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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 6 – Cragun’s Resort Winter 2016

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

1. Christmas Get Together?
2. Always An Adventure?
3. Ice Fishing With The Guys?
4. Ringing in the New Year’s?

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1. Christmas Get Together

Cragun's Resort Winter Vacation

Love the horses at Cragun's Resort

We arrived at Cragun’s a couple of days after Christmas for our family Christmas get together. There were 14 of us ranging in age from seven to 65 and fun was had by all. We enjoyed the horse drawn trolley ride, camp fires, pool tournament, ice fishing, ping-pong, and just spending time together. The accommodations were great, we all enjoyed our stay and hope to try a summer vacation sometime.

BECKY – SAINT HILAIRE, MN

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2. Always An Adventure

We absolutely love Cragun’s! No matter the time of year, it is always an adventure to return! I have memories of the horse drawn carriage rides with our kids around the snow covered resort, hearing the crackle of the fireplace. Such a great time to connect with our family. We cannot wait to come back! Thank you!!

ANDRE – HAWLEY, MN

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3. Ice Fishing With The Guys

It was a few years ago and we had a man retreat in the winter, it had been a low point in my life when I was invited to participate. It was only three days, but it was great. I remember looking over the lake from the meeting room, watching the snow swirl and thinking it would be great to try some ice fishing, I don’t remember who I said it to, but it wasn’t long and the three of us were fishing in a portable tent. Wow, the fellowship was great and the food was great. I hope to try some summer activities sometime with my wife. Thanks Cragun’s.

PATRICK – BRAINERD, MN

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4. Ringing in the New Year’s

Our favorite Cragun’s Memory is our stay over New Year’s last year. Our family enjoyed the Welcome Buffet and relaxing in the hot tub!! We really enjoyed all the scheduled events and using the Sports Centre; it truly was a time for our family to connect and enjoy time together. We cherished ringing in the New Year together, enjoying both the family party and the adult party, then gathering in our room to count down together to 2016!! Thank you Cragun’s!

BECCA – GROVE CITY, MN

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Michael of Litchfield, MN

This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Michael of Litchfield, MN. Michael will be enjoying a three day, two night “$150,000 Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza package” at Cragun’s with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, only one ice fishing contest is quite like this! Held in January on Gull Lake, it is an ice fishing contest where anglers compete for well over $150,000 in cash and prizes. Good luck Michael! Have a great time at Cragun’s – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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Jeff of Battle Lake, MN

Jeff of Battle Lake, 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 Jeff – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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Great Place For Work & Family Time

The winner of last week’s “Favorite Cragun’s Memory” poll was “Great Place For Work & Family Time” from Jeff.

“I went to a meeting once at Cragun’s and knew that I would want to spend a vacation there. The food was awesome and what they offered for services was amazing. A great place for work and family time.”

JEFF – BATTLE LAKE, MN

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Minnesota Vacation Poll 5 – Cragun’s Resort Winter 2016

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

1. Family Holiday Weekend?
2. Great Place For Work & Family Time?
3. Grama, Can I Go To Cragun’s With You?
4. Best Memories For Me & My Grandchildren?

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1. Family Holiday Weekend

Making Memories at Cragun's Playing In The Whirlpool Making Memories at Cragun's Petting the Horses Making Memories at Cragun's Playing Twister

What to do over a holiday weekend for a family of 10???? Cragun’s…..where you can swim, play ping-pong, ride in a trolley being pulled by two of the most majestic creatures!! See an enchanting town lit up by Christmas lights and even drive through a park with over 80 Christmas scenes!!

AMBER – MILBANK, ND

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2. Great Place For Work & Family Time

I went to a meeting once at Cragun’s and knew that I would want to spend a vacation there. The food was awesome and what they offered for services was amazing. A great place for work and family time.

