Nestled in the heart of Minnesota, Nisswa is known for the beautiful scenery of the Brainerd Lakes area and the summer and winter displays of natural beauty as well as unique shopping and outdoor recreation. Complementing these advantages are Nisswa event venues with meetings-ready facilities and attractions.
Meeting groups can access Nisswa via the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport or Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Located 20 miles outside of Nisswa, Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport offers both commercial and private air service, including daily nonstop service to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport via Mesaba Airlines. Located about 150 miles outside of Nisswa, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport serves 135 nonstop markets, including 114 domestic and 21 international destinations.
Nisswa event venues and meeting facilities range from family-friendly resorts to beautiful parks, lake cruises and even world-class casinos. Among the large convention facilities in Nisswa is the popular Grand View Lodge, a premier golf, spa and family resort that sits on sparkling Gull Lake. The resort has hosted some of the region's foremost conferences and special events in its 25,000-square-foot Gull Lake Center, which features 17 total meeting and event rooms, including ballroom space, breakout rooms and flexible meeting spaces. Grand View Lodge also includes unique, flexible breakout venues, such as the intimate Headwaters Wine Cellar. Elsewhere, Nisswa meeting participants can gather at the Northern Lights Casino, which features a 9,000-square-foot convention center, 105 guest rooms, a state-of-the-art arcade, indoor pool with Jacuzzi and sauna, onsite dining, live shows, and full gamut of gaming options. The meetings-friendly Grand Casino Mille Lacs features event facilities, live entertainment, outdoor recreation on Lake Mille Lacs, a movie theater, on-site dining, 444-room hotel and a multitude of gaming options.
Additional Nisswa special event venues include the 500-acre Northland Arboretum, home to demonstration gardens, more than 12 miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails and a meetings-ready visitor center. The Brainerd International Raceway features world-class racing and event venues, including open infield acres, two road courses and luxury suites. Departing from the Breezy Point Resort, the Breezy Belle welcomes group and public cruises, complemented by resort catering. Situated next to the Nisswa Community Center, the beautiful Nisswa City Park features rentable pavilion spaces and picnic areas, as well as an ice rink, basketball courts, and baseball and soccer fields.
Many of Nisswa's fine restaurants also serve as meetings-friendly destinations. Iven's on the Bay serves fresh seasonal fare and a spectacular view of North Long Lake, while Jake's City Grille at Gull Lake is known for its contemporary, colorful dining experience. Antlers at the Breezy Point Resort is situated in the striking Whitebirch Course Clubhouse, a unique post-and-beam white pine building accented with two six-foot-tall antler chandeliers; groups can dine indoors or under the birch trees amid gardens and a waterfall. Located at the Grand View Lodge, Cru serves worldly wines and small plates with local and regional flavors, while the famous StoneHouse Coffee and Roastery is a small-batch artisan roaster with a full coffee bar, in-house eats and intimate space.