2023 Explore Pequot Lakes Visitor Guide

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“Home Grown Local Radio” Serving the communities throughout the lakes area For local radio marketing, contact the Brainerd office at 218-828-9994 or Aitkin at 218-927-2100. #RADIOWORKS rjbroadcasting.com Precision Machining • Fabrication CNC MACHINISTS & FABRICATORS Milling • Turning • Fabrication A thriving precision manufacturing company celebrating 40 years of service. Excellent compensation with full benefits in the heart of Lake country. ISO 9001 Apply online at www.pequottool.com E-mail resume to: lgoerges@pequottool.com ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CAREERS 218-839-7018 Brainerd's first Coworking Space has everything you could ask for in a workplace: modern, secure facilities, reliable wired and wireless internet, an open and calm workspace, and a community with opportunity for growth. We have private offices, dedicated desks, conference rooms, and daily dropin space available. Book your reservation now at brainerdspaces.com! Join our community and unlo ck your productivity today. www.brainerdspaces.com lori@brainerdspaces.com 4 ExploreBrainerdLakes.com Explore Brainerd Lakes
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The Credits

BRAINERD LAKES CHAMBER PRESIDENT

Matt Kilian

BRAINERD LAKES CHAMBER STAFF

Ali Bestie, Paula Chapulis, Paula Davis, Colleen Dols, Sue Galligan, Mary Gottsch, Nichole Heinen, Donna Houchin, Brian Lehman, Cindy Myogeto, Trisha Reilley, Jess Vogt

EDITORIAL CONTENT

Trisha Reilley, Tourism Marketing Manager

GRAPHIC ARTS

Donna Houchin, Marketing & Communications Manager

ADVERTISING SALES

Susie Alters, Sue Galligan, Brian Lehman

PUBLISHER

Brainerd Dispatch, Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHAMBER

BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS

14 Lakes Brewery, 5Rocks Distilling Co., Bay View Resort, Bar Harbor Supper Club, Big Axe Brewery, BlazeAir, Boyd Lodge, Brainerd Dispatch, Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd Jaycees, Brainerd Ski

Loons, Brainerd Zip Line Tour, Breezy Belle, Breezy Point Resort, Buffalo Media Group, Cameron & Tia

Photography, Campfire Bay Resort, Chelsie Elizabeth

Photography, Cragun’s Resort, David Boran, Eagles

Nest, Ernie’s on Gull, Fritz’s Resort, Grand View Lodge, Gull Lake Cruises, Hailey Miller, Jack Pine Brewery, Kelley Jo Imaging, Lakes Area Music Festival, Lakes

Jam, Lost Lake Lodge, Madeline Lizotte Photography, Madden’s Resort, Menique Koos Photography, MN Traders Co., Mount Ski Gull, Nature Link Resort, Nichole Heinen, Nor-Son Custom Builders, Northern Pacific Center, Party Time Rental, Paul Bunyan Land, Peter Wong Photography, Purple Fern Bath Company, Red Oaks Pet Inn, Roundhouse Brewery, Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort, Safari North, Scott Lykins, Shawn Decker, Simple Escape Photography, Stephanie Marie

Photography, The Wharf, Thunder Lake Lodge, Tim Larsen Photography, Wilderness Point Resort, Wildlife Park, Snarky Loon, Whitefish Area Lodging Association, Woodlore Cider, Woods to Water Real Estate

CROSSLAKE COVER PHOTO BY BUFFALO MEDIA GROUP, COURTESY OF WHITEFISH AREA LODGING ASSOCIATION @BuffaloMedia182 | BuffaloMediaGroupMN.com

A full service multi-media production company

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The Premier Production Company of the Brainerd Lakes Area

Crosslake Welcome Center Co Rd 3 and Route 66 Crosslake, MN 56442 (218) 692-4027 Crosslake.com Pequot Lakes Welcome Center 31095 Government Drive Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 (218) 568-8911 PequotLakes.com Explore Brainerd Lakes Welcome Center 7393 State Highway 371 Brainerd, MN 56401 (800) 450-2838 ExploreBrainerdLakes.com The Brainerd Lakes Chamber would like to thank all the individuals and Chamber businesses who submitted photos and content to feature in the Explore Brainerd Lakes Visitors Guide. ©2023 Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce. All Rights Reserved.
Gift Store | Restrooms Area Maps | Pet Area Travel Information | WiFi Clothing | Snacks (218) 829-2838 | (800) 450-2838 InfoStaff@ExploreBrainerdLakes.com 7393 State Highway 371, Brainerd, MN 56401 ExploreBrainerdLakes.com Start your vacation here! Brainerd Welcome Center & Gift Shop @ExploreBrainerdLakes @BrainerdLakes InfoStaff@ExploreBrainerdLakes.com @BrainerdLakes 8 ExploreBrainerdLakes.com Explore Brainerd Lakes

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12 RELOCATION Welcome to the Brainerd Lakes Area, 12 Your Career Starts Here, 14 20 LODGING Lodging for Your Travel Personality, 20 Lodging Directory, 24 32 WEDDINGS Destination North, 32 36 PETS A Tail Wagging Good Time, 36 38 FAMILY ACTIVITIES Family Fun Starts Here, 38 Spooktacular Attractions, 41 Rainy Day Fun, 42 46 LOCAL EVENTS Signature Events, 46 50 ON THE WATER Just Beach It, 51 Kayaking Fun, 55 Get On the Water, 57 58 OUTDOOR ADVENTURES For the Love of the Outdoors, 58 Local Parks, 60 62 GOLF 5 Reasons Fall Golf is the Best, 62 Where the Pros Come to Play, 63 Golf Directory, 65 66 FOOD & DRINK Lake Side Dining, 66 Sip Like a Local, 70 76 HOME & CABIN 7 Things to Consider When Buying a Home, 76 82 SHOPPING Local Finds, 82 84 THE ART SCENE World Class Music, Small Town Feel, 84 The Local Art Scene, 86 88 BUSINESS DIRECTORY IN THIS ISSUE 20 68 38 10 ExploreBrainerdLakes.com Explore Brainerd Lakes
Are you looking for a more relaxed atmosphere enhanced by extraordinary natural beauty and recreational opportunities? The Brainerd Lakes Area is the perfect place to live, work and play. Why not work where you play? growbrainerdlakes.org FOR MORE INFORMATION Mike Bjerkness Workforce Director mike@growbrainerdlakes.org (218) 828-0096 Visit our Job Portal TODAY to find professional positions in the Brainerd Lakes Area. SCAN ME SCAN ME 12 ExploreBrainerdLakes.com Relocation

TO THE BRAINERD LAKES AREA

We are so happy to have you Explore the Brainerd Lakes. We’re a mix of several communities: Brainerd/Baxter, Crosslake, Cuyuna Lakes, Pequot Lakes, and Nisswa. While you’re here, immerse yourself in the different areas as each has its own character and charm.

Brainerd/Baxter

Enjoy one of Minnesota’s most popular areas—the Gull Chain of Lakes. Tee off at one of the area’s nationally recognized golf courses. Visit area attractions, like Northland Kart Kountry, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, and Paul Bunyan Land— where a 26-foot-tall lumberjack has been captivating children and saying their names for over 65 years.

Crosslake

Spend the day boating the Whitefish Chain—14 interconnected lakes that provide 119 miles of shoreline. Picnic at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Crosslake Recreation Area and walk across the Pine River Dam to watch the rushing water. Explore specialty shops and boutiques where you’ll find one-of-a-kind clothing and home décor.

Cuyuna Lakes

With its acres of undeveloped forests, natural shorelines, and rugged terrain, the Cuyuna Lakes Area is an adventure enthusiast’s playground. The Cuyuna mountain biking trails will give you an exhilarating rush as you traverse the miles of winding red dirt.

Nisswa

Nisswa is located in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area. With its quaint downtown, modern amenities, and friendly faces, Nisswa is your Up North destination. With easy access to golf, the Gull Chain of Lakes, skiing, snowmobiling, and shopping, you’ll find something to do in all four seasons.

Pequot Lakes Area

The Paul Bunyan Trail runs from Brainerd to Bemidji with a stop right in downtown Pequot Lakes. Meander through Breezy Point, Jenkins, and around the Whitefish chain on the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway—a nationally recognized route with 54 miles of paved, wide-shouldered roads.

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EASY TO FIND)

63 MILES FROM ST. CLOUD

114 MILES FROM DULUTH

130 MILES FROM THE TWIN CITIES

138 MILES FROM FARGO

180 MILES FROM INTERNATIONAL FALLS

210 MILES FROM ROCHESTER

The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport offers daily flights through Delta Air Lines. With free parking and short flights to MSP and other regional airports, it’s convenient, too.

YOU MAY SEE BABE THE BLUE OX STATUES WHEN YOU’RE VISITING— STOP AND TAKE A SELFIE!
Photo by Buffalo Media Group, Courtesy of Whitefish Area Lodging Association Madden's On Gull Lake, Brainerd

YOUR CAREER starts here

If you’ve ever vacationed or visited popular local resorts like Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake or Breezy Point Resort on Pelican Lake, you likely recognize the impressive size and infrastructure of these properties.

What you may not realize, by design, is all the jobs and services that happen behind the scenes to make vacations effortless and full of memories. Housekeeping cleaning cabins. Staff setting up and serving weddings and groups. Culinary teams preparing unique dishes. Management teams overseeing day-to-day operations. It takes hundreds of workers to give you—the guest—a seamless and relaxing experience.

A Welcoming Industry

Grand View Lodge and Breezy Point Resort employ over 500 full-and-part-time workers combined. In the summer months, job openings swell to meet demand of the high tourism season. Other resorts also are always looking to add to their teams, too. As spring, fall, and even winter continue to become more popular travel times yearround opportunities are always available.

“Each year, there are hundreds of hospitality jobs that go unfilled in our area. All businesses want to make a good impression for our local customers and visiting guests, but it can be a significant challenge without staff. The hospitality business is fun and dynamic. Locally, we are working with the schools to get people interested in this industry,” said David Spizzo, Breezy Point Resort.

International Work Programs

While you’re on property interacting with staff, you may notice some staff’s name tags have different countries listed. Grand View Lodge and Breezy Point Resort each bring about 65 international seasonal workers to their resorts through temporary government visa programs. While it accounts for a small percentage of their workforce, it helps bridge the gap during worker shortages.

GRAND VIEW LODGE

Bianka, a student from Budapest, Hungary and Ana, a student from Puebla, Mexico, both fell in love with Grand View Lodge on their first visits and returned for the last few seasons. Coming from big and boisterous cities, they love the small town feel, peacefulness, and the easy access to nature.

Bianka and Ana worked in food and beverage helping out at restaurants and events. To them, Grand View Lodge feels like home. Now they know a lot of the other employees—both international and local—making lifelong friendships. They both thank Grand View Lodge for being welcoming and providing all employees with a good work environment.

Grand View Lodge Bianka (Budapest, Hungary), and Ana (Puebla, Mexico) Grand View Lodge
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Photo by Buffalo Media Group, Courtesy of Whitefish Area Lodging Association

BREEZY POINT RESORT

The number one goal of Merton and Felicia and Arlan and Princess—who are married couples from Jamacia—is to give you a positive experience while vacationing here. As part of a temporary visa program, they are all skilled hospitality professionals who worked with an agency in a highly competitive program to come here. Each of them have worked at Breezy Point Resort during several summer seasons when there aren’t enough local workers. They feel privileged and honored to bring their strong work ethic here and help the resort run smoothly. From culinary, landscaping to housekeeping, Merton and Felicia and Arlan and Princess make a difference in the guest experience. They all agreed that the awesome leadership team from the owners to managers create a positive and fun environment not only for international and local workers, but also guests too. “The management team gets an A+ from me. From the owners [the Spizzo family] to managers, they lead by example and are so down-to-earth in how they treat their workers,” said Princess.

A Place to Call Home

Much like the international workers who love the Brainerd Lakes for the woods, slower pace, and the people, you can find that here, too. Brainerd Lakes can be your home. And a job in hospitality is perfect way to have a rewarding career that’s fastpaced and offers a lot of opportunities with advancement.

“The Brainerd Lakes Area has more hotels, resorts, and restaurants than almost any other lake community in the state. And if you think just being a chef or behind the front desk is the only position in hospitality available—you are mistaken. From the golf course pros to superintendents, the housekeeping crews to grounds and maintenance, waterfront attendants to ice cream scoopers—we are all hospitality! Regardless of where you start at, there is always a pathway to advancement. And we love what we do. We get to play where we work,” Frank Soukup, Grand View Lodge. All resorts share the same goal: To keep business running with little disruption so guests can enjoy year after year.

IN CROW WING COUNTY, TOURISM’S ECONOMIC IMPACT IS OVER $213 MILLION IN GROSS SALES CONTRIBUTING OVER $13 MILLION IN STATE SALES TAX.

"FROM THE OWNERS [THE SPIZZO FAMILY] TO MANAGERS, THEY LEAD BY EXAMPLE AND ARE SO DOWN-TO-EARTH IN HOW THEY TREAT THEIR WORKERS.”
Merton and Felicia Princess and Arlan (Jamacia)
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Photo by BlazeAir, Breezy Point Resort

Abbie Hoelscher Agency Inc. - American Family Insurance

(218) 568-8200

https://agent.amfam.com/abbie-hoelscher/ mn/pequot-lakes/31079-front-st/

Specializing in creating a great customer experience. We offer policies in auto, home, life, business & recreational vehicle insurance with the knowledge & experience when it comes to ensuring your dreams. We look forward to building a long lasting relationship with you.

Central Lakes College Customized Training

(218) 855-8118

www.clcmn.edu/customized-training

Bucket List or To Do List? Knock them both off with summer training here in lakes country. Motorcycle training, CNA testing, Boiler Engineer training, DOT-MIP and ServSafe Food Manager (re)certification, and more. Register online or by phone. The process is simple and the view is great. Learn and relax!

Elevate Wellness

(218) 579-9500

www.elevatewellnessmn.com

FDA-cleared red light bed, halo (dry salt) therapy, 3D body scanning, whole body vibration, lymphatic compression, infrared sauna, and oxygen bar. These holistic services are tailored to help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, detoxify the body, purify skin, and facilitate weight loss. Elevate Wellness accommodates groups of up to 12 people.

Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

(218) 824-5633

www.communitygiving.org/Brainerd

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) is your local community foundation helping generous people change lives & community through philanthropy. We help individuals & organizations establish charitable funds (like a giving checkbook), work with our community to provide leadership to identify priority needs & provide funding to assist charities.

Clow Stamping Company

(218) 765-3111

www.clowstamping.com

Clow Stamping Company is a family-focused manufacturing company providing worldclass metal stamping to recognized (Original Equipment Manufacturer) OEMs. Today the Merrifield facility is over 285,000 square feet, employs more than 520 full-time employees, and provides metal stampings to several Fortune 500 companies.

Finnegan & Associates, Inc. - American Family Insurance

(218) 829-3040

https://agent.amfam.com/shannon-finnegan/mn/brainerd/406-w-washington-st/ Call (218) 829-3040 today to see how I can help protect what matters most.

First Western Bank & Trust

(218) 829-8712

www.firstwestern.bank

Confidence Learning Center

(218) 828-2344

www.ConfidenceLearningCenter.org

CentraCare - Baxter Clinic

(218) 454-4725

|

www.centracare.com

Whether you need care for routine check-ups or a new health concern, our doctors, nurses & team care can help adults & children get the care they need. Our clinic also offers a wide range of specialty care services that give you access to comprehensive care options close to home.

Located in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area, Confidence Learning Center is a non-profit outdoor experience for people of all ages with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Open year round. Be sure to check out our website to book your adventure today!

We operate as a full-service financial center providing traditional banking products as well as trust services, all lines of insurance, leasing, and much more. We have four locations in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Visit us in Baxter, Crosslake, or Nisswa!

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National Bank of Commerce

(218) 393-7474

www.nbcbanking.com

National Bank of Commerce might be new to the Brainerd area, but we sure aren’t new to banking. Put simply, our mission is to make more possible. NBC’s business credit and lending products put you in the ultimate control. We look forward to meeting you!

Rahn's Oil and Propane

(320) 256-3680

www.rahnfuels.com

Rahn's Oil and Propane is a family-owned business and customer service is our number one priority! We specialize in bulk and transport deliveries of propane, fuel and gasoline. Whether you need propane for home heat or gas or fuel for your farm or business, we are here for you!

Wing Wellness Medical Spa

(218) 839-9463

www.wingwellness.com

Nurse Practitioner owned/operated. Years of experience, most up-to-date technology. Offering many unique services. One of a kind experience. Old schoolhouse converted into a beautiful wellness spa, nestled in the country. High quality, comfortable, safe environment, medical aesthetics, laser skin services, acne treatments, massage, facials, neurotoxin, and more.

Penmac

(218) 820-4587

www.penmac.com

Penmac Staffing is an employment agency that connects job seekers and businesses. Whether you're an HR Manager looking for great employees, or an employee looking for your next career, Penmac is here to help!

Founded in 1988, Penmac operates more than thirty offices in 8 states. "We Place People First"

Sue Lehman, Realtor - Weichert Realtors (218) 838-4159

www.suelehmansells.com

"Hometown Service with Results!" A hardworking, full-time agent with local Weichert Realtors, Tower Properties, Sue offers experience & knowledge paired with personal service & attention to detail. Whether selling or buying a starter home or luxury lake home, Sue Lehman is a great choice for all your real estate needs!

Pequot Lakes School District

(218) 568-4496

www.isd186.org

Patriot Proud and home to 1850 PreK-grade 12 students and 250 caring staff members. The secondary campus in Pequot Lakes includes the High School serving grades 9–12 and Middle School serving grades 5-8. Eagle View Elementary School in Breezy Point serves early childhood through grade 4 students.

Whitefish at the Lakes Senior Living

(218) 210-0770

www.whitefishatthelakes.com

Whitefish at the Lakes Senior Living in Crosslake, a beautiful, distinctive senior living community offering spacious independent, assisted & memory care apartments. The conveniences of home with the comfortable luxury of lake style living. Our state-of-the-art amenities, experienced staff, and individualized services feature activities to keep life fun!

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Nature Link

uses minimal and modern design touches to keep nature at the center of your stay.

Lodging for Your Travel Personality

We have a lot of lodging options, which can be overwhelming especially to the first-time traveler. Knowing what kind of amenities you want will help narrow your search and maximize the fun while you’re here.

No matter what you choose, we have a place to stay that suits your personality!

Tucked among the pines on Clark Lake, Nature Link Nature Link Resort, Nisswa, Photo Courtesy Hailey Miller @dreaming_outloud

Nostalgic

You love the warm and fuzzy feelings of reminiscing of a simpler time. And you want to bring your family together to experience a vacation from your childhood. Perhaps it’s bringing your kids to Paul Bunyan Land or walking the dam at Crosslake. You hope to bring your grandkids to stay at the same resort on the same lake that you did years ago. Many resorts that you remember are still here and now offer “reunion houses”—where your whole family can stay under one roof.

Minimalist

Your idea of a vacation is the simpler, the better. Your to-do list consists of biking the Paul Bunyan State Trail, hiking the Crow Wing State Park, or paddling your kayak around one of the area’s quieter lakes. You’re happy with limited amenities. You want a quiet space that provides abundant nature with easy access to trails and lakes. The Brainerd Lakes Area has lodging options that fit your low-key style. Most area resorts are family owned and still have the rustic charm that you love.

Campfire Bay Resort offers guests two, three, and four bedroom cabins. A few of their roomier cabins sleep up to 16 people, and some of the cabins are connected to allow up to 28 people in one building!

Enjoy over 1,000 feet of sugar sand beach at Boyd Lodge in Crosslake. This family resort offers guests three, four, and five bedroom cabins.

YOUR IDEA OF A VACATION IS BIKING THE PAUL BUNYAN STATE TRAIL, HIKING THE CROW WING STATE PARK, OR PADDLING YOUR KAYAK AROUND ONE OF THE AREA’S QUIETER LAKES.

Thunder Lake Lodge, Remer Eagles Nest, Nisswa Photo by Shawn Decker, Campfire Bay Resort, Cushing
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Boyd Lodge, Crosslake

Action Lover

You’re up for anything and love the convenience of staying within the city limits. Your idea of a great vacation day is being close to the area’s top attractions, shopping, and restaurants. A hotel is the perfect home base because you’ll only be in your room for sleeping. There’s too much to see and do! You’ll want to check out lodging in Brainerd/Baxter, Crosslake, and Pequot Lakes.

Explore Year-Round

ENJOY WATER ACTIVITIES ON OVER 2 MILES OF GULL LAKE SHORELINE AT MADDEN'S ON GULL LAKE!

BudgetMinded

You’ve never met a deal you didn’t like. You want amenities, but you don’t want to spend your whole budget on them. You’d rather spend on activities and experiences. You love the thrill of looking for the family friendly eats and low-cost excursions. With parades, firework displays, outdoor movies in Crosslake’s Town Square, and turtle races in Nisswa, the Lakes Area offers a variety of free activities. And you’ll easily find hotels and resorts that will make you—and your budget happy!

THE FUN DOESN'T END WITH THE CHANGING OF THE SEASONS. FIND DOZENS OF RESORTS & HOTELS OFFERING LODGING YEAR-ROUND. Madden's On Gull Lake, Nisswa
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Ruttger's Bay Lake Resort, Deerwood Quarterdeck Resort, Nisswa

AN IMMERSIVE LODGING EXPERIENCE

The GetAway is a 500 acre wilderness haven and adventure resort. This resort is perfect for a large group of friends, family reunions, or even a corporate retreat. Your party gets full use of the lodge and cottage, which sleeps 17. There’s also an outdoor pool, obstacle course, 22 miles of groomed trails, and a five-green golf course. Explore the off-road potential around the property by cruising in a SHERP all-terrain vehicle!

www.TheGetawayAdventureResort.com

Glamper

You bring your lodging with you when you come Up North. Your home on wheels is equipped with modern conveniences like a microwave and shower—tenting it is taking it too far! You like RV parks or campgrounds with amenities and easy access to water (pool or lake). You want to be close to activities like nature hikes, biking, and shopping. But you love having your own personal space and the freedom that comes with it. The Brainerd Lakes Area has resorts, RV parks, and campgrounds with camper hook ups (electric, water, and sometimes sewer).

Luxurious

You want amenities at your fingertips: a lush spa, world-class golf, five-star dining, and endless activities for the kids (hello, waterski school)! Having reliable wi-fi to check email is a must. You don’t mind paying for well-appointed accommodations for the

convenience of having everything on-property. You don’t want to sacrifice comfort for the sake of vacation. Many area resorts offer amenities with multiple dining options, pools, beaches, and golf— so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy total pampering.

