COPPER HARBOR — Rustic cabins fitted with cobblestone fireplaces. Countryside dining. Picturesque sunsets over Brockway Mountain.
There's all sorts of reasons the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is named "the Jewel of the Keweenaw" and general manager Cormac Ronan is welcoming both locals and tourists alike to come and see why.
Tucked in the heart of Copper Harbor, the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and nine-hole golf course offers a unique experience for visitors to the northernmost tip of the Keweenaw.
"Come explore the area, it's amazing," said Ronan, who took over as general manager of the lodge in April. "You don't have to go 500 miles for a vacation. We're about an hour away and we've got everything from golf and fishing to hiking and biking trails right outside our doorstep. Or, just come up and relax. We have the little jewel in the Keweenaw."
The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge was built in 1934 and features 34, one-, two- and three-bedroom cabins and eight motel units. The lodging is within walking distance of the main lodge, golf course, pro shop and tennis courts.
Inside the main lodge, visitors are greeted by a cozy dining area accented by a large stone fireplace. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily. And while the menu features some of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge's signature dishes, like the prime rib buffet, Ronan said they're adding additional selections to offer diners the complete up north experience.
"When you think mountain lodge, you think of duck, buffalo, ribs, things like that ... so, we're upgrading the menu," Ronan said. "We've got a great kitchen crew so we're going to make some changes."
They will be offering hospitality training to the staff to sharpen their customer service skills.
“We are also purchasing a Point of Sale system," Ronan added. "Not only does this allow us to be more efficient and consistent, it increases our speed of service."
Just off of the dining area is a full-service bar along with a second crackling fireplace with comfortable couches and chairs near by.
Ronan said the newest addition to the lodge is their 6,000-square-foot banquet room near the back of the facility. With a panoramic view of the golf course, Brockway Mountain and surrounding countryside, it's the perfect setting for weddings, wedding receptions, corporate meetings, conferences, retreats and other special events.
"The view is fantastic. It's one of the best kept secrets of the Keweenaw," Ronan said.
The new banquet room accommodates up to 280 people and can be divided into two partitions. And, while this year marks the first winter season the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge will remain open, Ronan said, the banquet room will make the perfect backdrop for Christmas parties.
"We've got plenty of lodging," he said. "It will be like a winter wonderland in the Keweenaw."
Ronan has been visiting the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge for years. He said what has always fascinated him was the story about the renovations that took place decades ago. "The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge & Golf Course Story" written by retired Keweenaw County engineer John W. Jackson, is posted on the wall in the hallway leading to the new banquet area, and reads "One major revision made was to enlarge the basement to the full upstairs area by blasting it out of solid rock after the club house was already built. With a large part of the work force being former miners, this was accomplished without breaking a single window."
Through May and June, the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge will be offering two different specials including a lodging package for the golf enthusiast and another for those looking for some much needed pampering.
"We're going to do a lodging and golf package and a lodging and massage package," Ronan said. "There's a local masseuse we've been working with."
He said they're planning on partnering with a number of additional Copper Harbor businesses on promotions to help draw visitors to the Keweenaw.
"The whole idea with the expansion was to bring in groups and help out Copper Harbor," Ronan said. "We're here to help the Harbor which is why we're working with them."
The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is going to make a relaxing winter retreat this year, Ronan said. Between the miles of cross country ski trails and future plans for building an ice rink on the tennis courts, it's going to make a great northern getaway.
"We're really looking forward to the winter," he said.
The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is located off U.S. Highway 41 in Copper Harbor. Restaurant hours include: breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. For more information, or to make a reservation, call the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge at (906) 228-4403, toll free at (888) mtlodge or visit www.atthelodge.com. Check out the Web site for upcoming specials.
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