Madden's, Grand View make Top 10 list of Midwest resorts

Two Brainerd lakes resorts were voted the second and third top resorts in the Midwest by Cond? Nast Traveler readers. Madden's on Gull Lake near Brainerd was voted No. 2 and Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, was voted No. 3 from the Top 10 list of resort...

Two Brainerd lakes resorts were voted the second and third top resorts in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

Madden's on Gull Lake near Brainerd was voted No. 2 and Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, was voted No. 3 from the Top 10 list of resorts in the Midwest for the readers' choice awards for 2016.

Madden's received a score of 96.29 out of 100 and the Cote family's Grand View received a 96.04 score.

Condé Nast Traveler reported the awards, now in their 29th year, are determined by a survey administered to all readers. Winning resorts and hotels are rated on a variety of criteria, including food/dining, location, overall design, rooms, and service.

Over 300,000 dedicated readers-nearly twice as many as last year-cast votes for 7,394 hotels, 606 cities, 500 cruise ships, and 236 islands, in an average survey time of 8.4 minutes. The result? The 1,402 best travel experiences in the world, Condé Nast Traveler reported.


In 2015, Madden's was No. 7 on the list and Grand View was No. 10.

Madden's history goes back to 1909 when plans were made for a resort at the site, a golf course came first followed by a hotel and then by the Great Depression. But the resorters persevered and started the resort's legacy with a three-cabin resort called Mission Point. Brothers Jack and Jim Madden became sole partners in Mission Point and the Pine Beach Golf Course. In more recent decades, Brian Thuringer and Deborah (Madden) Thuringer took over the resort. After spending more than 30 years growing up at and working on the property, their children Abbey Pieper and Ben Thuringer will work closely with the 350 person Madden's staff.

Grand View Lodge, founded in 1916, reports it is the most awarded resort in the state. This year the resort has been celebrating 100 years in business. Owned and operated by the Cote family, its roots grow deep in the history of the Brainerd lakes area. Selected in 1979 for the National Registry of Historic Places, Grand View Lodge's Main Lodge offers one of the most well preserved examples of early resort log construction in existence today.

Another one of Cote Family's properties was also named in the survey. Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Ariz., took No. 1 in the Texas & Southwest Top 30 category, with a score of 97.42. Tanque Verde offers an authentic western dude ranch experience in a resort-like atmosphere, set along 60,000 acres within Tucson, Ariz.'s cacti-laden hills, which weave through the Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest. The historic ranch is home to over 160 horses, spacious Southwestern-style accommodations, award winning cuisine, and an abundance of daily outdoor activities and educational experiences for guests of all ages.

Tanque Verde beat out other properties like Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa with customer experience and dining. This score also placed Tanque Verde Ranch among the Top 10 overall travel experiences in the U.S.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards are the longest-running recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as "the best of the best of travel." Under Editor-in-Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers' Choice Awards have become more selective

and specific to the passions that inspire today's travelers.

Cote Family Companies specializes in the management of resort facilities and services. Tanque Verde Ranch offers "To have both Grand View Lodge and Tanque Verde Ranch recognized for their excellence by Condé Nast readers is a terrific honor," said Cote Family Companies CEO Scott Siler said in a news release. "The properties are unique in their offerings and their locations, so for readers to single them both out is a credit to the staffs of each resort. We are so proud of them and pleased that their guest service efforts have been appreciated."


The Readers' Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on

newsstands nationwide on Tuesday. The full list is published exclusively online, at where this award, as well as the rest of Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice winners, can be seen online.

The No. 1 resort in the Midwest for 2016 was Canoe Bay in Chetek, Wis.

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