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The projects, chores, and life of a family-owned, Northern Wisconsin resort.

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Lots going on at the resort. If you stand around too long we hand you a paint brush

Birchwood getting its roof line painted this week

Our new motors we ordered 2 years ago finally arrived. We have 2 new 9’s and 2 new 6’s to rent.

The Sylvan pontoon arrived back from the repair shop. It is working better than ever we hope. It was a little hard to get in reverse and we think we have that solved

Except for the captains chairs all the furniture was reupholstered by Steve this winter. The Sylvan is styling

We will be renting our 2 pontoons this summer the Bennington and Sylvan

Steve putting screens in the new screened doors for Kaubashine and Shamrock

Muskies new cedar swing all ready for assembly

Katie made the mistake of standing around too long and we gave her a brush to paint

Our biggest painting project of the spring is Eagles Nest. We are sad that we just can not keep the old varnished look going. The cabin just can not get another refresh and look good. We had to make a change. It is being painted in the same color as Bayview, Wildflower and Restawhile with brown trim on the windows. This is after one coat on the lower half. We know it is a change in the feel of the cabin but hope everyone can adjust

Dock work has just started

Things slowly going in. We have a couple of warm days ahead and I am sure the guys will be more willing to get in the chilly water

Kaubashine just opened June 4th, 5th and 6th

Red Pine has a partial week open June 6, 7, 8 and 9th with a 3 night minimum

Bear Den June 3 – 10th 3 night minimum

Norway June 11 – 18th

Bear Den and Red Pine June 17 – 24th are open as well

The Jung family was up at the resort with a Christmas theme this year. I never wonder if this family is having a good time. I hear next year the theme is Cinco De Mayo

Happy to see families having fun. That is what the resort is all about!

While they were having fun our family was busy getting the resort ready for the summer season.

Porches being opened and spring cleaned

Screens and screen doors brought out and cleaned and put back on

Nothing says summer like the slamming of a screen door

Then there is painting. Lots of painting! Anyone in the family who has painted Muskie’s huge porch has a health respect for its size

Steve looking to see if Birchwood’s porch was dry enough to get the glasses he left on the drink well when painting

Troy getting the raft ready for paint. It is being painted this afternoon and hopefully going out next week

Missing pic cause nobody takes my picture, was the perches on the stairway getting spruced up with paint

The only family member not painting. Sunning himself in the driveway. We may attach a paintbrush to his tail

Lake News:

Hilltop Resort has been sold. The boat launch is reopening this weekend on Sunday for us to use. We were a little concerned when the sale was not final about using the launch this summer. Happy to report that we hear the resort and bar will be operating as normal. I am sure they will change some things but just good to hear we are not loosing another resort in the area. Every year you hear of another one closing and turning condo

Back to work

For the most part the ice broke up over the last 24 hours with rain and high winds. Thankfully our docks were not hit as hard as they were last year

Not ready to jump off the raft with floating ice still in the lake but happy to see open water!

Still some floating ice but that should be gone in another day or two

We do have some repairs to do at Kaubashine and Shamrock’s dock

Its a little gloomy today but mid 60’s are seen by Wednesday and we can not wait!

Very ready for green instead of brown leaves.

News around the lake. Most know the Tom and Hilltop Resort passed away in January. We have been waiting to hear what would happen to the resort.

This week we heard it is sold and the owners want to keep it running as a resort. We will all be happy when the bar hopefully reopens. I will update when I know more. We are assuming we can work out use of their landing as usual but waiting to talk to the new owners

Treat Mom to a cabin weekend. Next weekend looks beautiful and we will have a few boats in the water. Right now plenty of cabins open

Summer Openings

Bear Den and Red Pine June 3 – 10th they can be broken up nightly

Norway June 11 – 18th

Bear Den and Red Pine June 17 – 24th

Our next opening is August 19th

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We had a lot of melting this past weekend. We are hoping the ice goes fast. Time to put boats in the lake

I have seen ducks already going around the edges

We have plenty of cabins open up to mid May. After that it is filling up

We have had a few cancelations pop up here is the list starting May 30th

Birchwood <ay 30th and 31st 170/night

Red Pine and Bear Den are open June 3 – 10th We have decided to let them go nightly for a 3 or 4 night minimum at 330/night. Red Pine is also open before that starting May 29th

June 11 – 18th Norway 3 bdr at 2005/week

June 17 – 24th Bear Den and Red Pine 2965/week

Wildflower June 18 – 25th 1435/week

Our next opening is Red Pine August 19th at 2965/week

We had a very nice Easter weekend with our whole family at the resort.

Yes that is snow in the background. It has been a cold April and we are looking forward to ice out

Ben and Ali’s wedding is around the corner May 28th. We are going to have a busy May getting ready for the wedding and the resort open

It was nice to have a quiet weekend before the festivities get started

Monday morning, Sprinter arrived. More snow…… Will we close the door on winter?

Bryon is in the middle of designing a couple of new t-shirt logos for shirts this summer. This is my favorite

I will announce when we have colors and sizes.

