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Appledorn's Customer Service


bailey27

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I have been a registered member with FM.com for 11 years. By a quick look at my profile, you will see that I rarely post. In this instance, I felt the need to share my experience.

I have fished, canoed, hiked, relaxed, and entertained at many resorts in Northern MN and the Mille Lacs area over the years. I have to say that Appledorn's resort is at the top of this list when it comes to customer service and amenities.

This past weekend I rented an overnight icehouse with my sons, 2 of there friends, and those kids' father. While the cold front was a bear, we still had a good time. Unfortuantely, we had a problem in the house with the heater due to the tank freezing up. This made for a VERY cold night. When we awoke the entire house was frozen and we had to leave early. Appledorn's did not hesitate to make this right, and offer us a free stay on our next trip.

I can tell you that not all resorts and outfitters are like this. I have had both great and terrible experiences with many different places throughout the State.

We will be going back up in a few weeks to try our luck on the Walleye again. I can honestly say that Appledorn's is my new favorite spot on Mille Lacs and I will highly recomend them to anyone that is looking for a place to stay on the lake. Thank you Paul for taking great care of us and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Only resort I have used on Mille Lacs, and been given no reason to change.

Have a group of 16 headed up there friday.

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My wife and I were in one of Appledorns houses last weekend also. Paul and his crew do one heckuva job.

It's pretty much the place I go every time I go to the big pond.

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I have been a registered member with FM.com for 11 years. By a quick look at my profile, you will see that I rarely post. In this instance, I felt the need to share my experience.

I have fished, canoed, hiked, relaxed, and entertained at many resorts in Northern MN and the Mille Lacs area over the years. I have to say that Appledorn's resort is at the top of this list when it comes to customer service and amenities.

This past weekend I rented an overnight icehouse with my sons, 2 of there friends, and those kids' father. While the cold front was a bear, we still had a good time. Unfortuantely, we had a problem in the house with the heater due to the tank freezing up. This made for a VERY cold night. When we awoke the entire house was frozen and we had to leave early. Appledorn's did not hesitate to make this right, and offer us a free stay on our next trip.

I can tell you that not all resorts and outfitters are like this. I have had both great and terrible experiences with many different places throughout the State.

We will be going back up in a few weeks to try our luck on the Walleye again. I can honestly say that Appledorn's is my new favorite spot on Mille Lacs and I will highly recomend them to anyone that is looking for a place to stay on the lake. Thank you Paul for taking great care of us and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

It's the only way I can get my wife to fish, staying at Appeldoorns, anytime of years is tops!!!!!!! never a wrong decision.

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My wife and I were in one of Appledorns houses last weekend also. Paul and his crew do one heckuva job.

It's pretty much the place I go every time I go to the big pond.

Could've swung by, i'm going on my 3rd weekend in a row up there. Leaving in an hour.

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We were up there too last weekend and it was amazing customer sercive. We made it there a little late and the staff made us feel like home and even though it was our first time up there we were treated like they have known us for forever. I am a fan and will be definitely be going back there.

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Paul is customer service.

From what I have seen and also heard from otheres, Paul goes the extra mile for all.

Too bad everyone is not as CS friendly as Paul and his employee's.

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I agree. Appledorns is a member of the elite 10 resorts on Mille Lacs Lake.

just curious who are the other 9 .....lol

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My 9 year old and I returned yesterday from our second annual birthday trip to Appledorns. We showed up about 4 friday afternoon, went to check in, and when I had called on Monday, I had told the lady I wanted a cabin for "this" weekend. She said, okay I got it for the 2th, and she said she would send the confirmation. Now it is mostly my fault because I didn't look at the confirmation which had us confirmed for the weekend of Feb. 2nd, but the young woman behind the counter and Paul took care of us and put us in a different ice house.

Paul is one of the nicest guys on the face of the earth and he and his staff went out of their way to get our ice house ready and warmed up for us, even though it was a last minute change. Fishing was SuhhhLoowwwww on saturday, which started with a small propane fire in my portable due to frozen 1 pound tanks and my stupidity, but the ice house was on great structure and my son caught a 14"er and as he claimed, "Well I guess I can scratch that off the bucket list now" I caught a 21.5" eye on Friday night as well. we missed a number of both nights with poor hooksets. I set the hook Saturday night at 3AM, dead weight, 1 head shake, 10# test snapped as the fish bit through the line.

Appledorn's to me is the best resort on Mille Lacs, and the biggest reason is Paul and his wonderful staff......

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    • SkunkedAgain
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    • Wanderer
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    • Wanderer
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    • SkunkedAgain
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    • gimruis
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    • leech~~
      Well, a new report for today talked about cracks opening up and ice piling up!  Better check the night before you head up.  😕
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