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Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge

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25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd, Deerwood, MN 56444
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for Oktoberfest with our family and friends. It's really a lot of fun and they have offsite parking if you are not staying there to shuttle you in. It's some good family friendly fun at Oktoberfest.

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Chris R, Owner at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Oktoberfest. I am glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate your nice review. Hope to see you again soon! Chris Ruttger More 

Grey Eagle, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 471 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This was our first visit to this resort for Oktoberfest but it will not be out last--we have already booked for next year! We loved everything! The people who work at this resort are just the friendliest people we have ever met working at a hotel. They really want you to have a good time and enjoy your stay. They... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, responded to this review

I wanted to be sure to thank you for your wonderful review, and apologize for taking so long to do it! We are finishing up our season now with just a few more guests, but it was fun to reread your comments and think back to Oktoberfest, which was more than a month ago already, Glad you enjoyed the festivities,... More 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Just returned from our 2nd Wine and Jazz weekend.....figured it could never be as GREAT as it was the first time.....WRONG!!!!! It was a wonderful and delightful and DELICIOUS weekend!!! RUTTGERS food is seriously beyond compare!!! The various seminars were AWESOME. Brad from Trinchero was great (as was his wine). The dinner presentation by servers was very cool. Would LOVED... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, responded to this review

Well thank you very much for coming and bringing your nice group of friends again. We had such a great time and it's exciting to hear you did too. My dad would love to talk about our history and share some great pictures next time, thanks for mentioning it. I agree about Tami. She really loves helping people plan great... More 

Little Canada
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Ruttger's is a family run resort... that has been in business for a very long time. It's a great place to stay and enjoy with your family or as a couple. We stayed in the newer log villa's and they were above what we expected. We did not stay in the lodge or cabins, so I can't rate those. I... More 

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Thank joaniej57
Chris R, Owner at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, responded to this review

As you mentioned, our family resort goes back a long time. My great grandparents started it in 1898 and we have operated it ever since. Hearing from happy guests never gets old though and I really appreciate your comments. I’m glad you enjoyed our newest accommodations, the Bay Lake Villas. Thank you for writing about your experience and thank you... More 

Minneapolis
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85 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

My girl friend and I just returned from the 30th Annual Octoberfest at Ruttger's and it was wonderful! We wanted a fall get away weekend and it was a perfect event for us. Great food and lots of fun activities to do or just walk around the resort and enjoy the lovely fall weather. The Saturday events featured great music... More 

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Thank val-mn
Chris R, Owner at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Oktoberfest! I am so glad to hear you and your girl friend had a good time. It was our 30th year doing this and it always makes a fun ending to the season. Thanks for sharing on TripAdvisor and I hope to see you again soon. Chris Ruttger More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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202 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

From the time we made our reservation to when we left, the service at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge was exceptional. We needed rest and relaxation and the reservationist was kind enough to put us in a corner room at the lodge. Arriving early, we checked in and were glad the room was ready for us. The lodge room could use... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, responded to this review

What a great review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, the service, the food, and I also really appreciate your specific feedback about some things we can correct. Knowing what stands out to our guests is so helpful. Thank you for this. Thank you for being our guests and I hope to see you again. Chris Ruttger More 

Des Moines
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This was our second visit, both starting on Labor Day. We (my husband and I) tend to travel then due to less people, more peace, We stay at the Battle Point Condos off the main property. A spacious 1 bedroom with a great kitchen, 2 TVs for our separate viewing pleasures, a deck to view the lake. We enjoy driving... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, responded to this review

Visiting the little towns in the area to shop and explore is a wonderful way to escape for a few days. And I agree about fall, it's a quieter time and the weather is usually spectacular. Thank you for being our guests and sharing your feedback. Hope to see you again soon. Chris Ruttger More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

A few years ago I spent a week at Ruttger's for leadership training, and I have attended several workshops there as well. The experiences were so wonderful that I have returned with my family several times to enjoy the terrific food and ambiance in the Lodge Dining Room. If you enjoy a warm and inviting welcome, an attentive yet unobtrusive... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Rita. Nice of you to include dining at Ruttger's in your plans when you are at your cabin. And it's nice of you to share your experience with others like this. It is appreciated. I hope to see you again, maybe next summer. Chris Ruttger More 

Ham Lake, Minnesota
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

As a tradition, a group of us and our kids stay every Labor Day weekend. We have stayed all over the property but this year we stayed at the Battle Point Condos. They are located away from the main grounds but not far. The 2 bedroom 2 bath condo we had was great! A bit outdated but very clean. It... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for making us a Labor Day tradition! It's great to know you enjoyed your time together with friends and family in the Battle Point Condos. Thanks for being our guests and I hope to see you again next year. Chris Ruttger More 

Brooklyn Park
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

My wife and I stayed three days in August 2015. This was an anniversary celebration so we were interested in their restaurants and we were not disappointed. Our first meal was a light dinner at Zig's near the golf course and it exceeded both of our expectations. We ate our breakfasts at Ruby's log dining room dining on the great... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, responded to this review

You are very kind to write this nice review and share your experience with TripAdvisor readers. I am happy that you enjoyed your time and felt you were "treated like returning regulars" on your first visit! Also nice to read that you enjoyed the restaurants and spending time on our beautiful Bay Lake. Thank you for being our guests. I... More 

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