In the early 1900´s, Dr. A.J. Gordon built his first summer home among the evergreens on the sparkling waters of North Bay. He and his wife, Maude, traveled to the retreat from their residence in Sturgeon Bay by horse and cutter in the winter and sailboat in the summer, mostly to fish and relax.
They invited friends to join them in the tranquility of the north woods, but soon found their single home too cramped to accommodate the requests of friends to return each summer. The Gordons decided to build a few more cottages. After Dr. Gordonís death, his wife and younger son, Phil, started the lakeside resort known as Gordon Lodge.
The original main lodge, used from 1920 to 1960, offered three summer rental rooms, a huge lobby, two screened-in verandas, an office and registration area and a courtyard sundeck. The recently remodeled lodge, built in 1961 after a fire destroyed the 1920's structure, offers 19 rooms and one suite, a registration desk and lobby, a natural stone fireplace with circular seating, a lounge and bar and a fitness room overlooking an outdoor heated pool.
Cottages along the lakeshore were built in the late 1930ís. Their furnishings were maple and old hickory and they had carved bird pictures on the walls.
In 1948, the six cottages, once known as "villas", were built along the shoreline cliffs facing North Bay. The interiors were furnished with knotty pine and natural stone fireplaces. From the large picture windows, guests could enjoy a view of beautiful North Bay and the spectacular sunsets.
The last of the Gordons retired in January 2005. The 130 acre property was purchased by John and Wendy Tinnon. Since then Gordon Lodge has undergone a five-year restoration and renovation project to preserve the treasured past and add many amenities and comforts to accommodate today's travelers. The Tinnons are committed to protecting the integrity of the land and its natural beauty while maintaining the Gordon Lodge traditions of comfort, relaxation, responsive service and warm hospitality. Through the years, guests have created their own family traditions at Gordon Lodge. The owners and staff hope that you will make it your tradition to come and spend time with them.