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Historic Grand View Lodge

Gull Lake, Minnesota

Providing guests with relaxing vacation experiences for more than 90 years, the Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN, was selected in 1979 for the National Registry of Historic Places. One of the most well-preserved examples of early resort log construction in existence today, the lodge provides a variety of select accommodations that offer elegant comfort in a rustic setting. After all, unwinding from a day of fishing is easy when you’ve got a porch with a hammock.


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