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We've been to the Inn several times over the years but just for lunch or to shop in the gift shop. It was very fun to stay there with other relatives. Felt like coming home. Enjoyed the small gathering spaces to visit and play games,...More
We planned to visit Rydell and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuges and found this Inn on the internet, located between the two refuges, so decided to give it a try. What a find! As mentioned in another review, the exterior of the inn and the...More
We have gone to the Inn for lunch. Jim and Nancy are excellent hosts. There is several choices for the meal. It's delicious, and presented in an appealing manner. It's relaxing and peaceful and the dining room is welcoming with elegance
Though the years are showing, the location, peacefulness and rooms are still lovely. Jim and Nancy are great hosts. We've stayed several times and I always ache a bit when it's time to leave.
There is ongoing upkeep and exterior needs painting, overall it's a...More
My friends and I like to have lunch at the Inn's dining room in the summer. They have several meal options for $9.95 plus tax; beverage extra. They always offer a quiche, soup, sandwich, and Swedish meatballs as well as other daily specials. Meals are...More
Nancy and Jim Thomasson have been welcoming guests to their charming bed and breakfast since 1996. They bought and renovated the old Buhn Hotel/Hotel Maple Lake, just as it was about to be burned as practice for the local... More
Nancy and Jim Thomasson have been welcoming guests to their charming bed and breakfast since 1996. They bought and renovated the old Buhn Hotel/Hotel Maple Lake, just as it was about to be burned as practice for the local fire department.
Nancy knew the hotel well, as it was just a few doors down from her family's longtime summer cottage on Maple Lake. The cabin had no telephone, so Nancy's mother would send her over to the hotel to call her Dad back in town to learn when he would be leaving work to join them for the weekend.
The Thomassons, together with their son and daughter-in-law, worked part-time for several years to restore the hotel. They eventually sold their bed and breakfast in Washington, VA, and permanently relocated to Maple Lake to make the hotel their full-time occupation.
The current hotel dining room is comprised of the original log cabin moved to its site in the early 1880s by Norwegian immigrant John Buhn. From 1890 on, additional rooms were added. By 1903, a 35-room hotel was available to the public for five months out of the year. There was no electricity, no plumbing, and no insulation. Indoor running water was added in 1970--but only in the kitchen. A large outhouse accommodated three adults and one child at the same time.
The post-WWI years were busy ones, but by WWII, business was on the decline. Two sisters from the family, Dora and Clarice, continued to run the hotel as best they could, until 1974. By the 1980s, they were simply too infirm to travel from their winter residence in Fergus Falls, MN to their summer residence at the hotel on Maple Lake. Eventually, the hotel was simply abandoned--until, fortunately for us all, the Thomassons came to the rescue.
(Taken from a February 11, 2013 posting at The Bemidji, MN Pioneer newspaper by Buhl granddaughter Ann Daley.)
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"We were on the 3rd floor walk-up, very much like a family home. Many rooms have a small patio on the lakeside."