November 2014 – Unfortunately we’ve had to close up the Guest House due to dangerous erosion of the bluff below the house. Below is what you’ve missed – I’m not emotionally ready to take this down. I have to grieve what I’ve lost. I had planned on keeping the Guest House open through to February this year since my mom was living full time on the property and the driveway was regularly being plowed.
We opened up for our first paying guests in October, 2012 after a full summer of cleaning, repairing and re-furnishing. Work continues on the anti-erosion project on the bluff above the lake but we promise to keep noisy workmen away during your visit. Your view of the lake and the forest remains spectacular even during this work.
The Guest House is open May – October. Learn more about renting the cottage at “Vacation Rentals By Owner” http://www.vrbo.com/434858 The basic rate is $125/night but you’ll find deals online at VRBO.
The house can sleep four comfortably on brand new Sealy mattresses (1 Queen, 2 twins), with room to squeeze in a couple more on the futon sofa. My dream of adding a claw foot bathtub is postponed but the bathroom has been updated with a new sink and adjustable hand-held shower head. We provide the sheets and towels.
The electric kitchen is stocked with pots & pans, dishes, silverware, etc. We try to keep basic cooking supplies such as olive oil, salt & pepper and a few other spices stocked as well as aluminum foil and containers for leftovers too. We’ve also put in brand new small appliances: microwave, coffee maker, toaster and an iron.
A wooden swing sits in front of the house facing the lake that is a perfect spot to watch the sunset. If its cool or buggy you can watch through the windows of the porch, relaxing on one of our rocking chairs. We provide a couple of hammocks that you can string up to sturdy trees, or you can just pull out a couple of our folding lawn chairs.
Right now we offer radio, books, puzzles and several games for your amusement, including badminton. There is no TV, but you can pick up on my WiFi. No password needed. Most cell phone carriers now provide service in our area.
United Airlines flies from Chicago to the Houghton/Hancock airport (CMX) – just southeast of Calumet – twice a day. National Rental Car gets booked quickly in the summertime so be sure to make your rental arrangements well in advance. There is also one local auto shop that rents cars if National can’t help you. And there are a couple of taxis working in the area if you do not want to have a car at your disposal every day. The only store within walking distance would be the small one at the State Park, about a mile away.
More updates to follow!