequot Lakes) 9 Holes, Par 27, 1200 Yards

One of Minnesota’s best short game courses, with a par 3 Golf Course and scenic holes from 75-175 yards winding through the great northwoods. Wildwedge has enough distance, sand and water to challenge the more experienced golfer without intimidating the beginners. Fun for the whole family with: Par 3 Golf, Mini Golf, Maze, RV Park, Motel Rooms.

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isswa likes to recognize its citizens who go above and beyond to make the area a better place to live, work and play. To that end, every year the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce honors a Nisswa Citizen of the Year. In 2023, that award-winner was Shawn Hansen. Hansen is no stranger to the Nisswa Citizen of the Year program. As Nisswa Chamber of Commerce president from 2012-2019, she spearheaded the search each year for an outstanding citizen, as well as a way to surprise the recipient with the award. She’s also nominated several past winners after stepping away from her chamber role. The tables turned when Hansen found herself on the receiving end of the award in front of more than 100 women at the Gather on 3 Event Center-The Woods in rural Brainerd. Interrupting Hansen, who was speaking at a quarterly meeting of the 100+ Women Who Care Brainerd Lakes, Kalie Jay, Nisswa Chamber executive assistant, announced to the group: “We’re all in the presence of the 2023 Nisswa Citizen of the Year.” Hugs and a standing ovation ensued while a tearing up Hansen asked, “Is it me?” Hansen was honored at the Nisswa Chamber’s annual Membership Dinner & Citizen of the Year Celebration. Hansen recalled Marv Koep, a wellknown area fishing guide, saying the best honor he’d ever received was being named the Nisswa Citizen of the Year and how that’s what she remembers every time she sees him. It was baffling considering all the accolades he’s received, she said. “There’s such amazing people on that list,” she said of past winners. Reflecting on receiving the honor herself, she said: “Dad said, ‘You have to have a purpose in life and never lose sight of the purpose.’” Her family didn’t have a lot of money, but her parents gave their time to endeavors. “Dad said, ‘You can always give your time no matter what life brings,’” Hansen said. Her list of endeavors includes being the executive director of The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes, a food aid organization based in Nisswa, since 2019; an active Nisswa Lions Club member, including chair for the 2025 District Convention for 65 clubs; co-founder of 64 | Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024

Nisswa Citizen of the Year 2023 Shawn Hansen, center, stands with past winners Lee Seipp, left, and Tina Foster, along with Denise Laudenbach, co-founder with Hansen of the 100+ Women Who Care Brainerd Lakes, and Lori Kohorst, The Outreach Program Brainerd Lakes board director.

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the 100+ Women Who Care Brainerd Lakes, which raises money for nonprofits; and past Nisswa Chamber president. Over the last 24 years that she's lived in Lake Shore with her husband, Terry, and where they raised their two children, she’s been with the Nisswa Women of Today, Lutheran Church of the Cross Children’s Ministry Team, Nisswa Elementary School PTA president and vice president, Nisswa Parks and Recreation softball coach, Nisswa Historical Society board member, Kids Against Hunger Brainerd Lakes Area board chair, and Lake Shore election judge and planning commission alternate. “I watch brilliant people who do good and surround myself with those people,” Hansen said. “You have to surround yourself with like-minded people who believe in the same philosophies you do. “I always believed God has a purpose for me to give my time,” she said. In a nomination letter, Sarah Smith, Confidence Learning Center event and marketing director, said of Hansen’s involvement in the community: “These roles have never been just a title to Shawn - she goes above and beyond in everything she does, with TRUE passion for Nisswa and the surrounding areas.” Smith praised the Women Who Care group. “She does this with a passion to simply ‘give back’ to those in the community that need it. She does everything selflessly; always wanting to leave this world better each and every day,” Smith wrote. Lee Seipp, of Nisswa, also nominated Hansen. “Shawn loves Nisswa and she loves people,” Seipp wrote. “She is a connector, a builder, a collaborator and an all around good person who has made a huge difference in our community for years.” Seipp said Hansen is inspiring in her enthusiasm for being inclusive of others in working together with them to make the community better. “She is thoughtful, focused, determined, broad-thinking and passionate in many of the ways she has demonstrated her stewardship and service for the betterment of the Nisswa community and how our community has influenced the region and beyond,” she said. Hansen is committed to this community, and dedicated to a life of purposefully giving of her time to make a difference in people’s lives, Seipp wrote.

NISSWA CITIZENS OF THE YEAR Shawn Hansen, 2023; Tina Foster, 2022; Lee Seipp, 2021; no one in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic; Bill Mattson, 2019; John Wallin, 2018; Lynn Fairbanks, 2016-17; Mike Burns, 2015; Ted Dullum, 2014; Debra Cruz, 2013; John and Cindy Terwilliger, 2012; Penny Stumvoll, 2011; Teresa Faust, 2010; Ted Schaefer, 2009; Richard Geike, 2008; Mark Ulm, 2007; Lenny Hodgson, 2006; George Holtan, 2005; Wendell “Del” Draves, 2004; Robert “Bob” Holland, 2003; Dick Carlson, 2002; Ingrid Anderson, 2001; Harold Kraus, 2000; Jerry and Ruth Peltier, 1999; Mark Ronnei, 1998; Bernice Hinkie, 1997; Bob Sheplee, 1996; Terry McGaughey, 1995; Jack Warden, 1994; Marv Koep, 1993; Howard Wallentine, 1992; Bob Hurst, 1991; Dick Cook, 1990; Jim Dullum, 1989; and Scott Mike Thurlow, 1988.

