Thanksgiving is a meaningful holiday focused on family, gratitude, and usually some good food too! While staying home and savoring the moment can be fun, there’s something special about planning a holiday away, particularly when you have your travel sights set on Gull Lake. This year, consider packing a suitcase and heading this way with the following itinerary in hand. You’ll be making new Thanksgiving traditions in no time!

Check Out the Nisswa City of Lights Events

If you’re lucky enough to be in the Gull Lake area over Thanksgiving this year and you’re looking for something festive to enjoy alongside your little ones, be sure to put the Nisswa City of Lights event at the top of your list. This fun, family-friendly event could easily become your next holiday tradition. Once you’ve bundled up, head over to downtown Nisswa on November 26th and get ready to embrace the holiday spirit at its finest. Across downtown, guests will enjoy a dazzling display of lights that are strung across just about everything from buildings and trees to fences and storefronts. The event kicks off in the afternoon and guests are invited to take advantage of the horse-drawn wagon rides that are offered throughout the day. Live reindeer will be on-site for those interested in a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity as well. Throughout the day, families can enjoy everything from bonfires and hot apple cider to donuts, storytelling events, holiday carolers, and much more. There’s truly something for everyone this holiday even you simply won’t want to miss.

Take a Hike Through the Gull Lake Recreation Area

When you’ve taken time to enjoy a savory Thanksgiving meal in Gull Lake, the next best tradition to add to the family experience is a hike through the Gull Lake Recreation Area. Taking a stroll with your loved ones this time of year is a great way to work off those extra calories, spend quality time together and make the most of the early winter scenery as well. Gull Lake Recreation Area is accessible at 10867 E. Gull Lake Drive in Brainerd. Once you arrive, you’ll have plenty of trails to choose from and little ones can make the most of time on the playground equipment as well. If you happen to be into photography, this scenic area is also great for turning a hike into an impromptu holiday photoshoot as well! Don’t be surprised if you end up lingering longer than you planned. The Gull Lake Recreation Area trails are also ideal for those Thanksgiving travelers that prefer to explore on two wheels. Consider renting a local fat tire bike and letting the trail lead the way to fun. Who said that biking was a summer-only activity anyway?

Enjoy the Holiday Vendor Market in Baxter

A well-loved Thanksgiving tradition is taking advantage of sales that come up in the name of holiday shopping. Fortunately, that tradition can easily be continued for those making their way to the Gull Lake area this year! Head over to the Holiday Vendor Market in Baxter on November 20th between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to make the most of a unique shopping experience that’s sure to inspire. From handcrafted goods to customized apparel, it’s a great place to pick up those holiday gifts you can be sure you won’t find anywhere else. The Holiday Vendor Market is held at the Northland Arboretum situated at 14250 Conservation Drive.

Enjoy a Home-Cooked Holiday Meal

While the scenery and surroundings may be new when you take your Thanksgiving on the road and head to Gull Lake, Minnesota, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to leave any of your most beloved traditions behind. Especially when it comes to that Thanksgiving meal, instead of looking for a local restaurant, consider booking a vacation rental through the property professionals at Gull Lake Beach Resorts that comes complete with a fully-equipped kitchen to enjoy during your stay. These amenities make it easier than ever to serve up that home-style meal you’re craving and simply enjoy it in a place that’s different and exciting! Many of the kitchens in these rentals feature spacious countertops that make meal prep easier than ever. When paired with modern appliances and cabinets already stocked with cookware and bakeware, whipping up those holiday dishes everyone loves is a breeze. When it’s time to dine, many of these rentals also enjoy large dining room tables to gather around with your loved ones. Overall, it promises to be a holiday away nobody will forget.

Book Your Stay Today

When you’re ready to enjoy the very best of Gull Lake, the team at Gull Lake Beach Resorts has you covered. Reach out today to learn more about our many area property options and how we can help you plan your next trip.