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Reviewed November 12, 2017

We really enjoyed our stay at Canoe Bay-I am having a difficult time rating it because some things are so wonderful and some need work.

First the wonderful: If you are looking to truly get away this is a great place-there was not Wi-Fi in the cabin and we had no cell service (it made it a bit difficult to stay in touch with our babysitter and kids at home, but overall proved to be very relaxing). The dinner and accompanying wine list were fantastic. We loved that there was no bar and no larger or loud groups. The recommended message provider was also fantastic.

Needs Improvement: The service is not on par with the price...for example, our fireplace wasn't working at check-in. So after we walked back to the desk (no phone or cell reception) they said they would have somebody come look at it during dinner. They did come look at it and got it working, but they told us it may not turn off and that if it didn't we would need to take the fire place apart to turn it off. Prior to our arrive I also contacted them about food preference (because the dinning room is a set menu) and when we arrived they were not written down. They still accommodated us, but it was odd that they asked for the information in advance and then didn't even write it down. Also, the schedule does lack flexibility...for example, lunch is only served at one time and happened to be at the same time as our messages were booked so we had to track somebody down to see if we could get lunch earlier-they said we could but then it wasn't even delivered at that time (we had to track somebody down to figure out if we could still get it early). This isn't a big deal, but it would be nice if it was provided at the time of booking so people know what to expect if making other plans.

Lastly, our cabin did NOT look at all like the picture! We booked a dream cottage...and the cottage in the picture appears to be designed in a Frank Llyod Wright Style and ours looked like an old rustic cabin from the outside and the inside need some help...it had tons and tons of windows which had cheap blinds that were broken and a sink that sprayed water all over every time it was turned on. It also didn't have a raised deck (or privacy panels like the decks on all the other cabins) or any of the listed optional features for the dream cabins (heated bathroom floors, car port or steam shower). I am pretty sure we were in cabin #9 and that #7, 8 and 9 were all this older style (although #7 and 8 did feature a raised deck and car port).

Anyway, this didn't detract from our enjoyment but is probably the difference between us coming back in the near future and not coming back for a few years. Our total bill for our 2 night stay in a Dream Cottage, 2 dinners, one lunch and lots of wine was about $1,800 (this did not include our messages). For this price there are other high end getaways available that I would try.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank TravelingPeanut
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Lisa D, Owner at Canoe Bay, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2017

We’re delighted to hear that your stay was relaxing, peaceful, comfortable, and delicious. We especially appreciate your term “fantastic” in regards to Chef’s cuisine—a perfect description!
If I may address the few service issues that concerned you:
Due to the set menu, we confirm about diet restrictions—or the lack thereof—with each guest during check-in. I’m afraid your arrival was one of quite a number in direct succession that Friday afternoon, and our Receptionist likely just misspoke in confirming “no diet restrictions?” when in fact you had reported one when you booked online. I do apologize for any moment of confusion this created for you.
Thank you for the feedback re: lunch and the in-room massage. This is very helpful! I will be asking our affiliated massage therapist to make guests aware of our lunch delivery window (12:30—1:00p) when massage appointment times are selected from now on.
There are six Dream Cottages at Canoe Bay, with four different floorplans and as many exteriors. Cottage #9 has many interior design features that honor Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie-style architecture.
Please know, too, that on-site reservationists are available daily 9a—5p CT. They truly enjoy assisting guests by phone or email in selecting the ideal cottage for their special getaway.

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Reviewed October 7, 2017

We were looking for a special getaway after we had gone to a family reunion in Minneapolis. I can't imagine a better place to stay if you were hoping to unplug and recharge for a few days. The villa we stayed in was immaculate and beautifully designed and furnished. The staff managed to be welcoming without being obtrusive.

A special note should be made aobut the food in the dining room was truly exceptional -- as good as any we've had anywhere. We stayed for nearly a week and ate in the dining room five nights. Each evening was its own chef's menu and no one meal was like the other. Remarkable.

I would very much like to return in the winter.

Room Tip: The Edgewood Villa was exceptionally beautiful and has a private deck that overlooks the lake, with its own wildflower garden.
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed September 28, 2017

Really perfect. Close to the Minneapolis Metro, yet far enough out and not in any 'tourist' area to be great locale. The 100s of acres of land equal peace and quiet, privacy, and space to rom the property. With very few rooms/units, it's no resort, so you can't compare this to a north shore property for example -- in my opinion apples and orange comparison. With that said, they are good at what they do. We travelled for an anniversary, and only (unfortunately) for a single night. Staff was gracious and kind. Nice touches all around -- from the beautifully curated organic garden, to the little cookies on departure. The room (in our case a Dream Cottage) was perfect. Little issue with the lock and maintenance attended-to quickly. So - overall - staff was great, room was peaceful and nice, grounds were pretty and cared-for, location good, and food (not sure, we didn't partake, but will try to next time). The library is awesome. I will say that the price-point is pretty steep; tough for some to stay more than 2, maybe 3 nights without breaking the bank. Cheers!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MplsLakes
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Reviewed September 13, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Canoe Bay. We were going to go to Nashville for the weekend, but decided we needed something a little slower paced. My wife said she wanted a rustic place in northern Wisconsin, no kids, with really nice accommodations and great food and where we can get massages in our cabin. Canoe Bay was perfect in every respect! We will definitely return when our schedule permits.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Brad F
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

This was our first time at Canoe Bay, and my wife and I could not have been more thrilled with our stay. We stayed for 5 nights in Dream Cottage #8, and found the accommodations perfect, down to the littlest details. The food was delicious, the service was top-notch, and we had so much fun canoeing, kayaking, walking the trails, reading on our deck, and hanging out playing games and watching movies. Not only will we be back again, but Canoe Bay may have spoiled us - we were planning to return to a few other previous anniversary getaway destinations first, but Canoe Bay has now jumped to the top of the list! Cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Greg H
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