2. New Year’s Eve Surprise?
3. Cutest Baby Walleye?
4. Fun with the Big Band?
A few years back, coming to Cragun’s for the week between Christmas and New Year’s became a family tradition for us. Starting in August, we start counting down the days. By far, the best part is spending time there as a family. We have two boys (ages 15 and 11) and our lives are often going in different directions with school, work, sports, church activities, etc. When we’re at Cragun’s, we purposefully hide all of the technology (e.g., cell phones, iPods, etc.) and spend our time playing tennis, ice skating, table tennis, swimming in the pool, cross country skiing, playing board games, participating in the many Cragun’s activities, and just hanging out by the fireplace. The staff at Cragun’s are always so welcoming and that means a lot. For us, it’s by far the best part of the year. Thank you for making memories that will last a lifetime! Our busy lives go by so quickly, but when we talk about the things that have meant the most and contain the most memories, Cragun’s is always at the top of the list.
P.S. We’re currently at 15 days and counting. See you soon!
STEPHANIE – ANKENY, IA
It was New Year’s Eve and we decided to take a romantic trip alone together before our son was born in April. Geoff (my fiancé) kept teasing me that he had another present for me for Christmas in Brainerd. He told me while we were on our vacation in Nisswa he would grab it. So on our way up to our room I asked him when I was getting my present, he smiled and said tonight sometime. When we got into our room I unpacked and Geoff started a fire in the fireplace. After the fire was lit and we were settled in, we cuddled up together on the sofa in front of the fire. Geoff had his hand on my tummy feeling our son kicking inside me, he looked up at me and gave me the most romantic kiss then preceded to get on one knee. Right there I felt like I had stopped breathing, I knew what was next, something I had been waiting 8 years for him to do! He told me he loved me and he was so happy we were having a baby together. Also, that the last 8 years had been the best years of his life, and if I felt the same would I like to spend the rest of our lives together? Then he open the box to the most beautiful diamond and sapphire ring, he slipped it on my finger as tears ran down my face. I had known this man it felt like my whole life and I was feeling so many emotions and an overload of happiness I couldn’t stop crying and barely could get the word of the hour out “yes”! After I said it, he picked me up in his arms and held me as I cried a little more until he made me laugh of course like he always does. He said that he was gonna wait until the ball dropped at midnight to propose, but if he hadn’t done it soon he thought he was going to pass out. He also said he told all the staff at Cragun’s and they helped him out so much with everything that we should go downstairs to show off the ring. Well as the weekend went on everywhere I went Cragun’s staff was telling me congratulations and was praising my ring, telling me all the things a girl wants to hear when she first gets engaged. It was the best weekend of my life!
KARISSA – ISLE, MN
We rented a fish house over New Year’s last year and the marina worker was SO helpful! We sat in the warm fish house listening to music and eating snacks while we waited for the fish to bite! After hours of waiting, we finally caught the cutest baby walleye and took turns posing with it and zoomed in to make it look huge when we showed friends and family! Even though we didn’t catch any record-breaking fish, it was still such a fun night!
LAUREN – ROBBINSDALE, MN
We have been to Cragun’s many times with family, professional business and personal business events. One time we did the New Year’s Eve party with 12 people. It was extremely fun with the big band and dancing. The staff was excellent… we did the skating, snowmobiling, ice fishing, horse trolley and of course the dog sledding… it was a great family time!
DELORES – JANESVILLE, MN