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Minnesota Vacation Poll 23 – Cragun’s Resort Fall 2016

Cragun’s Brainerd Resort “Making Friends & Fun Memories For 76 Years”
 

What’s Your Favorite Cragun’s Memory?

1. Spending Time With The Other Veterans?
2. Great Experience?
3. Staff Keeps Us Coming Back?
4. Great Fall Getaway?

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1. Spending Time With The Other Veterans

Golfing at Cragun's Legacy Courses a Minnesota Resort

Every year my boyfriend, his brother and I come to play and stay at Cragun’s. Both he and his brother served in the U.S. Marines and love the way Cragun’s treats all veterans. It’s really fun to see them both have such a good time together up there every year. We also enjoy spending time with the other veterans that we run into. I enjoy the time we get to spend with each other each time we come here. I’m really looking forward to our next trip up to Cragun’s.

SARAH – ST. CLOUD, MN

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2. Great Experience

In September 2013 we visited Cragun’s for the first time to relax and enjoy some golf. It was a great experience! The people at the resort were friendly and helpful, getting us the most enjoyment we could get in our three day visit. The rooms were comfortable. The food was great. The golf was great on both the Dutch and The Bobby’s Legacy courses. We fully intend to go back. Looks like boating and fishing would also be a wonderful thing to do.

DAVID – PLYMOUTH, MN

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3. Staff Keeps Us Coming Back

I’ll never forget the friendly people and staff. A group of us usually go up about once a year. No matter how good the golf is or how the fish are biting, the staff keeps us coming back.

NICK – SAVAGE, MN

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4. Great Fall Getaway

My wife and had a two day fall getaway including dinner, golf, and breakfast the next day. We ate dinner at the golf course. It was excellent! Everyone was so friendly. We played Dutch’s Legacy the next morning after a wonderful buffet breakfast. We had a great time! The room was clean and inviting. It obviously wasn’t peak season, but the service we received was top-notch and everyone seemed genuinely happy that we were there. Would definitely go back again.

LEE – FOREST LAKE, MN

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Adam of Geneva, MN

This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Adam of Geneva, MN. Adam will be enjoying a two day, one night 5-Star Legacy Golf Package at Cragun’s with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Golf Digest ranked the Dutch Legacy 5-Stars and says “Superb…golf at its absolute best…Pay any price to play at least once in your life.” Have a great time at Cragun’s – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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Lisa of Big Lake, MN

Lisa of Big Lake, MN will be enjoying 2-nights up at the lake this fall at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Fun activities include pumpkin decorating, bonfire and marshmallow roasts, huge indoor heated pool, saunas, whirlpool, games area, fitness center, basketball, canoes and the first round of golf or FootGolf on Legacy Reversible Par 3 is included. Have a great time at Cragun’s – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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Name The Best Campfire Tunes

With 38% of the votes, the winner of last week’s “Favorite Cragun’s Memory” poll was “Name The Best Campfire Tunes” from Lisa.

“Cragun’s has become our “cabin”. We don’t get up there very often, but when we do it is always on our list of favorite things to do…from Sue P. in reservations laughing with us over the phone as we make our reservation and finding a place for us to “park” ourselves at the last minute or the heart warming message from Dutch Cragun himself on the phone, we always feel like part of family of the resort. It’s old school charm resonates with us. We love the rustic cabins. One of our best memories is coming up and staying with my sister and her husband and our little nephews. Long after the kids were sleeping our time by the campfire comically turned to arguing over who was going to DJ the best tunes to sing along with to my sometimes reserved brother-in-law dancing around the campfire…and he really can’t dance if you know what I mean…the memory still makes us laugh.”

LISA – BIG LAKE, MN


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Minnesota Vacation Poll 22 – Cragun’s Resort Fall 2016

Cragun’s Brainerd Resort “Making Friends & Fun Memories For 76 Years”
 

What’s Your Favorite Cragun’s Memory?

1. Lots of Firsts?
2. Beautiful Fall Day?
3. Hospitality Was Over The Top?
4. Name The Best Campfire Tunes?

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1. Lots of Firsts


We visited Cragun’s for the first time in 2013. It was a vacation filled with memories and a lot of firsts for our two little ones. It was the first time our 3 year old son went fishing, first time our 6 months old went on a boat and first time both went on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Our son’s fave memories were feeding the ducks, going for a bike ride, swimming in the pool and playing with the phone in the room. 🙂 My husband and I loved being able to escape from our busy lives to just relax and spend time with each other.

JEN – RICHFIELD, MN

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2. Beautiful Fall Day

One fall day in October I wandered into Cragun’s and I had never been here before. It was quaint and amazing. I wandered around the lobby and had lunch as I was there with a friend that had a meeting. It was just so beautiful and part of it was like going back in time. I can’t wait for my next opportunity to spend more time at Cragun’s and have some fun hiking or x-country skiing.

SUSAN – MINNEAPOLIS, MN

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3. Hospitality Was Over The Top

My favorite memory at Cragun’s was a fall conference I went on for Mary Kay Sales Representatives. Everyone had such a great time. The hospitality was a over the top as well as the accommodations. Everything from the food to the staff. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend retreat.

