27th Annual Oktoberfest at Ruttger’s

Posted on: September 24th, 2012 by admin

Many of you are familiar with the fact that Ruttger’s has a strong German heritage. You see it in several different ways around the resort, including the Rüttger wine from German. There is one sign of the Ruttger’s German heritage that stands out more than the others, Oktoberfest. This year, October 19 -21 marks the 27th Annual Oktoberfest, and like past events, it is a  festival that celebrates the German history at Ruttger’s.

Oktoberfest began in 1810 in Germany when Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I, married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hidburghausen. The citizens of Munich celebrated the union on the fields in front of the city gates. At the end of the celebration, horse races were held in front of the Royal Family. The horse races were repeated every year (although they are no longer a part of the celebration) and Oktoberfest was born.


Jack Ruttger at Oktoberfest 2011


Eat, Drink, Relax, Repeat!

Posted on: September 24th, 2012 by admin


Are you looking for a reason to gather the girls and take a weekend away? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you. Enjoy a girls’ weekend at Ruttger’s with our Eat, Drink, Relax, Repeat special!


Meetings at Ruttger’s

Posted on: September 11th, 2012 by admin

After attending an event, there is always one thing in particular that stands out and sets it apart from others. Whether it be the topics you discussed, the food you ate, or the jokes that were passed around. At Ruttger’s, we strive to create an excellent experience for your group’s event, whether it be a company retreat, meeting, or a family reunion. Your guests are sure to remember Ruttger’s.

One of the things that may stand out about the event in your guest’s mind is the location. When you escape to Northern Minnesota, your guests will be refreshed with the change of scenery. They will enjoy the beautiful views of Bay Lake and the surrounding nature. Our Sales Team will work with you to find the perfect space for your group. With a variety of conference and meeting spaces, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for.


Fall Golf at Ruttger’s

Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by admin

There is no better way to enjoy the fall oranges, yellows, and reds than to play a round of golf. It is a great time of year to enjoy the course with a group of friends or family. The air has cooled, the crowds have thinned, and the trees are full of beautiful fall colors. It seems even better knowing that it may be the last few times you have the chance to get out on a course before the inevitable snow begins falling on the ground.

Golfers enjoying the fall colors on The Lakes course


Ruttger’s in the News

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by admin

Throughout the years, we have had the privilege of providing exceptional vacations to our guests, both new one as well as guests that have been coming for years. Therefore, we are proud to be named one of the top favorite Minnesota resorts by the Star Tribune, as well as being featured in the Brainerd Daily Dispatch’s publication, Generations in Business. Both are a true honor and we are grateful for the recognition. (more…)

Stone House 100 Year Celebration

Posted on: July 24th, 2012 by admin

Do you or your family have a history on Bay Lake? Whether your family owns a cabin on the lake or you have been coming to Ruttger’s for years, you are a part of the history of Bay Lake. On Saturday, August 4th, everyone is invited to the first Bay Lake History day at the Stone House. The event will commemorate the centennial year of the landmark know as the Taylor Home Place, or the Stone House, and to highlight our pioneer families and the historic places of interest in the Bay Lake area. Bay Lake History Day will begin at 10:00 am at the Stone House with a short program about the Day’s events. The home will then open to the public until 3:00 pm. (more…)

Wine and Jazz Weekend

Posted on: July 18th, 2012 by admin

Looking for a weekend filled with wine and music? Join us at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge for a Wine and Jazz Weekend on August 24-26th. The event will feature jazz music by the Sam Miltich and Clearwater Hot Club as well as the Maud Hixson Trio. The event will include several events, such as a reception with an Italian wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres to start the weekend on Friday night. On Saturday, certified Sommelier Sam Bremer will host a wine sampling in the afternoon. Later that evening, a four-course wine dinner will be served while the Maud Hixson Trio plays. (more…)

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Posted on: July 17th, 2012 by admin

Who would have thought that a sport that became popular in the ocean waters of Hawaii would make its way to Bay Lake, Minnesota? Stand up paddleboarding, or SUP, has become a worldwide sport after being popularized in the Hawaiian Islands. At Ruttger’s, we are working with Power Paddle to bring the sport to the waters of Bay Lake.

Paddleboarding is an ancient form of surfing that reemerged in the 1960s when surf instructors began standing on their boards to get a better vantage during group lessons. Since then the sport has grown in popularity, starting first in the warmer climates and eventually making its way to areas such as Bay Lake. (more…)

Remembering Ruby

Posted on: July 10th, 2012 by admin

Have you ever noticed the red ruby on the staff nametags? If so, you have probably wondered why it is there.  Or wondered why the dining room is named Ruby’s Dining Room. We have a very good answer to those questions. Every name tag at Ruttger’s has a ruby on it in memory of Ruby Treloar, a former Ruttger’s employee. The dining room is also named in her honor, as she was a longtime hostess in the dining room.


Zumba at Ruttger’s!

Posted on: June 28th, 2012 by admin

This summer, Zumba classes are being offered at Ruttger’s as one of the weekly activities. Zumba, which is a fitness program, has become very popular recently. It is estimated that over 12 million people are taking weekly Zumba classes in 125 countries. With its growing popularity, it is the perfect addition to this summer’s activity schedule. (more…)