Grand View Lodge, Nisswa Fritz's Resort and Campground, Nisswa
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Wilderness Point Resort, Pequot Lakes

Lodging Directory

Brainerd & Baxter

→ AmericInn of Little Falls (320) 632-1964 | (866) 306-0944

www.wyndhamhotels.com/ americinn

306 Lemieur St SE Little Falls, MN 56345

[Hotel, Open Year-Round, Pool]

→ Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes (218) 822-5634

www.arrowwoodbrainerd.com

6967 Lake Forest Rd Baxter, MN 56425

[Resort, Hotel, Waterpark, Open Year-Round, Pool]

→ Auger's Pine View Resort (218) 575-2100 | (888) 705-5253

www.augerspineview.com

34052 Auger Rd Motley, MN 56466

[Resort, Campground, On the Water]

→ Campfire Bay Resort (218) 575-2432 | (800) 677-7263

www.campfirebayresort.com

31504 Azure Rd Cushing, MN 56443

[Resort, Campground, Open Year-Round, On the Water]

→ Country Inn & Suites

By Radisson (218) 828-2161 | (218) 297-4816

www.radissonhotelsamericas. com/countryinn

15058 Dellwood Dr Baxter, MN 56425

[[Hotel, Open Year-Round, Pool, Pet Friendly]

→ Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake (218) 825-2700 | (888) 873-0161

www.craguns.com

11000 Cragun's Dr Brainerd, MN 56401

[Hotel, Resort, Open Year-Round, Pool, On the Water]

→ Crow Wing Lake Campground (218) 829-6468

www.crowwingcamp.com

2393 Crow Wing Camp Rd

Brainerd, MN 56401

[Campground, Pool, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Econo Lodge (218) 270-5001

www.choicehotels.com

2115 S 6th St Bldg B Brainerd, MN 56401

[Hotel, Open Year-Round, Pet Friendly]

→ Gull Four Seasons Resort (218) 963-7969 | (800) 964-4855

www.mnresortcabins.com

4132 St. Columbo Rd Brainerd, MN 56401 [Hotel, Resort, Pool, On the Water]

→ Gull Lake Resort (218) 829-1344

www.gulllake.com

1304 Gull Lake Ln Brainerd, MN 56401 [Resort, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (218) 824-3232 | (888) 824-3232

www.brainerdhi.com

15739 Audubon Way Baxter, MN 56425

[Resort, Hotel, Waterpark, Open Year-Round, Pool, Pet Friendly]

→ Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort

(218) 829-5226 | (800) 562-7061

www.kavanaughs.com

1685 Kavanaugh Dr Brainerd, MN 56401

[Resort, Open Year-Round, Pool, On the Water]

→ Lake Edward Resort (218) 765-3419

www.lakeedwardresort.com

25103 Co Rd 3 Merrifield, MN 56465

[Resort, Campground, Open Year-Round, On the Water]

→ Madden's on Gull Lake (218) 829-2811 | (800) 642-5363

www.maddens.com

11266 Pine Beach Peninsula Brainerd, MN 56401

[Hotel, Resort, Pool, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Mission Beach Resort (218) 765-3447

www.missionbeachmn.com

26847 Co Rd 19

Merrifield, MN 56465

[Resort, Campground, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Niemeyer's Rugged River Resort (218) 829-4587

www.ruggedriverresort.com

12241 Stallman Rd Brainerd, MN 56401 [Resort, Pool, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Paul Bunyan Land Campground (218) 821-9617

www.paulbunyanland.com/ campground

17553 State Hwy 18 Brainerd, MN 56401 [Campground, Pet Friendly]

→ Quality Inn & Suites (218) 270-7333

www.choicehotels.com

2115 S 6th St Bdg A. Brainerd, MN 56401

[Hotel, Open Year-Round, Pet Friendly]

→ Rice Creek Hunting & Recreation (320) 745-2232

www.ricecreekhunting.com

16543 Game Farm Rd

Little Falls, MN 56345

[Resort, Open Year-Round, Pet Friendly]

→ Shamineau Acres Resort

(218) 575-2254

www.shamineauacresresort.com

34824 Aztec Rd Motley, MN 56466

[Resort, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Shing Wako Resort (218) 765-3226

www.shingwako.com

24713 Co Rd 3 Merrifield, MN 56465 [Resort, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Sullivans Resort & Campground (218) 829-5697 | (888) 829-5697

www.sullivansresort.com

7685 Co Rd 127

Brainerd, MN 56401

[Resort, Campground, Pool, On the Water]

→ Super 8 - Little Falls (320) 632-2351 | (866) 306-0944

www.wyndhamhotels.com

/super-8/

300 12th St NE

Little Falls, MN 56345

[Hotel, Open Year-Round, Pet Friendly]

MADDEN'S ON GULL LAKE, BRAINERD

Crosslake

→ Above & Beyond Homes | RE/MAX Results (218) 656-0613

www.stayonthechain.com

[Short Term Rentals]

→ Bay View Lodge

(218) 543-4182 | (888) 543-4182

www.bayviewcrosslake.com

12038 Harbor Ln

Crosslake, MN 56442

[Resort, On the Water]

→ Boyd Lodge (218) 543-4125 | (800) 450-2693

www.boydlodge.com

36539 Silver Peak Rd

Crosslake, MN 56442

[Resort, Open Year-Round, Pool, On the Water]

→ Crosslake Vacations & Rentals (218) 656-0403

www.Crosslakefun.com

[Short Term Rentals]

→ Manhattan Beach Lodge (218) 692-3381

www.mblodge.com

39051 Co Rd 66

Manhattan Beach, MN 56442

[Resort, Open Year-Round, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites (218) 692-7829 | (888) 488-7829

www.pinepeakscrosslake.com

14047 Swann Dr

Crosslake, MN 56442

[Hotel, Resort, Open Year-Round, Pool, Pet Friendly]

→ Whitefish Lodge & Suites (218) 692-2246

www.crosslakereservations.com

14150 Swann Dr

Crosslake, MN 56442

[Hotel, Resort, Open Year-Round, Pool, Pet Friendly]

Our lodging options are almost as endless as our sunsets. Our Lodging Directory will help you find the perfect place to stay based on your preference and budget.

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Deerwood & Crosby

→ Camp Holiday Resort and Campground

(218) 678-2495 | (800) 450-2495

www.campholiday.com

27406 Round Lake Rd

Deerwood, MN 56444

[Resort, Campground, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Country Inn Deerwood (218) 534-3101 | (855) 516-1092

www.countryinndeerwood.com

23884 Front St

Deerwood, MN 56444

[Hotel, Open Year-Round, Pool, Pet Friendly]

→ Grand Casino Mille Lacs (320) 532-7777 | (800) 626-5825

www.grandcasinomn.com

777 Grand Ave

Onamia, MN 56359

[Resort, Hotel, Open Year-Round, Pool, Pet Friendly]

→ Izatys Townhouse Association

(763) 559-1347 | (800) 980-5121

www.thevillageatizatysresort.com

8478 Par 5 Dr Onamia, MN 56359 [Resort, Pool, On the Water]

→ Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge (800) 450-4545

www.ruttgers.com

25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd Deerwood, MN 56444 [Resort, Pool, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Woodland Beach Resort on Bay Lake (218) 866-0711 | (888) 436-7770

www.woodlandbeachresort.com

15596 Woodland Beach Ln Deerwood, MN 56444

[Resort, Open Year-Round, Pool, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

Nisswa

→ Birch Bay RV Resort (218) 963-4488

www.birchbayrvresort.net

1497 Sandy Point Rd SW Nisswa, MN 56468 [Resort, Campground, On the Water]

→ Cozy Bay Resort (218) 829-6861 | 1-888-829-6861

www.cozybay.com

23684 Co Rd 4, Nisswa, MN 56468 [Resort, Campground, Open Year-Round, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Eagles Nest (218) 963-2336 | (800) 922-0440

www.eaglesnestnisswa.com

5108 Poplar Ave Nisswa, MN 56468 [Resort, On the Water]

→ Fritz's Resort and Campground (218) 568-898

www.fritzsresort.com

26483 State Hwy 371 Nisswa, MN 56468 [Resort, Campground, On the Water]

→ Good Ol' Days Family Resort (218) 963-2478 | (800) 227-4501

www.goodoldaysresort.com

26050 Oak Ln, Nisswa, MN 56468 [Resort, Open Year-Round, On the Water]

→ Grand View Lodge (218) 963-2234 | (866) 801-2951

www.grandviewlodge.com

23521 Nokomis Ave Nisswa, MN 56468

[Resort, Waterpark, Open Year-Round, Pool, On the Water]

→ Gull Lake Beach Resort (218) 656-6965

www.gulllakebeachresorts.com

[Resort, Open Year Round, On the Water]

→ Lost Lake Lodge Resort & Restaurant

(218) 963-2681 | (800) 450-2681

www.lostlake.com

7965 Lost Lake Rd

Lake Shore, MN 56468

[Resort, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Nature Link Resort

(218) 537-3389

www.naturelink.us

24621 S Clark Lake Rd

Nisswa, MN 56468

[Hotel, Resort, Open Year-Round, On the Water]

→ Nisswa Inn & Suites (218) 963-3500

www.nisswainnandsuites.com

24186 Smiley Rd

Nisswa, MN 56465

[Hotel, Open Year-Round, Pool, Pet Friendly]

→ North Boutique Hotel (800) 368-1885 | (866) 801-2951

www.grandviewlodge.com

3480 Graden Cottage Dr Nisswa MN 56468

[Hotel, Waterpark, Open YearRound, Pool, On the Water]

→ Quarterdeck Resort (218) 963-2482 | (800) 950-5596

www.quarterdeckresort.com

9820 Birch Bay Dr SW Nisswa, MN 56468 [Resort, Open Year-Round, On the Water]

→ W2W Vacation Homes / Book the B.L.A. (218) 760-9176

www.BookTheBLA.com [Short Term Rentals]

Pequot Lakes

→ AmericInn Lodge and Suites

(218) 568-8400 | (888) 568-8400

www.americinn.com

32912 Paul Bunyan Trail Dr Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

[Hotel, Resort, Open Year-Round, Pool, Pet Friendly]

→ Black Pine Beach Resort

(218) 543-4714

www.blackpinebeach.com

10732 Co Rd 16

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

[Resort, On the Water]

→ Bobbertown Bungalows (218) 568-5410

www.bobbertownbungalowsmn.com

31267 Rasmussen Rd

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472 [Resort]

→ Breezy Point Resort

(218) 562-7811 | (800) 432-3777

www.breezypointresort.com

9252 Breezy Point Dr

Breezy Point, MN 56472

[Hotel, Resort, Open Year-Round, Pool, On the Water]

→ Clamshell Beach Resort

(218) 543-4731

www.clamshellbeach.com

35197 S Clamshell Dr

Pequot Lakes, MN 56742

[Resort, Open Year-Round, Pool, On the Water]

→ Galles' Upper Cullen Resort and Campground

(218) 963-2249 | (888) 872-8553

www.uppercullen.com

28317 Upper Cullen Rd

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

[Resort, Campground, On the Water]

→ Leisure Suites of Breezy Point (218) 562-5300 | (888) 651-5300

www.leisuresuites.com

30199 Co Rd 4

Breezy Point, MN 56472

[Hotel, Resort, Waterpark, Open Year-Round, Pool]

→ Pine River Inn

(218) 587-4499 | (855) 516-1092

www.pineriverinn.com

2684 MN State 371 SW Pine River, MN 56474

[Hotel, Open Year-Round, Pet Friendly]

→ The Getaway Adventure Resort (218) 820-9499

www.thegetawayadventureresort.com

8624 Co Hwy 1 Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

[Resort, Campground, Open Year-Round]

→ Thunder Lake Lodge (218) 566-2378

www.thunderlakelodge.com

5316 Cisco Ln NE Remer, MN 56672

[Resort, Campground, Open Year-Round, On the Water]

→ Trapper's Landing Lodge (218) 836-2500

www.trapperslandinglodge.com

1812 Merit Rd, Walker, MN 56484

[Resort, Open Year-Round, Pool, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Wilderness Point Resort (218) 568-5642 | (800) 231-4050

www.wildernessresortvillas.com

6316 Wilderness Rd

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

[Resort, Open Year-Round, Pool, On the Water, Pet Friendly]

→ Wildwedge Golf and RV Park (218) 568-5000

www.wildwedge.com

32620 Paul Bunyan Trail Dr Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

[Hotel, Campground, Pet Friendly]

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Discover the lake life, local experiences, food and nature. WWW.LOSTLAKE.COM Lost Lake Lodge Trip to Lake Shore, CALL NOW CALL US (218) 963-2681 Minnesota Nisswa, MN Nisswa, MN 3 Bedroom Cottages 2 Bedroom Cottages On the Paul Bunyan Trail Family Resort Free Bike Rentals Free Kayak & Canoe Rentals Free Breakfast Hotel Rooms Available Boat Rentals Located CALL NOW Good Ol' Days FOR BRAVE ADVENTURERS Close if you need us. Find a clinic near you at EssentiaHealth.org Virtual care options are also available. Baxter Urgent Care 13060 Isle Drive 218-828-2880 Monday–Friday: 8am–7:30pm Saturday–Sunday: 9am–4pm 26 ExploreBrainerdLakes.com Lodging
Book your vacation at maddens.com or call 800.233.2934 Experiences that bring you back Lakeside vacations, the way they were meant to be. Experience a resort that is rich in tradition and believes in providing distinguished service with a personal touch. Discover 7 restaurants, 4 golf courses, 3 sand beaches, 4 pools, and more, all nestled on a 1,000 acre peninsula on Gull Lake. Plus, NEW Outdoor Saltwater Pool & Dining Deck debuts in Spring 2023. MINNESOTA’S CLASSIC RESORT ExploreBrainerdLakes.com 27 Lodging

Above & Beyond Homes (218) 656-0613

www.stayonthechain.com

Above & Beyond Homes powered by RE/MAX Results offers luxury rental properties with unparalleled amenities, competitive rates and exceptional customer service. Enjoy a seamless and secure booking process, access to a variety of exclusive benefits such as flexible check-in times, free Wi-Fi and 24/7 maintenance support.

Birch Bay RV Resort

(218) 963-4488

www.birchbayrvresort.net

Family resort and RV park located on Agate Lake. Birch Bay offers two lakefront cabins, a brand new pool and will accommodate stays of less than a week. Our RV Park has 174 FHU RV sites. We are located within miles of everything the Brainerd Lakes area has to offer.

Camp Knutson (218) 543-4232

www.campknutson.org

Camp Knutson’s beautiful 30-acre campus is nestled between the pristine waters of Lower Whitefish and Big Trout Lakes near Crosslake, MN. Our modern facilities and customized meal service make for the perfect location for retreats, weddings, conferences, meetings, training events or other social gatherings September through May.

Auger's Pine View Resort

(218) 575-2100

www.augerspineview.com

Located on pristine Lake Shamineau with clean & comfortable 2-6 bedroom cabins, all within 75 feet from the lake. Large beach, multiple water activities, cabin campfire rings, private boat launch, dock space and great fishing. Gift shop, game room and bait. Pontoon rentals. 18-hole golf. Your perfect family vacation destination!

Boyd Lodge (800) 450-2693

www.boydlodge.com

One of Minnesota’s premier family resorts located on the Whitefish Chain. Popular loft cabins are tastefully decorated. Each cabin is equipped with full kitchen, wireless internet, fireplaces and cedar decks with gas grills. Heated pool, sandy beach, and boat rental. Weekly rental in summer, daily rental in fall and winter.

Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake (888) 452-2178

www.craguns.com

New cabins, villas, hotel rooms, reunion houses and more! Situated on a mile-long sandy shoreline with two beaches, giant indoor pool, sports centre, award-winning golf and rentals from pontoon boats to snowmobiles. We are the Brainerd Lakes Area resort destination. Family fun for all with countless activities.

Bay View Lodge

(888) 543-4182

www.bayviewcrosslake.com

Traditional Crosslake vacation destination.

Classic clean 3 to 4 bedroom cabins on the beautiful crystal clear waters of the Whitefish Chain. Close to great golf, restaurants, and shopping. Family friendly, large beach, and lots of on-site water activities. We offer beach volleyball, kayaking, sauna, paddle boarding and more!

Campfire Bay Resort (218) 575-2432

www.campfirebayresort.com

At Campfire Bay, we strive to treat you like family and help you make warm memories while enjoying our cozy 2-4 bedroom cabins, all within 150 ft of the lake, our coffee, gift, and ice cream shop, full gym, day spa, fitness room, play room, and boat rentals.

Explore Brainerd Lakes Welcome Center (218) 829-2838 | (800) 450-2838

InfoStaff@ExploreBrainerdLakes.com

www.ExploreBrainerdLakes.com

If you’re driving up Hwy 371 N to get here, stop in to our Welcome Center and gift shop. Here, you can find local souvenirs and Explore Brainerd Lakes clothing. We can also help you plan your trip, find you lodging, give you maps, and tips on what to do in the area.

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Fritz's Resort and Campground (218) 568-8988

www.fritzsresort.com

Fritz’s Resort and Campground offers a north woods family feel to campers. Located on the east side of Edna Lake. Fritz’s offers a clean sandy beach, boat rentals for fishing, pontoon and paddle boats. They also have cabins and an air conditioned rec hall for family fun.

Leisure Suites of Breezy Point (888) 651-5300

www.leisuresuites.com

Leisure Suites of Breezy Point, near Pelican Lake, offers a variety of accommodations and a price range for everyone from deluxe condos on the lake to standard motel rooms and suites nearby. In addition to many outdoor activities, enjoy the Pelican Center water slide, pool and gym during your stay!

Ruttger's Bay Lake Resort

(218) 678-2885

www.ruttgers.com

Looking for an outdoor adventure vacation without having to rough it? Ruttger's is a great option! Located just a short drive to great hiking and biking trails. After your adventures, relax at Ruttger's on one of the two beaches, the spa, or dine at one of our 3 restaurants.

Gull Lake Beach Resorts

(218) 656-6965

www.gulllakebeachresorts.com

Nestled along the East side of Gull Lake, our wide array of cozy cabins are just steps away from sandy beaches that make the perfect backdrop for four-season fun. Stay at Gull Lake Beach Resorts and create lifelong memories while enjoying our convenient pontoon rentals and lakefront sunset views.

Niemeyer's Rugged River Resort

(218) 829-4587

www.RuggedRiverResort.com

Niemeyer's Rugged River Resort is a scenic family resort nestled on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi River. Our location is minutes from area activities. With over 100 acres, heated pool, walking trails, boat rental, fishing and yard games, your vacation memories start here.

Shing Wako Resort

(218) 765-3226

www.shingwako.com

A fun and relaxing family resort on Lake Edward. 12 miles from Brainerd, Nisswa or Crosslake. Relax on our sandy swimming beach, swim and fish in the clear water and play on our eleven park-like acres. There is something for everyone! You will feel right at home! Reunions welcome.

Holiday Inn Express, Three Bear Waterpark and Laser Tag

(218) 824-3232

www.brainerdhi.com

Offering family fun activities for all ages; waterpark, arcade, and state of the art laser tag. Lodging includes waterpark and hot breakfast. IHG Reward points offers great benefits for all travelers. Waterpark and laser tag hours may vary. Call for current availability.

LAKE LIVING own a little piece of paradise ruttgers.com | 612.220.9819
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LODGING . RESORT ACTIVITIES . GOLF . FISHING . DINING 12038 HARBOR LANE, CROSSLAKE MN 56442 bayviewcrosslake.com 218-543-4182 888-543-4182 Located on Rush Lake of the Whitefish Chain, and within 5 minutes to downtown Crosslake by either land or water. We have 13 cabins rested directly on the lake, with 4 cabins that have been updated since 2018. Come experience why our guests continue to return year after year! Gracious service by owners & staff Stay a few days, a week, or more! 14 sparkling clean individual cabins on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes BOOK ONLINE, CALL OR E-MAIL www.blackpinebeach.com 218-543-4714 relax@blackpinebeach.com 10732 County Road 16 Pequot Lakes, MN Your Destination AWAITS! • Resort ownership: easier than you might think • Creative financing solutions • Our agents all have Resort/Campground ownership experience Mike Anderson Commercial Broker/Owner 218-213-1997 Joan Petersen Commercial Agent 218-839-4711 www.mnresortsales.com We’ll find the perfect property for your family Let’s talk about your family’s future! LIVE AND WORK WHERE YOU PLAY 30 ExploreBrainerdLakes.com Lodging
Find a vacation rental that’s perfect for everyone Above & Beyond Homes | RE/MAX Results | Each Office Independently Owned & Operated let’s go ....................................... ....................................... ....................................... ....................................... (218) 656-0613 800.432.3777 breezypointresort.com Enjoy the wide choice of lodging options, great food in four distinctively different restaurants, golf one of the three spectacular courses, Serenity Spa, Coffee House, live entertainment in the lounge...and let’s not forget crystal clear, sandy Pelican Lake. ExploreBrainerdLakes.com 31 Lodging

NORTH destination

IF YOU DREAM OF A DESTINATION WEDDING, YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK TO THE TROPICS OR OTHER FAR-OFF LOCALES. YOUR DREAM DESTINATION WEDDING IS RIGHT HERE. THE LAKES AND NORTHWOODS—ALONG WITH OUR AMENITIES—PROVIDE A BEAUTIFUL BACKDROP FOR YOUR PERFECT DAY.

#1 Keep it Easy

International wedding destinations present other logistical challenges. Each country has its own rules that you’ll need to research before tying the knot on location. Passports, language barriers, and other challenges of not being in the same country during the planning stages can be a headache. And international weddings can be cost prohibitive for guests.

One of the best things about the Brainerd Lakes Area is its central location in the state. We’re only about 2 hours from the Twin Cities, Fargo, and Duluth. If you have guests who need to fly, the Brainerd Regional Airport has daily service from Delta Air Lines.

Many area resorts offer on-site wedding planners. Local businesses like Gathered Gold Co. are here for you to help plan your big day.

Photo by Menique Koos Photo, Courtesy Madden's on Gull Lake CRAGUN'S RESORT, BRAINERD
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Photo by Stephanine Marie Photography, Courtesy Nature Link

#2 Venue Selection

Whatever vision and budget, your special day will be personal and perfect.

→ RESORTS

Many of our larger resorts have everything on property simplifying logistics for you and your guests. You can host your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception, plus stay right on-site. The landscaping across these properties is stunning, so you’ll also find lots of photo backdrops from lakes, golf courses, flower beds, to beautifully constructed buildings.

Grand View Lodge has a chapel and those historic steps overlooking the water— popular for ceremony sites. The Pavilion at Madden’s is a 10,000 square foot waterfront venue with a grand fireplace, radiant heat, and water features that is one-of-a-kind.

Nature Link is the Brainerd Lakes’ newest wedding destination. Located in the heart of the Lakes Area and set on Clark Lake, the resort features 14 acres of majestic pines and stunning lake views. The event center, Catalyst, with its modern design and functionality effortlessly combines luxury with nature.

The Getaway Adventure Resort is truly a unique venue set on 520 wooded acres with impressive amenities and views. You and your closest family and friends will love the private luxurious and intimate gathering spaces.

Photo by Tim Larsen Photography, Courtesy Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake Photo by Madeline Lizotte, Courtesy Northern Pacific Center
One of the best things about the Brainerd Lakes Area is its central location in the state. We’re only about 2 hours from the Twin Cities, Fargo, and Duluth.
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CATALYST is the Brainerd Lakes’ newest wedding destination. Located in the heart of the Lakes Area and set on Clark Lake, the resort features 14 acres of majestic pines and stunning lake views.

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The beautiful backdrops and slower pace that connect you and your guests with nature while providing modern amenities set the Brainerd Lakes apart as a wedding destination.

