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Big Sandy Lodge & Resort

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20534 487th Street, McGregor, MN 55760
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#1 of 2 Specialty lodging in McGregor
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3.9
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3.6
Big Sandy Lodge & Resort offers you a unique, amenity filled vacation escape into the beauty and serenity of Minnesota's North Country,   Big Sandy Lodge & Resort combines the best of traditional resorts with the resort of the future: a permanent place to call your own. With a blend of rental and purchase properties, you can find just the right accommodations for your Minnesota vacation. Come once or come for generations. At Big Sandy Lodge & Resort, you decide what vacation means.We're one of the few northern Minnesota resorts to offer a unique blend of old world Lodge with dining, a dynamic sports bar, swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, WI-FI internet access, indulgent amenities, housekeeping and year-round association maintenance.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Hot tub
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Golf course
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Non-smoking hotel
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Kathy H wrote a review Jul 2022
Minneapolis, Kansas6 contributions
We have stayed here a few times. It is very clean, the restaurant is good and we enjoy the view of the lake. It would be nice to have a little more space in the room. Since the bed was queen sized, it wasn’t as spacious as other lodges. We would stay again!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Get a lakeside room.
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Response from Candice Peterson, Other at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort
Responded Jul 21, 2022
Thank you very much for your review! We are so glad you enjoy your stay and our restaurant. We cannot wait to have you back :)
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Tom H wrote a review Apr 2022
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Absolutely beautiful location. Took advantage of the special rate- stay 3 days, get one at no charge Check-in Thursday Check-out Sunday. The Lodge was only 40% booked according to the front desk staff. I would say actually 20%. Weather was cold and rainy. They call it Mud Season. Forgot to mention the “special” rate would mean you would be assigned the OVER THE BAR itty-bitty cabin decor room. Pedestal sink ( no room for toiletries) Electrical plug-in outlets limited. Free Breakfast- no comment HotTub - Closed Totally enjoyed no sleep, loud noises and smokers right under our window, Was told by staff most of the LODGE ROOMS are over the bar.. Be careful booking a SPECIAL RATE…. The staff was friendly. We did enjoy a nice lunch with family.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: Not sure… Was told that most of the rooms in the Lodge were located over the Bar Stay in a cabin...
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Response from Candice Peterson, Other at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort
Responded May 11, 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We are so happy that you enjoyed your service and lunch, but are disappointed that you did not enjoy the rest of your stay. We take our guest experiences seriously and use it as an opportunity to improve. We would love to have you back during our summer months so you can enjoy all of the amenities and fun we have to offer. Thanks again!
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Dusty19501950 wrote a review Aug 2021
Scarsdale, New York23 contributions13 helpful votes
Just kidding. No zombies but fairly indifferent staff. Ok maybe C- nice big cabin with construction on both adjoining cabins. They certainly leave you alone here. The place leaves you with the impression that there is some insider knowledge that we simply don’t have. Also it seems to help to have a boat. It’s unclear who really runs the place. The restaurant is a friendly place , typical MN carby food. Not big on veggies. Although the place is very isolated, McGregor has a delightful breakfast/lunch place called the Cottage plus the Coffee Roaster place near the lodge( connected to a gas station) was great for breakfast. For a family who cook and have dogs, this would be ok if the weather holds and there’s no fires. Also it helps to have 💰 since a week will set you back at least 4,000 smackers. Bring your meds. You may need them.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Candice Peterson, Other at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort
Responded Aug 30, 2021
Hi Ken, Thank you for staying with us and leaving a review. We apologize that your stay was not up to expectations. We promise there is no insider knowledge we are keeping from you or anyone :). Next time you visit, we would love a chance to make you feel more at home and really show you how amazing our amenities are, including our boat rental partner! If you decide to give us another try, make sure to follow us on social @bigsandlodgeandresort for property and amenity information (as well as zombie updates - kidding ;)! Thanks again Ken.
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William J wrote a review Jul 2021
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Good: Cabin space is true to photos! Kitchen appliances are clean, and in full working order. Air conditioning is solid, and keeps the cabin comfortable all day long. The cabin is spacious and the garage accomodates large vehicles. Modern, pedestal washer and dryer are clean and in full working order. The beachfront is clean and spacious enough for a few small groups of guests not to step over each other. The swingsets for smaller kids are clean and in good shape. The indoor pool is shallow enough to keep an eye on your kids, and the water is clean. The restaurant food is decent, although a little underwhelming in contrast to other dining in the area. The boat rental (included in our stay) was great! The pontoon was up to date, clean, reliable and comfortable. The dock staff were helpful, and instructive making our rental a breeze. Needs improvement: Main floor cabin carpeting needs replacement. Basement couches need replacement. Cabin does not offer any queen or larger beds. Outdoor trash bin isnt large enough for busy families or large groups--you may need to notify the front desk to have it emptied more than once. Refrigerator water filter is overdue and needs to be replaced. Television remotes dont match the TV, and dont work correctly with the cable set top box upstairs or downstairs, making it extremely difficult to use. Outdoor decking around the cabin needs to be replaced. Cabin grill is slightly rusty, needed cleaning and had standing water in the burners. There are a few places in the cabin where caulking needed to be reapplied in the bathroom, but there is no water damage. Restaurant hours are problematic during the week, and the kitchen is unfortunately understaffed this season, making service slow. Bring your own dishwasher pods/laundry detergent pods. Some are placed in the cabin when you check in, but may not suffice for busy or large families. The lodge did not document that the boat rental requires the guest to pay for any fuel used. (Not really a big deal, it was fairly priced anyway). The Smores package is a nice family touch, but ultimately a headache if you have small kids. There is only one community fire pit just above the beach, and the resort does not supply a table or skewers, so you will need to bring your own. The dock operators light the fire, which is helpful, but the package description/checkin info doesnt describe where or when to go for this, so you may have to ask the front desk
