In October 2004, we accompanied our friends and neighbors, Stan and Sue Kaufman, on a weekend get away to their cottage in Bayfield, WI.  We were quite impressed with the surroundings and the friendliness of the neighbors.  After returning home, we mulled over the idea of buying a cottage for sale – Ziad and Mary.  After talking with our investment banker and a CPA, we sent in an offer. We closed on the cottage in December 2004.

The came the REAL fun!  How to decorate, what name to give the cabin, etc.

We decided on the name Black Bear Cottage and went from there.  Log furniture was ordered from Lonesome Pine in Pequot Lakes, MN. and other items were picked up as we found them.  We finished the cottage in April 2005 and put it in the rental pool with Winfield Inn.

From the entrees in our guest book we have had some very appreciative guests renting at Black Bear.  The kids love counting how many “black bears” they van find and the adults love relaxing on the porch or in front of the fireplace.  We get over when we can and love every moment, even the work we have to do.

We are hoping for many more years of enjoyment at our cottage.