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Nisswa Chamber’s list of Non-Profits Brainerd Ski Loons............................................ 218-831-3290 or brainerdskiloons@gmail.com Christmas for Kids .................................................... 218-568-7539 or CFKNisswa@gmail.com Confidence Learning Center ..................218-828-2344 or info@confidencelearningcenter.org Crow Wing Energized .......................................................................kelli.johnson@crowwing.us Lakes Area Food Shelf ............................................................................................218-568-8474 Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity ........................218-828-8517 or info@lakesareahabitat.org Mounted Eagles Inc ................................................ 218-454-3228 or info@mountedeagles.org My Neighbor to Love Coalition ..............................................218-821-7875 or info@mntlc.org Nisswa Chamber of Commerce .......................................... 218-963-2620 or info@nisswa.com The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes ....................218-232-3528 or shawn@outreach.org Toys for Kids ......................................................................................cw.toysforkids@gmail.com Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trail Association ..............................................218-330-7380 Nisswa Garden Club ................................................................thenisswagardenclub@gmail.com Lake Prostate Cancer Fund ................................................ 763-360-3571 or gary@lpcfund.org Nisswa Women’s Club .............................................................................. info@womensclub.org Friends of Nisswa Lake Park ................................................................................218-821-0362 Nisswa Youth Scholarship Org .......218-831-0138 or nisswayouthscholarshiporg@gmail.com The Babinski Foundation ............................218-568-5619 or donna@babinskifoundation.org Gull Chain of Lakes Association ....................................................................... info@GCOLA.org Central Lakes Rotary ............................................................... 218-831-5538 or 952-938-6846 Gull Lake Drifters Snowmobile Club ....................................................................651-235-6465 Nisswa Historical Society ......................................................................................218-963-3570 BOLD, Inc ................................................................................................ stacy@girlsarebold.org Brainerd Jaycees .......................................................................presidentbrdjaycees@gmail.com Brainerd Lakes Community Foundation ....................................... blacf@communitygiving.org Bridges of Hope ..........................................................................................bridgesofhopemn.org Community Action of Pequot Lakes ........................................ communityactionpl@gmail.com Lakes Area Heroes �����������������������������������������������������������������������������info@lakesareaheroes.com Lakes Area Music Festival ....................................................................info@lakesareamusic.org Lakes Area United Way ...........................................................................jon@unitedwaynow.org Nisswa Lions Club ............................................................................nisswalionsclub@gmail.com Nisswa School PTO ...................................................................................nisswapto@gmail.com Northland Arboretum ............................................................................. info@northlandarb.org Pequot Lakes Community Education ..................................................................218-568-9200 Salvation Army .......................................................................................................218-828-3766

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ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

Publishing Information The 2024 Nisswa Destination Guide is a combined project of the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce and the Pineandlakes Echo Journal

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NISSWA BUCKET LIST

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ith all of the different activities you can do in Nisswa, it can get overwhelming! We have put together the ultimate list of activities to do to make it a little easier for you to decide. Turtle Races How could you miss out on the famous Nisswa Turtle Races? Thousands of families come every summer to these races and make memories that last a lifetime! Join us every Wednesday in the summer on the Turtle Track. Shopping the Streets Nisswa’s Main Street and Shopping Square have “Pretty Good Shopping” for you to check out! Gift shops, boutiques and sweet treats line the town, giving you endless options to explore while you’re in town! Hop the Breweries Big Axe Brewing, Roundhouse Brewery, and Jack Pine Brewery are all great options for you to stop at if you want a good, cold, fresh brewed craft beer! They all have food and activities, too! Hop around and make a day out of it!

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Brainerd Zip Line Tour Want to see the beautiful Nisswa area from up in the air? Head down County Road 77 to the Brainerd Zip Line Tour! You can see for 15 miles on their 7 zip lines and sky bridge at the top of Mount Ski Gull! Make a reservation today! Golfing Whether you like mini golf or traditional golf, we have many places for you to go! For mini golf, head to Nisswa Falls or Wildwedge. If you want to play traditional golf, head to The Preserve or The Pines at Grand View, Social 9 or The Classic at Madden’s, The Executive Course at Wildwedge, Whitefish Golf Course, Deacon’s Lodge, The Traditional at Breezy or Whitebirch at Breezy!

Ride the Trail Take a ride along the 123-mile long Paul Bunyan Trail that runs right through downtown Nisswa! Didn’t bring a bike? We’ve got you covered! Head over to Up North Bike Rental for e-bikes or pedal bikes, or you can go to Nisswa Boat and Jet Ski Rentals for e-bikes as well! There are trail maps located inside the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce.

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NISSWA FOUNDATION

THE NISSWA PRETTY GOOD FOUNDATION

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n 2023, the Nisswa Community Fund joined the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation family of funds. “We are thrilled that local leaders formed the Nisswa Pretty Good Foundation, as it will be known locally,” Karl Samp, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation executive director, said. “They had the foresight to create this fund to enhance a pretty good small town. And we all know here, that means the (recently named) Best Small Town in Minnesota! Donations are now being accepted to grow the fund and its impact in Nisswa.” Pam Dorion, president of the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, said: “I am beyond excited to get the Nisswa Pretty Good Foundation up and running. I can’t wait to assemble the last few committee members and see where this goes. Everyone here loves this town and everyone that comes through wants to come again. … I see big things happening with this going forward and I can’t wait. I love Nisswa!” “Nisswa is an amazing community, and this will be instrumental in the community’s future success,” Jenny Max, Nisswa city administrator, said. “A big thank you goes to the Nisswa Chamber for their vision; I can’t wait to be a part of this initiative that will provide opportunities for anyone who loves Nisswa to come together and do great things!” Dorion is the chair of the Nisswa Pretty Good Foundation and Max will serve on the committee as well. “Once additional committee members are finalized, the committee will accelerate fundraising efforts to give the fund a jump-start,” Dorion said. “This could be a real game changer and provide a source to fund immediate and future needs of the community.” The committee is asking anyone who is interested in donating to do so online at bit.ly/3CkAcGS or mail it to CommunityGiving at 101 Seventh Ave. S, No. 100, St. Cloud, MN, 56301. Donors should note “Nisswa Community Fund” in the memo line. The Fund Committee would welcome any donations or matching grant dollars to help increase fund growth and requests people contact Dorion if interested in providing a matching grant challenge or donation. The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local Brainerd area. Since 1998, the 72 | Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024

foundation has grown to over $16.7 million in assets and awarded over $8.1 million in grants to nonprofits. The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation is governed by a local board of directors and is a partner of CommunityGiving, which is a collaborative of many community foundations united

under a single framework to create efficiencies that maximize the impact of donors, the release said. Collectively, CommunityGiving administers over 1,000 funds totaling nearly $195 million. Learn more at CommunityGiving.org/ Brainerd.

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3. BUDGET Set your budget before you start the search for lodging. The Nisswa area has a wide variety of accommodations for every need and budget. Identify what you’re comfortable spending to help narrow the search.

2. BE FLEXIBLE With accommodations booking as quickly as they do, your dream property might not be available for your desired dates. Be flexible on the type of accommodation or your travel dates for the best results.

4. MAKE YOUR WISH LIST Would you like meals included? Boat rentals? Family activities? Our resorts and hotels offer a wide variety of activities to entertain the whole family. Want peace and quiet? That’s an option too!

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1. BOOK EARLY Accommodations in the Nisswa area book very quickly and very far in advance. Book your wish list property as soon as possible to ensure availability.

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CITY OF NISSWA

NISSWA DEMOGRAPHICS

CITY OF NISSWA FUN FACTS Population: 2,121 Percentage of people over age 65: 43% Percentage of women: 45% Percentage of men: 55% Median resident age: 52 Median household income: $68,393 Average home value: $512,708

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city council made up of a mayor and four council members leads the city of Nisswa and the staff at city hall. The city has had a city administrator since July 2017. Staff also includes a city clerk, finance specialist, city planner, parks and recreation director and public works director. Nisswa has a six-member police department led by a longtime chief of police. The city’s volunteer fire department is led by a fire chief with more than 20 years of firefighting experience, and the department has substations in Lake Edward Township and Lake Shore, as well as its main station downtown. The city has two municipal liquor operations in Ye Old Pickle Factory, a bar and off-sale liquor store downtown, and Spirits of Nisswa, an off-sale liquor store near Schaefer’s Foods. Residents can get involved in city government by serving on the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission/Board of Adjustment, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, or Public Works Committee. 74 | Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024

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City administrator ������������������������������������������������������ Jenny Max City clerk ���������������������������������������������������������������Kirstin Lindbery Finance specialist �������������������������������������������� Maggi Wentler Police chief ���������������������������������������������������������������������Craig Taylor Fire chief ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Shawn Bailey

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EDUCATION

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isswa is known for many things - lakes, woods, shopping, fun - but one of the best parts of our town is Nisswa Elementary School! Nisswa is truly a community school. They are supported by the Chamber, the Lions club, the American Legion, families of their students and alumni from their school. One extra-special group they have is their Parent-Teacher Organization, or PTO. Sure, most schools have them, but we’re certain none are quite like Nisswa’s. To quote Nisswa Elementary School Principal Molly Raske, they make so many “only in Nisswa” dreams come true.

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The group of parents and teachers that make up the PTO are simply amazing. The list of things they do for the students and teachers at Nisswa Elementary School is endless, but here is a sampling. The PTO provides: All of the funding for field trips and transportation for those field trips. Food and fun at the annual Back to School Picnic. Welcome back gifts for staff. Food for the staff during parent-teacher conferences. Funds for special projects like the Warrior Recess Circuit equipment. The Halloween Spooktackular event for the whole family each year. Scholastic Book Fairs twice a year, where all the proceeds go toward giving one book to every student to take home and additional books for the Book Incentive Vending Machine. A Run-a-Thon to support all of the “Only in Nisswa” experiences and resources each year. Funds for students to go to Copper Creek for Fall Fun each year. Funds for students to go mini golfing at Nisswa Falls Mini Golf. Support for artists in residence throughout the year. Caps and gowns for the kindergarten and fourth grade graduations, and all the graduation treats. Support for the Nisswa Community Children’s Library. Event volunteers and all of the event decorating. And the PTO plans the BIGGEST and BEST event of the year, The Bloom! It is an amazing evening out to fundraise for the PTO and it is always over the top AMAZING! This just starts to put a dent in all the things the PTO does, but Nisswa Elementary School is so lucky to have them, and our community is so lucky to have Nisswa Elementary School in it!

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NISSWA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

MEMBER DIRECTORY

ACCOUNTING/BOOKKEEPING/CPA B. Johnson & Assoc., Ltd. ��������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-3424 BrainerdCPA.com Clasen & Schiessl CPAs, Ltd. �������������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-5242 lakesareacpas.com ADVERTISING/MEDIA/PROMOTIONS Action Entertainment ����������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 839-2514 greatnorthernnews.com BlazeAir Productions �����������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 831-2649 blazeairmn.com Brainerd Dispatch/Echo Journal ��������������������������������������������������� (218) 829-4705 pineandlakes.com First Impression Printing ��������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 829-1860 brainerdprinting.com Full Circle V360 ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 251-7381 FullCircleV360.com GLS Promotions ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 824-7766 glspromotions.com Hubbard Radio - Brainerd ������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-1244 brainerdradio.net Lake Country Journal Magazine ���������������������������������������������������(218) 828-6424 lakecountryjournal.com Lakes Printing �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 829-7790 lakesprinting.com R & J Broadcasting Inc. ������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-9994 rjbroadcasting.com Range Printing ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-5982 rangeprinting.com SIGNspot ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-0950 signspotmn.com The Pulse 104.3 and The Word 102.7 ������������������������������������������(218) 568-4422 theword.mn XT Creative Group ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 833-2664 xtcreativegroup.com APPLIANCE SALES & SERVICE Schroeders Appliance Center ���������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-3624 schroedersappliance.com ARCHITECTS/ENGINEERS/SURVEYORS Structures International �����������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-3401 sinisswa.com WIDSETH ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-5117 widseth.com ART GALLERIES - ARTISTS Lakes Area Artists ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(612) 986-5396 facebook.com/lakesareaartists 80 | Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024

ATTRACTIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT Boats and Beyond Rentals, Inc. �����������������������������������������������������(218) 963-7700 boatsandbeyondrentals.com Brainerd International Raceway ���������������������������������������������������� (218) 824-7223 brainerdraceway.com Brainerd Zip Line Tour �����������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 656-1111 zipbrainerd.com Copper Creek Garden Center and Landscapes �������������������(218) 961-1294 coppercreeklandscapes.com Gull Lake Yacht Club & Sailing School �����������������������������������������(218) 963-6092 glyc.com Lakes Area Shooting Sports �����������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-4003 lakesareashootingsports.com Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota ���������������������������������������(218) 270-8212 legacychorale.org Mount Ski Gull ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-4353 mountskigull.com Nisswa Area Historical Society-Nisswa Community Children’s Library ����������������������������������������� (218) 961-6876 brainerdnisswa.ss12.sharpschool.com/nisswa_community_library Nisswa History Center and Museum �������������������������������������������(218) 963-3570 facebook.com/Nisswa-Area-Historical-Society-993480577710475 Nisswa Falls Mini Golf ����������������������������������������������������������nisswafallsminigolf.com Nisswa Family Fun Center ������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 820-3046 nisswaoutdoorwaterpark.com Nisswa Firecracker Run �����������������������������������������������������������������������(970) 389-0310 runnisswa.com Northland Arboretum ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 829-8770 northlandarb.org Northland Kart Kountry/VR Action World ��������������������������������(218) 454-1602 northlandkartkountry.com Paul Bunyan Land Amusement Park & Campground ������(218) 764-2524 paulbunyanland.com Safari North Wildlife Park ��������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 454-1662 safarinorth.com The Painted Turtle ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 457-0899 Water Wars ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 831-4390 Wildwedge Golf ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-5000 wildwedge.com AUTOMOTIVE SALES Mills Automotive Group �����������������������������������������������������������������������(866) 455-7638 millsauto.com


AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE KV Automotive �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-1181 MK AutoBody Inc. ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2991 Nisswa Automotive ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2202 nisswaauto.com SNK Car Wash & Oil Change ��������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-1204 snkcarwashandoil.com Turner Towing LLC ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 963-4547 turnertowingllc.com BANKING & LOANS American National Bank - Sportland Corners �����������������������(218) 656-1380 anbmn.com Deerwood Bank ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 316-3539 deerwoodbank.com First National Bank North �������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-0333 fnbnorth.com First Western Bank & Trust ����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-7325 firstwestern.bank Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union ��������������������������������������������(218) 829-0371 mmfcu.org Wings Financial Credit Union - Baxter �������������������������������������� (952) 997-8000 wingsfinancial.com Wings Financial Credit Union - Brainerd ���������������������������������� (952) 997-8000 wingsfinancial.com BARS & BREWERIES American Legion - Nisswa ����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-9946 nisswalegion.com Big Axe Brewing Company �����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-2337 bigaxebrewing.com Jack Pine Brewery ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 270-8072 jackpinebrewery.com Roundhouse Brewery ���������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2739 roundhousebrew.com WineDown Nisswa �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-2345 winedownmn.com Ye Old Pickle Factory ����������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-0085 cityofnisswa.com/index.cfm/picklefactory BEAUTY/BARBER/SPA Belle Cheveux Salon & Spa �����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-0095 bellecheveuxnisswa.com Grand View Lodge - Glacial Waters Spa ���������������������������������(218) 963-8700 grandviewlodge.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - The Spa �������������������������������������������������� (218) 829-2811 maddens.com/spa Moxy Hair Studio & Spa �������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-1015 moxyhairstudionisswa.com BICYCLE RENTAL JACS e-Bikes, LLC ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 234-6965 JACSeBikes.com Up North Bike Rentals, LLC ���������������������������������������������������������������(218) 821-5399 upnorthbikerentals.com BOAT CRUISES Breezy Point Resort - Breezy Belle ����������������������������������������������(218) 562-7164 breezybelle.com Gull Lake Cruises ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 316-7005 gulllakecruises.com Tipsy Tiki Tours ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(320) 319-0209 tipsytikitours.com

BOAT SALES & SERVICE Harbor Classics Boat Repair and Restoration ���������������������� (218) 831-0136 MarineMax Crosslake �����������������������������������������������������������������������������218-692-3570 marinemax.com/stores/crosslake MarineMax Nisswa ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2292 nisswamarine.com Minnesota Inboard Water Sports ��������������������������������������������������(218) 822-4401 mninboard.com BOAT STORAGE Northern Shores LLC �����������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 821-2396 BOAT, PONTOON AND JET SKI RENTAL Bertha Boatworks �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 543-4100 berthaboatworks.com Boats and Beyond Rentals, Inc. �����������������������������������������������������(218) 963-7700 boatsandbeyondrentals.com Brainerd Lakes Best Rentals �����������������������������������������������������������(218) 656-0665 brainerdlakesbestrentals.com Lake Fun Rentals ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-0000 BrainerdBoatRentals.com Nisswa Boat and Jet Ski Rentals ���������������������������������������������������� (218) 513-7940 nisswaboatandjetski.com Sportland Outdoor Outfitters ����������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2401 sportlandoutdoors.com Your Boat Club �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-1010 yourboatclub.com BUSINESS SERVICES Lehman & Associates Consulting, Inc. �����������������������������������������(218) 838-4158 On Systems, Inc. ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(855) 512-1024 onsystemsinc.com Spot On ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(612) 443-5777 spoton.com ZenBusiness ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(512) 765-4985 zenbusiness.com/minnesota-llc CAMPGROUNDS & RV PARKS Birch Bay RV Resort ������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-4488 birchbayrvresort.net Fritz’s Resort & Campground �����������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-8988 fritzsresort.com Hidden Paradise Resort ����������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-3180 hiddenparadiseresort.com CHILD CARE Stepping Stones Childcare Learning Center Inc. ������������������(218) 270-3100 steppingstonesmn.com CHIROPRACTIC Northern Hope Functional Neurology & Chiropractic �������(218) 232-3178 northernhopefnc.com CHURCHES Living Savior Lutheran Church ��������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-9733 livingsaviorchurch.org Lutheran Church of the Cross ����������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2564 lccnisswa.org Our Lady of the Lakes Parish �����������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-4760 ourladylakes.com The Journey ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2663 thejourneynisswa.org Timberwood Church ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ (218) 967-8888 timberwoodchurch.org Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024 | 81


