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We’re celebrating 79 years of “Making Friends and Memories” with our biggest vacation Sweepstakes giveaway! Register for a chance to win a trip to Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN. No purchase necessary. Winners announced here each week on our Cragun’s Resort Blog.

Want to double your chances? Send us a favorite memory from your trip to Cragun’s for a chance to win some great prizes! Click here to share one of your fun memories from Cragun’s Resort! You and all your friends can vote on your favorites. The entries with the most votes wins!

 

  • Lindy of Eagan, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Lindy of Eagan, MN. Lindy will be enjoying 2-nights up at the lake at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Family fun activities include horse drawn trolley rides, boat rides, a fishing clinic, bonfire and marshmallow roasts and evening family entertainment. Plus there’s indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpool, sandy beaches, basketball, canoes and the first round of FootGolf or golf 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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  • Angie of Owatonna, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Angie of Owatonna, MN. Angie 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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  • Autumn of Oakdale, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Autumn of Oakdale, MN. Autumn 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 Saint Joseph, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Ryan of Saint Joseph, 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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  • Adam of Buffalo, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Adam of Buffalo, MN. Adam will be enjoying a two day, one night 5-Star Legacy Golf Package at Cragun’s with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Golf Digest ranked the Dutch Legacy 5-Stars and says “Superb…golf at its absolute best…Pay any price to play at least once in your life.” Have a great time at Cragun’s – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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  • Andy of Wahpeton, ND

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Andy of Wahpeton, ND. Andy will be enjoying 2-nights up at the lake at Cragun’s Resort with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Family fun activities include horse drawn trolley rides, boat rides, a fishing clinic, bonfire and marshmallow roasts and evening family entertainment. Plus there’s indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpool, sandy beaches, basketball, canoes and the first round of FootGolf or golf 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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  • Dan of Albert Lea, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Dan of Albert Lea, MN. Dan will be enjoying a two day, one night 5-Star Legacy Golf Package at Cragun’s with more lodging choices than any of the other Minnesota Resorts. Golf Digest ranked the Dutch Legacy 5-Stars and says “Superb…golf at its absolute best…Pay any price to play at least once in your life.” Have a great time at Cragun’s – one of the best Minnesota Resorts on Gull Lake.

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  • Lakefront Bargain Hunt at Cragun’s

    HGTV Lakefront Bargain Hunt Show Brainerd Lakes Cabin

    Watch HGTV Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 PM (CT) to see Cragun’s Resort on Lakefront Bargain Hunt

    Almost a year ago, I received a phone call from a producer at HGTV’s Lakefront Bargain Hunt. They were looking for a location to film a portion of a Lakefront Bargain episode. If you have ever seen the show, a couple sits down with a Realtor in a public location, usually a restaurant or bar and discusses what they are looking for in a lake home. They also sit down at the end of the show and talk through the houses they’ve seen and which house they are going to buy. They wanted to use Cragun’s Resort for this part of the show.

    Lakefront Bargain Hunt came to our Brainerd MN resort twice last summer for two different episodes. For the first episode, the couple talked through the type of lake home they would like to buy. For the second episode, a different couple talked through the homes they had toured and which one they would purchase.

    I was surprised at the number of people required to film these episodes. They flew 6-8 people in from New York and they stayed in the Brainerd Lakes Area for 5 days. They arrived in two vans with LOTS of equipment and spent 3-4 hours at our lake resort in MN to film these 5-minute segments of the show. We set them up on the sundeck outside our pool area, so they had the gorgeous views of Gull Lake in the background. We had a full-house of guests both times they were here so there were a lot of stops and starts during the filming with curious guests wandering into the shot or a noisy boat going by on the lake. The crew that came from HGTV were all very friendly and great people to work with.

    For the first episode, they worked with local realtor Brent Anderson. He had been contacted by them a year earlier (someone had referred him) but he was not interested at the time. They called him again because they really wanted to do some episodes in the Brainerd area. He was asked to refer 3 or 4 of his clients that HGTV could interview as possible guests for the show.

    The second episode the couple came back to the resort the next morning with their two kids and two jet skis. It was a very cool morning, but the two kids got on the jet skis and they were filmed taking off and riding around Steamboat Bay. I wasn’t sure how that was going to be used unless they were “pretending” they were using their jet skis at their new lake home.

    I asked the HGTV people and Brent what motivated people to want to be on the show. Realtors who choose to participate can get some great awareness. As for the house hunters, most of them just like the idea of being on TV. A few of them have plans on making their new lake home available for rental. This would allow them to make the claim “As Seen on HGTV” on their rental listing.

    While working with HGTV to set up dates and times for them to come to Cragun’s lake resort in MN some good friends of mine who had their lake home for sale in my neighborhood were also contacted by HGTV to participate in a show. HGTV wanted their home to be one of the homes someone toured while searching for a new lake home. They agreed to include their home in a Lake Front Bargain Hunt show They were asked not to be home while the filming was taking place and that it would take 6-8 hours to do the filming. The neighbors reported that they were indeed there for almost the entire day and that they brought in a lot of different props (pillows, blankets, dishes, etc.).

    Be sure to tune in to HGTV on Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 pm (CT) and see Cragun’s Resort featured on Lake Front Bargain Hunt. As an HGTV fanatic, it was fun to get a small peek into the making of Lake Front Bargain Hunt. Now if only Chip and Jo want to come to Minnesota!

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  • Sandy of Arlington, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Sandy of Arlington, MN. Sandy will be kicking-off the summer with a long, fun-filled weekend at Cragun’s. Melissa has won a four-day, three-night Memorial Day Weekend package with Friday “Welcome” reception, dinner buffet, fishing clinic, Saturday evening horse drawn trolley rides, bonfire, marshmallow roast, Sunday’s Memorial Day Weekend Parade and Monday breakfast buffet and more! Have a great time at Cragun’s a Minnesota Resort on Gull Lake.

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  • Karen of Saint Cloud, MN

    This week’s lucky sweepstakes winner is Karen of Saint Cloud, MN. Karen 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.

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