We had a great time at the Orion House! The cottage is nestled on a hillside, with the lake visible just a stone's throw from the home. On arriving we wandered down a charming path from the door of the cottage to what amounts to a vast, private beach (actually, shared with one other home, but they were never there!) on Lake Superior, complete with oodles of driftwood, nice sand for the kids to play in, logs to sit on if you build a beach fire, and even a quiet creek that runs right through to the lake. A perfect spot for families, kayakers, or anyone else.
We could have stayed on the beach all day, but the cottage is also perfectly positioned about halfway between Duluth and Bayfield (about 30 minutes either way), so day trips abound. We had previously stayed right in downtown Duluth, and while that has its pluses, having this secluded retreat all to ourselves was wonderful. What's more, just a little ways up the road past Port Wing is the town of Cornucopia, where the historic Ehler's Store has a nice selection of food (also wines and local beers), along with hardware, supplies, etc. Even though we had stocked up on some stuff in Duluth enroute, having Ehler's nearby (along with a coffee shop across the street) was great for outings and such. A few days a week the kitchen at Ehler's makes homemade pizza, and we were surprised one day to run into our ferryboat captain there from our trip to Madeline Island, only to discover that she makes the crust for Ehler's pizza too!
The Orion House is very well appointed and really does have just about everything. We brought our essentials (food, toiletries, etc.) but all the basics are provided, including kayaks, beach towels, and a good selection of books if you forgot one!
If you need a 24/7 internet connection for a laptop or iPad, you may have to forgo that. We did get a fairly good signal on our iPhone (AT&T) for checking maps or operating hours at places we wanted to visit, but our other phone with T-Mobile service was nonfunctional. We did do OK on both in Duluth of course, and Bayfield too. Also, virtually all of the accommodations in the area use well water, which can be a bit iron rich. It's totally fine, but one member of our party preferred bottled water for drinking.
The Orion House is tranquil, cozy, and beautiful - a far cry from just a "cabin"! There are deer, dragonflies, and even the odd bear passes through (we didn't meet him, though). We loved our time there, and we plan to visit again soon!