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Top 5 – Madden’s Resort in Brainerd MN

Each and every year I head out to Brainerd, Minnesota to Madden’s Resort. We’ve been doing it for years and it always is a highlight of my summer. I live for days at the pool soaking in the last of the summer. Here are my top 5 reasons why I love heading to Madden’s each year:

#5 Beaches and Pools

I’ve always loved the water but I’ve never lived on a lake or had a pool at my house. So whenever I have access to pools or beaches I take full advantage of it. My favorite pool is the one outside the club house. My family loves to congregate there after breakfast and spend the day hanging out. We read, we play in the water, and we may even have an afternoon cocktail. If there is unpleasant weather they have indoor pools available too.

#4 Nisswa

When I am up there I love going in to Nisswa and exploring Brainerd. They have 2 great breweries in the area Gull Dam Brewing and Big Axe. Plus, many great restaurants and some shopping within 15-30 minutes from Maddens.

#3 Planning and Snacks

One of the best parts of vacation is planning them! Each year I bring up snacks and a signature cocktail. I usually take quite a bit of time making sure I’ve picked my favorite snacks and a cocktail that everyone will like. This year it was a rum punch. If you need to pick up something on the way making a stop at the Saint Joe Meat Market for beef sticks and Bo Diddley’s Sandwich Shop for guac and chips will disappoint no one.

#2 Golfing

I love going golfing on the courses at Madden’s they are difficult but when you play a scramble tournament with your family, they are fun!

#1 Getting Away!

My favorite part of Madden’s is just getting away. Getting away from my job, the city, and unplugging for awhile just to spend time with the people around me.

because that’s what life is really about

Xoxo -mplsgossipgirl

Where do you go on vacation in Minnesota? Or if you are a Madden’s fan what do you love?



Madden’s Brainerd Vacation

Madden's, Lake, Gull Lake

Almost every year my family gets together at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd. It is one of my favorite places in the world because I have memories from there when I was very small. It was the one thing I always looked forward to during the summer as a child.

Golf, Maddens, Brainerd,

Mostly, I looked forward to spending all day at the swimming pool and when I got older playing in the golf scramble with my aunts, uncles and cousins.

Golf, Maddens, Sun

Now, I like the nostalgia of coming back to this place that I loved as a child and slowing down for a few days. I know that each year I will come back and get to participate in the traditions of Madden’s.

Social Hour, Maddens, Family

On Sunday nights when we first arrive, we eat at Parfecto Pizza.  On Monday nights we go the social where we get to meet other families and have appetizers before we go out on the town.  But, one of our most beloved traditions is playing Bingo on Tuesday nights.

It is important that we hang on to these traditions and remember the magic of when we were younger and won loser bingo, spent hours in the pool, and rented a pontoon that fit our whole family.

This year I get to head up to Madden’s for a second time to attend Food and Wine Weekend. This is my first time attending this event and I am looking forward to learning from many different chefs and drinking wine in the sun.  I might even jump in the pool if there is time.  I can’t wait for a weekend full of delicious food. Is it the weekend yet?

because family traditions should live on. We can always add new ones.


Is there something you do every summer with your family?

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