Brainerd Area Lakes Real Estate Newsletter

Monday, September 25, 2017

Closing the Cabin for the Winter

1. Bring in the dock. It's important to keep up with maintenance on your dock, including bringing it in before the lake becomes iced over. Ice can damage a dock just in one season. It's important to have at least 2-3 people to help bring in the dock.

2. Winterize the boat and cover it properly. If you do not have an area to protect it from the wind, snow, animals, etc., we highly recommend having it shrink-wrapped for the winter. 

3. Store cushions, life jackets, floatations and any other water toys. These items need to be completely dry to prevent mold and mildew. It's also important to have a well-ventilated space with no critters, since mice can wreck havoc on these types of items.

4. Speaking of critters, spot check your interior and exterior. Check floorboards, vents, eaves, roofs and any other points of entry that critters might use to make their way in. And if critters have been an issue in the past, consider leaving out mouse traps for the winter, cover heating vents and check for holes around the exterior of your home.

5. Turn off the water, plumbing and furnace. If you are completely closing up for winter, you should bleed the pipes and shut down plumbing. You should also consider pouring anti-freeze in the toilets to prevent freezing and cracking. Always use non-toxic waterline anti-freeze!

6. Unplug all appliances, lamps, charging cables, etc. Check the outlets behind couches, under beds and in conspicuous places you might otherwise forget. Remember, if you have a gas stove, it is important to turn off the pilot light as well.

7. Make it look occupied. Although you may not be enjoying the cabin in the winter, it's important to make it look like someone is living there or at least frequently visiting. Snow removal is a big one. If the snow drifts sit untouched all winter, that is a dead giveaway that no one is monitoring the property and may be a target for unwanted visitors. If you aren't going to occasionally check on the cabin, consider hiring a trustworthy individual who can do that for you.

8. Countdown the days for cabin opening!

If you have any questions about cabin ownership in the Brainerd Lakes area, please feel free to reach out by phone at 218-820-7355 or by email at

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fall Events & Activities in the Brainerd Lakes Area

It's a magical time of year in the Brainerd Lakes area, and there are plenty of fun activities coming up. We've shared them below!

2017 Crosslake Days

Thursday, September 28 - Saturday, September 30

The celebration offers something for all ages including a classic and custom car, motorcycle and tractor show, arts & crafts fair, chili cook-off, kid's activities, live music and much more. Join us and enjoy this fall festival while taking in the natural beauty of Crosslake, splashed in the glorious autumn colors.
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Mount Ski Gull Fall Fundraiser

Thursday, September 28

There will be fabulous food, wine and beer tasting showcasing a wide assortment of food, beers and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be entertainment featuring a silent auction, games, raffles, a kids area and music as well as a amazing ONLINE silent auction that opens on September 21st! Proceeds go to youth programs.
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Outdoor Movies at Crosslake Campground - Now Showing: Grease!

Friday, September 29
7:00pm - 9:00pm

The US Army Corps of Engineers - Crosslake Campground has been the site for outdoor movies in Crosslake this summer, and we're wrapping up the season for Crosslake Days! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a different family friendly movie to kick off your weekend. There is no charge to attend and water & popcorn will be provided too! All donations are appreciated and will be matched dollar for dollar by the Crosslake Ideal Lions. 100% of the proceeds will be used to enhance the Christmas lights on the Dam and US Army Corps properties.
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2017 Crosslake Ideal Lions Flea Market

Saturday, September 30
8am - 4pm

Largest market of the summer. More than 30 vendors.


2017 Jacktoberfest at Jack Pine Brewery

Saturday, September 30
10am - 11:55pm

Music, beer special and German food.


Teravail Oremageddon Mountain Bike Race

Saturday, October 7
7am - 3pm

Registration: 7:00am to 8:00am – Miner’s Mountain Rally Center


4th Annual Oktoberfest at Gull Dam Brewing

Saturday, October 7
12pm - 11pm

Come join in celebrating Oktoberfest with live music by Jolly Zuk Brothers and Wyld Rice. There will be a Bavarian costume party. $500 in games and prizes. This is part of the Gull Lake Oktoberfest Pub Crawl.


Oktoberfest Pub Crawl

Saturday, October 7
2pm - 10pm

The 7th Annual Oktoberfest Pub Crawl is October 7, 2017. Cost is $25 and includes... • A FREE shuttle service from 2pm-10pm to all locations (The Pines at Grand View Lodge, Zorbaz, Cowboy’s, Jake’s City Grill, Ernies, Side Track, Gull Dam Brewery) • A punch card for a 4 oz. sample of Oktoberfest beer at each location. If you complete your punch card you will be entered to win prizes. All proceeds benefit Confidence Learning Center, Soup Kitchen and the Food Shelf. Buy tickets at sponsoring locations
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Saturday, October 7
6pm - 10pm

The eighth annual KFAN Golftoberfest Tent Party will be held October 7 at The Pines Golf Course. Join us for a FREE concert featuring GB Leighton. The opening band will be Mark Mraz. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.