→ EVENT CENTERS, HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Perhaps you are looking for a smaller venue. Or you want the convenience of being within the city limits. You will find lots of options here.

In Crosslake, The Gathering provides a spacious and budget-friendly venue option.

If you’re looking to stay in Baxter, Arrowwood Lodge provides a ballroom and several amenities on-site.

Gather on 3 offers a wedding retreat with outdoor ceremony space, a reception room, and restaurant.

The Northern Pacific Center is near the heart of downtown Brainerd and will give you a historic and industrial feel with several event space options depending on the size of your wedding. Kids and adults will also love Goody’s Gourmet Treats close by for whimsical party favors.

OUTDOOR SPACES

Having your wedding at a family cabin that holds special meaning is the perfect way to add some nostalgia to your celebration. Party Time Rental and Party World can transform a backyard or lakefront property into a wedding oasis with tents, tables, chairs, décor, and fun party accessories.

Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake hosts Gull Lake Cruises and Breezy Point Resort has the Breezy Belle, which make for a fun and unique ceremony or rehearsal dinner while cruising the water.

Perhaps you are looking for the intimate feel of a lakeside wedding, but you don’t have your own cabin. Manhattan Beach Lodge closes the whole property to the public for a beautiful private lakeside wedding set on Trout Lake of the Whitefish Chain near Crosslake.

Say your vows on the pristine and tranquil shores of Bay Lake at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort with a lakeside ceremony.

Catalyst @ Nature Link, Photo Courtesy Nature Link
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#3 Amenity Choices

The details are what sets your wedding day apart. Our local businesses have a lot of experience helping couples plan their special day. From salons to flowers, tents, and catering, all of your day-of logistics will be handled flawlessly.

Professional photographers, like Amber Bauer Photography and Huber Photography, will capture your wedding moments.

Local florists, like Simply Rustic Floral Design, Brainerd Floral, and North Country Floral can also help you create arrangements.

Depending on where you host your wedding, you may need catering. Luckily we have several top-notch caterers with delicious food options.

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#4 A Getaway for Guests

We have hundreds of lakes and miles of shoreline. If your guests love being by the water, this is a great place for them to extend the wedding festivities into a vacation. Your guests can also find several golf courses—from nationally recognized to family friendly par 3 courses. And some of the best biking in the state. Your guests will appreciate it’s budget friendly, easy to get to, and it’s far enough to really feel like they’re getting away from it all.

CRAGUN’S RESORT ON GULL LAKE HOSTS GULL LAKE CRUISES AND BREEZY POINT RESORT HAS THE BREEZY BELLE, WHICH MAKE FOR A FUN AND UNIQUE CEREMONY OR REHEARSAL DINNER WHILE CRUISING THE WATER.

Photo Courtesy Grand View Lodge
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Photo by Cameron & Tia Photography, Courtesy Gull Lake Crusies

A Tail Wagging Good Time

IF YOU LOVE BRINGING YOUR FOUR-LEGGED FRIEND ON VACATION, THERE ARE PLENTY OF SAFE PLACES FOR YOUR PUP TO GET SOME EXERCISE AND SOCIALIZATION.

PERHAPS HAVING YOUR PET WITH you the whole time you're vacationing isn’t feasible. Or you need a place for Fido to go while you’re out-andabout during the day. You’ll find doggy daycare and boarding—making separation from your pet an easy one.

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Brainerd Buster Park

→ 1101 E River Rd, Brainerd, MN 56401

The Buster Dog Park is an off-leash oneacre dog park with fenced areas. Let your dog run free in a safe, fenced in area. The park is located at the south end of Kiwanis Park in Brainerd.

Crosslakers Dog Park

→ 14126 Daggett Pine Rd, Crosslake, MN 56442

The Crosslakers Dog Park is located on the west end of the city park and the Crosslake Community Center. The park is fenced in around a wooded area that is perfect for your dog to romp around! Open from dawn to dusk.

Pequot Lakes Dog Park

→ Pillsbury St, Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

The Pequot Lakes Dog park is located two blocks west of Patriot Avenue on Pillsbury Street. The dog park is open from dawn to dusk. There are two fenced in areas, a small and large areas. In the summer, there’s a water station.

Huk Finn loves adventures. His stay at Madden's On Gull Lake was one of the best! Follow him on Instagram @AdventuresOfHukFinn.

Photo Courtesy Red Oaks Pet Inn
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Lakeland Veterinary Hospital

(218) 829-1709

www.lakelandvet.net

Lakeland Veterinary Hospital is an AAHA accredited, small animal practice. Our focus is on providing quality medicine that exceeds our clients' expectations. We also offer boarding and grooming services. AAHA holds our hospital to the highest quality medical standards. We must meet and maintain over 900 standards of accreditation.

Our

Northland Pet Lodge

(218) 692-4364

www.northlandpetlodge.com

We are the Brainerd Lakes Area premier pet resort offering cat and dog boarding, doggy daycare, dog obedience training, grooming, pet food/supplies and professionally installed underground fencing. Your pet’s vacation includes 3+ hours of adult supervised playtime per day in our 2.5 acre play yards and unlimited belly rubs!

Pampered Pets

(218) 454-0835

www.pamperedpetsmn.com

Five star service for you and your furry friends. Conveniently located just off 371 in the Baxter industrial park. Our 8,000 sq. ft. facility offers 3 indoor play areas and many luxury boarding options. Our services include full service grooming, overnight boarding, daycare and private training.

Celebrating over 20 years of healthy, happy pets! 218.568.5095 • www.pequotvet.com CALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT Specializing in holistic medicine, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and laser therapy
four-legged companions are part of the family. You can find a lodging property that offers pet friendly cabins and rooms.
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1) MADDEN'S ON GULL LAKE

2) SAFARI NORTH WILDLIFE PARK

3) RUTTGER'S BAY LAKE RESORT

4) BRAINERD ZIPLINE TOUR

5) GRAND VIEW LODGE

6) CRAGUN'S RESORT ON GULL LAKE

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WE HAVE LOTS OF ATTRACTIONS THAT WILL KEEP YOUR FAMILY ACTIVE AND HAVING FUN!

Paul Bunyan Land

Paul Bunyan Land is a nostalgic vacation destination that grandparents, parents, and children love. The highlight is the 26-foot animated lumberjack, Paul Bunyan. Children will be captivated to hear Paul Bunyan say their names—a 65-year tradition. At the amusement park, there are over 40 rides (like the iconic tilt-a-whirl, carousel, and Ferris wheel), and a pioneer village, and campground.

Safari North Wildlife Park

Safari North Wildlife Park is an immersive, family friendly attraction on 43 acres with animals from several continents. You can feed giraffes, ride a camel, mine for gemstones, feed the barnyard animals, experience hundreds of parakeets in the parakeet encounter!

Safari Expedition

The 10-acre safari park is home to hyenas, lions, monkeys, zebras, ostrich, and wildebeest. You’ll enjoy seeing the animals from the comfort of the safari train!

Handicap Accessible: The walking paths throughout the zoo are paved ensuring even terrain and easy accessibility for strollers and wheelchairs.

Family Activities

Brainerd Zip Line Tour

Add adventure to your vacation by booking a zipline tour! Brainerd Zipline Tour is the best bird’s eye view of Gull Lake and the Brainerd Lakes. Your guides will safely lead you through a thrilling outdoor 2.5 hour adventure. The tour consists of 7 zip lines, a suspension bridge, and The Drop—an exhilarating 50 foot free fall experience. Feel the rush of soaring among the trees!

Mystery Maze

What fun you and your kids will have at WildWedge’s mystery maze! The maze is 10,000 feet of wooden corners, pathways, and dead-ends that add up to more than 1/3 mile of paths. You’ll definitely get turned around. And you’ll definitely have a lot of laughs. Time yourself against your friends or kids. There’s an observation deck, too, if you’d rather watch and help those in the maze with directions.

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Go Karts and More

Race through twists, turns, and straightaways at Kart Kountry! Your family will love making memories here. There are one-or-two passenger go carts so even the youngest riders can enjoy the thrill. Kart Kountry also has other attractions like batting cages, bungee bounce, and VR Action World.

Brainerd International Raceway

BIR’s schedule has a wide range of drag racing, road racing, watercross, drifting, autocross, live music and more. You can get behind the wheel and try your hand at racing or driving events, starting with the BIR Performance Driving School.

See the calendar of events and buy tickets at www.birmn.com.

Brainerd Ski Loons

On the banks of Lum Park in Brainerd, you’ll see the talented and gravitydefying Brainerd Ski Loons waterski team. The Ski Loons hit the water to put on entertaining waterski shows with pyramids, ballet lines, kids ski lines, doubles, and trios. It all leads up to the high-flying stunts off the ski jump! Bring your chairs and enjoy concessions. Admission is free.

2023 Brainerd Ski Loons Lum Park Shows: July 16, July 30, and August 13 at 5:00 p.m. August 16 at 6:30 p.m. Photo Courtesy Brainerd Zipline Tour Photo Courtesy Brainerd Ski Loons BRAINERD SKI LOONS AT LUM PARK
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Visit www.nationallooncenter.org

Splash Pads

Splash pads are a fun way for all kids to enjoy water! With 0% risk of drowning and 100% handicap accessible, splash pads offer a safe water feature for all. We’re lucky to have two such splash pads here! Plus, they’re free for everyone to use.

BRAINERD SPLASH PAD

The Brainerd Splash Pad is a fun place for kids to cool down on a hot summer day. The splash pad features several water shooting sculptures, play activities, benches, and a pavilion for gathering. It’s also home to the iconic Brainerd Lion’s drinking fountain.

The splash pad is located at the Memorial Park.

Pequot Lakes Splash Pad

The Pequot Lakes Splash Pad is a long-time vision coming to fruition. The splash pad is opening summer of 2023, and it will include play activities and vertical water shooting sculptures—all on a 50 foot diameter concrete pad shaped like the Pequot Lakes bobber!

The splash pad is located near downtown in Trailside Park, which is next to the playground equipment and across from the pavilion.

National Loon Center

Be a part of loon and freshwater conservation with the National Loon Center in Crosslake! Join a StewardShip Excursion during the summer on Cross Lake. Boat capacity is typically 15 members of the public, and all ages can come aboard. The pontoon is handicap accessible and can accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.

Mini Golf

Challenge your family to some friendly competition. Will anyone get a holein-one? Who will keep cool with all the course hazards? Pirate ships, meandering streams, rolling greens, boulders, and waterfalls are just some of the fun you’ll encounter.

BRAINERD

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf: Two 18hole courses Captains and Blackbeard’s Challenge bring a swashbuckling good time.

Northland Kart Kountry: Contoured greens on the 18-hole Raceway Course.

CROSSLAKE

Whistling Wolf: Largest mini golf courses in the area with Dark Moon Mega and Whistling Wolf offering 45 holes of mini golf between the two courses.

PEQUOT LAKES

Wildwedge Mini Golf: 18 challenging holes that will take you a little longer to play based on course design.

spooktacular attractions

If you’re in the Brainerd Lakes in October and love the thrill of scares, check out these haunts.

The Northland Arboretum

Head to the Northland Arboretum October 19–21, if—you dare! The annual haunted trail is a popular family event. You’ll walk through the dark trails but beware of what lurks in the shadows! If your ghouls prefer less intense, take the low scare trail. If you like a little more adventure, the intense high scare section will make your screams extreme!

Paul Bunyan Land

The Haunted Hidden Hollows at Paul Bunyan Land is central Minnesota’s largest haunted attraction with a corn maze and haunted house. You can do one attraction or both. Do you have what it takes to walk through a corn maze in the dark?! It’ll scare the YELL right out of you! Concessions available. Paul Bunyan Land will post dates and times on its website as we near October.

Safari Scare

Safari Scare is central Minnesota’s newest haunted trail at Safari North Wildlife Park. Safari Scare opens Friday, October 6 and runs Fridays and Saturdays through October 28. Open from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Haunted trail with a hay ride shuttle. Bonfire with s’more kits. Hot chocolate, mini donuts, caramel apples, cotton candy, and cider. Plus a giant inflatable maze!

*No live animals included in Safari Scare event.

to schedule your loon excursion!
Photo Courtesy Haunted Hidden Hollows at Paul Bunyan Land Photo Courtesy Cragun's Resort On Gull Lake

Rainy Day Fun

Copper Cat Escape Games

Immerse yourself in a real life adventure game. Your group of adventurers will discover clues, solve puzzles, and complete the objectives in a limited amount of time. It’s like stepping IN a movie where you and your group are the lead characters. There are different room options based on difficulty, and rooms are updated for new challenges.

Games take about 60 minutes to complete. Kids are welcome to play. Kids ages 5 and under play free. Ages 14 to 17 can participate solo with a waiver filled out by their parents. Visit www.coppercatescape. com to learn more.

VR Action World at Northland Kart Kountry

At Northland Kart Kountry, you can experience the graphics of virtual reality paired with realistic simulation. Enjoy 10 different simulators with hundreds of games and challenges for all ages. Stateof-the-art technology and graphics allow you to fully disconnect from reality and transport you to new worlds! In the racing experience, you’ll hear roaring engines and spinning wheels for the full effect. You’ll also feel the dynamic moving platform for ultra-realism. Come experience it for yourself! Learn more at: www. northlandkartkountry.com.

Purple Fern Bath Company

The Purple Fern Bath Company in downtown Brainerd will put you at ease the moment you step inside. This quaint little shop will cheer you up on a gloomy day. You’ll get all of the tips, tricks, and techniques to get you started. All supplies and instructions are included in the class. Plus, you get to keep your bath creation. Registration is required so Purple Fern Bath Company can have the appropriate supplies for everyone. Private groups and parties are available with a minimum of 6 people. Visit www.purplefernbath.com for information on registering for a class or private event.

The Holiday Inn Express also offers a multilevel laser tag course! Fun for kids and adults to team up and see if you can defeat your opponents!
DON’T LET THE WEATHER DAMPEN YOUR VACATION. HERE ARE SOME RAINY DAY IDEAS TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY HAVING FUN.
Photo Courtesy Grand View Lodge Photo Courtesy Purple Fern Bath Company

Lakes Party & Bounce House

Lakes Party & Bounce House is 6,000 square feet of inflatable fun! They have one of the largest indoor inflatable slides. And kids can run, jump, and play in the obstacle courses, slides, and jump houses. It’s a fun, safe, and a clean place for kids to burn off extra energy, especially when the weather outside is cold or rainy. There’s even a private VIP room that can be reserved for parties.

Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association

Commonly referred to as the Crosslake Train Club, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. You can watch club members work on building exhibits and running trains on display. There is a small display that children can operate too. You’ll be blown away at the attention to detail of the two floors with running train models!

Indoor Waterparks

When it’s cool and rainy outside, head inside where the weather is always perfect. Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter is home to Paul Bunyan’s waterpark and recreation center. The waterpark boasts 30,000 square-feet of slides, a lazy river, zerodepth entry pool, and a large treehouse with water cannons! Admission is included with your room stay.

Holiday Inn Express Three Bears

Waterpark and Laser Tag is another waterpark option in the heart of Brainerd/ Baxter. Large slides (a tube slide and a body slide), the Big Splash 1,000 gallon splash bucket, and a lazy river bring the fun to families. Day passes may be available to nonhotel guests depending on season and capacity.

The Holiday Inn Express also offers a multilevel laser tag course! Fun for kids and adults to team up and see if you can defeat your opponents!

YMCA Day Pass

If you’re looking for ways for your family to burn off some steam when there’s rain in the forecast, get a day pass at the Brainerd YMCA! Daily community rates for adults and kids are reasonably priced and give you full use of the facility. Workout facilities with weights and cardio machines, aquatic center, and open gym. The Brainerd YMCA’s website, www.brainerdlakesymca.org has schedules and day pass information.

Grand Casino

Follow the good luck and head inside to Grand Casino Mille Lacs. You’ll have so much fun with the various gaming (slots, Blackjack, pull tabs, and bingo), live music and entertaining shows to fabulous dining. You won’t even mind if the weather is bad.

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Brainerd Zip Line Tour

(218) 656-1111

www.zipbrainerd.com

Our mission is to promote passion for the outdoors by enabling guests to experience, explore and connect with nature through active, exciting adventures. We offer an awesome outdoor adventure to add excitement to any Brainerd Lakes vacation. Experience 15-mile views on 7 zip lines, and our 65′ adrenaline-pumping suspension bridge.

Holiday Inn Express, Three Bear Waterpark (218) 824-3232

www.brainerdhi.com

Holiday Inn Express – a triple play of entertainment for your next vacation! Our Three Bear Waterpark provides 30,000 square feet of fun! Play laser tag for an exhilarating experience for all ages! Try out our game room, play classic and new games! An up north experience with amenities included.

Outdoor & Gun Show (218) 534-2936

www.deerwoodoutdoorshow.org

March 2-3, 2024 | Deerwood, MN

An outdoor-focused two-day event with something for every “Up-North” enthusiast. Vendors & activities for all! Deerwood Outdoor & Gun Show is supported by local business sponsors, vendors, as well as community and outdoor organizations. Proceeds benefit Deerwood & surrounding communities.

Copper Cat Escape Games

(218) 270-4305

www.coppercatescape.com

Copper Cat escape rooms are exciting group experiences that will immerse you in story, challenge you to communicate with your team, and create lasting memories. Choose one of our themed escape rooms, race against the clock to accomplish the objectives, and escape. Book your adventure now at coppercatescape.com

Lakes Party and Bounce House (218) 851-1220

www.lakesbounce.com

Lakes Party and Bounce House has indoor inflatables and more for your kids to explore including a toddler area. Parents can relax in the massage chairs while their kids wear themselves out while having fun in a safe and clean environment. Party room and packages are available too!

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

(218) 828-9002

www.piratescove.net/brainerd

The adventures & legends of infamous pirates come to life at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf. Putt through the world of 18th century buccaneers & wind your way through mountain caves, over footbridges & beneath cascading waterfalls. Read about famous pirates as you test your skills on two award-winning 18-hole courses.

Gull Lake Cruises

(888) 452-2178

www.GullLakeCruises.com

Voted one of the top things to do in Brainerd! Experience Gull Lake like never before. Two levels, outdoor observation deck, climate-controlled indoor salon, two bars and unmatched views! Private and public cruises available. Live Music Cruises! Happy Hour! Lunch! Dinner! And more! Visit our website for more information.

Northern MN Railroad Heritage Association (218) 692-1900

www.CrosslakeTrainClub.com

See 8000 sq ft of HO scale, O scale and G scale model trains operating on indoor scenic layouts. Kids can operate a children’s layout. Many historic railroad memorabilia on display. Open Saturdays year-round. Fun for the entire family! ALL ABOARD!

Summerfest

(218) 534-2936

www.deerwoodsummerfest.org

August 11-12, 2023 | Deerwood, MN

A family friendly two-day community event celebrating Deerwood with fun activities, terrific food, arts/crafts, & many activities for kids. This event is possible thanks to hard-working volunteers, local business sponsors, vendor participation, & more. Proceeds benefit Deerwood & surrounding communities.

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5197 Birchdale Rd., Brainerd (Just South of The BIR) Pirate's Cove: (218) 828-9002 | PiratesCove.com

Signature EVENTS

No matter when you decide to visit, you’ll find events happening. We host signature events like the Pequot Lakes Stars & Stripes Days in July. Have you been to the best St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Minnesota?! You’ll find the parade in Crosslake. How about kickin’ your boots up at Lakes Jam—the Lakes Area’s biggest country and rock fest. Plan your vacation around these popular events and make them an annual family tradition!

The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza is held on Hole in the Day Bay on Beautiful Gull Lake. Photo by Kelley Jo Imaging, 2023 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza HOLE IN THE DAY BAY, GULL LAKE

Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza

February 3, 2024, Hole in the Day Bay, Gull Lake, Brainerd

The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza is the world’s largest ice fishing contest, and something you should experience first-hand. 20,000 holes are drilled in anticipation of this monster event. This event raises $150,000 for local charities, so the contest is for a good cause. You can win fish houses, four-wheelers, vacation packages, and more. Whether you win or not, you’ll have a Minnesota experience like no other! Visit www.icefishing.org for all the details on this incredible event.

The first Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza was held in January of 1991. The founders never expected the event would become the world’s largest ice fishing contest and put Brainerd, MN on the map. The winter event generates over $1 million in revenue for area businesses and over $150,000 for area charities annually. Over $3 million has been donated since its inception.

Lakes Jam

June 22–24, 2023, Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), Brainerd Lakes Jam gives festival goers the ultimate experience in rock and country music and adds other spectator events like watercross (snowmobile racing on an open water oval course), drift car demos, poker and bean bag tourneys, costume contest, and meet and greets. But what really sets Lakes Jam apart from other music festivals are the amenities at BIR, camping, and allowing ATVs, UTVs, and golf carts to get around the property.

2023 HEADLINERS: SKILLET, HARDY, & DUSTIN LYNCH.

Buy tickets and learn more at: www.LakesJam.com.

Photo by Kelley Jo Imaging, 2023 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza Photo by Kelley Jo Imaging, 2023 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza
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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

August 17–20, 2023, Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), Brainerd

The NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals is a heartthumping good time. You’ll see the world’s best drivers, the fastest cars on the fastest track, with the most insane race fans! Everyone has heard stories about BIR during the NHRA Nationals, but you need to experience it for yourself because nothing compares. Every ticket comes with a pit pass, so fans can watch their favorite teams tear down their cars and rebuild them in between races. On Nitro Alley, you’ll find interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, and food. Camping is available on-site at the infamous The Zoo campground. Camping in The Zoo brings live music Thursday through Saturday, 24hour food, and shenanigans. For those who have children or want quieter evenings, the reserved and restricted family camping have early noise and traffic rules that are strictly enforced. Daytime parking is also available. Visit www.birmn.com for more information.

Stars & Stripes Days

July 3–4, 2023, Pequot Lakes

Celebrate our nation’s independence at the Pequot Lakes Stars and Stripes Days in Trailside Park honoring our heritage with food vendors, music, games, parade, and fireworks.

On July 3, try your hand at the bean bag toss or listen to live music. Once the sun sets, the spectacular fireworks burst into the night sky. On July 4, come for the all-you-can-eat Pequot Lakes fireman pancakes, kids’ games, craft fair, and the Stars & Stripes Parade!

Bean Hole Days

July 19, 2023, Pequot Lakes

Join in the historic event Bean Hole Days, which dates back to 1938. Business owners asked local farmers to come into town for the day, and they served the farmers beans that baked overnight in the ground as part of a community event. Today, Bean Hole Days is a reminder and celebration of Pequot Lakes’ history serving over 3,000 hungry visitors. Lines form early for free beans. Purchase a 2023 Bean Hole Days mug and head to the front of the “Fast Pass for Gas” line or go through the drive thru for some rootin’ tootin’ good beans!

Trailside Park in the center of town is teaming with people visiting craft vendors, playing games, and enjoying free beans.

Bobber Bocce on ice

Feburary 10, 2024, Pequot Lakes

This event will have you embracing winter like a seasoned Minnesotan. Bobber Bocce on Ice is a hybrid of bocce ball and curling played on plowed lanes on the ice. Co-ed teams of 4 will work together to see if they get bragging rights as the top team. Events and activities on the ice all day for players and spectators. This will be the ‘coolest’ event you’ll ever attend! Check www.pequotlakes.com as the event gets closer for more event information, including registering.

