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Arrowwood Lodge {Brainerd, MN}

posted by Julie Evink on September 29, 2015

Arrowood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes is the perfect Minnesota get away for the family! Awesome water park, restaurant, arcade and rooms!

Arrowwod Lodge Main

Photo Courtesy of Arrowwood Lodge

This summer the in-laws took a trip to Brainerd, Minnesota for a weekend getaway and we had so much fun! The weekend started out with the siblings and parents heading up north bright and early on Friday morning. The wives stayed back and headed out with the kiddos in the afternoon to venture up north. The hubs and his siblings had blast at Spider Lake Trails with their UTVs for the day. They got some “adult” fun in and everyone came back in one piece! After listening to them talk about the trails I might have to tag along, but there was lots of mud so maybe I won’t!

Arrowwood Lodge Room Collage

Photos Courtesy of Arrowwood Lodge

 We stayed at the Arrowwood Lodge at Brained Lakes for the weekend and it was absolutely perfect. They have such a variety of rooms along with Premium Suites to choose from that so you can find exactly what you need! Our family along with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law stayed in the Kids’ Suite. It had a huge living area with a large table so all twelve of us could all enjoy pizza in the room the first night there. It also had two separate bedrooms. One had a king bed and whirlpool while the other had a bunk bed with double beds so your whole family can sleep comfortably. The other room we rented for the rest of the family was the Loft Suite. It’s a two level room with a King bed and living area downstairs and two queen beds in the loft. This room also has a patio which is nice in the summer!

Kids at Waterpark


Kendel Kinzee Water park

While we were at Arrowwood Lodge we made sure to get plenty use of the water park! The water park features a tube slide and body slide, which rockets outside the building and drops four stories! The kids loved these. I can’t believe Miss K went down them but she went over, and over again! Braver than her Mommy that’s for sure. They also have a zero depth entry pool, large tree house activity center with water cannons, basketball hoops, Paul’s Log walks and my favorite the lazy river!

Arrowwood Lodge Water Park Collage

Photos Courtesy of Arrowwood Lodge

The hot tub goes inside and outside which is pretty awesome. There’s nothing like winding down after a long day on “vacation” looking at the stars while in the hot tub in my opinion!

Zip Lining fun at Arrowwod Lodge! #exploreminnesota #travel #julieseatsandtreatstravel

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Outside at Arrowwood Lodge they have a fun playground for the kiddos to run off some extra energy. The best part of it was the little zip line. It was a huge hit with the kids and the adults even gave it a try. If I don’t say so myself, I might want one of these at my house!

kids paul bunyan land

I still remember that when we went on a family vacation to Brainerd my favorite part was Paul Bunyan Land so I knew we needed to make a quick trip there. We headed there on Saturday morning and the entire family had a blast. As you come into the park Paul is sitting there and it’s the perfect opportunity for a family picture. Plus, he talks to you! When you are buying your tickets you tell them your names and he welcomes you to the park. It’s hilarious watching the kids get wide eyed and somewhat scared of this huge man talking to them!

Family Paul Bunyan Land

If you are ever in the Bainerd, MN area I highly recommend staying at the Arrowwood Lodge!

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  • Jaren Dubois

    That looks super fun Julie!

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    We used to go to Brainerd every summer when I was growing up! We stayed at Cragun’s on Gull Lake. Do you know it? We totally went to Paul Bunyan Land, too and we’d always go mini golfing, tubing, and fishing! Such fun memories there. 🙂

    • Julie Evink

      Of course I know Cragun’s on Gull Lake! It’s like one of the “cool” resorts around these parts! Where did you grow up at? Around here?

      • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

        Ha! What a small world. I actually grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (it’s about an 8 hour drive, I believe). My family and I would meet our extended family up there once a year. My dad grew up going to Leech Lake, and continued the tradition, but somehow we ended up at Cragun’s! It was always our summer vacation!

  • Malinda @ Countryside Cravings

    Ok this looks like the most AWESOME place ever!!! I could only imagine the looks on my kids faces when a huge Paul Bunyan would say their names!! Haha!

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    Awww, your kids are adorable! This place looks like so much FUN. Love reading this beautiful post.

  • Kelly

    Looks like so much fun! Love all your photos 🙂

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Wow, this lodge looks like a great place to for families! And so fun too! I’ll definitely have to keep this place on my list of places to visit when I venture up to Minnesota!

  • Jennifer

    This reminds me a bit of a place in my hometown that my parents would take me for a special weekend. It had an indoor water park and in winter in Pennsylvania, I thought this was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    This looks like the ultimate family getaway!! And not too far from us here in Michigan either – definitely adding this to our travel bucket list!

  • Joanie @ Zagleft

    What a great place to visit! My son just moved to Minneapolis for work and this lodge would be a nice place for us to all vacation together. I noticed it’s not too far away, an easy drive from Minneapolis. This definitely is a resort to consider for our visit. Thank you for sharing!

  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    This looks like such an ideal family retreat! And that pool is amazing, our kids would LOVE it!! We have family in MN and will be visiting in the future, will definitely keep Arrowwood Lodge in mind, thanks!

  • @Travelpanties

    This looks like the perfect family getaway! Need to check out this place, stat!!!

  • Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    This looks like such a fun family getaway! I just love lodges like this. They are always some of my favorites- separate rooms for the kiddos & plenty of entertainment on site for everyone. 🙂

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