With a new year just around the corner, now is the time to begin putting exciting plans in place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style! When you’re looking for a celebration location that pairs scenic beauty with impeccable access to New Year’s fun, there’s no better place to find yourself when the clock strikes midnight than the Gull Lake region of Minnesota. This outdoor enthusiasts’ dream come true of a location is also packed with great dining and shopping options as well as seasonal events that make New Year’s Eve a blast for everyone in your traveling crew. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities, adult-only dinners, or something in between, you’ll find its simple to customize your New Year’s adventures when you head this way. The following are just a few of the many best places across the Gull Lake region to explore and enjoy when you can’t wait to ring in the new year in just the right way.
Enjoy Family-Friendly Fun with Gull Lake Ministries
If you find yourself in the Gull Lake area this New Year’s Eve with the entire family in tow and little ones to entertain too, Gull Lake Ministries has you covered! They’re hosting a fun and family-friendly New Year’s celebration that starts December 30th and runs through January 1st that promises to be unlike anything else in the area. This event will include a long lineup of unlimited activities that range from indoor rock climbing and glow bowling to outdoor ziplining and beyond. There’s a balloon drop planned for midnight which is sure to thrill guests of all ages. Spots can be reserved by calling 269-671-5155. Don’t delay, because when you’re part of this two-day event, you’ll enjoy performances by talented illusionists as well as full access to amazing gourmet treats and sweets. What could be a better way to start 2022?
Enjoy a New Year’s Eve Dueling Piano Dinner
If music and amazing eats are more your New Year’s Eve style, finding your way to B Merri Gastro Pub in the Gather on 3Event Center on December 31st is a must. The fun starts when the doors open at 6:00 pm and the cash bar is open for business. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal starting at 7:00 pm which includes Tandoori grilled crab cakes with mango coconut sauce and crisp Indian slaw as well as Kabocha squash bisque and a winter arugula salad. The third course is a saffron seafood paella risotto and caramelized bistro tender with shrimp while dessert will highlight the best of dulce de leche cheesecake and apple crisp panna cotta! Everyone will want to plan on sticking around for the show as well as the midnight ball drop. Pricing starts at $89.99 a person, but seating is limited, so make sure to get your place in advance for this fun Brainerd event.
Try a DJ Dance Party
On December 31st starting at 9:00 pm, Zorbaz on Gull Lake is hosting a DJ Dance Party for those looking to ring in the New Year at a faster pace. Zorbaz on Gull Lake is located at 8105 Lost Lake Road in Lake Shore and those who participate in this event will be thrilled to learn that the fun continues on well past midnight, not ending until 2:00 am! Grab your dancing shoes and sense of adventure for this New Year’s Eve event you won’t soon forget.
Enjoy Trivia Night
If you’re going to be closer to the Crosslake area this New Year’s Eve, consider participating in a fun Catch the Mania Trivia Night at Moonlite Bay. Starting at 8:00 pm, this interactive trivia is the perfect option for those looking to put their facts skills to the test in a fun setting. Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar is located at 37627 County Road 66.
Make It a Cozy New Year’s in Your Vacation Rental
If your idea of the perfect New Year’s Eve is one where you’re cozied up in a luxurious vacation rental near Gull Lake alongside those you love most, it’s entirely possible when you partner with Gull Lake Beach Resorts. Our vacation rentals are spacious, inviting, and fully equipped with the amenities that make for a New Year’s getaway you won’t soon forget. Book a rental with a kitchen when you’re looking forward to serving up a traditional New Year’s Eve meal or make it a night of hot cocoa by the fireplace if you choose. Either way, you’ll ring in 2022 living in style in a place that promises to inspire.
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No matter when your travel plans bring you to Gull Lake, the team at Gull Lake Beach Resorts has you covered. Reach out today to learn more about our many beautiful area properties to choose from and how we can help you start planning your next trip.
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The summer season is the bright spot at the end of a long Minnesota winter. This past summer season, Gull Lake was full of locals and travelers alike enjoying everything the beautiful lake has to offer. With the warm weather of summer just a few months away, optimistic vacationers look past wintertime and look forward to the next opportunity to take to the lake, explore Brainerd and Nisswa, and enjoy the great outdoors.
It’s the time of year where the best meals are served right off the grill and desserts always include chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers. It’s when people travel from everywhere to see what a Minnesota summer is all about. It’s when the day lasts long enough to enjoy the sunset after dinner, and there’s still enough time to get one last dip in at Gull Lake. Best of all, it’s the time that families can get away from life long enough to enjoy everything the beautiful outdoors has to offer.
As you daydream of warmer days, keep these special dates in mind. Here at Gull Lake Beach Resorts, we are already booking for these 2022 vacation dates!
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Memorial Day weekend is the official kickoff to the summer season in Minnesota. Gull Lake Beach Resorts’ guests are firing up the grills, starting up the pontoons, and enjoying the first of many trips that will be spent on the lake. We offer pontoon and fishing boat rentals, which are perfect for anyone looking for a little time off-grid. We invite all our guests to bring along their own boat as we offer boat lifts, great for breaking your boat out after a long winter!