CLEANING SERVICES SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids ����������������������������������(218) 568-6923 servprobrainerdandparkrapids.com COFFEE SHOPS & BAKERY Adirondack Cafe ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 967-0111 facebook.com/AdirondackCoffeeShop Breezy Point Resort - The Coffee House ����������������������������������(218) 562-7179 breezypointresort.com Iron Waffle Coffee Company �������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-6317 StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery ������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-2326 stonehousecoffee.com CONSTRUCTION Anderson Brothers Construction ���������������������������������������������������(218) 829-1768 andersonbrothers.com E.L. Builders LLC ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 839-4158 e-lbuilders.com Hy-Tec Construction of Brainerd, Inc. �����������������������������������������(218) 829-8529 hytecconstruction.com Nor-Son, Inc. ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-1722 nor-sonconstruction.com Patrick Majka Construction ��������������������������������������������������������������(218) 203-7288 Roof Co N.A., Inc. ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(763) 550-0444 roofcompanynaincmn.com Structural Buildings �������������������������������������������������������������������������������(800) 535-9722 structuralbuildings.com DENTISTS Nisswa Dental ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2970 nisswadental.com Nisswa Smiles ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-6330 nisswasmiles.com DOCK & MARINE SERVICES D. H. Docks, LLC ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2566 dhdocks.com Nisswa Dock �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2584 nisswadock.com EDUCATION Brainerd Public Schools, District #181 ����������������������������������������(218) 454-6900 isd181.org ELECTRICIAN Burt Electric �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-8922 Holden Electric Co., Inc ������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 829-4759 holdenelectric.com Jim’s Electric Company, Inc. �������������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-0250 jimselectric.com Precision Electrical LLC ������������������������������������������������������������������������ (218) 851-4013 precisionelectricalmn.com EQUIPMENT RENTAL/SALES/SERVICE Brainerd General Rental ����������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-2815 brainerdrental.com Midwest Machinery ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-5356 midwestmachineryco.com EVENT AND WEDDING VENUE Northern Pacific Center ������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 270-8113 northern pacificcenter.com EXCAVATING Honer Excavating �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(320) 250-6465 honerexcavatinginc.godaddysites.com Stumvoll Excavating ������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 838-8898 82 | Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024

EYE CARE/VISION Associates in Eyecare ���������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-1789 associatesineyecaremn.com Lakes Area Eyecare ������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-2929 lakesareaeyecare.com Midwest Family Eye Center ���������������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-9545 midwestfamilyeyecenter.com FARMERS MARKET Double T Acres �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(515) 494-5449 doubletacres.com Nisswa Farmer’s Market ����������������������������������������������������������������������(612) 710-0962 brainerdfarmersmarket.com FINANCE AND INSURANCE Baxter Insurance Group �����������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 855-0331 baxterinsurancegroup.com BlueCross BlueShield MN ��������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 529-9185 CliftonLarsonAllen LLP ����������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 828-0100 claconnect.com Edward Jones - Financial Advisor - Marcy Weaver �����������(218) 656-7312 edwardjones.com/marcy-weaver Edward Jones Investments - Jason Martinson, Nisswa ��������������(218) 963-0020 edwardjones.com Nisswa Insurance Agency ������������������������������������������������������������������ (218) 963-1000 nisswainsurance.com Northridge Insurance Agency Inc. ������������������������������������������������� (218) 829-1166 northridgeagency.com State Farm Insurance - Brett Laugen �����������������������������������������(218) 829-1764 insurebrainerdlakes.com Weizenegger - Engel Insurance ������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-4721 we-ins.com FIREWORKS North Star Fireworks LLC ��������������������������������������������������������������������(612) 743-3512 FISHING BAIT/TACKLE S & W Bait and Guide Service �����������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-7010 sandwbait.com Sportland Outdoor Outfitters ����������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2401 sportlandoutdoors.com FISHING GUIDE Nisswa Guide League ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 963-2547 nisswaguides.com Walleyedan Guide Service ����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 839-5598 walleyedan.com FITNESS Anytime Fitness - Nisswa �����������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-1111 anytimefitness.com/gyms/961/nisswa-mn-56468/ Notice Wellness LLC �����������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 656-0305 noticewellness.com Takedown Gym ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 454-1770 takedowngym.com FLAGS/FLAG POLES Falls Flag Source �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 963-1502 telescopingflagpoles.com


FOOD VENDOR/CONCESSIONS All Fried Up ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 330-2868 Bobick Concessions �������������������������������������������������������������������������������(612) 559-2315 KD Kettle Corn ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (763) 438-6274 Mister Lemonade ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (612) 363-4781 Nisswa Mini Donuts ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 820-2332 Northwoods Food Factory LLC �����������������������������������������������������(612) 309-6830 etsy.com/shop/NorthWoodsFoodFactry GARAGE DOORS Garage Door Store ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 824-0022 gdsmidwest.com GARBAGE/RECYCLING Waste Partners Inc. ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 824-8727 wastepartnersinc.com GOLF COURSES Breezy Point Resort - Deacon’s Lodge Golf Course ��������(218) 562-6262 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Traditional Golf Course ����������������������(218) 562-7166 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Whitebirch Golf Course ���������������������� (218) 562-7177 breezypointresort.com Cragun’s Legacy Courses ������������������������������������������������������������������ (218) 825-2789 craguns.com Grand View Lodge - Pines Golf Course �������������������������������������(218) 963-8755 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - Preserve Golf Course ����������������������������(218) 963-8755 grandviewlodge.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Classic Golf Course ������������������������� (218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Pine Beach East Golf Course ��� (218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Pine Beach West Golf Course �� (218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Social 9 Golf Course ����������������������� (218) 829-2811 maddens.com Whitefish Golf Club ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 543-4900 whitefishgolf.com GOVERNMENT Josh Heintzeman, State Representative ���������������������������������(651) 296-4333 house.mn.gov/members/profile/15435 Lake Shore, City of ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2148 cityoflakeshore.com Nisswa, City of ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-4444 cityofnisswa.com Sourcewell ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 895-4131 mn.sourcewell.org GROCERY Cub Foods - Baxter �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 828-4601 cub.com Cub Foods - Brainerd ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 828-1816 cub.com Pequot Lakes SuperValu ������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 568-5001 pequotlakessupervalu.com Schaefer’s Foods �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2265 schaefersfoods.com GUTTERS Advantage Seamless Gutters ��������������������������������������������������������(218) 270-2663 advantageseamlessgutters.com

