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Xanadu Island Bed & Breakfast

35484 235th St.
Battle Lake  Minnesota  56515
United States
(800) 396-9043
(218) 864-8096
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    - Lisa Meyers McClintick
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    - Lisa Meyers McClintick

Midwest Living Review

Xanadu Island, a charming inn with five rooms and three lakeside cabins, is the perfect getaway for folks seeking an escape -- and an excellent breakfast.

This 1920s hideaway on its own 5-acre island is a hidden gem, a truly wonderful spot. If you're looking for a place that's cozy and tucked away, this is it. The lodge is just what you'd hope for: knotty pine paneling, generous porches, a massive stone fireplace and an overall feeling of welcome. Grab a cup of coffee, cocoa or tea and a crunchy, buttery chocolate chip-almond cookie and plant yourself by the fire or head out onto the deck to watch the morning mist curl across the lake. The five rooms ($105 to $165) offer fireplaces, more knotty wood paneling, antique furnishings and lake views. (A tip: Ask for one of the main-level rooms, which feel the most authentic. The upstairs rooms lose a bit of the charm.) Days start with a top-notch breakfast featuring such culinary delights as Xanadu Benedict (ham and eggs on a wild rice patty), pears steeped in spices and sugar, fresh fruit with brown sugar-sour cream, and waffles with strawberries and nectarines. In addition to the main house, there are three fully furnished lakeside cabins with kitchens, perfect for families. They're not as cozy as the lodge, but you do get a playground, fabulous lakeside location and a fire pit ringed with 1960s lawn chairs. (A minimum three-night stay is required; prices from $135 to $160 a night or $675 to $800 a week.) Guests can use two canoes, three fishing boats, kayaks, a fish-cleaning house and a children's play area. There's much to do in the area, as well, including swimming, horseback riding, golf, antiques shops and a winery.

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