Prior to purchasing the property in 2011, the lodge was being operated as a fine dining establishment, and was known for serving some wonderful meals. However we had a different vision, and we made some changes starting with the name to Big Bear Lodge and Cabins (BBL&C).
Our goal with the cabin renovations was to keep the craftsmanship and charm, but make it much more comfortable and inviting. Upgrades included new appliances, windows, roofs, decks, floors, beds, furniture, storage, heaters, fireplaces, fixtures, ceiling fans… and on. The end result is one we feel you will appreciate and come to love as we have. Each of our unique cabins offers something different, but one constant is the same - charm galore, cleanliness, and comfort!
While the cabins were being renovated, the outbuildings needed some TLC too. The old well house went and a new one put in its place, including a new water treatment system. The shop got a new roof, siding, and front door. “The old Hunters Cabin” hidden for years behind overgrowth, once again saw the light of day, improvements were made, and this historical vertical log structure will once again be in use.
Years of over growth was trimmed and cleared, giving each cabin a more beautiful view of our quiet bay of Poplar lake. Along with all this, we made adjustments for the winter enthusiasts to be able to offer year round cabins in addition to the three quaint private lodge rooms.
Our mission is to provide you with a wonderful North Woods vacation experience in our remote destination. Excellence in service and hospitality is our priority, and we will do our best to ensure that the time you spend at BBL&C is time well spent.
The lodge is made of white cedar in a French Canadian design, and boasts of two huge beautiful native stone Rumford fireplaces to enjoy in the colder months and wonderful views of the lake from our massive bayside windows. New seating has been added with locally made cedar tables, and comfortable chairs. We also added two lounge areas - one off the Great Room of the main lodge, and the other upstairs overlooking the room below and out onto the lake. More decorative wood was added throughout the lodge replacing sheet rock with locally milled pine (notice the north and south gable walls, main lodge bathrooms, guestrooms, and hallway guestrooms).