Celebrate America Crosslake

July 1, 2023, Crosslake

For more than 50 years, Crosslake has celebrated America with fireworks. The fireworks display is staged from floating barges near Sand Island. Thousands of families and friends pack into boats or sit along the shores to enjoy the beautiful overhead explosions. Add this event to your bucket list and it will become an annual tradition not to be missed.

Crosslake Days

September 28–30, 2023, Crosslake

Visit in September and attend the annual Crosslake Days celebration. Crosslake is beautiful in the fall as the trees burst into hues of auburn and amber. The crisp air is the perfect backdrop to cool the heat of the chili cook-off contest. Taste the free samples and vote for your favorite. Local businesses compete for the coveted trophies and for bragging rights!

A missing chili pepper hunt, kids’ games, shopping deals, hand-crafted arts and crafts, bazaar and flea market, a Corn Hole Tournament and live entertainment, and street dance make this a great event for all ages.

WinterFest

February 1–3, 2024, Crosslake

Have cabin fever? Crosslake has the cure. Celebrate Winterfest, a three-day festival for old-fashioned winter fun. Beginning Thursday, daily clues are released for the Lost Medallion Hunt with more than $2,500 in prizes. Friday, there’s a kick-off party at the Crosslake Community Center with fun for everyone: sledding, skating, horsedrawn wagon rides, s’mores, bonfire, and fireworks! Saturday is a full day of activities including snowmobile radar runs, art & vendor show, games, deals and discounts at businesses, and fun activities for the kids. Participating businesses are serving up hot soup in the annual SoupFest contest where YOU get to determine who wins the coveted Golden Ladles.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 16, 2024, Crosslake (50th Anniversary!)

If you haven’t experienced Crosslake’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, you’re missing out on the best parade in the state (WCCOTV’s Viewers’ Choice for Best Parade in Minnesota)! One visit and you’ll come back year-after-year. The Crosslake community rallies around this family friendly event. Float after float is buzzing with activity, music, and candy. While the parade is the highlight of the weekend, you can also take in the Clover Dash 5K and if you chase the clues to find the Lost Pot O Gold, you could find yourself donning a basket FULL of gifts courtesy of Crosslake Chamber member businesses! Local shops and restaurants offer deals on green beer and corned beef, sweatshirts and décor! End the night dancing away at one of the area establishments with live music and more! Make the Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade your next tradition.

Photos on the next page 1) Bobber Bocce On Ice; 2) St. Patrick's Day Parade, Photo by Buffalo Media Group; 3) Race Day at BIR, Photo Courtesy Brainerd International Raceway; 4) Stars & Stripes Days; 5) St. Patrick's Day Parade, Photo by Buffalo Media Group; 6) St. Patrick's Day Parade, Photo by Buffalo Media Group; 7) Bean Hole days; 8) Race Day at BIR, Photo Courtesy Brainerd International Raceway
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JUST BEACH IT

local public beaches

ABEACH DAY IS JUST THE THING TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY ENTERTAINED. PACK A COOLER WITH COLD DRINKS AND SNACKS AND ENJOY A RELAXING DAY IN THE SUN AND SAND.

Crosby Memorial Park

2 2nd St SW, Crosby, MN 56441

In the heart of Crosby and on the banks of Serpent Lake, you’ll find the Crosby Memorial Park. The giant serpent, Kahnah’ bek, has watched over the park since 1977. The 20 ft serpent makes for a great photo backdrop. Kids will love the large wooden playset—perfect place to burn off some energy! There’s a nice swimming beach, too, for lots of fun-in-the-sun.

Campsites are available for tents and RVs. This is a busy campground with lots of hustle and bustle from downtown. You can easily walk or ride bike to restaurants and shops, plus the Cuyuna Recreation Area trails.

AMENITIES: Sandy beach, picnic tables and benches, boat launch, camping, cook shack rental, skateboard park, playground, restrooms.

Lum Park

1619 NE Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Lum Park Recreation Area is an excellent family destination for camping, fishing, outdoor activities, and swimming. Lum Park is on Rice Lake, which is a reservoir off the Mississippi River.

Lum Park is just a short drive from the hotels in Brainerd/Baxter, which means you can easily access the water while staying in town.

The campground is a perfect place to enjoy the best of what Brainerd/Baxter has to offer.

Calling all Beach lovers

AMENITIES: Sandy beach, disc golf, pavilions, boat launch, playground, fishing, Camping, picnic tables, restrooms, sand volleyball courts.

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Whipple Beach Recreation Area

14441 Oakwood Dr, Baxter, MN 56425

A visit to Whipple Beach is a great place to spend the afternoon. Whipple Beach Recreation Area is a public park and beach close to Brainerd/Baxter hotels. The recreation area is in the perfect location if you’re staying in Brainerd/Baxter.

You’ll find an excellent sandy beach perfect for kids to swim and build sandcastles.

You can rent the pavilion for celebrations and gatherings. The pavilion has a kitchen you can use if you rent the pavilion.

AMENITIES: Sandy beach, playground, fishing pier, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilion.

Gull Lake Recreation Area

10867 E Gull Lake Dr, Brainerd, MN 56401

Gull Lake Recreation Area offers something for everyone with a boat launch, hiking, fishing, and swimming. The campground offers well-spaced sites. Near the campground is a playground and the Gull River at the outlet of Gull Lake. The platforms on the river offer great fishing!

The beach area is a short distance from the campground and is open to the public for day use. There is a roped-off swim area, sandy beach, and grassy area with picnic tables for families to enjoy.

AMENITIES: Sandy beach, restrooms, boat launch, biking and hiking trails, picnic tables, playground, camping, fishing.

THE BRAINERD LAKES IS FOR EVERYONE. OUR LAKES ARE PRISTINE & OFFER ABUNDANT WILDLIFE, FISHING AND FUN. COME & START EXPLORING.
Photo Courtesy Bay View Lodge Photo Courtesy Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake Photo Courtesy Grand View Lodge GULL LAKE, NISSWA SCAN ME
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Pelican Lake Public Beach

(Co Rd 4 to Co Rd 118; Left on Pelican Beach Rd. Beach is at the end of Pelican Lake Rd.)

This public beach is a hidden gem off the beaten path. While it might be harder to find, it is well worth the effort. The Pelican Lake Public Beach is open for day use and is located on the southeastern shores of Pelican Lake off of Pelican Lake Road.

Pelican Beach has excellent sugar sand. It’s a shallow beach making it a great place for families with young kids to swim. There is no garbage collection, so you’ll need to pack out your trash.

AMENITIES: Vault toilet, picnic tables.

Cross Lake Recreation Area

35507 Co Rd 66, Crosslake, MN 56442

The Cross Lake Recreation Area is a picturesque recreation area in one of central Minnesota’s most popular cities—Crosslake.

The campground is well-maintained and located on the shores of the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, which connects 14 lakes and are controlled by the Pine River dam at the Campground.

When you’re in the campground, you would never guess you’re in walking or biking distance from great restaurants, shops, and golf.

If you’re not camping, you can still enjoy the recreation area for the day. Swim at the beach. Walk across the dam. Play at the playground. Check out the interpretive programs. Fish from the dock. It’s all here for the perfect summer day!

AMENITIES: Sandy beach, restrooms, playground, fishing, pavilion, interpretive programs, biking, camping, boat launch.

Pillager Lake Recreation Area

12170 Co Rd, Pillager, MN 56473

You’ll find the Pillager Lake Park on Pillager Lake west on Hwy 210, then north a few miles on County Road 1. This quiet park is a great place to soak up some nature. The beach is clean and sandy for kids to swim. The pier even has a small slide that goes it to the water!

DOZENS OF LOCAL RESORTS ARE RIGHT ON THE WATER. GET THE MOST LAKE LIFE OUT OF YOUR VACATION BY STAYING RIGHT ON THE WATER. REFER TO OUR LODGING DIRECTORY ON PAGE 24-25 FOR LODGING ON THE WATER.

Pack a lunch or bring food to grill and use the pavilion. Kids can also play at the playground. Your family will enjoy spending an afternoon here!

AMENITIES: Picnic tables, pavilion, sandy beach, vault toilets, fishing pier, playground.

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kayaking FUN

WE’RE WELL-KNOWN FOR OUR BOATING CULTURE, SO PADDLING A KAYAK MIGHT NOT BE TOP-OF-MIND.

KAYAKING IS THE PERFECT ACTIVITY IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO SLOW DOWN AND CONNECT WITH NATURE. CROW WING KAYAKS, LOCATED IN CROSSLAKE, WILL HELP YOU HAVE A LOW-KEY DAY ON THE WATER. THE WATER CLARITY AND UP-CLOSE LOOK AT WILDLIFE WILL BE A TRIP YOU’LL REMEMBER.

River Trips

Meander the Pine River on one of the 13 river trips that Crow Wing Kayaks offers. You can go for a full day or just a few hours. The kayaks are stable, comfortable, and the shorter routes are doable for all ages. Crow Wing Kayaks provide everything that goes along with the kayak, including a personal flotation device. You should pack sunscreen, bug spray, and water. You can also bring a cooler with lunch or light snacks, especially for the longer trips.

Rent Kayaks

You can also rent kayaks, paddleboards, and foam floats. Spend one day on the water or rent for a few days while you’re here. Kayak and paddleboard rentals include life vests. Foam carrier pads and straps are available for you to haul. Crow Wing Kayaks also will deliver and provide a courtesy ride for a small fee.

Welcome to Crosslake, Kamp Kimchee!

Kamp Kimchee: July 10–14

“The river was so calm we saw a lot of wildlife—cranes, herons, swans, falcons, and several schools of fish. Crow Wing Kayaks made the whole experience smooth and easy for us all.”

SARA MAY

Kamp Kimchee spends a week in Crosslake every July and provides insight into Korean culture. Kamp Kimchee is a culture day camp designed for Korean adoptees or kids of Korean descent. The whole family, including siblings—even if they’re not of Korean origin—are encouraged to participate to learn about and celebrate the Korean culture. This Kamp focuses on self-esteem, family education, and common identity.

A typical camp day includes high energy, classes, and activities. The Crosslake

Community School is the Kamp’s homebase, but activities happen all around the community. The public is welcome to join for Kamp lunches at the Crosslake Community School, taste authentic Korean cuisine, and meet Kampers and their families. It’s a great way to experience Korean culture and foods.

Last year, one of the community activities that Kampers could choose was kayaking. Kamp Kimchee teens spent a sunny afternoon at Strawberry Lake using kayaks and paddleboards that were provided and delivered by Crow Wing Kayaks.

It isn’t just Kamp Kimchee Kampers and families that love coming to Crosslake. The community loves when Kamp Kimchee is in town.

“Crosslake is a good fit for Kamp Kimchee because almost everything is within walking distance or a very short drive, and we offer a lot of activities. Kamp Kimchee, in turn, gives back to Crosslake by allowing us to experience their culture through authentic Korean lunches that we wouldn’t otherwise have access to. It warms my heart to see “Welcome Kamp Kimchee” signs and Korean flags throughout Crosslake. We welcome Kamp Kimchee with open arms, and we thank them for continuing to choose Crosslake.”

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Bay View Lodge (218) 543-4182

www.bayviewcrosslake.com

Located in Crosslake we provide a warm up-north feel with tranquility. Being on the White-fish Chain we have activities for the whole family. Enjoy our clean 3 to 4 bedroom cabins with great views of the lake, beach volleyball, bonfires, wood-burning sauna, kayaking, paddle boarding and much more!

Larry's Lake Rentals

(218) 244-1700

www.larryslakerentals.com

Larry's Lake Rentals services the Brainerd Lakes Area and beyond. We provide quality pontoon, tritoon and fishing boat rentals loaded with upgrades and accessories. Rentals start at just $425/day. Contact us today to enjoy Minnesota lakes this spring and summer!

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Whitefish Chain Yacht Club

(612) 940-3407 | www.wcyc.info

The WCYC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting boating and water safety on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes since 1952. WCYC conducts three important programs: navigation buoys in partnership with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, boating safety instruction and swimming lessons. Visit www.wcyc.info to learn more and join.

Your Boat Club (612) 208-1800

www.yourboatclub.com

At Your Boat Club, we believe in hassle-free boating. We offer top quality daily/multiday boat rentals and unlimited boat club memberships at 30+ locations. At YBC, it’s Our Boats, Your Fun! Quite simply, life on the water is better. Let us show you!

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Boat Rentals

When you’re in Lake Country, it’s hard to beat spending the day on the water. You can chill and float, dial it up by pulling the kids tubing or waterskiing, or rip around on a jet ski. Whether you want to cruise the Gull Chain or Whitefish Chain of Lakes or prefer a quieter more low-key lake, you’ll find a body of water that fits your style. Don’t have a boat or jet ski? No problem! If you’re staying at a resort, many offer boat rentals and on-the-water excursions.

You can also check out these places that offer pontoon, boat, or jet ski rentals.

→ Bertha Boatworks: Whitefish Chain only

→ Boats and Beyond: Gull Lake or delivered to your location

→ Crosslake Rental: Delivered to public access and launched for you

→ Larry’s Lake Rentals: Whitefish Chain or delivered to your location

→ Lake Fun Rentals: Gull Lake or delivered to your location

→ The Power Lodge: Gull Lake only

→ Your Boat Club: Gull Lake and Whitefish Chain

Ice House Rentals

The fun doesn’t stop when the water freezes. Ice fishing and “ice camping” are a quintessential Minnesota winter activity.

Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake has daily fish house rentals on Gull Lake open to the public. You can rent the fish houses for 4 or 8 hours. Rental options include houses with four, six, and eight holes. Include your whole family and invite some friends. Heat, lights, chairs, and rattle reels included.

Boats and Beyond rents fishing houses that you can stay in daily or overnight. Boats and Beyond includes heat, lights, rattle reels, hole drilling, and two-to-four bunks. Additional equipment is available to rent.

Minnesota Recreational Rentals rents fish houses on Gull Lake and other lakes in the area. Fish houses will be warm and holes will be predrilled before you arrive. Staff is available 24/7. Heated transportation to the fish house, if required, Roku TVs, generator power, rattle reels, and rod holders are provided.

Pelican Lake Fish House Rentals and Guide Service offers full-service summer and winter guiding and full-service premium fish house rentals on Pelican Lake in Breezy Point. They offer different packages depending on your needs. Holes are drilled, fish are ready to bite, and the heat is on!

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WE GOT THE MAPS. The Paul Bunyan State Trail is popular with locals and visitors. Request a free trail map online at at www.ExploreBrainerdLakes.com.

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OUTDOORS for the love of the

Biking

If you love biking, you’ve come to the right place. You and your family can enjoy miles of biking along the backdrop of lakes, woods, and parks. The area’s renowned Paul Bunyan State Trail is 115 miles long. The trail winds through the Crow Wing State Park south of Brainerd/Baxter and heads north through Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, and Pine River. From there, the trail will carry you all the way to Bemidji State Park. Along the route you can stop and rest, repair your bikes at bike stations, and enjoy the small towns with shops and restaurants.

The Gull Lake Trail is a multiuse trail around Gull Lake with scenic views of various terrain.

Up North Bike Rentals offers a variety of bike rentals with bike trailers so young kids can ride along, too!

Getting

OUTSIDE WHILE ON VACATION OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCONNECT FROM THE CRAZINESS AND RECONNECT WITH YOURSELF, YOUR PARTNER, AND YOUR FAMILY. THE SCIENCE ON BEING OUTDOORS IS SOUND. NATURE OFFERS SOME OF THE BEST WAYS TO BOOST YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING. CHECK OUT SOME OF THE WAYS YOU CAN GET OUTDOORS WHILE VACATIONING HERE.

If you are chasing an adrenaline rush, visit the mountain bike trails within the Cuyuna Recreation Area. There are 25 miles of singletrack trails spread out over 800 acres. Don’t worry if you’re new to mountain biking. The beginner to advanced trails provide something for everyone.

Biking in Cuyuna isn’t just for summer months. Fat tire biking in the winter brings a new dimension to biking.

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Birding

Drive the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway and get a great view of nature from the comfort of your car. The Birds of the Byway (Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway) offers 54 miles of opportunities to view our feathered friends.

The Northland Arboretum is designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA), and it’s right in the city limits of Brainerd/Baxter. With its mosaic of habitats, you’ll find an array of bird species (sandhill cranes, red-shouldered hawks, black-billed cukoo, eagles) as you hike the trails.

Handicap Accessible: The Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway, which is a scenic drive on paved roads, allows for handicap and disabled persons to see woods and wildlife from a van.

The Northland Arboretum’s easy access in the city limits of Brainerd/Baxter and wide trails with garden and nature views, are easily handicap accessible.

Crow Wing State Park and the Pillsbury State Forest also are close to Brainerd/Baxter and offer excellent birding opportunities. The Crow Wing State Park has 230 bird species on its park checklist and over 18 miles of trails. The Pillsbury State Forest has 25 miles of trails, and over 175 bird species have been documented.

Using a local guide increases your chances of seeing birds. Judd Brink is the owner and guide of MN Backyard Birds. Contact Judd at 218-838-4784 to plan a bird watching tour.

Historic Fire Tower

When traveling on Hwy 371 towards Pequot Lakes, chances are you’ve seen a giant metal structure towering over the trees. Decades ago, these fire towers gave foresters a bird’s eye view of spotting smoke—a telltale sign of wildfires. With advancements in technology, these towers became obsolete with many disappearing across the state.

The Paul M. Thiede Fire Tower Park opened to visitors June 2020. You can walk the Fire Tower Trail and the Wildlife Loop. Interpretive signs are along both trails. Pack a picnic lunch and eat under the pavilion. The 135 steps on the 100 ft. tower are worth the climb. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic 20 mile view in each direction.

The fire tower is open for you to climb from dawn to dusk daily. It’s closed in the winter for safety.

ATV and UTV Trails

Perhaps you like the idea of riding an ATV or UTV and traversing the trails with a little throttle. We have an expansive trail system covering hundreds of miles that cover all of the Lakes Area regions: Brainerd, Cuyuna Lakes, Emily and Outing, and Pine River.

The Spider Lake Trails, located in the Foot Hills State Forest near Pine River, is one of the most popular trail systems in Minnesota. You’ll travel 29 miles on diverse terrain. From smooth and sandy to rough and rocky, it’s exciting, challenging, and a great place to improve your riding ability. While riding the trails, you’ll also see lakes, ponds, and climb hills and slopes around the forest.

If you’re looking to rent UTVs, check out Seaberg Motor Sports or The Power Lodge.

THE 135 STEPS PAUL M. THIEDE FIRE TOWER ARE WORTH THE CLIMB. 100 FEET UP AT THE TOP, YOU’LL BE REWARDED WITH A PANORAMIC 20 MILE VIEW IN EACH DIRECTION.

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

There’s something peaceful about trekking through the woods on skis or snowshoes. The Northland Arboretum, which is within the Brainerd/Baxter city limits has 12 miles of trails with nearly 5 km lighted for evening skiing.

The Crow Wing State Park would be a great place to snowshoe, especially the beautiful trails that follow the Mississippi River.

You can snowshoe on the trails around the Paul Thiede Fire Tower Park just outside of Pequot Lakes.

Easy Riders in Brainerd rents snowshoes and cross country skis. The Crosslake Community Center also rents snowshoes.

Snowmobiling

If you’d like to experience snowmobiling but don’t have sleds, you’re in luck. You can rent snowmobiles and enjoy the hundreds of miles of groomed trails.

→ Cragun’s Resort on Gull (rentals available to the public)

→ Nisswa Adventure Rentals

→ The Power Lodge

→ Seaberg Motorsports

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local parks

We have parks that give you lots to do. City parks with pavilions, playgrounds, and even nice sandy beaches that make great places for a picnic. The Crow Wing State Park has trails along the Mississippi. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time at the historic sites along the river trail.

Brainerd

Northland Arboretum: Nearly 12 miles of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. Snowshoeing trails are available, too. Trails accommodate all ages and skill levels and are some of the best trails in Minnesota—within the Brainerd city limits.

Crow Wing State Park: The Crow Wing State Park also has over 18 miles of hiking trails within the park some along the banks of the Mississippi River. Step back in time seeing the history of an epic Ojibwe and Dakota battle. Walk the boardwalk into the settlement of Old Crow Wing. Camping is available in the park. A new paved trail connects to the Paul Bunyan Trail for easy access for hikers, cyclists, and snowmobilers.

Kiwani’s Park: This park is in the center of Brainerd. The paved trail around Boom Lake is a perfect walk, especially for wheelchairs and strollers. You can see lots of wildlife, have a picnic, and kids can use the playground.

Crosslake

Crosslake Community Center: Over 13 miles of trails for hiking, crosscountry skiing, and snowshoeing. There’s an outdoor skating rink, sledding hill, 9-hole disc golf course, and tennis courts. Equipment is available to rent. Inside, there’s a gym and weight room. Open 7 days a week. Day passes and memberships available.

Rollie Johnson Natural and Recreational Area: A series of three islands located within the Upper Whitefish Lake with hiking trails, swimming beach, and 11 primitive campsites available on a first come, first served basis.

Nisswa

Fritz Loven State Park: A beautiful 80-acre park with a playground, picnic shelters, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing trails. Come see this beautiful nature sanctuary with wildlife, towering pines, and a stony brook. Go West on County Road 77 (off Hwy. 371 North), take a right on County Road 78, and then right on Ridge Rd.

Pequot Lakes Area

Mayo Lake Nature Preserve: This 67-acre nature preserve is located on the southern portion of Mayo Lake in Pequot Lakes. The preserve is surrounded by diverse trees, plus picnic tables, recreational trails, and lookouts to Mayo Lake.

Central MN Council, Boy Scouts of America

(320) 251-3930

www.bsacmc.org

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent valuesbased youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. Have fun, make friends, and see new things.

National Loon Center

(218) 692-5666

www.nationallooncenter.org

Visit the informational center, The Nest, at Crosslake Town Square! Experience fun and informative displays, learn about the upcoming facility, and purchase National Loon Center merchandise. Stay tuned via our website or newsletter for upcoming events. Or book a trip aboard the StewardShip to observe loons out on the water!

Northland Arboretum

(218) 454-8773

www.northlandarb.org

400 acres of stunning nature reserve hosting a year-round 12-mile trail system, educational programming, and beautiful backdrops for weddings and events. Enjoy our beautiful groomed and lit cross-country and snowshoe trails. Snowshoe rentals available.

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REASON FALL GOLF IS THE BEST

WHILE WE LOVE SUMMER FOR SO MANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, THERE’S SOMETHING EXTRA SPECIAL ABOUT FALL. AND GOLF IS NO EXCEPTION. FROM PERFECT WEATHER, LOWER GREEN FEES TO OPTIMAL COURSE CONDITIONS, FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME TO BOOK YOUR NEXT GOLF WEEKEND.

#1 Course Conditions

All spring and summer golf maintenance teams have been working hard to get golf courses in optimal playing condition. The fruits of their labor really pay off come fall when greens are fast, and the fairways are manicured and deep green.

#2 Perfect Weather

Summer weather can be hot and humid, especially midday. Fall weather brings a reprieve from the heat. Crisp mornings give way to moderate temps—often in the high 50s to low 70s with no humidity, depending on the month. Of course it’s hard to predict Minnesota weather, but generally speaking, fall weather is predictably mild and perfect for a weekend on the course.

