Midwest Living Review
You know you'll be able to quickly ditch the hubbub of modern life when you're facing Ludlow's vintage crank telephone (kids giggle and grandparents say, "I remember"). The phone summons the wooden boat for transport to Ludlow's Island and its 13 cottages scattered throughout the woods. Seven more cottages are on the lake's north and south shores. The fanciest one is Dreamcatcher, a four-story "treehouse" with fabulous views of the woods and a way to make the outside feel inside. The master suite on the fourth floor has a whirlpool and looks fantastic, but also comes with a $3,400/week summer price tag. Ouch. One cabin on the North Shore has one room, while the rest range from two to five bedrooms. All have decks, wood-burning fireplaces and screen porches.Overlook some hefty price tags and the fact that visitors usually have to book an entire week at a time, and the island feels like a throwback in all the good ways: an honor system pantry stocked with necessities such as (ahem) ice cream bars and s'mores fixings; a main lodge filled with books, games and movies to borrow; and a staff willing to bring you just about anything from town to save you from leaving the island escape. That's not to say you can't boat back to your car and explore the area, but there is a lot to do here. Families can even grab camping gear and spend a night on a smaller island all by themselves. Most prefer to boat or fish one of Minnesota's largest lakes, hang out on the beach, and reconnect with each other in a timeless kind of place. Summer weekly rates run $2,500-$3,900 depending on cabin and number of people. Summer daily rates run $250 on up, depending on cabin and number of people. Spring and fall base rates are $250-$295 for two, plus fees for additional people.