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!
Watching our teen girls have fun outside with all the activities and forgetting about their cell phones!!
JEN – BURNSVILLE, MN
We came together as a family last minute because grandpa is having open heart surgery next week. We got all the grand kids and kids to come from all over the state to celebrate grandpa. We did all his favorite things… played cribbage, took long walks and swam in the pool. So much fun! We laughed a lot. The cabin was perfect for all of our crew. Thank you for giving us a great family memory with grandpa!
TERESA – STAPLES, MN
The sunrise was absolutely gorgeous on the lake what a great way to start the day!
EMILY – CUMBERLAND, WI
We have so many special memories…but this time we are here! Enjoying the time and making another memory! We had fun golfing the day we arrived onMonday…no hassle, just fun and go! It is so beautiful up here in the fall and all the excitement of the new building and addition of more places to stay here. New building! How exciting and we can say we were here when it was just ground and nothing was even started. Or we can say we remember the cabins that were there when. We can’t wait ‘til summer and get the kids and the grand kids up here once again. Thank you, Cragun’s for family memories for the past 25 years. Love Irma’s cinnamon rolls! Love, love, love this wonderful, relaxing, warm family place!
HAL AND NANCY – WOODBURY, MN
This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Grace of Delano, MN. Grace will be enjoying a three day, two night Super Saver Package at Cragun’s with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Friday starts with a Welcome Party and dinner buffet with entertainment. There’s family activities on Saturday plus our HUGE indoor pool, sauna, whirlpools, Sports Centre and more! Have a great time at Cragun’s – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.
Kim of Grand Meadow, MN will be enjoying a three day, two night Super Saver Package at Cragun’s with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Friday starts with a Welcome Party and dinner buffet with entertainment. There’s family activities on Saturday plus our HUGE indoor pool, sauna, whirlpools, Sports Centre and more! Have a great time at Cragun’s – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.
With 43% of the votes, the winner of last week’s “Favorite Cragun’s Memory” poll was “Fond Memories” from Kim.
“The last time I was at Cragun’s was in the fall of 1985. Our college choir participated in a retreat there with several other choirs. I always said I’d like to go back (and now take my kids – my daughter is neatly the same age as I was when I went).”
Last Fall My husband and I visited Cragun’s last fall for the first time. We bought the Fall Getaway Package through the Twin Cities Daily Deal website. Our kids are grown now and did we ever LOVE the relaxation we found here for the weekend! We took the trolley ride, enjoyed the boat ride around the lake, and found some neat places to hike. We built a bonfire on the beach both nights with the wood neatly stacked by the fire pits. Sometimes as you age you miss your children accompanying you on vacations, but at Cragun’s there was plenty to keep two “senior citizens” happy and active!!
My wife and I have spent the last several years spending our wedding anniversary trip in late September at Cragun’s.We love to golf and the golf course is one of the most beautiful places we have found. The fall colors are especially brilliant and even if you have a bad round of golf you still leave with a smile on your face. The staff is excellent and the food is terrific.
The last time I was at Cragun’s was in the fall of 1985. Our college choir participated in a retreat there with several other choirs. I always said I’d like to go back (and now take my kids – my daughter is neatly the same age as I was when I went).
This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Michelle of St. Anthony, MN. Michelle will be enjoying a three day, two night Super Saver Package at Cragun’s with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Friday starts with a Welcome Party and dinner buffet with entertainment. There’s family activities on Saturday plus our HUGE indoor pool, sauna, whirlpools, Sports Centre and more! Have a great time at Cragun’s – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.
Janel of Champlin, 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.
With 46% of the votes, the winner of last week’s “Favorite Cragun’s Memory” poll was “Loved Every Moment” from Janel.
“Our family had our first weekend visit recently. We loved every moment! The staff was very helpful and friendly. Our main lodge room was wonderful with a beautiful view. We had relaxing walks along the shoreline, we swam in the main swimming pool, played ping-pong and did other activities. Our son did NOT want to leave (neither did we)! We will definitely be back!”
JANEL – CHAMPLIN, MN
Winter holidays are magical at Cragun’s Resort. Make that magical feeling come to life when you book a trip for your family at Cragun’s this holiday season. Reminisce over family meals in our beautifully decorated Lakeside Dining Room or with a meal the family has cooked in your very own cabin. Snuggle up with a chilly horse drawn trolley ride along the lake and then enjoy hot cocoa and marshmallows around a roaring fire.
