Grand View Lodge Announces New 60-Room Hotel, To Open May 2019, As Part Of $30 Million Expansion Plan To Cote Family Destinations

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Popular Brainerd Lakes Area Resort Also Unveiling New Wedding Chapel, Recreation Center, Expanded Spa and Two Real Estate Developments as Part of Brand-wide Reinvestment Project

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“We are so excited for this significant development and expansion as we continue to evolve this iconic property into a full-service resort with even more experiences and accommodation types for our guests,” said Cote Family Destination’s CEO, Tom Juliano.

Grand View Lodge, Spa and Golf Resort, the second ranked resort in the Midwest on the Condé Nast Traveler Top Resorts Readers' Choice Awards in 2017, is set to become Minnesota’s largest resort with the May 2019 debut of a 60-room boutique hotel, bringing the total number of accommodations to 269 cottages, vacation homes, and hotel rooms, which can accommodate as many as 1,500 guests. Additionally, two new real estate developments are already underway and will soon begin welcoming owners and overnight guests. As part of the property’s overall expansion plan, Grand View will also unveil a new wedding chapel and recreation center and is expanding its spa facilities.

Breaking ground this spring with plans to open in time for peak season summer visitors in 2019, the 60-room boutique hotel will be named North. This new building is located close to the main lodge and hub of activities. The hotel is designed by local architect, Nor-Son, which is based in nearby Brainerd, with interiors by the award-winning Looney and Associates. The design is an urban take on the traditional guest lodge and quite a departure from the current cabin-style accommodations available at Grand View. The hotel will also include a 5,000-square-foot conference room and breakfast area, further positioning Grand View as an ideal location for hosting meetings and events of all sizes.

The spa is also expanding with eight new treatment rooms, bringing the total to 19, as well as a year-round outdoor Japanese soaking pool, expanded women’s locker room and a new relaxation area. As one of the most popular resort spas in the state, it will soon offer additional amenities and new services to accommodate even more guests and bridal parties.

A 1,200-square-foot wedding chapel is already underway and will be the first new building to open to guests as part of the expansion project, set for a July 2018 debut. The intimate, rustic chapel is designed for ceremonies of up to 75 people and will be an important addition for destination weddings, as well as intimate, cherished events such as vow renewals for couples seeking a more personalized locale.

“It has been an honor being a part of the Grand View Lodge team and seeing its evolution over the past 40 years,” said General Manager Mark Ronnei. “When we celebrated the 100th anniversary in 2016, we started thinking about what lies ahead and how we can ensure the property’s success for another century. These new facilities and amenities will do just that.”

A new recreation center is tracking for an early 2019 opening and will bring new activities to the already robust programming available at Grand View. The facility will include indoor and outdoor pools, a cornhole stadium, sand volleyball courts, ice skating rinks, a basketball court, children’s activity area, mini golf course, lawn bowling, and courts for croquet, pickle ball and tennis. The new building will also house a fitness center and yoga studio, snack bar, children’s programming, bike programming and Garden Golf Pro Shop.

Bringing even more lodging opportunities for resort guests, two distinct new residential communities are already underway at Grand View – Fairway Pines and the Garden Cottages. All homes within these communities will be included in the rental program for overnight guests to enjoy. The Fairway Pines neighborhood, which has completed construction on several homes, will feature a selection of 20 craftsman-style two-, three- and four-bedroom homes. All Fairway Pines homes have golf course views of the award-winning Pines Golf Course. The neighborhood will also feature an outdoor pool, a 100-yard putting course and other amenities fit for the whole family. The neighborhood homes back up against cross-country ski trails in the winter. The Garden Course Cottages neighborhood features luxury craftsman-style vacation homes, with a total of 21 four-bedroom properties, perfect for larger groups of family and friends. This park community offers owners open-air space with close proximity to the natural wildlife.

“We are so excited for this significant development and expansion as we continue to evolve this iconic property into a full-service resort with even more experiences and accommodation types for our guests,” said Cote Family Destination’s CEO, Tom Juliano. “We are reinvesting across the entire Cote Family Destinations portfolio in what will be an exciting year of growth for the company, setting it up for another 100 years of success.”

Owned by Cote Family Destinations, Grand View Lodge is part of the same portfolio that operates two of the county’s top camps, Camp Lincoln for boys and Camp Lake Hubert for girls, also in Nisswa, Minn. Both camps will see improvements as part of this expansion project. Camp Lincoln is getting an all-new indoor recreation center, which will house a 1,000-square-foot fitness room, 600-square-foot cardio room and an indoor basketball court. This new addition offers more activities for campers and provides indoor activities during the summer days. Camp Lake Hubert will see enhancements to its kitchen and dining facilities.

Cote Family Destinations also owns and operates Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Ariz. Tanque Verde will break ground on a 20,000-square-foot event barn in the fall, offering a picturesque backdrop for the many weddings hosted at the property each year. Set to be complete in fall 2019, the facility is also an ideal size and setup for social gatherings and corporate group functions, overlooking the surrounding Saguaro National Park and Rincon Mountains.

About Grand View Lodge:
Spread over 750 acres, Grand View Lodge offers a variety of private, luxury lodging options with cabins, townhomes, villas and clubhouse suites dotting the shores of popular Roy and Gull Lake. Owners and guests enjoy access to 2,500 feet of sandy beaches along two lakes, several tennis courts, an indoor pool with waterslide, 54 holes of championship golf and the award-winning Glacial Waters Spa. The iconic property, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016, is ideal for families with year-round activities for all ages. A quintessential summer getaway, the Lodge offers everything from fishing, golf and spa to more adventurous experiences, such as, paddle boarding, jet skiing, biking, horseback riding, watersports rentals, pontoon cruises, a game room and much more. Come winter, it’s a true wonderland with ice skating, hockey, skiing and snowboarding nearby, tubing, sleigh rides, ice fishing and snowmobiling.

About Tanque Verde Ranch:
Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Ariz. is one of America’s original, old-time cattle and guest ranches. As the ultimate dude ranch experience, activities include miles of horseback riding trails through mountains and desert, fishing, biking, hiking, Jeep adventure, a kids’ camp and more. The Ranch’s amenities include four tennis courts among the towering saguaro and ocotillo, several swimming pools, and more than 150 horses for lessons and rides from sun-up to sunset. A variety of lodging options provide spectacular scenic views and are tastefully decorated in traditional southwestern style with adobe walls and Santa Fe style architecture.

About Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert:
For over 100 years, Camp Lincoln has been providing campers the opportunity to learn valuable life-skills, while creating lifelong friendships and memories on its idyllic Minnesota property. On over 400 acres and more than 40 different land and water activities to choose from, Camp Lincoln is the perfect playground for young boys. Camp Lake Hubert opened its gates in 1927, just across the lake from Camp Lincoln. On over 120 acres and also with an array of land and water activities, it offers young girls the ultimate summer adventure. Camps range from week-long intro and family camps all the way to eight-week options spanning the summer months, offering plenty of time to focus on personal growth and development while cultivating friendships with fellow campers and counselors.

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