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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a group of 6 looking for a nice cabin to ring in the New Year. I came across this resort and was able to snag one of their larger cabins. The price was very affordable and the amenities were wonderful. The staff were friendly, cabin was clean and spacious, grounds were maintained and very pretty. Our group enjoyed...

Thank Sarah K
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Stayed in a two bedroom in Westwoods. Very spacious, clean and comfortable. Enjoyed looking out onto the lake from the living room or dining room in the mornings and evenings. Very quiet even when occupancy picked up on the weekend. Close enough to golf courses, restaurants and shopping. Staff was very accommodating and friendly. Hike and bike trail runs through...

Thank rwittkopp
TomK84, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. As a family owned and operated property it is really important to us that our guests have a wonderful time and find our property to their liking. We work very hard to maintain a high standard and we want every single person that stays with us to have memorable vacation. We are...

Casa Grande, Arizona
Reviewed 2 October 2016

My husband and I have been coming to Kavanaugh's for a few years now and it is just a wonderful experience each time. We reserve the same cottage and it continues to be just the thing for us. The animals are just a delight to watch. This year we even had two rabbits come along besides the chipmunks and squirrels....

Thank imcrabby1
TomK84, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! We love hearing from our many guests who make Kavanaugh's a tradition and join us year after year. There is nothing like sitting at the lake surrounded by nature and enjoying the fresh air. While it is always nice to sit and relax it can also be a wonderful place to enjoy...

Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

It was our first time at Kavanaughs and it was great. We stayed here with two kiddos under the age of 3 for a four night retreat. It was a lovely way to spend the last week of summer! The staff was unbelievably kind, helpful and welcoming. The location and view was perfect. It is much quieter than other area...

1Thank Heidi M
TomK84, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review of our property. It is always wonderful to welcome first time guests to our resort and we are so pleased to hear that you had a wonderful experience and of course look forward to having you back again in the future. As a family owned and operated (since 1969) property we strive...

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 18 July 2016

My family along with three other families has been going to Kavanugh’s for over twenty years. My kids along with the other families’ children have grown up together there and enjoy coming back every year. Because we stay the same week every year we have gotten to know some other families that do the same and have turned into some...

Thank trfmpls
TomK84, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review of our resort. It is certainly a pleasure to know that you and your family and friends have found our resort to your liking for over 20 years! We always like to see our guests coming back each year and it is really great to watch kids grow up and families get...

Kansas City, Missouri
Reviewed 13 July 2016

We stayed at the resort at the end of May and had wonderful time. We were so impressed with how well the grounds and buildings were maintained. My boys, a 9 year old and 6 year old twins, had so much fun. The playground and beach were right outside our door. Having an indoor and outdoor pool was great, too....

Thank dlmiller123
TomK84, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that your entire family was able to enjoy our facilities and amenities. As a family owned property (since 1969) it is extremely important to us that each and every one of our guests has a fantastic and memorable vacation. You...

Edina, Minnesota
Reviewed 12 July 2016

We have been coming to Kavanaughs for over 30 years. Our kids were about 8 and 10 when we first came here, and now our grandchildren are about those ages. We come for 2 weeks and our 2 kids and their children come for one week, usually over July 4th. It is the perfect vacation spot for families. Lake Sylvan...

Thank Jan N
TomK84, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

We certainly love our families that have been coming back year after year and especially watching those kids grow up and also keep visiting us....as a family owned resort, many of us have grown up with them! Thank you so much for your kind words and your loyalty to our property. We are so glad that you enjoy our facilities...

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Several years ago, my husband and I discovered this wonderful resort and have been returning there annually. Since we live in the Mpls. area we are only 2 1/2 hours away. Kavanaughs is a gem!! The resort is family owned and maintained by 4 brothers and their families. The landscaping is beautiful! There are waterfalls, flowers and babbelling brooks; beaches,...

Thank Sandi and Pete T
TomK84, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of our resort. We are so glad that your have found our property and have become a regular visitor. As you mentioned, we are a family owned and operated resort (since 1969), and it is your experience that we always strive for and hope that each and every one of our guests make great...

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

As spring struggles to assert itself, we spent a few days up at the lake. I was impressed at the friendliness of the staff we encountered and the cleanliness of the resort grounds and unit. The indoor pool and the whirlpool were at a perfect temp. The beach was clean and ready for guests. There is an abundance of hiking...

Thank 24QueenBee
TomK84, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review of Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort. We are so glad that you enjoyed your spring getaway with us and are pleased that you noticed the pride we take in keeping a well-kept and very clean property. As a family owned and operated resort (since 1969) we take a tremendous amount of pride in...

Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

We planned a girls weekend and decided on Kavanaugh's. They ran a great special for buy one night get one free. The resort is beautiful and the condos are very clean and comfortable. We would defiantly recommend staying at this resort, we had a great time!!!

Thank Angie K
TomK84, Owner at Kavanaugh's Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for our kind review. We are so pleased that you had great girls weekend and found our property comfortable and hope you were able to enjoy our many amenities. We certainly look forward to welcoming you back again soon for another getaway. Thank You, Tom Kavanaugh Co-Owner

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Kavanaugh's is an upscale cottage and condo resort on crystal clear Sylvan Lake in the heart of Brainerd, Minnesota's lake country and the Pine Beach Area. Kavanaugh's is a 4-season property with year-round activities for everyone. Kavanaugh's has been operated by the Kavanaugh family since 1969 and is a "True Minnesota Resort". ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kavanaugh's Resort

Address: 1685 Kavanaugh Dr, East Gull Lake, MN 56401-7634
Region: United States > Minnesota > East Gull Lake
Price Range: €123 - €177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kavanaugh's Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 51
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Kavanaughs Hotel Brainerd
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“We booked one of the two story cabins which had three bedrooms and two bathrooms. This was perfect for a group of 6 adults.”
 of 5 bubbles K9505XIsarahk, 6 Jan 2017 | Read review
“I have seen all the different types of accommodations here and there is certainly something for everyone.”
 of 5 bubbles imcrabby1, 2 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Stayed in a Woods condo - great location. FYI, it has a spiral staircase to upper level. Not posh, but definitely comfortable and homey.”
 of 5 bubbles dlmiller123, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“We always stay in a cottage overlooking the lake so that is all I can recommend, but I am sure ALL the accommodations are great.”
 of 5 bubbles imcrabby1, 29 Aug 2015 | Read review
“We stayed in one of the Views, which was perfect for two adults and two young kids (3 and 6 years old).”
 of 5 bubbles kimberlybZ3186NV, 4 Jul 2015 | Read review
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