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“Fantastic Family Getaway”

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Ludlow's Island Resort
Ranked #2 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Cook
Certificate of Excellence
Bird Island
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“Fantastic Family Getaway”
Reviewed July 1, 2008

If you ever would have told me that an island would be utterly relaxing with a 4 year old and an 8 year old running around... I would have told you that you were crazy! The truth of the matter is that an island is perfect... they are contained. The staff at Ludlow's made us feel totally relaxed. The key comment I can make is SERVICE, SERVICE, SERVICE. A crackling fireplace, screened porch, deck overlooking the water and (listen to me moms...) a dishwaser made this a relaxing get away. The only thing I would change about our visit... is that I would have stayed longer.

  • Liked — Tranquility.
  • Disliked — No complaints
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 27, 2008

We just returned from our stay at Ludlow's and I'm already missing the relaxing days on the water. We had a wonderful stay in the Northside cottage. I was very impressed with size, decor and layout of the cottage. The other cabins we a ways a way and we had a lot of privacy being surrounded by woods and the dogs had a great time being able to run around a swim. If you are bringing dogs, this is a great cottage to choose.

What I was most impressed with the service we received from when we pulled up to the dock to check in to our boat ride back as we left. They have done a terrific job of selecting friendly, knowledgeable staff that make you feel right at home and are always checking to see if they can do anything to help. Truely a first class resort and we can't wait to go back!

  • Liked — Clean spacious cottage with a great deck area
  • Disliked — Not a thing!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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Reviewed January 6, 2008

We have been going to Ludlow's for several years and it is so refreshing to see that some things never change....and only keep getting better and better. We have three children...and they said when we left last year that they would give up everything, to be able to go back again next summer!

This is a great place to forget about the real world, and reconnect with your family!

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed June 4, 2007

Just returned after staying 3 days at the Bayside cabin. I wish we could have stayed longer. The lake is beautiful the cabin was just so relaxing. There are wonderful views of the woods and lake. We went fishing every day and had a wonderful time. We saw bald eagles, loons, and ducks. We even caught a Northern Pike. The cabin was completely furnished the kitchen had all you needed to cook. The bathroom had a whirlpool bath where you had a fantastic view of the lake. The staff was wonderful. They did not intrude but were available when needed. I would return any summer it was a great vacation.

  • Liked — the view and the cabin
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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minneapolis,mn
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Reviewed April 11, 2007

We have been to Ludlows resort for 7 or 8 consecutive years (I've lost track) and every year, we agree it's the best week of the year. The island setting forces us to disconnect from the world a little and really relax without television or computers... and get by with listening to a baseball game on the radio while relaxing on the porch. We have teenage daughters who always manage to find friends on the island, and make fun out of simple pleasures... swimming in the lake, building bonfires at night, camping on their nearby "camping island", or playing Scrabble with Mom and Dad at night (something I don't think they'd do at home). We'd recommend this to any family looking for a great way to really relax and bond as a family. The only downside is that there is no restaurant on the island, but it's worth the sacrfice. Unfortunately, we probably won't be going back because we fell in love with this lake, and the area, and have bought our own cabin on Vermilion. Even though, I'm still thinking about justifying why it might be OK to spend one week a year at Ludlow's :).

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Fresno, California
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Reviewed August 11, 2006

August 2, 2006
My wife, my 92 year old father and I just left Ludlow's Island Resort on Lake Vermilion near Cook, Minnesota. Beginning with our reservation, made serveral months ago, and ending with our checkout today, we all felt like we were placed in a family "cocoon". As described in the brochure, "rustic elegance" is combined with personal attention with no needs left unattended. Although we were at the resort only two days and noted mostly multigenerational families enjoying themselves with watersports and resort persuits, the peace and serenity of our cabin (Northshore) was exactly what we desired.
Making our breakfast and enjoying it each morning in our cabin with fresh goods obtained in the small store was such a treat. The first night's gourmet dinner with wine pairing at The Harvest Moon (owned by the Ludlows, located just down the way) was positively superb.
A pontoon ride on Lake Vermillion the next day, seeing the loons and the breathtaking scenery...all memorable! We again had dinner at The Harvest Moon our second evening there with the best fresh Walleye we have ever tasted.
This morning after breakfast, again obtained from the propery's honor-system store, my wife, father and I all had great regrets leaving after such a perfect but far-too-brief visit. Truly this resort is worth a stay ~ you may NEVER be able to leave after such a treat.
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Ludlow's Island Resort on Lake Vermilion
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Reviewed January 14, 2006

Out family has spent our summer vacation at Ludlows Island Resort for the last two summers and we scheduled our 2006 summer vacation right before we left last summer. We love spending a week on Ludlows Island and plan on making our vacations a tradition for our family year after year.

The absolute only negative part about spending our vacations at Ludlows is having to leave when our vacation has ended. The owners and staff at Ludlows provide the perfect relaxing vacation and the cabin (The Dreamcatcher) we stay in is perfect with beautiful views of Lake Vermillion. My husband and I have two teenagers who also love going to Ludlows, and they enjoy the week boating, swimming, reading, relaxing and living without their electronics for a week with no complaints.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Property: Ludlow's Island Resort
Address: 8166 Ludlow Rd, Cook, MN 55723-8706
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Location: United States > Minnesota > Cook
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Cook
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ludlow's Island Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
23 handcrafted knotty pine cabins located in northern Minnesota on Lake Vermilion. Each cabin has a wood burning fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, screen porch, deck, multiple bedrooms and multiple baths, on a private secluded island. Fishing, children's activities, boating, skiing, tubing, meetings and weddings. Ludlow's Island Resort has been in the same family for over 75 years. ... more   less 
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