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Grand View Lodge receives more than $2 million dollars in improvements

NISSWA -- Grand View Lodge in Nisswa reported nearly $2 million was spent in 2014 to improve several amenities, locations and buildings on-site. Luxury, technology and efficiency were the driving force behind the improvements with the final goal ...

Grand View Lodge in Nisswa put nearly $2 million into improvements this year, the resort reported, in order to blend its rustic heritage with modern conveniences.
Grand View Lodge in Nisswa put nearly $2 million into improvements this year, the resort reported, in order to blend its rustic heritage with modern conveniences.

NISSWA - Grand View Lodge in Nisswa reported nearly $2 million was spent in 2014 to improve several amenities, locations and buildings on-site.

Luxury, technology and efficiency were the driving force behind the improvements with the final goal of providing better guest experience, Grand View reported.

Mark Ronnei, general manager, said this has been a year of drastic improvements in the resort's offerings with all projects completed before the 67th annual Governor's Fishing Opener, which Grand View hosted.

Twelve cabins went under major renovation, while several other units were updated with new carpet and furnishings, kitchen updates and interior work. Five of Grand View's oldest cabins were taken out of service, as they no longer lived up to the standards set by the resort. The historic main lodge rooms were also redecorated, with new technology added and carpet for soundproofing.

The Norway Conference Center received its first comprehensive renovation since it was built in 1984. The facelift included utilizing the interior's original cedar boards and framework, but twisting in elements of a more modern design. The Norway Center also boasts new wall coverings, carpet and technology.

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Four new 22-foot pontoons and an assortment of new Adirondack beach chairs were updates at the waterfront this year. The Pines Golf Course received 104 new Club Car Precedent i2s and is now using the state-of-the-art Visage GPS System. Signs are also being updated resort-wide to help aid in safety and convenience. A five-year plan has been laid out to continue sign updates.

With Grand View's 100-year anniversary approaching in 2016, guests can also anticipate the opening of the new History House that is built from the 1921 historic Baker Cottage. The old cabin 143 was recently moved from its first known location next to the Chocolate Ox to behind the Norway Center.

The History House will showcase an example of "luxurious" cabin living of the time and includes several original features such as fireplace, wood floors and enamel cook stove. It will also feature several exhibits, artifacts, photos and other historical information paying tribute to the last 100 years of creating memories at Grand View Lodge.

The resort is owned and operated by the Cote family. It was selected in 1979 for the National Registry of Historic Places.

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