HARDWARE/BUILDING SUPPLIES Mattson Lumber ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-7470 mattsonlumber.com Nisswa Hardware ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ (218) 963-7645 acehardware.com HEATING AND COOLING Lake Shore Heating and Cooling �������������������������������������������������� (615) 730-7336 lakeshoreheatingandcooling.com HOME BUSINESS Avon - Independent Sales Rep. Sandy Strom-Gieseke �������(218) 838-7006 youravon.com/sstrom HOME CARE Good Samaritan Home Care & Hospice ����������������������������������� (218) 963-9452 good-sam.com HOME EXTERIORS Bathtub Refinishing USA ��������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-8600 BathtubRefinishingUSA.com Lake Country Granite and Tile ��������������������������������������������������������(218) 330-6396 lakecountrygranite.com Sanders Blinds �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 820-7215 sandersblinds.com Window Galaxy of Minnesota ����������������������������������������������������������� (218) 821-0041 windowgalaxyofmn.com HOSPITALS AND CLINICS Cuyuna Regional Medical Center ��������������������������������������������������(218) 546-7000 cuyunamed.org HOTEL/MOTEL AmericInn Lodge & Suites by Wyndham ����������������������������������(218) 568-8400 wyndhamhotels.com/americinn/pequot-lakes-minnesota Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes ���������������������������������������(218) 822-5634 arrowwoodbrainerd.com Nisswa Inn & Suites ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-3500 Nisswainnandsuites.com Nisswa Motel ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-7611 nisswamotel.com Pine River Inn ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 587-4499 pineriverinn.com INDIVIDUALS Anderson, Lee and Penny Brausen, Ted and Cheri Koep, Marv and Judy Martin, Linda Seipp, Terry and Lee Warden, Louise INSULATION Expert Insulation of Minnesota, LLC. ������������������������������������������ (218) 454-7775 expertinsulation.com INTERNET/WEBSITE SERVICES Spectrum Business ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 537-0925 spectrum.com/business JEWELERS RW Jewelers & Boutique ���������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-3306 rwjewelers.com Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024 | 83


LANDSCAPE, LAWN & GARDEN Backyard Reflections ����������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 454-1065 backyardmn.com Copper Creek Garden Center and Landscapes �������������������(218) 961-1294 coppercreeklandscapes.com Nordic Brick & Fireplace ���������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 867-3700 alexbrick.com The Croix Companies ����������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-3404 thecroixcompanies.com TurfCare, Inc �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 820-6345 turfcaremn.com LIQUOR STORE Spirits of Nisswa ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-7488 spiritsofnisswa.com MANUFACTURING The Teehive �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 454-4483 theteehive.com Viking Label & Packaging, Inc. ���������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2575 vikinglabel.com NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS BOLD, Inc. �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(651) 485-4305 girlsarebold.org Brainerd Jaycees ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(800) 950-9461 brainerdjaycees.com Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation ����������������������(218) 824-5633 brainerdlakesareacommunityfoundation.org Brainerd Ski Loons ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 831-3290 skiloons.com Bridges of Hope ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 825-7682 bridgesofhopemn.org Central Lakes Rotary Club ���������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 330-1960 centrallakesrotary.club Christmas For Kids Inc. �������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-7539 Community Action of Pequot Lakes �������������������������������������������� (218) 851-2764 communityactionpequotlakes.org Confidence Learning Center ������������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-2344 campconfidence.com Crow Wing County Snowmobile Trail Association �����������������������������brainerdlakesareasnowmobiletrails.com Crow Wing Energized ��������������������������������������������������������� crowwingenergized.org Friends of Nisswa Lake Park �������������������������������������������������������������(218) 821-0362 cityofnisswa.com Gull Chain of Lakes Association ������������������������������������������������������������������gcola.org Gull Lake Drifters Snowmobile Club ��������������������������������������������(218) 568-4633 mnsnowmobiler.org/get-involved/our-clubs/club-listing/gull-lake-drifters Lakes Area Food Shelf �������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-8474 lakesareafoodshelf.org Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity ��������������������������������������������������(218) 454-7019 lakesareahabitat.org Lakes Area Heroes ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 330-4209 lakesareaheroes.com Lakes Area Music Festival �����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 275-5263 lakesareamusic.org Lakes Area United Way �����������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-2619 unitedwaynow.org Lakes Prostate Cancer Fund ������������������������������������������������������������(763) 360-3571 lakesprostatecancerfund.org 84 | Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024

Mounted Eagles Inc �������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 454-3228 mountedeagles.org My Neighbor to Love Coalition (MNTLC) ���������������������������������� (218) 821-7875 mntlc.org Nisswa Chamber of Commerce �����������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2620 nisswa.com Nisswa Garden Club �������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 330-6661 Nisswa Lions Club �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 537-0346 nisswalions.org Nisswa School PTO �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� nisswapto.com Nisswa Women’s Club ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 963-3121 nisswawomensclub.org Nisswa Youth Scholarship Organization ������������������������������������ (218) 831-0138 Northland Arboretum ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 829-8770 northlandarb.org Pequot Lakes Community Education ����������������������������������������(218) 568-9200 isd186.org/domain/63 Pohl Children’s Foundation ���������������������������������������������������������������(218) 820-2626 Salvation Army ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 828-3766 The Babinski Foundation �������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 568-7387 babinskifoundation.org The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes ������������������������������(218) 961-0055 outreachprogrambla.org Toys for Kids �������������������������������������������������������peoplessecurity.com/toysforkids OFFICE SUPPLIES/EQUIPMENT/FURNITURE The Office Shop ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-9000 theofficeshopinc.com PARTY SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT Party Time Rental, Inc. �������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-6300 partytimerentalmn.com Party World’s Be Bold Balloons ������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-2127 beboldballoons.com PET SUPPLIES Doggy Stylz LLC ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 568-1199 doggystylzmn.com The Animal House ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-7387 nisswapets.com PHARMACY GuidePoint Pharmacy ��������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-7525 guidepointpharmacy.com PHOTOGRAPHY Chelsie Elizabeth Photography ������������������������������������������������������ (218) 537-7392 chelsieelizabeth.com PLUMBING Lakes Area Plumbing ����������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 821-6450 lakesareaplumbing.com PORTABLE RESTROOM RENTAL Blakeman Portable Toilets ����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 270-0339 Honey Wagon ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2225 honeywagonllc.com POWERSPORTS DEALERSHIP Northland Sports Center ��������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 738-2582 northlandsportsmn.com Power Lodge ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 822-3500 powerlodge.com