Cragun’s offers many opportunities for your family to celebrate the holiday. Book our traditional Christmas Package from December 23-25. Included with that package is our annual Christmas ornament, breakfast daily, our traditional Christmas Dinner Buffet on 12/25, Christmas Eve candlelight service and a visit with Santa. If your family traditionally gathers before or after Christmas, Cragun’s offers our Holiday Break Getaway Package. It’s the perfect time to gather with family or friends and enjoy the spirit of the season. This package includes breakfast daily and family activities planned throughout the season.
Once you’re through the Christmas Holidays, it’s time to ring in the New Year! Cragun’s offers fun for the whole family with our New Year’s F.U.N. (Family Ultimate Night) Package. Cragun’s New Year’s Package includes 2 great parties – a Family Entertainment Extravaganza with music, dancing, entertainment, games, prizes and more in the Sports Centre and an Adult Party in the Bear Trap Lounge. This package also includes our traditional Welcome Party and Dinner on Friday, December 30 and breakfast daily. On New Year’s Eve we offer a Prime Rib Dinner Buffet including a la carte “kid friendly” choices for an additional charge.
Whatever time you choose to spend with your family at Cragun’s, you will enjoy ice skating on Cragun’s huge lighted skating rink, bonfires, cross-country skiing, broomball, ice fishing, snowmobile rental as well as the huge indoor pool and indoor Sports Centre. Cragun’s also offers discounted tickets to Mt. Ski Gull where your family will enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing.
Call today to book your room or cabin while the best choice of options is available, or browse our winter vacation deals online.
Enjoy golf this winter at Cragun’s Resort Legacy Courses. Cragun’s Legacy Courses is pleased to announce the 5th season of the PGA Tour Simulator so you can enjoy golf year-round in Brainerd, MN.
The PGA Tour Golf Simulator offers over 30 courses to choose from including Pebble Beach, TPC Sawgrass and Spyglass Hill. There is also a driving range for practice play and three different miniature golf courses, making it fun for all ages.
How You Can Play
League Play with two-player teams is available, allowing you to play 9 holes a week on selected courses to post your score for the week. Each round takes 1-1/2 hours for the twosome. Play when it is convenient for you and your partner. You can sign up for one season of League or both and the league price includes weekly and season long prizes.
In addition, Chris Foley Golf Schools at Cragun’s Legacy Courses will offer several programs throughout the winter:
Future Champions Winter Program
Details: Designed for the middle school, high school, and college golfer to evaluate their game and come into the spring golf season ready for peak performance. Last year’s program produced two high school state champions and 14 high school state champion qualifiers.
Adult Winter Coaching Program
Details: Based on the success of the Future Champions Program we have designed a similar program for adults. The Adult Winter Coaching Program is guaranteed to lower your golf handicap and have great golf come spring! Three levels of commitment to accommodate your needs.
Get tuned up before your winter golf trip with one-on-one instruction. Available as a 45 minute session or in a series of 3, 5, 10 or 20 sessions.
Chris Foley Golf Schools utilizes TrackMan, the gold standard in teaching and club fitting, for all of our teaching/fitting. Get fit for all the new equipment from Titleist, Callaway, Ping and Taylor Made.
Golf Social Hour hosted by Chris Foley
This event is great for business or social groups of 4-10 people. The package includes:
For more information, go to chrisfoleygolf.com or call 218-820-9426.
About our PGA Tour Golf Simulator
Cragun’s golf simulator is from AboutGolf, offering the world’s best indoor golf experience. In pursuit of the most realistic, accurate and enjoyable golf experience, AboutGolf developed their own proprietary ball and club tracking technology. This 3D machine vision technology, known as 3Track, was released in May 2008 and has since revolutionized the indoor golf experience. AboutGolf is dedicated to producing golf environments that feel, look and play like the real thing. AboutGolf obtains the best possible terrain data, accurate within inches. This level of detail produces the world-class golf experience.
The golf simulator will open in late October and will offer the following hours this winter:
For tee times, call 218-825-2789. For more information on the golf simulator, visit our Golf Simulator page.