Grand View Lodge and Madden’s on Gull Lake were both recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as two of the Top 10 destinations in the Midwest. Nisswa-based Grand View Lodge came in second overall, while Madden’s on Gull Lake received a fourth-place ranking.
“It is an honor to have Grand View Lodge receive this award for another year,” said Frank Soukup, Cote Family Destination’s director of marketing. “We are thrilled to have been recognized especially with our total score increasing every year. It shows how great our staff is performing and improving based on our guest feedback. Both resorts being recognized again just shows how important the Brainerd Lakes area is to our tourism economy and how endearing our community is for our guests.”
The Brainard Lakes Area is a popular destination among Minnesota tourists due to the area’s focus on nature. The destination is home to more than 500 lakes and rivers as well as parks, resorts, festivals, forests and more.
The American Club Resort in Kohler, Wisconsin topped the list at first place and was followed by resorts such as Sundara Inn & Sap in Wisconsin, Grand Geneva Resort in Michigan and French Lick Springs Hotel in Indiana.
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Condé Nast determines the rankings by surveying more than 300,000 travelers.