• 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.

The Graduate Hotel Minneapolis’ partnership with Topgolf took off this October with the opening of its Swing Suite, the third Topgolf partnership with the Graduate Hotels brand since implementing the Swing Suite in the Graduate Lincoln and the Graduate Iowa City.

 

The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton officially opened this holiday season on November 15 while honoring veteran Elizabeth O’Byrne in conjunction with Veterans Day. O’Byrne and her family received the first guest special experience at the hotel’s grand opening event.

 

The picturesque area of east central Minnesota just got even more interesting after its local craft beverage producers decided to team up. Several breweries, wineries, a distillery and a cidery make up the East Central Beverage Trail, bringing visitors and locals their favorite craft beverages with the backdrop of Isanti, Pine, and Kanabec counties. The trail consists of eight locations with their own specialty creations. Just take your pick, and you’re on your way.