Long a destination for serious (and loaded) fly fisherman, the NBOC has hosted Henry and Edsel Ford, Rockefeller and John L. Lewis (yes, that John L. Lewis, who apparently met here with Edsel Ford and Walter Chrysler Jr to discuss peacefully unionizing the auto industry, an idea that came to an abrupt halt when daddy got wind of it and yanked the company back) since the 20s. The hotel declined in the late 1990s, but has now been brought back to life by owner and inn keeper Judy Fuller. And what a remarkable place it is. Every effort has been made to maintain the authentic feel of the old lodge, from careful refinishing of woodwork to rooms furnished with period beds and furniture. To visit Fullers, as other reviewers have noted, is truly like stepping back in time. Judy gave us a tour of the entire inn, filling us in on its long history, and we were struck over and over by the painstaking efforts that had gone into lovingly resuscitation this historical property. One reviewer sniffed that they had to share a bathroom, missing the point entirely. This is not a 2014 luxury lodge -- there are plenty of those around -- but an opportunity to experience (quite comfortably, I might add -- the several bathrooms are rarely all in use and are very well appointed) the character, feel and charm of a genuine piece of history. And, unfortunately, there are not many of those around anymore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Fly-Fishing lodge on the banks of the North Branch of the Au Sable. ... more less