The Northwoods Adventure 2024 Trip - Beatrice Bradley


Pontoons, bonfires, Golf Carts, Pickleball, and Vintage Cottages

August 25-29, 2024

We have put together a great visit to the beautiful Brainerd lakes area of Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 lakes. This has been a tourist favorite for many, many years and luckily we have secured accommodations at The Historic Grand View Lodge Resort on beautiful Gull Lake. Water activities, biking through the lovely wooded areas, scenic pontoon boat rides and intimate, lakeside dinners are all part of this wonderful experience. Grand View Lodge is a full service resort with an aquatic center for heated pool swimming and a beautiful beach at the lake. All the equipment you need to play in the water or on land is provided and when you want some down time you can visit their famous spa.

Overall Trip Highlights

  • Grand View Lodge Resort: Stay at the historic Grand View Lodge Resort, known for its luxurious accommodations and picturesque views of the Brainerd Lakes area.

  • Brainerd Lakes: Explore the beautiful Brainerd Lakes, perfect for water activities like kayaking and paddleboarding.

  • Biking Trails: Discover scenic biking trails that wind through lush forests and along lake shores, offering breathtaking views and fresh air.

  • Beachfront Relaxation: Enjoy sunny days at the resort’s private beach, perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

  • Lake Cruises: Embark on pontoon rides, cruising the serene lakes and experiencing the area’s natural beauty from the water.

  • Nature Hikes: Take guided nature hikes through the surrounding woods, learning about local flora and fauna.

  • Historic Dining Venues: Savor gourmet meals at historic dining venues within the resort, providing a unique culinary experience.

  • Bonfire Gatherings: Spend evenings around a bonfire, enjoying the warm glow and camaraderie of fellow travelers.

  • Friendship-Building Activities: Participate in engaging activities to create lasting bonds and unforgettable memories.

  • Exclusive Small Group: Benefit from the intimate setting of a small group of 10-12 women, ensuring personalized experiences and connections. 

August 25-29, 2024
5 Days / 4 Nights

Group Size: 11 Guests and 3 Host
Plus a day at Debra Shutt’s Historic Lake Cottage (BB’s Co-Founder)

Single Occupancy Double Occupancy
$2,950 $2,450
Private Room with Private Bath Shared Room, Separate Beds, Shared Bath
Deposit Due at Time of Booking:
$250 for Domestic/$500 for International
Deposit Due at Time of Booking:
$250 for Domestic/$500 for International
Book Single Occupancy Book Double Occupancy

Beatrice Bradley Experiences are All Inclusive. What does that mean?

  • Airport Group Transfers: Seamless airport pickups and drop-offs by our friendly hostesses, ensuring a smooth start and end to your adventure.
  • Dedicated BB Hostess: Travel with peace of mind knowing a dedicated Beatrice Bradley hostess will be with you throughout the trip, ensuring every aspect of your journey is unforgettable.
  • Full Dining: Enjoy 2-3 daily meals carefully selected to reflect the local cuisine, inclusive of all tips. Whether it’s a quick breakfast or a sumptuous dinner, we’ve got it all covered.
  • Unique Accommodations: Stay in boutique hotels or unique properties that are handpicked for their charm and comfort, providing an authentic and intimate experience.
  • Curated Activities: We find the BEST of the best tours. Making the absolute most out of our time.
  • Included Gratuities: Tips for tour guides, meals, and transportation are all taken care of. We ensure that those who make your trip special are rewarded, without you needing to worry about the details.
  • Transportation: All transportation is included throughout the experience, from airport pickup to your final drop-off.
  • You won’t see “Free Days” on our itineraries: Our trips are made for a balanced experience. We carve out time to bond, laugh, shop and explore but we will never just send you out on your own and say “good luck” we do everything together or smaller group breakouts.

With Beatrice Bradley, every detail is meticulously planned to ensure you have a memorable and carefree travel experience. Join us and discover the joy of true hassle-free travel!

We Offer Flex-Pay! What is that?

Flexible Payments at Your Fingertips: You can use your invoice to pay any amount you choose, as frequently as you wish, until the full payment deadline.

Want to make a payment? Click “Review and Pay” on your invoice whenever you’re ready.

Pay Your Way: You can adjust the payment amount by selecting “Edit Amount,” allowing you to manage your budget flexibly.

Final Countdown: Ensure everything is paid up 60 days prior to your trip for domestic and 90 days prior for international. Don’t worry, we’ll send you reminders! If there’s any remaining balance, we’ll automatically process it, allowing you to focus on the excitement of your upcoming adventure!

Arrival Information Departing Information
Minneapolis International Airport (MSP) Minneapolis International Airport (MSP)
August 25, 2024 August 29, 2024
Must arrive before 2 PM Earliest departure time 3 pm

The activity level for The Northwoods Adventure 2024 trip is moderate, with options for both leisurely and more active pursuits, including kayaking, biking, and catering to various fitness levels and interests.

