• Take a sneak peek at Grand View Lodge’s new boutique hotel and recreation center

     
    POSTED February 5, 2019
     
  • Take a sneak peek at Grand View Lodge’s new boutique hotel and recreation center

     
    POSTED February 5, 2019
     

The expansive Grand View Lodge is getting even bigger. Two-ish hours from Minneapolis, the resort is appealing to planners with its new hotel and conference center it’s planning as part of its $30 million expansion. The 60-room boutique hotel—simply called North—is situated to become the perfect venue for groups looking to escape the city. The three meeting rooms are ideal for boardrooms or breakout space; its second-floor meeting space, called Create, will have an entire whiteboard wall and casual seating for 20-30 guests. The boardroom (Inspire) will have seating for 10-12 and flexible space is available across the hall in Imagine. The conference room, Discover, will have capacity for 100-120 people and, perhaps most notably, be connected to the outdoor putting green, where attendees can take a golf break. The first-floor Reflection room and patio (complete with a fire pit) can be used for breakout space. The lobby will have a fire pit, casual seating and 18-hour bar that transition from serving caramel rolls and coffee in the morning to cocktails in the evening. North’s 20 double queens and 40 king rooms will filter in natural light through its patio door-like windows and feature upscale cabin décor.

North will open in July, but Cindy Baysinger, director of sales and planning, is already selling blocks to corporate groups.

NorthPark, the recreation center across the way from the hotel, will have a fitness center, yoga/spin studio with virtual instructors, two 3,779-square-foot pools (the indoor one with a water slide), and two indoor hot tubs (one adult and one family). And if hot tubbing is your thing, the giant 8,000-gallon outdoor hot tub (capacity: 36) will be open year-round. There’s a corn hole stadium in the works, and its planned eight stations and outdoor lighting will make for a fun group activity.

The outdoor elements will open this summer, but the indoor part is scheduled to open this March.

After four generations of Ruttger family ownership, the historic Lake Bemidji resort is now under new ownership. Mark and Karrie Nelson purchased Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge at the conclusion of the 2017/18 season and will be expanding the property into a year-round resort.

The couple, who bring ten years of experience from previous ownership of a family resort on Cass Lake, plan to re-brand Ruttger’s as an upscale, year-round family vacation destination and retreat venue.

 

A historic landmark property has been completely overhauled and transformed into a new charming Midwest meeting place. 

 

The 21st annual Event Planners and Suppliers Expo, scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, will be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, in Brooklyn Center, MN. The expo has become a meeting place for meeting and event planners of corporate functions, association conventions, fairs, festivals, city celebrations and retreats.