Property Review - August 1998
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The Michigan Vacation Guide
Whitefish Lodge
Deerton (Marquette), Michigan
(906) 343-6762
Proprietor: Karenand Steve Pawielski
Accommodations: 2, 2 bedroom units; 1, 3 bedroom lodge
Extras: Cooking facilities with full-size refrigerators, ovens and coffeemakers. VCR, stereo, microwave in larger unit. Gas available on premises.
Rates: Weekly $350-$675 (Daily rates available)
Payment: Visa/Master Card, Check, Cash (2 night min.)
Open: Year around

If you're looking for a remote, back road vacation experience in the Upper Peninsula but don't want to leave all your modern comforts behind, checkout the Whitefish Lodge. It's located off Highway 38 down several miles of dirt back roads.

The young, energetic proprietors, Karen Hart and Steve Pawielski, opened the lodge in 1993. Karen, originally from Atlanta, and Steve, born and raised in the Munising area, have made Whitefish a welcoming oasis in the middle of the wilderness.

Set between the heavily wooded borders of the Laughing Whitefish Preserve and a scenic, rippling section of the Laughing Whitefish River, its nightsong is the sound of nature. Don't be fooled by its remoteness. It's only five minutes from Lake Superior's sparkling, cool beaches; 15 minutes from Munising; and 30 minutes from Marquette.

The two-story lodge has a freshly stained wood exterior and a large multi-tiered deck open to guests. On the first floor, two smaller units have bedrooms with queen-size beds. Their small kitchens provide a good gathering spot for families or friends and feature new oak-cabinets, and appliances which include full refrigerators, oven, range and automatic coffee maker. While not large, these rooms do provide enough space to comfortably sleep four adults. The new bathrooms have stall showers and are stock with plenty of soft towels.

The upper level is devoted to a spacious lodge unit called the Sugar Maple. It's great for large families or small groups. Your party will love the combined great room/kitchen, stocked with all the basics. There's a stereo, TV (no cable) and VCR­so bring along your VHS tapes. Down the hall are three bedrooms, each with a small private bath.

If you're wondering what to do while in the area, the owners are happy to inform you about special events or activities. Guided scuba diving or wilderness adventure tours can be found nearby. Or, just outside your door, enjoy miles of hiking, canoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country ski trails. Whitefish also provides mountain bikes for their guests.

If you're seeking tamer adventures, there are plenty of wilderness driving tours or nature walks that will take you to the heart of picturesque waterfalls or nearby overlooks. You may just want to spend time relaxing and contemplating nature on one of Lake Superior's many nearby beaches.

Getting to the lodge in summer months is easy enough. However, in the winter months, four-wheel drive vehicles will come in very handy. And, speaking of winter, that season is a busy time at Whitefish. If you're planning a winter excursion, we suggest you book as far in advance as possible.

Karen and Steve have found a special place in nature and they look forward to sharing what it has to offer with all of their guests. Come to the Whitefish Lodge and enjoy a comfortable wilderness vacation.


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