PROPERTY MAINTENANCE/CABIN CARE Elevated Surface Cleaning ����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 820-5544 elevatedsurfacecleaning.com Jack’s Cabin Watch ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 251-5128 jackscabinwatch.com Keep Out Pest Control Inc. ����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 820-3606 keepoutpestcontrol.com Lake Country Property Care �����������������������������������������������������������(218) 820-2288 lakecountrypropcare.com Mosquito Squad of NC MN ����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-9342 mosquitosquad.com Woods to Water Vacation Homes + Book the B.L.A. �������� (218) 961-1005 bookthebla.com REAL ESTATE AGENT/BROKER Arnold Johnson Properties ����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 824-6100 Close Converse �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-3334 closeconverse.com Edina Realty Lakes Area ���������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 232-1946 edinarealtycrosslake.com Edina Realty - Nina Karsky ����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 821-3373 ninakarsky.com Joe Laudenbach Keller Williams Realty Professionals ���������������������������������������������(218) 851-5540 JoeWorksForMe.com Kurilla Real Estate - Jim Christensen �������������������������������������������(218) 820-2147 LakeshoreBroker.com Kurilla Real Estate - John Nolan �����������������������������������������������������(218) 820-7515 nolanteam.com Kurilla Real Estate LTD. �����������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-7333 kurilla.com Positive Realty & Inv Inc ������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-7767 positiverealty.com Positive Realty - Jackie Karlson ���������������������������������������������������� (218) 820-8447 positiverealty.com Positive Realty - Keith Schwankl ���������������������������������������������������(218) 330-7360 keithschwankl.com RE/MAX Advantage Plus The Pietig Properties Group �������������������������������������������������������������(218) 562-2041 PietigProperties.com RE/MAX Results ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-9554 results.net Sue Lehman, Realtor - Weichert Realtors Tower Properties ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 838-4159 suelehmansells.com Woods To Water Real Estate ����������������������������������������������������������� (218) 961-1005 woodstowatermn.com Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty Exclusive ���������������������(218) 821-0223 yourhomesoldguranteedrealtyexclusive.com RENTAL/LEASING Ice Guys Fish House Rentals ��������������������������������������������������������������(218) 270-0861 iceguysrentals.com Nisswa Square ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 330-8228 RESIDENTIAL DESIGN North House Residential Design ���������������������������������������������������� (612) 327-7582 northhouse-rd.com

RESORTS Agate Lake Resort ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2224 agatelakeresort.com Birch Bay RV Resort ������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-4488 birchbayrvresort.net Bobbertown Bungalows ����������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-5410 bobbertownbungalowsmn.com Boyd Lodge �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 543-4125 boydlodge.com Breezy Point Resort ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 562-7811 breezypointresort.com Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake �����������������������������������������������������������(218) 316-7005 craguns.com Eagles Nest Resort ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2336 eaglesnestnisswa.com Fritz’s Resort & Campground �����������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-8988 fritzsresort.com Galles’ Upper Cullen Resort & Campground ��������������������������(218) 963-2249 uppercullen.com Good Ol’ Days Family Resort ������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2478 goodoldaysresort.com Grand View Lodge Golf Resort & Spa ����������������������������������������(218) 963-2234 grandviewlodge.com Gull Four Seasons Resort �������������������������������������������������������������������� (218)963-7969 mnresortcabins.com Gull Lake Realty Management, LLC �������������������������������������������(218) 656-6965 gulllakebeachresorts.com Gull Lake Resort ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-1344 gulllake.com Hidden Paradise Resort ����������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-3180 hiddenparadiseresort.com Hideaway Resort on Upper Hay Lake ���������������������������������������(218) 568-4249 hideaway-resort.com Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort �������������������������������������������������(218) 829-5226 kavanaughs.com Lost Lake Lodge & Restaurant �������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2681 lostlake.com Madden’s on Gull Lake ������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 829-2811 maddens.com Nature Link Resorts �������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 537-3389 naturelink.us Point Narrows Resort ���������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-5552 pointnarrowsresort.com Quarterdeck Resort on Gull Lake �������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2482 quarterdeckresort.com Sandy Beach Resort �����������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-4458 sandybeachresort.net Train Bell Resort ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-4941 trainbellresort.com Wilderness Point Resort ���������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-5642 wildernesspointresort.com

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RESTAURANTS/FOOD/BEVERAGES A & W Restaurant �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-4361 facebook.com/awnisswa/ Baia Della �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 824-6444 baiadellaitaliankitchen.com Bar Harbor Supper Club ���������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2568 barharborsupperclub.com Barajas Mexican Bar and Grill ���������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-9950 facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063565299996 Baxter’s Bar & Grill ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 822-3663 arrowwoodbrainerdlodge.com/dining Blaze Pizza ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 453-0088 blazepizza.com Breezy Point Resort - Antler’s Restaurant �������������������������������(218) 562-7162 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Dockside Restaurant ��������������������������(218) 562-7170 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort - Marina II Restaurant �����������������������������(218) 562-7161 breezypointresort.com Breezy Point Resort Palmer’s Grille at Deacon’s Lodge �����������������������������������������������(218) 562-6270 breezypointresort.com Cowboy’s of Lake Shore ���������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-6200 cowboysoflakeshore.com Cragun’s Resort - Irma’s Kitchen ���������������������������������������������������(218) 825-2700 craguns.com Cragun’s Resort - Legacy Bar and Grille ����������������������������������(218) 825-2700 craguns.com Dairy Queen - Nisswa ����������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2163 dairyqueen.com Dough Bros Woodfire Kitchen ��������������������������������������������������������(218) 454-4900 doughbroswoodfire.com Ernie’s on Gull ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-3918 erniesongull.com Firehouse Subs �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-0629 firehousesubs.com/locations/mn/northwoods-crossing Grand View Lodge - CHAR ���������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com/restaurants/char Grand View Lodge - Cru Restaurant & Wine Bar ����������������(218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com/restaurants/cru Grand View Lodge - Freddy’s Sports Grill �������������������������������(218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - Italian Gardens ������������������������������������������(218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - Northern Soul Smokehouse �������������� (218) 568-4944 grandviewlodge.com Grand View Lodge - Northwoods Pub ���������������������������������������(218) 967-8816 grandviewlodge.com/restaurants/northwoods-pub Grand View Lodge - On The Rocks ����������������������������������������������(218) 967-8816 grandviewlodge.com/restaurants/on-the-rocks Grand View Lodge Tanque Verde Cantina On The Beach ����������������������������������������(218) 963-8756 grandviewlodge.com Lost Lake Lodge Restaurant �����������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2681 lostlake.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Fairways ������������������������������������������������� (218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Lobby Cafe ������������������������������������������ (218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - Mission Point Restaurant ������������ (218) 829-2811 maddens.com 86 | Nisswa Chamber Guide 2024