END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
Is there a better way to celebrate the conclusion of another school year than with a trip to Gull Lake? As a kid, there are few things better than knowing you are on your way to the lake and starting summer off right! Gull Lake Beach Resorts is a family resort, where we have playgrounds onsite and board games provided in each unit, ready for kids to get their play on. Not to mention the lily pad and water tubes ready to reserve on a first-come, first-served basis!
FOURTH OF JULY
The best way to celebrate America’s favorite holiday in Minnesota is on the lake, with a week of family fun and memories that are sure to last a lifetime. In the Nisswa area, you can choose from dozens of summer activities including golfing, fishing, or boating. Then, end the fun-filled day by heading back to Gull Lake Beach Resorts and putting some food on the grill or grabbing a bite to eat at Ernie’s On Gull.
As you may have guessed, this time is extremely popular at Gull Lake Beach Resorts and availability is limited. There is still plenty of sun and fun to go around on the dates surrounding the Fourth of July but be sure to make these plans sooner rather than later!
Labor Day weekend is the perfect chance to head to Gull Lake for a late-season family vacation to soak up the last warm days of the season. Whether you gather the girls for a girls’ trip on Gull Lake or round up the family to enjoy one last lakeside getaway, there’s no better way to spend a weekend of no work and all play.
Here at Gull Lake Beach Resorts, we’re excited about what the 2022 Summer season has to offer! It is truly one of our favorite times of the year, as we get to see recurring guests and welcome new guests. If you are looking to visit during any of these times next year, contact us at 218-656-6965 and we will get your vacation planning started with Gull Lake Beach Resorts and the “best beach on Gull Lake!”
The Brainerd Lakes area plays host to a full slate of Halloween activities leading up to the big day and of course, on October 31st as well. With fall colors all around and typically mild temperatures, it’s fun to check out all the Halloween happenings, from family-friendly, candy-filled events to those more on the spooky side!
This time of year in Central Minnesota is bursting with excitement for crisp, cool air, the return of crackling fires, and enjoying the seasonal bounty of apples and pumpkins. From hayrides to harvest festivals, the best of fall can be found around Gull Lake.
Copper Creek Garden Center on Hwy. 371 will host a pumpkin carving workshop on October 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Pick your pumpkin, carve it while enjoying hot cider or chocolate, and leave the mess! Take a photo of your creation at the onsite picture station and post it on social media to enter the center’s contest. Prizes range from $50 to $150!
Also on the 23rd, Historic Hauntings, sponsored by the Nisswa Area Historical Society, features an evening of games, candy and prizes for kids under 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a scary tour of the buildings and grounds of The Nisswa History Center and Museum from 8 to 10 p.m.
On October 30, the Nisswa Fire Department will hold its 23rd annual Haunted Barn and Hayrides. With not-so-scary activities from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by scary hours from 6 to 8:30 p.m., attendees will enjoy bonfires, games, concessions, and some friendly tricks and treats.
Gather the little goblins together for the Nisswa American Legion’s annual Children’s Halloween Party on October 31 from 1-3 p.m. in the Legion parking lot. Specifically for kids 10 and under, the event will provide hot dogs, trick-or-treat bags, and prizes.
Later that day from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Cross will host a costumed Truck-or-Treat in the church parking lot, complete with treats, decorated trunks, and carnival games hosted by the church youth.
Brainerd welcomes all guys and ghouls to its annual Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular on October 30 across the downtown area. Kids come in costume to enjoy treats and more. At 11:30 a.m., the costume parade and contest kicks off, followed by trick-or-treating at participating businesses from 12 to 2 p.m. From noon to 3 p.m., the Halloween celebration settles on South Seventh Street for live music, food, and kids’ activities.
If you’re looking for something a little different, Minnesota School of Diving will hold its 23rd annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest on October 30. BYO gutted pumpkin and carve it underwater for a chance to win a prize. Be sure to stick around for the post-dive barbecue.
For your furry friends, check out Howl-O-Ween at Buster Park, a playground for dogs. On Halloween day from 1 to 3 p.m., dress up your pampered pooch for this canine costume contest, complete with prizes, not to mention treats for dog tricks.
Check out the Haunted Hollow Haunted House and Hayride over at Holst Acres in neighboring Staples. Running October 22-23 and 29-30 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., this event is recommended for ages 13 and up. Take a hayride through the woods and explore the haunted house, at your own risk, of course!
Over at Northland Arboretum in Baxter, a signature scare event on October 23 (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.) features both low-scare and high-scare haunted trails, so there’s something for everyone. On October 30 (4 to 6 p.m.), the arboretum will host its low-scare trail along with Trunk-or-Treat for the younger set. The Great Pumpkin and other themed attractions will make appearances at this popular outdoor event.
Mission Tavern in nearby Merrifield will put on a Halloween bash from noon to 5 p.m. on October 30. Festivities include Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot, “corn grab” with free prizes, photo opps on the Tav Truck with the skeleton crew, outdoor beer tub, campfire for BYO s’mores, and costume contest with cash prizes and gift cards.
