We would have given Stout's Island Lodge an "excellent" rating if it wasn't for the dining situation. Everything on the island is beautiful and well maintained, the customer service is also top notch but the restaurant at the main lodge needs a little attention. Both occasions we were there they were understaffed to the point where we felt sorry for our servers. They were very gracious and went way above and beyond to try to make it up to us but they clearly couldn't handle it. We don't want to be stressing out for our waitstaff when we are trying to relax and enjoy a good meal.
The other comment we had regarding the restaurant was that it was obviously trying to be something that it was not. You are led to believe this is a high end restaurant and you're going to have an amazing experience with incredible food. In reality they just couldn't pull it off.
While it was a stunning location and we'll certainly go back, next time we'll probably eat off the island. The ferries go back and forth every hour until late so going to the mainland for dinner is certainly something that can be done and indeed we spoke to people who did it.
The highlight for us was the hour long boat ride in the old 1972 water taxi from Venice that you'll see docked in the boat house. The thing is a work of art and for a price you can organize to be taken out in it for a tour of the lake. What an amazing treat!
If you're a couple and are looking for a quiet romantic getaway just be aware that you will encounter lots of children on the Island.
- 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