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The Cragun’s Resort Blog is a place for our friends and guest to share their favorite memories of Cragun’s Resort. Learn more about Minnesota vacations and vote for your favorite memory in the Making Friends & Fun Memories for 77 Years poll. You can even submit your own favorite memory of Cragun’s for a chance to win a trip to Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd MN!

  • Janet of Plymouth, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Janet of Plymouth, MN. Janet will be enjoying a “Midweek Package” at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Stay Sunday night and package includes a free Welcome Party and dinner buffet. Plus there’s indoor and outdoor pools, 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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  • Five Ways to Finish Off Summer with Cragun’s Resort

    Five ways to finish off summer with Cragun's Resort

    Summer is so precious in Minnesota that you don’t want to waste a minute of it. There are so many things to do in the Brainerd Lakes area that it is the perfect choice for some end of season fun! Here are five ways to finish off summer with Cragun’s Resort!

    Number 1 Pedal it out Paul Bunyan Trail

    Explore the Paul Bunyan Trail

    Take your family away for a mid-week vacation at Cragun’s Resort and enjoy a lakeview fireplace room, FREE Sunday welcome party that includes dinner and entertainment, daily breakfast, and a FREE round of golf at our Gull Lake golf resort!

    Check out our Brainerd MN resort Activity Schedule for all of the fun stuff we have planned this summer including pontoon cruises, horse drawn trolley rides, free rowboats and canoes, fishing clinic and bingo. Enjoy Cragun’s two swimming pools, two sandy beaches, biking and hiking trails and our indoor Sports Centre. Click here to search availability and escape today!

    Number 2 Drive the Green Cragun's Legacy Courses

    Game On Sunday-Thursday 2 Nights, 2 Rounds $299 Per Person

    Don’t let summer pass you by without a trip to the top golf courses in Brainerd, MN, which are owned and operated by Cragun’s Resort. With current mid-week packages you can get 2-nights of lodging along with 18 holes of golf at both Dutch Legacy and Bobby’s Legacy courses along with nightly dinner and daily breakfast for only $299 per person. Space is limited so book now.

    Number 3 Catch A Whopper Gull Lake, Minnesota

    Experience fishing on Gull Lake

    With Cragun Resort’s Stay ‘n Fish Package, your family of four can customize a fishing package that fits your needs. Know that everything will be taken care of with a Gull Lake resort package that includes gear, rods, reels, lures, rain gear, life jackets, bait, and a fishing guide. Fishing boats and motors are also available for rent if you want to continue fishing on your own during your stay. Click here to start customizing your fishing package today!

    Number 4 Refuel Cragun's Dining Experience

    Savor the flavors during a 3 night weekend stay

    Eat your way through a 2 or 3-night weekend getaway that includes a Lakeview Fireplace room, free Sunday breakfast and Welcome Party that includes a dinner buffet and entertainment. The summer is almost over! Click here to check availability at our Gull Lake resort before it’s to late!

    Number 5 Reconnect Family and Friends

    Join us Labor Day Weekend and Really Get Away From It All

    Get away from it all this Labor Day Weekend and escape to Brainerd, MN for the perfect holiday weekend package! With daily resort activities for everyone that include a Friday Welcome Party with a dinner buffet, a Saturday horse drawn trolley ride and bonfire and Sunday pontoon cruise, plus much more. Click here to check availability before we are sold out!

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  • Ann of Bethel, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Ann of Bethel, MN. Ann will be enjoying 4 Days of Family Memories at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. This popular summertime package includes 3-nights lodging midweek (Sunday-Thursday) in a Lakeview Fireplace Room. Family fun activities such as bingo, boat rides, horse drawn trolley rides, beach bonfires and marshmallow roasts. Stay Sunday night and enjoy a free Welcome Party, dinner buffet and entertainment. Plus there’s indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpools, 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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  • Top 3 Reasons to Visit Resorts on Gull Lake, MN

    Cragun's Resort is one of a few resorts on Gull Lake

    Minnesota is known for being the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but I’ve been told it’s actually closer to 11,000+. Being from the dry desert of Utah, I was truly excited to see lakes around every corner and I was not disappointed. After quickly landing in Minneapolis, I was soon out of the city, past the Mall of America, and surrounded by lush green fields on my way to my resort on the lake.

