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Brekke's Fireside Resort
Oak Creek, Wisconsin
1 review
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“A Great Place by A Lake”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

I found this resort online and it was everything I was looking for! Relaxation for me and enough to keep my 11yr old happy too. The cabins were super clean and well stocked. The owners were extremely friendly and very accommodating. The water sports, beach toys, play equipment, etc were a great addition. My son couldn't wait to try everything and did everyday. The bar and game room were also a big hit with him. We even enjoyed using the fire pit. I definitely would visit again and it seemed to be the same thing I heard form all the new families that were there the same week as we were. Thanks Dan for the Relaxing Vacation!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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DanBrekke, Manager at Brekke's Fireside Resort, responded to this review, 30 December 2014
Well thank you for taking the time to write your review! Since you've mentioned me, why not start the response right there - thanks and it's great to hear you enjoyed your stay! In all seriousness we do try to provide a wide range of activities for everyone. And with you having three generations (yes I remember you guys too!) it's nice to hear you had a relaxing week with us.

You guys were a pleasure to have here. In the bar (your mom's a riot!) and overall for the week. I also remember your son doing just about everything we have to offer...and thought he must have had a good time. But it's very nice to see it in writing, so thanks again for taking the time. Hope to see you again soon!
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Iron River, Michigan
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

My husband and I stayed here one night and I wish we could have stayed longer. Very clean, charming atmosphere, beautiful peaceful lake with lots of 'lake toys' for guests to use.
One negative: the pillows. They are like rocks. Old rocks. Bring your own.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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DanBrekke, Manager at Brekke's Fireside Resort, responded to this review, 30 December 2014
Thanks for taking the time to review us! This has to be written after your first stay with us as there is no mention of the otters, which are a rare sight here. Glad you got some photos of them during your most recent stay. Thank you also for your kind comments on our atmosphere and cleanliness. And it's nice to hear you were able to spend some time by the lake and take advantage of the "toys."

I don't know if I'd go quite as far in describing our pillows, but I will agree that they are a personal preference. So to anyone reading this who may stay with us in the future...if you like your pillow, I would not argue with the idea of bringing it along. I've done this myself when I travel.

Thanks again for the review, and hope to see you again!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2012

Whether your vacation is just your immediate family or many families it is a wonderful place for a vacation. There are many different things to do there. They have a very nice beach area for swimming with a raft out in the water. It's an excellent lake for water skiing, fishing or just floating around on the pontoon boat. There are picnic tables by the lake if you wish to eat there rather than in your cabin. Also there is a fire pit by the lake. It's a short drive to Rhinelander if you need to pick up some groceries, etc. There are golf courses nearby also. Carol and Dan are very accommodating and want you to have a wonderful vacation. The cabins are well maintained and always very clean every time we come and we've been going there for over 30 years. I prefer one of the larger cabins, 7,8,9,11,12. Personally I like 12 the best because it is the closest to the the lake. However, if you do not plan to spend a lot of time in your cabin any of the cabins are excellent choices.

Room Tip: Cabin 12 is the closest to the lake. I love looking out at the lake in the morning from our cabin.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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DanBrekke, Manager at Brekke's Fireside Resort, responded to this review, 7 January 2015
Thank you so much for your review! And specifically thanks for the compliments on the quality of our beach area and maintenance and cleanliness of our cabins. And the raft is getting a new carpet job just as soon as it's warm enough. We also have a fire pit that we provide the wood for (in fact it would be against state law to bring wood here from a distance). The fire pit, like the bar, serve as places for guests to convene in the evenings.

For anyone who's never been to the area before it is about 4 miles to Rhinelander, and most anything you'd need for a stay of 2 days to a month can be found there.

I've tried to figure out the author of all reviews, and with this being a guest of 30+ years it was pretty easy. So travel lady from Ohio...thanks for both the 30+ years and the review. We'll see you in July!
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

This was our first trip here and we absolutely loved this place!! So very clean. Hosts Carol and Dan were the best! They cater to your needs and we are absolutely going back. The lake is beautiful. There was so many things for the kids on the beach that were included with your rental. Kayaks, canoes, sand pit and tons of toys, diving raft, paddle boat, and body surf boards not to mention all the floatie toys available for all to use. One warning if you have never stayed at a rustic resort in the woods and are used to hotel vacations you better research further this is for the true lover of the woods, nature and fishing/boating "northwoods style" Absolutely recommend for families!

Room Tip: We stayed in cabin 11. the cabins are above the lakefront so you must be able to walk up slight gra...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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DanBrekke, Manager at Brekke's Fireside Resort, responded to this review, 5 January 2015
Thanks for taking the time to write your review! And thanks also for making good on the promise to return, it's been great having you stay with us the past few years. As mentioned we do try to provide guests what they need and we're happy you've decided to make Brekke's an annual visit!

To those reading this who've never stayed at a resort, that is a good word of advice if you think this would be like a hotel. We offer free Wi-Fi, but that's one of the few similarities. We have individual cottages, and they would be more rustic than what you'd find at a hotel. So if you've never stayed at a Northwoods resort, I'd advise reading all our reviews and pick out some of the things you tend to see repeated. That will give you an idea of what we're all about.

