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Elbow Lake Lodge
Reviewed 30 August 2015

We highly recommend Elbow Lake Lodge for many reasons:
*When the tiny onsite store with minimal amenities was out of mayo, they had a worker who was coming in later that day bring some for us from town.
*At the time of our stay, kayaks were included in the price of our suite rental. They kindly allowed the kids in other cabins to use them to their hearts’ content, despite their true two-hour limit. When there was fear we wouldn’t get to use the kayaks, they held the paddles for us when the kids came in from their next round out.
*We expected generic food from their abbreviated menu posted at the small bar. However, we ordered onion rings and spinach artichoke dip and were pleasantly surprised when both were delicious. (We ordered a pizza to our room later on that night and that also was better than expected too.)
*We sat on a couch just behind the bar stools to watch some of the Vikings game while we ate our apps. It ended up being a nice intimate atmosphere, where other guests gathered around the bar watching the game too. One of us remarked that it felt like we were watching the game at a friend’s house. There was a little toddler running around laughing, kids playing ping-pong at a table far behind us, and the staff bantering with the guests while they graciously tended to everyone’s needs.
*We played the very unique and challenging 18-hole mini golf course and the maintenance guy joshed us as he skirted by in his golf course.
*On top of all of this, they honored a Groupon price, upgraded our room on top of it and offered us a deal on a boat rental.

The suite we stayed in, Woodside, was nice, but nothing over the top. It was comfortable and had everything we needed and nothing more or less. Don’t expect fancy rooms or linens. This is still a small northwoods resort. However, there’s plenty to do.

With just three people taking care of 24 cabins, a lodge, and actually some of people’s personal cabins surrounding the lake, you can’t say they’re not hardworking. But on top of that work ethic is wonderful hospitality. We would definitely return.

Room Tip: great hospitality, plenty to keep you busy, calm and peaceful
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  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

We just enjoyed our 27th year at Elbow Lake Lodge...the best resort in Minnesota! Lee and staff are absolutely the hardest working people we know - and who make every effort to ensure that our stays are always the best they can be. Period! We love the wilderness feel of Elbow Lake Lodge, the hospitality, tranquility, wildlife, fishing, our yearly cabin, and of course the fabulous beach. Thank you everyone, for another wonderful summer vacay!

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

We have been going to Elbow Lake Lodge since 1980 with our entire family. The cabins have everything you need except A/C which is not needed. The beach is great for kids, the restaurant has great food and the staff is the best you are ever going to find! The fishing is so great. Have a large family fish fry every year. You cannot go wrong spending a week at Elbow Lake Lodge! Everyone is so sad when we have to come back home!

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2015

The only resort on the lake makes for a very peaceful and relaxing vacation. The staff are very friendly, helpful and make their guests top priority. The cabins are clean and comfortable. Beautiful lake!

  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2015 via mobile

My family has been coming to Elbow Lake for over 70 years. We have stayed at Elbow Lake Lodge (formerly Kennedy's Resort) as well as owning cabins on the lake. The current management of Lee, Mackie, and Dan are the best. They work hard for the resort guests and make sure the lake owners are taken care of too. The are kind and honest people who make sure that everyone has a great time at the lake. Lee and crew are considered family for many guests who come back for their Northwoods experience year after year. If you want a "get away from the hustle" break, Elbow Lake Lodge is the place and Lee, Mackie, and Dan are the folks that will make your stay the best.

Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Elbow Lake Lodge

Address: 3975 Kennedy Road, Cook, MN 55723
Region: United States > Minnesota > Cook
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Cook
Hotel Class:2 star — Elbow Lake Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in beautiful northern Minnesota Elbow Lake Lodge is the ONLY resort on the lake. We are just the place for you! ... more   less 

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