On Halloween evening, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby hosts its annual Trick-or-Treat Parade for kids 10 and younger. Participants will roam along the candy trail to the main Care Center and will be able to greet the center’s residents through their festively decorated windows.
TREAT YOURSELF WITH A STAY AT GULL LAKE BEACH RESORTS
After taking in all the Halloween happenings, come back to your peaceful cabin on Gull Lake to pour a glass of wine to go with all that holiday candy. At Gull Lake Beach Resorts, we pull out all the stops to create the perfect home base for enjoying all the activities of the season. Whether you’re looking for family-focused fun or more intense chills and thrills, you can find a range of festivities in the Gull Lake area. Contact us today to book your fall getaway!
Heading to Gull Lake, Minnesota any time of year is a treat. That said, for those who are excited to make the most of the changing colors and the views, there’s something special about a fall trip complete with some scenic drives on the itinerary. The following are just a few routes to consider enjoying when you’re next in town!
Enjoy a Tour Around Gull Lake and Savor the Sights
Gull Lake is a gorgeous place to explore by vehicle in the fall and when you’re looking for a comprehensive route to show you the best of it all, begin at Highway 210 and 371 near Brainerd before heading north to County Road 77. This is the road that will take you towards the southern shores of Gull Lake and from here, you can circle the entire area with ease!
The beauty of a trip this way is that while you’re taking in the dynamic landscapes, you’ll also be privy to some pristine landmarks. A few include the area’s famous legacy golf courses that draw in pros and novices alike. If you’re the type of traveler who can’t wait to get out on the greens, these sights may inspire you to expand on your post-drive itinerary!
All of that said, the drive around Gull Lake promises to be an inspiring and scenic one. There’s a maintenance road off of County State Aid Highway 1 along this route that leads to a lookout at the top of Mount Ski Gull. If you’re into panoramic views that have you lingering longer than you planned, this is the place to be. If you’re lucky enough to be here while the leaves are changing colors, this is the ultimate leaf-peeping spot. Once you’ve grabbed your photos, jump back in the car and continue following County Road 77. You’ll make your way through Sherwood Forest and eventually end up at the northern shores of the lake where you can continue sightseeing or stop in at one of the many restaurants for a well-deserved meal.
Explore the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway
A trip to Gull Lake focused on fantastic sightseeing can’t be considered complete without at least one drive enjoyed along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. In total, this route is 54 miles long and is comprised of pristine country roads that connect Crow Wing and Cass counties seamlessly. While the hiking and walking trails that follow this route are sure to inspire, driving it is a good way to take it all in when you want to cover a larger area or perhaps have less time to spend. Driving along the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway is a great chance to enjoy views of 14 different area jurisdictions that are dotted with lakes, parks, preserves, and recreation areas alike. This makes it simple to pair your sightseeing with some stopovers in the name of fun—particularly helpful if you’re traveling through with little ones in tow! Along this route, when you reach the intersection with CSAH 66, you’ll find yourself heading north which offers up a glimpse of the Whitefish Chain. A bit further south, you can choose to explore Pelican Lake if you’d like!
Make a Drive Through Pillsbury State Forest a Priority This Fall
Situated along scenic County Road 77, Pillsbury State Forest is a must-see when you’re looking for scenic drives near Gull Lake. Head towards Pillsbury Forest Road, which encompasses the southernmost line along CR 77. Once you’re here, you’ll have three options when it comes to intersections to choose from. That means a customized adventure at every turn! Do note that these routes tend to be minimum-maintenance forest roads, so it’s a good idea to have the four-wheel drive in place before you head in. If you are ready for the adventure, you can look forward to sights like Stump Lake as well as the Assembly Area and Horse Campground. Those with a passion for history will want to be sure to head towards the homestead on site dating back to 1886. Link up with Beauty Lake Forest Road from which explorers can find views of four different lakes during the excursion. Continue on County Road 1 for just under a mile to reach Orchard Park Lane which provides a path to Rock Lake and the campground there too.
Book Your Gull Lake Getaway Today
There’s never been a better time to plan your Gull Lake getaway and no reason to hesitate when you can’t wait to make the most of the fun. Let the property professionals at Gull Lake Beach Resorts handle all the details of your vacation rental so that when you arrive, the only thing left to do is focus on all the fun that awaits. Reach out today to learn more about our many beautiful property options in the area and to start planning. We can’t wait to see you in Gull Lake soon!
Finding time to get away to enjoy a well-deserved vacation in and around Gull Lake, Minnesota is a treat no matter when you arrive. This scenic and inviting stop has a way of turning first-time visitors into those who return year after year in the pursuit of even more adventure and fun. While a summer trip this direction is filled with opportunities to get out on the water, hike the trails, and make the most of outdoor moments complete with fresh air and breathtaking scenery, fall has its fair share of exciting reasons to come to Gull Lake as well.