As your hostesses, we understand that traveling solo can be intimidating, but rest assured, making you feel welcomed and comfortable is our top priority. Our experiences are designed for building new and lasting friendships in a warm and welcoming environment.

From the moment you arrive until we bid you farewell, we’ll be right by your side. We meticulously handle all the details and manage the logistics seamlessly behind the scenes, ensuring your journey is truly unique and worry-free. While we aren’t local experts or tour guides, we work with a network of local professionals carefully selected for each location to enrich your experience.

Read more about our Hostesses Here


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Don’t just tour Northwoods , Experience Northwoods

Every Beatrice Bradley trip is crafted to maximize the experiences had during the trip.
The itineraries are specially made to allow time for engaging in conversation and having belly laughs with a new friend. We hope that the activities and experiences may allow you to come out of your comfort zone and to try new or unique things.
These trips are made to replicate a ‘friends get-away trip’. 

Past Trip Reviews

As a new widow, this was my first solo trip and I loved it all!! I do plan on taking more trips to various areas!! The Northwoods fall trip was so much fun with my 12 new friends!!! Joining in the various outdoor activities were new experiences for me, and the Minnesota weather cooperated this year!! Our hosts were so considerate and helpful! I look forward to taking another trip with Beatrice Bradley and I’m going to Albuquerque in 3 weeks for the balloons.!!! –Deanna

They were all just so very nice..very eager to make sure we were happy and well fed. This was my first solo trip and I am ready to go more. For someone that has not traveled in a very long time this was the perfect trip for me. Small number and wonderful like minded people. –Lisa

I’ve traveled with other tour places and this one is by far the best. Had so much fun. Met like minded woman that before the trip I did not know them and now I have 10 new friends. Can’t wait for my ne t two trips with you guys.. –Gretchen

Day One:  Arrival Day – Explore the Historic Grand View Lodge 

Please arrive at MSP by 2pm, if possible. We will pick you up at the terminal and depart MSP at 3:00pm. We will travel by group via van to the Northwoods. We will arrive around 5:30 pm at Historic Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake at the expansive cottage nestled in the woods. You will have a little down time prior to assembling as a group before dinner. We will start with a Welcome Happy Hour at the cottage and then we will have dinner at the Grand View Lodge.

Grandview Lodge:

For over 100 years, Grand View Lodge has provided relaxing vacation experiences, deeply rooted in the history of the Brainerd Lakes area. Selected in 1979 for the National Registry of Historic Places, it showcases well-preserved early resort log construction. The Lodge’s historic designation ensures authenticity, maintaining the vision of early entrepreneurs. Established in 1916, it offers a variety of accommodations to suit guests’ tastes and needs. Spread across several hundred acres, the Lodge provides privacy, scenic views, and comfort, featuring log-sided cabins with cozy fireplaces and beautiful views of Gull Lake.


  • Journey to the Northwoods: Enjoy a scenic drive to the beautiful Historic Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake, and settle into your cozy cottage surrounded by nature’s beauty.
  • Welcome Happy Hour: Kick off the adventure with a Welcome Happy Hour at the cottage, meeting fellow travelers and sharing stories.
  • Dinner at Grand View Lodge: Savor a delicious welcome dinner at one of Grand View Lodge’s fabulous restaurants, indulging in gourmet cuisine in a historic setting.
  • Evening Bonfire: Gather around a cozy bonfire after dinner, making s’mores and getting to know your new friends under the starry sky.
  • Pickleball Fun: Try out pickleball with fellow adventurers, perfect for beginners or those looking to warm up their paddles.


Northwoods adventure
Northwoods adventure
Northwoods adventure

Day Two:  The Amazing Race and Pioneer Village 

We will gather for breakfast to enjoy our new friends with a fun breakfast at our cottage.  After breakfast, we will have an event, “The Amazing Race” where we will divide into teams to get to know each other!  Then, we will head to the fun town of Nisswa to have a tour of the Nisswa Pioneer Village and have lunch “on your own” in Nisswa.  After lunch, we will rent bikes and will ride some of the trails.  We will gather back at the cottage for a Happy Hour with beverages/snacks before we will head to dinner.

Historic Town of Nisswa, MN:  

Smiley Township was founded in 1900, but local resident Leon Lum convinced residents to rename it Nisswa, from the Ojibwe word “nessawae” (which means “in the middle” or “three”), when the town was incorporated as a village in 1908.  Nisswa became a municipality on December 4, 1946. Nisswa has become a popular tourist destination due to its many unique stores, including Stonehouse Coffee, a coffee shop and cafe that roasts beans in the store, Adirondack Coffee, the first gourmet coffee shop in central Minnesota, The Chocolate Ox, an ice cream parlor and candy shop, and Zaiser’s shoe store. The Paul Bunyan State Trail runs through Nisswa.