Fall Craft Fair at Brainerd High School

Saturday, October 14
9:30am - 4:30pm

Sponsored by Community Education. Over 150 vendors and attendance is free. Refreshments are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting student scholarship funds. 


Ruttger's Bay Lake Oktoberfest

Friday, October 20 - Sunday, October 22

Schedule of events:
Friday, October 20
Harvest buffet dinner shows (seating at 5:15 and 7:30 pm. Reservations required.) NEW in 2017! Alpensterne will perform with the Narren of New Ulm at all Friday night seating.
Saturday, October 21
7 - 10 AM - Breakfast buffet (reservations not required.)
10 AM - 4 PM - Arts & Crafts Fair. 160+ booths. Specials at Auntie M's, the Country Store, The Garage and the Fine Line Salon and Spa at Ruttger's.
10 AM - 4 PM - Picknic & Unterhaltung (Entertainment) Food and drink (beer garden), two performances by the Concord Singers and Alpensterne. Stilkwalker, balloon twist, moonwalk, Kids' Kamp Krafts, Kids pedal tractor pull, Narren of New Ulm.
5:30 - 9 PM - Oktoberfest Dinner Buffet (reservations required) Music by Alpensterne
9 PM - Oktoberfest Bingo - Island Ballroom
Sunday, October 22
7:30 - 11 AM - Breakfast Buffet (no reservations required) Featuring Jim Olsen on acoustic guitar Free parking and shuttles available at Lion's Field Paid parking across the street from main lodge


Halloween Craft and Vendor Show

Friday, October 27 - Sunday, October 29

Come and Shop your favorite stores and vendors at Westgate Mall.


Costume 3K Zombie Fun Run

Saturday, October 28

Wear your Halloween costume and head for the starting line at Ruttger's. It's not a race, but zombies will be chasing you, trying to snatch your "Brains" attached to your race bibs. Each "Brain" is worth a post-race drink, so try your best not to run too slowly. Racers receive a t-shirt!


Holiday Arts & Craft Fair at Brainerd High School

Saturday, November 11
9:30am - 4:30pm

Sponsored by Community Education. Over 150 vendors and attendance is free. Refreshments are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting student scholarship funds. 


Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Colors in Brainerd Lakes: Peak Color Weekends

Late September to early October will give you the best fall color in the Brainerd Lakes area. 

As of September 22, the Minnesota DNR reported the area to be 10%-25% of leaves at peak. Based on these percentages, peak color will likely begin the weekend of September 29. 


To sign up for regular updates or to see the latest peak color report, visit MN DNR Color Finder. Or feel free to shoot us a message, we can just look out the window!



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Small Touches to Help Sell Your Home this Fall

Autumn is fast becoming a popular time to sell homes. Summer will always produce the highest real estate transactions, however, Fall tends to see more serious buyers and faster transactions.

If you’re planning to sell in the Fall and you are serious about selling before the snow flies, here are a few ideas to make your home more appealing and more attractive to those Fall buyers.

1. Seasonal curb appeal

Use potted flowers such as mums and marigolds to brighten your front exterior with reds, yellows and oranges. You can dress your front step or front door area with a Fall foliage wreath, a few pumpkins and gourds and even some seasonal pillows/throw on your outdoor furniture if you have it. Don’t underestimate the power of creating an inviting atmosphere - many people love visual cues to help them picture a house their home.

2. All the Fall smells

Draw them in with freshly baked pumpkin bars, apple cider or other Fall snacks. Or buy store bought for ease and light some Fall scented candles in a few rooms.

3. Set the Mood with Music

When buyers enter the room, music will help them feel welcome and relaxed. Play classic, light music like piano, violin, etc.

4. Clean the Windows

This one is easy, but it can often get overlooked. Buyers don’t want to see smudges, dirt and dust on windows. It is one of the first things a buyer will see when they are touring your home. You want your home looking clean, bright and full of light.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Upcoming Events


Lakes Area Bluegrass Festival

August 24 - 27

Cass County Fairgrounds, Pine River


2017 Crosslake Community Breakfast to Honor Veterans

Saturday, August 26


At the Picnic Shelter by the Pine River Dam next to  the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campgrounds
Crosslake, MN 56442


2017 Crosslake Outdoor Music Series

Saturday, August 26

6pm - 8pm

Crosslake Town Square


Outdoor Movies at the Crosslake Campground

"Cheaper by the Dozen"

Saturday, August 26

8pm - 10pm

Crosslake Campground


3rd Annual NLYHA Golf Tournament

Sunday, August 27

1:30pm -8pm

Deacon's Lodge Breezy Point


29th Annual GSTA  Muscle Shootout

Friday, September 1 -3

Brainerd Internataional Raceway


Labor Day Sidewalk Sale, Food Drive Vendor and Craft Sale

Friday, September 1 - Monday, September 4

Westgate Mall, Baxter


2017 Crosslake Original Craft and Flea Market

Saturday, September 2

9am - 4pm



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