Melting is definitely going on. We are happy to see ground again

View from the raft this morning. The lake has a way to go in melting

Can’t wait to roll the boats back in the water

We have been busy collecting sap and boiling down to syrup. So far we have collected 2 gallons of sap

No posts for awhile as we headed off on a road trip for Spring Break with our good friends Kris and Mike to Branson Missouri

We went to college with Kris and Mike and we were married the same year. 2022 marks 30 years for both couples and we decided it was time for a road trip to celebrate

Along the way we found some road side attractions. The biggest fork in Springfield Missouri

Of course a stop at Dolly Parton’s stampede

What better way to travel than the train for a trip into the mountains

What did we see on the trip? Well I guess you had to be there

A very nice time was had with great friends

All trains rides though must come to an end…

Time to go home and what happens in Branson stays in Branson

Back home another ice storm blew through and snow was still on the ground

A big thank you to Ruth Grady for keeping an eye on the place and taking care of Mack while we were gone. Her final night she had Penny too as Steve was off on an adventure as well.

I knew the resort was in good hands

Once back the maple trees have decided spring has sprung. While we were gone it was cold and the trees shut off. Temps in the 40s on Saturday got the trees flowing again

We have plenty of cabins open for the next few weekends if you want to come up and watch the lake melt with us

For Summer I have broken up Kaubashine the June 4 – 11th week. I now have 3 nights open June 4, 5 and 6th

Red Pine and Bear Den are also open the June 3 – 10th week. I will consider breaking up the week if you start or stop on a Friday with a 4 night minimum to start out. Red Pine is also open nights before that starting May 29th

June 17 to the 24th we still have Bear Den and Red Pine open. We are then booked out till August 19th when Red Pine opens up

If interested in any of these opening give a call

Wednesday into Thursday we had a ice storm. We woke up to our front yard out our front door looking like this

We were hesitant to walk outside much as branches were continuing to come down

We have not had ice this bad in a few years and there were plenty of weak branches that came down. Our big white pines in the front yard really let loose

The pines were just loaded. This is a small red pine by Kaubashine’s fire pit. Later in the day the top snapped off it and we are going to have to remove the rest of the tree

Kaubashine took the worst hit. We are not sure but think that branch pierced the roof. We are waiting for things to melt a little more before going on the roof to check it out

Definitely pretty but I did not stay outside for long as branches were continuing to come down

Our dumpster took a direct hit as well

Here is Holiday Thursday morning. Pay attention to the tree by the garbage cans.

We are very lucky nobody was staying in the cabin with a car parked outside. Steve is not too upset about loosing that tree as it causes problems when he is plowing

I guess Muskie will be getting a new cedar swing.

Walking around carefully assessing damage

Later in the day Thursday the cleaning up began as the melting started.

Earlier in the day Steve got quite a scare as he heard a crack over his head and he dashed away as a big branch landed where he had been standing

It was much safer for the guys to work on the floor at Red Pine Thursday and Friday. I am happy to report there is no more carpeting in the basement of Red Pine. It seems so much brighter and cleaner without carpeting. Hope everyone likes it.

The maple trees chose to run through the storm. Once the coast was clear on falling branches we got to collecting

This is our fancy high tech filter system for our maple sap

I always get asked about it being clear. The sap comes out of the trees like clear water. As you boil it down eh sugar concentrates and turns it browner and browner

Friday morning it was snowing again…. Steve claims that just 20 miles south there is no snow. We live in Narnia it feels like in late March. If that tree had a light on it and there was a two legged deer poking around Mr Tumus would not be far behind

Spring will spring the maple trees keep telling us that warmer weather is on its way.

Spring has sprung. The warm rays have got the snow melting and our maple trees running

Our filter set up for our maple sap. We are very high tech. That is a dog leash that we hang the filter from off the top deck. We filter out little bits that fall into the sap

Filtered sap ready to go in the cook pots to boil down

We just bought this beautiful wood cabinet from a local wood worker. Mike Glauner does beautiful stuff. This piece is headed to Muskie’s king room next to the bed. We may get a few more things from him. I love how he mixes different woods. I hear he has a lifetime supply of old barn wood in storage

We headed out to breakfast this weekend. Oakfire just opened for brunch. This was their breakfast pizza

French Toast was also on the menu. All delish with a bloody mary

Fun old pic. Restawhile from 1920

Back to melting snow.

There is just something about a warm March afternoon when you actually feel warmth from the sun and you leave your winter coat in the house

Guys headed out to the wood pile to discuss how to cut these big pines up for fire pit wood

Big logs are not their favorite

Much discussion

First log is picked out. They work hard to keep the wood piles full

I stopped back and they had created a pile to surprise Jake with for splitting. Thankfully our new splitter turns sideways and you roll these big ones into position to be split

We are still waiting for the maple taps to start dripping. Looking at the forecast starting Sunday looks like when they will start up

Next week looks perfect for sapping. Highs in low 40’s and 20’s at night is what we need to get the trees going. We have 43 trees tapped through the resort

My friend Amy has 90 trees tapped. She will be selling her syrup through her food email she sends to guests each week. Her trees are local. They will have a busy few weeks keeping up with 90 trees once they start dripping. I am much happier keeping up with our 43

We have 2, 3 and 4 bdrs still open this weekend. Time to escape the news and head up north for a few days of R and R and watch the trees wake up with us