The Lodge was
originally built as a church in the mid 1980's. A 30 acre tract of
wooded land with a pond was purchased, trails were cut, the logs were
ordered and construction of this 11,000 square foot building began.
Before the church was completed problems arose, it was abandoned and
sat empty for several years. In 1992 a partnership of family and friends
had a vision of what this lonely structure could become and so was
born The Lodge at Oak Pointe Bed & Breakfast.
Like any child
it had lots of potential but required patience, hard work and continued
faith that it would grow into a first class citizen. The process began
by reinforcing the structure and straightening the bowed walls. Beams
were secured to the logs with carriage bolts and placed at intervals
along the length of the building. Every day for about a year the bolts
were tightened a partial turn and after almost 12 months the walls
were straight again.
was gutted, chain saws were used to cut away openings for doors and
windows. The outside was cleaned, bleached and stained. She was beginning
to look fresh and alive again. Inside, the walls were going up, hallways
were created, rooms defined . . . the dream was taking shape. By 1995
three guest rooms, the kitchen, livingroom and front desk were completed.
Outside, finishing touches were put on the screen porches, the trails
were groomed, the dock got a new coat of paint and the lawn was freshly
mowed. Memorial Day weekend The Lodge at Oak Pointe Bed & Breakfast
opened for business.
and still are greeted in the rustic living room where a gas log fireplace
and copper accents create a warm and cozy feeling. A variety of taxidermied
creatures adorn the walls and shelves. All of the lodge animals are
native to Michigan and most were purchased from a retiring taxidermist.
The dream was
coming to life but they weren't done yet. During the next 2 years
"The Lodge" underwent continued renovations. Two additional
guest rooms were completed and the library took shape. The bookcases
which came out of a school library were purchased at auction. They
were painted orange! Thanks to talented owners, many cans of paint
remover and a lot of elbow grease they became the focal point of the
Library. Originally the library was going to be an Irish Pub. After
running the B&B for a few years it became apparent that a pub
would not fit in with the atmosphere of peacefulness that permeated
the lodge. Instead of Irish whiskey and grog the shelves were filled
with mysteries, histories, fantasies, biographies and even a few do-it-yourself
books on construction and renovation.
brought even more changes. The cottage which sits across the driveway
from the lodge was completed in 2000 to house a barbershop. One of
the owners was the town barber and his cottage dream was brought to
fruition. A large deck with a ramp welcomes guests to the cottage.
Inside, customers would get their hair cut while enjoying the fireplace
and a wonderful view of the pond.
But the changes
weren't over yet... In January of 2004 the lodge was sold to Robert
& Becky Dorfman. We moved to Caseville from Ohio between snow
storms and settled in with our family to run "The Lodge".
In May we redecorated
the cottage to be used as a guest room. The loft which is accessed
via the spiral staircase was carpeted, furnished with futons and converted
into a sitting room.
Move forward to 2010 and our vision of expanding began to take shape. The library stairs led upward and so did our dream of two more guest rooms. Over the next few years during the off seasons and with the assistance of our family of friends our family friendly suites came to life.
feel the lodge is so perfect the way it is we don't have any plans
to change it although we have added a few things along the way. When asked
by returning guests "Have you changed anything?" We are
often tempted to say "Yes, We change the sheets!" but we
can only share with them how much we love "The Lodge" the
way it is and hope they continue to enjoy this wonderful and peaceful