Among them is the annual Oktoberfest celebration and associated Pub Crawl. This event is a vibrant and flavorful one that beckons to beer enthusiasts from near and far each year. Whether you’re an avid beer connoisseur or you’re just looking to take part in celebrating the season, the Oktoberfest celebration and Pub Crawl promises to be a highlight event and one you just won’t want to miss out on while you’re in town in 2021.
Be a Part of Oktoberfest!
This year, Oktoberfest’s Pub Crawl will be taking place on October 2. It’s an amazing opportunity for participants to not only get a comprehensive tour of Gull Lake in all its glory, but a flavorful moment to experience the best this area has to offer in the way of German-inspired fare and beverages! You’ll meet up with a group of other participants ready to make the most of the fun as well and will certainly be introduced to savory moments that you won’t soon forget.
Pub Crawl Logistics
Oktoberfest is a well-known celebration that happens across the globe. With origins dating back to 1810, Oktoberfest has managed to grow in popularity through the centuries. While it has its roots in Germany, Oktoberfest is alive and well in Gull Lake, Minnesota in 2021, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Recreating this vibrant, savory, and welcoming experience is an honor that the area is excited to be a part of!
Year after year, the pub crawl has a way of being a highlight of the festival that participants look forward to. Every pub crawl participant will be asked to pay a nominal entry fee to get things kicked off. Once you’re signed and paid up, participants will enjoy access to a pub crawl shuttle that will carry you to a series of savory locations around Gull Lake in style. A few of these include Zorbaz, Ernie’s, The Side Track, Cowboy’s, Jake’s, and Roundhouse Brewery, among others.
Every pub crawl ticket purchased gives participants a chance to win prizes at the different locations they’ll visit. Past winners have walked away from the pub crawl as the proud new owners of sample beers, JELLO shots, or discounted future drinks! Every pub crawl participant receives a card that gets punched when they arrive at the various locations on their itinerary. If you’re a participant who manages to get every location stamped, you’ll be eligible to have your name in the raffle for a grand prize pub crawl drawing at the end of the evening.
A Pub Crawl with a Purpose
Yes, the Gull Lake Oktoberfest pub crawl promises to be fun and delicious. That said, it’s also a pub crawl with a specific purpose! Proceeds from ticket sales for the pub crawl go directly to the Confidence Learning Center as well as the local Food Shelf and Soup Kitchen. In this way, participants can have an amazing experience while also feeling great about contributing to these worthwhile causes. Tickets for the pub crawl are available in advance at all sponsoring locations and online at GullLakeEvents.com. The cost is $30 per person and a shuttle runs between 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. ensuring patrons can “crawl” safely between locations.
Book Your Gull Lake Getaway Today
Whether you can’t wait to participate in Oktoberfest activities or happen to be in town for other fall fun festivities, the property professionals at Gull Lake Beach Resorts are here to make sure you have the accommodations in place to match the moment. Our rentals pair luxury with comfort and convenience, ensuring every guest who books with us keeps close to the places they can’t wait to explore while living in style. Reach out today to learn more about our many area rental options and to begin planning your next trip. We look forward to welcoming you to Minnesota soon!
The opportunity to pack your suitcase and travel to Gull Lake is always an exciting one. But for every adventure you have on your itinerary, there’s something exciting about those home-inspired brunch moments that are savory and enjoyable too. When your travel plans bring you to town, the following are three Sunday brunch restaurants in Gull Lake that you just won’t want to miss out on while you’re here!
Front Street Café
Finding time to relax and unwind in Gull Lake, Minnesota isn’t hard to do, but having a brunch planned at Front Street Café at least one day of your stay is sure to elevate the experience even further! Situated at 616 Front Street in Brainerd, Front Street Café is just the right place to curb a craving in good company. This inviting and cozy café is well-loved by local and visiting brunch enthusiasts alike. Step inside with the entire family in tow and take a seat in a dining room designed to inspire feelings of home-comfort and welcome at every turn. Tables are cozy and paired with wood paneled walls complete with whiteboards listing daily specials. Overall, the ambiance is one that inspires feelings of nostalgia for an era of simplicity gone by. Front Street Café is a place where it’s simple to settle in next to family and friends or make new acquaintances sitting at the table right beside you. The atmosphere is friendly, the color palette is warm, and the service is top-notch, making it a place people are happy to return to time and again.
The menu at Front Street Café is versatile and vast, offering up something savory for everyone. Those that can’t wait to dig into delicious breakfast fare will find they can easily order up everything from pancakes and waffles to cinnamon rolls, French toast, eggs, bacon and beyond. For the brunch goer who is more inclined to lean towards lunch-inspired fare, the menu features options like sandwiches, burgers, and corn dog baskets too! Pick and choose or order up a platter with a little bit of it all. Either way, your tastebuds are sure to thank you.
