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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We look forward to going to Nelson's Resort every year. The cabins are rustic, clean and homey. The owners treat the guests like family and that makes it special. The chef has a great menu, will take requests and do a great job. The shore lunches are always special. You can't beat the place - we love it!

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Fargo, North Dakota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

The restaurant has a wonderful view of Crane Lake. There is a big garden adjacent to it which supplies fresh vegetables to the menu. We had a fantastic squash and mushroom soup, but the rest of the menu (and the food on it) was nice, but not particularly interesting.

Thank Larry P
Tracy, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

This was my family's "go to" place to unwind and relax!!! I have traveled around the world in the last 60 years.... However, Nelson's is unsurpassed for a true vacation!!! The owner's exemplify "Minnesota Nice"!!!! Thank you for keeping it perfect for family time and an opportunity for a joyful getaway. There is nothing like sitting at the bow of... More 

Thank Mary C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

we loved the place. cabins were built maybe in the 60's. some are older and some are newer. Most have kitchens. Some have their own dock. The people are some of the nicest, accommodating you will ever find .Get butch for a guide and he will put you on some fish. very entertaining too.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2015

I stayed with my parents, brother and sister-in-law at the Big House cabin at Nelson's this past week, and it was fantastic, as always! We have now returned to Nelson's 6 times to vacation, and are never disappointed with the experience. If you're into hiking, I would recommend the hike to the beaver dam. It is a rigorous hike, but... More 

1 Thank Becca M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2015

We had a guys (3 generations) of family up there for a week of fishing and great fun. Although the bugs were horrible at this time of year the fishing was great and the experience was fantastic. Been coming up here for 33 years and can't wait to come back again next year.

Thank Chris H
wton west mids
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2015

we stayed here for 3 nights last august and it was lovely. The cabin was cosy and set on the edge of Crane lake which was breathtaking . We were able to make a fire and watch the sun go down on the lake. The main lodge and bar was good the food was excellent when you think how far... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2014

Our party of four did not stay at Nelson's. It was recommended to us by a shopworker in Orr as a nice place to have lunch before we headed out of the Crane Lake area for an extended camping weekend in Voyageurs National Park. We had lunch on the restaurant deck, and it was delightful. Attentive and friendly service, good... More 

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Addison, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

June 2014 Our party of 3 spent one week at Nelson's resort for fishing. We were given a guide for a day at a cost of $375. Upon our departure our bill cosisted of an additional $56. for fuel and $20. for bait. When asking why the additional charges we were told the guide added fuel and bait to our... More 

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Nelsons35, Owner at Nelson's Resort, responded to this review

I'm sorry that we had confusion over the guide pricing with this party, it was not our intention to mislead them or any other costumer. Our guides are self- employed and set their own prices and with the many different lakes and options that they can take their clients it would be unfair to include the fuel and bait costs... More 

Hamburg, Iowa, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

the owner told me where my cabin was and when I extended my hand and introduced myself he shook my hand and told me he needed to get back to the phone. didn't even tell me his name. his wife was pleasant however in the lodge during the week. mice in the cabin, had to store food in microwave and... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
In 1931 John and Millie Nelson held a dream of a first class resort on the edge of the wilderness. You can find this dream still alive and nestled on Crane Lake in the north woods. Still operated by the Nelson family, the tradition of friendly hospitality, impeccable cleanliness and individual service awaits each and every guest. Each of our log and pine paneled cabins along Nelson's 1-1/2 miles of lakeshore awaits your visit. Nelson's Resort is truly a vacation paradise. Bordering Voyageur's National Park, Nelson's Resort is a scenic 5-hour drive from the Twin Cities and only a day's drive from such cities as Chicago, Des Moines, Milwaukee and Omaha. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Nelson's Resort

Address: 7632 Nelson Rd, Crane Lake, MN 55725-8023
Location: United States > Minnesota > Crane Lake
Number of rooms: 27
Also Known As:
Nelson`s Hotel Crane Lake
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