Thanks again for the review, and we look forward to seeing you next summer!
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Cicero, Indiana
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

Our stay at Brekke's Fireside Resort was THE BEST! They seem to do everything right and with thoughtful consideration for all that their guests might need or desire. We drove up to the Northwoods after staying at the Hilton in Milwaukee for a couple nights, and this resort gave us the most delightful, peaceful, and fun time of our vacation. The cabins and the grounds are so clean and full of extras for both the younger and the older generations.They have a pontoon for rent, boats to row, swings for old and young, games to play, a sandy beach, grills and picnic tables and lounge chairs, wifi and on and on. The scenery is gorgeous. Book a cabin or the entire resort for a family reunion week. You will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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DanBrekke, Manager at Brekke's Fireside Resort, responded to this review, 5 January 2015
Thanks so much for your review! In looking through our reviews we have a nice mix of couples, families and groups. There's also a mix of first time and return guests. With this review coming after your first stay, it's nice to hear you enjoyed it. Glad our place turned out to be what you were looking for in your visit to the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

As seen in many of our reviews we do try to provide a variety of activities for all ages. But thanks for mentioning the beach area and chairs! We try to provide a nice beach area and plenty of lounge chairs to enjoy it. There's also a picnic table, chairs and Weber grill included with each cottage.

Thanks also for the comments on the cleanliness and appearance of our cottages and grounds. We put a lot of effort into those, so it's rewarding to see it complimented.

Finally, as mentioned we do include free Wi-Fi. That one turned out to be more of a challenge than anticipated, and we ended up bringing in outside help last year. Long story short...if the couple who wrote this liked it in 2012, they would love it now! Thanks again for the review and we hope to see you again!
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Davenport, Iowa
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

We spent Memorial Day weekend at Brekkes and had a fabulous time. The resort was spotless. Carol and Dan were excellent hosts. Our cabin was very charming and we had a lovely view of the lake. We were kept busy using all the emenities that were available to us. We loved that everything was in such close proximity to our cabin, yet it felt very private. We will be going back and would highly recommend Brekkes to our family and friends. It was a wonderful, peaceful place to spend some time. We left with wonderful memories, some new friends and a goal to return next year. A very special place...

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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DanBrekke, Manager at Brekke's Fireside Resort, responded to this review, 6 January 2015
Thank you for the review! And thanks also for your complimentary comments on our resort overall and the cottage you had. It's nice to hear you had a fabulous time and left our resort with some great memories. It's always rewarding to see or hear comments like those.

I hope you have indeed recommended us to family and friends! As great as sites like Tripadvisor are (you're listening, right Tripadvisor?) you can not beat word of mouth advertising at a place like ours. If history is any guide with these reviewers the next time we see them it will be Memorial Day, so this coming May we certainly hope to! Thanks again for the review.
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Fall River, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

This was our first time staying at Brekkes resort. We came to the resort for a getaway from everyday life stress and we were pleased with our time there- very relaxing! We stayed for the weekend, but I left wishing that we had stayed for the week. The cabins are older, but extremely clean (in fact another couple at the resort commented about the cleanliness of the cabins). I was left wondering if the owners had ever attended a Disney Excellence seminar as everything was "in the details" from the raked sand at the shoreline to the cleanliness of the cabins- not to mention the mattresses were extremely comfortable and newer (better than my mattress at home!). The owners are very friendly and attentive to needs. The weather was hot (close to 90 degrees), but the cabins were nice and cool with the shade of the big trees and the breeze box fans that were provided. If you want to try kayaking, canoeing, or fishing from an aluminum boat, the resort provides those free of charge. At night, you can enjoy a bon fire with the fire-pit on the shoreline and free fire-wood. There is also a bar with a pool table, etc. so that you can enjoy a drink or two with others at the resort. We plan to come back again in the fall when the muskies are biting and the fall colors are in bloom. We didn't bring our kids this time, but I can see that our kids would have a great time there. Other benefits- stores are less than a mile away, so if you forget something, no worries. Also, there is no wireless network, but we have US Cellular for service and had no problem getting cell service (and 3G data).

Room Tip: I would suggest Cottage #8 or #9-12 as they are a little more set-back and they are closer to the be...
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Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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DanBrekke, Manager at Brekke's Fireside Resort, responded to this review, 8 January 2015
Thank you for taking the time to write your review! To answer your question we have never attended a Disney Excellence seminar. The closest we've come to being associated with Disney was, and this is a true story, that I wanted to refer to Brekke's Resort as "The second happiest place on Earth." But due to the very real possibility of legal action from the good folks at Disney that has not come to pass.

But in all seriousness thanks for your kind words. There are a lot of details to stay on top of so it is very nice to see such compliments in writing. And it's always nice to hear people say they enjoyed their stay and wish they had stayed longer. If you are thinking about a fall trip for the colors late September or early October is usually about the peak. But we'd love to see you again no matter what time of year it is! Thanks again for the review.
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Property: Brekke's Fireside Resort
Address: 4268 County P, Rhinelander, WI 54501
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Region: United States > Wisconsin > Rhinelander
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #2 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Rhinelander
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brekke's Fireside Resort is located in a peaceful bay of Lake George, three miles east of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Lodging consists of one and two bedroom cottages, all of which are completely furnished, very comfortable and exceptionally clean. Resort also features a fabulous sandy beach and lakeside bar and game room. Kayaks, paddleboats, paddleboards and a canoe are available free of charge, and a boat comes with each cottage. We are open from May to November. ... more   less 

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