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.
- 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