Once a summer we venture to the north country for a long weekend lakeside. While we're no strangers to the variety of Brainerd Area resorts – we have recently been infatuated with
Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake.
A prime specimen of water (which means something considering we have 10,000+ options in Minnesota), Gull Lake is big enough for all of our hobbies.
In my busy life as activity director both at home and at work, the 4 days I spend with my phone primarily used as a camera are some of my favorite.
Bouncing back and forth between beaches is what occupies our lake days. The toughest decisions being "paddle board or canoe" – "snacks now or later" – "swim trunks A or B."
Life at the lake feels right and the kids settle into a new rhythm not involving things that plug in.
This year we experienced mother nature in a "too close to call" fashion. Brainerd was hammered with high winds and rain, causing the resorts to lose power and several to close for the season. The power lines looked like spaghetti and beautiful 150 year old trees were tossed aside to prove a point.
It could have been worse and we were able to drive home in our untouched vehicles (which wasn't the case for several out of state travelers).
Looking to take a trip north before the summer's over? There's still time to reserve your patch of sand. Here are 5 tips I have for traveling with kids in the Brainerd area.
+ 3 nights is a perfect amount - more than that requires too much gear
(less and you'll never settle into a routine)
+ Bring lots of snacks - you will not want to go to the grocery store
+ Bring 2 sets of swim wear - play at the beach first and then follow up with the pool
( this will eliminate bathing :)
+ Let your kids do things they don't seem old enough for - paddle boarding i.e. is very kid-friendly
+ Encourage your kids to make vacation friends - kids will be more adventurous with a buddy
(strangers can make the best temporary friends and kids will mix with all ages on vacation)
The kids were anxious to return to the fish nursery (a big THANK YOU to the Molly fish who spit out 20 fry as we were packing to leave) among other creature comforts of their bedrooms. It doesn't take long to re-assimilate into everyday life and we woke up today as if nothing happened. Maybe we take pictures on vacation so we don't forget what it's like to unplug...maybe our kids are just cuter up north?
Please take a mini-vacation with your family this summer. Although the amount of work seems daunting, your kids will never forget the first time they _______________ (fill in the blank).
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