Enjoying a delicious brunch near Gull Lake doesn’t have to be an experience in sabotaging your diet. For those who are excited to enjoy a savory, yet equally nutritious brunch while they’re in town, heading over to Flame Nutrition promises to be a great idea! Located at 15175 Edgewood Drive N. Suite 140 in Baxter, Flame Nutrition is a popular health food restaurant that serves up savory and memorable options guests can always feel good about. From shakes and smoothies to teas infused with healthy goodness, guests will find it easy to sip their way through brunch, feeling proud of their healthy choices too! Settle into charming and decidedly green-themed surroundings when you head to Flame Nutrition, and if you’re not sure where to start on the menu, the on-site staff are well-versed and happy to help. The menu here includes options like pomegranate and raspberry teas, or full meal replacement shakes packed with protein and flavor. If you’re headed out for a day filled with outdoor fun, Flame Nutrition is a good place to fuel up so you can sustain well on the trails or slopes. This is definitely not your traditional brunch stop, but it’s bound to be a highlight of your brunch experiences while you’re in town. Fueling up for success is what they do best at Flame Nutrition.
Iron Waffle Coffee Company
When brunch brings that traditional pancake and waffle moment right to mind, there’s no better place to find yourself than the Iron Waffle Coffee Company in Nisswa. Located at 8785 Interlachen Road, the Iron Waffle Coffee Company is open to the public between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm every day of the week! All they ask is that you bring your appetite because the menu here is designed to impress. While the coffee and espresso lineup is sure to delight those who could use a serious caffeine kick, the specialty waffle section of the menu is where the savory moments start. From the waffle ice cream sandwich to the peanut butter cup stack, there’s truly something for every waffle enthusiast out there! If you feel the need to sprinkle a bit of salty in there, try the breakfast sandwich or a fully loaded bagel too.
Reach Out Today
There’s something for everyone to enjoy in Gull Lake, Minnesota and knowing you have accommodations in place that keep you close to the fun makes it all the better. Reach out to Gull Lake Beach Resorts today to learn more about our many rental property options in the area and to begin planning your next trip. We can’t wait to see you in Minnesota soon!
The beauty of a Gull Lake, Minnesota getaway often lies in the versatile options for fun that this dynamic destination offers up. Whether you’re one for time spent in the great outdoors, love live entertainment, or can’t wait to savor time relaxing and resting up, Gull Lake is a great place to do it all. This Labor Day, there’s no better place to find yourself than Gull Lake. Whether you’re in town solo, as a couple, or with the entire family, Gull Lake is a sensational destination to make the most of time dining, shopping, exploring, and enjoying your surroundings every step of the way. The following are a few Labor Day activities you won’t want to miss when you’re here this year!
Mark Mraz Live at Ernie’s on Gull Lake
If you’re the type of Labor Day traveler that can’t wait to pair fun and flavor with some fantastic live entertainment, you’ll want to plan on heading over to Ernie’s on Gull Lake on September 6th between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. This popular eatery is hosting Mark Mraz live on Labor Day much to the delight of the dining and listening public! Ernie’s on Gull is located at 10424 Squaw Point Road in Brainerd and it’s sure to be a well-attended holiday weekend event. Arrive early to get good seating and order up something savory to pair with the great sounds. Ernie’s on Gull Lake is a good place to order everything from steak and soup to burgers or lobster bisque. Pairing your plate with a beer, wine, or handcrafted cocktail is sure to top off your Labor Day fun in savory style.
Check Out Paul Bunyan Land
If you happen to be heading to the Gull Lake area over Labor Day with the entire family in tow, there’s something fun waiting for everyone at Paul Bunyan Land. This inviting amusement park is located at 17553 MN-18 in Brainerd and is open Friday to Tuesday between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. If you’ve arrived at This Old Farm, you’ll know you’re in the right place. Paul Bunyan Land is home to a 26-foot tall, animated statue of Paul Bunyan himself that does plenty of talking much to the delight of guests! While you’re here, you can enjoy time on over 27 rides that are suitable for visitors of all ages. This amusement park has been an icon of the Gull Lakes region since its opening in 1954. A stop here is a great way to spend time with loved ones over Labor Day while also becoming a part of the area’s rich history!
Explore the Safari North Wildlife Park
Labor Day marks the end of the summer season and as such, it’s a great time to make the most of any sunshine and warmth that remains. A wonderful way to celebrate the holiday with family and friends in this area is to head over to the Safari North Wildlife Park while you’re in town. This private zoo and local conservation center is found at 8493 MN-371 in Brainerd and is open to the public daily from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. It’s an amazing family outing experience that puts you close to nature and some of the most incredible creatures on the planet. Guests will learn about conservation efforts to keep species thriving well into the future while also enjoying options for hands-on experiences with animals while visiting. The Safari North Wildlife Park is a great place to enjoy time feeding giraffes, catch a view of lions, hyenas, and monkeys or see wildebeest and bison roam. A convenient tour train gives guests a comprehensive view of the park while options to book a behind-the-scenes tour are readily available a well. When you’re looking to add a touch of the wild into your Labor Day adventures, this is the place to start!
Get Out on the Water
Before the cold weather rolls in, Labor Day in Gull Lake is a great chance to make the most of on-the-water fun towards the end of the season. We have our very own boat rentals available for guest use, including our Deluxe Premier Tri-Toon and more. If you’re looking to enjoy a day (or more) of water fun, be sure to give us a call and secure your boat rental!
