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Fri Sep 13,2013

Porcupine Mountains Schooling?

September 13th, 2013|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

Where does your daughter go to school in the Porcupine Mountains?  After the last blog, we received even more questions about homeschooling.  What we use, how we do it, what works for us…

100_3390So, this edition will shed some light on the aspect of raising children while running a business like Mountain View Lodges.  What materials we use is a complicated question.  We take advantage of all that we have at hand.  The tens of thousands of acres of wilderness, the abundant wildlife and, of course, Lake Superior!  We also have used a variety of curriculums over the years.  We have geared each year to Karsten’s interests.  She is more excited about learning that way.  Photography, glass work, painting and writing have kept her creative side blossoming.  As she has gone into […]

Sat Jul 20,2013

Mountain View Lodges-Best

July 20th, 2013|News|0 Comments

Mountain View Lodges is The Best of the Midwest in the Porcupine Mountains…Still

2011 Spring Lake SunsetMountain View Lodges & Gallery is very excited about all the complementary feedback!  Our guests are the reason we do what we do!  Since 2009, Mountain View Lodges has been listed as the place to stay in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula by The Best of the Midwest Travel – Midwest Living Magazine!

The Gallery has also been listed as one of the “Artsy Spots” to visit in the Porcupine Mountains by Michigan Travel. The Gallery is tiny but filled with Chainsaw Carvings, Fused Glass work, Fiber work and photography!

Mountain View Lodges has again received the Trip Advisor Award of Excellence!  And the #1 Place To Stay in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!  This couldn’t happen without the great reviews from […]

Sun Jul 14,2013

What did you do before you retired?

July 14th, 2013|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

2012.08This is probably the question that brings the most laughter into our lives!  Managing a family and a small business is anything but retirement!

When we made the decision to take our lives in a different direction, swim against the current so to speak, we knew it wouldn’t be easy but we were pretty sure it would be worth it.  We have five children.  When we took on Mountain View Lodges, the oldest was grown and married with a family of her own, the next was in the Army and the third had just graduated from High School and was planning her College Career.  So, the youngest two, ages 6 and 16, moved here with us, along with Mom.  This business is definitely a family business.  It takes many hands to accomplish […]

Sat Mar 30,2013

Are you bored yet?

March 30th, 2013|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

While one might think that we get bored in the Winter living on Lake Superior where the landscape slowly becomes a frozen tundra from Christmas through…who knows (but really just through March or so), nothing could be further from the truth.

2013 101We are very blessed to live a lifestyle that permits change as often as the seasons.  As our tourist season winds down by November or so (if you are looking for somewhere remote with cool temps and no people, but still the comforts of home, no time beats November).  By then our fall maintenance is in full swing.  We try to have everything wrapped up so that we have time for family come the Thanksgiving holiday.

December brings all sorts of holiday festivities just like the majority of people.  The Christmas play, […]

Sun Feb 3,2013

Winter Update

February 3rd, 2013|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

Chair liftJust a quick update.  It is now February 3 and guess what?  We have not been disappointed.  We now have tons of snow!  The snowmobile trails are open and being groomed.  The Porcupine Mountains Sports Complex has opened and the skiing is amazing!  People are commenting that “the ski hill is in better shape than it has been in many years!”  The hill is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  For more info visit them at www.porkiesfun.com.

Lake Superior is now beginning to freeze farther and farther.  What a sight from the cabin windows!  The snowshoe hikes are a big hit.  Exploring the back country on fresh powder is a time for quiet reflection.  And Snowburst – Winter Carnival 2013, www.facebook.com/snowburst2013, is really […]

Thu Jan 31,2013

What do you do in the winter?

January 31st, 2013|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

Well here we are.  January 11, 2013 and still waiting for snow!  Can anyone believe that?  I have to say it is wonderful to still be able to watch the waves crashing onto the shore.  But, it is not so wonderful for those snow enthusiasts who are anxious to hit the slopes and trails.  But here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we have learned to make the best of every situation.  There is something to be said for having a few moments to watch Lake Superior turn from churning waters to the stillness of ice.  Some long to watch the grass grow, while others long to watch the ice freeze.  But the respite is short!

winter_03Throughout the months of January and February guided snowshoe hikes are being offered at 1:00 pm on Saturdays at […]

Mon Oct 8,2012

Why do you do this?

October 8th, 2012|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

Why did you choose to do this and do you like what you do?

These are two questions that come up quite often.   Many feel that this is their dream and are curious about how we like it now that we have made the jump from dream to reality.

In short, we love it!  That being said, it is a lot of work!  There are pros and cons to every career.  We are very blessed to be able to do what we have chosen to do.  And the pros far outweigh the cons.  I will begin with those things that make the “job” most difficult.

  • Instead of one home to maintain, we have twelve.  Twelve to paint, furnish, repair plumbing & electrical, etc.  You get the idea.
  • We are tied to the property 24/7 for at least six months out of the year with […]
Mon Sep 17,2012

How did you make it work?

September 17th, 2012|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

So, how did you make it work?

Many people over the years have asked this question along with others such as; “Did you just leave your jobs?”, “Did you work in the hotel industry before you did this?”, “Weren’t you scared?”, “How did you know what to do?”

Let me start by saying that hindsight is 20/20.  As we look back over the twist and turns of our lives, we can see how we were led to just this place.  What started as a pipe dream on our honeymoon almost 30 years ago became a reality at just the appointed time.

“Did you just leave your jobs?”  The simple answer is yes.  “Did you ever work in the hotel industry before?”  The simple answer is no.  I have worked from a very young age for both my grandfather and dad.  Work was never […]

Thu Aug 30,2012

Did you always want to own a resort?

August 30th, 2012|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

Did you always want to own a resort?

This is a trick question.  I believe that everyone has a pipe dream, one of those dreams that couldn’t possibly happen to “me”.   Owning a resort was one of our “pipe dreams”.

While honeymooning in the Rocky Mountain National Park area we stayed at a resort that was for sale, the dream begins.  Would we like to do something like this?  Could we do something like this?  Could we walk away from our jobs, home, etc. for a totally different life?  How would we ever get the money?  As years passed, the dream kept popping back up.  We even had plans to purchase a hotel we liked near Boyne Falls, Michigan.  We took the records provided by the owners to our accountant and he promptly informed us that the business would not carry the […]

Mon Aug 6,2012

Did you used to stay at Mountain View Lodges?

August 6th, 2012|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

Did you used to stay here?  We get this question a lot!  And the answer is a resounding YES!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“On our way to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park to do some hiking of the more than 87 miles of trails, play at the waterfalls, see Lake of the Clouds and eve visit a Bear’s Den, we passed Mountain View Lodges.”  You may recall that this is how the Blog ended before the interruption.

Rick decided to stop and check out the “cabins”.  I, on the other hand, was not interested at all.  So while the kids and I waited in the car he went to take a look.  The cabins were all reserved, but they did have one to show that had not yet checked-in.  The next thing I know he is back […]