  • Group Breakfast: Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the cottage, bonding with fellow adventurers.
  • “The Amazing Race” Event: Join a fun and exciting friendship-building event that challenges your creativity and teamwork.
  • Nisswa Pioneer Village Tour: Discover the rich history of Nisswa with a guided tour of the Pioneer Village.
  • Nisswa Exploration: Enjoy shopping and lunch on your own in the charming town of Nisswa.
  • Surrey Bike Rides: Ride Surrey bikes along scenic trails, taking in the beauty of the Northwoods.
  • Pickleball Fun: Engage in some friendly pickleball match play on the court.
  • Evening Happy Hour: Unwind with a delightful happy hour at the cottage, followed by a group dinner at a lively restaurant.


Northwoods adventure
Northwoods adventure
Northwoods adventure

Day Three:  A Day of Resort Style Fun – Very Special Dinner at a 100 year old cottage

We will gather for breakfast at the cottage.  After breakfast, we will enjoy the activities that Grand View Lodge has to offer – paddle boarding, playing pickleball, relaxing, etc.  A special afternoon and evening with beach time, pontoon rides and dinner is planned at a private 100 year old cottage.  After dinner, we will sit around the fire and make S’mores.

North Woods Fun Water Activities:

BANANA TUBING – Hop on our 10-passenger banana boat and experience the thrill of a lifetime with all your friends and family!

KAYAKING – Both Gull Lake and Roy Lake beaches have a variety of kayaks available for you to use during your stay. Explore the lake and paddle along for fun under the sun. Enjoy a picturesque sunset in the evening and enjoy the calm waters, or cool off during the afternoon heat.

PADDLEBOARDING – Stand up paddleboarding, or in the Hawaiian language “hoe he’e nalu”, has been building in popularity all over the world. Grab a paddleboard from the boathouse and explore the waters of beautiful Gull Lake.


  • Group Breakfast: Kick off the day with a delicious breakfast at the cottage, enjoying good food and great company as you plan the day’s adventures.
  • Activities at Grand View Lodge: Spend your day enjoying a variety of activities at Grand View Lodge, whether it’s paddleboarding, kayaking, playing a friendly pickleball match, indulging in a spa day, or relaxing on the beach with a good book.
  • Special Afternoon & Evening at Debra’s Cottage: Experience a magical afternoon and evening at the charming 100-year-old cottage of Beatrice Bradley’s founder, Debra. Enjoy a fabulous pontoon ride and lake time, followed by a gourmet dinner prepared by Debra herself—an amazing chef!
  • Evening Bonfire & S’mores: End your day sitting by the fire, making s’mores, sharing stories, and creating wonderful memories with new friends.


Northwoods adventure
Northwoods adventure
Northwoods adventure

Day Four: A Day of Pickleball Fun and Beach Party Excitement!

We will gather for breakfast at at the cottage.  After breakfast, we will enjoy the activities that Grand View Lodge has to offer – paddleboarding, playing pickleball, relaxing, etc.  Lunch will be at the cottage.  In the afternoon, we will have a fun Beach Party at the Grand View Lodge Beach with Banana Boat rides and lots of fun.  After dinner, we will sit around the fire and make S’mores.


  • Group Breakfast: Start the day with a delightful breakfast at the cottage, enjoying delicious food and great conversations with friends.
  • Grand View Lodge Activities: Dive into a variety of activities including paddleboarding, kayaking, a relaxing spa day, or simply hitting the beach with a good book.
  • Pickleball Match Play: Enjoy some friendly competition with a fun and energetic pickleball match, perfect for both beginners and seasoned players.
  • Beach Party Fun: Join the lively beach party at Grand View Lodge Beach with thrilling Banana Boat rides, more paddleboarding, kayaking, and lots of laughter.
  • Goodbye Dinner: Savor a delicious farewell dinner at a charming locally owned restaurant, sharing the evening with new friends.
  • Evening Bonfire & S’mores: End the day sitting around the fire, making s’mores, and reminiscing about the wonderful experiences shared on the trip. 
Northwoods adventure
Northwoods adventure
Northwoods adventure

Day Five: Departure Day and a Last-Minute Splash!

Enjoy a final breakfast in the grand main dining room at The Historic Grand View Lodge, savoring the delicious fare and reminiscing about the wonderful memories made. After breakfast, take the opportunity for one last dip in the refreshing lake or relax by the water, soaking in the serene surroundings one last time.

At 11:00 AM, we’ll depart for MSP airport, aiming to arrive by 1:30 PM for your afternoon flights. It’s a bittersweet farewell, but you’ll leave with new friends and cherished memories.


  • Final Group Breakfast: Gather for a delightful breakfast in the main dining room at Grand View Lodge, sharing stories and laughter with the group.
  • Last-Minute Lake Dip: Make the most of your last morning with a refreshing dip in the lake, enjoying the beautiful setting one more time.
  • Return to MSP: Head back to MSP airport with the group, reflecting on the fun-filled adventure and new friendships made along the way.


Northwoods adventure
Northwoods adventure
Northwoods adventure
Northwoods MN trip