Shoreline Motel: New owners, new name, new upgrades
KEWEENAW COUNTY — The Shoreline Motel, on the lakeshore in Keweenaw County’s Eagle Harbor, is in the process of many changes, from new ownership, to a new name, to upgrades and renovations.
Arizona resident Eddy Brecht purchased the eight-unit, one cabin facility in September 2020, and said the name has been changed, and is now the Shoreline Lodge.
Brecht, originally a Detroit area native, said discovered the “hidden gem” when he was in the area snowmobiling. He said he will be re-locating to Eagle Harbor within a couple of weeks.
“I love the snow,” he said, “so, that is my cup of tea.”
Since it was first built in early 1920s, the Shoreline has had a number of owners and a number of name changes. Former names include Shoreline Motel, Shoreline Resort, as well as the Shoreline Lodge.
The Shoreline is an eight-room motel, built in the early 1920s, when the increasing popularity of the automobile was beginning to create a new industry based on tourism and roadside hospitality businesses. The motel was built on the Eagle Harbor beach, which provides spectacular views of Lake Superior, and walks along the beach to the Lighthouse, as well as other historic must-see sites. For instance, in Eagle Harbor is the still-commissioned Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, a Carpenter Gothic style frame structure located at the west end of Center Street. Built in 1854, under the direction of (the now Venerable) Bishop Frederick Baraga, the church was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1958, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Also within easy walking distance of the Shoreline Lodge are abundant and extensive hiking trails. Explore the ruins of nearby old mines and the local cemeteries dating back to the mid 1800s. Enjoy a three-mile hike to the Central Mine Location, along the original road from the lake shore to the mine, which was cut through in 1854. Also well worth a visit is the Eagle Harbor Light Station, just a few blocks from the Shoreline, and tour the Lighthouse Museum, Maritime Museum, Mining Museum, and the Commercial Fishing Museum. View one of the lifesaving boats across the harbor at the Old Eagle Harbor Life Saving Station by the Marina.
The Shoreline Lodge is a pet-friendly, four-season resort, offering activities for the entire family year round. With a nearby restaurant and several nearby attractions, the Shoreline Lodge is perfect for a base of exploration and activity.
Other attractions in the near vicinity include the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums; the Jampot, where homemade jams, jellies, breads and other items are available; and the Delaware Copper Mine Tours, a must-see to experience a frontier copper mine first hand.
In addition to the motel units, the lodge also boasts a two-bedroom cabin, and a three-bedroom apartment. The motel units are located on the sandy shoreline, with single and double units, and a queen suite. Each guest room offers cable TV, Wi-Fi, a microwave, mini-fridge, and a coffee maker. There are Adirondack chairs in front of the motel for enjoying the view, and a fire pit for bonfires right by the lakeshore. The night sky over the harbor is amazing.
The cabin is located behind the motel with a view of the lake, and offers a full kitchen with a gas stove, full-size refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, along with cooking and dining utensils. There is a sofa-bed in the living room. One bedroom is furnished with a queen-size bed and the second bedroom offers two twin beds. Full bathroom with a tub/shower combination. The patio in front of the cabin has chairs for lounging. Again cable TV and Wi-Fi are available. Pets are also welcome.
Among the upgrades and renovations, Brecht said the rooms are being renovated, and the onsite, long-closed restaurant is being brought up to code and will offer full-service dining, adding another choice of area dining to the town.
The apartment is located above the restaurant and features a nice kitchen, dining-living area, and one full bathroom with a shower/tub combination and a half bath. There are 3-bedrooms. One bedroom has a queen-bed, the second has a double, and the third bedroom is furnished with two twin beds with a stunning view of Lake Superior. It also includes its own private entrance along with cable TV and Wi-Fi. Sorry, no pets though.
While the lodge offers a wonderful night’s rest from the miles and miles of well-groomed snowmobile trails, the Shoreline Lodge is also a fantastic summer destination. Located right on the sand beach at Eagle Harbor, visitors can lay on the beach and sunbathe or swim in the shallow water. There is a kayak, canoe, and a paddleboat for our guests to use. Paddle in the harbor right in front of the resort or, on a calm day, venture out to the big rocks at the entrance to the harbor. If you bring your own boat, there is a small marina with a ramp on the east side of the harbor.
If fishing is your sport, try out the harbor, Bailey Lake, or some of the other many lakes and streams nearby. You can also go charter fishing on Lake Superior with Sand Point Charters at Lac La Belle, just a few miles from the Resort.
For further information or to reserve accommodations, please contact the Shoreline Lodge at 122 Front Street, Eagle Harbor, MI. 49950, or call 906-289-4441.
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