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“Top Vacation Pick of the Whole family”

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East Silent Lake Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Dent
Certificate of Excellence
Winthrop, Iowa
1 review
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“Top Vacation Pick of the Whole family”
Reviewed February 9, 2012

If you want a family vacation where service and staff friendliness is a priority, East Silent is the perfect resort. Our 3 generation family has been vacationing there the last 3 seasons and it is the highlight of our year. Our grandchildren write and talk about the memories of our vacation all year long. We love the peaceful, clean, and fun atmosphere of the resort. If we want an activity that's not offered at the resort, the owners will locate it in the surrounding area and arrange for us. My advice to newcomers would be to make your reservations early, because most current vacationers rebook their vacation for the following year before they leave. Mary D

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Nick L, Owner at East Silent Lake Resort, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Mary,
Thanks for the tip on booking early! Over 90 percent of our guests return each year, so it's important to call well in advance to check availability and reserve your cabin. Also check out our new vacation homes, which offer all the modern amenities of home plus the relaxation and enjoyment of a lakeside vacation. Looking forward to seeing your family this summer!
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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

For the past four years, our extended family has spent our summer vacations at East Silent Resort. We have also taken our children on other numerous family vacations and when you ask them about their FAVORITE vacation spot they will always answer, "East Silent Resort!" East Silent has the perfect mix of relazing atmosphere as well as fun-filled activities if you so choose to partake. I asked our kiddos what their favorite ESR activity is and they replied, "the HUGE waterslide, playing with all the kids on the beach, and SMORES!!!" Lastly, the staff at ESR is amazing and they always have a smile on their face. They work so hard and it shows as the resort is meticulous. If you have not visited ESR, you are missing out!!!

Room Tip: The Bear Den is fantastic!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Nick L, Owner at East Silent Lake Resort, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
One of the perks of a week's stay at East Silent Resort is guests getting to know one another and seeing each other year after year. Families grow close during their vacation as their children play on the beach, swim, or have pony rides. Many families gather for an evening bonfire. Thanks for pointing out this wonderful part of the East Silent Resort experience!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

Where do I begin? I am shocked at the horrible review listed below, in fact even wondering if it was written about the wrong resort. This is such a great, quaint, family-oriented resort, a little hidden gem. We look forward to our week there every year. My kids constantly ask the rest of the year, "How much longer until we get to go to the resort again?" From the kid-activities run by Margaret in the morning (parent-free, which is a nice break for this mom), to the water trampoline, mini-petting zoo, boat rides, bonfires, and non-stop swimming, my family couldn't be more pleased to spend a week of our summer at East Silent Resort every year. It's a week we all look forward too!
The owners couldn't be more friendly and welcoming. They are always ready with coffee and cinnamon rolls in the morning to a mid-day ice cream treat for the kids, to loaning us board games in the evenings. And they do it all with a smile on their face. We absolutely love being there and are looking forward to our next visit this summer. With 3 small children, I require cabins and beds to be clean and high-quality. East Silent surpasses my expectations each summer. I highly recommend East Silent Resort for anyone looking for a relaxing and fun vacation!

Amy V

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Nick L, Owner at East Silent Lake Resort, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
We're pleased you found the cabins clean and comfortable, as this is a major priority in offering guests the best possible resort experience. We have been fortunate to have wonderful staff that are as committed to cleanliness and upkeep as we are. The small staff have truly become like family. Looking forward to seeing you this summer; thanks for your review!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

East Silent Resort is a fun, family friendly resort to visit in any season! The summers are loaded with activities for the kids (and for those who are kids still at heart!). From the weekly water activities including the human launch, torpedo rides, ski lessons, pontoon rides, etc... to the rides on the mini horses and huge water slide- boredom is not an issue! The owners of the resort are the most hospitable people. They know you by name, year after year they really share in the memories you make. I have stayed in many of the cabins, all of which are extremely clean and have great decor to really add to the cabin feel. I HIGHLY recommend this resort to anyone looking for a family vacation, or just a weekend getaway.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Nick L, Owner at East Silent Lake Resort, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Thanks for your review. We're so pleased the "B" (bored) word was never used by your family! With children's activities in the morning and teen targeted experiences in the afternoons, families can choose as little or as much activity as they like. We also offer a delicious barbecue Friday evenings during the prime season, so families don't have to meal plan their final night at the resort and so they can come together with other families for an evening of fun.
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

My family started spending a week each summer at East Silent about 4 years ago. It began with my immediate family reserving one cabin. Over the subsequent years our party has grown to include grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins in at least four different cabins each summer. This past summer our group ranged in age from 6 months to 87 years! Everyone of every age had a blast!! There's so much to do: swimming, water sports, volleyball, pontoon rides, and relaxing on the beach. It's always an overall wonderful experience!

