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Making Memories: 8 Moments Cragun’s Resort Guests Will Never Forget
Making Memories: 8 Moments Cragun’s Resort Guests Will Never Forget

Marshmallow Roasting at Cragun’s Resort

For more than 75 years, couples, groups of friends and families have been coming to Cragun’s Resort to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy some fun and relaxation—and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Each week we ask our past guests to submit their favorite memories from their time at Cragun’s Resort as part of our “Make a Memory Vacation” Sweepstakes and Contest—and they always warm our heart.

Below we’ve selected some of our favorite memories that our guests have shared. We hope they warm your heart, too.

1. Quality Time with Grandpa

“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

2. The Ending to a Perfect Day

“Last fall my husband and I visited Cragun’s 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!!”

LEEANN – MINNEAPOLIS, MN

3. Campfire Comedy

“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 heartwarming message from Dutch Cragun himself on the phone, we always feel like part of family of the resort. Its 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

4. Fishing with Papa

“Our family was blessed to all be together for a week’s vacation at Cragun’s this summer! For most of our family it was their first trip to Cragun’s and the excitement started weeks before we arrived. We traveled with our four grown children and their families including our three grandsons. The young boys were thrilled with their first fishing experience and loved waking up and heading to the dock to catch them. Our cabin was filled with games, laughter and so many family memories, we still talk about “the cabin” all the time. One of the most precious moments we captured from the cabin was our oldest Grandson out in the fishing boat with Papa. None of us could hear their conversation, but we didn’t have to, to know that something very special was going on! Cragun’s gave our family a week of fun and memories that will surely last a lifetime!”

JODY – SAUK RAPIDS, MN

5. Love and Learning

“My favorite memory is the weekend my then boyfriend and I spent at Cragun’s and he taught me how to golf. It was the first time we went on a vacation together. We enjoyed the beautiful golf course and boating. It was the perfect weekend! We just got married this summer and can’t wait to relive our first vacation together at Cragun’s.” 

MEGAN – NEW BRIGHTON, MN

6. Playtime 

Fun at Cragun's

Fun at Cragun’s

“Time moves so quickly around our home. It was great to get away and just play with our kids! We were able to “unplug” and have some great “down time” with our little ones. Love the array of activities there for families to do! Looking forward to doing this again!”

NOELLE – FARGO, ND

7. Tons of Fun

“We love Cragun’s and have been able to spend many summers as a family up at Cragun’s. My favorite memories all have to do with my two daughter’s “sisterly” bond. Each year they grow closer together and have so much fun up at Cragun’s. This picture shows their bond as we took a walk along the lake…I wonder what they were talking about!”

CHRISTINE – MAPLE GROVE, MN

8. Family Snowman Contest

“A few years ago, my two daughters, grandchildren and a then fiancé, 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

If you’ve stayed with us before and have a memory you’d love to share, we’d love for you to enter it into our “Make a Memory Vacation” Sweepstakes. You could win a free vacation!

If you haven’t stayed with us before, we’d love to help you make some of your own special memories. Learn more about the vacation packages that we offer. If you have more questions or want to make reservations, get in touch with us.

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