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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Canoe Bay

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Canoe Bay
Ranked #1 of 2 Chetek B&B and Inns
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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46 reviews
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“Beautiful property”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Very special. Wonderful for an anniversary. Honeymoon or just a getaway. We came during autumn and it is just gorgeous. Food is phenominal. Someone in an earlier review suggested you didn't receive enough food. Not true at all. More than we could eat and my husband is a very tall man. They cater to your every need. It is more spendy but you know that ahead of time. Great for a special treat.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

We stayed here for two nights while traveling from Minneapolis to Green Bay for a Packer game on Sunday afternoon.

First the room and bed were spectacular. The bed had linens that were better than any other hotel bed that I have ever slept in. It was totally lovely. The fireplace was lovely as well. The view over the lake was beautiful as well.

We stayed during the peak of fall colors on a day that could not be any better. We saw some of the prettiest fall sites that I have ever seen, even though I grew up in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

While expensive, the meals were great as well. We had halibut on the first night and beef short ribs the second night. Both of these meals were four star events.

I would only suggest that the resort would offer a couple of menu options at dinner. While we both enjoyed the entre offering, having two or three options would have been much better at the high price point for the meal.

I would love to come back and enjoy another season at Canoe Bay. I am sure it is lovely in any of the four seasons that Wisconsin has to offer.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

Canoe Bay is top notch. From the moment we arrived the service was unbelievable. The grounds are beautiful and serene. The cottages are amazing and a true escape. There is a reason why you receive information on how to purchase these beds-because they are the most comfortable beds you will experience! The garden is breath-taking. Dinner was remarkable and absolutely delicious. Kudos to the chef; especially for the warm chocolate chip cookies they sent home with us! Having breakfast delivered to your room in the morning was such a treat. Everyone must experience Canoe Bay - it is superb. Hats off to Manager, Katie!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

My husband and I were looking for a peaceful, serene setting for a couples getaway we'd read about (authors Phyllis & Jerry Campagna in their book, Timeout, Retreat, Review and Renew). We found Canoe Bay online and noticed they were a Relais & Chateaux property, which is always a good sign!

We were continually surprised and delighted with the beauty of the place and the attentiveness of the staff. Our lodging was a cabin of beautiful cedar and flagstone, designed by local architects in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Each night, an option for dinner is at the Inn by their chef using organic produce grown right on the grounds. The meals were 5 star, the wine list was extensive, and general manager, Katie, is a sommelier. While we ate, we watched beavers swim across the crystal clear lake and deer walk though the woods. So beautiful!!!

For something special, you can book a private dinner in the wine cellar!

Every detail was so carefully thought out. Canoe Bay is by far one of the finest destinations in the Midwest. Perfect for couples who want to renew vows, celebrate anniversaries, or just spend quality time away from the worries of everyday life.

We will go back!!!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Unity, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

My new husband and I went to Canoe Bay for our honeymoon. We had an absolutely wonderful stay. The staff at the front desk was very friendly and informed us that we had been upgraded from a room at the lodge to a private cottage! They escorted us to the cottage and showed us where everything was. The accommodations were outstanding. The bed, large whirlpool tub, double-headed shower, and private decks were fabulous. They deliver breakfast to you each morning, and lunch if you wish. We had the cheeseboard lunch one day and it was incredible. We ate dinner there each night of our stay and were pleased each time! They have a standard course of meals, but you may request alternates if you would like. The dinners were all delicious and the steak on our last night was the best I have ever had! We truly relaxed, kayaked, walked around, and just sat on our deck visiting. We felt so spoiled! Canoe Bay is for relaxing, enjoying time with your sweetie, and taking in the beautiful surroundings. We are already planning a return trip on our anniversary!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

My wife and I went to Canoe Bay this past weekend for our honeymoon, and we were both talking about planning a return trip while driving home! Everything was fabulous. The food was like nothing we had ever experienced, and the service was second to none. I love wine, but I was a bit intimidated by the long list of unfamiliar vintages. The service staff helped me find the right flavors to compliment my meal. The Alaskian halibut may be the best tasting meal of fish I have ever had, and the beef short rib was flavorful, juicy, and fall apart tender. The chef did a great job enhancing the natural flavors of the meat, truly delicious. The salads and soups were made from an organic garden located within the Canoe Bay confines! A meal that featured fine food, drink, and service was only one high-light of the trip.
The dream cottage we stayed in was gorgeous, roomy, and well designed. The room service featured timely deliveries with hot savory meals and moist pastries. The manager, Katie, went out of her way to make sure we were happy and content with our amenities. We were!
Canoe Bay may be off the beaten path, but it is certainly a gem hidden in the beautiful and rustic northwoods of Wisconsin!
We will be back soon!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

We were not able to get away for long to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary in July, but decided that 2 days at Canoe Bay was the perfect celebration for our special day. It was our second stay - the last time 5 years ago - and we hope to return sooner the next time. We stayed in the Heavenly Suite and were very happy with the room, the privacy, and the overall relaxing feel. It was very hot and humid when we were there, but very comfortable in the room and we got our walks in early in the morning. There was always water in the refrigerator which we appreciated in the hot weather. We could sit on the deck with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and watch the loons on the lake and deer walk along the shore and canoes in the distance.
The food was terrific. Breakfast was delivered to the door and enjoyed at our little table by the window. We had dinner both nights at the restaurant and the entire meal was delicious-in fact we took our desserts back to our room to enjoy later. On the day of our anniversary, we were surprised with a chocolate decorated plate and some chocolates. Nice touch.
We are so glad we discovered Canoe Bay and appreciate the restful and relaxing stay.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Canoe Bay

Property: Canoe Bay
Address: W16065 Hogback Rd, RR 1, Box 28, Chetek, WI 54728-9457
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Chetek
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Chetek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This resort is for adults seeking seclusion and romance; children are not allowed. ... more   less 
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