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Recent Brainerd property reviews

  • Back again...

    "We just finished our 4th visit to what has become our special place "up north". Took some in-laws this time and except for cool weather we had a good week. It's just too bad we can't return more often. We are already talking of 2014.......Thanks so very much! Pat and family."
    Guest: Pat Date of Stay: August 2013 Review Submitted: August 11, 2013
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  • Wonderful experience

    "This was our first experience of doing VRBO, and it was all and more that we expected. Joan and I talked so many times prior to our visit. She was most helpful and we became fast buddies. With babies and all there were 10 of us. It is hard to find a place big enough for all of us, without being on top of each other. The most important things to me, is room and cleanliness, they exceed all of that and more. They were very helpful and friendly. Joan and her wonderful treats, Howards surprise for the kids, the great afghans we got to choose from, I could just go on and on. We all had a great time. They made sure we had everything we needed, Howard made the fires, everything was top notch. I hope to come back. Howard and Joan we all thank you for great memories in your home. Thank you so much, Sincerely, Dwight and Nancy Kottke"
    Guest: Christmas Vacation Date of Stay: June 2012 Review Submitted: July 22, 2012
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  • Relaxing Getaway

    "My family had a great vacation at The Boat House! The weather was absolutely perfect! Talk about private, quiet, and extremely relaxing. We walked every morning, boated every afternoon, and bon-fired at night. Brainerd and Nisswa were easy to get to for day or night time entertainment. We highly recommend this home for a private retreat."
    Guest: CJ Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 11, 2014
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  • Great vacation place for all!

    "We stayed at the cottage on Markee Lake and had a wonderful time! The cottage was spotless, very comfortable and well-maintained. We enjoyed beautiful views of the lake, canoeing, picturesque sunsets and wildlife seen in their own habitat. We saw a muskrat, fish off the dock, loons, a bald eagle and 2 trumpeter swans. We will definitely go back!"
    Guest: Happy renter Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 26, 2014
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Brainerd Travel Tips

Brainerd Vacation Rentals Offer the Best of Minnesota’s Natural Beauty

The Brainerd Lakes area is popular with families and outdoor enthusiasts for both summer and winter vacations. With 465 beautiful lakes, natural forest and wildlife, it is a great choice for those wanting a refreshing break. The area also has shopping, dining and other outdoor activities to suit all ages. The area hosts many festivals and events during the summer which draw many visitors.

The Local Weather in Brainerd

Brainerd has generally cool summers with temperatures in the 60s. The warmest month, July, may have occasional hot days reaching 81 F but at nights temperatures can drop 25 degrees, making it quite chilly. The 28 inches of annual rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, keeping the vegetation fresh and green. Winters are extremely cold with temperatures continually below freezing both day and night. Temperatures in January have an average minimum of minus 7 F with some snowfall, making it ideal for sledging, skiing, snowmobiling and other winter sports..

Neighborhoods to Visit Around Brainerd Lake Houses

Crosby is known for its clear waters with fishing, scuba diving and biking trails in the area. It also has some great restaurants. Deerwood, home of the Summerfest, is the site of the old Railroad Depot and the leaping deer in Elmer Park.

The area is proud of its connection with aviation history and the Charles Lindbergh Historic Site recaptures his 1927 flight across the Atlantic. More history is reenacted at the Historic Log Village in Crosslake where an old schoolhouse and a logger’s shack are both open for visitors. The Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley is a good place to spend a rainy day.

Art lovers will enjoy browsing the Franklin Art Center where more than 30 artists produce everything from stained glass to pottery.

Things to Do from Brainerd Cottages

The Brainerd Lakes are the perfect location for fishing or renting a boat and pottering around the scenic area on the water. There are dozens of golf courses in the area for enthusiasts as well as mini golf at Wildwedge, Pequot Lakes and Adventure Golf at Pirate’s Cove in Brainerd. Walkers and cyclists can hit the paved 100-mile long Paul Bunyan Trail, running from Crow Wing State Park in the south up to Benidjii in the north, passing forests, lakes and rivers along the way.

The more adventurous can enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the area, or experience a trip down a simulated mine shaft at Croft Mine Historical Park in Ironton. There are plenty of stables in the area offering outback rides, including one at Pillager, and Blackhoof Ranch, also at Ironton.

The Advantages of Brainerd Vacation Rentals

The Brainerd Lakes area is popular for family vacations and Brainerd vacation homes are the ideal places to relax and have fun. Spend quality time with family and friends whilst enjoying the many activities in the area. Brainerd cottages offer ample space for everyone at a very affordable price, especially out of peak season. Many of the cottages have great views of this lovely area and are within easy walking distance of the lake itself. Fully equipped and comfortably furnished, Brainerd lake houses offer the perfect accommodations for families, couples and groups of all ages.

Getting to Your Brainerd Vacation Rental

Brainerd is served by two major airports. The Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minnesota is about 100 miles from the Brainerd vacation rentals. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is a little further away. A rental car is necessary to reach your chosen Brainerd cottages and for exploring this scenic area.

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