Welcome, Laura Cavender! You will love talking with her about her gypsy years traveling and sailing extensively, and prizing far-flung friendships.
Laura brings her warmth and creative talents to the inn after stints as ship’s cook, private chef, and assistant innkeeper. She’s been an integral part of the team at Traverse City’s Oryana Community (Food) Cooperative, and an instructor sharing a “rainbow of fresh cuisines” at the oils-and-vinegars shop Fustini’s.
We’re delighted that she’s joined us with her joyful spirit to assure a very special experience for you.
The Ladies Aid Society (above) met at the house at the turn of the 20th Century. We love this historic photo.
Built in 1872 – we found contemporary newspapers used as insulation when we renovated – the inn was originally a boarding house for loggers. It became home over the years to the Andresen family, and hosted a restaurant called the Kum-n-Dyne (above in 1939), several shops, the site for school lunches when the School House was down the street, and a bed & breakfast in 1991.
The guest cottages date from the 20’s and 30’s, with modifications to all three buildings through the 50’s and ‘60’s. Detailed county records for the property dating from the mid-19th century are framed in the hallway for the inquisitive.