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A classic Minnesotan lodge
Excellence is our family tradition. Kavanaugh’s offers a classic Minnesotan lodge vacation with a modern twist. We invite you to come and experience an entirely new level of hospitality.
A classic Minnesotan lodge
Excellence is our family tradition. Kavanaugh’s offers a classic Minnesotan lodge vacation with a modern twist. We invite you to come and experience an entirely new level of hospitality.
Kavanaugh’s, located in Brainerd, Minnesota
A complete vacation destination—just hours away. Located in Brainerd, Minnesota, Kavanaugh’s provides the setting for vacations from “romantic retreat” to “active family adventure.”
Four season fun.
Four season fun. Winter ushers in a whole new slate of outdoor adventures. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers can take off on hundreds of miles of trails, through some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere.
Recreation complex offers something for everyone.
Recreation complex offers something for everyone. Our sprawling pool complex provides a fun, safe environment for swimming, fitness or just hanging out.
Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort

Kavanaugh's
Sylvan Lake Resort

Located on picturesque Sylvan Lake, near Brainerd, Minnesota, Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort combines family accessibility with modern luxury into one of the most unique vacation properties in the Brainerd vacation area.

Paved walking and biking trails wander through the resort over bridges and along the lakeshore to create a truly peaceful, relaxing vacation environment. All of the condos and cottages are built for families. The rooms range from one to three bedrooms in size with full kitchens, fireplaces and lakeside patios or decks. Amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, basketball, a game room and fitness area.

Snowmobiling at Kavanaugh's

Our History

In August of 1969, Sherman and Mae Kavanaugh purchased a small Minnesota family housekeeping resort known as Brown's For Rest. Located on Sylvan Lake near Brainerd, the resort included nine cabins and a residence. During the early years, the lower level of the residence was remodeled to become Kavanaugh's restaurant, with an original capacity of 35.

This family resort has changed dramatically over the years. After purchasing, the nine resort cabins were winterized for year round use. Today, all of the original cabins have been replaced with deluxe townhomes and cottages. In addition, Kavanaugh's now includes an indoor pool complex, and many more amenities.


Meet Your Hosts

Today, John is the general manager of Kavanaugh's, and his wife Vicki manages the office and reservations. Tom and Mark head up the real estate sales department and Dave is resort operations manager and in charge of all construction, remodeling, and maintenance. Dave's wife, Brenda, manages the front desk. Mae and Sherm's original dream has not only survived over the past 39 years, but has thrived to become one of the premiere vacation destinations in the state of Minnesota.