I attended a wedding at Stout's Island Lodge. The wedding was charming and just beautiful. The wedding used the lake as the backdrop and it was picturesque. The cocktails were strong and tasty. The dinner was pretty good, especially the red potatoes and cauliflower! The tent and the whole dinner set up was nice. The employees were all friendly and accommodating. All of the cabins and grounds were so cute. Riding back on the post-wedding ferry in a full moon while the sun was setting was unexpectedly gorgeous. If I'm ever in the area, I would definitely stay at Stout's Island Lodge! P.S. the swan floaties off the dock made my day! ?
The island was alright, but not amazing. We stayed for a week in mid June and it felt like the weren't fully open for the season. Repairs were being made during our stay for things that should've been fixed before season: severely damaged decks/docks that had to be like that for a long time, large construction by tennis courts, etc. You could tell that this place could be amazing, but it was missing a spark. The rest of the island was more "rustic" than expected. Everything was dirty, covered in webs and was in disarray. Some equipment was neglected/damaged and laying around. We ended up picking up kayaks/canoes/boards after finding them left laying around over a few days. It also felt like there was a larger focus on weddings and events rather than people just staying. I understand that you make more money as a venue, but we felt forgotten much of the time. The room was overall good, even though we were in an older cabin. Food was great, 10/10, most days, but you could tell a huge difference between different chefs. Try the pork belly appetizer if you go (photo: slices of meat with jalapeños on top) The food and drinks were pricey and service speed was on "island time." Despite reservations for every meal, it was not clear how to "check in" to our reservation. We just waited at the door until a server found us, sometimes 10-15 min. There was some disconnect between what their website said and reality. For example, the menu and site describe that tips are included in the prices, but a server told us that wasn't the case. Oh, and there is no enforcement of policies on the website, like personal alcohol or dining dress code. TL/DR: Our stay was expensive for what we got, but was okay overall. I would be willing to try staying here one more time. But if there isn't improvement, it would be my last visit.
My husband and I recently got married at Stout's and couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate our nuptials! We can't wait to go back for future anniversaries because Stout's Island will always be a very special place to us. Our guests loved the novelty of the island. It is so beautiful and peaceful. The food is excellent and the service, although they were short staffed, still turned out to be good, especially the night of our wedding. Olivia, our event planner was wonderful to work with. She was super responsive and helpful. Highly recommend Stout's Island for future brides!
Fun island and resort to stay for a family. Attentive staff and activities for all to do. Definitely will be back
The rooms had mostly everything I needed. I was there in the offseason, so service options seemed to be limited. The staff was fantastic and responsive.
I was not only a guest but a poorly treated employee! They market the place to be something it is not. Loved the island but tearable owners that run it like their own personal playground and not like a resort it could be. Hence why poor service! I feel it would be a great place by getting rid of the two big shot owners that bring nothing but snobbiness and arrogance to the island. Making it hard for guests and employees to have their best time on the island.
My partner and I were married on Stout's Island in September of 2021. After visting the island the prior year, we knew right away it was exactly the venue we were looking for. It's rustic yet elegant, and despite it being as small as it is, it seemed as if we had the whole island to ourselves. We knew the bonfires would feel warm, and we expected the scenery of Red Cedar Lake to take care of all the decorations ? but we really had no idea that everyone working on Stout's Island would be so wonderful, so complimentary, so fun, so ready to help. We weren't mired in the details, yet they took care of things proactively, without even being asked. For example, I learned that one of their employees was headed home to make table runners for our Friday night dinner, and that another had agreed to making a very specific dessert upon my uncle's request. One of the decorative vases intended for the ceremony had broken, and I don't know how they did, but replaced it with something nearly identical. Problem solved! We didn't expect or ask for that kind of attentiveness but we're so grateful for it because we were truly able to be fully present in every moment. We heard over and over again from our guests how accommodating Stout's staff was. Every room is unique, and the community spaces are so cozy. We have friends planning their 2022 return, and my dad has decided that none of our previous family vacations reached the level of greatness that was Stout's Island Lodge. From meditative wanderings to bonfire debauchery, it was more than we could have ever imagined. The food was delicious! Stephanie was quick to respond to every question leading up to the wedding (I bet we sent her 32 emails), and always so kind and clear in communication. I seriously can't think of one not-so-positive thing to say. We are so deeply grateful for everything Stout's Island staff did to make the weekend so special. If you're looking for a unique destination wedding in the Midwest, run, don't walk to Stout's Island ferry landing.
This was such an idyllic place. It is set away from daily life but with all the amenities you need. They have a continental breakfast, a great restaurant, swimming, more yard and board games than you could play in a weekend, an island hiking trail, and a little library in the great room next to a crackling fireplace. The lodge has a neat history, kind staff, and gorgeous views. My husband and I went fishing with the canoes they provide and caught quite a few big fish. They also have paddle boards, water bikes (so fun), and kayaks. So fun, we will be back.
We offer food for all occasions at Stout's Island Lodge . A quick phone call at (715) 354-3646 will give you access to chicken and other delights. Find the comfortable ambiance and some of the best american food in Birchwood.
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