Our Favorite Family Getaways
Brainerd: where to stay
Grand View Lodge Swanky meets Minnesota woodsy at a classic family lake resort with modern updates (866/801-2951).
Cragun's Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake At this family-friendly year-round retreat, you can rent equipment and guides for area lakes and trails, or just watch the view from a room or cabin (800/272-4867).
Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort Flanked by hiking and biking trails, this recently revamped four-season cottage resort has it all: swimming pool, nearby golf, tennis courts, boat rental and sand beach (800/562-7061).
The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes Playfully decorated hotel rooms and a massive Paul Bunyan-themed water park and arcade make this a popular pick with families (877/843-5634).
Lost Lake Lodge This secluded gem overlooks Gull Lake Narrows and Lost Lake; breakfast and dinner included (800/450-2682).
Madden's on Gull Lake The resort has all kinds of kid-pleasing activities, including water-skiing lessons, plus a spa and golf course (800/233-2934).