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1685 Kavanaugh Dr, East Gull Lake, Brainerd, MN 56401
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Kavanaugh's Resort
Ranked #2 of 7 hotels in Brainerd
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very clean, well maintained resort. Many amenities that are very accessible. We loved the pools and the beach. (Bring your own beach towels!) The lake is exceptionally clean and the swimming rafts provided lots of fun. There are multiple playgrounds and lots of kids around to play with. We loved the open green spaces for playing catch and just goofing... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your family vacation at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort. It is wonderful that you were able to utilize our facilities and more importantly enjoyed them.....including the "white water duck races", and you are right they have become a Kavanaugh tradition that families really seem to enjoy. As a family owned property in... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are just wrapping up a week at Kavanaugh's. This is truly a fantastic family resort. There are so many amenities and the property is pristine. Whether you want activity in your day, or just some rest and relaxation, there is something for everyone here, young and old. My kids (and we) don't want to go home!

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of our property. We are so happy that you have enjoyed our resort and had a memorable family vacation with us. Since we are a family owned property we always appreciate it when our guests take note of our wonderful amenities and grounds, as we take great pride in maintaining our resort and making... More

Apple Valley, MN
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We had another memorable visit to Kavanaugh's this year. This resort is awesome! They have so much to do for adults & kids - swimming in indoor pool & outdoor pool, 2 different beaches, pontoon for rent, fishing, playgrounds galore, volleyball, basketball, tennis...bikes to rent & trails to walk/bike on. The resort owners/employees are always very friendly. Thy have fun... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words about our property. It is great to hear that you and your family had a wonderful time and had plenty to do. As a family owned property we take a great deal of pride in how everything looks and is maintained and it is always nice to hear from our guests that... More

Minneapolis
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We booked a 3 bedroom cottage as a last second change to a washed out camping weekend. What a great change of events! The grounds are all in very nice condition, the unit was very pleasant, and probably nicer than just about anything in the Brainerd Lakes area. We have stayed at Grand View, Breezy Point, and have toured Madden's... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to Kavanaugh's. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. One quick note is the reason we have our campfires located in the wooded areas is twofold. The first is when they are on the lakeshore all of the smoke ends up blowing into the cabins and we don't want guests to have to... More

Nadiad, India
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We stayed at Kavanaugh's..for three days. It was a good experience. the property is good ,well maintained, well equipped but you cannot expect services like in India. The main drawback is that there is no restaurant in the premises. You have to go outside for food. he check-out time is very early...@10.00 a.m. The lake view is superb. To enjoy... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

We're very happy that you enjoyed your stay at Kavanaugh's. Because we are family owned and operated you are truly our guests when you stay at the resort. We hope to see you again in the future. More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Beautiful grounds, indoor & outdoor pool, fire pits, all near adorable cabins. Full kitchen allowed is to cook meals & enjoy them on patio overlooking the pond. Great biking trails, boat rentals, etc. lots to do! Wish the gas fireplace was wood burning but outdoor fire-pit makes up for it. Clean cabins & grounds.

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review of Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, we are so glad you had a nice time. As a family owned and operated property we work hard to give our customers a wonderful vacation experience and certainly enjoy when we hear that you have had a great time while staying with us. We hope to... More

St. Cloud, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

My extended family--15 or so of us, from age 0 to 67--get-together for a winter weekend every year. We always end up with a couple of moldy cabins at a resort (Cragun's, Quarterdeck, etc.) in central Minnesota, but the company is good, so we don't complain. Much. This year, we decided to try Kavanaugh's. It was amazing! The are new... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to submit your review of our property. We're happy that you enjoyed your stay and we hope you will be able to return again in the future. Because we are a family owned and operated resort, we really enjoy it when our guests let us know that their stay was enjoyable. Hope to see... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

My husband and I bought the Groupon for this resort and spent two nights in early January (the coldest days of the year so far) here. The cabin we stayed in was clean, warm, and inviting. The master bedroom was beautiful with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace. The high-speed internet was good enough to watch Netflix without trouble. We rented... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for you positive review. I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit and were able to have a positive outdoor experience, even with the cold conditions that we've been having this season. Hopefully you will be able to visit us again during the summer season. More

Minden, Nevada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I was here with family on 2014 New Year. We rented one of the bigger rooms with 2 queen and 1 king beds. The place is absolutely awesome! First, the room was really nice a comfy. The fireplace was very cuddling and romantic. There was plenty of space for everyone. The kitchen was well furnished and functional. Second, the snow... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you, we're happy that you enjoyed your visit to Kavanaugh's (sorry it was so cold). In the winter the indoor pool can get a little busy at times but normally it is large enough to handle our guest load without any problem. We are very careful in all our information to explain that we do not offer any food... More

Worthington, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

My boyfriend and I bought the Groupon to this resort and we could not have been more pleased with it. We went during prime time fall color season and this resort did not fail to impress us with the beauty of nature. The resort had wonderful facilities and were layed out beautifully with easy navigation. We rented bikes for use,... More

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit to Kavanaugh's. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and do indeed hope you will visit us again. John Kavanaugh More

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Address: 1685 Kavanaugh Dr, East Gull Lake, Brainerd, MN 56401
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Brainerd
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
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Kavanaugh's is an upscale cottage and condo resort on crystal clear Sylvan Lake in the heart of Minnesota's lake country. The resort is open four seasons with activities for everyone. Kavanaugh's has been operated by the Kavanaugh family since 1969. ... more   less 
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