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“Wonderful Week with Family and Friends at this Gem in the North Woods”

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Holiday Acres Resort
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Rhinelander
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 28, 2013

We just returned from one of the best weeks I can remember with our extended family and friends at Holiday Acres Resort. Our kids loved their experiences at Red Pine Camp in Minocqua, and Camp Deerhorn in Rhinelander for years. The family that runs Camp Deerhorn recommended Holiday Acres for parents looking to visit, and we are so fortunate to have found this paradise in the north woods. Five years ago, we rented a one bedroom cottage, which was very nice. We were so impressed with the resort, Three Coins restaurant and Zambon family, that we decided to make this an annual summer vacation. We checked out the Big Pine executive house and fell in love with it at first sight.

If you are looking for a relaxing, spacious, exceptional experience in the north woods of Wisconsin, we highly recommend taking a look at Holiday Acres. Big Pine is really special. Lots of room for extended family and friends, private dock w/ rowboat, pool table, sauna and well equipped with just about anything you might need to make your stay special. I can't say enough about the Zambon family. They are so remarkable. My daughter was looking for some challenging road bike trails (she races for the University of Georgia) and Kim and Jamie Zambon helped her find some challenging routes and group rides. I'm confident that Pete and Jamie Zambon could teach just about anyone to water ski, and even teach a 50 something Mom to slalom (well, get up on one ski and hang behind the boat, anyway). Guests are treated as if they are family, even during the first stay. We are already planning our vacation next year!

Room Tip: If you can manage it in your budget, check out Big Pine. It's really awesome.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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hodag, Owner at Holiday Acres Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write your excellent review on TripAdvisor. We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Holiday Acres Resort, and that Big Pine Lodge worked so well for all of you. Looking forward to seeing you again; we love to turn new friends into "Old Friends"!
Kari Z (Jamie and Pete's mom)

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Our family had a wonderful week together at Holiday Acres Resort. There were 14 of us, ranging in age from 3 - 77. Because of all the activities offered by the resort, a great time was had by all ages. Some of the highlights were: water and beach activities on beautiful Thompson Lake, water skiing, horse drawn pub crawl, horse back trail ride, swimming in the indoor pool and the beautiful sunsets over the lake.
I want to thank Holiday Acres and the friendly staff for making the trip so memorable. It was even more perfect that I envisioned when planning this reunion.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
1  Thank Barbara B
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hodag, Owner at Holiday Acres Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

It makes us so happy to hear that your Family Reunion was a success for all ages! It is what we strive for and your appreciation means more than you can imagine to our family and all of our crew. Thank you so much. We hope that we will see you and your family again soon.

Kari Z.
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We love Holiday Acres! It's located on a beautiful lake, surrounded by the gorgeous north woods. A wonderful setting for a family vacation.

Like others, I was surprised by the negative reviews on this site. There are very few -- anyone considering a stay at Holiday Acres should take the few negative reviews in the context if the numerous glowing ones. Also, prospective customers should recognize that there are almost always a few malcontents who are prone to complain about virtually everything.

Perhaps the negative folks were looking for a different type of vacation. If you're interested in a swanky place like the Ritz, this isn't the place for you. The cabins are plenty clean and comfortable for most people, but luxury hotel rooms they are not. However, no glitzy hotel resort could ever come close to the secluded, natural, relaxed, family-oriented setting found at Holiday Acres.

Of course, no resort is perfect. I'm sorry that some of the outspoken critics received poor service. That's never acceptable. However, we've been to Holiday Acres a number of times and have always received courteous, prompt service. Based on our experience (and, judging by the reviews on here, the experience of the vast majority of guests), the service at Holiday Acres is second to none.

To get the most out of your stay, we strongly recommend that you experience Lake Thompson. Many patrons bring boats. If you don't own a boat, rentals are easily arranged. It's a fantastic lake for water skiing, tubing, or just taking in the beautiful scenery and wildlife on a pontoon boat.

I urge any interested readers to take the Negative Nellies with a grain of salt and heed the numerous positive reviews. Holiday Acres is an ideal spot for a fun, relaxing lake vacation!

