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“Perfect, Peaceful, Private”

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Stout's Island Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Birchwood B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 August 2011

If you want to simply get away from everything....this is the perfect place. Your privacy is respected and trust is never an issue. No keys to any of the rooms! Stay in the Main Lodge or utilize one of the cabins. No television and it is never missed! Walk down the paths and you are greeted with andirondack chairs. Play some cards or play a game of croquet on the front lawn. The lake is crystal clear and great for swimming or use a canoe or hydro-bike to get around the island. Food is home cooked but dinner can be pricey. Hop on the ferry and go into Rice Lake for some great Norwegian food and pick up some awesome Wisconsin Cheese. We truly loved this place and the staff will go completely out of their way to help you in any way, especially Reuben. Like I said....Perfect, Peaceful, Private!
PS: Bring a cooler of water or pop and some munchies.

Room Tip: If you can afford it, go for Allison's Cabin and pick the top room if you are just a couple, cab...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank coolgrandma3
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

Stunningly beautiful setting. The old part of the lodge is wonderful. But, the newly renovated cabins are ok. The cabins have absolutely no sound proofing. Unfortunately, they have put 4 units per cabin and if someone is staying in a unit near you, you can hear EVERYTHING. Also, it seems like there is no manager working. The few staff they have are not trained. On the other hand, the food was very good. But, the chef will not be there next year. I loved the setting and the old parts of the lodge. I did not like the newly renovated cabins (and they are not cheap) and the lack of staff.

This place could be SOO GREAT! But, they need an experienced manager to run the place and a decent contractor/designer to re-do those cabins.

I would not recommend this place for young children.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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7  Thank ellie98765
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Reviewed 27 October 2009

Took my young sons to this out-of-the-way location at Stout's Island. It was a unique experience. Somewhat like Macinac Island without the commercialism and minus vending machines. For one of our two days, the weather was lousy, but the food was delicious. The lodge room we reserved was billed as rustic and it definitely was that. Three of the windows in our room had cracks (maybe the place was settling). The in-room heater was from the 1980's, so it was somewhat difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature, and one of the two chairs definitely needed to be recovered. But it was quaint in a mid-1950's way and my kids have asked to come back in the summer. We loved the walking paths, dropped a line in the water and whittled to our heart's content. Thankfully, I brought a radio, since electronics are nowhere to be found in this place. What a simple time.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 August 2009

It was a frustration not to have staff available to provide information, drinks, hospitality. The main lodge living room is charming and could be a cozy gathering place after returning on the 10:00pm ferry, but no one was around to tend bar or liven up the place. Maybe that is the appeal .... a place you feel is like your own home without the presence of staff like typical hotels. Still, we would have appreciated more service. Would have been nice to have a more elaborate breakfast option and snack or light meal upon arriving late at night. Continental breakfast was disappointing. Lack of lighting on the grounds, particularly the walkways, is downright dangerous. It's a lovely place, but it felt a bit desolate, reminding us of the hotel in "The Shining"! There is a sense that they are understaffed, but to the resort's credit, everyone we encountered was pleasant.

  • Stayed: August 2009
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1  Thank andiamoadesso
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Reviewed 27 August 2009

We were given a two night stay at Stout's Island Lodge, "Island of Happy Days."
We had seen the photographs of the facilities and read some mixed reviews. We didn't know what to expect. We were very disappointed with what we found.
The staff from first contact to the end of our stay were superior, cordial and very cooperative. They rate 5/5.
The food from the complimentary breakfast to the dinner was excellent, well presented and delicious. The dining room is rustic and pleasant. The overall cost for our meals was high, about $80.00 per person per day.
The lodge has some very pleasant accommodations, the photographs in their promotional materials reveal the beauty of what you might find there.
The activities are limited: The nature trail is short. There are a few rotting benches and moldy Adirondack chairs. The waterfront is rocky with a deck and float, but difficult access and egress from the water. There is one clay tennis court in passable condition. There are canoes, kayaks and waterbikes available; of plastic and aluminum, in a fairly accessible rocky access. The front lawn would permit croquet and boccie ball, however for our stay a wedding tent occupied the area. In short, we came prepared to read and talk and have a quiet time and that is what we experienced.
The room we were originally assigned (#16) was a basement room formerly staff/servant quarters. We were assigned a more satisfactory room (#20) in the Gardener's Cottage (also staff or servant level). Our room was unexpectedly dirty and musty. When it rained, the roof/ceiling leaked. The king sized bed was firm, however the blanket was thin and insufficient for comfort. The kitchen the appliances worked, but were very noisy and dated. In short, we have seldom had more dingy rooms at any resort and did not expect such from an upscale facility. We took time to look at the better rooms and note that they are very classy.
So, if you want a facility with excellent food, wonderful staff and good rooms, it is possible to find what you desire at Stout's "Island of Happy Days." If you want a quiet resort where you can rest and read and share good company, it will work for you. Be careful with your lodging selection. Ask questions to clarify the reception description. Request Stout family, not servant or staff quarters.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank HappyMan_9
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Reviewed 28 October 2008

Stout's Lodge is a beautiful place...the kind you only see in Ralph Lauren ads or magazines. It was quiet...almost too quiet for the kids (pre-teens and teens) yet was full of charm, Adirondack style. Allison's cabin is gorgeous and the 240 degree view upstairs is amazing...like a tree house. Unfortunately we didn't book rooms with a kitchen, so we ate lunches and dinners at the lodge but the entrees were in the $20's to $30's for things other than PB&J or grilled cheese, so it got terribly expensive for a family of seven. The fishing under the boathouse was like nothing the kids have ever experienced...constant fish!

I was quoted a rate and reserved the rooms in full on my Visa card, but was then charged nearly $200 extra for the week upon finalizing my check-out bill, which has still not been credited to me. Off season Stouts is managed by a firm in St Paul who has not been responsive. I'd go back again if I was able to correct the problems from the first time...live and learn!

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with family
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4  Thank Chambos
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Reviewed 22 August 2008

We loved the old feel and history of this place. The setting is beautiful! Our room in the lodge was very large and comfortable. There were some disappointments, however. The walls and floors have no insulation so we were never able to sleep past 7:00. We could even hear sweeping in the hallway. They were painting the room above us so at 7:30 in the morning the painters were moving large pieces of furniture. It literally sounded like they were coming through the ceiling. The food was extremely expensive and the "home baked breakfast breads" were some dry muffins. We both felt there could be some minor changes that could help a great deal: 1) a rack in the shower (with the surround curtain) so that you don't have to try and hold the soap, shampoo, razor, etc, 2) moving the reservation staff to an office so that they are not in the same room as the small breakfast area 3) a small cafe for sandwiches, soft drinks, and snacks (if you get hungry between meals, you're out of luck) 4) cleaning of spider webs in window sills 5) have the shuttle boat stick to the schedule

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Swedishgirl1
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Additional Information about Stout's Island Lodge

Address: 2799 27th Street, Birchwood, WI 54817-9242
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Region: United States > Wisconsin > Birchwood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Birchwood
Price Range: £111 - £239 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stout’s Island Lodge sits proudly in the center of Red Cedar Lake – an 1800-acre lake in northeastern Barron County, Wisconsin. There are two island connected by a 100 ft. walking bridge (given to Frank Stout by Andrew Carneige). The two islands have a combined acreage of 18 acres. All lodging is located on the western of the two islands; the East Island has walking trails as well as a small picnic cabin on the northern tip. Red Cedar Lake is known for its water quality, its fishery and for its relative quietude. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Stout`s Island Hotel Mikana
Stout Island

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