#3 Fall Colors

The Brainerd Lakes is home to some of the most beautiful golf courses in Minnesota. Courses here are cut right out of the Northwoods with rolling fairways, woods, wetlands, and lake views. On the golf course is one of the best places to immerse yourself in autumn’s red, orange, and yellow hues.

#4 Less Crowds

On a busy weekend in the summer, you may find yourself waiting on a slow golf group ahead of you. Or maybe you’re not an avid golfer, and you’re nervous you’re holding up faster groups behind you. You’ll find that during the fall, courses are less crowded with optimal tee times available.

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LEGACY COURSES, CRAGUN'S RESORT ON GULL LAKE

"CRISP MORNINGS USUALLY LEAD TO A WARMING SUN AND INCREDIBLE GOLF. AT CROSSWOODS WE HAVE AN AMAZING CONTRAST BETWEEN THE BRILLIANT GREEN GRASS OF THE GOLF COURSE AND THE VIBRANT AUTUMN FOLIAGE. THE FUN CAMARADERIE OF THE BUDDY WEEKENDS TO THE SIMPLE ENJOYMENT OF GOLFING WITH FAMILY ON A QUIET WEEKDAY. THE BEST GOLF OF THE YEAR IS USUALLY FOUND IN THE FALL.”

“Our course is unique as you’ll be the only group playing, booked in two-hour blocks. Five greens and six tee boxes make for a variety hole options. Play at your own pace!” Joby Goerges, owner, The Getaway Adventure Resort.

#5 Affordable Pricing

Hand-in-hand with less crowds is lower green fees. As the peak golf season wanes, you’re likely to find savings with lower rates at all area courses as well as stay and play fall package deals at the larger resorts with lodging and golf on-property. Take advantage of the price breaks and get in those last few rounds of golf—you’ll be happy that you did!

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Where the Pros Come to Play

CRMC CHAMPIONSHIP

August 28–September 3, 2023

If you’re into golf, Cragun’s Legacy Courses will be the place to be in late August. Watch upand-coming professional golfers as they embark on their path to the PGA. We caught up with Jack Wawro, Director of Golf and CRMC Tournament Director, to learn more about this PGAsanctioned event!

Last year was the first CRMC Championship event. What’s it like to host this caliber of golf here?

JW We have some of the best golf courses in the world and to be able to finally offer a PGA Tour caliber event in this area is so exciting for all of us at the Legacy, our members, and all of the fans who came out to watch. The players loved our area and raved about the new golf course at The Legacy. They also put on an absolute show with some unbelievable golf. It is great to see that event grow the game of golf, benefit our charity, and showcase the area.

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What did the players love about the 2022 CRMC Championship?

JW The players were very complimentary of our newly renovated golf course. Many of them said that our course was the best condition and layout golf course they played on tour in 2022. They loved the playability of the course while also keeping them honest with a true test of their shot making capability.

What’s in store for the 2023 CRMC Championship?

JW We have a huge party/concert near the 18th green with our Saturday Night Jam. This year we are adding two more VIP areas on the golf course to compliment the large VIP area near the clubhouse. We also will have a new front nine that officially opens on July 1, which will give our returning tour pros a different look then last year. Needless to say we’re very excited for this year’s event!

Mike Stone, Owner, Crosswoods Golf Course Photo Courtesy Madden's On Gull Lake
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Golf Directory

→ Breezy Point Resort (218) 562-7811 | (800) 432-3777

www.breezypointresort.com

9252 Breezy Point Dr, Breezy Point, MN [Deacon's Lodge, Whitebirch Course, Traditional Course]

→ Cragun's Legacy Courses (218) 825-2789 | (888) 873-0161

www.craguns.com

11000 Craguns Dr, Brainerd, MN [Dutch's Legacy, Bobby's Legacy, Reversible 9]

→ Crosswoods Golf Course (218) 692-4653 | www.crosslakegolf.com

35878 Co Rd 3, Crosslake, MN [27 Hole Course]

→ Emily Greens Golf Course (218) 763-2169 | www.emilygreens.com

39966 Refuge Rd, Emily, MN [18 Hole Course]

→ Golden Eagle Golf Club (218) 763-4653 | (866) 316-4653

www.golfgoldeneagle.com

16146 W Eagle Lake Rd, Fifty Lakes, MN [18 Hole Course]

→ Grand View Lodge (218) 963-2234 | (866) 801-2951

www.grandviewlodge.com

23521 Nokomis Ave, Nisswa, MN [The Pines, The Preserve]

→ Madden's on Gull Lake (800) 642-5363 | (218) 829-2811

www.maddens.com

11266 Pine Beach Peninsula Brainerd, MN [Pine Beach East, Pine Beach West, Social 9, The Classic at Madden's]

→ Northland Kart Country (218) 454-1602

www.northlandkartkountry.com

17568 State Hwy 371, Brainerd, MN [Mini-Golf]

→ Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf (218) 828-9002 | www.piratescove.net

5197 Birchdale Rd, Brainerd, MN [Mini-Golf]

→ Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge (218) 678-4646 | www.ruttgers.com

25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd Deerwood, MN [Jack's 18, Alec's 9]

→ Whistling Wolf Mini Golf and Gifts (218) 692-7888 | www.crosslakegolf.com

36006 Co Rd 66, Crosslake, MN [Mini-Golf]

→ Whitefish Golf Club (218) 543-4900

www.whitefishgolf.com

7883 Co Rd 16, Pequot Lakes, MN [18 Hole Course]

→ Wildwedge Golf, Mini Golf and Maze (218) 568-6995 | www.wildwedge.com

32792 Paul Bunyan Trail Dr Pequot Lakes, MN [9 Hole Par 3 Golf, Mini-Golf]

Emily Greens Golf Course (218) 763-2169

www.emilygreens.com

Voted Brainerd Lakes #1 golf course in 2018 & 2019 in the Best of the Brainerd Lakes contest. A scenic and affordable course that emphasizes ‘fun on the golf course’. Emily Greens features MN’s largest green, along with many memorable holes. Come see why the players voted us #1!

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Lake Side Dining

One of the best parts of vacation is gathering your crew and grubbing on some delicious local food. We have hundreds of delicious restaurants and specialty food establishments. BBQ. Sweet desserts. Pizza. Meals on-the-go. All of which are readily available no matter where you’re staying.

But, part of the allure of vacationing in lake country is traveling by boat to your food destination. (If you need a boat rental, see page 57 for boat rental companies.)

Here are a few suggestions on where to eat when you want to cruise by boat! Lakeside restaurants are popular and in most cases reservations are strongly recommended.

Gull Lake, Brainerd

Bar Harbor Supper Club

The extensive docks at Bar Harbor Supper Club offer easy access to get in and out. You’ll also have a beautiful view of the channel while dining on sandwiches, steaks, and seafood.

Nisswa Lake Park

One of the fun parts of boating on Gull Lake is cruising “up” the Chain. If you boat the whole Chain, you’ll end up on Nisswa Lake. Here, you can dock at the public slips at Nisswa Lake Park. A quick walk and through the tunnel, you’re in downtown Nisswa close to Main Street Ale House and Big Axe Brewing Company. Both offer outdoor seating, full menus, and craft beer. Main Street Ale House also offers craft cocktails.

Dock 77 at Quarterdeck Resort

Drop anchor at Dock 77 and enjoy delicious craft cocktails, small plates, salads, handhelds, and walleye. Dock 77 has lots of dock space for easy access. There’s also a lot of green space with firepits, Adirondack chairs for boat-watching, and space for the kids to splash in the water.

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Ernie’s on Gull

Facing west, Ernie’s on Gull is a prime spot to watch the sun sink into the horizon while sipping the famous “Greenie” cocktail. A full outdoor dinner menu and quick grab-andgo style bites are available. Plus, live music and a playground for kids makes it a hot spot for all ages.

Gull Lake Cruises

Gull Lake Cruises, which is docked at Cragun’s Resort, offers a variety of public cruise options. If you’d like a cruise and have a full meal, you can do a brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise. If you’d like lighter fare, a happy hour or sweet tooth sunset cruise are a perfect end to your day!

Lost Lake Lodge

Lost Lake Lodge is quaintly tucked up from the water’s edge, which just adds to its intimate feel. For 70 years Lost Lake Lodge has been providing an upscale chef’s menu set among 80 acres of woods, water, and wildlife.

FOR MORE THAN 70 YEARS, Lost Lake Lodge has been offering guests exceptional dining and quiet serenity. This Gull Lake resort is located on 80 acres of woods, water, and wildlife. Their restaurant and bar are open to the public.

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Madden’s, Cragun’s, and Grand View Lodge

Madden’s, Cragun’s, and Grand View Lodge all have several restaurants on-site that are open to the public and accessible by boat. From upscale to pizza and handhelds, these resorts have all the dining amenities to feed a crowd.

Zorbaz on Gull Lake

Zorbaz on Gull Lake is the hot spot if you want Mexican, pizza, and night life. The sand volleyball court and stage for live music make for a fun atmosphere, too.

North Long Lake, Brainerd

Dunmire’s on the Lakes

Dunmire’s on the Lake is the only restaurant on North Long Lake. They offer delicious lunch and dinners with docks to easily come ashore. Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer. Outside patio dining is available. With a wide variety menu featuring handhelds, fish, pizza, and pasta this stop is a crowd-pleaser.

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Pelican Lake, Breezy Point

Dockside Lounge

Dockside Lounge at Breezy Point Resort is the place to be on Pelican Lake for dining and entertainment. Here, you can enjoy water’s edge dining with extensive docks for boats. Dockside is family friendly basket food, including appetizers, pizza, burgers, and salads.

Breezy Belle

The Breezy Belle, which is docked at Breezy Point Resort, is a fun way to enjoy the water. The Breezy Belle is an authentic sternwheel paddleboat similar to riverboats. They offer relaxing public cruises around Pelican Lake. Onboard you’ll find staff serving alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. While there is no food service, you are welcome to bring carryout food and pizzas from Breezy Point’s Dockside Lounge.

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Whitefish Chain, Crosslake

The Wharf

The Wharf has been an iconic symbol on the Whitefish Chain for 35 years. Come by boat, grab some food and a Bloody Mary, and watch the boat traffic through the Rush and Cross lake channel. Here, you can come as you are—boat clothes are welcome! There’s also 25 boat slips for easy docking.

Zorbaz on Cross Lake

You can find this Minnesota chain restaurant on many hotspot lakes, and the Whitefish Chain is no exception. Specialty drinks, pizza (our favorite is the Zorbaz Club), and Mexican food in a fun atmosphere.

Moonlite Bay

Moonlite Bay has been a Crosslake icon since 1933. With 70 dock slips, there’s usually room for everyone who comes by boat. A new addition is the Pub 33 with flatbreads, salads, sliders, and more. There’s also a full dining menu in the main dining area. Moonlite Bay is the Crosslake entertainment headquarters with events and even music and dancing for those looking for late-night fun.

Bar Harbor is known for their Classic Boat Show. Enthusiasts come to view the wooden boats docked at the Gull Lake Restaurant.

Manhattan’s Restaurant

Located on Trout Lake (part of the Whitefish Chain), Manhattan’s has been serving upscale food for 94 years. Brunch, lunch, afternoon bites, and an extensive dinner menu make Manhattan’s a delicious stop no matter the time of day.

Docks at the Crosslake Recreation Area

Recent dock upgrades and shore restoration at the Crosslake Recreation Area have made it easy for you to enjoy Crosslake dining. Crosslake is very walkable with wide sidewalks. Once you’ve docked at the recreation area, you can walk to Andy’s, Riverside, Town Square to Rafferty’s, or Lake Country Crafts and Cones.

FILL UP YOUR FUEL TANK WHEN YOU STOP FOR GRUB. MANY PLACES ON THE GULL CHAIN AND WHITEFISH CHAIN HAVE GAS FOR

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Sip Like a Local

WE have lots of local establishments that have mastered the art of creating seriously good craft brews and drinks. Sip the local flavors for yourself!

Jack Pine Brewery

Jack Pine Brewery’s taproom offers a laidback, family friendly atmosphere that focuses on great beer and good conversation. On warm days, the taproom’s large industrial door opens, and the crowd effortlessly spills out on to the patio tucked in a grove of pine trees. It’s a great spot to have a beer and listen to live music, which you’ll often find here.

→ Tasty Brew: Dead Branch

→ Location: Baxter

Live Music

GRAB SOME FRIENDS FOR A BEER, CIDER, OR DRINK AND ENJOY THE LOCAL SOUNDS OF LIVE MUSIC!

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5Rocks Distilling Co.

5Rocks uses locally sourced ingredients to make small batch spirits. You’ll find Cold North Vodka, Lizzy’s Gin, Straight Bourbon Whiskey, amaretto, and infused bourbon whiskeys and vodkas. Sample spirits, or try mules, an old-fashioned, specialty and dessert cocktails! Bring a cocktail kit (or two) home as a souvenir!

→ Tasty Cocktail: Cucumber

Basil Gin Smash

→ Location: Brainerd

Woodlore Cider

The area’s first cidery, Woodlore Cider is cozy and inviting with a rustic and up-north vibe. All ciders are made in-house using 100% fresh pressed fruit with no added sugars or concentrates. This makes for a natural and exceptionally refreshing cider. They usually have about 8 ciders available at one time, rotating 3–4 new blends every few months. Lots of entertainment, including live music, poker nights, craft nights, painting classes— and on occasion baby goats!

→ Tasty Cider: Pineapple Cider

→ Location: Brainerd

Snarky Loon Brewing Co.

Veteran owned, Snarky Loon brews delicious beer and brings people together. Snarky Loon’s beer is German and Belgian inspired along with a variety of seasonal taps. Large open doors with a live music patio make it easy to move freely from inside to enjoy the outdoors. They also have a large food selection like pizza, handhelds, soups, and appetizers.

Military, law enforcement, fire, medical, and first responders can get 25% off beer and 10% off of merchandise with proper ID.

→ Tasty Brew: Bloody Beer

→ Location: Jenkins

14 Lakes Brewery

14 Lakes Craft Brewing Company offers an intimate setting for friends and family to enjoy quality beer and good company. On warm summer evenings, you can play a game of cornhole (bags) on the patio or just relax and take in the surrounding beauty. Visitors often bring their favorite four-legged friends to socialize, too.

→ Tasty Brew: Palley’s Comet

→ Location: Crosslake

Big Axe Brewery

Big Axe is serious about brewing good beer and providing a oneof-a-kind atmosphere. Kids and nonbeer drinkers will love the homemade cream soda and root beer.

Big Axe also has a full-service menu that pairs nicely with their craft beers. The patio is the perfect place to enjoy the summer sunshine, drink a cold one, and relax after shopping in downtown Nisswa.

→ Tasty Brew: Axe Kicker Double IPA

→ Location: Nisswa

Roundhouse Brewery

Roundhouse offers classic and seasonal brews, plus nonalcoholic beverages. Roundhouse has a large taproom, event space, and food options, like the beer battered cheese curds or walleye fingers. On a warm summer or fall day, you’ll enjoy the expansive outdoor seating with a big stage for live music. It’s the perfect place to unwind with friends!

Check out the Wreck Room where you and your friends can channel your inner lumber jack and throw axes. It’s a great away to bring a little competition with your camaraderie!

→ Tasty Brew: 46 North Wild Rice Ale

→ Location: Nisswa

Grab a flight of tasty brews and share with a Friend (or drink them yourself).
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b*merri Gastropub at The Woods (218) 829-7507

www.thewoodsmn.com

Our chef-driven menu ranges from savory steaks & seafood features, to BBQ, sushi, and flavorful pasta dishes. Offering a full-service bar with a self-serve beer wall, live music, outdoor seating, event center for weddings and business meetings, on-site accommodations with hotel & rental homes, and private catering & seasonal classes.

Dough Bros Woodfire Kitchen (218) 454-4900

www.Doughbroswoodfire.com

Dough Bros is located next to Cub Foods in Baxter and offers delicious wood fired pizzas, smoked wings, unique appetizers, 20 tap beers, wine and cocktails! Enjoy patio seating in the summer months along with our fun 90’s themed inside décor!

Jack Pine Brewery

(218) 270-8072

www.jackpinebrewery.com

Celebrating 10 years of serving fresh, local craft beer to the Brainerd Lakes Area. Enjoy a beverage while you listen to music, play games, or trivia. Now offering rentals for our Pioneer Room, or rent the entire taproom for an exclusive, private event. Best Beer, Best People, Best Space.

Black Bear Lodge & Saloon (218) 828-8400

www.blackbearlodgemn.com

Black Bear Lodge & Saloon has been serving quality food and beverages to the lakes area for over 25 years. We've got something for everyone...prime rib, steaks, walleye, ribs, burgers, sandwiches, soups & salads. We are family friendly and our patio deck is dog friendly. Locally owned and operated.

Ernie's on Gull

(218) 829-3918

www.erniesongull.com

Dine just feet from water's edge while enjoying a sunset view and your favorite cocktail. Casual, unique menu with local favorites and on-trend dishes. Outside bar, lakeside deck, live patio entertainment and beach volleyball has made Ernie's a summer tradition for generations.

Legacy Bar & Grille (888) 452-2178

www.craguns.com/dining

Experience dining with breathtaking golf course views. The Legacy Grille serves casual American cuisine from burgers to savory steaks. Grab a drink in the sports bar and watch the game or enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace overlooking the newly renovated Lehman 18 & Dutch 18. Open year-round!

Commander Restaurant & Bar and JJ's Pub (218) 562-4198

www.commanderbar.com

Open daily at 11am with lunch specials, great burgers, pizza, ribs and much more. Home of the famous Commander Garbage Pizza! Featuring live music every Friday & Saturday night year around. JJ’s Pub downstairs is open at 4:30 pm Monday-Friday and open at Noon on Saturday.

Grand Champion Meats

(218) 692-6328

www.grandchampionmeats

You will find the freshest cuts of beef and pork, as well as a wide variety of sausages, smoked products, chicken and seafood. Stop by today for free samples of our award winning products!

Main Street Ale House

(218) 961-6724

www.mainstreetnisswa.com

A favorite in the Lakes Area. Main Street Ale House is a family friendly restaurant and pub located in downtown Nisswa. 30 tap beers, extensive wine and liquor lists, a fresh unique menu all in a modern lodge atmosphere makes Main Street Ale House the place to dine in Nisswa.

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Norway Ridge Supper Club (218) 543-6136

www.norwayridge.com

An old-world supper club serving hand-cut steaks, award winning ribs and delectable fish and seafood. We invite you to take a step back in time and enjoy a spirited cocktail or an aromatic glass of wine along with a meal that you won't soon forget.

Pit Happens Catering (218) 851-0003

www.pithappenscatering.com

Pit Happens Catering brings award winning barbecue experience in creating specialty smoked dishes. We provide catering, food trucks, vending, and pop ups for any special event.

Sunshine's Summerhouse Restaurant & Catering (218) 961-4300

www.sunshinessummerhouse.com

Known for fresh, craveable food and craft cocktails - the smoked ribs and tequila old fashioned are a must! Great breakfast spot on the weekend with jumbo caramel rolls. Catering available. Indoor and patio seating open daily. Large group seating. See you at Sunshine's!

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7 Things to Consider When Buying a Home

BUYING A HOME IS A SIGNIFICANT LIFE CHANGING EVENT. IT’S EXCITING, OVERWHELMING, AND A PROCESS THAT HAS A LOT OF STEPS. THIS LIST OFFERS SOME GOOD TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND AS YOU LOOK TO BUY A HOME.

#1 Choose the Location

The Brainerd Lakes Area is made up of several smaller communities each with their own vibe. Spend some time in each area so you can get a feel for what it would be like to live in that community. Think about the things that are important to you and your family. Do you want to be in Brainerd/Baxter and close to all of the shopping and amenities? Do you want land that offers privacy and hunting? Choosing your preferred location is an important step in the home buying process.

#2 Work with an Agent

Finding a real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of the area and the lakeshore market is an invaluable resource. Agents can help you steer clear of a potential money pit or alternatively help look past easy cosmetic changes. Agents will guide you through the whole buying process—some of which will be unique to waterfront property.

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#3 Create a Budget

When searching online listings, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, discouraged or even set unrealistic expectations. Getting a preapproval letter gives you a good idea of what sort of mortgage you can handle. Do you have 20% for a down payment? Are you a first-time buyer? Are you buying land and building new construction? Working with a trusted realtor and lender will help guide you through the different buying scenarios and help you stay within your means. This will help keep the buying experience a positive one.

#4 Drive the Commute

One reason many people enjoy living in the Brainerd Lakes is the slower pace. No freeways, interstates, or rush hours here. But that doesn’t mean that drive times are always easy. In the summer months, traffic increases as our population swells with visitors. Ask yourself if your commute to work, errands, and kids’ activities is something that you can do longterm. Much of the driving here is rural roads, so also keep that in mind during the snowy winter months.

#5 Think About the Space

It’s tempting when looking at online listings—or when watching real estate reality shows—to think bigger is better. Don’t get sucked into trends. Think about what you really need out of a home and how you will use the space. Some smaller homes have been designed with an efficient use of space. Some larger homes have a lot of wasted space. Will you be expanding your family and you need kid-friendly zones? Are you retiring here and would prefer onelevel or maintenance free living? Choose what works for you and how you can put your own touch on your new place.

FINDING A REAL ESTATE AGENT WHO KNOWS THE INS AND OUTS OF THE AREA AND THE LAKESHORE MARKET IS AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE. AGENTS WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE WHOLE BUYING PROCESS—SOME OF WHICH WILL BE UNIQUE TO WATERFRONT PROPERTY.

#6 Look at Maintenance

When you’re at a showing, look past some of the cosmetic fixes like paint and décor choices that may prevent you from seeing the home’s positive features. Instead, look at things like the age of the shingles, kitchen appliances, and furnace. Look at utility costs from the current owner so you have a handle on these big ticket and fixed expenses that will add to your monthly mortgage. If the home needs some renovations and landscaping, do some research about general costs so you aren’t shocked at the expense later.

#7 Check the Neighborhood

A great way to get an idea of what life will be in your new home is to drive or walk around the neighborhood. How do the houses look? Are they well-maintained? Are there a lot of kids in the neighborhood? Or, if you’re on a lake, are your potential new neighbors seasonal? Take in the surroundings and really picture yourself living there.

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Amy Price, REALTOR® - Realty Group

(218) 821-6760

www.amypriceisright.com

The dream of buying or selling your home starts with the right PRICE. Expect above & beyond, professional service at a better PRICE. I’m a lifelong Brainerd area resident & full-time REALTOR® who works hard for you. Call me for a no-obligation discussion regarding your real estate needs.

Cygneture Title Solutions

(218) 828-0122

www.cygnetureonline.com

13021 Evergreen Dr, Baxter, MN 56425 We provide abstracting, title insurance, & closings for all real estate transactions. We take pride in providing the best possible service to our customers.

Hy-Tec Construction

(218) 829-8529

www.hytecconstruction.com

Hy-Tec Construction is a full-service design/ build firm, specializing in commercial and residential construction. We offer a full range of building services, including design-build, general contracting, and construction management. Our goal is to find the best solution to get the job done while giving you the most seamless, streamlined experience.

