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“Octoberfess at Ruttgers” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge

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Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Deerwood
Certificate of Excellence
Minnesota
1 review
“Octoberfess at Ruttgers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2011

Went to Octoberfest at Ruttgers and it was great!
I was impressed with everything they had to offer.
Great resort!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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177 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2011

First time staying at Ruttgers. We stayed three nights this fall with our two smaller dogs in the pet friendly room in the West Lodge. Weather was not too cooperative but we were using Rutgers a base for some day drives to see fall colors in the state parks and area so we actually were able to drive out of the rain during the day. The room was super clean and comfortable with nice amenities such as small refrigerator, sofa and a screened porch. The property is large with many activities on the lake, golf etc. and lodging options ranging from the hotel type lodge rooms and condo/townhouses to individual cabins. Dining options on site are good. As it was the end of the season the main dining room had a limited menu but there are numerous options nearby.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jeff F
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Minneapolis area
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2011

We first found Ruttger's last year. The entire resort is great. The greatness starts at the front desk with your check in. They were helpful numerous times when we called down for directions to neighboring towns & to get additional items or maintenance requests.
We had a door knob not working and a maintenance worker was at our room in about 5-10 minutes to fix it. The response time was more than wonderful.
The rates are good for the amount of space that you get. We stayed in the golf course condos & had both the downstairs & upstairs rooms. There is an adjoining staircase between the 2 rooms. we felt safe enough to have our young teenagers stay upstairs "on their own", with the doors open between the 2 rooms.
I told my son that I was going to write this review & what could I put for "bad or needs improvement". He said about the only thing he could think of was that there were too many Asian beetles in the stairway (it was getting cold out & the little bugs were starting to migrate inside). We were very hard pressed to find anything majorly wrong with this resort.
The owners are genuine & humble. They can be seen working the grounds right along with the employees.
Housekeeping was extremely accommodating when we asked them to come back since the teenagers were still sleeping.
We were there for Oktoberfest & they had many fun things for families to do.

Room Tip: We loved the golf course condo suite (upstairs & downstairs together)
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank happycampers16
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

We took our 2nd trip to Ruttgers in late June - my parents, my siblings and all our kids. Our group of 23 ranged in age from 5 to 73, and Ruttgers didn't disappoint! There is so much to keep everyone busy. There are daily activities that will please all members of your group. We stayed in the newer buildings closer to the road, and we were very pleased with the modern and spacious accommodations. The ladies all got pedicures at the spa - highly recommended. The sand castle contest was a huge hit, even though the kids came in second again this year. We'll get them next time. The food is great - if you have time, order off the menu. We found the freshly prepared food to be higher quality, especially at breakfast. Ruttgers is not inexpensive, but we love it and will be back!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank aws1234
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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78 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

Fun spot, with both old and new accommodations. We stayed in an old lake side cabin, very fun....feels like something out of a movie.
Definite shows it's age, but I think that's part of it's beauty.
Room was very rustic, but had AC, and it's own deck.
Restaurant lounge were nice, outdoor pool area is kinda small, but has a large beach area on the lake.
Has pontoon and ski boat rentals but I'd reserve in advance, cause nothing was available the weekend we were up there.
Golf course was fun, nice club house there, with great outdoor dining off the back deck.
Would like to go back and bring the kids!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jimstooth
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

My extended family (20+ people) have been coming to Ruttger's for over 15 years. We always go to Ruttger's because my 87 year old grandmother loves to fish and the fishing guide she likes works on Bay Lake. We stay in the new condo cabins, which are quite nice, spacious and clean. The food in the lodge is just ok, but the breakfast buffet is very good. The staff is always terrific. The golf course is good, but play can be quite slow with a lot of beginners on the course. My only complaint is that I think the water is well water and it has an unpleasant odor.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GloboImporter
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Inver Grove Heights
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

This is a nice resort, I have been going here for 10 years with golf buddies and then I took my family for four years also. For going on the golf trip we have three deciding factors, 1. Lodging, 2. Food, 3. Golfing. The lodging is great for us we stay in lofted lodge rooms which have a queen downstairs and 2 single beds upstairs, good for haveing your own space. Food, the golf package comes with the buffet food, this food is very good not your usual buffet food, it has taste and not bland. Golfing, the Lakes course is ok we have all played better but for the price on the package it is good place to golf. For family time they have a nice sandy beach, tennis courts, volleyball and many other things to enjoy. My family was disappointed wwe were unable to make it this year for our family vacation, but I am looking into going back.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank panda911
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Property: Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Address: 25039 Tame Fish Lake Rd, Deerwood, MN 56444
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Region: United States > Minnesota > Deerwood
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Deerwood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 206
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This family-run resort on Bay Lake is over 100 years old and offers programs for children. The property closes between November to April. ... more   less 
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