We were invited for a God-daughter's graduation in Mellen and quickly discovered most of the local motels in Ashland were booked so we decided to try out a B&B. We stayed for two nights. We arrived at 4pm and Cindy and LeRoy were outside with a fire started. It was drizzling out and the weather for the weekend was predicted to be rainy. We had a room reserved in the main house. As we had plans for dinner we came back around 8pm and Cindy asked if we were ready for dessert and a cordial. I had special diet restrictions which I expressed to her, so only my husband partook. We asked if she had coffee available with the late dessert and she stated no, coffee will be served with breakfast at 9AM. (This was a shock to us, as we are both very early risers and coffee drinkers!!) That evening after some small talk with Cindy and LeRoy we excused ourselves as we enjoy sitting outdoors listening to nature. As soon as we stepped out, Cindy and Leroy turned off the lights and they went to bed. It was 9pm. We stayed outside in the dark until 10, then went inside to the billiard room to play a couple games of pool. It was probably a good thing we were the only guests staying in the house, as the house walls are very thin and you can hear everything. We were in bed by 10:30.
The next morning we were up at 5:30, which is late for us. The bed was not supportive and every move in bed came with a bounce. Since there was no coffee available, no tv, we decided to go for a hike to burn up some morning time. As we began to leave, Leroy was also leaving in his car, and waved nicely to us.
Due to inclement weather, the hike was short and we found ourselves cleaned and ready to leave for the day at 7:30. At 7AM the phone rang throughout the house, based on Cindy's following conversation with us I believe it was LeRaoy calling her. At 7:45 we walked downstairs and was met by Cindy. Much to the shame we received from our hostess, we apologized that we would need to leave now and skip her breakfast. She asked that maybe we could stay out later that evening since we like to be up later, and hopefully we would then sleep in later. Also that she would not provide the cordials for us either. We were fine with that.
That evening we arrived back at the house at 10pm. The ride from Mellen was long and slow. As it was raining heavily and 8 miles to the B&B are all dirt. The car is filled with mud. We had to drive 15 MPH due to large pot holes and romping deer after dark on the road. It was not safe after dark. Suggest getting there way before sunset. Surprisingly, the house had several outdoor lights on, and the door was left open for us.
A note was hanging on the barrister stating that breakfast would be at 8AM to accommodate us. (feeling awkward now)
At 7:45 we went downstairs and Cindy offered us coffee. Yeah!
We sat a her dining room table with another couple, Cindy and LeRoy sat in the kitchen interjecting in the conversation when desired. (thinking to myself why didn't they just join us at the table?) The breakfast was a scrambled egg/sausage bake, fresh fruit and bacon. oh and coffee.
Overall it was fine, after discussing my experience with others who have done B&B's this was normal except for the no coffee, and the strict schedule they imposed. Maybe I am not a B&B type, but forced conversation with strangers who merely want to brag about their jobs and children is not my idea of a good time.
The free wifi is very slow. If you are looking for a forest setting, and miles away from any civilization, with a strict evening/breakfast schedule, and a barking rescue dog then this is the place for you. The hummingbirds on the front porch were great.
My wife and I chose to stay here during our one year anniversary. Cindy and Leroy are very inviting, and the place is beautiful. The breakfast was excellent and the dessert at night with wine or the chokecherry cordial was a real treat. We also came home our last night to prosecco and champagne flutes in our room! An excellent kept secret in the north woods.
P.S. Follow Cindy's directions instead of your GPS...it'll save some hassle.
My first experience with the Penokee Mountain Inn exceeded my expectations in every way. Centrally located just south of Ashland WI. and just west of Copper Falls State Park. The Inn is only minutes away from National North Country National Scenic Trail and other beautiful hiking opportunities. Shopping , dinning and chartering a island tour in Bayfield WI is a pleasant 1hr and 10 min. drive north.
The Inn offers 2 well appointed and private suites or the option of a well constructed cabin with a full kitchen, but this inn’s real charm lay in the charming and genuine approach of its owners and hosts. Cindy and Lee Roy have traveled widely and this travel has informed their approach to inn keeping. As a result it may be impossible not to get a good nights rest, leave the table with a full belly, and start your adventure with a smile on your face.
While searching for another B&B to stay in, we were referred to The Penokee Mountain Inn by another booked up innkeeper. After a nice scenic drive down a dirt road and through a driveway thick with trees, we arrived at the inn. Shaded in a beautiful, flower filled yard, we met our hostess who quickly gave us directions to a nearby restaurant. When we arrived back after dinner, we found a dessert and two cherry cordials waiting in our room. A very nice touch. The next morning we had a tasty breakfast and before we left we spent an hour on the front porch surrounded by at least 20 hummingbirds! Too bad we could only stay one night!