Angell Team - Coldwell Banker Realty

(218) 297-4663

https://angellteam.com

With 40+ years of experience, customer service & meeting clients' goals are our top priorities. Our innovative marketing & negotiating strategies help sellers net more money & we walk buyers through the entire buying process from financing to closing & beyond... And we have some fun along the way!

Edina Realty

(218) 232-1946

www.MikeKennedyGroup.com

Knowing lake country, our communities, their history and the lakes that surround them is key to finding your ideal home, cabin or investment. Mike Kennedy extends proven expertise and Minnesota's most trusted real estate partner, Edina Realty; extending marketing-leading visibility and networking to achieve your real estate goals.

J. Hanson Real Estate Group

(218) 821-1135

www.jacobhansonrealestategroup.com

Jacob and Ruth Ann have the knowledge of all the Brainerd Lakes has to offer, while being backed by Edina Realty's years of experience, technology, and branding. This combination will bring your real estate goals to fruition whether that be buying or selling in residential, lakeshore, land, or commercial property.

Bathtub Refinishing USA

(218) 828-8600

www.BathtubRefinishingUSA.com

Recoating, color changes and repair specialists for bathtubs, clawfoots, showers, countertops, fiberglass, tile, porcelain, and cast iron. Saves time, money and can be completed in one day!

Greater Lakes Association of Realtors

(GLAR)

(218) 828-4567

www.greaterlakesrealtors.com

My REALTOR® knows! Your local REALTOR® knows many things, including the answers to your questions about buying and selling homes. Contact one of our many REALTOR® and/or affiliate members to guide you through the process.

LakeLife Homes

(218) 398-2156

www.lakeliferestoration.com

Tired of scraping and painting that tired old deck? Sun fading and drying out your logs or siding? "Live the LakeLife and leave the rest to us!" Exceptional staining & painting, full service log home care & maintenance, StruXures smart pergolas, Progressive retractable screens, custom built composite decks. Call today!

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Lands End Development

(218) 692-5263

www.landsenddev.com

Voted "Best Builder/General Contractor" in Minnesota, Lands End Development is a unique design-build firm. Focusing on lake home & cabin design, we promote timeless design & exquisite craftsmanship in a wide range of architectural styles. Based locally in Crosslake, Lands End Development serves the entire Brainerd Lakes & surrounding areas.

Northland Sotheby's International Realty

(218) 692-1222

www.northlandsothebysrealty.com

Northland Sotheby's International Realty is a boutique real estate brokerage specializing in representing buyers and sellers of extraordinary homes throughout the lakes area of Central Minnesota. Our inclusive approach is to serve God by serving people.

Woods to Water Real Estate

(218) 961-1005

www.woodstowatermn.com

A boutique real estate company, serving the BLA, built on a passion for true northern Minnesota living. We strive to be immersed in our local communities and embrace the beautiful lifestyle this area offers. A catered approach to buying, selling, renting and property management in the Lakes Area.

Lonesome Cottage Furniture Company

(218) 568-8223

www.lonesomecottage.com

Looking to decorate your home or cabin?

Lonesome Cottage Furniture Company is the perfect place to start your search. Stop in for amazing factory direct deals on home furnishings from the nation’s largest rustic furniture manufacturer. Handcrafted furniture, flooring, countertops, cabinets, mantels, custom barn doors, design consultation, and more!

Positive Realty

(218) 829-1777

www.positiverealty.com

We have been serving our clients and customers since 1979 and in recent years have consistently led the way, annually producing one of the highest volumes of any Brainerd area real estate. We attribute our company success to the highest quality service, experience, vast range of services, and expertise.

Start to Finish Builders & Remodelers

(218) 828-0585

www.starttofinishbuilders.com

Mike's Tree Company

(218) 825-8207

www.mikestreecompany.com

Mike’s Tree Company, located in Brainerd Minnesota, has been providing the Brainerd Area with professional tree care since 1995. We take great pride in our work ethic and image. It is our mission to educate people on proper tree care practices to ensure the life and vitality of trees.

The Lakes Area's quality builder for over 30 years! Whether we're working on one of our famous remodels or building a new custom home, you can expect us to treat your project like it was our own. At Start To Finish, our quality craftsmanship and attention to detail are unsurpassed.

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Brainerd/Baxter

From downtown Brainerd to shops in Baxter, you’ll find a mix of shops, furniture and home décor, bakeries, and restaurants.

Crosslake

If you’re vacationing up in Crosslake, you can find everything you need right in town. Check out the hardware store that carries so much more than hardware goods. You’ll have fun exploring specialty shops and boutiques that feature clothing, specialty soaps, home décor and furniture, and unique clothing. Crosslake businesses are famous for being welcoming—so stop in and say hello!

Pequot Lakes

You’ll find an abundance of shopping in Pequot Lakes. Whether you’re stocking up on groceries during your stay or out for a leisurely walk through the many specialty shops in downtown, you’ll find it in Pequot Lakes! Get lake country sweatshirts for the whole family, explore Up North furniture, slip into comfy shoes for your adventures or try on some new clothing to bring home. Our businesses are ready to welcome you to Pequot Lakes and will help you find just what you’re looking for!

Nisswa

The sign may say “Pretty Good Shopping”, but that’s just Nisswa being modest. Mainstreet has some of the best small town charm with boutiques selling delicious oils and vinegars, clothing, sporting goods, and home décor.

Cuyuna Lakes

Downtown Crosby has been revitalized with new quaint shops and restaurants. The repurposed old mining pits into mountain biking trails has been a boon for the local community. Lots of antique shops also dot the downtown streets. Explore these stores for treasures you certainly won’t find anywhere else!

Explore Brainerd Lakes Welcome Center

When you’re traveling to get here, stop in at the Explore Brainerd Lakes Welcome Center on Hwy 371. We have lots of travel info with maps on trails, biking, ATVs, and county and state maps—to name a few. There’s plenty of green space outside to walk your dog (on a leash), have a picnic lunch, and take a selfie with Paul Bunyan!

The Welcome Center also is a gift shop selling classic Brainerd Lakes apparel, souvenirs, and the cutest Babe stuffed plush only available at our shop.

you shop at our small businesses and boutiques, you’re helping build and support our economy and our community spirit. Plus, you’ll find one-of-a-kind goods that will remind you of your vacation here!
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Christmas Point

(218) 828-0603

www.christmaspoint.com

Christmas Point is locally owned and family operated. With 26,000 square feet, we provide our customers with a one of a kind shopping experience. We also have a full service cafe that serves gourmet salads and sandwiches.

Not Amy's Farm

(218) 746-4244

www.notamysfarm.com

The Not Amy’s Farm brick-n-mortar store is nestled in the small town of Pillager Minnesota. In addition to our own products, we work with over 45 other crafters, makers, artists and small businesses to highlight Minnesota-centric, natural and organic products + unique gift ideas. Come to Pillager or shop online!

Common Goods

(218) 824-0923

www.commongoodsmn.org

(218) 824-0923 Baxter

(218) 772-2999 Crosby

(218) 692-7682 Crosslake

Common Goods is a trendy thrift store with locations in Baxter, Crosby and Crosslake. Proceeds support Bridges of Hope, a nonprofit that serves local families in need. Offering quality goods including clothing, accessories, sporting goods and home furnishings.

Pequot Lakes Supervalu

(218) 568-5001

www.pequotlakessupervalu.com

Take the north or south exit off 371 onto Patriot Avenue in Pequot Lakes and you are there. Enjoy our comfortable seating area with our 60" TV while you enjoy your hot or cold Sibley Lake Deli meal. We also have fresh produce, bakery, and meat items.

Cub Foods

(218) 828-4601

www.cub.com

With two convenient locations to serve you on 371 in Baxter and 210 in Brainerd, Cub has all you need from grocery to pet and baby to flowers and cake for your wedding or special event. Cub now offers delivery too. Visit www.shop.cub.com for details.

Schaefer's Foods

(218) 963-2265

www.SchaefersFoods.com

Schaefer’s Foods offers the best produce, meat and groceries available. Our meat department features top-quality Angus Pride cuts. All bakery items are made in-house including our made-from-scratch Grandma Bettie Jane’s Pies. Our friendly staff, carry-out service and great selection make us a local favorite!

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WORLD CLASS MUSIC,

SMALL TOWN FEEL

HEARING WORLD-CLASS MUSICIANS MAY CREATE VISIONS OF TRAVELING TO A LARGE CITY WITH HEFTY TICKET PRICES. OR IT MAY BE SOMETHING YOU’VE ONLY SEEN ON TV. SCOTT LYKINS, FOUNDER OF LAKES AREA MUSIC FESTIVAL (LAMF) AND BRAINERD NATIVE, IS HELPING TO CHANGE THIS BY BRINGING WORLD RENOWNED MUSICIANS TO THE BRAINERD LAKES AREA.

FOUNDER OF LAKES AREA MUSIC FESTIVAL

How does the Brainerd Lakes Area compare to other classical musical destinations?

Fans of classical music travel the nation to attend summer music festivals in popular tourist destinations—places like the Santa Fe Opera, Aspen Music Festival, and the Grand Tetons Festival. The Lakes Area Music Festival, or “LAMF”, similarly offers high-quality cultural opportunities in one of the most popular summertime destinations in the Midwest: the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Just a couple hours north of the Twin Cities, this festival draws over 200 of the nation’s best classical musicians each year. From the San Francisco Symphony to the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera, from the Minnesota Orchestra to the Dallas Symphony, as well as Europe and Asia, these

musicians flock to central Minnesota because of the excellent quality of performance, and for the same reason everyone else goes to Brainerd– to spend time on the lakes, out in nature, and in the sun.

LAMF celebrates its 15th annual season this summer presenting over 50 concerts of chamber music, symphony orchestra, and opera, as well as education and outreach activities for audiences of all ages.

Downtown Brainerd Block Party

View the 2023 LAMF schedule at www.lakesareamusic.org. THE 2023 LAKES AREA MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL RUN JULY 28TH THROUGH AUGUST 20TH.
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You’re a graduate of Brainerd High School. How did BHS foster your love of music and the arts? What made you decide to start LAMF and bring it to the Brainerd Lakes?

The organization was created and continues to be led by Brainerd-native Scott Lykins. A professional cellist, he got his start by joining the orchestra in the Brainerd public school system. “At that time Brainerd had one of the strongest string programs, and I was fortunate to discover my love for classical music at an early age.” His high school years included weekly trips with his dad to the Twin Cities to participate in Minnesota Youth Symphonies and for private instruction at Orchestra Hall.

In 2009, Lykins completed his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. As in past summers he planned to return to the Lakes Area, but this time inviting some friends and colleagues from music school to join him. These five student musicians waited tables and enjoyed the Northwoods; but they also organized six concerts around the Lakes Area to stay in shape before returning to school in the fall. Enlisting a few members of the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras, these concerts comprised the first annual season of LAMF. Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm from the audience, the organizers decided to continue the festival and expand it every year since.

What kind of planning and organizing does it take to coordinate LAMF?

The organization, with a budget nearing $1 million, has a small staff considering its extensive year-round programming. Over the past 14 years a community of stakeholders— community members and musicians alike—has been built around the organization, with deep commitments to its success. Every year 200 artists and thousands of audience members come to Brainerd and are met by the hospitality of a team of 300 volunteers. For the weeks of the festival, these artists engage with the local community staying in host homes, eating at local restaurants, and performing in the concert hall, libraries, breweries, shelters, jails, and more.

Tell us about the new Gichi-Ziibi performing arts facility. Is this the venue for all concerts?

In 2021 construction of the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts was completed in downtown Brainerd. This 1,200-seat, state of the art facility is named with the Ojibwa word meaning “Big River”, referring to the Mississippi River that flows nearby. This facility has become home to the core performances of LAMF and other community organizations, while LAMF’s “Casual Classics” programs include outdoor concerts around the areas, yoga events with live music, children’s activities, and an annual downtown Brainerd block party.

What’s in store for 2023 season? How can people in the Brainerd Lakes attend a concert?

The 2023 Festival will run July 28 through August 20 with daily activities for visitors to check out. Donizetti’s opera Don Pasquale will be staged alongside symphonies by Brahms, Prokofiev, Mozart, and Shostakovich, and other vibrant works by composers living and writing music today. Each weekend in July will feature additional concerts and activities through central Minnesota building up to the season. View the full schedule and begin planning your trip to LAMF today by visiting www.lakesareamusic.org.

The majority of LAMF activities are offered with free or name-yourprice ticketing options to ensure access for a diverse audience. Tickets are available online or by calling 218-831-0765.

“LAMF is my opportunity to bring my own gifts and experiences back to my hometown. We seek to inspire the next generation of musicians while also engaging the next generation of classical music audiences– of all ages.”
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art comes to life in downtown Nisswa

PLAYS, ART EXHIBITS, MUSEUMS, AND CONCERTS MAY MAKE YOU THINK OF A BIG CITY. BUT WE HAVE DIVERSE CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES IN INTIMATE SETTINGS.

Crossing Arts Alliance

711 Laurel St., Brainerd

The Crossing Arts Alliance helps enrich the Brainerd community through education and access to art. They regularly hold art exhibits, adults’ and kids’ classes, and a gallery to purchase work by local artists.

The Crossing Arts Alliance also makes for a unique venue for special occasions—where everyone can tap into their creativity and make an art keepsake. The Crossing Arts Alliance will work with you to help design your event, choose the art medium so that everyone in your group will enjoy the project.

For more information visit www.crossingarts.org.

wander around downtown Nisswa, you’ll be drawn to the beautiful mural on the building that extends to Big Axe Brewery. The mural is breathtaking and mesmerizing with the reflections, ripples, and bubbles. With its depth, dimension, and color, the mural looks like it could come to life.

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Crosslake Log Village

35404 Co Rd 3, Crosslake, MN 56442

Step back in time at the Crosslake historic log village*. Tour the preserved buildings that reflect the history of our area. You’ll experience first-hand how people in the late 1800s to the early 1900s lived when the logging industry was at its peak and the area flourished.

Check out www.crosslakelogvillage.com for more information, including hours of operation.

*Handicap accessible

Selfie Stop

An Ojibwe-inspired Babe statue, named Babe the Waabigwan Ox, sits on the corner of South 8th and Laurel Streets in downtown Brainerd. The colorful print on the ox was inspired by Ojibwe flowers and beadwork and celebrates Brainerd’s Indigenous people.

WAABIGWAN MEANS “FLOWER” IN OJIBWE.
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Music in the Park

Grab your lawn chair and head to Pequot Lakes, Crosslake, or Crosby for live music. Come support some seriously talented musicians and bands and enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors.

Pequot Lakes' Bands in the Park is at Trailside Park Saturdays starting at 7:00 p.m. (www.pequotlakes-mn.gov).

Crosslake Music in the Park is at the Crosslake Town Square gazebo on Saturdays starting at 6:00 p.m.

Crosby Music in the Park is at the Crosby Memorial Park the second and forth Thursday throughout the summer starting at 5:00 p.m.

Nisswa History Center & Museum

25611 Main St, Nisswa, MN 56468

Take a self-guided tour of the Nisswa History Center & Museum, which includes the pioneer village, depot, and caboose. Nisswa has a rich history with Native American roots and the logging and railroad industries. Walking through the log homes will give perspective of hard-working lifestyle at the turn of the century.

Stage North

Stage North is a community theater that hosts productions in the historic Franklin Arts Center Theatre. If you love musicals and plays, consider watching a Stage North production!

The 2023 production line-up includes an adaptation of Sweet Charity, an award-winning Broadway musical; The Laramie Project; and Cinderella. Visit www.stagenorththeater.com for more information.

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Heartland Symphony Orchestra

(800) 826-1997

www.HeartlandSymphony.com

A 50-piece community orchestra that performs fall, winter, and spring concerts in both Brainerd & Little Falls. In its 46th season, HSO will be performing “The Youth Concerto Competition Returns” on April 1 in Little Falls at 7:30pm and April 2nd in Brainerd at 2:30pm.

Lakes Area Music Festival

(218) 275-5263

www.lakesareamusic.org

Come to one of the nation's premier classical music festivals! Each summer the Lakes Area Music Festival features 200 all-star musicians from the top orchestras and opera companies in the world. Chamber music, orchestra, opera and more at Brainerd’s Gichi-ziibi Center. Celebrating 15 years, July 28 through August 20.

KICKS THE ART PLACE

(218) 692-5425

www.kickscrosslake.com

Life is ART, live yours in color! Kicks... The Art Place has been part of the fabric of the Crosslake Community for eight years. We offer painting classes, art supplies, workshops of various kinds, painted furniture, and an Art Gallery. We create art and weare it into an experience. Schedule your party with us! Gift certificates available!

The Crossing Arts Alliance

(218) 833-0416

www.crossingarts.org

Serving the Lakes Area for 20 years. Crossing Arts offers arts workshops, exhibits, events, art supplies, and a retail shop of local art. We provide meaningful arts opportunities for everyone through access, education, and experiences. Visit our mural in downtown Brainerd.

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Business Directory

Carrie Benson Photography

(218) 821-4525

www.CarrieBensonPhotography.com

1001 Kingwood St, Suite 123 Brainerd, MN 56401

Professional portrait -headshots, family, couples, children, generational, and reunions- and commercial -business branding, events, and real estate- photographer in studio or on location.

Heartland Symphony Orchestra

(800) 826-1997

www.HeartlandSymphony.com

PO Box 241, Little Falls, MN 56345

Performing fall, winter, & spring concert series, the youth concerto competition returns this year with performances in Little Falls on April 1 and Brainerd April 2.

Kelli Engstrom Photography

(218) 232-0333

www.kelliengstrom.com

PO Box 1014, Crosslake, MN 56442

A lakes area family photographer for more than 20 years.

Kicks on Route 66...The ART

Place

(218) 692-5425

www.kickscrosslake.com

36066 Co Rd 66 Crosslake, MN 56442

Services and products offered: Painting classes, repurposed furniture, Paint Couture and Dixie Belle Retailer, gifts, art gallery, painting supplies. Host your party with us!

The Crossing Arts Alliance

(218) 833-0419

www.crossingarts.org

711 Laurel St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Visit our shop in downtown Brainerd for the finest selection of arts supplies and locally made pottery, paintings, jewelry, books, and gifts in the area.

Automotive

Greenheck Auto Glass

(218) 824-6065

www.greenheckautoglass.com

118 Washington St Brainerd, MN 56401

We are a locally owned and operated auto glass repair/replacement shop. We work with most insurance companies. We offer fast, convenient, professional and affordable service.

Breweries

Jack Pine Brewery

(218) 270-8072

www.jackpinebrewery.com

15593 Edgewood Dr Baxter, MN 56425

Serving fresh, local, craft beer to the Brainerd Lakes Area since 2013.

Business Services

Brainerd Dispatch

(218) 829-4705

www.brainerddispatch.com

www.pineandlakes.com

506 James St, Brainerd, MN 56401

We provide local news coverage with our daily newspaper, the Brainerd Dispatch (printed twice weekly, e-edition daily) and our weekly newspaper, the Echo Journal.

Brainerd Glass

(218) 829-5430

www.brainerdglass.net

302 5th Ave NE, Suite 4

Brainerd, MN 56401

We provide a complete range of residential & commercial glass products with over 75 years of experience serving the Lakes Area with unmatched quality & service.

Brainerd Lakes Cakes

(218) 537-0596

www.Brainerdlakescakes.com

2210 Breilly Court

Brainerd, MN 56401

Brainerd Lakes Cakes is a custom bakery specializing in cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other baked goods for all occasions! Registered Cottage Food Producer in Minnesota.

Clow Stamping Company

(218) 765-3111

www.clowstamping.com

23103 Co Rd 3

Beth Burnard - Carousel Travel Associate

(218) 821-6533

Full-service Travel Consultant with 35 years of service in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Brainerd based associate of Carrousel Travel in Minneapolis.

Lakes Area Music Festival

(218) 275-5263

www.lakesareamusic.org

715 Laurel St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Each summer the Lakes Area

Music Festival presents all-star musicians from top orchestras and opera companies around the world. Chamber music, orchestra, opera, and more!

Borden, Steinbauer, Krueger and Knudson, P.A.

(218) 829-1451

www.brainerdlaw.com

302 South Sixth St

Brainerd, MN 56401

BSKK provides legal services to businesses and individuals throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area. We focus on business, real estate, personal injury, estate planning/probate, family law.

Merrifield, MN 56465

Clow Stamping Company is a family-focused manufacturing company providing world-class metal stamping to recognized (Original Equipment Manufacturer) OEMs.

CTC

(218) 454-1234

www.goctc.com

14385 Edgewood Dr

Baxter, MN 56425

CTC is a technology advisor and full service telecommunications provider offering telephone, highspeed internet, digital television, and IT services to businesses and individuals throughout Minnesota.

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D.V. Aviation Inc. dba

“NorthPoint Aviation”

(218) 829-3398

www.northpointaviation.net

16384 Airport Rd, Suite #8 Brainerd, MN 56401

NorthPoint Aviation, a full service

Fixed Base Operation (FBO) providing professional flight training, aircraft sales and acquisition services, aircraft management, aircraft maintenance and avionics services.

Diane K Dubej CPA

(651) 485-9161

www.linkedin.com/in/ dianedubej-6b684799

6290 Highland Scenic Rd Baxter, MN 56425

I am a full service CPA licensed in MN. I offer a broad range of services for business owners & individuals. I am Cryptocurrency certified.

Lehman & Associates

Consulting

(218) 838-4158

PO Box 262, Nisswa, MN 56468

Small business consulting services. Marketing & advertising, meeting facilitation, small business strategic planning & development, public relations; Brainerd Lakes Chamber membership consulting; IQ Magazine advertising.

MaxBotix

(218) 454-0766

www.maxbotix.com

13860 Shawkia Dr Brainerd, MN 56401

MaxBotix Inc. has supplied over 20,000 engineers with reliable & easy to use ultrasonic sensors for their applications.

Pequot Manufacturing

(218) 568-8069

www.pequottool.com

3457 Veterans St

Pequot Lakes, 56472

Pequot Manufacturing, Inc. is a thriving, family owned, quality-driven, precision machining and fabrication leader in the lakes area with 200+ employees!

Coffee Shops ________

Caribou Coffee

(218) 833-8001

www.cariboucoffee.com

425 8th Ave NE

Brainerd, MN 56401

We are a MN coffee company with the best beans, real chocolate mochas, seasonal drinks, yummy eats. Order ahead app, dine-in, curbside, patio. #lifeisshortstayawakeforit

Ring Studios (320) 219-2875

www.ringstudios.co

210 Todd St S. Long Prairie, MN 56347

The Creative Spot | We are a full service video branding and computer repair business! Always helpful and genuine, we always add the personal touch!

Gullview Technologies

(218) 454-7711

www.gullviewtech.com

14275 Golf Course Dr., Suite 250 Baxter, MN 56425

We provide high capability software development services. Our services include application development, maintenance, QA, DevOps, staff augmentation & technical help desk services.

Huber Photography

(218) 513-5804

www.Huberphotography.net

1302 Oak St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Huber photography offers full service photography for your business as well as for family, children and special occasions.

Lakes Area Surveying

(218) 961-0090

www.lakesareasurveying.com

24314 Smiley Rd, Suite C

Nisswa, MN 56468

Lakes Area Surveying. Your land surveying experts that specialize in residential & commercial land surveys.

