Even though I’m well into my “golden” years, I’m still a hopeless romantic. I still read romance novels, and my playlist is filled with every love song recorded from the 50’s through the present (well, maybe not all, but most). A wood burning fire practically makes me swoon, and two white Adirondack chairs facing a sunset will bring tears to my eyes. Candlelight. Fresh flowers. Fine linens. Vintage quilts.
When we toured Silver Birches recently with owner and friend Liz Ware, I found myself thinking about what the property would mean to those who stayed there. Even before the renovation began, when that old lodge was practically falling down into itself, to me it was romantic. And I know, once it has been restored, it’s going to be my idea of ultimate romanticism. Maybe part of it is the sense of being away. Away from town, yes. But also away to a simpler time. Just . . . away.
Back in March the huge task of taking the roof and second and third stories off the lodge began. Engineers determined those floors were structurally unsound.
Since March work has been constant, and now the second and third floors have been reconstructed to match the original building.
The first floor remains unchanged except the orginal logs have been cleaned and protected against the elements.
Inside the first floor, the building looks just as it did the first time I was inside – almost 2 years ago – except the fireplace has been removed. In its place will stand either two or three fireplaces, each facing into a different room.
The main lodge will have six suites and two lake view rooms, enabling two 2-bedroom suites.
The views will be breathtaking!
The first floor will have a wrap-around porch, and the second floor will have a balcony – just as the original structure did. All the windows on the first floor will be original to the lodge.
This sweet little cabin will offer a 2-bedroom, 1 1/2 bath space for one family . . .
. . . and the cabin to the left of the lodge will accommodate four separate rental spaces.
This little shack may have been a storage shed of some sort originally, but when Silver Birches opens, it will take on a completely different atmosphere. It will be moved into a wooded area next to the lodge and house a wine cellar. And it will also be a space that will accommodate one couple for dining on very special occasions. Liz’s son has named it Jack’s Shack, and that name will most probably remain.
While all this is going on, Liz has been using some of the back acreage to grow vegetables . . .
. . . and flowers!
This post has barely scratched the surface of what’s going on at Silver Birches. I haven’t even mentioned the new swimming pool, the landscaping, or any of the dozens of other plans that are in the works.
Silver Birches will open in 2017.
Silver Birches is poised to become the most luxurious small resort in the Midwest. Each visitor may arrive with a preconceived notion of what the resort will bring to their spirit. But I think they will leave having found so much more than they could have ever conceived.
What will Silver Birches be for you?