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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 76 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!

Minnesota Vacation Poll 11 – Cragun’s Resort Winter 2017

Cragun’s Brainerd Resort “Making Friends & Fun Memories For 76 Years”
 
What’s Your Favorite Cragun’s Memory?

1. A Ton of Memories?
2. Heavenly Weekend Together?
3. Wonderful Place?
4. Had A Blast at the Ice Fishing Contest?

(Cast Your Vote Below)
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1. A Ton of Memories

Curling at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake

Had so much fun curling on the lake at Cragun’s.

We spent our first winter getaway, multi-family vacation over New Year’s at Cragun’s. From the helpful friendly staff, the family fun activities and the AMAZING scenery and atmosphere, we had the BEST New Year’s! Cragun’s we were so impressed!

My sister-in-law and I wanted a family vacation for our New Year’s this year, after spending many others with our spouses at the casino ringing in the New Year’s past. This year, was one for the memory books! I have never been much of a winter outdoor activity person, but the Cragun’s experience was one our family will not forget. We could create family memories, our spouses spent time with all of us, participating in ice bowling, curling and some indoor activities too. The BEST part was the New Year’s Eve party. We rang in the New Year as a family, with AMAZING entertainment, a New Year’s party for the entire family and most of all not searching for our husbands as the countdown began! The kids all had a blast, playing games, creating crafts and dancing the night away! Cragun’s gave us all an over the top New Year’s to remember, with a ton of memories and stories to last a lifetime!

JIM & BETH – ST. PAUL, MN

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2. Heavenly Weekend Together

My husband and I enjoyed a Cragun’s fall getaway last September 2015. The weather was beautiful and we rode the trolley, took the boat ride around the lake, dined like kings at the Welcome and breakfast buffets and even played BINGO after the buffet! Our kids are grown now so just the two of us had a delightful weekend. Sadly, the next month my husband was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Rounds of chemo, trips to Mayo Clinic, scans and tests left us both exhausted. When I saw a “Winter Getaway” weekend offer once again at Cragun’s, I realized it was just what we needed! That last weekend in February 2016 turned out to be gorgeous and unseasonably warm and as we sat at the bonfire on the beach at night, we were able to relax and share our feelings about this medical crisis. We laughed together as we swam in the pool, luxuriating in the warm sun on the deck with a Coke afterwards. We hiked around the beautiful grounds together and rode behind those Clydesdales once again! The fireplace in the room at night topped off our heavenly weekend together. My husband has definitely had some ups and downs on this cancer journey, but thanks to Cragun’s hospitality, our weekends spent there was a needed respite from the sometimes bumpy path of life!!

LEEANN – COON RAPIDS, MN

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3. Wonderful Place

The first time I ever went to Cragun’s Resort I remember how clean and wonderful smelling and nice and neat the place was. I felt comfortable just staying in my refreshing room the whole time. The hospitality was great and the atmosphere was great too!

CARMA – MILACA, MN

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4. Had A Blast at the Ice Fishing Contest

A few years ago my husband and I reserved a room at Cragun’s for the Jaycee’s annual Ice Fishing Contest. The weather was really cold that year, so we were layered up with warm clothing. We rode the bus to the Gull Lake location. I was amazed at the little city that was in front of us. There was food and other vendors selling fur hats, etc. There was also a nice tented warming area. The prize giveaway total was $150,000 in prizes including a truck. We had a blast watching everyone fishing on a beautiful lake. After the event, we were bused back to the hotel for more fun. We headed to the pool and the hot tub where we met many wonderful people. Then had dinner at the hotel and later drinks at the bar listening to karoke. Needless to say we were tired. I will always have that memory of our fun weekend at Cragun’s. It’s a must do event if you love to ice fish!

JEANNIE – OAKDALE, MN

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Kevin of Woodbury, MN

This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Kevin of Woodbury, MN. Kevin will be enjoying a three day, two night “Romantic Weekend Package” at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake. This package features 2 nights lodging in a cozy Fireplace Room, a Saturday dinner with complimentary bottle of wine or champagne and a delicious breakfast at our Lakeside Dining room on Saturday and Sunday morning. For an unique winter experience, take a horse drawn trolley ride, or take part in the evening bonfire and marshmallow roast. Enjoy your “Romantic Weekend Package” Kevin!