JEFF – BATTLE LAKE, MN

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3. Grama, Can I Go To Cragun’s With You

We have so many over the past 20 years…but I guess the ones with our grandchildren are the most memorable. And when the three year old calls and says, “Grama, can I go to Cragun’s with you again next week?” That pretty much wraps it all up. We can’t wait until this summer when we will once again enjoy some special time at your beautiful FAMILY resort.

NANCY – WOODBURY, MN

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4. Best Memories For Me & My Grandchildren

Six years ago, I decided to take my family on a winter vacation instead of the usual Christmas gifts that I usually purchased. I decided on Cragun’s Resort and in mid-February we packed our bags and joyfully took the trip to Brainerd. We had a wonderful condo with 5 bedrooms, living room and kitchen which comfortably accommodated 5 adults and 5 children.

To this very day, my grandchildren wistfully speak of Cragun’s as if this was a sacred place. And it was, as it built so many memories including our multi-generational family being together for four days: making meals in the cabin and having delicious food in the restaurant, ice skating on the lake, having hot chocolate and smores, taking a horse drawn carriage ride covered in warm blankets around the property, cutting out clothes for the American Girl dolls, swimming in the pool and more.

Even now, the then two year old still remembers the great fun we had. Cragun’s will always be one of the best memories for me and my grandchildren.

JOAN – APPLE VALLEY, MN

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Jana of Saint Paul, MN

This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Jana of Saint Paul, MN. Jana 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 Jana – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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Jessica of Brooten, MN

Jessica of Brooten, 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 Jessica – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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Outstanding Family Experience

With 39% of the votes, the winner of last week’s “Favorite Cragun’s Memory” poll was “Outstanding Family Experience” from Jessica.

“My daughter, Olive, had so much fun making crafts poolside during our fun weekend getaway last winter. Thank you Cragun’s for providing an outstanding experience for our family. Olive is still talking about all the memories we made that weekend. We can’t wait to visit again!”

JESSICA – BROOTEN, MN

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Minnesota Vacation Poll 4 – Cragun’s Resort Winter 2016

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

1. Family Snowman Contest?
2. Outstanding Family Experience?
3. So Much Fun?
4. Making New Year’s Memories?

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1. Family Snowman Contest

Winter Minnesota Vacation at Cragun's Resort

A few years ago, my two daughters, grandchildren and a then fiance, and myself, came to Cragun’s during Christmas! It was a magical weekend! We snowshoed for the first time, went on dogsled rides and our favorite memory was the family snowman building contest! We still talk about how much fun we had with you! We love the planned activities and staying in a cabin just added to the whole experience! We have booked already for this year over New Years! Can’t wait!

DAWN – FAIRMONT, MN

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2. Outstanding Family Experience

My daughter, Olive, had so much fun making crafts poolside during our fun weekend getaway last winter. Thank you Cragun’s for providing an outstanding experience for our family. Olive is still talking about all the memories we made that weekend. We can’t wait to visit again!

JESSICA – BROOTEN, MN

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3. So Much Fun

We stayed at Cragun’s Resort last year for three days following Christmas. Our family had so much fun using the outdoor ice rink, going on the horse drawn wagon rides, using your most amazing pool and of course the Sports Centre. We loved staying here so much that we hope to come again!

DEBBIE – OWATONNA, MN

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4. Making New Year’s Memories

We enjoy annual trips to Cragun’s every year. This year we enjoyed our first New Year’s Celebration at Cragun’s!The staff was so warm and inviting and we were very happy with the activities that were available to us every day. The kids enjoyed the warm breakfast buffet and the wide variety that was offered every morning and I enjoyed relaxing in the whirlpool in our Shoreline Suite every night, then cuddling by the fire in the robes that are provided. We had an excellent time making New Year’s Memories at Cragun’s and found the fact that the owner, Dutch is still making his rounds and greeting families as well! We love that personal touch and that, along with the staff is what continues to bring us back to Cragun’s Resort!

BECCA – GROVE CITY, MN

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Jennifer of Oak Grove, MN

This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Jennifer of Oak Grove, MN. Jennifer 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 Jennifer – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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