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Grand View Lodge to add 60-room hotel, part of $30 million expansion

An artistic rendering depicts the 60-room boutique hotel, which is part of Grand View Lodge resort's expansion. Submitted image1 / 11
A Fairway Pines residence kitchen in the new lodging quarters at Grand View Lodge, part of a multi-million dollar investment in the resort. Submitted photo2 / 11
Grand View Lodge resort in Nisswa plans a $30 million expansion with 60-room boutique hotel, indoor and outdoor pools, recreation center, and rental homes. 3 / 11
A porch in a residence at the Fairway Pines at Grand View Lodge resort. Submitted photo4 / 11
An artistic rendering depicts the NorthPark Recreation Center and pool, part of Grand View Lodge resort's expansion. Submitted image5 / 11
A living room at Fairway Pines is one of two new community residential areas at Grand View Lodge resort. Submitted photo6 / 11
A bedroom is featured in one of two new residential communities at Grand View Lodge resort, including this one at Fairway Pines. Submitted photo7 / 11
A colorful living room is depicted in the Fairway Pines lodging at Grand View Lodge resort in Nisswa. Submitted photo8 / 11
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A bedroom in the Fairway Pines residence, one of two new residential areas including the Garden Course Cottages. Submitted photo10 / 11
An artistic rendering features the lobby for the new hotel, part of an expansion plan at Grand View Lodge, Spa and Golf Resort in Nisswa. Submitted photo11 / 11

Grand View Lodge, Spa and Golf Resort, Nisswa, has a major construction project underway and more in the works for a $30 million expansion that includes a boutique hotel, guest lodging and recreation center.

Grand View Lodge reports it is set to "become Minnesota's largest resort with the May 2019 debut of a 60-room boutique hotel, bringing the total number of accommodations to 269 cottages, vacation homes, and hotel rooms, which can accommodate as many as 1,500 guests."

Construction is underway on two new real estate developments Fairway Pines and the Garden Cottages. Grand View Lodge will also "unveil a new wedding chapel and recreation center and is expanding its spa facilities."

Plans are to break ground this spring to open in the summer of 2019.

Frank Soukup, Grand View Lodge marketing director, said the expansion means the resort will be able to accommodate up to 500 additional people daily during the peak summer season, providing ripple effects across the community for economic growth.

Soukup said people may not realize the resort has just 12 rooms in the main lodge. The addition of the boutique hotel will serve weddings and business groups, Soukup said, and will free up cabin space for leisure and spa guests. He described the hotel as a truly modern take on a hotel while still trying to keep up a northwoods feel to it.

As highlights of the expansion, Soukup noted the addition of the recreation area, indoor/outdoor pool, yoga and exercise rooms, kids club area and turning the Garden Golf Course into a par 3 course. The recreation area is something guests have been asking for, Soukup said.

The additional housing for the Garden Cottages and Fairway Pines will create 42 four- to six-bedroom units on the Garden and Pines golf courses. Eight are currently under construction along with the new chapel, which is expected to be completed July 1.

"We'll start on the spa this fall," Soukup said noting the efforts will double the spa's size, featuring a larger relaxation room, more treatment rooms and large outdoor Japanese soaking pool.

"In the summer, we actually have a lot of callers who can't get space." Soukup said. "A lot of guests book a year in advance so latecomers can't find what they need. This will fulfill some of that need."

He also expects the expanded lodging options to help golfers who put together teams and outings in the spring, when the resort has already filled July and August.

Last year, Soukup said the resort brough 186,000 people through its doors and adding 500 people a day to that for peak summer, or even expanding space for holidays and winter weekends, will bring a lot of tourism and tourism dollars to the lakes area from grocery stores to gas stations and other retail shopping.

"It definitely impact the area," Soukup said.

"It has been an honor being a part of the Grand View Lodge team and seeing its evolution over the past 40 years," said General Manager Mark Ronnei in a news release. "When we celebrated the 100th anniversary in 2016, we started thinking about what lies ahead and how we can ensure the property's success for another century. These new facilities and amenities will do just that."

Major construction features:

• The 60-room boutique hotel, named North and designed by Nor-Son, will be constructed close to the main lodge and hub of activities. Hotel interiors are by the award-winning Looney and Associates. Grand View Lodge describes the design as "an urban take on the traditional guest lodge and quite a departure from the current cabin-style accommodations available at Grand View. The hotel will also include a 5,000-square-foot conference room and breakfast area."

• The spa is also expanding with eight new treatment rooms, bringing the total to 19, as well as a year-round outdoor Japanese soaking pool, expanded women's locker room and a new relaxation area.

• A 1,200-square-foot wedding chapel is currently under construction and will be the first new building to open to guests as part of the expansion project, set for a July 2018 opening. The lodge describes the chapel as an "intimate, rustic chapel is designed for ceremonies of up to 75 people and will be an important addition for destination weddings, as well as intimate, cherished events such as vow renewals for couples seeking a more personalized locale."

• A new recreation center is expected to be completed in 2019 opening and will bring new activities to the already robust programming available at Grand View. The facility will include indoor and outdoor pools, a cornhole stadium, sand volleyball courts, ice skating rinks, a basketball court, children's activity area, mini golf course, lawn bowling, and courts for croquet, pickleball and tennis. The new building will also house a fitness center and yoga studio, snack bar, children's programming, bike programming and Garden Golf Pro Shop.

• The Fairway Pines and Garden Cottage homes will be included in the rental program for overnight guests. The Fairway Pines neighborhood, which has completed construction on several homes, will feature a selection of 20 Craftsman-style two-, three- and four-bedroom homes. All Fairway Pines homes have golf course views of the award-winning Pines Golf Course. The neighborhood will also feature an outdoor pool, a 100-yard putting course and other family amenities. The neighborhood homes back up against cross-country ski trails in the winter. The resort reports the "Garden Course Cottages neighborhood features luxury Craftsman-style vacation homes, with a total of 21 four-bedroom properties, perfect for larger groups of family and friends. This park community offers owners open-air space with close proximity to the natural wildlife."

"We are so excited for this significant development and expansion as we continue to evolve this iconic property into a full-service resort with even more experiences and accommodation types for our guests," said Cote Family Destination's CEO Tom Juliano, in a news release. "We are reinvesting across the entire Cote Family Destinations portfolio in what will be an exciting year of growth for the company, setting it up for another 100 years of success."

Owned by Cote Family Destinations, Grand View Lodge is part of the same portfolio that operates two of the county's top summer camps, Camp Lincoln for boys and Camp Lake Hubert for girls, also in Nisswa. The resort reports both camps will see improvements as part of this expansion project.

"Camp Lincoln is getting an all-new indoor recreation center, which will house a 1,000-square-foot fitness room, 600-square-foot cardio room and an indoor basketball court. This new addition offers more activities for campers and provides indoor activities during the summer days. Camp Lake Hubert will see enhancements to its kitchen and dining facilities."

Expansion plans are not limited to Minnesota. The Cote Family Destinations also owns and operates Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Ariz. Tanque Verde will break ground on a 20,000-square-foot event barn in the fall and is scheduled to be complete in fall 2019.