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Vacation Memories


Every vacation has a story, what is yours? Share your Grand Rapids, MN area VACATION MEMORIES with us and get entered for a chance to win a weekend getaway for a family of four. Trip value is: $800

Visit Grand Rapids is proud to announce the Vacation Memories Sweepstakes that will run from May 15, 2023 (12noon) through September 1, 2023 (12midnight).

Complete the form field with your contact information, and then write up to 300 word description of your Grand Rapids/Itasca Area Vacation Memories, and then upload one photo for a chance to win a Fall 2023 Weekend Getaway for a family of 4 people to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The first week of September, a panel will read all of the stories and they will select ONE STORY where the winner will be awarded the Fall Weekend Getaway Trip Prize.
The Vacation Memories can be from any year, any season, but must be a story from somewhere in the Grand Rapids, MN and Itasca County area. So, whether you have a memory of coming up as a child playing in hockey tournaments at the IRA Civic Center, and swimming in the pool at the Sawmill Inn OR you remember coming up with family every summer to Sugar Lake Lodge for the Johnson Family Reunion. The vacation memory story from the Grand Rapids, MN area is yours to share.
By submitting your Vacation Memory story, you are allowing Visit Grand Rapids to SHARE your story on social media, on our website and in future publications. Visit Grand Rapids will NOT share the full name of the person who submitted the story, nor the persons included in the story. Visit Grand Rapids will be utilizing these stories throughout the sweepstakes to encourage other visitors to submit their story too. If Visit Grand Rapids wishes to utilize personalized information, they will contact the story contact person, and that person will be required to sign a story and photo release approval.
The Vacation Memories Sweepstakes is the opportunity to celebrate taking vacations in Minnesota’s nature, and the wonderful memories they hold for all of us. Visit Grand Rapids is the destination marketing organization that markets and promotes the greater Grand Rapids, MN area to attract new visitors to vacation here each year. Grand Rapids, Minnesota values visitors, and in 2023 celebrates 40 years of destination marketing efforts that continue to market and promote the Grand Rapids, MN area as the Outdoor Mecca of the North. Grand Rapids is prominently located among over 1 million acres of publicly accessible forest acres that have over 2,000 miles of well-groomed and maintained trails to hike, bike, ATV, snowmobile, hunt, snowshoe, and cross country ski on. Also, there are over 1,400 lakes to fish, boat, float, paddle, ski, and swim. Whatever Minnesota outdoor recreation people are looking to enjoy, they will find it here in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area. 
We appreciate everyone SHARING this opportunity with friends and family that you know have vacationed in the greater Grand Rapids, MN area to submit their story as well.

Vacation Memories Trip Prize Package:

  • Two Nights Stay For Family of Four – Hotel Rapids Family Suite  (newly renovated) (value: $550)

  • Four Rounds of Golf and two carts – Pokegama Golf Course ($280)

  • Judy Garland Museum VIP Tour for Family of 4 ($100)

  • Rapids Brewing Company ($100 gift card)

  • Timberlake Lodge Restaurant ($100 gift card)
  • Klockow Brewing Company ($100 gift card)


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