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Stout's Island Lodge
2799 27th Street, Birchwood, WI 54857   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Birchwood B&B and Inns
Ladysmith, Wisconsin
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“Highly recommend this beautiful spot!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Accomodations are great. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Perfect spot for our family reunion we have had our group of 30 or so there every year for 15 years. While you are there be sure to hike the whole little island (this will take just about 40 minutes!) and go around the island by waterbike or kayak or both. The swim dock is awesome- the water is so clean that is smells like fresh clean laundry. Happy hour on the front lawn with a game of croquet also highly reommended. The complimentary breakfast is really nice served in their beautiful dining room with views of the lake on both sides of the room. Their restaurant is great forlunch and dinner- just reserve ahead. If you have a ski boat- you can bring it- the lake is awesome and not very crowded, just ask the staff ahead about room to dock and they will accomodate that. At the end of the day, your whole groupcan relax in the great room with a glass of wine, chatting, board games and a nice fire if weather dictates or you can enjoy the outdoor campfire with smores! Have fun!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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st paul, mn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

We spent a weekend June at Stout's Island lodge. The staff was great - from the moment you boarded the ferry, you got the impression that they were here to make you happy. While on the ferry, the staff checked everyone in (no keys, but the island doesn't have a problem with theft) and when docked, told everyone to leave their bags as they would deliver them to the room. The ferry driver then took the group around and dropped everyone off at their rooms. Bags were dropped off within 5 minutes (with everything intact). We were in Gardener's House room 20 - great room! It has a spacious bathroom, bedroom and a kitchenette. We were able to make dinner ourselves Friday night, which was relaxing. The kitchen has an oven, stove, coffee maker, fridge, microwave, dishwasher and pots/pans/dishes/silverware/glasses.
The restaurant on the island is amazing. You do have to make reservations and do so for both lunch and dinner. The wait time is a bit long as there is only one chef, but the food is worth it. We had lunch and dinner there on Saturday and everything was perfect. Well worth the time and money spent. The breakfast is a basic continental style, so don't expect omelettes and fancy things. It's enough to fill you up until lunch.
Activities - there are so many things to do! You don't have to check anything out, and there is no time limit - it's first come first serve. From hiking to kayaking to canoeing to fishing to swimming, there is so much to keep you busy if you want. There is a clay tennis court as well. The best thing to us were the hydro bikes - it was fun to pedal our way around the entire island! The entire island is beautiful and so scenic.
There is a bar in the lodge and the prices are the same as a majority of on-shore bars. Great selection of beer and wine available, as well as classic cocktail options. There is also a game room, which is where the bar is located.
The wooden boats in the boat house are HEAVY, but are amazing once in the water. That was probably a highlight of our trip. Also, there are chairs and benches at the edge of the boat house - that is a perfect place to watch the sunset. We were surprised more people weren't out there at that time.
All in all, we would go back in a heartbeat and are trying to make it happen for the fall time!

Room Tip: If you want to make your own food, check out Gardener's House room 20. It helps keep the cost do...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Brooklyn Center
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

I purchased the internet Crowd Cut coupon for a 3 day/week day stay in June 2012. We loved it! I was not ready to leave. You go back in time when life was relaxing and peaceful. Listen to the loons call at night while sitting around the campfire. (even had a racoon join us one night) Watch the stars and satellites and jets pass over head in the night sky. We stayed in the Shore Lodge and our room faced the south side of the island. Loved watching the rain storm come in. We used the canoe (first time I have done that in 30 yrs!). There is fishing galore if you like that. Walked the small island across the bridge and enjoyed the flowers and plants. Not too many staff - although we counted 12 when we were there during the week. Plenty to meet your needs and very very friendly and talkative. The WI people love to talk about the area. Meals were pricey but consider that EVERYTHING is brought over by boat. Brings snacks and drinks with you-although you come by boat so consider you have to carry it. The Shore Lodge is newly remodeled. Didn't miss tv and internet does work on your phone if you need it. We missed all the day lilies opening by a few days so I'm sure it is lovely. The gardener comes twice a week and everything is beautiful. Fresh flowers on the tables. Love the oldness of the main lodge. Some things need repair, like the old boat house, but I think it adds character. I don't think really enough to keep kids entertained, but great for adults or wedding parties. Enjoy the photos and please give it a try. Hope to go back some day soon.

