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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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stayed @ Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge April 22-24 2015 for a workshop. The food is delicious, the staff is wonderful and the rooms are clean and comfortable. My room was a loft room with the bedroom/bathroom upstairs and living room downstairs - it was nice to have room entry doors on both levels. The room was clean and quiet.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

The Easter and Mother's Day Brunch at Ruttger's are amazing! The Bay Lake setting is beautiful. Staff are friendly and competent. Food is always artfully presented and delicious. Great variety too. It's fun to browse the resort shops after brunch. I always find something unique. Some play golf too. There's a nice nine hole course for those (like me) that... More 

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

Thank you for your comments about our Easter and Mother's Day brunches, shopping and golfing. Some people think we are just for out of town visitors but we love it when our local neighbors come here for our shops, restaurants, golf, and other activities. Thank you for being our guest! Chris Ruttger More 

Hatfield, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Our family has been celebrating every other year at Ruttgers since the kids were knee high (and before some were even born). The kids love seeing their cousins from across the country and around the world! Grandma & Grandpa can see their family continue to bond! And parents can relax and enjoy with everyone! Now the kids have grown up,... More 

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

Ken, thank you for taking time to share your great comments. I've enjoyed getting to know you and your family. Hard to believe how many years have passed since your first visit. We're looking forward to seeing you again in 16. Chris Ruttger More 

Ham Lake, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I went to Ruttgers numerous times years ago and hadn't been there for 15 plus years. It was like going home. Service is still great, feeling of belonging still alive, Jack Ruttger still the gentleman and host exceptional. You like fine food?? get to the Ruttger Octoberfest. A buffet that is unbelievable, pick from 12 to 15 deserts for example.... More 

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

Thank you for writing such kind words about your experience and about my dad! It must have been a nostalgic feeling to be back after over 15 years. I'm sorry the WIFI gave you trouble. We have had inconsistencies with it that we are working to address Helpful to have that feedback. Thanks again and thanks for being our guest.... More 

Rochester, Minnesota, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I had never been to this area before and absolutely loved it after staying at Ruttgers on Bay Lake. A classic Minnesota lodge feel with updated amenities such as its townhome units on Bay Lake. Close to recreation that we love, great food and great Oktoberfest entertainment! I would definitely revisit Ruttgers and the area!

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

Thank you for visiting us for Ruttger's 29th annual Oktoberfest. It's such a fun way to cap off our season every year, and nice to hear from a first time visitor. I hope to see you again next Summer and at the 30th Oktoberfest celebration! Chris Ruttger More 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

What an absolutely WONDERFUL time we had had the resort for this SPECIAL weekend. The accommodations were PERFECT for us and our 2 married children. Each couple had their own room and bath....with a lovely kitchen and living room with a fireplace and dining room table big enough for us all. (we were in the Bay Lake Villas) the resort... More 

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

Wasn’t the Wine & Jazz weekend fantastic? We had a really fun group of guests too, which made it all the more enjoyable. Loved the way so many participated in the seminars and activities and the music. Maud Hixson and her group of musicians were stunning of course and I am so proud of the way our crew outdid themselves!... More 

Everett, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This place has so much to offer. It is a great retreat with golf, tennis (rackets are available to check out), spa services, exercise room, game room for the kids, with ping pong and video games. There is a kids camp with activity for kids that runs from June to Labor day. There are grills and fire pits (they will... More 

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

Thank you for staying with us. You are so kind to give us this nice review. I am happy to hear how much you liked the activities, shops, restaurants and other offerings, service, attention to detail, and beautiful Bay Lake. Sorry for the misunderstanding about early departures but I hope it worked out to your satisfaction. Thanks again for being... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Beautiful resort in the MN lakes country. Ruttgers Bay Lodge has it all. Fine dining to causal. Excellent service! Grounds and accommodations gorgeous! Activities galore for families. Beautiful challenging golf course Will go here over and over.

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

Well thank you very much for your kind remarks! Glad to have you and I hope to see you many more times. Thanks for being our guest. Chris Ruttger More 

Burnsville, Minnesota
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4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A friend and I stayed in the upper king room of the Bay Lake Villas. This was a last minute decision based on one of the resort's "hot deals". I am not sure it would be worth the full price but for $175 it was acceptable. It was more modern than the rooms overlooking the golf course and had a... More 

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

Thank you for writing this review. I am glad to hear that you had a great getaway. Nice that you were able to get in on one of our hot deals too and that you enjoyed the shops, golfing and relaxing on your deck. Sorry that Auntie M’s coffee shop wasn’t open later for you though. In the past we... More 

New Prague, Minnesota
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My husband and I went to Ruttger's for our 10 year anniversary. When my husband said it was $400 a night I was expecting a fancy cabin with all the extras. When we got there and walked into the cabin, it smelled damp and I found a few spiders in the bathroom:( The bedroom part of our cabin didn't have... More 

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

Thank you for your review. I am glad things got better and you loved it in the end, but I’m so sorry about the first impression and the problems with your cabin. I hope you do return with your kids. Please let us know and we will help figure out the best option (including air conditioning) for your family. Thanks... More 

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