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“Very Nice, but Better Value Elsewhere”
Review of Canoe Bay

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Canoe Bay
Ranked #1 of 2 Chetek B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 September 2011

My wife and I had a very nice stay at Canoe Bay in early July, but considering the rates, we will not return. The accommodations were very nice -- we had a beautiful room near the main pond, in a very nice and secluded setting, and the room itself was very nicely furnished and comfortable. The property itself is also beautiful, with really nice architecture, secluded spots, and a nice system of trails to hike or jog. Overall however, we just felt we were paying too much for what we were getting -- the service was mostly very good although mixed at times (we encountered a little bit of snobbishness from the owner), and really nothing was included with a very high room rate. The breakfasts and lunches that were delivered to the room were good but nothing spectacular, and the dinners were very good but expensive. If money wasn't a concern, we would rate this higher, but considering what we paid, there is definitely better value elsewhere for better accommodation and service.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

You won't expect anything like that in the middle of Wisconsin, near Chetek, a small typical Wisconsin town. Canoe Bay is a 5 stars Relais & Chateaux Resort, in the middle of a beautiful hardwood forest surounding beautiful small lakes.

It is definitely a place where you want to go for a quiet, relaxing getaway (no children allowed).

The restaurant was good, but we only went there once out of three nights, as the overall stay is pretty pricey. However other options in the area are quite limited to Wisconsin style diner experience (burgers, steaks, etc.).

Go there if you want to celebrate something very special or if you want to spoil your loved one.

Room Tip: If you can afford, try to get the Heavenly suite. Standard room are quite small. The cottages are a...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ddb-traveler
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

Wisconsin has such untapped natural beauty and Canoe Bay capitalizes, in a good way, on that. A charming little resort tucked away in NW Wisconsin, Canoe Bay offers its guests luxurious accommodations, on-site activities (as active as you want to be), relaxing reading rooms (including an extensive library), a massage therapist, and a wonderful on-site restaurant.

I highly recommend the Heavenly Suite, adjacent to the dining room, if you don't want to keep things very simple. The location of our room definitely added to our overall experience.

It seems as they've thought almost everything through. The special breakfast trays were delivered as promised and the options (for breakfast and lunch) were sufficient. Dinners both nights were wonderful although they could have varied the menu a bit more with two consecutive nights of dining-which I'm guessing many guests take advantage of doing (there was definitely overlap with the ingredients; I appreciate using seasonal items but in June there are many fruits/veggies/etc. from which to choose).

If you want true R&R, maybe canoeing, paging through a book you've never heard of in a cozy chair in a naturally well-lit room, having an in-room massage after jumping in the lake, and then retiring in a VERY comfy bed with superior linens, you'd most likely enjoy this place.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank cravingtravel
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

It all started with reservation, the staff were not professional and did not know the details of there own property and seemed very rushed. Suzie was very short on the phone with me and then passed over the reservation to another lady. We did complete the reservation and were excited for the three day reservation.

Beautiful-simple beautiful property. We could feel the peace.

The cottage has very nice but had alot of cobwebs and stickly stuff on the counters. Made me think did they cahnge the sheets.

Food was o.k. Breakfast was very good. Was hoping to have the oatmeal in the Relais Cook Book?? Dinner was not what we would expext, small portions and the fish was dry. The service was rushed and not well trained.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Ann M
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

The minute you step on the property the world shuts down. We stayed in the Rattenbury Cottage for two nights. The architecture is wonderful and the cottage has everything you could possibly need including complimentary soft drinks, water and a filled ice bucket. The bed was exceptional and filled with pillows that can match anyone's needs. Our view from the deck was serene and private. Un like a previous reviewer, we found the complimentary breakfast to be more than sufficient. Two homemade, warm pastries per person with fresh fruit and juice. The service on every level is professional and warm. Dining room service is impeccable. We were amazed by the library and the incredible gardens. A blessed retreat.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank wayzata1
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

We went to Canoe Bay to celebrate an anniversary. Overall, we had a great time. The landscape is fantastic, the cottage we stayed in was beautiful, and we got what we went there for: the chance to reconnect, relax, and sleep through the night. That part was marvelous about our experience. That said, don't expect to get much for your money at Canoe Bay. At the tune of $500/night (which was on the lower end), guests should expect more. The inclusive continental breakfast is skimpy (2 pastries per guest - no yogurt, no granola, no egg), dinners are fair and (again) skimpy for the steep price of $75/person, lunch is light, and expect to be hungry between meals. I'm the kind of person who eats small meals throughout the day. If you are like me, come prepared with snacks in hand as there's nothing to eat on the premises and nowhere to buy anything nearby. It seems to me that for the high price of rooms, the resort should offer snacks free of charge or for sale on the premises. Other annoyances: the WiFi didn't work in our room and, with no cell phone reception, this made communication with home difficult; the muffins were raw at our first breakfast; I had a dragonfly in my chicken salad at lunch; there are no phones in the room in case of emergency. I can't say we'll return to Canoe Bay anytime soon, unless we can expect more for what we paid. Indeed, it is a beautiful resort, on a beautiful bay with well-appointed accommodations, but the penny pinching gives pause. Be aware, too, that the mid-week special that includes a free dinner doesn't include a $35 service charge; the resort covers most but not all of the meal you assume to be free.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank DBKChicago
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

It was a great place to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed In the Heavenly Suite which were wonderful accommodations. We ate dinner at the Wine Cellar table which was fabulous and I would highly recommend everyone to it. The service was outstanding!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Canoe Bay

Address: W16065 Hogback Rd, RR 1, Box 28, Chetek, WI 54728-9457
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Chetek
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Chetek
Price Range: $346 - $929 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This resort is for adults seeking seclusion and romance; children are not allowed. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Canoe Bay Chetek
Canoe Bay Hotel Chetek
Canoe Bay Wisconsin

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