Kavanaugh’s Resort “Keep Safe” Covid-19 Information

We would like to share some updated information with regards to the changes brought on by Covid-19 and hope you are patient and understanding of these changes that we hope help make this a memorable and safe stay with us at Kavanaugh’s. The most important thing…. WELCOME TO KAVANAUGH’S and thank you. The Kavanaugh family is very pleased to be hosting you!  If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.  Your assistance and patience in making all these changes work as efficiently and safely as possibly is very much appreciated. Regarding towel delivery: (Slight Change) Please make sure, if you need fresh

The Kavanaugh’s Top Five in the Brainerd Lakes Area – April 13, 2020

We thought it might be fun and helpful to share some of our favorite places, activities and things to see and do during your summer vacation right here at Kavanaugh’s Resort.  The Brainerd and Nisswa areas have some really fun places and of course, some fantastic dining, golf and shopping to go right a long with your perfect resort stay.  We certainly know that sometimes it can be hard pulling yourself away from Sylvan Lake, the beach, or the swimming pool but just in case we want you to be prepared. Top 5 Places to Eat: The Classic at Madden’s….Everyone in our family loves to

Kavanaugh’s Resort Update on COVID-19

As of March 20, 2020, our family made the difficult decision to temporarily cease our resort operations until at least May 1, 2020.  We feel this brief closure is in the best interest of our entire community and will help keep people healthy and safe in these difficult and changing times and, also, follows guidance and direction from our local, state and national officials.  Of course, this closure is temporary and when the time is right (and it will be again), we will be ready to help you have your best vacation ever at Kavanaugh’s Resort.  We look forward to welcoming you back for a

Think Spring!

It has been a snowy winter and we also have had to deal with more ice on the drives, sidewalks and roads than usually, but things are slowly starting to improve.  While the winter snow conditions gave us some of our best snowmobiling we’ve had in a long time the fact that the freeze on the lakes was slow going didn’t allow it to really kick in right away.  The February sun has definitely warmed things a bit and of course as we move towards March the thoughts of Spring and of course, the many projects start to come to mind.  Spring can be a

2020 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza

     In the early 1990’s a core group of Brainerd Jaycee members came up with an idea to help raise money for the the Camp Confidence Learning Center and numerous other local charities as well as showcasing the Brainerd Lakes Area and of course, its great fishing!  What an idea it was and now 29 years later it has grown into the largest ice fishing tournament in the world and has world wide exposure on numerous networks, including the NBC Today Show.   Today the Ice Fishing extravaganza generates over $1 million in area revenue and raises over $150,000 for more than 45 local charities. 

Early Winter Snow and a Holiday Season Upon Us!!!

We certainly hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that your planning for the Holiday Season is well under way.  We also hope that you are planning a fun winter getaway (perhaps even a New Year’s Getaway) with us and to the Brainerd Lakes Area.   Here at the resort we have had a little quiet time since the last weekend of October when we pretty much close until the start of our winter season on December 26.   A few of us were lucky to slip away for a bit of vacation during the fall.   John & Vicki made their annual trip to Sanibel Island, Florida

Celebrating Our 50th Year in 2019

Happy New Year!  As we kick off a new year in 2019 we are pretty excited at Kavanaugh’s Resort because we find ourselves entering our 50th year of operation!!  Of course the downside of 50 years here in the Brainerd Lakes area is that it means we are also getting old!!  When our parents, Sherm and Mae, bought the resort in 1969 I don’t know if anyone thought that we would still be going strong here 50 years later, or that the resort would still be operated by 4 of their sons.  It has been a lot of fun from those early days and our

Digging Out From Our December 27 Storm!

I had to take a moment to write what will be one of two blogs coming this week since this one involves us getting a wonderful 13“ Snowfall on December 27!  It has been a number of years since we last had holiday storm like this which is able to set us up for a great January of winter fun here in the Lakes Area!  Over the last few years we have battled lackluster snow and it seemed like people were not getting very excited about a winter getaways to our area (and of course, Kavanaugh’s).  We are hoping for a big change in that,

Winter Is Here!

Winter Is Upon Us—-We Hope! Well hopefully everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and your planning for the Holiday Season is well under way.  Here at the resort we have had a little quiet time since the last weekend of October when we pretty much close until the start of our winter season on December 26.   Some of us did slip away for a bit of R&R during the fall with John & Vicki taking their annual trip to Sanibel Island, Florida, and Tom & Jennie spending a week with Jennie’s sister and brother-in law in Branson, Missouri, and even Dave managed to get a South

The Motions of Fall……

This is the time of the year I wait for……. FALL is in the air!  We love fall at Kavanaugh’s Resort and it is a great time to visit the Brainerd Lakes Area, with festivals, crisp weather, great fall colors and so much more, and it’s a little bit quieter than usual.  Around the resort we stay very busy during the fall, of course we love having guests around, but all the while the activity is keeping us very busy.  When summer ends our staff numbers pretty much disappear and that means that John, Mark, Dave, Tom, Vicki, Brenda, and of course Bob are pretty