On March 5th, 2003 Beaver Island's new Deerwood Lodge opened its doors to the press to reveal the exceptional accommodations it will offer to the public starting this July. Everything at this resort is larger than life, and yet it is all comfortably nestled into appropriate nooks. Everything has been done on a grand scale, from the large rooms with balconies, hot tubs, and wood stoves to the technologically advanced kitchen in which master chef Deborah Harwood will prepare the guests' meals to the indoor pool tables, theater, and shooting range, yet the entire package is subtly blended into the natural surroundings.
This will be a hands-on operation for Jon and Sally Fogg, whose only employee will be their chief cook and bottle-washer. They have spared no expense in making this retreat as fine as possible. It has obviously been a labor of love, with the stress on labor. For example, Jon moved the stones 11 times that were put into the 28'-high fireplace in the Lodge's stunning great room, found some of the trees himself that were used on the custom log interior, and laid out and installed some of the riding and walking trails on the 200+ attached acres.
This enterprise will put Beaver Island on a different map, bringing in people who demand the very best. When one considers that Jon and Sally acquired this property instead of developers who had proposed to subdivide it into many lots, we can all be thankful it came under the control of someone with considerable conscientiousness and wonderful taste.
You can see many more photos of Deerwood Lodge on their web site at www.deerwood.net