Book Your Adventure to Gull Lake
When you’re ready to enjoy every moment of your Labor Day, Gull Lake, Minnesota is a wonderful place to do exactly that. Let the team at Gull Lake Beach Resorts handle your accommodation details so when you arrive in town, all that’s left to do is focus on the fun! Reach out today to learn more about our many property options that pair luxury and comfort seamlessly. We can’t wait to help you start planning your next incredible trip and see you in Gull Lake soon!
During your visit to the Gull Lake area of Central Minnesota, you’ll likely enjoy countless amenities the area has to offer – the lake, golf, shopping, nature, and of course EATING! Our serene corner of the world is dotted not only by lakes and trees but also some terrific dining spots sure to please any palate.
Sometimes vacationers have a hard time finding good places to eat. After all, the locals tend to want to keep the best spots to themselves. But we’re here to make your visit all that it can be, and that includes sharing this list of our favorite Gull Lake restaurants.
Chances are you’ve not seen anything quite like Zorbaz, the local pizza and Mexican joint. The food is the traditional burrito-pizza-nacho fare served up in a backdrop of loud visual design. Zorbaz has a string of lakeside eateries throughout the state, and the one on Gull Lake has a roomy patio for al fresco dining. Inside, two levels separate the families from the later night crowd.
Claiming the lake area’s best beer selection, Zorbaz whips up homemade pizza dough and salsa on the daily. You can arrive by car, boat, snowmobile or float plane, and there’s always games for kids of all ages. Lunches are served fast and hot, and dinners are relaxed and tasty. Zorbaz knows how to please a crowd, as there’s always a special event, including happy hours, dance parties, trivia, and live music.
If you fall in love with the place and want to check out all 11 locations, be sure to grab your Zorbaz Tour Passport for a sweet prize once you’ve completed the quest. Don’t miss Zorbaz – pizza, Mexican, Minnezotan!
Cowboy’s calls itself a family restaurant and watering hole. Since 2011, they’ve been serving customers fantastic food and beverage choices in a friendly, inviting atmosphere. If you like something a bit different and not on the main drag, Cowboy’s is a great choice – all three meals a day.
Named by Expedia as one of Minnesota’s best places to escape, Cowboy’s is not far from Brainerd, and the drive to Lakeshore on Hwy 371 provides an amazing view of Gull Lake. Past diners have highly recommended Cowboy’s apple fritter French toast, fish sandwich (any of them!), and hamburger with egg. Cowboy’s offers a kids menu, weekly specials, and menu items that cater to special dietary needs.
BAR HARBOR SUPPER CLUB
Bar Harbor is committed to providing the best customer service experience possible. Whether you enjoy one of their Certified Angus Beef products such as the filet mignon, or if you are just stopping in for a drink or two at happy hour, the staff is focused on doing everything possible to ensure you have the best experience.
With legendary beginnings as a casino in 1938, Bar Harbor has a long and sorted history that includes a winter-storm roof collapse in the 1940s and an arson fire in the 1960s. It evolved over the years from a hot spot for Minnesota minors to a dinner and dancing destination for locals. Then in 2012, the restaurant underwent a full makeover with a new focus on high-quality food and service. Though the facility itself has undergone many changes, the commitment to the residents of the Brainerd area has continued for decades.
With steady year-round business, Bar Harbor is perched on the shore of Gull Lake, and the “charcoal fine dining” makes it a popular summer resident hangout. There’s usually entertainment on summer weekends, and wine aficionados can enjoy their own bottles or sample from the onsite wine cellar selection.
If you’re looking for a family restaurant with excellent food as well as great service, then Ganley’s Restaurant is the place. Offering a wide assortment of tasty foods, including various dinner specials, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, ice cream cones, floats, and malts, Ganley’s also features an assortment of candies, fresh baked pies, caramel rolls and muffins.
Located on the corner of Main St. and Hwy 371 in the heart of Nisswa, Ganley’s is close to all the town’s wonderful shops and attractions. Come for breakfast and shop for the rest of the day. Ganley’s serves breakfast all day for those late risers. Enjoy sidewalk dining on Gull Lake’s beautiful warm summer days. And if you want some physical exercise, the restaurant is only a few steps from the famous Paul Bunyan Trail with its scenic beauty suitable for hiking, biking, and (in winter) snowmobiling.
MAIN STREET ALE HOUSE
Also located in historic downtown Nisswa, Main Street Ale House is a spot to enjoy authentic dining, 30 tap beers, wine, spirits and much more! This unique dining experience can be followed by a stroll up and down the boardwalk to visit the boutique shops Nisswa is known for. Open beginning at 11 a.m. (or 10 a.m. for Sunday brunch), Main Street boasts gourmet creations designed by renowned local chef Paul Fitzpatrick, who grew up in the Gull Lake area and attended the Art Institute International in culinary studies.
