The Sand Hills Lighthouse Inn is an inactive lighthouse that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Build in 1917, it was the largest, and the last manned light built on the Great Lakes. This lighthouse is now a bed and breakfast located along the shores of Lake Superior (see photo 2), which was selected by American Historic Inns as one of the ten most romantic inns in America. The inn is located off the beaten path, and would be a great place for a honeymoon, anniversary, or a place to leave modern technology and the rush of daily life behind for a short time. Totally smoke-free, there is no television, phones, or pets allowed to disturb your quiet get-away. You will have to have a car to stay here, as you will need the transportation to go out for your lunch and dinner. All eight rooms are decorated in a Victorian style, and include either a queen-sized or king-sized bed, private bath with shower, air-conditioning, and hydronic heat. Two of the rooms have a whirlpool bathtub, and a private balcony overlooking Lake Superior. The romantic King room has a canopied king-sized bed, a fireplace, and a great view of Lake Superior.
The common room and dining areas have a fireplace for chilly days, and you are welcome to sit by the fire and enjoy its warmth.
A gourmet breakfast is served at 9:30 each morning, allowing you to sleep in late, or get up early and enjoy the view from the front porch or your private balcony. If you are checking out before this time, let them know when you check in, and they will serve you a breakfast of juice, coffee, and pastries before you leave.
This is an all-season get-away. In the spring you may enjoy a walk on the small beach (see photos 3 and 4), or through the forest along their well-groomed trails, where you may enjoy the wildflowers. Summer brings the possibility of collecting agates and driftwood that may wash up on the shoreline, or a time to sit on the beach with a good book. Fall can bring beautiful fall colors as you enjoy a hike along the forest paths. In the winter you may see deer, or you may enjoy bringing cross-country skis to enjoy trails located a short drive away. This is also a good time to snuggle up to the fireplace in the common room with a good book.
The Laurium Manor Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also part of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The Manor operates as a bed and breakfast as well as offering tours (see my Must See #1). Of all the mansions built by wealthy copper mine owners in the Copper Range, this mansion, built in 1908 was the largest and most opulent of them all. Besides the 10 guest rooms offered in the Laurium Manor, seven more bed and breakfast guest rooms are available across the street at Victoria Hall, a turn of the century 34 room brick mansion. Victoria Hall is a 3 story, 7500 sq-ft. home with six beautifully carved wood burning fireplaces, ornate stained glass windows, original woodwork, and elaborate crown moldings. Visit their web site for photos of all the rooms, prices, availability, and online reservations.
Here you will feel as though you have stepped back in time.
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