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"The Family Getaway" on beautiful Potato Lake outside of perfect Park Rapids, MN

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Perfect Beach, Private Deck, Beautiful Summer Living!

"The Family Getaway" is a gorgeous first floor unit with a private deck overlooking arguably the best beach on one of the most sought-after lakes in the area. The previous Blue Heron Lodge is now privately owned and this peaceful spot offers a perfect blend of incredible beach and on-site fun only minutes from Park Rapids, one the most desired vacation spots in northern Minnesota. Completely redone, "The Family Getaway" has three bedrooms with the master being an oversized room, a full kitchen, high-speed internet, cable TV and your own deck less than 100' from the water. With only 3 units in the Lodge..."The Family Getaway" has privacy yet community at the same time. Perfect sunsets, light southernly breezes all within a protected bay. Including 300' of unmatched private sugar-sand beach (perhaps the best on the lake), on-site horseshoe pits, on-site washer/dryer, volleyball nets, kid's playground, fire pits, tetherball and more. Small fishing boats and a pontoon available for rent. FREE high speed WIFI and cable TV included. Potato Lake has amazing fishing as well as recreation and is also only minutes from numerous spectacular golf courses for all skill levels. Plus, there's always weekly fun activities in Park Rapids. It doesn't get any better than "The Family Getaway" on Potato!

Shawn Gray
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, mandarin
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Shawn Gray

We're Shawn & Carmen Gray - we purchased the old "Blue Heron Lodge" on Potato lake in 2014. We travel and do a bit of living/working overseas but also have our summer home on the property. We'd love to share this beautiful spot with you!

Shawn Gray purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Shawn Gray chose Park Rapids

It's a 10 acre lot that is some of the best lakeshore on one of the most desirable lakes in northern MN. After growing up in the Park Rapids area we have spent the last 10 years traveling all over Asia. This area is "home" and we found the perfect spot in our hometown.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Park Rapids

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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(5 traveller reviews)

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"The Family Getaway" on beautiful Potato Lake outside of perfect Park Rapids, MN
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Shawn was very helpful prior to arrival answering questions. We rented the Getaway and the loft together and it was perfect for our family group of 16! There was something for everyone to do from the toddlers to the teens. We would definitely rent again. The place had everything we needed and much more. Great sand beach and old school merry go round toped it off!

  • Review Submitted: 14/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Cheri! So glad your family enjoyed the Family Getaway and would love to have you back any time. We are proud of the fact that we've got all the "summer fun" things on the property that can make a stay with us memorable. Thanks for leaving the place in such great shape....I would highly recommend you as guests to anyone - hope to see you here again!
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Excellent Accomodations

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the roominess of our cabin; and especially the proximity to the lake, the abundance of towels and linens, and the laundry. New carpet has also been installed.

  • Review Submitted: 08/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rogers, MN

Friendly and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place for a large family or extended family retreat. Close to the lake and great lake views. Extremely friendly and helpful owners who go to the extreme to make sure your stay is wonderful. The cabin is rustic and is has a history which goes back to the 1930's. Would recommend staying here.

Terri Y

  • Review Submitted: 24/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Larkspur, Colorado

A beautiful location on the lake with many amenities.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time. It is a work in progress as they are updating the place. Great place for adults and kids, many outdoor games and activities. The owners, Shawn & Carmen were very accommodating and responsive. There is so much to do at the property, fishing, swimming, games, canoeing, paddle boarding, and much to do in the surrounding area, golf, river fishing & canoeing, theater, great restaurants. We rented the pontoon boat for a couple of days and had some great fishing. We caught fish right from the dock also. Every night we were serenaded by the many loons that make their home on the lake, it was so peaceful. Had a great time!

  • Review Submitted: 18/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous beach property!

  • 5 of 5

Another jewel found on VRBO! We rented the ‘Getaway and the Loft’ from Shawn and Carmen for seven days this summer and had a fabulous vacation at a beautiful property. We slept 19 people comfortable the first three nights until some of the unfortunate ones had to return to work. The property is exactly as advertised. The beach, yard and lake exceeded our expectations. You will not find a better person or family to rent from! Very easy to work with and responsive to all of our needs! Shawn had great insights for us regarding local activities around Park Rapids and some good fishing tips. You can rent the Loft and Getaway together or separate, depending on the size of your group. Our group really enjoyed the yard games, canoes, swimming deck, fishing off the dock and at night the fire pit located lakeside! There was plenty of room at the dock for my 18’ Lund Tyee and we also rented the Pontoon for a couple days! If you’re looking for marble top counters and a massage parlor you’ll need to go somewhere else and pay a bunch more money. But if you want to have fun in a nice place and give a fair price to a good person, better call Shawn.

  • Review Submitted: 29/11/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Park Rapids

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$269.56
Cleaning Fee AU$134.78

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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