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Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort

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14/05/2017 15/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 30 March 2015

We absolutely love Kavanaugh's. My sisters family & I have made this our summer vaction for the past 5 years. When we ask our children (ages 1 - 18) if we should try some where new, the answer is a loud resounding NO!!! This is one of the only resorts that is run by family so they understand the want...

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We just love to hear that the whole family enjoys their time at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort and want to keep coming back each year. As you said we are truly a family owned and operated property (8 family members work on property, and we hope all of our additional employees feel...

Reviewed 17 March 2015

My husband and I stayed at Kavanaugh's last winter with a Groupon, and enjoyed it so much we brought the kids with us this year as a Christmas gift. We missed out on the Groupon this year, but it was still worth every penny. Even my hard-to-impress teenagers were happy with the accomodations. Everything was in tip-top shape (despite it...

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for staying with us at Kavanaugh's and we are so glad to hear that you had a great time with your family. We think the off-season is a special time to come up for a quiet and relaxing getaway and are glad to see that you were able to enjoy our indoor pool and facilities. As...

Reviewed 25 October 2014

This is exactly what we needed for MEA weekend. Rest! It doesn't have a restaurant, nor many of the resort extras that Maddens have, but it doesn't have the busyness, lines, & noise either. If you want to getaway from it all, this is it! Our teens used the trails for running & biking, and the basketball & tennis court....

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, responded to this review

We are so happy that you enjoyed our resort and were able to take advantage of the many amenities that we offer, including our biking/walking trails, indoor pool, basketball and tennis courts and much more. Of course, as a somewhat smaller and quieter property we are glad you were able to relax and enjoy time with your family.....which as a...

Carroll, Iowa
Reviewed 22 September 2014 via mobile

Every summer for years we have been going here I think it is close to ten we decided this year. The Kavanaugh family runs a fabulous facility. All the staff are kind, welcoming, accommodating, & friendly. We thought about staying somewhere else in the Gull Lake area some summer but drove around to EVERY resort around and there is NOTHING...

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review and that you find our resort to your liking and that you return regularly with your family. As a family owned resort it is always very rewarding for us when someone lets us know how much they enjoy our property. It is wonderful to have you as a guest and we look forward to...

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 21 August 2014

Very clean, well maintained resort. Many amenities that are very accessible. We loved the pools and the beach. (Bring your own beach towels!) The lake is exceptionally clean and the swimming rafts provided lots of fun. There are multiple playgrounds and lots of kids around to play with. We loved the open green spaces for playing catch and just goofing...

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, responded to this review

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your family vacation at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort. It is wonderful that you were able to utilize our facilities and more importantly enjoyed them.....including the "white water duck races", and you are right they have become a Kavanaugh tradition that families really seem to enjoy. As a family owned property in...

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We are just wrapping up a week at Kavanaugh's. This is truly a fantastic family resort. There are so many amenities and the property is pristine. Whether you want activity in your day, or just some rest and relaxation, there is something for everyone here, young and old. My kids (and we) don't want to go home!

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of our property. We are so happy that you have enjoyed our resort and had a memorable family vacation with us. Since we are a family owned property we always appreciate it when our guests take note of our wonderful amenities and grounds, as we take great pride in maintaining our resort and making...

Apple Valley, MN
Reviewed 16 July 2014

We had another memorable visit to Kavanaugh's this year. This resort is awesome! They have so much to do for adults & kids - swimming in indoor pool & outdoor pool, 2 different beaches, pontoon for rent, fishing, playgrounds galore, volleyball, basketball, tennis...bikes to rent & trails to walk/bike on. The resort owners/employees are always very friendly. Thy have fun...

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words about our property. It is great to hear that you and your family had a wonderful time and had plenty to do. As a family owned property we take a great deal of pride in how everything looks and is maintained and it is always nice to hear from our guests that...

Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

We booked a 3 bedroom cottage as a last second change to a washed out camping weekend. What a great change of events! The grounds are all in very nice condition, the unit was very pleasant, and probably nicer than just about anything in the Brainerd Lakes area. We have stayed at Grand View, Breezy Point, and have toured Madden's...

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to Kavanaugh's. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. One quick note is the reason we have our campfires located in the wooded areas is twofold. The first is when they are on the lakeshore all of the smoke ends up blowing into the cabins and we don't want guests to have to...

Nadiad, India
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We stayed at Kavanaugh's..for three days. It was a good experience. the property is good ,well maintained, well equipped but you cannot expect services like in India. The main drawback is that there is no restaurant in the premises. You have to go outside for food. he check-out time is very early...@10.00 a.m. The lake view is superb. To enjoy...

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, responded to this review

We're very happy that you enjoyed your stay at Kavanaugh's. Because we are family owned and operated you are truly our guests when you stay at the resort. We hope to see you again in the future.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

Beautiful grounds, indoor & outdoor pool, fire pits, all near adorable cabins. Full kitchen allowed is to cook meals & enjoy them on patio overlooking the pond. Great biking trails, boat rentals, etc. lots to do! Wish the gas fireplace was wood burning but outdoor fire-pit makes up for it. Clean cabins & grounds.

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sylvanlakeresort, Owner at Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review of Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort, we are so glad you had a nice time. As a family owned and operated property we work hard to give our customers a wonderful vacation experience and certainly enjoy when we hear that you have had a great time while staying with us. We hope to...

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( 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 Sylvan Lake Resort

Address: 1685 Kavanaugh Dr, East Gull Lake, MN 56401 (Formerly Kavanaugh's Resort)
Region: United States > Minnesota > East Gull Lake
Price Range: €121 - €184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 51
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Kavanaugh`s Hotel Brainerd
Kavanaughs Hotel Brainerd
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“For larger groups, we recommend one of the cottages, though they have accommodations to fit all.”
suejjj2017, 8 Feb 2017 | Read review
“We booked one of the two story cabins which had three bedrooms and two bathrooms. This was perfect for a group of 6 adults.”
K9505XIsarahk, 6 Jan 2017 | Read review
“I have seen all the different types of accommodations here and there is certainly something for everyone.”
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.”
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.”
imcrabby1, 29 Aug 2015 | Read review
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