Minnesota Cleaning Solutions

(218) 829-9141

www.minnesotacleaningsolutions.com

411 W Washington St Brainerd, MN 56401

We provide exceptional cleaning services to the Brainerd Lakes Area & beyond. Homes, cabins, offices or construction, call us for all your cleaning needs.

Music General

(218) 829-0076

www.musicgeneral.com

416 S 7th St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Music General offers audio/visual/ lighting sales, service & installation. Our award-winning dance studio offers education in all genres of dance.

Penmac

(218) 824-9675

www.penmac.com

607 Washington St

Brainerd, MN 56401

Penmac Staffing connects job seekers & businesses. Whether you’re a business looking for employees, or an employee looking for your next career, Penmac can help!

Stepping Stones Childcare Learning Center

(218) 270-3100

www.steppingstonesmn.com

810 NW 7th St

Brainerd, MN 56401

Our professional staff provides quality childcare & early childhood education to children, starting at age six weeks, in Brainerd, Baxter, Pequot Lakes & surrounding community.

Caribou Coffee (218) 203-8788

www.cariboucoffee.com

520 W Washington Brainerd, MN 56401

We are a MN coffee company with the best beans, real chocolate mochas, seasonal drinks, yummy eats. Order ahead app, patio, walk-up/ drive-thru only! #lifeisshortstayawakeforit

Caribou Coffee

(218) 297-4185

www.cariboucoffee.com

14199 Edgewood Dr

Baxter, MN 56425

We’re a MN coffee company with the best beans, real chocolate mochas, seasonal drinks & yummy eats. Order ahead app, dine in/ patio or drive-thru! #lifeisshortstayawakeforit

Tremolo Communications, powered by ECTC (218) 763-3000

www.tremolo.net

Emily Office: 40040 State Hwy 6 Emily, MN 56447

Crosslake Office: 35910 Co Rd 66 Crosslake, MN 56442

A full service communications company providing high speed internet, TV, phone, business solutions & computer repair. Here to serve you with all your telecommunication needs.

Ydes Major Appliance

(218) 829-5292

www.ydesappliance.com

1220 Oak St, Brainerd, MN 56401

We are your one stop shop for appliances, appliance parts, & service. We have 75+ years combined service experience.

Caribou Coffee - Grizzly’s (218) 833-8099

www.cariboucoffee.com

15175 Edgewood Dr

Baxter, MN 56425

We’re a MN coffee company with the best beans, real chocolate mochas, seasonal drinks & yummy eats. Order ahead, dine in or curbside pickup! #lifeisshortstayawakeforit

Coco Moon

(218) 825-7955

601 Laurel St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Coco Moon has craft coffee, mochas, espressos, and non-coffee drinks, pastries, bagels, and bulk beans for sale. Family-friendly environment. Great employees. Located in Downtown Brainerd!

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Crosslake Coffee

(218) 692-3994

www.crosslakecoffee.com

35522 Co Rd 66

Crosslake, MN 56442

Quaint, friendly & cozy! We offer specialty coffees, iced lattes, smoothies & more. We have fresh baked goods & breakfast sandwiches.

Dining _______________

Lands End Development (218) 692-2563

www.landsenddev.com

13817 Co Rd 36 Crosslake, MN 56442

Based out of Crosslake, Lands End Development is an award winning custom lake home and cabin design-build firm. We promote timeless design and exquisite craftsmanship.

Stonehouse Coffee

(218) 454-2835 | (218) 961-2326

www.stonehousecoffee.com

14540 Dellwood Dr N, Ste 100

Baxter, MN 56425

Seriously Good Coffee. Fresh coffee roasted daily at our Nisswa location. Enjoy fresh-brewed coffee, espresso drinks, and the best scones & pastries in northern Minnesota.

Construction

Bercher Design & Construction

(218) 829-1381

www.bercher.com

7676 Design Rd Ste 100

Baxter, MN 56425

Lakes Area’s full-service residential and commercial design/build firm for 45+ years. Visit www.Bercher. com or give us a call. Considerate people, considerate service, consider it done.

Brainerd General Rental

(218) 828-2815

www.brainerdrental.com

15248 State Highway 371

Baxter, MN 56425

In business serving the lakes area since 1993, locally owned Brainerd General Rental sells, rents and services equipment for contractors and homeowners alike.

Hy-Tec Construction

(218) 829-8529

www.hytecconstruction.com

11360 Business 371

Brainerd, MN 56401

A full-service design/build firm in the Brainerd Lakes area, specializing in commercial and residential construction. We provide exceptional craftsmanship to the highest standard.

Mike’s Tree Company (218) 825-8207

www.mikestreecompany.com

5906 Pine Beach Rd Brainerd, MN 56401

Mike’s Tree Company has been providing professional tree care in the Brainerd Area since 1995. We take great pride in our work ethic and image.

b*merri gastropub at The Woods (218) 829-7507

www.thewoodsmn.com

19624 Co Rd 3

Brainerd, MN 56401

Chef driven menu, full service bar with a self-serve beer wall, live music, outdoor patio, event center, hotel and rental homes, catering and classes.

Big Axe Brewing Co. (612) 239-8541

www.bigaxebrewing.com

25435 Main St, Nisswa, MN 56468

Big taste from a little brewery in downtown Nisswa. Fantastic food & brew made onsite. Family owned with a great dog-friendly patio & weekly events.

Start to Finish Builders & Remodelers

(218) 828-0585

www.starttofinishbuilders.com

17025 Commercial Park Rd, Suite 4, Brainerd, MN 56401

The Lakes Area’s quality builder and remodeler for over 30 years! At Start To Finish, our quality craftsmanship and attention to detail are unsurpassed.

Vision Electrical Services

(218) 454-0458

www.visionelectricalservices.com

7953 College Rd, Ste 105 Baxter, MN 56425

Specializing in custom electrical design & installation, our highly skilled electricians provide new & remodel home wiring, back-up generators, service calls & much more!

Wes Hanson Builders

(218) 692-1760

www.weshansonbuilders.com

34103 Co Rd 3

Crosslake, MN 56442

Located in the heart of lake country, Wes Hanson Builders is a family-owned company with a 30 year tradition of designing & building excellence.

Commander Restaurant & Bar and JJ’s Pub (218) 562-4198

www.commanderbar.com

30279 Airport Rd

Breezy Point, MN 56472

Home of the famous Commander Garbage Pizza! Full-service restaurant & bar. Live music every Friday & Saturday year around.

Dough Bros Woodfire Kitchen (218) 454-4900

www.Doughbroswoodfire.com

14039 Edgewood Dr Baxter, MN 56425

Dough Bros offers delicious wood fired pizzas, smoked wings, unique appetizers, 20 tap beers, wine and cocktails! Enjoy patio seating in the summer months!

Legacy Bar & Grille (888) 452-2178

www.craguns.com/dining

11496 E Gull Lake Dr Brainerd, MN 56401

Casual dining & bar open year round overlooking the Legacy Courses. Picturesque views of the newly designed Lehman 18 and Dutch 18 golf courses.

Main Street Ale House (218) 961-6724

www.mainstreetnisswa.com

25559 Main St, Suite 1 Nisswa, MN 56468

Unique menu, 30 tap beers, extensive wine & liquor lists all in a modern lodge setting makes Main Street a must stop in the Lakes Area.

Nisswa American Legion Post 627 (218) 963-9946

www.nisswalegion.com

25807 Main St, Nisswa, MN 56468

Full bar, dining, entertainment, pull tabs, bingo, & meat raffle. Gambling license. Meal specials. Event venue. Open to the public. Service club for military personnel.

Norway Ridge Supper Club (218) 543-6136

www.norwayridge.com

34757 Co Rd 39, Nisswa, MN 56472

Norway Ridge Supper Club, a tradition in the Brainerd Lakes area for over 70 years! Offering steaks, ribs, fish, seafood and a full bar.

Pit Happens Catering (218) 851-0003

www.pithappenscatering.com

2700 Oak St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Ernie’s on Gull Lake (218) 829-3918

www.erniesongull.com

10424 Squaw Point Rd East Gull Lake, MN 56401

Unparalleled views of Gull Lake all in a casual fun atmosphere makes Ernie’s on Gull a must stop when visiting the Lakes Area.

Specializing in wood smoked meats, cheeses, deserts, & appetizers. Catering to all life events. Have our food truck at events as well!

Sherwood North (218) 963-6261

www.sherwoodnorth.com

8789 Interlachen Rd

Nisswa, MN 56468

Enjoy your time with friends and family in our historic restaurant as we provide an experience packed with unique, savory flavors, delicious drinks and more!

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Tasty Pizza North

(218) 568-4404

www.tastypizzanorthmenu.com

28921 Peterson Path

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Think of us for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dine in, delivery or take it with you. You’ll see we deliver a lot more than pizza!

Wings Airport Cafe

(218) 828-0206

www.wingsairportcafe.com

16384 Airport Rd, Suite 7

Brainerd, MN 56401

Fresh, made from scratch, classic Minnesota cuisine. Featuring hot dishes, walleye and wild rice. Homemade breads, rolls and desserts. Open everyday. Breakfast and lunch.

Education ____________

Central Lakes Adventure School

(218) 746-3875

www.centrallakesadventureschool.org

12763 Co Rd 1 SW

Pillager, MN 56473

Central Lakes Adventure School is a tuition free public charter school serving grades 7-12. We offer hands-on, project based, field experience programming for all learners.

Pequot Lakes School District

(218) 568-4496

www.isd186.org

30805 Olson St

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Home to over 1850 PreK-grade 12 students and roughly 250 caring staff members and is the District of choice in Lakes Country. Patriot Proud!

Entertainment

Commander Restaurant & Bar and JJ’s Pub

(218) 562-4198

www.commanderbar.com

30279 Airport Rd

Breezy Point, MN 56472

Home of the famous Commander Garbage Pizza! Full-service restaurant & bar. Live music every Friday & Saturday year around.

Lakes Rodeo

(218) 764-2151

www.lakesrodeo.com

2000 SE 13th St

Brainerd, MN 56401

September 9th. Professional Bulls & Barrels, Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. Great family event, kids activities, free concert after rodeo, concessions and beverages, including full bar.

Copper Cat Escape Games (218) 270-4305 | (218) 513-7908

www.coppercatescape.com

605 Laurel St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Copper Cat escape rooms are exciting group experiences that will immerse you in story, challenge you to communicate with your team, and create lasting memories.

Emily’s Books (218) 825-0495

www.facebook.com/ emilysusedbooks

18318 State Hwy 371 Brainerd, MN 56401

“We are bigger than we look!’’ A total of six rooms and a loft with over 100,000 well organized books and a nice friendly staff!

Iconic Fest

(218) 764-2151

www.iconicfest.com

9033 Raddatz Rd

Brainerd, MN 56401

July 7th - 8th with free pre-party on July 6th. Lorrie Morgan, Darryl Worley, Little Texas, & more! 2-Day outdoor concert w/camping available.

Lakes Jam (218) 251-5243

www.LakesJam.com

PO Box 59, Brainerd, MN 56401

Lakes Jam is a multi-day country and rock festival at the end of June, inside Brainerd International Raceway. Great camping is available.

Brainerd International Raceway

(218) 824-7223 | (866) 444-4455

www.birmn.com

5523 Birchdale Rd

Brainerd, MN 56401

The largest racetrack in the Upper Midwest, consisting of a road course and dragstrip racing, offering one of the most diverse motorsports schedule anywhere.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Baxter

(218) 824-3232

www.brainerdhi.com

15739 Audubon Way

Baxter, MN 56425

Holiday Inn Express, Brainerd/ Baxter features a triple play of entertainment for your next stay in the Brainerd Lakes Area!

Northern MN Railroad Heritage Association

(218) 692-1900

www.CrosslakeTrainClub.com

36184 Co Rd 66

Crosslake, MN 56442

See HO scale, O scale and G scale model trains operating on scenic layouts. Kids can operate a children’s layout. Fun for the entire family!

Visit Little Falls (320) 616-4959

www.littlefallsmn.com

606 1st St SE

Little Falls, MN 56345

Little Falls has something for everyone from outdoor enthusiasts to history buffs to foodies to art connoisseurs. Little Falls is a true Mississippi River town.

Family Activities _____

Crow Wing County Fair

(218) 829-6680

www.crowwingcountyfair.com

2000 SE 13th St

Brainerd, MN 56401

Crow Wing County Fair: August 1st - 5th, 2023

The Crow Wing County Fair is now among the five largest fairs in Minnesota, come and see how we are much, much more than a county fair!

Gull Lake Cruises

(888) 452-2178

www.GullLakeCruises.com

11000 Craguns Dr Brainerd, MN 56401

Cruise on Gull Lake like never before. Two bars, indoor/outdoor observation decks and unmatched views. Private and public cruises available. Weddings and corporate events, too!

Northland Kart Kountry (218) 454-1602

www.northlandkartkountry.com

17568 Hwy 371 North Brainerd, MN 56401

Northland Kart Kountry has all day family fun for everyone! Go karts, attractions, snacks, arcade and so much more! Bring a kid, be a kid!

Your Boat Club (612) 208-1800

www.yourboatclub.com

10 S 5th St, Suite #110

Minneapolis, MN 55402

At Your Boat Club, we believe in hassle-free boating. We offer top quality daily/multi-day boat rental and unlimited boat club memberships.

Finance ______________

Apex Professionals

(218) 232-0238

www.apexprosus.com

27540 W Twin Lake Dr Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

We are committed to transforming how you feel about business finances, by empowering you through education, and giving you strategies to grow your business profitably.

First Western Bank & TrustBrainerd/Baxter

(218) 829-8712

www.firstwestern.bank

14084 Baxter Dr Suite 16 Baxter, MN 56425

We operate as a full-service financial center providing traditional banking products as well as trust services, all lines of insurance, leasing, and much more!

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National Bank of Commerce

(218) 393-7474

www.nbcbanking.com

306 W Superior St

Duluth, MN 55802

National Bank of Commerce. Put simply, our mission is to make more possible.

Neighborhood National Bank (218) 825-8800

www.neighborhood.bank

601 W Washington St Brainerd, MN 56401

Our dedicated team is here to help you with your financial success. We know you, we care about you, you are “at home”. Member FDIC

Emily Greens Golf Course

(218) 763-2169

www.emilygreens.com

39966 Refuge Rd

Emily, MN 56447

Voted Brainerd Lakes #1 golf course in 2018 & 2019! Emily Greens is a scenic and affordable 18 hole course featuring MN’s largest green.

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Resort (218) 678-2885

www.ruttgers.com

25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd

Deerwood, MN 56444

Home to Jack’s 18, a picturesque 18-hole championship course. The new Alec’s Original 9 hole executive course is now open!

Primerica Financial Services

(218) 454-3660

www.primerica.com/rjaney

1014 Laurel St, Suite 102 Brainerd, MN 56401

Primerica has been committed to helping Main St families save & invest for their future since 1977. Helping you achieve your financial goals.

Golf

Cragun’s Legacy Courses

(888) 452-2178

www.craguns.com/golf

11496 E Gull Lake Dr Brainerd, MN 56401

Minnesota’s newest premiere championship golf course; Lehman 18 & Dutch 18. Designed in partnership with Minnesota PGA TOUR Pro, Tom Lehman. Book tee times now!

Whistling Wolf Mini Golf and Gifts

(218) 692-7888

www.Crosslakegolf.com

36006 Co Rd 66

Crosslake, MN 56442

Choose from two courses, the Dark Moon Mega Mini Golf and Original Whistling Wolf. One of the most unique mini golf complexes in the country.

Health & Wellness

Associates in Eyecare - Baxter (218) 829-1789

www.associatesineyecaremn.com

14453 Edgewood Dr

Baxter, MN 56425

We have been providing quality eyecare in the Brainerd Lakes area for over 25 years. Stop by to see our great selection of designer eyewear.

Crosswoods Golf Course

(218) 692-4653

www.crosslakegolf.com

35878 Co Rd 3

Crosslake, MN 56442

Experience golf as it was meant to be played in the north woods. 27 scenic holes venture through a secluded, natural setting. A must play!

Baxter Dental

(218) 829-4207

www.baxterdentalclinic.com

13442 Elmwood Dr

Baxter, MN 56425

We are a family-friendly team that is committed to providing proactive first quality dental care at the most affordable prices.

Birch Lake Counseling

(218) 675-5101

www.birchlakecounseling.com

34076 Co Rd 3

Crosslake, MN 56442

Providing hope & healing for individuals, couples & families. We also have locations in Wadena, Hackensack, Remer & Bemidji.

CentraCare - Baxter Clinic (218) 454-4725

www.centracare.com

7418 Forthun Rd

Baxter, MN 56425

CentraCare-Baxter Clinic offers primary family medicine along with specialty services including brain & spine care, cancer, maternal-fetal medicine, heart, kidney, plastic surgery, rheumatology, and urology.

Lakes Area Eyecare

(218) 829-2929

www.lakesareaeyecare.com

7734 Excelsior Rd N

Baxter, MN 56425

We strive to help our patients “enjoy their view” of the world by providing them with an experience that encourages them to value their vision.

Lakewood Health System (800) 525-1033

www.lakewoodhealthsystem.com

49725 Co Rd 83

Staples, MN 56479

From our unmatched women’s health program and family practice providers, to advanced surgery and virtual visits, Lakewood offers care, compassion, and innovation at every turn.

Crosslake Drug Store

(218) 692-2502

www.CrosslakeDrug.com

14311 Gould St

Crosslake, MN 56442

A locally owned pharmacy with a reputation for knowledgeable healthcare advice, friendly service and unique gift ideas. Located in Crosslake’s town-square.

Elevate Wellness (218) 579-9500

www.elevatewellnessmn.com

15133 Edgewood Dr Suite 330

Baxter, MN 56425

Look and feel your best! FDAcleared red light bed, halo therapy, 3D body scans, whole body vibration, lymphatic compression, infrared sauna, and oxygen bar.

Midwest Family Eye Center (218) 828-9545

www.midwestfamilyeyecenters.com

7870 Excelsior Rd

Baxter, MN 56425

Optometrist and optician. Comprehensive eye exams, treatment of eye infections and glaucoma and cataract consultations. Outstanding customer service and satisfaction.

Pure Air Wellness L.L.C. (218) 382-8181 | (218) 414-0981

www.paw-llc.com

27227 Co Rd 7

Verndale, MN 56481

Pure Air Wellness L.L.C., offers 2017 Space Station Hall of Fame Award Winning ActivePure Air Technology. Call Ted or Julie for a consultation.

Golden Horizons

(218) 692-6650

www.goldenhorizons.org

13631 East Shore Rd

Crosslake, MN 56442

Assisted Living and Memory Care community offering our resident’s a home away from home with customizable service plans to meet individual needs.

Whitefish at the Lakes Senior Living

(218) 210-0770

www.whitefishatthelakes.com

35625 Ostlund Ave

Crosslake, MN 56442

Whitefish at the Lakes, a beautiful senior living community in Crosslake offering upscale, spacious, independent, assisted and memory care apartments. Love where you live!

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Wing Wellness Medical Spa

(218) 839-9463

www.wingwellness.com

14639 Woodrow Rd

Brainerd, MN 56401

Full service medical spa in a private, country setting operated by a Certified Nurse Practitioner. Beautiful, quiet, relaxing spa getaway in an old schoolhouse.

Home & Cabin

371 Furniture & Mattress

(218) 828-3020

www.371furniture.com

16413 State Highway 371

Brainerd, MN 56401

Your Buy it Today, Have it Today store features mattresses and stylish living, dining, and bedroom furniture for your home or cabin. Open every day!

Bathtub Refinishing USA

(218) 828-8600

www.BathtubRefinishingUSA.com

PO Box 828, Nisswa, MN 56468

Recoating, color changes, repair specialists of bathtubs, clawfoots, showers, countertops, fiberglass, tile, porcelain, cast iron. Saves time, money and can be completed in one day!

Builders FirstSource

(218) 829-2891

www.bldr.com

401 S 8th St, Brainerd, MN 56401

We are the nation’s largest supplier of structural building products, value-added components and services for residential construction and remodel. Located in Brainerd and Pequot Lakes.

Lake Shore Heating & Cooling

(218) 656-0177

www.lakeshoreheatingandcooling.com

PO Box 431

Nisswa, MN 56468-0431

We are a local, family-owned business with 17 years of experience in residential & commercial HVAC. We can help you with all your HVAC needs.

LakeLife Homes

(218) 398-2156

www.lakeliferestoration.com

Crosslake, MN

LakeLife Homes offers exceptional staining & painting, full service log home care & maintenance, custom built composite decks, StruXures smart pergolas, & Progressive retractable screens.

Real Property Management

Deluxe

(218) 454-7368

www.rpmdeluxe.com

7153 Forthun Rd, Suite 140

Baxter, MN 56425

Real Property Management Deluxe provides professional property management services including communication, marketing, advertising, full-service leasing, thorough tenant screening, maintenance, comprehensive accounting. We protect your investment.

Sue Lehman, Realtor - Weichert Realtors

(218) 838-4159

www.suelehmansells.com

17122 Hwy 371 N Brainerd, MN 56401

“Hometown service with results!” Sue is a full-time agent with experience & knowledge paired with great service & attention to detail!

A.W. Research Laboratories

(218) 829-7974

www.awlab.com

16326 Airport Rd

Brainerd, MN 56401

Certified water testing for your home or cabin. Safe drinking water, real estate transactions, and more. Contact us for a sampling kit and more information.

Aquarius Home Services/ Kinetico

(612) 295-8279

www.AquariusHomeServices.com

13534 Cypress Dr S Baxter, MN 56425

Aquarius Home Services and Kinetico is dedicated to providing the highest quality heating and cooling, plumbing, and Kinetico water treatment services.

Backyard Reflections

(218) 454-1065

www.backyardmn.com

24142 Smiley Rd

Nisswa, MN 56468

Backyard Reflections is a full-service landscape design/build company. Our proven process & talented team will help clients transform dreams into reality, creating unique outdoor spaces.

Debbie’s Dust Busters

(218) 296-3826 | (218) 839-6782

www.debbiesdustbusters.com

7627 120th St SW

Motley, MN 56466

Honest, reliable, bonded/insured, friendly, professional. Customized plans to fit your needs. Satisfaction guaranteed. Free estimates. Residential-VRBO-commercial-personal household & organizational services. Contact us today!

Holden Electric Co.

(218) 829-4759

www.holdenelectric.com

7669 College Rd, PO Box 2688

Baxter, MN 56425

Our work includes residential service, new homes, & additions. Installation & maintenance of commercial & industrial businesses, institutional & health-care facilities, airports, & street lighting.

JAG Interior Solutions & Arlean’s Drapery & Window Treatments

(218) 692-4521

www.jaginteriorsolutions.net

35762 Co Rd 3

Crosslake, MN 56442

Interior design to help pull out your design to make your home comfortable & inviting to you & your guests. Showroom, flooring, window treatments, more.

Lonesome Cottage Furniture Company

(218) 568-8223

www.lonesomecottage.com

30773 Patriot Ave

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Lonesome Cottage is the factory direct showroom for the nation’s largest rustic furniture manufacturer. Reclaimed barnwood, log furniture, home décor, custom furniture design, & more!

