Skip to main content

Madden's on Gull Lake just finished its busiest season in decades, and went out on top by winning a Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice award. 

The Brainerd Lakes Area resort closed out its season on Oct. 24 (the spa and the Classic Grill, as well as one golf course, are still open) after hosting 74,000 guests — a 10% year-over-year increase when compared to a pre-pandemic 2019, with half the guests being first-timers. 

“This has been one of our busiest social seasons of the past 20 years," said Abbey Pieper, chief sales and marketing officer at Madden’s, in a news release.

Madden's — like other resorts rentals and campgrounds in central and northern Minnesota — saw a surge of visitors this summer as people were eager to vacation after a pandemic-hit 2020.

According to Explore Minnesota, overnight lodging accommodations reported "somewhat or significantly higher" revenue compared to 2020, with revenue higher for 90% of businesses in central Minnesota and more than 89% higher in northern Minnesota. 

And it looks like all the visitors who stayed at Madden's enjoyed their time. Madden's ranked the No. 1 resort in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest in Condé Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards this year — the highest ranking Madden's has ever gotten. 

“We’re so grateful for our guests and that so many folks who have stayed with us felt so passionately about their positive experience that they voted us into this top slot from Condé Nast Traveler. It is such an honor for our whole team," Pieper said. 

The Reader's Choice Award is just one of the accolades Madden's received this season. The others include: 

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards

Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries

It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.

Dylan Bundy

Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

unsplash medical marijuana

Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.

plow, snowplow, snow

Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.

Related

grand view lodge

Travel and Leisure names Minnesota resort among the best in the Midwest

It is the only Minnesota hotel on the list of the Top 10 Resort Hotels in the Midwest.

snowmobile, snowmobiling

18-year-old man killed in snowmobile crash on Gull Lake

He crashed into the rocky, wooded shoreline of an island.

helipad

Proposal to allow private helicopters on Gull Lake divides residents

The East Gull Lake Planning Commission is expected to vote on the proposed amendment later this month.

Condé Nast Traveler's 'Best Hotels in Midwest' features 4 from MN

Grand View Lodge in Nisswa also made the list for 'Best Resorts in the Midwest.'

lake water

Man found dead in Gull Lake near Grand View Lodge

A cause of death has not been announced.

Grand View Lodge to add boutique hotel to Gull Lake resort

It claims it would make it Minnesota's largest resort.

1024px-Gull_Lake_sunset

Three rescued after being caught in current near resort on Gull Lake

One man got into distress, with two following as they tried to rescue him.

split rock lighthouse

Minnesota campground named among the Top 10 in the US

The spot on the North Shore came in at No. 5.