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“Nice family trip up north”

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Lykins Pinehurst Resort
St. Paul, Minnesota
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41 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Nice family trip up north”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

We have vacationed up in the Nisswa/Brainerd area quite a few times over the years but this was out first stay at Lykins Pinehurst resort. We rented two cabins and both were nice and what would be expected. The beach and playgrounds were a lot of fun for the kids, and there were grassy areas where we could set up our lawn games. There were grills at each cabin which was where most of our dinners were made.
The Lykins themselves were so friendly and accommodating. I would recommend this place and I think we will be going back next year.
If you are looking for a luxiourious experience this isn't the place for you. However, if you are looking for a typical northern Minnesota getaway this place is great!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2011

Caters to families and welcomes children of all ages. This resort is geared toward providing a friendly, relaxing vacation and is respectful of all guests. You will not be subjected to loud parties and fowl language. Your privacy is respected. You are treated like family. Clean and very well kept. (We would like to keep it a secret) :-)
Dave and Kathy Jones

Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Rosemount, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2011

My family and I have stayed at Lykin's Pinehurst Resort for about 17 years. We currently stay a week in June and a week in August. The cabins are clean and comfortable. The resort is generally quiet and non-distracting.The lakeshore and lake are wonderful. Very beautiful sunrises and evening star gazing.
I highly recomment Lykin's Pinehurst Resort.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Midwest
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2009

The Lykins are amazing at what they do...running a family resort and making sure all are entertained. The cabins were great. They were clean, in nice shape, and cozy. The location on Gull Lake is beautiful. We had amazing views right out the front window. It was wonderful eating meals and looking out at the lake.

My husband and I took our two small boys, ages 3.5 and 1.5 to the Pinehurst Resort for a fall getaway. The weather was not cooperative at all! We had promised them some fishing, playing in the sand - possibly water, and mini-golf. Unfortunately, we were not able to do many of those things. BUT, the Lykins did everything they could to try and give us alternative ideas of how to entertain our children. They had totes of toys that we were free to use, two Rainbow play systems, a game room, rabbit ears for our t.v. and suggestions of where to go for dinner in NIsswa. After three days of very little play time outdoors we decided we would go to a hotel waterpark in Brainerd and found that they are only open on the weekends after Labor Day. After sharing this disappointment with Roger Lykin, he called a resort up the road and they opened up their pool area just for us. We had a waterslide and zero-entry pool to ourselves for the afternoon. It was so nice and the kids had a blast.

We were really hoping to use the paddle-boat, pontoon, and play at the beach but the wind, rain, and cold weather prohibited all of that. It is such a nice, family-friendly place that we will definitely take advantage of those things next time we go. And next time we'll go during the summer!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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DeKalb, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2009

There is no other place like Lykin's Pinehurst Resort. It is the only resort that when you arrive, you're greeted as if you're family that has been away for a year. And as far as Rodger and Judy are concerned, you are. A personal cabin that is rustic but with all of the amenities that one needs. A beautiful quiet and clean beach to swim at or just relax and sit near while devouring a book. This is just a short quick way to describe Lykin's Pinehurst Resort.
The Monday morning "Coffee and Donut Get Together" where all of the quests assemble to get acquainted or reacquianted and talk over stories, families etc. This is one event that over the years has always been a favorite of mine and something to look forward to.
The area has every type of shopping one would like while on vacation. Go one direction, and you can find everyone of the basics from grocery, to "big box" stores to restaurants. Go the other direction and you can come across some of the most interesting little stores where you can find some of the most 'treasurable' gifts and items to satisfy about everyone on your shopping list.
Oh and lets not forget the stars. There is no light pollution at night so if you are lucky to be there while the moon is not in the sky, on a clear night you can not only see all the stars in the heavens, but also satellites. And lets not forget to send the children out to count all of the meteors they see.
Gull Lake is a very clean and clear lake. The folks who live on this lake go out of their way to keep it clean and healthy and it certainly shows. You will enjoy time swimming in out or boating on it.
The best I can say about Lykin's Pinehurst is that by the 3rd day, you will have forgotten all about time which is the reason to get away in the first place.
You will not be sorry you have spent time at this resort and will look forward to going back again.
PS. A secret passion of mine was to enjoy an ice cream sandwich while sitting on the dock in the evening watching the last boat go across the lake for the night.

  • Liked — Hard to say... Everything?
  • Disliked — Nothing not to like.
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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Hopkins, MN
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2009

We have been going to Lykins Pinehurst Resort for over twenty years. first when our kids were just babies and now in 2008 we started another generation with our new grandson. Roger and Judy treat their guests like their own family. Resort is warm, cozy, family-oriented with lots to do or total relaxation if that's what you're looking for. Cabins are spotless and well-equipped. The beach is great and there are many other activities for families. Fishing is always great on Gull. We would heartily recommend this wonderful family as hosts and their wonderful resort to anyone. We look forward to heading up again this May.

Stayed May 2008
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Hastings, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2009

Several years ago my father gave the family boat to my sister and I. We, my wife and I, and sister and husband, decided to take the boat for a week's stay at a resort. Being late in the summer, we found a resort that still had an open spot, but were not happy with it. So my wife and sister spent a day visiting and touring other resorts in the area. They came upon Lykins and loved it. After the husbands then came to see it and meet Roger and Judy, it was a done deal. We signed up for the following year, and have been going back ever since. None of the other resorts had the sincerity and warmth of Roger and Judy, nor were the cabins as warm and welcoming as these are. You are just like family, and there is always Monday morning coffee and donuts with the intent of everyone getting to meet and know each other. They will always be checking to make sure you have everything you need, that everything in the cabin is ok, checking on the fishing, or bringing candles when the storm blows out the electricity. Lykins is in a great location for restaurants, biking, golfing, shopping, etc. But once returning to the cabin and coming down the driveway the lake setting is ahead of you and it is.......just like coming home.

  • Liked — It was close to the lake so you could hear the water and the loons. The view was beautiful off the deck. The deck allowed us to be out in the evenings grilling and enjoying scenery and each other.
  • Disliked — I miss having a fire pit.
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Lykins Pinehurst Resort
Address: 1414 Pinehurst Ln, Nisswa, MN 56468-8786
Region: United States > Minnesota > Nisswa
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Nisswa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a smaller, family resort on the west shore of Gull Lake. Gull Lake is a premier fishing, boating, and swimming lake in Minnesota. Our resort has a great beach, clean comfortable cabins with AC, nicely secluded, park like grounds, playground equipment, basketball, paddle tennis and more. ... more   less 

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