Room Tip: Each building has it's own unique quality. We stayed at newly remodeled Shore Lodge. Very clean...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

What a great discovery Stout's Island Lodge was for us. Beautiful, quiet setting, with friendly and helpful staff and lots of historic character. We stayed in Room 6 in the main lodge on a hot June weekend and were very pleased. The room has a private screened porch with a nice northwest view of the lake, as well as afternoon sun and evening breezes, and the room was very comfortable. A lot of our fellow travelers had children in tow, but there's plenty of space and the grounds are peaceful and everyone seemed to get along fine. There are lots of things to do on the island, and we never felt compelled to take the ferry back to shore. We were content to read in the sun on the dock and take a swim when it got too hot, but we also paddled a beautiful wooden canoe, and a kayak, and rode the Hydro-Bikes. We're enthusiastic cooks and diners, and the on-site restaurant was terrific. We enjoyed whole roasted trout, grilled bison strip loin and grilled pork chop with outstanding accompaniments. It's not inexpensive, but the chef really knows what he's doing, If your priority is feeding a family cheaply, though, you might want to choose from among some nearby options onshore. A really nice getaway less than three hours from Minneapolis.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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18 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is a beautiful old lodge located on an island in northern Wisconsin. The lodge is comfortable, and it is well kept up for being 100 plus years old. The rooms are spacious in the lodge. Most have good views--ours (14) did not. Many activities are available free of charge on this island. You get there via a pontoon that runs hourly.

Room Tip: Avoid room #14--near kitchen and noisy.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, MN
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3 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

When I made my reservations and I was told our cabin was "rustic" I wasn't sure what to expect (We were in Harry's 10). We arrived at the dock and caught the boat to the island. It was a quick ride there and we were told we were already checked in so we were shown to the cabin. We had a 3 season porch, a deck and a full kitchen. It was great! (We also had a tv but it was not plugged in. After a long day we did try to plug it in but even with the DirecTV box there was no service). They brought our bags to our room and we made dinner reservations for that night. We had a drink in the lounge before dinner and they were $6-7 each which we thought was pretty expensive for a rum and coke and a beer. But then we sat down for dinner and were very disappointed. They have 4 dinners to choose from (and some small plates / appetizers) but the dinners are between $24-$32 each! Not what I want to pay when Im pretty much camping. So beware of that. Also there was a consensus around the campfire that night that no one enjoyed their dinners and they were not worth the price.
The rest of the time we were there we took the ferry to shore and went into Birchwood to eat (recommend Pizza Den!). Definitely bring snacks and food to eat while you are there as there is nothing to buy if you get hungry and its not breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Other than the disappointing food service this place is awesome. We took kayaks and hydro bikes around the island. They also have lawn games and board games free to use. From what I could tell they were almost fully booked and it still felt like we were there alone at times. The staff is not around unless you need them, then they are very helpful.
Some things to consider:
I believe we were told there are 40+ different rooms available to stay in and each one is different. They are remodeling the Shore Lodge so if you like newer buildings that might be the way to go.
Bring bug spray - at night the mosquitos are out!
They sell s'mores kits for $2 that make 2 s'mores - might want to bring your own.
The ferry picks you up from shore on the hour and picks you up from the lodge at 10 to. So plan to wait if you get there early.
Read the history on this place - its amazing it's lasted this long! So neat.
Bring snacks and bottled water.

I do recommend this place but it's very expensive!

Room Tip: Harry's 10 has full kitchen which is nice. Douglas, Wilson and Shore Lodge are newer if you want...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Minneapolis
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

We are on our way back from the lodge right now. We absolutely loved this place and can't wait to return. If you are looking for a quiet retreat this is your place. Unlike a lot of other places there is not a lot of staff around so you almost feel as though you are staying at a personal lodge that has a restaurant. There is very little staff around in the evenings.

I would recommend bringing snacks and beverages since there is not access to these in the evening.

Our room was adorble and bright. We had two screened in porches. We had room #6. #8 looked like a great option (the door was open while it was empty so we were able to peek in) it was much darker and had a fire place.

The food in the restaurant was good. Small selections and servings (at dinner) but had good quality and flavor.

We took advantage of some of the free use of the water toys, lawn games and board games, bonfire pit, etc.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking to step back from your current pace and slow it down. No phones, tvs or clocks in the rooms. A great place to spend quality time with your significant other and/or children.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2799 27th Street, Birchwood, WI 54857
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Birchwood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Birchwood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stout’s Island Lodge sits proudly in the center of Red Cedar Lake – an 1800-acre lake in northeastern Barron County, Wisconsin. There are two island connected by a 100 ft. walking bridge (given to Frank Stout by Andrew Carneige). The two islands have a combined acreage of 18 acres. All lodging is located on the western of the two islands; the East Island has walking trails as well as a small picnic cabin on the northern tip. Red Cedar Lake is known for its water quality, its fishery and for its relative quietude. ... more   less 
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