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Candice Peterson, Other at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort
Responded Jul 29, 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We are happy you and your family had a nice time with us and enjoyed your boating experience. We understand your frustrations in some aspects and our main goal is to make all of our guests happy all of the time. We will take your comments to mind in our ongoing strategy to improve. We hope to see you again soon :)
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N B wrote a review Jul 2021
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Stayed in a dbl. queen lodge room for 4 nights. The good: The resort grounds are very nice, beach is good, firepit area is well equipped, reataurant & bar were good too. Resort staff was friendly & helpful. Nice landscaping around the lodge area & good parking. The not so good: As far as the room goes the carpeting needs to be replaced oh so badly, big black stains, had to wear shoes all the time while in the room as our feet were black after just walking through the first night. The rooms are very dark & the bathrooms need some updating as well, faucet dripped steady throughout our stay. The lodge hot-tub was not working the first part of our stay, but the pool was clean & the temp was good, would be nice though to have a little adult only time, an hour or two perhaps in the late evening as many kids in both pools all the time, even jumping in & out of the hot-tub constantly. The resort has great potential, but just by updating the lodge rooms with new flooring & lighting would go a really long way... Otherwise we enjoyed our stay.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Candice Peterson, Other at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort
Responded Jul 20, 2021
Thank you so much for your honest review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and found our staff helpful and friendly. We apologize the condition of the room did not meet your expectations. We want all of our guests to be happy and safe when staying with us. Your comments about the room have been noted and will be explored further. Thank you and we hope to decide to stay with us again!
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Pete B wrote a review Feb 2021
Stillwater, Minnesota3 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I spent three nights here over Valentines weekend this year. We were there primarily to ice fish, not much luck this time , but that’s fishing. The temps ranged from -8 to -36F, our room was cozy and nicely decorated. We had a problem with the fridge freezing stuff but that’s not big deal. The food was very good, they have a pretty broad menu, which I didn’t really expect in “these times”. The staff was outstanding, Dan and Sara in bar and restaurant were great. My aging SUV didn’t care for the frigid temps, Dave the overnight guy was very helpful, several times helping me out with a jump or starting my vehicle for me in the middle of the night. The great service didn’t end there, my vehicle needed more help on Monday- dead battery, middle of the lake -20. Despite my overly stubborn pride, my wife called the resort, and in 15 minutes, their maintenance guy Steve was out jump starting us. You can’t ask for more than that. This was probably my 5th or 6th time there, I’ll be back
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Response from Candice Peterson, Other at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort
Responded Feb 18, 2021
Thank you so much for your nice review. Our staff is happy to help our guests. We hope to see you again soon!
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Tamara K wrote a review Dec 2020
Indialantic, Florida166 contributions65 helpful votes
Worst room I've stayed in for years -- very tiny room and thin walls where I could hear EVERYTHING from next door. Looked out at the lake but that was the only nice feature. We had dinner in the restaurant and the male server wore his mask under his nose and every table was sat with people; no social distancing. Dinner was less than average in taste but expensive. Service was slow and marginal. Maybe the off-main lodge rooms would be better, but I absolutely cannot recommend this lodge, as pretty as it is from the photos and outside. The design of the room levels in the main lodge with the open atrium afford everyone the chance to hear the noise from the lobby.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Room Tip: Don't choose a room in the main lodge; too noisy and small.
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Response from Candice Peterson, Other at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort
Responded Dec 28, 2020
Hi Tamara, Thank you for your time to write this review. We apologize for your bad experience and we are very disappointed our rooms did not meet your expectations and that all COVID guidelines were not being practiced in the restaurant. We want all of our guests to feel safe and happy when they stay and eat with us. Your review is noted and we will make all efforts to make future stays better. Thank you!
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loribed1970 wrote a review Oct 2020
Duluth, Minnesota2 contributions2 helpful votes
Quality of room was poor. Quality of food was ok but with dinners u dont have a soup or salad option. OUTRAGEOUS PRICES! Only positive was some of the staff..not all..but some. When we checked in, or room had broken blinds, toilet wouldn't flush, under the beds were thick with dust and dirt and beds were made poorly and improperly. We let staff know anthey IMMEDIATELY found us a better room and inspected it before we stayed. Will we go back...no AMAZING STAFF..SARA in the dining room,SARA at the front desk CHASTITY management. They keep the rest a float.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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wlhomecare wrote a review Aug 2020
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota2 contributions
Great get away, but services are very limited. Lodge room was okay, but couldn’t get our AC to work. It was a good thing it was cool outside. We had better food at local businesses. Front desk folks weren’t very welcoming, but the young men by the docks were very friendly and helpful. The weather and lake was beautiful.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jason wrote a review Jul 2020
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Looks nice from pictures, but they always do. Didn’t even dock my boat there. No room. Ask where I can park boat and trailer cuz the yards everyone else parked in we’re full. But little over quarter mile away is our overflow. They accommodate the drunks real nice. And we got a tiny room above the band. We didn’t stay the night, didn’t ask for refund just left. Save yourself over 100 stay at super 8 rooms twice the size.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Big Sandy Lodge & Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Big Sandy Lodge & Resort?
Nearby attractions include Sandy Lake Recreation Area (4.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Big Sandy Lodge & Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Roasting House, restaurant at Big Sandy Lodge, and Bann's Bar & Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Big Sandy Lodge & Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Big Sandy Lodge & Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.
Is Big Sandy Lodge & Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.