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Fair Hills Resort

24270 County Highway 20, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-9411
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#7 of 10 hotels in Detroit Lakes
Remember those vacations you experienced as a kid? You can find them again at Fair Hills Resort. Dive into the many exciting activities on one of the finest recreation lakes in the state, or take a long quiet walk along a scenic trail. Fair Hills combines the comforts of a world class resort with the fun of a classic Northwoods vacation. Since 1926, families have come to the shores of Pelican Lake seeking a quiet, relaxing place where resort recreation and friendly hospitality are served up special everyday. Generation after generation comes back to dip their toes in the waves and wash their cares away. At Fair Hills we know the importance of a personal touch. How a knowing smile and simple attention to detail can turn your time with us into a special memory. We know your family will feel right at home with at your new summer vacation home. Our simple motto reflects the spirit of a place where folks are genuine and friendships are made that last a lifetime. Fair Hills Resort is recognized as one of “America’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts” by numerous national publications including Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, and Southern Living. We also host lakeside destination weddings that provide full accommodations, meals and beverage service to you and your guests.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hot tub
Swimming pool toys
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Fitness classes
Breakfast available
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bicycles available
Golf course
Tennis court
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Children's playground
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Room features
Private beach
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Wardrobe / closet
Room types
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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24270 County Highway 20, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-9411
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Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl Airport184 miSee all flights
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Nicholas J wrote a review Aug 2019
Plymouth, United States18 contributions5 helpful votes
Fair Hills is a real gem! We took the family for a visit in August and absolutely loved it. The cabins are cozy and are a throwback to the family cabins from the 1950s. True, they don't have TVs, Wifi, or AC (those things are available in parts of the resort), but what they had was beautiful lake views, lots of fresh air, a quiet nights sleep and a chance to connect with the family. We loved it so much that we extneded our stay. The activity program for kids and adults was great. Every day Fair Hills offers a range of things to join in. Golf, Tennis, Pickle Ball, Swimming, Skiing, Biking, kids games, bingo night, the hootenany (a hilarious variety show), and a talent night. The best part is that kids/teens can self-entertain around Fair Hills all day long. There is so much to do. Also, don't miss the ice cream they serve in the pavillion - we loved getting a treat to share at some point every day. I would recommend Fair Hills for anyone looking for a very laid back Minnesota summer experience. Beth, the owner, and her team will do a great job making you feel like one of the family - they sure did for us.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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toddabraun wrote a review Aug 2019
Fargo, North Dakota74 contributions10 helpful votes
A clean, cozy resort on a popular, upscale lake. This is the first room I've stayed in that didn't have locks on the doors, but once you get past that and the dated decor, we enjoyed our stay. We were there for a wedding party and boy was it a great venue for that! It started with Happy Hour on the deck next to the office, then moved to dinner in the dining hall and ended with the dance in the party room if the office building. It was neat that they had young adults from all over the world staying there and taking care of the property. The breakfast brunch buffet was delicious - good quality and plenty of quantity. I would definitely go back again just to relax by the water.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
McHopper wrote a review Jul 2018
Tallahassee, Florida85 contributions44 helpful votes
While there is wifi, there's no TV. Wise parents who collect cell phones and electronic games are giving their children an extraordinary experience: Fair Hills will take them and all of us back to a simpler time where you communicate and enjoy life on a level not possible back home in the world of constant electronic noise. My husband and I were children in the 1950's and last week we felt we were able to reach back in time and not only visit those simple pleasures again but also share it with our grandchildren. Fair Hills has captured the magic of that 1950's "going off to summer camp" feeling -- boating around the shore, swimming in the lake, the sweet feeling of morning grass wet with dew on bare feet, the evening stars and call of the loons, it's all there for the taking. We (our troop of grandparents, parents, nieces, nephews, lots of young cousins) just got back from a week's stay yesterday. The Minnesota weather was cool and pleasant and Fair Hills, since it's beginning in 1926, is dependably wholesome offering many dollops throughout each day of old fashioned pleasures and camp activities -- from group activities for young children (4 to 8) to pre-teens to teens there's something interesting going on (arts & crafts, tennis, golf, boating, lots of etc). And moms, No cooking! The bell ringing at the dining hall signals another bountiful feast is ready -- usually a little menu is presented at each sitting for individual selections but there are also good surprises like a fantastic grilled picnic outside one day, a smorgasbord another day -- always fresh fruits, soups, lots of breads to go along with the entrees and Fair HIll's famous cinnamon buns (don't get me started on how melt in your mouth those are!). The lake is beautiful and inviting, there's lot of watercraft to use, some to rent (can be reserved ahead) -- there's just so much to do (or not, just relax and read by the lake, listen to the chirping of many birds, rabbits coming out early morning and evening, chipmunks skittering, red squirrels hopping) -- the staff is phenomenal, they are from different countries as well as nearby, multi-talented -- the cellist at happy hour you might encounter running the lobby desk, that marvellous singer at the Hootenanny, wow today he's cleaning your room! There's a lovely playground for little ones, a sparkling swimming pool, a meadow where our grandchildren made new friends throwing a frisbee (they ran til their sides hurt with joy). I hope I've painted the picture I intended -- the only thing that's keeping me from being sad about leaving is the reservation we made for next year!
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Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Cabins are "summertime camp" like -- not fancy. Can choose lakefront or in woods or up...
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noranekko wrote a review Sep 2017
Acton, Massachusetts205 contributions67 helpful votes
We stayed at Fair Hills for a few nights for a wedding. It was just like summer camp....listening to the twap of the screen door as it closed, the lake, the bonfires, and the bell to call you to breakfast. It is not a resort (in our modern interpretation), but you are not paying typical resort prices. It is a place where you can just chill and relax. You can swim in the lake (or pool), kayak, rent a motor boat and try out water skiing. Although they do now have wifi (limited), you can readily disregard any connection and relax and chat face to face....something that we all should do from time to time. Rooms are basic - pine wood cabins. Our cabin held the three of us comfortably - Queen bed in the main room and a twin in a side bedroom. No TV in the rooms - but once again the point here is to be at summer camp. No keys are used - but we never felt that we needed to lock our cabin when not present - even my generally paranoid hubby was OK. Although we did latch our cabin door at night - just out of habit. My cousin should have done the same as some random drunk dude came into her cabin to use the bathroom late one night. - then went off to the cabin next door (not his cabin). Morning breakfast was good and very filling.
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Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: My sense is that depending on your needs, you are assigned a cabin.
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Braed wrote a review Aug 2016
Albertville, Minnesota20 contributions7 helpful votes
A wonderful family getaway! The kids had camp activities twice a day which allowed us adults to relax! Have sailing, skiing, tennis, golf...always something to do. They also had a talent show, cocktail hour and boat cruise lovely time
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fair Hills Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Fair Hills Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Fair Hills Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Fair Hills Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Fair Hills Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Fair Hills Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cornfield Cafe, Zorbaz, and Cormorant Pub.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Fair Hills Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, fitness classes, and yoga classes during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Fair Hills Resort?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Fair Hills Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Is Fair Hills Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.