Take a step back in time to the days of luxury lodges in our 4-story chalet with authentic Austrian carvings. There is much history with the place and many stories of mafia ties from back in the day. Big parties were held here with entertainment from Chicago transported in. Many VIPs are reported to have been in attendance.
The property consists of 96 acres with 4000 feet of shoreline and a golf course coming soon. Boat and motor rental available.
There is a fireside lounge with a full bar and a lake view dining room. Spectacular view of White Iron Lake. The property is adjacent to the Tomahawk and Taconite snowmobile trail system. White Iron lake is part of a chain of lakes connecting to Farm Lake and Garden Lake. An area of Farm Lake is part of the BWCA.
There are 6 huge guest rooms. Each room has a double bed and a queen size bed. Each room has a bathroom with a tub and shower and a separate vanity area. Each room also has a fridge and coffeepot. Currently, there is not TV service, however, we have set up each room with a flat screen TV and DVD player with internet capabilities to watch Netflix. We plan to get satellite TV service soon. There is WIFI throughout the building but the reception is best on the lower levels. Two of the rooms have a private balcony. Four of the rooms have a lake view. On the 4th floor is a library with a great view and there is also a sitting area on the 2nd floor that overlooks the lake. All upper levels have balconies. Lodging is on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The bar area does have Satellite TV.
We don't have daily maid service unless prior arrangements are made. To conserve the environment, we prefer to change sheets after every 3rd night. There is a two night minimum rental and we also require a minimum of two rooms per night.
This is a great place for family reunions or corporate retreats as you can rent all the rooms just for your group. The dining room can be set up for meetings or other events.On the main level is a full service restaurant and bar which is open to the public. During business hours, guests can utilize these areas and of course dine and drink. After hours, the bar area and kitchen area are locked but the sitting areas are still available for your use. Meal plans are available for the days the restaurant is closed. A continental breakfast is always available.
Our future plans consist of a sauna down by the lake and a hottub for guests. I would personally also like to have an enclosed in ground pool but I don't think we will get to that in the near future.
I was born and raised in Ely and only left to attend the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where I graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology. I am married to Kelly Weisinger and have a 10 year old daughter from a previous marriage and a 7 month old son. I am a Rotarian, Mary Kay consultant and I sometimes make signs on the side. I am currently running for school board. My husband works at a local mine.
My dad, Frank Udovich is a dentist who still practices in his 70s. The golf course is his project and his works on it in his spare time. In 2007 while working on it, he had a massive heart attack so we all worry about him and hope that the golf course will be a success. He certainly works too hard, but it seems to keep him young.
I live in the Ely city limits by the school in the house I grew up in. My sister's house is on the property here. My brother runs Kawishiwi Lodge, my family's other resort. I managed that place from 1995-2007.
We truly love this beautiful property and want to share it with others. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do.
Kathy Udovich purchased this lodge in 1994
This property was originally built in the late 60's as a corporate retreat by a gentleman who owned a company that unloaded ships at the docks in Chicago. Over the years he held many parties here and some very important people were in attendance. Rumor has it, he also hired women for entertainment. (I'm not sure I like that part). Some of the old timers in Ely took care of this place and they still talk about those days. People have said there was some mob involvement. I wonder how many bodies are in the lake? The staff here believe the place is haunted. We have seen something in our peripheral vision and heard noises when nobody else is around. We are now quite comfortable with the spirit here. I've only experienced this on the main level in the bar and kitchen.
The company ended up going bankrupt so the property was sold in 1981 at an auction. Those owners had this for 10 years and then sold at another auction in 1991. That owner installed the smoke alarms and the kitchen hoods. He had a loan coming due in 1994 so he sold it at auction to my father. My dad, Frank Udovich, came out to the auction to by tools for another resort, Kawishiwi Lodge, that he owns. He is known for his auction addiction and was heckled in to putting in a bid for the place. After bidding, he walked away up to the garage to look at equipment figuring his bid was too low. Surprise! He got it. He had no idea what he was going to do except eventually build a golf course. There were many bigwigs that didn't come to the auction because they figured it would go for too much. After the auction, they called our house over and over. I was 21 at the time and some of the callers were very rude and the calls would've been considered harrassment.
Forward to 2009, we finally openend to the public renting out the rooms and opening the bar & restaurant and also hosting various weddings and other events
The original architecture and decor has all been maintained. As you walk in the front door, you are greeted by Austrain carvings that continue throughout the main level. The carvings all have special meaning for love, good times, family and health.We have kept the original carpeting throughout and the original bathroom tile and fixtures. The bedrooms have red carpeting which is a throwback to the bordello theme that seemed to go with the old parties.
There is also a rock foundation from an old homestead on the property. We have photos from the original owners in the early 1900s that have teepees for the Native Americans that were here.
We are located on White Iron Lake outside of Ely which is the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A stay here would allow you to try a canoe day trip on Lake One,Entry point 30 in the BWCA. This is a very popular entry point.
Ely is also home to the International Wolf Center, North American Bear Center and the Dorothy Molter Museum.
There is a golf course in Ely and we are constructing a golf course on our property which will hopefully be open in 2013.
Our property resembles an alpine chalet. There are 6 rooms available for guests on the 2nd and 3rd floors. On the main floor is a restaurant and lounge. Guests have access to these areas during business hours.