Start with a signature cocktail (cheers to the Main Street Mule and Cucumber Breeze!) and delicious appetizer like the Chicken Curry Meatballs or Grilled Octopus. Then move to one of the scrumptious burgers, sandwiches, tacos or salads. Main Street entrée highlights include the Jambalaya, Walleye, and Roasted Confit Duck. And be sure to save room for the famous Cast Iron Cookie!
ERNIE’S ON GULL
A visit to Gull Lake just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Ernie’s on Gull located on the southeast side of Gull Lake. Offering lunch and dinner in a perfect lakeside setting, Ernie’s has patio seating that is almost on top of the lake, with 10-mile views across the water.
Started by Finnish immigrant and carpenter Ernie Ritari in the early 1900s, the property was founded in a long tradition of family hospitality. Formerly known as Ron’s Steak House, Ron’s on Squaw Point, and the Butcher Block, Ernie’s came back to its roots under the management of Brainerd locals, Chris and Mike Foy. The Foy brothers spent their childhood around East Gull Lake, frequenting the restaurant, which now strives to provide a fun, personalized dining experience.
Now with two venues on Ernie’s property – the beloved Ernie’s on Gull and the new On Point Burger Company – Executive Chef Tower Kruse and his expert culinary team have put together menus that cater to the tastes and trends of today while embracing the items that have been staples here for many years. Ernie’s takes pride in using only top-quality food and the freshest ingredients – from hand-cut Walleye to house made Lobster Bisque, you’ll find a new favorite every time you visit!
ALL FOODIES WELCOME AT GULL LAKE BEACH RESORTS
If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly place to escape from reality and soak in the great outdoors, Central Minnesota can’t be beat. Located right on Gull Lake’s best beaches, and in the heart of the best adventures nature has to offer, Gull Lake Beach Resorts is ready to host your next exciting vacation getaway. Great dining options won’t be far away!
Don’t forget that many establishments in the area operate on a seasonal schedule, so be sure to confirm the days, hours, and reservation policies before you go. You can call directly or pick up a local “shopper” or weekly newspaper in the area for the latest updates. Contact us today to book your lakeside cabin and begin planning all your fun-filled vacation and dining activities in lakes country.
Minnesota was made for outdoor adventure. In the land of 10,000 lakes, there are exciting nature outposts at every turn. Water activities abound (naturally!), surrounded by immense forests full of trails and wildlife. The scenic natural landscape is dotted by pristine lakes and pockets of dense green woodlands, which combine to create a playground for your next vacation.
Nature junkies flock to Minnesota to experience a rugged wilderness that is still close to urban settings. Untamed natural beauty covers much of the terrain, particularly around Gull Lake and the greater Brainerd Lakes area. The great outdoors is encapsulated in each of the region’s diverse state parks and recreation areas. Scenic hiking and biking feature panoramic views and cascading waterfalls, while birding and wildlife viewing never disappoints.
Throughout Minnesota, native species can be found virtually everywhere. Bald eagles, loons, moose, and bears are prevalent, and Minnesota is also home to the largest timber wolf population in the lower 48 states.
At Gull Lake Beach Resorts, our favorite days are lake days, of course! But when we’ve exhausted our fun on the water, we pass the time with other nearby Minnesota activities in the great outdoors. Our two recent favorites are the Paul Bunyan Trail and the Brainerd Zipline Tour…
PAUL BUNYAN TRAIL
The Paul Bunyan State Trail is a multi-use recreational rail trail in Central Minnesota, running from Baxter and Brainerd to Bemidji. Named after the giant lumberjack of American folklore, this hot spot offers more than 120 miles of relatively flat, paved trails to deliver on hiking, biking, running and rollerblading fun.
You can catch a trailhead just a few miles from Gull Lake in Crow Wing State Park, and from there, explore the longest paved rail-to-trail power trail in the United States. This trail connects with the Heartland Trail, the Blue Ox Trail, and the Cuyuna State Trail.
With trail towns located about every 10 miles along the length of the trail, there are ample opportunities for pit stops to rest or explore. These towns are loaded with trailside amenities such as bike rentals, picnic areas, restaurants, rest stops and swimming access.
Biking dominates the Paul Bunyan Trail in the spring, summer and fall, but the trail doesn’t go dormant in winter. It becomes a haven for snowmobiles with miles and miles of groomed trails for every skill level.
For a high-tech twist, try geocaching on the trail. With over 1,000 caches hidden high and low along the trail, this GeoTour is recognized among sport enthusiasts as a power trail adventure due to the close proximity of cache hides along every trail mile.
If you reach the end of the trail in Bemidji, you’ll enjoy views of Lake Bemidji as the trail skirts its shoreline, crosses the Mississippi River, and arrives at the trailhead in Lake Bemidji State Park.
To add a dash of thrilling adventure and a load of bird’s-eye scenic views to your Gull Lake vacation, don’t miss the Brainerd Zipline Tour located on Mount Ski Gull. Once the snow melts away in spring, the famous snow-skiing destination transforms into a 15-mile zipline tour.
The 2.5 hour guided outing is comprised of seven different ziplines of varying lengths and speeds, a suspended sky bridge, and an optional 50-foot free fall jump. This outdoor adventure allows you to see the Brainerd Lakes and surrounding forest like never before.
