Sun Oct 12,2014

Porcupine Mountains again?

October 12th, 2014|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

Would we do it again?  Would we chuck our lives and move North to the Porcupine Mountains and run Mountain View Lodges?

Most days the answer is a resounding YES! Don’t get me wrong.  There are times when we wish for something different, or miss out due to the constraints of owning our own business.  For instance, our daughter had a baby a two years ago in June.  We would have loved to have been there.  But, can you imagine, she had her child during peak season?  What was she thinking?  We have had to miss some weddings, graduations or other events that typically take place in the summer months.  But the trade-off has been worth it.

Lake Superior at Mountain View Lodges

There is just something freeing about being in charge of […]

Mon Sep 8,2014

Porcupine Mountains surprises?

September 8th, 2014|Mountain View Blog|0 Comments

Were there many surprises…Yes and No.  We did our homework.  We researched, wrote a Business Plan, calculated expenses, and explored the Porcupine Mountains area.  We did not expect it to be easy.  We did not purchase Mountain View Lodges so we could “retire” as many have thought over the years.   Every job is work.  Owning a business is even more work.  You do not have the opportunity to leave at 5:00pm and forget about it until 8:00am the next day.  You live it, eat it and breathe it.  Dinner conversations are often more like staff or marketing meetings.  But none of this was a surprise.  Jen’s Dad owned a business he purchased from his father.  So she grew up in the business world.  Customers and co-workers were your friends and family.

Having relocated many times over the last 30 years or […]

Wed Aug 20,2014

Porcupine Mountains Homeschooling

August 20th, 2014|Mountain View Blog|2 Comments

This is Part 2 to “Where does your daughter go to school in the Porcupine Mountains?” 17 and a half

Our baby will be 18 years old soon and we have been homeschooling for many years now.

This fall will begin Karsten’s Senior year.  A year of endings and beginnings.  She has only a few more subjects to complete before graduating and she has been doing quite a bit of thinking about her future.  She decided that she would like to go into Massage Therapy.  Yes, for all regular Mountain View Lodges’ guests, she will need guinea pigs during the learning process! This is a wonderful opportunity for her as she will be able to complete her High School studies and simultaneously complete her Massage Therapy training.  She is very excited about this next […]

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 […]

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 […]