Northern Lakes Cleaning

(218) 251-6724

www.northernlakescleaning.com

324 S 5th St Suite K Brainerd, MN 56401

Providing the lakes area with residential, commercial and vacation rental cleaning. Top rated professionals who are reliable, trusted and detailed - Our reputation is spotless!

Thelen Heating and Roofing (218) 829-1491

www.ThelenHeating.com

1717 13th St SE Brainerd, MN 56401

The premier provider of heating, cooling, roofing and ventilation systems for residential and commercial customers since 1958. Customers stay with us because they trust us.

Window Galaxy of Minnesota (218) 821-0041

www.WindowGalaxyofMN.com Brainerd, MN 56401

35+ years residential window replacement & siding installation. Certified contractor for Pella, Andersen & more. We have the knowledge & experience for your home projects.

Rahn’s Oil & Propane

(320) 256-3680

www.rahnfuels.com

1220 East Main St

Melrose, MN 56352

Home. Cabin. Farm. Business. We are the answer for your heating oil, propane & transportation fuel needs. Local, family-owned business, fuel with muscle!

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Lodging

Abbie Hoelscher Agency Inc.

- American Family Insurance

(218) 568-8200

www.Abbiehoelscheragency.com

31079 Front St

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

We offer knowledge and experience when it comes to insuring your dreams. An American Star Certified Agency for 10+ years.

Aspire Insurance Services LLC

www.aspireinsuranceservices.com

715 NW 7th St

Brainerd, MN 56401

Brenda Woitalla (Owner) 218-839-8584

Tina Gallant-Daiker 218-831-3641

Local insurance agents serving the community with health, life, and group insurance plans. Local support where we treat you like family!

Above & Beyond Homes | RE/MAX Results

(218) 656-0613 | (651) 735-5669

www.stayonthechain.com

35287 Co Rd 3

Crosslake, MN 56442

Expert, full-service vacation rental property management and leasing. 24/7 support, lower rates than Airbnb & VRBO for the same properties. Book directly and save!

AmericInn of Little Falls

(320) 632-1964

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306 Lemieur St SE

Little Falls, MN 56345

Stay with us & enjoy all Little Falls has to offer; MN Fishing Museum, Pine Grove Zoo, Lindbergh State Park, MN Military Museum, & more!

Farmers Insurance - Tyler

Monda Agency

(218) 828-4488

www.agents.farmers.com/mn

510 Laurel St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Local agency providing insurance education & solutions for your personal & professional needs.

Harlan V Johnson Agency

(218) 568-4900

www.hvjagency.com

31113 Front St, PO Box 373

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

We understand that insurance can be tricky & confusing. Let the professional independent insurance agents at the Harlan V. Johnson Agency handle your insurance needs.

Auger’s Pine View Resort

(218) 575-2100 | (320) 249-7173

www.augerspineview.com

34052 Auger Rd

Motley, MN 56466

Clean, comfortable, lake level 2-6 bedroom cabins, all within 75 feet from the lake. Sugar sand beach, private boat launch, dock space and golf.

Bay View Lodge

(218) 543-4182

www.bayviewcrosslake.com

12038 Harbor LN

Crosslake, MN 56442

Enjoy a classic MN family resort on the beautiful Whitefish Chain. With a great sandy beach, activities, lake views, restaurants, shopping, fishing, and golf nearby.

Leah Boedigheimer - Individual Health and Medicare Broker

(218) 565-0348

www.averioninsurance.com

Leah@averioninsurance.com

Ready to retire? Need Medicare coverage? Just moved? Let Averion Insurance help you find the best fit for your needs & budget. Get insured with peace of mind - Call today!

Birch Bay RV Resort

(218) 963-4488

www.birchbayrvresort.net

1497 Sandy Point Rd SW

Nisswa, MN 56468

Family resort and RV Park on Agate Lake, SW of Nisswa. New RV park offers large FHU sites. Cabin rentals available.

Black Pine Beach Resort

(218) 543-4714

www.blackpinebeach.com

10732 Co Rd 16

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Your destination awaits, book your stay today at Black Pine Beach Resort! Located on the Whitefish Chain, families, couples, friends getaways are all welcome.

Boyd Lodge

(800) 450-2693

www.boydlodge.com

36539 Silver Peak Rd

Crosslake, MN 56442

Premier family resort located on the Whitefish Chain. Enjoy total relaxation all year round. Cabins with full amenities, boat rental, sandy beach and outdoor pool.

Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake (888) 452-2178

www.craguns.com

11000 Craguns Dr

Brainerd, MN 56401

One of Minnesota’s largest year round vacation destinations. With 1 mile of lakeshore, beaches and amazing views. Indoor pool, dining, activities and more!

Crow Wing Lake Campground (218) 829-6468

www.crowwingcamp.com

2393 Crow Wing Camp Rd

Brainerd, MN 56401

100-site, all wooded, lakeside campground. Cement patios, picnic tables, fire pits, playground, frisbee golf, bankshot basketball, shuffle board, heated pool, dog wash station & park.

Breezy Point Resort

(800) 432-3777

www.breezypointresort.com

9252 Breezy Point Dr

Breezy Point, MN 56472

Offering hotel, condominiums and vacation homes with 2 to 11 bedrooms. 4 restaurants/lounges, 3 golf courses including the Arnold Palmer signature course Deacons Lodge.

Campfire Bay Resort (218) 575-2432

www.campfirebayresort.com

31504 Azure Rd

Cushing, MN 56443

Relaxing, fun, family/fishing resort on Fish Trap Lake. Sandy beach, organized activities, charming lake level, 2-4 br units. Retreats and weddings.

Country Inn Deerwood (218) 534-3101

www.countryinndeerwood.com

23884 Front St

Deerwood, MN 56444

Conveniently located within 10 minutes of Cuyuna State Recreational Area, Croft Mine Historical Park, & State of Art Mountain Bike trails. 25 minutes from Brainerd.

Fritz’s Resort and Campground (218) 568-8988

www.fritzsresort.com

26483 State Highway 371 Nisswa, MN 56468

On Lake Edna across from the Paul Bunyan Trail. Clean, modern cabins, nicely wooded campsites, picnic table, fire rings and a sandy beach for swimming.

Gull Four Seasons Resort (218) 963-7969

www.mnresortcabins.com

4132 St Columbo Rd

Brainerd, MN 56401

New cabins! Affordable family resort. Gull Lake, great fishing, boat & pontoon rentals, indoor & outdoor pools, beach, reunion facilities, 1-5 bedroom condos & cabins.

Gull Lake Beach Resorts (218) 656-6965

www.gulllakebeachresorts.com

21831 Gull Lake Dr Nisswa, MN 56468

Gull Lake Beach Resorts prioritizes excellent guest service, pontoon rentals, sunset lakefront views, diverse style of rentals perfect for the family reunions or couple retreats.

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Baxter

(218) 824-3232

www.brainerdhi.com

15739 Audubon Way

Baxter, MN 56425

Our hotel provides an up north experience with all the amenities you deserve when staying in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort

(800) 562-7061

www.kavanaughs.com

1685 Kavanaugh Dr

East Gull Lake, MN 56401

Fifty deluxe units on beautiful Sylvan Lake in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Family owned and operated since 1969. Open year round.

Leisure Suites of Breezy Point

(888) 651-5300

www.leisuresuites.com

30199 Co Rd 4

Breezy Point, MN 56472

Leisure Suites, near Pelican Lake, offers everything from deluxe condos on the lake to motel rooms and suites nearby, in price ranges for everyone.

Niemeyer’s Rugged River Resort

(218) 829-4587

www.ruggedriverresort.com

12241 Stallman Rd

Brainerd, MN 56401

A 100 acres resort nestled on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi River near Brainerd. Come and relax in the woods and on the water.

Nisswa Inn & Suites

(218) 963-3500

www.nisswainnandsuites.com

24186 Smiley Rd

Nisswa, MN 56468

Conveniently located close to many amenities; fishing, boating, Paul Bunyan Trail, shopping in downtown Nisswa, & more! Stay with us as you enjoy your vacation!

Shing Wako Resort

(218) 765-3226

www.shingwako.com

24713 Co Rd 3

Merrifield, MN 56465

A fun and relaxing resort on Lake Edward. Relax, swim, fish, and play on our eleven acres. There is something for everyone!

Meeting Facilities

Camp Knutson

(218) 543-4232

www.lssmn.org/campknutson

11148 Manhattan Pt Blvd

Crosslake, MN 56442

Camp Knutson hosts retreats, meetings, and social gatherings

September through May, and provides camps for children and families with identified needs during the summer.

Super 8 - Little Falls

(320) 632-2351

www.wyndhamhotels.com/super-8/little-falls-minnesota/super8-little-falls/overview

300 12th St NE

Little Falls, MN 56345

Located close to great shopping, the MN Fishing Museum, Pine Grove Zoo, Lindbergh State Park, & the MN Military Museum! Clean & comfortable rooms available.

Pine Peaks Lodge and Suites

(218) 692-7829

www.pinepeakscrosslake.com

14047 Swann Dr

Crosslake, MN 56442

Located in the very heart of Minnesota’s vacationland. Pine Peaks Lodge offers our guests superior lodging, with access to unlimited outdoor activities and recreational areas.

Madden’s on Gull Lake

(218) 829-2811

www.maddens.com

11266 Pine Beach Peninsula

Brainerd, MN 56401

Experience a Condé Nast top resort in the Midwest! Home to 3 sand beaches, 4 golf courses, recreation center, world-class dining, The Spa, and more!

Mission Beach Resort

(218) 765-3447

www.missionbeachmn.com

26847 Co Rd 19

Merrifield, MN 56465

Resort offering 9 newly updated cabins with amazing swimming, fishing, and sunset views. Come fishin’ on Mission, the hidden gem of the Brainerd area!

Pine River Inn

(218) 587-4499

www.pineriverinn.com

2684 MN State 371 SW

Pine River, MN 56474

Stay with us in one of our 30 guest rooms featuring LED TVs, wireless internet, cable TV, clean rooms, queen-size rooms, & laundry. Pets allowed!

Pueringer Rental Properties

(320) 266-1197

www.pueringerinvestments.com

616 1/2 Front St

Brainerd, MN 56401

The #1 source for commercial, residential & office space in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Call us for all your rental property needs.

The Getaway Adventure Resort (218) 746-2211

www.thegetawayadventureresort.com

8624 Co Hwy 1

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

The GetAway is Brainerd’s newest luxury retreat. Located on 500 untouched acres. Enjoy the property’s amenities: hot tub, obstacle course, Sherp ATV, golf, & more!

The Woods Inn (218) 829-7507

www.thewoodsmn.com

19624 Co Rd 3, Brainerd, MN 56401

Quaint, cozy hotel close to downtown Brainerd, and only miles from the Gull Lake & Crosslake areas. Twelve accommodated rooms with an up north, woodsy feel.

Woodland Beach Resort

(218) 866-0711

www.woodlandbeachresort.com

15596 Woodland Beach Ln

Deerwood, MN 56444

Family resort Bay Lake, 2,392 acre lake with great fishing and recreation. 20 new/classic cabins. Pool, hot tub, Rave trampoline, kayaks, paddle-boards with boat/pontoon retail.

Gather On 3

(218) 829-7507

www.thewoodsmn.com

19624 Co Rd 3, Brainerd, MN 56401

Banquet facility accommodating up to 300 guests. Buffet & plated meals at affordable prices. Offering a beautiful outdoor ceremony site. Full service bar & catering available.

Spaces

(218) 820-8658

www.brainerdspaces.com

715 NW 7th St

Brainerd, MN 56401

Brainerd’s first Coworking Space has everything to help unlock your productivity: modern, secure facilities; high-speed, reliable wired and wireless internet; and a quiet, calm workspace.

Nonprofits

Brainerd Community Action

(218) 829-5278

www.brainerdcommunityaction.org

321 S 7th St, Suite 105

Brainerd, MN 56401

We partner with other organizations to build community, empower people to overcome adversity & promote self-sufficiency. We offer fiscal agency & provide community

Brainerd Elks Lodge #615 (218) 829-2643

www.brainerdelks.org

215 South 9th St

Brainerd, MN 56401

Fraternal Order supporting local area for 118 years; charitable giving of $3.75 million to youth, veterans, community. Where members and guests gather socially. Membership 218-829-8538.

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Brainerd Lakes Area Newcomers

(507) 236-8848

http://brainerd.com/newcomers

We are a club whose purpose is to help new Brainerd Lakes Area residents feel more welcome and at home.

Bridges of Hope

(218) 825-7682

www.bridgesofhopemn.org

2011 S 6th St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Faith-based 501c3 organization that serves as a safety-net in Crow Wing County & bordering communities by linking families & individuals to community supports & resources.

Confidence Learning Center

(218) 828-2344

www.ConfidenceLearningCenter.org

1620 Mary Fawcett Memorial Dr

East Gull Lake, MN 56401

An outdoor education experience open year round for people of all ages with cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Relationship Safety Alliance aka Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center (218) 828-1216

www.relationshipsafety.org

PO Box 602, Brainerd, MN 56401

RSA’s programs, Louise Seliski Shelter and Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center, save lives by supporting the journey of all people exposed to relationship abuse.

The Salvation Army (218) 232-2198

www.salvation-armynorth.org/ Brainerd

208 S 5th St, Brainerd, MN 56401

The Brainerd Salvation Army is a lifeline for thousands of people in Crow Wing County. Providing food, clothing, shelter, youth programs, & other vital services.

Outdoor Recreation

Deerwood Civic and Commerce

(218) 534-2936

www.DeerwoodCommerce.org

PO Box 422, Deerwood, MN 56444

Deerwood Civic and Commerce exists to meet the diverse and ever-changing needs of its membership and to promote growth/ economic prosperity of greater Deerwood area.

Initiative Foundation

(320) 247-7132 | www.ifound.org

405 First St SE

Little Falls, MN 56435

The Initiative Foundation builds stronger communities within the 14 counties of Central Minnesota by offering business loans, nonprofit grants, donor services & leadership training.

Lakes Area Food Shelf

(218) 568-8474

www.lafshometour.com

PO Box 423

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Tour homes elaborately decorated for the holidays by Nisswa merchants. Shuttle service provided. A 32-year tradition that benefits Lakes Area Food Shelf. Oct. 19-21.

All-American Fishing Guide

(218) 820-0335

www.allamericanfishingguide.com

20089 Co Rd 3

Brainerd, MN 56401

Lake Winni, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, and the Brainerd Lakes Area! I am the All-American Fishing Guide in North Central Minnesota!!

Easy Riders Bicycle & Sport Shop

(218) 829-5516

www.easyridersbikes.com

415 Washington St

Brainerd, MN 56401

Trek Specialized & BMX Bikes. Rossignol XC/Alpine skis. Skateboards & scooters. Certified service center. Moon_Tuned #BestRideBestGlide

LakeLady Custom Fishing Rods (218) 251-2626

www.lakeladyrods.com

29297 Piney Way

Breezy Point, MN 56472

“Fishing Rods As Individual As You Are” - Casting, Spin, Fly - freshwater or saltwater. Premium components. Rod repair. Classes. Bold-Innovative- Imaginative. Catch.More.Fish Lakeshore Conservation Club (218) 963-4003

www.lakeshoregunclub.com

9911 Co Rd 77, Nisswa, MN 56468

A family shooting facility offering trap, skeet & five stand which are open to the public. The rifle & handgun ranges are open for members.

Mount Ski Gull

(218) 963-4353

www.mountskigull.com

9898 Cty Rd 77 SW

Nisswa, MN 56468

Mount Ski Gull operates a non-profit facility to provide affordable outdoor programs and opportunities for families. Activities include skiing, snowboarding, tubing, hiking, and youth programs!

Northland Arboretum

(218) 454-8773

www.northlandarb.org

14250 Conservation Dr Brainerd, MN 56401

400 acres of stunning nature reserve hosting a year-round 12-mile trail system, educational programming, and beautiful backdrops for weddings/events. Enjoy our cross-country and snowshoe trails.

S&W Bait

(218) 829-7010

www.sandwbait.com

18900 S Highway 371 N Brainerd, MN 56401

We offer a large variety of bait & tackle, fishing & fish house licenses. Everything needed for your fishing experience in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Brainerd Zip Line Tour

(218) 656-1111

www.zipbrainerd.com

9898 Co Rd 77 SW

Nisswa, MN 56468

The perfect outdoor adventure to add excitement to any Brainerd Lakes vacation. Experience 15-mile views on 7 zip lines, and our 65′ adrenaline-pumping suspension bridge.

Camping World

(218) 203-6062

https://rv.campingworld.com

14275 Edgewood Dr #100

Baxter, MN 56425

At Camping World, we have the largest indoor showroom in the Midwest. Let us help you find the perfect unit for your next adventure.

Larry’s Lake Rentals

(218) 244-1700

www.larryslakerentals.com

Brainerd Lakes Area, MN

Larry’s Lake Rentals provides quality pontoon, tritoon and fishing boat rentals loaded with upgrades and accessories. Rentals start at just $425/day. Reserve your rental now!

MN Backyard Birds (218) 838-4784

www.birdminnesota.com

Birdscaping and bird watching tours in the area. Attract & enjoy colorful songbirds to your backyard or take a tour to see unique birds.

Up North Bike Rentals

(218) 821-5399

www.upnorthbikerentals.com

5476 City Hall St

Nisswa, MN 56468

Explore lake country with the whole family! Conveniently located just off of the Paul Bunyan State Trail. Online booking. Authorized Electric Bike Co. dealer.

Pets

Brainerd Animal Hospital

(218) 829-5118

www.brainerdanimalhospitalpc.com

2720 Oak St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Small animal medicine, surgery, & dentistry from experienced & caring staff. Grooming services available by appointment. After hours emergency care available.

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Morey’s Seafood Markets

(218) 829-8248

www.moreysmarkets.com

15811 Audubon Way

Baxter, MN 56425

Two retail locations, Baxter & Motley. Gourmet grocery, fish, seafood, gifts and more! Ready to eat snacks. Famous smoked fish. Baxter summer lunch.

Not Amy’s Farm

(218) 746-4244

www.notamysfarm.com

104 Cedar Ave East, Po Box 250

Pillager, MN 56473

Not Amy’s Farm works with over 45 other crafters, makers and artists to highlight Minnesota-centric, natural and organic products and unique gift ideas.

Party Time Rental

(218) 829-6300

www.partytimerentalmn.com

4750 White Gables Rd

Brainerd, MN 56401

Party Time Rental is BLA’s resource for canopies, tents, tables/chairs & more for every occasion, big or small. Providing quality products & excellent service!

The Chocolate Ox

(218) 963-4443

www.thechocolateox.com

25452 Main St & Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, MN 56468

Where every aisle is a candy aisle. 28 ice cream flavors, homemade fudge, nostalgic candies, and much more!

The Office Shop, Inc.

(218) 828-9000 | (800) 450-9000

www.TheOfficeShopInc.com

712 Maple St, Brainerd, MN 56401

Everything for your business and home! Office supplies, ink, toner, office furniture, office equipment, copy and fax service. Locally owned & operated – Downtown Brainerd

Spas & Salons

Beyond Bella Aesthetics

(218) 208-3400 | (218) 423-2054

www.beautifybybella.com

303 North 4th St Suite B Brainerd, MN 56401

A Med Spa of Advanced Practice

Providers specializing in enhancing your beauty with natural-looking results. Book a consultation and see the difference with us.

Water Sports

Lake Fun Rentals

(218) 961-0000

www.brainerdboatrentals.com

7993 Interlachen Rd

Nisswa, MN 56468

Boat, pontoon & tritoon rentals. Brand new, top-notch equipment. Family owned/operated. Rent on Gull Lake or delivered throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Whitefish Chain Yacht Club (612) 940-3407

www.wcyc.info

PO Box 377, Crosslake, MN 56442

WCYC promotes boating and water safety for lake residents and visitors on the beautiful Whitefish Chain. Visit www.wcyc.info to learn more and join our organization.

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CBMC Northland

(320) 493-2658

www.northland.cbmc.com

1111 Applewood Ct. Waite Park, MN 56387

What: CBMC develops businessmen to be ambassadors for Christ & spiritual reproducers. How: Businessmen meeting in small peer advisory groups.

Pequot Lakes Supervalu

(218) 568-5001

www.pequotlakessupervalu.com

30581 Patriot Ave

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

We offer a full service deli with seating area and WiFi, groceries, fresh produce, prime cuts of meat, and gas station for a one-stop shop.

Schaefer’s Foods

(218) 963-2265

www.SchaefersFoods.com

Highway 371, 23962 Smiley Rd

Nisswa, MN 56468

Schaefer’s Foods offers top-quality meats, bakery, produce, groceries and a home-style deli. Our friendly staff, carry-out and great selection make us a local favorite!

Boats & Beyond Rentals

(218) 963-7700

www.BoatsAndBeyondRentals.com

Gull/Love Lake Marina:

19571 Love Lake Rd, Brainerd Winter Office: 4758 County Rd. 77 Nisswa, MN 56468

All season rentals: pontoons, tritoons, ski boats, jet skis, fishing boats, & fishhouses. Private marina on Gull Lake or delivered to your lake! Family owned/operated

Custom Boat Lift Vinyl

(218) 562-5330

www.customboatliftvinyl.com

31329 Cherokee Trail

Breezy Point, MN 56472

Custom vinyl tops for all makes & models of boat lifts. Offering the largest selection of materials and colors available. Customizable, premium brands & quality.

Christ Lutheran Church & Little

Lambs Preschool

(218) 829-4105

www.christbaxter.com

13815 Cherrywood Dr

Baxter, MN 56425

Christ Lutheran (WELS) & Little

Lambs Preschool in Baxter invites you to worship each Sunday at 9:00am either in-person or online at www.christbaxter.com.

Heritage Church

(218) 829-3209

www.iamheritage.org

13242 Berrywood Dr

Baxter, MN 56425

Heritage Church. Loving one more to Jesus & encouraging one another to grow! Gatherings: Wednesday, 6:30PM; Sundays: 9am & 10:45am. Youth & children! Coffee bar!

Lakewood Evangelical Free Church

(218) 829-5271

www.LakewoodFC.com

6284 Fairview Rd

Baxter, MN 56425

Conveniently located just off Highway 210, one mile west of 371. Sunday services are 9:00 & 10:45 AM. Our 10:45 service is Live Streamed.

Pequot Lakes Baptist Church (218) 568-4794

www.plbconline.com

30050 Rasmussen Rd

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

We are a community of believers in Jesus Christ. Please join us for Sunday worship at 9:30 am - children’s church & nursery are available.

The Pulse 104.3 FM (218) 568-4422

www.thepulse.mn

31287 Brunes St, PO Box 409 Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

The Pulse plays contemporary Christian music & shares daily hope & encouragement.

The Word 102.7 FM (218) 568-4422

www.theword.mn

31287 Brunes St, PO Box 409

Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Crosslake Presbyterian Church

(218) 692-4769

www.crosslakepres.org

14444 Daggett Pine Rd

Crosslake, MN 56442

An ecumenical congregation who welcomes you to worship with us in person or online on Sunday mornings. Please visit our website for up-to-date details.

Start the day with our encouraging & fun morning show, Kvamme & Co., & stay for Biblical teaching, music, & talk throughout the day.

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