To be eligible to get the zipline adrenaline rush, participants must be at least 10 years old and weigh between 70 and 250 pounds. Don’t forget, closed-toed shoes and reservations are required. Brainerd Zipline Tour also hosts groups and periodic special events.
The zipline operators draw their passion for the outdoors from their grandmother, legendary Minnesota pioneer Justine Kerfoot. The Northwoods enthusiast owned Gunflint Lodge from the 1920s through the 1960s, where she learned how to hunt, trap, fish, guide, dog sled, and survive in the wilderness. Her love of adventure lives on as visitors fly through the woods and valleys, exploring and connecting with nature.
NATURE JUNKIES WELCOME AT GULL LAKE BEACH RESORTS
If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly place to escape from reality and soak in the great outdoors, Central Minnesota can’t be beat. Located right on Gull Lake’s best beaches, and in the heart of the best adventures nature has to offer, Gull Lake Beach Resorts is ready to host your next exciting vacation getaway.
Minnesota invites you to discover something new in the world and within yourself. Somewhere that feels wild and pure; somewhere that leads to your True North. Contact us today to book your lakeside cabin and begin planning all outdoor activities the Gull Lake area is famous for.
After more than a year of pandemic-related lockdowns, postponed plans, and canceled trips, 2021 is looking to be the year of some restoration in the way of fun, creativity, and socialization. For those who happen to be making their way to the Gull Lake region of Minnesota this summer, there’s no better way to step back into the world of exciting events and gatherings than by booking your tickets to Lakes Jam 2021 in Brainerd!
Considered so much more than a traditional music festival by locals and visitors alike, Lakes Jam is shaping up to be one of the most exciting area events yet—especially in light of newfound post-pandemic opportunities. Find summer vibes at their finest when you spend time at this exciting Brainerd event this year. Whether you’re a first-time Jammer or excited to make a grand return, there promises to be something fun for everyone!
This year, Lakes Jam will be hosted between June 24th and June 26th at Brainerd International Raceway on Birchdale Road in Brainerd. Over the course of these three high-energy days, guests will enjoy a full lineup of entertainment options that are sure to thrill!
Just like its name implies, Lakes Jam is a destination that caters to music lovers from near and far and the crowds gather to make the most of some incredible performances. Big names take to the stage throughout Lakes Jam 2021 including the likes of the Brothers Osborne, RATT, Hairball, Matt Stell, Runaway June, The Plot Hounds, Larry Fleet, Jon Pardi, and more! Complete with a state-of-the-art stage and breathtaking sound system, these live concerts put festival goers right in the heart of the creative vibe and deliver up an outdoor concert experience that’s quite unlike any other.
Activities Beyond the Music
What makes Lakes Jam 2021 such an exceptional experience is the fact that beyond the music, this festival is filled with unique and fun activities to enjoy. Those who’ve purchased their festival pass can pick and choose between options like watercross, drift car racing, lawnmower racing, poker tournaments, bean bag tournaments, and even costume contests!
Watercross events feature high horsepower sleds racing an oval course on the waves. Drift car competitions will provide viewers with the option to observe vehicles navigating a track at up to 100mph thanks to modified engines that push 700Hp. Lawnmower races are a fun-for-everyone event, while poker tournaments promise to be a challenge that highlights who has the best poker face in town. To participate in the tournament requires 2000 in chips and the tournament revolves around 20-minute rounds.
The bean bag competitions and costume contests are ideal for participants of all ages and while there is a $20 participation fee, the rewards are worth the effort. Prizes range from two- to three-day festival tickets to free merch to keep as a souvenir of the fun!
Those who have tickets to the Lakes Jam 2021 musical performances can enhance their experience by booking backstage tours or meet-and-greet events that give you a chance to come face-to-face with some of your favorite artists.
Festival Logistics and Ticketing
Planning in advance is the best way to make the most of your Lakes Jam 2021 experience and there are plenty of options available when it comes to customizing ticket purchases. Festival participants can choose to purchase a three-day pass to savor every day of the fun at multiple tier options ranging from general admission to VIP. Single-day passes to the event are also available upon request and can be purchased as VIP experiences or general admission options.
If you’re planning on attending a musical performance and would prefer reserved seating, it’s possible to add that extra to your event pass for up to the entire three days! While general admission tickets provide access to the main concert bowl, VIP tickets allow guests to make their way to the front of the stage and enjoy a close-up experience with the artists and music they admire.
In addition to an amazing view, VIP ticket holders at Lakes Jam 2021 will enjoy access to complimentary soda, water, food, and beer as well as designated restroom access, covered dining areas, and exciting musical performances that happen in between the main stage performances!
Book Your Gull Lake Getaway and Enjoy Lakes Jam 2021
Whether you’re in town for Lakes Jam 2021 or headed this way any other time of year, the property professionals at Gull Lake Beach Resorts have the accommodations you need to keep you living luxuriously and close to the fun. Reach out today to learn more!