My family has rented a number of different cabins over the years, and we have never been disappointed. The staff does an impeccable job of cleaning each cabin and making your stay comfortable. The grounds are equally well kept. The beach is always well groomed and the grass well cared for. I love being able to walk everywhere barefoot!

I think the most enjoyable part of the trip comes from the personal attention that the staff provides guests. They truly go above and beyond to make your stay a memorable experience for everyone. The staff is always super friendly and go out of their way to help you with what you need. The kids in our family loved the boat and tubing rides, the "blob", and the torpedo. The adults loved the pontoon rides, grill out, and campfires, all of which the staff graciously provides. The service they provide is unlike any I've experienced at other resort or vacation rental.

WE LOVE EAST SILENT!!!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Nick L, Owner at East Silent Lake Resort, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
We're so pleased you enjoyed your vacation with us and look forward to seeing you next year! Thanks for pointing out that East Silent offers fun and relaxation for all ages!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

We arrived a half hour before check-in time and would have been happy to wait on the premises until our room was ready. The staff told us to get off the property until that time. We obliged cheerfully as we were looking forward to our stay at this cabin, although we were a bit taken aback by this. Our next mistake came in the form of our 10-lbs lapdog. We brought him along as we had not read the fine print on our contract. Within a couple hours of our arrival, we were told to pack our bags and "get out of here within 15 minutes" before cops would be called. Eager to fix this mistake, we called kennels in the area and were just about to leave, when we were told our time was up and needed to leave immediately. The resort offered no form of accommodation, no refund, no courtesy. We lost the $3,000 we had pre-paid, and assume the cabin was flipped to the next renter. Under NO circumstances would we recommend this place. It is managed by jerks. If I were you, I'd stay as far away from there as possible.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Nick L, Owner at East Silent Lake Resort, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
East Silent Resort has been a family retreat since 1915. Ninety-seven percent of our guests return annually – some for over 60 years. But we don’t think of them as “guests,” and they don’t think of us as “managers.” Rather, we are friends - and treat each other accordingly. We exchange holiday cards, remember birthdays/anniversaries, and even attend significant events like weddings and funerals. So, it was almost beyond our comprehension when this group treated our family resort with such disrespect. Simply stated, this review is untrue. And while we would love a platform to discredit these fabricated allegations, our ethical duty to protect guest privacy outweighs our desire to reveal the details of this group’s horrible behavior.

East Silent Resort is not perfect. We are constantly striving to improve our lodging, amenities and service. As such, we appreciate feedback and constructive criticism as nothing is more important to us than the comfort and satisfaction of our guests. But, don’t just take the word of this review. Here are a few recommendations to ensure East Silent Resort is right for you.

1. Call and talk to us. You won’t get a recording. You won’t even get a manager or staff member. You’ll get an owner –The Leonard Family. Ask us about the resort, our area, or anything you’re interested in.

2. Ask for the contact information of other guests – they’d love to tell you about their experience at East Silent Resort.

3. Call area businesses in Dent, Vergas, Perham, and Detroit Lakes. We are proud of our reputation among the area communities and businesses.

4. Check out the book titled Resorts of Minnesota. We are one of 40 resorts featured in this book because of our long history as a reputable and popular family resort.

5. Stop and see us. It doesn’t matter how busy we are. We’ll make time to show you around and answer your questions.
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Property: East Silent Lake Resort
Address: 30424, 410th Street, Dent, MN 56528
Location: United States > Minnesota > Dent
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Dent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Minnesota Family Resort!!! Experience a relaxing getaway amidst 50 wooded acres next to crystal clear East Silent Lake. ACCOMMODATION:We offer 3 types of accommodation, including: cabins, luxury vacation homes, and guest rooms/suites. Our rental units are well-built and nestled next to the shore of the clear, sparkling lake. The cabins are newly updated, clean, and well spaced for privacy. During your stay, we will supply you with all the modern amenities of home. AMENITIES:East Silent Resort has a long history of being an active family resort. We offer a wide variety of scheduled activities for kids, teens, and the entire family. When you aren't participating in activities, enjoy the excellent swim beach and marine area with gas and bait. We have a large collection of free water toys, boats, kayaks, canoes, and more. Kids love our water trampoline and outrageous human launch. Call today and let us help you begin a timeless family tradition! ... more   less 

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