Dearest Guests,

If you were not at Naniboujou Lodge in early March, you really missed an spectacle of a lifetime. Due to my lasting legacy of being a prankster, I was determined to outdo any of my former tricks. Thus boldly, as the guests were checking out for our final winter weekend, I performed an unheralded act. I had a volunteer bet me that I could not make them disappear. Did I pull it off? Well yeah – in fact I outdid myself as I made everyone disappear! I hope my guinea pig is impressed! The problem is that I never learned the art of making them reappear.

So goes the strangest days that I’ve many times wished for but never thought possible; to have the world stop. And the fact that it has halted is one thing, but not knowing when it will start up again is another thing! Potential staff, which we were determined to get ahead with this year are all left suspending in mid-air. Mother’s were left with, well their Hallmark Cards wishing them Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom in the world, but they exclaimed dejectedly, “Where’s the meat?” Or the waffles, breaded pudding and coffee cake for that matter!

Naniboujou’s front doors remain bolted. Opening day has come and gone with no unlocking in sight. For us to operate realistically, we have determined that we cannot open before August 1st and we’ll see if that is even practical. Thus, we will be sending cancellation notices to everyone booked through July. We apologize for any inconvenience or for blowing up your plans but we just can’t be Naniboujou and go through the regulations we would be forced to adhere to. We are about relationships and closeness while maintaining cleanliness and sanitary servings. Distancing and not be allowed to extend a personal touch, literally, is just not us.

That being said, we will be opening up two of cottages for rent this year. They are not part of Naniboujou Lodge but are near our house on the Lake. One will be available on June 1st and the other will be later. Details are not yet available but they will probably offered via Airbnb. However, information will be given on Naniboujou’s website, because of the legalities, we cannot, at this time allow anyone in the lodge lest we clean it after each viewing.

To tell anyone that they are not welcome is not possibly how we could ever operate. We had a taste of that last year when our staffing situation only afforded us to serve the in-house guests. It just isn’t what hospitality is about.

We miss you all.  We are so sorry for all of the ramifications that each of you had to go through and continue to bushwhack through. Hope we can get together soon!

Love,

Tim & Nancy Ramey