Killasonna Lodge is a romantic luxury cabin rental, ideal for your vacation or honeymoon. The Lodge is situated on the spectacular shore of Lake Michigan, just south of Jacksonport (Door County), and is secluded in a tranquil forest of cedar, birch, pine, poplar and maple. The woods are home to deer, fox, turkey, woodpeckers, and great horned owls. The shore is a haven to geese, ducks, hawks and gulls. A natural fieldstone fireplace is the centerpiece of the great room, which opens to a broad porch facing the lake. The Lodge features heavy timber beams and rafters, rough sawn knotty pine paneling, and rustic details and ambiance. The three bedrooms comfortably accommodate 6 persons. There are 2 bathrooms with showers, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Enjoy first-rate golf, hiking, bicycling, fishing, antiquing, and scenic drives through picturesque countryside and idyllic villages. Killasonna Lodge is truly a place for those that treasure their time together. Indulge yourself and escape to Killasonna Lodge for a relaxing getaway. Or, give a Gift Certificate to parents or friends 'who don't need a thing.'
Keywords: Cabin, cottage, lodge, house
We are both originally Chicagoans, now living in Evanston, IL. Carolyn is an architect and formerly the municipal building official in Evanston. John managed major design and construction projects for Northwestern University. We are retired from all that and started a business called University Icons. In a nutshell, we sell fine are photographs of iconic college buildings. The business draws on John’s long standing avocation of photography, our combined enjoyment of travel, and our mutual interest in architecture. We also own a rental house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, called Casa Palermo, that we visit a couple of times per year. We each have two daughters from previous marriages.
After years of vacationing in Door County, we began looking at cottages and land in late summer, 2002, with the idea of either buying or building a summer cabin. We clocked hundreds of miles, over many weekends, driving back and forth across the peninsula in search of the right property. Nothing seemed just right. Carolyn had a yearning for a cabin on the lake, or at least a view, but our budget was slim. Eventually we found ourselves along the Lake Michigan shore, staring into dense woods. In the foreground a sign read, For Sale - 1.5 acres. Curious, we went to take a look. Of course, we fell in love with it the moment we stepped on shore.
There was the matter of budget and the price of the land was more than our total budget. (Isn't that always the case?) But concocted a scheme: We would rent the place out to vacationers and enjoy it ourselves when it was free.
As soon as our offer was accepted, we began sketching potential designs like mad. We closed on the property in early December, 2002 and cleared the woods for the driveway before Christmas. Construction started the following March, and by the end of the year, the bulk of construction was finished. On January 1, 2004 we launched our website and signed up with VRBO. We spent that spring building and hanging doors, sealing the cabinets, shopping for furniture, etc. It was a photo finish. When our first guests arrived that spring, the paint on the shed doors was still wet.
Killasonna Lodge is situated in an area that was developed in 1922 by an enterprising young woman named Annie Reynolds. She called plat of subdivision that she filed with the County “Killasonna Plat.” So we borrowed the name. It serves to recognize her vision.
After ten years, we remain extremely pleased with our decisions. The location is tranquil and secluded and the shore is spectacular. As for the house itself, everyone has the same reaction when they first walk in: Their jaw drops.
Geocaching, writing (it's a poet's and writer's paradise), sketching, star gazing, or just sitting and doing nothing at all, There is a festival of some kind virtually every summer weekend someplace on the penninsula
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