MELISSA – MONTROSE, MN

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4. Name The Best Campfire Tunes

Cragun’s has become our “cabin”. We don’t get up there very often, but when we do it is always on our list of favorite things to do…from Sue P. in reservations laughing with us over the phone as we make our reservation and finding a place for us to “park” ourselves at the last minute or the heart warming message from Dutch Cragun himself on the phone, we always feel like part of family of the resort. It’s old school charm resonates with us. We love the rustic cabins. One of our best memories is coming up and staying with my sister and her husband and our little nephews. Long after the kids were sleeping our time by the campfire comically turned to arguing over who was going to DJ the best tunes to sing along with to my sometimes reserved brother-in-law dancing around the campfire…and he really can’t dance if you know what I mean…the memory still makes us laugh.

LISA – BIG LAKE, MN

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Josh of Lakeville, MN

This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Josh of Lakeville, MN. Josh will be enjoying 2-nights up at the lake this fall at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Fun activities include pumpkin decorating, bonfire and marshmallow roasts, huge indoor heated pool, saunas, whirlpool, games area, fitness center, basketball, canoes and the first round of golf or FootGolf on Legacy Reversible Par 3 is included. Have a great time at Cragun’s – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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Audrey of Staples, MN

Audrey of Staples, MN will be enjoying 2-nights up at the lake at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Family fun activities include horse drawn trolley rides, boat rides, a fishing clinic, bonfire and marshmallow roasts and evening family entertainment. Plus there’s a huge indoor pool, saunas, whirlpool, sandy beaches, basketball, canoes and the first round of golf or FootGolf on Legacy Par 3 course is included. Have a great time at Cragun’s – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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Great Girls Getaway

With 50% of the votes, the winner of last week’s “Favorite Cragun’s Memory” poll was “Great Girls Getaway” from Audrey.

“This was a great girls getaway! We even sang karaoke for the 1st time!!! Loved the trivia and other activities, we were so excited to get dressed up and post our Cragun’s weekend on Facebook!”

AUDREY – STAPLES, MN

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Minnesota Vacation Poll 21 – Cragun’s Resort Fall 2016

Cragun’s Brainerd Resort “Making Friends & Fun Memories For 76 Years”
 

What’s Your Favorite Cragun’s Memory?

1. Many Firsts?
2. Great Girls Getaway?
3. One of My Favorite Vacations?
4. Gorgeous Minnesota Fall Colors?

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1. Many Firsts

Minnesota Vacation at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd, Minnesota

A few years ago my dad attended a fall conference at Cragun’s, so my mom and I decided to tag along. My dad tried to describe to us how beautiful of a place this was, but words can’t do it justice – you have to see it with your own eyes. This trip included many firsts for me: first road trip, first time in Minnesota, first time staying at a resort, and my first time seeing a plane land in a lake. I loved spending time going on walks and looking at all of the lovely trees changing colors. The pool at Cragun’s is awesome and was a lot of fun splashing in the water. Most of all it was fun just spending time with my mom and dad and I can’t think of a better place to do that than at Cragun’s – thank you for the wonderful memories!

RYAN – OMAHA, NE

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2. Great Girls Getaway

This was a great girls getaway! We even sang karaoke for the 1st time!!! Loved the trivia and other activities, we were so excited to get dressed up and post our Cragun’s weekend on Facebook!

AUDREY – STAPLES, MN

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3. One of My Favorite Vacations

Our family took a spontaneous family vacation to Cragun’s. My dad has terminal cancer and my mom is also suffering with COPD and is currently waiting to get a double lung transplant so we wanted one last family vacation with the whole family to be there and Cragun’s was such a great choice! They have so much to do, my mom and my niece both won at bingo on Friday night and my nieces and nephews also won the medallion hunt on Saturday. We also did the bowl/mug painting and that was a blast! The kids loved it! The food was delicious and was great to enjoy such a relaxing vacation on the lake in such a beautiful cabin! It was a nice break from reality and is definitely one of my favorite vacations. I can’t wait to go back again to make more memories!

LORI – PINE RIVER, MN

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4. Gorgeous Minnesota Fall Colors

I was reminded of how much I love and miss the gorgeous fall colors in Minnesota. I was born and raised in MN, but have lived in Colorado for quite some time now, and I joined some friends of mine last fall at Cragun’s Resort for a weekend getaway and WOW what a spectacular sight with all the leaves. Just breathtaking! Especially because all that we have to look at in so called “Colorful Colorado” are the aspens, which can’t hold a candle to fall in MN. And it took this wonderful location to make me realize that, and also an actual lake not a man made thing that they call a reservoir. Gull Lake was like a sheet of glass on our early morning stroll, and we thoroughly enjoyed taking walks on the trails, and reminiscing of the good old days. And now this memory will be one that I treasure for a long time and will become a yearly ritual of ours. Thanks for a GREAT weekend, as well as a lifetime of memories!

JODI – DILLON, CO

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Lee of Edina, MN

This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Lee of Edina, MN. Lee will be enjoying 2-nights up at the lake at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Family fun activities include horse drawn trolley rides, boat rides, a fishing clinic, bonfire and marshmallow roasts and evening family entertainment. Plus there’s a huge indoor pool, saunas, whirlpool, sandy beaches, basketball, canoes and the first round of golf or FootGolf on Legacy Par 3 course is included. Have a great time at Cragun’s – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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