Co-Vid 19 Update: We are open and welcoming guests. Per our Governor’s mandate, our swimming pools cannot be open at this time. However, our other rentals and amenities are available.  See a complete list of our protocols in our blog post.

Kavanaugh’s Resort on Sylvan Lake – Brainerd, MN
Celebrating Our 5oth Year!!

Kavanaugh’s, a Minnesota resort that invites you to discover the difference pride can make in your next vacation. Ours is a family resort, owned and operated with a spirit of pride in offering the finest accommodations, and warm hospitality to our guests.

Excellence is a family tradition at Kavanaugh’s. And it shows in everything we do. From immaculate vacation lodgings to an array of world-class recreational options, from golf to boating, biking to fishing, antique shopping, to snowmobiling. Our four season resort, located in Brainerd Minnesota, has something to offer everyone. Whether you visit us on a family vacation, fall vacation, winter vacations or a romantic getaway our resort gives you plenty of opportunities to expand your skills and talents, explore the outdoors, or just relax.

We believe you will find Kavanaugh’s resort large enough to offer a complete destination vacation, yet small enough to be attentive to your needs. Plan your next Minnesota family vacation with us.

Located in the heart of the Gull Lake Area you will find our resort to be your vacation destination.

Kavanaugh’s History

An 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. Mae ran the food operation and did most of the cooking until the early 90’s, when the youngest son, Tom, took over as head chef.

Kavanaugh’s Resort

A proud member of the Distinctive Lodges A small group of country lodges selected for their excellence of service and their warm inviting hospitality. These family owned and operated Minnesota resorts are jewels of relaxation and fun. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation or just time to relax, you’ll find that while each resort offers a unique experience all six have a common commitment to quality of their guest’s experience.

From Our Blog

Kavanaugh’s Resort “Keep Safe” Covid-19 Information

We would like to share some updated information with regards to the changes brought on by Covid-19 and hope you are patient and understanding
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The Kavanaugh’s Top Five in the Brainerd Lakes Area – April 13, 2020

We thought it might be fun and helpful to share some of our favorite places, activities and things to see and do during your
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Kavanaugh’s Resort Update on COVID-19

As of March 20, 2020, our family made the difficult decision to temporarily cease our resort operations until at least May 1, 2020.  We
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