Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Best Wishes, EEE, from Magnaverde!



I figure since Emily & Mr. EEE spent their honeymoon amid tropical breezes, when it’s time for their first long weekend out of town, they’ll want a change of scenery. And pace. What could be better for that than a stay at Minnesota’s Naniboujou Lodge, a secluded Art Deco gem hidden away on the shores of Lake Superior? Pine-scented breezes, sparkling blue skies, clean & cold water surround the historic lodge itself, opened as an exclusive private club a scant three months before the market crash of 1929. Inside, the d├ęcor is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before: a jazzy cocktail of Native American ornament mixed with the rustic architecture of the great camps of the Adirondacks, all garnished with a brilliant (& woozy) 1920s palette. I don’t know what was in the illicit hooch that the designers of this place were drinking—illicit because the country was officially “dry” at the time--but it must have mighty powerful stuff, because someone clearly conjured up the Great Spirit of Sonia Delaunay.

So, what’s to do at Naniboujou? Well, let’s talk about golf. If Emily & her new husband love a challenging 18-hole course, well, they’re out of luck. There’s no golf course. Tennis? Forget it. Pool? Nope. Cute toddlers squealing with delight at big-headed cartoon characters from the movies & TV? Wrong place. In fact, the rooms don’t even have TVs--or phones, so there’s no internet. When the Ramey family that’s run Naniboujou Lodge for twenty years calls the place a getaway, they mean AWAY. But you can eat in the beautiful dining room, you can talk, you can walk in the woods, you can sit on the shore & watch the line where the sky meets the water, then you can go back to your room and, um...nap. Basically, a stay at Naniboujou is as close to time travel as you’ll ever get--a vacation as our well-off grandparents might have known it eighty years ago--which is exactly why I like it. I hope the happy couple will like it, too.

P.S. I’m hoping someone else will give the happy couple a cool Art Deco travel bar, with room for a few bottles, chunky crystal cocktail glasses & some sterling silver olive picks, because they’ll need it. The place is still dry. How authentic can you get?

5 comments:

pve design said...

Congrats to an authentic couple.
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Emily Evans Eerdmans said...

Magnaverde, now this is a wintry retreat I can get behind!

When deciding where to honeymoon, Mr. EEE, a lover of freezing temperatures, was pushing for Quebec or the mountains (yes, my friends, Antartica was even mentioned) where he could ski and I, being clay-footed,would probably have been drinking copious hot toddies alone. Kauai was the only warm, tropical locale I could lure him to - which was beyond beyond - MUCH like Naniboujou whose name sounds as magical as the photos look (and your description reads). xo

magnaverde said...

"Lover of freezing temperatures?" I like him already.

If the temperature stayed between twenty-five & thirty-five degrees all year long, I'd be happy. Welcome back!

Errant Aesthete said...

Magnaverde,

I am mesmerized by this place. My experience of Minnesota has always been passing through so I was remiss in investigating its charms.

I can picture the crystal decanters lining the bar, if, alas, there were one, but a flask will do in a pinch. It sounds perfectly lovely and so yester year. Like you say, for the discriminating time traveler, well, let's amend that to the HEARTY discriminating time traveler.

EEE, I think it a perfect spot for your hot blooded spouse to accompany you and the aforementioned flask. I will add, that my small gift of gladioli mentioned in my post seem the perfect touch for the bridal suite.

Again, thank you MV - can't wait to get better acquainted.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I stay here at least once a year. We have a glass or two of wine by the fireplace in our room...and sometimes a "nap" and then down for dinner...a walk along the lake and then more wine and napping....and then repeat until it is time to go back to reality.