    My girlfriends and I chose to stay in the Gull Lake Resort area, which is near popular Brainerd, MN. It was just over a 2-hour drive from Minneapolis and because the region is so spectacular the drive was easy and beautiful.

    Popular Brainerd, Minnesota resort is Cragun's

    Once I arrived, I quickly checked into Cragun’s Resort and was excited to find that my room had an amazing view of the lake and marina. There was even a fireplace in my room in case we needed to chill in my room with a glass of wine at night or if a summer rainstorm blew through the resort, which it did.

    Poolside deck overlooking Gull Lake at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd, MN

    Driving up to Cragun’s Resort felt like I was arriving on the set of the movie Dirty Dancing. You are either looking at tall forests of trees, golf courses or the lake anywhere you look. The best part was the mile of sand beach that is unique to Cragun’s. I couldn’t believe that almost every room, cabin or villa on the property has a view of Gull Lake.

    Appetizers at Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's

    On my last night at Cragun’s Resort, I had the most fantastic dinner at Irma’s Kitchen, which has recently been remodeled. The new patio overlooked both the outdoor swimming pool and also had a great view of Gull Lake. It was the perfect setting for my friends and I to get together for dinner. We chose to select multiple items from the menu and share it. The food was amazing and so this was definitely the way to do it! Here is what we ordered from the Gull Lake restaurant’s menu:

    1. Irma’s 1983 Pot Roast Dinner
    2. Smoked Turkey Bacon Avocado Club
    3. MN Artisanal Cheeses & Charcuterie Board
    4. Avocado Toast Trio
    5. Pan Seared Wild Walleye
    6. 10 oz Filet Mignon

    Drinks at Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's

    One thing I will say for sure is that you MUST try the Blue Berry Mojito. It was the perfect cocktail for a girl’s night on the patio. I also tried the Irma’s Front Porch, which is similar to a Long Island and too strong for my Utah taste buds.

    Golf lesson with Chris Foley at Cragun's Legacy Golf Courses

    In preparation for a corporate golf tournament in a few weeks, I decided to take advantage of being on one of best 5-star Gull Lake Golf Courses in the country and take my first golf lesson. I took some time away from my group and headed over to the Legacy Golf Course. Being my first time on a course and my first lesson, I didn’t realize that I would need to bring anything with me. When I walked into the Clubhouse Pro Shop, I informed the gal at the desk that I was here for a golf lesson with the golf pro, Chris Foley. She made a comment about my golf clubs being outside, and I said, “I don’t have any golf clubs… do I need golf clubs?” She kind of chuckled and said: “Chris would take care of me.” They then put me into a cart and pointed me to the driving range where I found Chris waiting for me. As I pulled up, I advised him that I didn’t have any clubs and he laughed and said: “Usually people bring clubs when they take a lesson.” However, it was NOT an issue. Chris then spent the next 45-minutes training me on my golf swing. I walked away feeling like a pro and ready for my golf tournament in Vancouver in a few weeks.

    Evening hours at Cragun's on Gull Lake in Brainerd, MN

    Each night my friends and I would walk from the main resort at Cragun’s down to the beach where we would sit around one of the many fire pits, stocked with wood, and drink wine while we watched the sunlight disappear behind the horizon. Each night I would say to myself that I do not want to go home and get back to my reality, but of course, all good vacations must come to an end.

    It was the perfect 2-night getaway from the city!

    Safe Travels,
    Amy McNeill
    Guest Blogger
    IG = @amyatravelguru

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  • Beth of St. Cloud, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Beth of St. Cloud, MN. Beth will be enjoying 4 Days of Family Memories at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. This popular summertime package includes 3-nights lodging midweek (Sunday-Thursday) in a Lakeview Fireplace Room. Family fun activities such as bingo, boat rides, horse drawn trolley rides, beach bonfires and marshmallow roasts. Stay Sunday night and enjoy a free Welcome Party, dinner buffet and entertainment. Plus there’s indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpools, 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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  • Now Open For Its 2nd Season, Irma’s Kitchen Continues To WOW Guests!

    Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's - Winner of Taste of the Lakes 2016

    It was an exciting winter with Irma’s Kitchen taking home honors in both the Taste of the Lakes Event and the Frozen Fore Food Festival. Both competitions involved Brainerd area resorts and restaurants competing for top prizes.

    Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's New Bar Under Construction

    A new bar/lounge area was constructed featuring a new concrete counter top, new flooring, new windows and new display areas. Guests can now enjoy Brainerd MN dining and refreshments with a more expansive view.

    Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's Bar Area

    The bar/lounge area features live music on Friday and Saturday evenings including local favorites like Brendan Flynn and Chris Dobson. You will enjoy an extensive new bar menu, wine list, craft beers and specialty cocktails.

    Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's Outdoor Deck

    Another great addition was the new deck off the bar/lounge. It overlooks the outdoor pool and Gull Lake and has become the preferred spot to see and be seen on a beautiful summer day in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

    Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's Salad Line

    Of course, the real star of the show continues to be the food. Chef Brian Diumenti has added some exciting new items to the Gull Lake restaurant’s Menu this year.

    Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's Cheese Board, New York Strip. Turkey Meatballs, Toast Trio

    Irma's Kitchen at Cragun's visiting Gull Dam Brewery, Patchwork Farms and Northland Organic Produce

    And, Chef Brian continues with his commitment to using only the freshest foods, locally sourced – fresh to table. During the off-season, visits were made to local farmers and growers and with numerous food vendors to choose suppliers for the food and drinks.

    Dining Reviews

    We just ate at Irma’s for our 7 year wedding anniversary, and both agree it’s the best-tasting meal we’ve ever had! We can’t get over the flavors. Service was great, from Elliot, our server, to Helena and Natalie at the host stand. Kudos!”  –  Natalie Ann Nelson, June 2017

    “Irma’s kitchen, now in its second year, is an amazing turn around for the resort’s dinner offering. Much needed, much appreciated, my compliments to those who came to this decision and my compliments to Chef Brian for his execution.”  –  Todd Anderson, July 2017

    Be sure to like the Irma’s Kitchen Facebook page for upcoming events and happenings!

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  • Tina of Coon Rapids, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Tina of Coon Rapids, MN. Tina will be enjoying 4 Days of Family Memories at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. This popular summertime package includes 3-nights lodging midweek (Sunday-Thursday) in a Lakeview Fireplace Room. Family fun activities such as bingo, boat rides, horse drawn trolley rides, beach bonfires and marshmallow roasts. Stay Sunday night and enjoy a free Welcome Party, dinner buffet and entertainment. Plus there’s indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpools, 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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  • Keith of Maplewood, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Keith of Maplewood, MN. Keith will be enjoying 4 Days of Family Memories at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. This popular summertime package includes 3-nights lodging midweek (Sunday-Thursday) in a Lakeview Fireplace Room. Family fun activities such as bingo, boat rides, horse drawn trolley rides, beach bonfires and marshmallow roasts. Stay Sunday night and enjoy a free Welcome Party, dinner buffet and entertainment. Plus there’s indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpools, 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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  • Ryan of Elk River, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Ryan of Elk River, MN. Ryan will be enjoying 4 Days of Family Memories at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. This popular summertime package includes 3-nights lodging midweek (Sunday-Thursday) in a Lakeview Fireplace Room. Family fun activities such as bingo, boat rides, horse drawn trolley rides, beach bonfires and marshmallow roasts. Stay Sunday night and enjoy a free Welcome Party, dinner buffet and entertainment. Plus there’s indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpools, 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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  • Patrice of Plymouth, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Patrice of Plymouth, MN. Patrice will be enjoying 4 Days of Family Memories at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. This popular summertime package includes 3-nights lodging midweek (Sunday-Thursday) in a Lakeview Fireplace Room. Family fun activities such as bingo, boat rides, horse drawn trolley rides, beach bonfires and marshmallow roasts. Stay Sunday night and enjoy a free Welcome Party, dinner buffet and entertainment. Plus there’s indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpools, 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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