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1  Thank WendellSDeutmeyer
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hodag, Owner at Holiday Acres Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

Your really nice review did a wonderful job of telling about Holiday Acres. It is important to us that our guests find a comfortable and relaxing getaway at Holiday Acres. We hope that visitors kick back and enjoy our lake and recreation opportunities. Northwoods simple pleasures like a campfire and s'mores combined with the good company of family, friends and other guests, for most, is a recipe for a great vacation. Please come and see us again soon!

Kari Z.
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Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

We have taken our family to Holiday Acres for over 25 years. The cabins are rustic and provide a place for loads of family memories, located near Lake Thompson, where we have spent so many hours swimming and boating. This is a resort in the north woods--no pretense of a big city Hyatt. We love it just the way it is, and our grandchildren have expressed their wishes to bring their children here.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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1  Thank Melanie H
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hodag, Owner at Holiday Acres Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

Your review was so very much appreciated! It is true, we are not big city smooth, but instead try to be classic Northwoods, where fun and relaxation for all ages is the priority! We look forward to welcoming you, your children and your grandchildren for years to come!

Kari Z.
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We've been spending a week at Holiday Acres each summer for more than 30 years. We know this place as well as anyone on earth. It's a uniquely family-owned and operated resort on a picturesque lake. Quaint cabins are nestled among the trees of the north woods that line beautiful Lake Thompson.

There are just enough organized activities (entirely voluntary, of course), but not too many. Our favorites include the cookout, the after-dinner wagon ride, the morning horseback ride (wagon ride available for those who prefer) with a breakfast in the woods, and the Friday night buffet in the beautiful, rustic lodge.

Tennis courts, sand volleyball and shuffleboard are just a short walk from your door, and one of Wisconsin's nicest public golf courses is only about a 15-minute drive away.

The Zambon family, which has run the resort for more than 60 years, through four generations, is wonderful. They're like family to us, and they treat all of their guests like family, too. They make every effort to help each and every guest thoroughly enjoy the stay.

I couldn't more strongly recommend Holiday Acres! If you're looking for a relaxing, stress-free week for your family, away from it all and in a picturesque setting, this is the place for you!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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hodag, Owner at Holiday Acres Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

All I can say is- we have some of the best and nicest guests in the world, and that is what makes our jobs fun. We know how special a vacation is, and it is our wish to make each and every visit to Holiday Acres be a special one for our guests, who over time become our friends as well.

Kari Z.
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This was our first visit during the summer season, we had stayed there many times in the winter, one of the best snowmobile destinations in WI. The hotel is situated on a crystal clear lake with a launch facility nearby. We enjoyed visiting with the owners over cocktails in the very inviting lounge. The food, room, staff, everything was great and the special get-away package really made this a great deal. Be sure to visit the gift shop. We stayed in the motel and enjoyed watching the families who occupied the 30 or so cottages. Put this on your "must do" list.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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hodag, Owner at Holiday Acres Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

We are so glad that you returned to Holiday Acres this summer. Yes, we are in a wonderful place for winter AND summer getaways! Thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed our Northwoods Getaway package, as well as our beautiful lake, restaurant and lounge. Summer IS fun at Holiday Acres! Hope you will visit us again soon.

Kari Z.
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the resort. We were able to take our water loving dog to the boat launch away from other guests at the beach area so she didn't bother anyone. The staff was very friendly and the accommodations were clean and comfortable. The a/c in our room was a life saver! We would definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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hodag, Owner at Holiday Acres Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

We are so happy that you (and your four legged friend) had a great time! It is so important to us that our guests feel welcomed by all our our staff, and that the guest rooms and cottages are clean and comfortable. Thank you for taking time to share your experience.

Kari Z.
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Address: 4060 S Shore Dr, Rhinelander, WI 54501-8258
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Rhinelander
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Rhinelander
Price Range: $90 - $195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Acres Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1949, the Zambon family has welcomed visitors to experience the classic Northwoods resort at Holiday Acres on Lake Thompson in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Encompassing 1000 acres of woodland and lakeshore, the resort offers four season relaxation, a great restaurant, indoor swimming and sauna, plus many outdoor amenities. With a variety of lodging choices, guest rooms, cottage, and vacation homes, everyone can find a home away from home. Retreat, relax and rediscover Your Place UpNorth! ... more   less 
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