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Hollie from Zimmerman, MN

Hollie from Zimmerman, MN will be enjoying a three day, two night “Winter Fun Fest Weekend Package” at Cragun’s with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. This package starts with a Friday night “Welcome Reception” and dinner buffet. There’s evening family entertainment such as DJ and karaoke in the Bear Trap Lounge. Enjoy lots of outdoor recreations including discounted downhill lift tickets at Ski Gull Recreation Area, X-C skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, broomball, snowmobiling, Cragun’s SnoMo Centre with sled and clothing rentals and more! Have a great time at Cragun’s Hollie – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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Doubles Anyone?

The winner of last week’s “Favorite Cragun’s Memory” poll was “Doubles Anyone” from Holli.

“Back in 2004 my husband and I brought our little boy up to Cragun’s for a winter family vacation before the arrival of our new baby. We enjoyed the indoor pool and the room very much. We played some indoor tennis too! The following week we went home and found out from the ultrasound that our son Connor would become the big brother of TWINS! I had been playing tennis with two babies in there! Ha, ha 😁😁!”

HOLLI – ZIMMERMAN, MN

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Minnesota Vacation Poll 10 – Cragun’s Resort Winter 2017

Cragun’s Brainerd Resort “Making Friends & Fun Memories For 76 Years”
 
What’s Your Favorite Cragun’s Memory?

1. January 3, 2004?
2. Five of the Best Minutes In My Life?
3. Always An Adventure?
4. Doubles Anyone?

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1. January 3, 2004

More than 12 years and two beautiful children later, we still reminisce about our amazing stay at Cragun's Resort.

My husband proposed to me at Cragun’s on January 3, 2004. It was freezing cold and there was no snow. Therefore, his plan to propose on a horse drawn sleigh ride was impossible. His back up plan to propose while ice fishing went out the door when our picnic lunch was placed on the heater and caught on fire! Nevertheless, a proposal in our room was just perfect. I will never forget the booming noises that echoed across Gull Lake as he asked me to spend my life with him. More than 12 years and two beautiful children later, we still reminisce about our amazing stay. Each anniversary, we clink our Cragun’s wine glasses together and marvel at our blessings. Thank you Cragun’s for being a part of our story!

STEVE & TERESA – HOPKINS, MN

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2. Five of the Best Minutes In My Life

My eyes were just opening… I look over and my husband was standing on the balcony. He was completely still. Taking in all of the view… it was as if he was frozen in time. I watched him smile… then gently laugh as some birds flew by. He looked over at me and smiled as he reached his hand out toward me. I went over to him (after grabbing a breath mint😁) gave him a kiss and held his hand as the rest of the birds woke up. It was five of the best minutes in my life!

KELLY – ST. CLOUD, MN

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3. Always An Adventure

We have been going to Cragun’s since before we had kids. We now have three and they all LOVE going and spending a few days at Cragun’s, our whole family looks forward to it all year. We enjoy all the activities indoor and out. They also love the hallways. One of our favorites is when we let the kids lead us to where we are going, it becomes quite an adventure. We have a blast every time we go and we make LOTS of amazing memories!

BOB – THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN

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4. Doubles Anyone

Back in 2004 my husband and I brought our little boy up to Cragun’s for a winter family vacation before the arrival of our new baby. We enjoyed the indoor pool and the room very much. We played some indoor tennis too! The following week we went home and found out from the ultrasound that our son Connor would become the big brother of TWINS! I had been playing tennis with two babies in there! Ha, ha 😁😁!

HOLLI – ZIMMERMAN, MN

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Thomas of Brooklyn Park, MN

This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Thomas of Brooklyn Park, MN. Thomas will be enjoying a three day, two night “Winter Fun Fest Weekend Package” at Cragun’s with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. This package starts with a Friday night “Welcome Reception” and dinner buffet. There’s evening family entertainment such as DJ and karaoke in the Bear Trap Lounge. Enjoy lots of outdoor recreations including discounted downhill lift tickets at Ski Gull Recreation Area, X-C skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, broomball, snowmobiling, Cragun’s SnoMo Centre with sled and clothing rentals and more! Have a great time at Cragun’s Thomas – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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Leah of Circle Pines, MN

Leah of Circle Pines, MN will be enjoying a three day, two night “Winter Fun Fest Weekend Package” at Cragun’s with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. This package starts with a Friday night “Welcome Reception” and dinner buffet. There’s evening family entertainment such as DJ and karaoke in the Bear Trap Lounge. Enjoy lots of outdoor recreations including discounted downhill lift tickets at Ski Gull Recreation Area, X-C skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, broomball, snowmobiling, Cragun’s SnoMo Centre with sled and clothing rentals and more! Have a great time at Cragun’s Leah – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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Winter Memories

With 41% of the votes, the winner of last week’s “Favorite Cragun’s Memory” poll was “Winter Memories” from Leah.

