We are a family with three children (13, 8, and 4) who now live overseas, but return to Minnesota each summer to visit family and friends. We are not comfortable staying such a long time with family, and hotels are much too small and confining. So, both this summer and last summer, we rented a lake cottage. All I can say is that it has been such an amazing experience. We stayed for a month and we thoroughly enjoyed every day we had together.
We felt at home the minute we walked in the door. The management has thought of everything to make your stay as wonderful as possible. Every amenity was provided, from the beach towels stacked by the back porch, to the fully stocked kitchen, to the huge selection of indoor and outdoor games and toys. We had bicycles with helmets in the garage waiting for us and we enjoyed daily bike rides around the quiet neighborhood. My children and their cousins and friends were so busy playing in the lake and in the front yard, that they rarely turned on a television or ipad in an entire month. My husband woke up every morning and went fishing off the end of the dock with our 4 year old daughter, and to my delight, even cleaned and cooked the fish for us for dinner. My sons and I had kayak races back and forth along the lake. My family and friends came to visit us regularly and we had several family barbeques. There was no fighting about whose house we should stay at during our vacation, because everyone wanted to stay with us! I honestly treasure the time we spend at the house and am so happy to pass on the Minnesota lakes summer experience to my own children.
We felt safe and relaxed and enjoyed each others company so much. Cindy was always available and helpful and we really didn't have any concerns or problems during our stay. The shops and restaurants were just minutes away so we didn't have to drive forever for a gallon of milk. Best of all, we were literally 30 minutes to downtown! We had plenty of time to see friends, go to the mall, and visit downtown restaurants, and still be home for an evening swim. The sunsets were breathtaking and we have made a massive canvas enlargement of a picture I took of the sunset from the dock that now hangs on our wall here in Dubai. I smile every time I see that picture.
I highly recommend this cottage to families visiting from out of town or just wanting to "be at the lake" for a while. I will never stay at another hotel in the cities again!
Thank you Cindy!!
Stayed: August 2014 Submitted: September 24, 2014 Source: VRBO
Recommended for: Girls getaway, Families with teenagers, Families with young children, People with disabilities, Romantic getaway