The resort hotel on Gull Lake in Nisswa came in at No. 6 on the magazine's Top 10 Resort Hotels in the Midwest list as voted by readers. It is the only Minnesota resort on the list and marks the resort's first time on the World's Best Awards list.
Grand View, a historic 750-acre golf and spa resort, got an overall score of 86.46. Readers rated hotels on rooms/facilities, location, service, food and value.
Grand View has been open for more than 100 years, offering cabins, townhomes, villas and a clubhouse for guests in addition to the other amenities, which include 56 holes of golf, boat cruises, spa services, restaurants, a sandy beach, pools, kids activites and winter activities.
Last year, it opened a 60-room boutique hotel, called North, as part of a $50 million expansion at the resort that also includes a new indoor-outdoor recreation center, a chapel and other developments.
“To be recognized by the discerning readers of Travel and Leisure on the heels of debuting North and other significant property enhancements means so much to us,” Grand View General Manager Mark Ronnei said in a statement.
"We’re committed to continuing to evolve this beloved resort while paying homage to our history and roots in the Brainerd Lakes area. We also owe extreme gratitude to our dedicated staff who work year-round to provide the best experience possible for our valued guests.”
The other resort hotels that made Travel and Leisure's list are:
- The Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest, Illinois
- Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan
- Hotel Iroquois on Mackinac Island, Michigan
- American Club at Destination Kohler in Kohler, Wisconsin
- Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri
- Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota
- The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
- Sundara Inn and Spa in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
- Mission Point on Mackinac Island, Michigan
- Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin