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“Looking For A Place To Unwind and Relax In Northwoods?”
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Eagle Nest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Deer River
Prior Lake, Minnesota
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“Looking For A Place To Unwind and Relax In Northwoods?”
Reviewed 12 November 2012

If you are looking for a place to unwind, relax, and take in the trails, look no further than Eagle Nest Lodge located in beautiful northern Minnesota.

We took our son's deer hunting in the Chippewa National forest and found this gem.

LODGING:
We selected cabin 11 due to it's size and open floor plan. It was a perfect base camp for hunting and card playing. Located adjacent to the national forest, we were able to have a great breakfast and be in our deer stands at daybreak. The cabin was built in 2010 and appeared brand new. Each father/son combo had our own room and the beds were great. There is a log fireplace with glass door so you get the great fire without the smell of smoke. There are two, large bathrooms and one has a complete full sized, stacked laundry to dry wet clothes. It was very quiet and the log cabin interior really fit the bill.

KITCHEN:
Very large kitchen to cook big camp meals with little effort. With two fridges, we were able to stock all of our food and bev with ease. It was completely furnished with every appliance and a dishwasher to make cleanup a breeze. We brought along some venison and fired up the grill just outside on the wide, covered patio. If you have any chefs with you, they will love to cook in this kichen.

The cabin came fully furnished with bed linens, x-tra pillows, and full towel set for everyone. Many cabins up north do not offer full service or even come close. We were greeted our first night after the hunt by one of the owners, Sue, just checking in to see if we needed anything else.
No television (good thing), but they did have free wifi so we could check on weather and other stuff (like homework).

I could see coming up here anytime during the year, including winter. There are many trails to explore by foot, mountain bike, four-wheeler, or cross country skies. With so many miles of trails, there would always be new areas to explore. Are you a photographer?

We looked in some of the other cabins that were open, and every one was just as nice as the one we rented for the long weekend. Located just four hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul, it was the right place, right price, and the right time. Sue and Bryan are great so check it out!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2011

My husband and I got married at Eagle Nest Lodge last year at the end of September, and came back the next year to celebrate our one year anniversary. Our wedding was gorgeous with perfect weather, colored leaves, and even accompanied by Bryan's very own big band! We enjoyed every moment of reminiscing, but were mostly glad we could just relax and enjoy sitting by the warm fire instead of gearing ourselves up for the many first's (down the aisle, dances...) a wedding brings.

Our weekend was spent grilling (you don't need to bring a thing except the food!), playing cards, going on hikes, and just enjoying the calm nature around us. We could not help but be swept up by the peaceful nature of Eagle Nest Lodge, waking up to the calm lake right out our window, completely surrounded by the turning of leaves, warm coffee all day long, and a fireplace instead of a tv to free your thoughts. When you stay at Eagle Nest Lodge, you understand why travelers and locals alike call it "God's Country!" You also could not ask for anything more from Bryan and Sue, they are the most gracious and generous people you'll meet! They have every detail thought out, even down to the dirty towel basket and coffee filters! This is a tradition we want to carry out throughout our life together...and someday bring our family!

Thank you Eagle Nest Lodge and the Harris family for the many memories and your sincere generosity! You have blessed both James and I beyond words!

Check out the pictures and blogs from our wedding:
http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/05/11/minnesota-wedding-by-matt-lien/#comment-298206
http://www.mattlien.com/blog/?p=5632

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Minot, North Dakota
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2011

Came to Eagle Nest Lodge in the summer of 1974 with family from Chicago. What a nice vacation from the city. Came back in the summer of 2006 from north Florida with my youngest son for our last vacation with my dad. David was 14 and he had a blast swimming, hiking, using all of mom's laundry money in the game room and trying dad's patience out in the boat fishing. Came up last summer with my daughter and another son and my mom. We did some shopping in Deer River and Grand Rapids nearby towns. Melanie and Brad went swimming quite a bit. We are looking forward to having a family get away up at Eagle Nest Lodge in the summer of 2012.
Eagle Nest Lodge is a great place to take your family. The owners Brian and Sue are very accomedating. There is something for everyone to do and enjoy.
This is Minnesota wilderness at its best.

K Durbin
Minot, ND

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Wilmette, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2011

Everything about Eagle Nest is fantastic that's why our family has been going there for 60 years. The current owners are the best owners during the 47 years I've been alive. The only drawback is Karl.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Champlin, Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2010

My family has been going to Eagle Nest Lodge for one week every summer since 1975. It is now a tradition that my children look forward to every year. My son just wrote about Eagle Nest for a school assignment. He said it the perfect summer vacation because there's something for everyone; fishing, hiking, swimming, water trampoline, hydro-bikes, kids program in the summer, relaxing with a book on the beach and the list goes on and on. The owners keep making improvements to the cabins each year and they really care about making our vacation the best it can be. In these times, when everyone is working long hours, it is great to keep going back to a place you can count on to relax, enjoy family togetherness, and have fun!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Atlanta, GA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2010

Our family, 3 adults, 2 seniors, 2 children, 5 & 8, spent an unforgettable week at Eagles Nest Lodge in Cabin 16. My first visit and my family's 3d. It was spotless and beautiful! Wonderful lake veiws, campfires at the cabin every night, (Tons of wood), private dock and great boat rental.
The Harris Family has a Masters Degree in Hospitality! I have never experienced such warmth, and been made to feel so welcome. Like visiting family!
The kids activities were great fun and also gave Mom & Dad a break everyday. Fun things planned for them at night too!
The resort is in the deep woods and very private. Everything is perfectly maintained and spotlessly clean. The staff is hired for their warmth and friendliness. There is no request that is to big to be responded to, even borrowing Marshmallow roasting sticks.
The owners are always present and ever so watchful of their guests comfort. They even have Marina staff to tie up your boat and clean your fish, which were plentyfull.
The beach was wonderful too, no weeds, and cleaned everyday, with free paddle boats, water bikes and kayaks. Big rafts in the water for the kids to bounce on and jump off. They loved it! And so did we.
There is nothing to compare to the smell of the Balsam Firs and watching the sunsets over the lake.
You will not regret your visit to the North Woods and the Eagles Nest Lodge!
Susan Voss-Smith
Atlanta, GA

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Eagan, MN
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2010

Eagle Nest Lodge is everything we looked for in a Northern Minnesota get away. Great location. Great Fishing. A beautiful wilderness setting. Great owners and facilities. We have been going there for many years. If you are looking for a tradional, family oriented summer get away, this is your spot. Bryan and Sue are owners who really care about their resort and your experience. I have recomended Eagle Nest to many family and friends and they all have come back more than pleased with the vacation experience they have had.

Bob Cass
Eagan MN.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Eagle Nest Lodge
Address: 58671 Eagle Nest Rd, Deer River, MN 56636-2639
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Region: United States > Minnesota > Deer River
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Deer River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located outside Grand Rapids, Minnesota on the north shore of Cutfoot Sioux Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish, Eagle Nest Lodge is a collection of 14 housekeeping cabins. Each are perfect for a family vacation, reunion, or a gathering of old friends. Great fishing, beautiful beach, children's activities, northwoods feel. ... more   less 
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Eagle Nest Lodge Minnesota/Deer River

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