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Flip the Switch to Summertime in the 50’s!

We were just tickled to find this lovely review on TripAdvisor, documenting a guest’s stay at Fair Hills Resort. Thank you for such kind words, “McHopper from Tallahassee,” and we’re so glad you enjoyed your vacation here.

Review of Fair Hills Resort

Posted July 22, 2018

While there is wifi, there’s no TV. Wise parents who collect cell phones and electronic games are giving their children an extraordinary experience: Fair Hills will take them and all of us back to a simpler time where you communicate and enjoy life on a level not possible back home in the world of constant electronic noise.

My husband and I were children in the 1950’s and last week we felt we were able to reach back in time and not only visit those simple pleasures again but also share it with our grandchildren. Fair Hills has captured the magic of that 1950’s “going off to summer camp” feeling — boating around the shore, swimming in the lake, the sweet feeling of morning grass wet with dew on bare feet, the evening stars and call of the loons, it’s all there for the taking.

We (our troop of grandparents, parents, nieces, nephews, lots of young cousins) just got back from a week’s stay yesterday. The Minnesota weather was cool and pleasant and Fair Hills, since it’s beginning in 1926, is dependably wholesome offering many dollops throughout each day of old fashioned pleasures and camp activities — from group activities for young children (4 to 8) to pre-teens to teens there’s something interesting going on (arts & crafts, tennis, golf, boating, lots of etc).

And moms, No cooking! The bell ringing at the dining hall signals another bountiful feast is ready — usually a little menu is presented at each sitting for individual selections but there are also good surprises like a fantastic grilled picnic outside one day, a smorgasbord another day — always fresh fruits, soups, lots of breads to go along with the entrees and Fair HIll’s famous cinnamon buns (don’t get me started on how melt in your mouth those are!).

The lake is beautiful and inviting, there’s lot of watercraft to use, some to rent (can be reserved ahead) — there’s just so much to do (or not, just relax and read by the lake, listen to the chirping of many birds, rabbits coming out early morning and evening, chipmunks skittering, red squirrels hopping) — the staff is phenomenal, they are from different countries as well as nearby, multi-talented — the cellist at happy hour you might encounter running the lobby desk, that marvellous singer at the Hootenanny, wow today he’s cleaning your room! There’s a lovely playground for little ones, a sparkling swimming pool, a meadow where our grandchildren made new friends throwing a frisbee (they ran til their sides hurt with joy).

I hope I’ve painted the picture I intended — the only thing that’s keeping me from being sad about leaving is the reservation we made for next year!


24270 Co. Hwy 20
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501



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