“We have been coming to Cragun’s with our son and two other families for two years now. We come and celebrate our husband’s birthdays and winter fun of MN!! The kids have an awesome time swimming, ice fishing, playing in the Sports Centre and just having a BLAST with each other! I love that we are creating such wonderful memories for these boys! Not every day can you skate, hold a boa constrictor, shoot hoops and have a fireplace to make s’mores in at night time and possibly feed a friendly squirrel or two as a family! Hopefully they will continue loving Cragun’s so they can all go when they get older with their families! It’s an AMAZING place!!! Thank you to you all!”

LEAH – CIRCLE PINES, MN

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Minnesota Vacation Poll 9 – Cragun’s Resort Winter 2016

Cragun’s Brainerd Resort “Making Friends & Fun Memories For 76 Years”
 
What’s Your Favorite Cragun’s Memory?

1. New Year’s Eve Family Party?
2. Spending One-On-One Time With The Boys?
3. Perfect Holiday Weekend?
4. Winter Memories?

(Cast Your Vote Below)
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1. New Year’s Eve Family Party

New Year's Eve at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd, Minnesota

My four year old grandson had so much fun at The New Year’s Eve family party… at midnight he toasted to the New Year with all the party favors offered by you. The next morning at 8 am he came into our room with his juice in a champagne flute and his horn and New Year’s top hat and asked us if we were ready to go to the dancing party again!!! So cute. He loved the horse drawn trolley too. We will be back next year.

SHERRIE – BIG LAKE, MN

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2. Spending One-On-One Time With The Boys

My husband and I have 2 boys who are 11 and 13 years old and are both extremely busy with sports and are never home. I booked a Winter Weekend getaway for us to finally get to spend some quality one-on-one time with them. We all had such an amazing time at Cragun’s playing football, (I had a ton of laughs watching my husband slipping and sliding around), playing tennis, basketball and absolutely loved the animal show. Thanks Cragun’s for the wonderful memories!

MICHELLE – OGILVIE, MN

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3. Perfect Holiday Weekend

Last year we enjoyed a fabulous family vacation at Cragun’s over the New Year’s holiday weekend. This time, we stayed in the Hilltop cabins and enjoyed the fireplace nightly, while watching holiday movies with fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and hot cocoa! Our afternoons were filled with the horse drawn trolley rides, Club Craguns activities, the dog sled rides and one afternoon of ice skating as a family! New Year’s Eve offered parties for the family, as well as us parents! It was such a fun, relaxing weekend that was absolutely perfect!

BECCA – GROVE CITY, MN

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4. Winter Memories

We have been coming to Cragun’s with our son and two other families for two years now. We come and celebrate our husband’s birthdays and winter fun of MN!! The kids have an awesome time swimming, ice fishing, playing in the Sports Centre and just having a BLAST with each other! I love that we are creating such wonderful memories for these boys! Not every day can you skate, hold a boa constrictor, shoot hoops and have a fireplace to make s’mores in at night time and possibly feed a friendly squirrel or two as a family! 🙂 Hopefully they will continue loving Cragun’s so they can all go when they get older with their families! It’s an AMAZING place!!! Thank you to you all!

LEAH – CIRCLE PINES, MN

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Kendra of Minot, ND

This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Kendra of Minot, ND. Kendra will be enjoying a three day, two night “Winter Fun Fest Weekend Package” at Cragun’s with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. This package starts with a Friday night “Welcome Reception” and dinner buffet. There’s evening family entertainment such as DJ and karaoke in the Bear Trap Lounge. Enjoy lots of outdoor recreations including discounted downhill lift tickets at Ski Gull Recreation Area, X-C skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, broomball, snowmobiling, Cragun’s SnoMo Centre with sled and clothing rentals and more! Have a great time at Cragun’s Kendra – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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