The staff could not have been nicer, as were the grounds. Couple of things of note. If my kids were younger, this would be almost ideal. I have two late teen children, the beach/kayaks/water activities are too young for them. We loved the cabin, but to do anything we needed to drive, i.e. biking on the paths, hiking, eating ...
The one bedroom cabin truly has no cooking facilities, they have a fridge and a microwave, not even a bottle opener. The food in the restaurant was very good as was the service and the ambiance, no complaints, prices seemed reasonable. Coffee in the morning was also good, and always full.
My ONLY true complaint is that after reserving and paying the deposit, the e-mail confirmation indicated a 15% "service fee". Really, that seems like it should have been mentioned when I booked the room, what "service" was I getting? It's not a true resort, there's no pool, sauna, hot tub. It's really a nice restaurant in the lodge, there were a couple of old Kayaks that I could use, that's about it. The couple of trails on premises were not maintained, there were so many downed trees, and it did not happen overnight. The cabins are not cheap, so 15% is a pretty significant chunk of change. It seems disingenuous and really rubbed me the wrong way. I didn't let it affect my good time, but it just left me with a bad taste.
With older kids, a larger resort would probably have been better. But we had a lovely sunset from our cabin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Minnesota's smallest all-inclusive resort, Lost Lake Lodge offers lodging in 14 lakeside cabins, with breakfast and dinner in their award-winning restaurant included in the daily rate. Resting between a private, spring-fed lake and the Upper Gull Lake Narrows, the 80 acres of forest and trails are surrounded by water on all sides. The resort mixes 1940's retro-charm and vintage knotty pine with luxurious appointments and modern conveniences, allowing guests to experience the kind of "up-north" lake vacation they remember from childhood, but with all the comforts of home. A stay at Lost Lake Lodge will not only include the chance to catch bass off the dock or paddle a kayak out to see the loons' nest, it will also ensure that each evening culminates in a gourmet four-course dinner overlooking Gull Lake. There are no crowds here: the cabins, restaurant, lakes, and activities are all within easy walking distance, yet the property is large enough that guests can enjoy private time around the grounds any time of day. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, taking time to get to know their guests and providing outstanding personalized service. Winner of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, the restaurant's extensive wine list features international value wines and highly-rated California selections, and offers both wine pairing and wine flight options. Ever-changing entree choices range from pan-fried walleye to grilled wild boar tenderloin and locally-grown, house-smoked duck breast. All table breads are made from scratch in the kitchen each day, and the chef sources much of his produce from local farms. Children's menus are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. ... more less
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