Madden’s on Gull Lake - Parfecto Pizza ����������������������������������� (218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - The 19th Hole �������������������������������������� (218) 829-2811 maddens.com Madden’s on Gull Lake - The Classic Grill ���������������������������������� (218) 829-2811 maddens.com Main Street Ale House �������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 961-6724 mainstreetnisswa.com MN Traders Co. ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ (218) 568-1071 mntradersco.com Notch 8 Chowhouse & Drinkery ������������������������������������������������������(218) 454-6688 notch8brainerd.com Rafferty’s Pizza of Nisswa ������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-3023 raffertyspizza.com Sherwood North ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-6261 sherwoodnorth.com Subway of Nisswa ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 963-9789 subway.com Sunshine’s Summerhouse �������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-4300 The Iron Range Eatery �������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 545-5444 ironrange.3cheersmn.com The Shed ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 513-8392 The Woods ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-7507 thewoodsmn.com Zorbaz on Gull Lake ������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 963-4790 zorbaz.com SAUNA RENTAL Birch Sauna ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (763) 218-3059 birchsauna.com Nisswa Sauna Rental LLC �������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 214-9409 nisswarental.com SECURITY SYSTEMS Peoples Security Co ������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 828-4828 peoplessecurity.com SENIOR LIVING Hills Crossing Senior Living ����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 203-9820 hcseniorliving.com Northern Lakes Senior Living Assisted Living & Memory Care ������������������������������������������������������ (218) 454-2121 northernlakesseniorliving.com SHIPPING Nisswa Post Office ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 963-7907 SHOPPING - DOWNTOWN NISSWA Angry Minnow Vintage �������������������������������������������������������������������������� (763) 228-1319 angryminnowvintage.com Appaloosa Ridge & Lakebound Clothing ��������������������������������(218) 963-7955 Ardor Boutique - Nisswa ���������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 454-1570 ardorshop.com Buffalo Plaid, Inc. ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(320) 309-6724 FOUND - A Curated Life ���������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 232-2569 Fun Sisters Boutique �������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-1091 thefunsisters.com GG Commons ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(612) 280-0048 ggcommons.com KISA �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(612) 636-2208 kisaofficial.com Lake Latitude Boutique ������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-1087 lakelatitude.com Lundrigan’s Clothing ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 963-2647 Martin’s Sport Shop ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2341 martinssportshop.com


SHOPPING - DOWNTOWN NISSWA (CONTINUED) Meg’s Cabin �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-3000 megscabin.com Nisswa Totem Pole Boutique Marketplace �����������������������������(218) 961-0049 nisswatotempole.com North Root Studio, LLC ������������������������������������������������������������������������(763) 245-1843 Northern Gifts & Sweets and Glen’s Ice Cream Parlor ����������������������������������������northerngiftsandsweets.com Olde Crow Gatherings ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 963-1212 oldecrowgatherings.com Primrose Park ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(612) 916-4668 primroseparkmpls.com Quirks! �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� (218) 961-0100 Simply Minnesota ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ (218) 892-4627 simplyminnesotagifts.com The Chocolate Ox �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-4443 thechocolateox.com The Dock Panther �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-1010 dockpanther.com The Woodland Meadow ���������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-0036 thewoodlandmeadow.com Turtle Town Books & Gifts �������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-4891 turtletownnisswa.com Zaiser’s �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 963-2404 shopzaisers.com SHOPPING - OUTLYING AREAS OF NISSWA Common Goods Thrift StoreBaxter, Crosslake, and Crosby ��������������������������������������������������������(218) 824-0923 commongoodsmn.org Emily Kaye Bridal ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 330-7687 emilykayebridal.com Fleet Farm �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-3521 fleetfarm.com Goody’s Gourmet Treats ��������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 454-3340 goodysgourmettreats.com Lotus in October ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(763) 843-7588 lotusinoctober.com Meraki Boutique ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-2080 merakiboutiquenisswa.com Sugarberry Creek Candle Co. ������������������������������������������������������������(218) 270-4211 sugarberrycreekcandles.com The Smoke Stack BBQ Supply Store LLC �������������������������������(218) 454-2662 thesmokestackmn.com Weise Crafts & Variety ��������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 568-4425

Wildflower Chocolate ������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 961-1074 wildflowerchocolate.com SHUTTLE SERVICE/TRANSPORTATION/BUS Ole’s Shuttle Service ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 821-1615 olesshuttleservice.com Reichert Bus Service �����������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-6955 reichertbus.com SNOWMOBILE/GOLF CART RENTAL Nisswa Adventure Rentals �����������������������������������������������������������������(218) 513-0804 SOFTWARE Adobe ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ (408) 753-5826 adobe.com GrowthZone �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(800) 825-9171 growthzone.com STORAGE Lake’s Premier Storage �����������������������������������������������������������������������(612) 718-2435 Lakespremierstorage.com Sully’s Self Storage ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 330-6157 brainerdmnstorage.com TREE SERVICE Nic’s Works LLC Tree Service �����������������������������������������������������������(218) 270-0861 nicsworks.com UTILITIES Crow Wing Power ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-2827 cwpower.com CTC - Consolidated Telecommunications Co. �����������������������(218) 454-1234 goctc.com Minnesota Power ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 722-5642 mnpower.com Xcel Energy �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(320) 255-8610 xcelenergy.com VETERINARY Lakeland Veterinary Hospital �����������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-1709 lakelandvet.net WATER CONDITIONING Culligan �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-5137 culliganwater.com WHOLESALE/DISTRIBUTION/VENDING Bernicks ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 820-7754 bernicks.com C & L Distributing �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������(218) 829-2978 candldistributing.com Dahlheimer Beverage Brainerd �����������������������������������������������������(218) 829-0303 dahlheimerbeverage.com

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