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“Wonderful old fashion family resort” 5 of 5 stars
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24270 Co Hwy 20, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-9998   |  
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Waunakee, Wisconsin, United States
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“Wonderful old fashion family resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We spent a week at Fair Hills with our two children 13 and 11. It is very much a family camp with numerous activities. The cabins are very basic but comfortable: we spent very little time in ours. Although we had a great location right on the lake with a nice deck. It was great to hear the waves each night as you fell asleep. The lake was warm and clean and the center of most activity- at least for us. There is also a nice pool and hot tub. The lobby has pool, ping pong, games for the kids- and adults, as well as an ice cream and snack shop. Many activities on the lake, sailing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, jumping from the tower, aquacycles. Both of our kids signed up and learned to water ski. We also rented a boat for a morning and toured the lake and went tubing. Kids activities are varied and fun, kickball, boat trips, capture the flag, banana boat rides, teen pizza night. Our kids made friends right away and would love to return next year. The food was of good quality and variety. We had a wonderful waitress from Ukraine, Olga she was so sweet and accommodating. The rang a bell for meals and activities. There were also family activities, closest to the pin contest, ice cream social, giant water slide, bingo, talent show and campfire. We also enjoyed playing tennis, shuffleboard and basketball. The resort allows you to be as active as you would like or just kick back and relax- the perfect combination of activity...no pressure to participate for kids or adults if you choose not to. We met many nice families during our stay. If you are looking for a family friendly, low key, casual, old fashion summer vacation/camp, this is a great place to go!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tea, South Dakota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Fair Hills Resort exceeded all of our expectations. We were looking for a true getaway that would allow us to enjoy our family and get a real break from our hectic busy lives. From the moment we arrived we felt welcomed and were treated like old friends. We have kids that range from 2-17 and each of them had plenty of things to do and quickly made friends with fellow guests. Almost everything is included in the rate (except motorized things) so they were endless things to do and no one complained about being bored all week. It's a wonderful relaxing place. The staff is so friendly and accommodating to any request and they surprised me constantly though the week. I think they've thought of everything here! They even have a bell to ring for meals and activities and allow the children to sign up to have their chance to ring it. Very nostalgic and wonderful place. And none of us wanted to leave.

The food served is homey and the choices are great. The cook will make pancakes in any shape and out kids challenged that by requesting a spider on a web and a peacock... and the cook delivered both! There are so many quaint and sweet things that happen through the week, I am not sure I would even want to spoil it by telling about them here. But trust me when I say that your week at Fair Hills will feel like a month and you will not want to leave. There is a reason that families return year after year. 2013 was our first time at Fair Hills and we made reservations for the next year before we checked out. Our kids have not stopped talking about it and we already miss it.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Provo, Utah
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Here, you are right ON the Lake - just as you are at the Restaurant, too. You cannot beat this location, seriously. Impressive facility all around. Great staff and customer service, we thought. Big, super clean room and a nice pool setup, too. One of the great Lake locations in MN and Fair Hills has the best setup in DL region. Lots to do here and I wish I had not been on a business trip so I could have done more while there. We will return late summer and look forward to another stay here.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Big Lake, MN
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Friendly staff welcomed us for our boys' golf weekend getaway. We did get upgraded to the Ranch House (you can hear waves crashing in on the lake shore from your room) since it was a slow part of the year (mid-May) which was a great fit. The Play & Stay Package was fairly priced, included breakfast (chock-full of gooey caramel rolls, fruit, fried eggs and ham) and a golf course lunch. Great golf course, clean accommodations, excellent breakfast service & food from smiley cooks; these people know how others want to be treated while on vacation and they do it right.
Aside from an excellent golf getaway, this would be a great place to bring the kids for an activities filled weekend of fun. Location is ideal for water activities, excellent food and being around other kids -- ideal for family reunions!
Thanks for an awesome getaway!
The College Boys from Arrowhead Road

Room Tip: We liked the Ranch House but it was quiet during our weekend getaway. It's like a mini-motel of...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Omaha, Nebraska
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

This hotels sits directly on the lakes. The staff at this location was very courteous and went out of there way to make sure my stay was very nice. The room was clean and well maintained and the pool area looked very nice. The restaurant was was fairly priced and looked out over the lake. I was here on business but would like to come back with family. Only thing I thought was needing work at this location was the fitness center. The equipment while functional was very out dated and needed to be replaced. I would recommend getting a room that faced the lake.

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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St. Paul, MN
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We just returned from another great family vacation at Fair Hills! I grew up coming here with my family of 7, and now it's become our vacation of choice for family reunions with my siblings and their families! The cabins are very basic, but who spends time in there except to sleep? Our kids enjoy the freedom to roam and join the scheduled kid activities (even a teen night for the older kids!) or to spend time with family swimming, boating, golfing or practice for the talent show! As others have mentioned, there is lots of built in entertainment, if you like that (night-time shows, golf, tennis, volleyball, campfires, cocktail parties) or you can simply sit and read a book. The dining hall serves amazing meals with multiple choices for all (vegetarian always a choice) and the staff is very accommodating to special requests. We appreciated the serving sizes being appropriate, not too huge and you can always request a half portion since they feed you so well! (or multiple desserts!) The staff is outgoing, talented (!) musically and always ready with a smile!
Suggestions of things to bring: if you enjoy wine/beer, you can rent a refridgerator or simply bring a cooler (ice is sold at $0.05 per LARGE scoop: so dirt cheap!) and remember the wine opener; flashlight for walking at night, although the pathways are very well lit; maybe snacks for your cabin, although the food service is great and they do sell ice cream/popcorn/snacks at the pavillion. There is no need to leave Fair Hills once you pass through the golden archway!

Room Tip: Some cabins have kingsized beds, which was a great luxury. Cabin 40A was upstairs but faced the lake...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orinda, California
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194 reviews 194 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Remember Dirty Dancing?? This resort is the closest you'll get to that. We've been coming for 47 years with three generations. Each generation of kids LOVES this place--my twins call it "Fairy Hills." There are activities for all, food, maid service, the lake, a pool, etc.etc. but NO TV or phones in the cabin and Internet is limited. TRUE relaxation. Can't say enough positive about this place if you crave genuine, quality family time. Get to know your kids. They will NOT ask for a cell phone, a video player, or a computer the whole time.....

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 24270 Co Hwy 20, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-9998
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Detroit Lakes
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Detroit Lakes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 88
Also Known As:
Fair Hills Hotel Detroit Lakes
Fair Hills Resort Mn

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