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A Little About US

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Come experience a Minnesota vacation that will bring your family closer together at our wonderful four-seasons resort. Since opening our doors, Good Ol' Days has achieved a perfect balance between perfect luxury and simple convenience. Situated in the heart of town, we provide everything you need to enjoy your stay. We are located on Lower Cullen Lake, steps from the Paul Bunyan Trail, and only 6 blocks from shopping and activities in beautiful downtown Nisswa. While at the resort take advantage of our many amenities, or just lay back and take the time to reflect. Our completely renovated resort boasts 14 cottages and 8 lodge rooms; a beautiful lake-front, lake-level property; a playground area next to a wonderful beach; plus a chance to meet the local wildlife. Dozens of restaurants and over 300 holes of golf in the Brainerd Lakes Area are only minutes away.

The Timeline

2010 / Good Ol' Days Family Resort 

In 2010, Thomas and Nancy Steffens continued the rich tradition and history already established by previous owners. They purchased land on the other side of Lower Cullen Creek and expanded the resort with 4 new cottages.

1999 / Good Ol' Days Family Resort

In 1999 Good Ol' Days was sold to Bob & Cindy Tyson. Bob & Cindy built 10 new cottages in 2006 and ran operations for another 4 years following their upgrades.

1964 / Sikaren's Resort (Herbst)

In 1964, Karl and Mona Herbst took over as the new property oweners.

1949 / Sikaren's Resort (Kephart)

Sikaren's Resort would remain the resort's name for the next 32 years. In 1949, the property was purchased by Lester & Augusta Kephart.

1948 / Sikaren's Resort (Christopherson)

Mrs.McCabe operated McCabe's Hideaway until the sale of the resort to Sigard & Karen Christopherson in 1948. The Christopherson's ran the resort for 1 year.

1943 / McCabe's Hideaway

Quinn's Cottages operated until 1943 when it was sold to their daughter Emily Quinn-McCabe

1915 / Quinn's Cottages

James & Bridget Quinn renamed the plat of the Smiley Subdivision to Nisswa Park. The Quinn's moved the old Smiley Cabin back in the woods (Eagles Nest Property) to rent to travelers and built a new cabin for themselves.

1900 / Smiley

Ernest & Katie Smiley pushed for the sanction of the Smiley (Nisswa) township and were successful in establishing their town.

Map of Good Ol' Days Family Resort, 14 Cottages, Beach, Volleyball Court, Playground, Lodge, Basketball Court, Dock, Lower Cullen Lake, Cullen Creek
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