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Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge

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Located on the quiet side of the Brainerd Lakes area, this family-run resort is the oldest continually owned family resort in the state of Minnesota. The Ruttger family has been welcoming guests to the shores of Bay Lake for 120 years. The property is open between April and November.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free Parking
Meeting Rooms
Hot Tub
Golf Course
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Air Conditioning
Family Rooms
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Crow Wing County Airport21 km
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Northern Illinois
Reviewed 20 Oct 2018via mobile
We had many family members descend on Ruttger’s for a reunion. Being able to stay on cabins as a family allowed each of us to do things at our own pace. With ages from 5 to 92 everyone found the location perfect. Some swam, some skied, some relaxed, and others played shuffleboard.. but we all played bingo! To be honest, we went to Ruttger’s every summer since I was born. But we had not been back for nearly 45 years. It was so fun to share it with my family now. I am hoping we can do this every year and start a new tradition! Thank you Ruttger’s!
Thank bclarke292
Response from Fearless686388, Public Relations Manager at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Responded 21 Oct 2018
Thank you so much for choosing Ruttger's for your reunion - and for rediscovering us after 45 years! We greatly enjoyed having your lovely family here.
Minnetonka, Minnesota
Reviewed 13 Oct 2018via mobile
Friendly staff = check
Clean, cozy accommodations = check
Good, hearty meals = check
Tempting desserts = check
Beautiful setting with fall colors = check
Consistent, reliable value = check
This is Ruttgers' 120 anniversary. Still a great place for a getaway. Too cold and rainy to do much outdoors (some early snow on the ground) and the golf course was closed because of the 6" of rain lately, but we managed to have a nice relaxing time anyhow. We took the coldest pontoon ride of our lives - our guide was cheerful and informative. (He found a direct route back to lessen wind burn.) Lots of places to sit, read our books and chat, and of course the fire was blazing in the fireplace in the lodge. We will be back.
Thank SWSal
Response from Fearless686388, Public Relations Manager at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Responded 16 Oct 2018
We're sorry the weather wasn't nicer for you. I hope it will be better next time because I'm certain you'll love the golf course and have a ton of fun on the water.
Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Reviewed 4 Oct 2018via mobile
I come here for a 3 day conference every year and I have never stayed at a place where all of the employees are nice and a lot of them are the same ones every year, which tells me they love to work here. They are so friendly a so so nice. I love coming here and every room I have had over the years have been great with wonderful views. The Ruttger family knows what hospitality is all about and knows what true customer service is as well.
1 Thank Pbrown1825
Response from Fearless686388, Public Relations Manager at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Responded 5 Oct 2018
Your kind words warm our hearts. We are truly blessed to have a team that loves to go above and beyond for our guests. Having a group of great people like you makes it pretty easy to be friendly. See you next time.
Anoka, Minnesota
Reviewed 3 Oct 2018
Played golf on the championship golf course. New name is Jack's 18. We have played there on and off for the last 20 years. We always enjoy the course and it was in good shape at the end of Sept. the staff in the pro shop are always helpful and pleasant. Had a good round and enjoyed our time.
Thank JimOfMinn
Response from Fearless686388, Public Relations Manager at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Responded 4 Oct 2018
Thanks for the kind words. We are glad you had a good time and hope you hit 'em well. See you next time.
Bryan F
Reviewed 15 Sep 2018
My wife and I stayed in the Bay Lake Villas with a golf and meal package. The Villa was an amazing one bedroom condo type villa with a Jacuzzi bath (did not use), large shower, complete kitchen, living room with large flat screen TV and a fireplace. Our stay was 2 nights which we golfed Jacks 18 both days. Golf was very challenging especially when I played the blue tees but I would recommend the blues just because of the view from some of the tee boxes was breathtaking. The food was top notch with steaks or seafood for dinner and a large breakfast buffet. The wait-staff were mostly from Poland and very enjoyable to talk to. The fall golf package was a great deal and since it was after labor day there was not a lot of activity so it is very relaxing. Hopefully we will be able to make it back in the near future.
1 Thank Bryan F
Response from Fearless686388, Public Relations Manager at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Responded 17 Sep 2018
We are thrilled that you had a relaxing stay and hope to see you again soon.
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22 September 2016|
Response from Chris R | Property representative |
The Oktoberfest Weekend Package this year is Friday 10/21 - Sunday 10/23. As always, Saturday is the big day with entertainment and food tents, arts and crafts fair, etc. Hope to see you here!
Brian B
22 September 2016|
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Response from Chris R | Property representative |
We do have some pet friendly cabins. Ask our vacation sales department and they can check availability for you. Thanks for asking.
8 August 2015|
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Response from Canniff9 | Reviewed this property |
For some reason Verizon didn't work well for us and cell coverage but the wifi worked well in the condos.
Room Tips
"The Bay Lake Villa Lower Condo style with a walk out Deck - cant beat it."
15 Sep 2018
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"Units across the road offer views of lake and golf course"
28 Aug 2018
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"Cabin was lakefront, great view."
19 Aug 2018
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"There are too many options for the type of rooms available plus they have cabins as well. You should..."
14 Oct 2017
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US$ 84 - US$ 192 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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