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Poll 2
Poll 2
Cragun’s
“Making Friends & Fun Memories For 71 Years” 

What’s Your Favorite Cragun’s Memory? 

1. Last Thanksgiving–Best Weekend Ever?
2. Christmas With Our Kids & Grandkids?
3. Spending Time at Cragun’s?
4. Yearly Family Christmas?
(Cast Your Vote Below) 

Have another favorite Cragun’s memory? (submit here)

 

1. Last Thanksgiving–Best Weekend Ever

Our family Thanksgiving weekends started way back in the 1970s when my cousins, brother and I were young. Our grandparents, Harold and MaryAnn Moll, gathered their four daughters and families together for the whole weekend. It wasn’t until college where I found out other people just celebrated on Thanksgiving Day and actually cooked a turkey! No, not us, we had a huge buffet dinner at each hotel we went to and had too much fun to only spend one day together.

The past six years we have returned to Cragun’s because of the amenities and special events Cragun’s provides its guests, the buffet is really good and it has an expansive pool area for our 50+ family members to gather. We truly take in all the resort has to offer!

Last year, I think was one the best weekends we’ve had. We enjoyed the magician, the horse drawn ride, the kiddy’s carnival, bingo, the Thanksgiving buffet, Sunday breakfast, the pool and the gymnasium, but it was the family gathering that touched our hearts.

When we were kids, we would put on performances for our parents. As we aged we were coerced to keep the tradition going. And now, we have the joy of watching our own kids perform for us. What is really special is having great grandma and great grandpa in the front row watching each one of their 21 great children perform (well almost all of them). The Cragun’s wagon in the pool area was a perfect stage for the little ones to get up and do their thing.

The highlight of the weekend was a new addition, a Chinese Auction. We all brought items to auction off; YES, to our other family members. We knew of a family that lost their home and would be homeless. It was determined that all of the money raised would be donated to help this family. Again, we used the wagon in Cragun’s pool area for the auction area and away the auctioneer went. We started with the children and then to us big kids. If you’ve never seen a Chinese Auction at work, well, it’s quite amazing and exciting. So exciting, we had other people, not family, who were in the pool area and wanted to join in on the fun. When all the money was totaled we raised $619 to pass along to this family.

These few words only touch a little bit on how incredible this family is. Our time together is so limited, but so special. Cragun’s makes it easy, affordable and inviting for us to return year after year. Thank you!

STACEY – EDEN PRAIRIE, MN

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2. Christmas With Our Kids & Grandkids
We have been visiting Cragun’s at least one to two times a year and were hoping for an opportunity to have our kids and grandkids experience a great time at Cragun’s. They never quite understood what would be “fun” about a central Minnesota get away especially over Christmas. So this year we went – they had a perfect cabin and together we took in all that we could from bingo to dog sledding, trolley rides and ice fishing. As a family of eight, it was pretty hilarious trying to get all of us to fit into a fish house for 2-4. For the fun of it we did and it was part of the highlights of this trip along with the beautiful Christmas Dinner and awesome brunch.

KIMBERLY – MAPLE GROVE, MN

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3. Spending Time at Cragun’s

I have such good memories of Cragun’s. Our whole family, three generations, would reserve rooms around the pool at Christmas time, which would be four to six rooms. We would set up tables outside our rooms full of food and drinks for our stay. We would enjoy the pool, hot tub, Sports Center, the massage services, games and restaurant for three days/two nights. If you ask any of our family what our most favorite Christmas-time memory was, it would be time spent at Cragun’s Resort!! Thanks Cragun’s…we LOVE your resort!

DEBBIE – PINE RIVER, MN

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Yearly Family Christmas

We are looking forward to our third family Christmas celebration at Cragun’s Resort. The group size varies from 29-35, depending on who can make it and ranges in age from 2-88. The youngsters look forward to the pool. My family enjoys many available amenities; spa, karaoke, track walking, games, sleigh ride and other activities.

We also have our own events of potluck, dice game, white elephant exchange, card games, gift exchanges and socializing.

Our family has celebrated at several hotels for over 15 years; our stays at Cragun’s have been great and we look forward to more.

MAGGIE – HAM LAKE, MN

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CAST YOUR VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY!