My husband and I spent a memorable weekend at Stout's Island Lodge and felt like we'd been to camp...in a good way! OK, there were some things there that I don't remember at camp, such as wine, some excellent food, and my husband! But it really did seem like grown-up camp to me.
The resort is near Rice Lake and truly is on an island. It was originally a lumber baron's summer home and after being there you can really imagine how it must have been back then.
Once an hour the resort sends a pontoon boat to the shore to drop off/pick up guests. While on the boat we were asked our name, signed a form, and voile! ... we were checked in. The boat driver carried our luggage to our room for us and, as another reviewer mentioned, never even gave us a key because the rooms are not locked (you CAN lock them from the inside...no worries!).
Our room was extremely clean and comfortable. We had a queen sized wrought iron bed, a dresser, a comfy chair, as well as a little table and chair set in the kitchen. The bathroom was modernized, yet completely in the style of the resort. The bedding was nice but the towels were average. We chose a room at the lower, reasonable end of the price spectrum and we probably would do that again. There was nothing about the room that made me wish we had splurged on a more expensive one.
During the weekend we went canoeing, swimming, and hiking. (Note: all of the amenities, like the kayaks, etc. are included, except for a speed boat). We also sat on some of the numerous Adirondack chairs and read, drank wine, and watched the sunset. (Note: best place to watch the sunset is on the second floor of the boat house, in the back). Every evening they have a bonfire and you can have s'mores if you like.
One night we ate dinner in their charming restaurant. I had some amazing trout, which we happened to see delivered to the island just that morning from the local trout farm. Our lunch was good too, but the breakfast was a bore. I really searched for something I would like. If you're eating low-carb, you're SOL (except for a cold hard boiled egg). At least the continental breakfast is complimentary.
The staff are helpful, friendly, and somewhat "invisible", as you hardly see them. Somehow everything stays clean and gets done, but the employees stay below the radar.
There were families at the resort when we were there, but it is definitely a great place for a romantic getaway!
- Also Known As:
- Stout`s Island Hotel Mikana
- Stout`s Island Hotel
- Stout Island
- 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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