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“Excellent Place to Relax and enjoy it with your family.”
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Shady Rest Resort
Reviewed June 20, 2011

We have went the last 2 years with our 4 daughters, niece, in-laws and relatives and everyone had a wonderful time. Beautiful sunsets and plenty of fish to catch off the docks or in the boat. My girls enjoyed swimming at the beach and finding sea shells in the water. They even found a "Mud Puppy" to get pictures of.

If you love waking up to a beautiful sight every morning when you look our your sliding doors, then you will love the lake front views from your cabin. We had Cabin #1 both years and enjoyed sitting on the deck watching the children fish and play.

Overall, everyone that we met were nice and some of the locals would be able to tell us where the best fishing spots were as well as other campers.

My daughters favorite thing to do also was play with the owner's lab named "Rio". He would come over every day to our cabin to play with the girls or see if we had anything to feed him. LOL

Room Tip: I enjoyed cabin 1 and it was very quiet too there.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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7  Thank jamietrosin
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Dave L, Owner at Shady Rest Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2012

Thank you for you kind review. Rio, by the way, hates winters when there are no guests around.

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Reviewed February 1, 2011

This our first time we went to a resort in Minnesota but we thought our kids would like it so what the heck, lets give it a try. The kids had a blast. They fished and went swimming every day. It rained one day and we went to Alexandria to see the museums. The boat one was wonderful. The cabins are great. We were in #5, right by the beach so we could watch the boys. The cabins had everything we needed and were very comfortable. The owners stopped by to say hi often and to see if we need anything. We ended up renting a pontoon for a couple of days and they showed us where the hot fishing spots were. Now all the boys wanted for Christmas was fishing stuff. Bought a boat this winter and we're going back next summer. We highly recommend the resort.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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4  Thank tommyboy_11
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Reviewed October 30, 2009

This was our second summer at Shady Rest. They did more changes on our cabins, #4 and #5 and we love it. Can't wait to see what they'll have updated next year. Kids love the playground and the beach, they added a new swim raft that my oldest loves. Fishing was not great until the last 3 days. My wife caught the biggest fish of her life, a 5 pound northern! We hardly ever fish and she went nuts. My parents have taken my sister and I to resorts since we were kids, and everyone including my kids, love it here. Great cabins, our own fire ring at night and a clean lake, none of that green stuff. We love it!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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3  Thank therealfishingguy
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Additional Information about Shady Rest Resort

Address: 16953 142nd St, Villard, MN 56385-2381
Location: United States > Minnesota > Villard
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Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Villard
Number of rooms: 12

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