Ludlow's Island Resort on Lake Vermilion

Just what you’ve always wanted...

Your own private island.

Welcome to Ludlow’s Island Resort — Your Lake Vermilion Vacation Destination

Classic Northwoods cottages hand-crafted by the Ludlow family and updated with every expected amenity.

Your vacation starts with a luxury, hand-crafted cottage on our private island on Lake Vermilion in Northern Minnesota. You’ll get a personalized, full-service vacation with world-class recreation, natural beauty, and a northern Minnesota ambiance for all ages.

Our cabins have multiple baths, wood-burning fireplaces, decks and screened porches. All are situated under a canopy of pine and birch trees within 50 feet of the water.

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Star Tribune Best of Minnesota

Ludlow's was named
Best Resort for Northwoods Luxury
and Best Resort for Young Children
by the Star Tribune.

"The vibe feels throwback and laid-back, but with plenty of modern luxuries for escaping urban stress with style." Source

Our Lake Vermilion Vacation Cottages

These aren’t cookie-cutter cabins. Our cottages have been hand-crafted and continually improved over seven decades — and three generations of the Ludlow family.

Dreamcatcher, designed by SALA Architects, is unlike anything else in Minnesota. This fantastic four-story treehouse offers unparalleled views of Lake Vermilion.

With 22 cabins tucked away beneath the birch and pine, there's sure to be one that fits your needs — whether you're looking for a remote, one-bedroom cabin for a romantic Minnesota getaway, or a large, 5-bedroom cabin for your family reunion.

You could find yourself staying in Dreamcatcher, four stories high amidst the tops of white and Norway pines.

Perhaps it’s an unforgettable vacation with your special someone, relaxing on the deck at Bayside, watching loons, ducks and herons in the small bay nearby.

While each lake cabin at Ludlow's Island Resort is unique, they all come with our unparalleled service. Start the search for your next Minnesota vacation here.

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Why Lake Vermilion?

Because it’s truly a treasure! With more than 40,000 acres of navigable waters, 365 islands and nearly 1,200 miles of shoreline, Lake Vermilion is one of the most scenic lakes in the country.

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In fact, the National Geographic Society said so 60 years ago, calling Lake Vermilion one of the top 10 most scenic lakes.

You’ll agree not much has changed when as you take in one of the famous, red Vermilion sunsets from your dock or cabin porch.

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A Fantastic Minnesota Fishing Lake

Did we mention the fishing? Lake Vermilion is known for its excellent fishing. You’ll find walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, crappie and panfish along with some of the country’s top muskies.

Ludlow’s can arrange day trips — complete with shore lunch — with Lake Vermilion's top fishing guides. When you return with the day's catch, our guest services teams will be happy to clean your fish and deliver them right to your cabin.

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Great Recreation

Take a tour of an old iron mine a half-mile below. Climb an iceberg. Play some of the top-rated public golf courses in the country. A relaxing massage.

Golf at the Wilderness on Lake Vermilion

The Wilderness at Fortune Bay. The Quarry and The Legend at Giants Ridge. One of the state's only reversible golf courses. All a short trip away from Ludlow's.

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Let Ludlow's be the destination wedding you've always dreamed of. Let us make your island wedding an absolutely unforgettable event.

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No matter the occasion, Ludlow’s Island Resort's renowned service and staff will help make your romantic escape, wedding or event a success.

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Great Escapes

Don’t forget about our great Lake Vermilion vacation packages! Check out our weekend getaways and great family value season.

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We host a Gourmet Weekend of Food and Wine twice a year, or marvel at gorgeous watercraft during our Classic Wooden Boat Show over Labor Day weekend.

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Reserve Today!

We look forward to having you stay in one of our hand-crafted Lake Vermilion cabins. Please contact the resort if you have any questions.

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Let Your Kids Be Kids Again

Our private island is perfect for families, where children are free to roam and explore. We reserve the use of our resort facilities exclusively for our guests to preserve your privacy and security.

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Every day during the summer at Ludlow’s, our staff puts on a number of unique activities for kids: fishing derbies, learn to make a dreamcatcher, and the always popular Pizza and a Movie Night.

You can’t get lost on an island — so children can be free to roam and explore our woods, skip rocks into the water, and build sandcastles on the beach.

A Brief Video Tour of Ludlow’s

This video will give you a taste of the sights and amenities Ludlow's Island Resort has to offer.

Check out Ludlow Resort's Online Gift Store!

Great Lake Vermilion and Minnesota themed apparel, gifts for young children and even gift certificates for a northern Minnesota vacation.

We've got a great selection of books, mugs, hats, sweatshirts and much more!