The Waldheim is a rarity these days. Clean, comfortable cabins, full American Plan in a common dining room, wait service, cabin service, wood service, right on a beautiful lake. My family has been going for 29 years!
What's so special you ask?
It's rustic. This is not a 5-star hotel in a big city. Instead, The Waldheim gives you a beautiful place in the woods on a very special lake. The cabins range from 1-5 bedrooms. They all have a living room, a porch, a fireplace and refrigerator to store beverages. There is no radio, no TV, no telephone (except at the office) no internet (except at the office) and no cellular service. There is good lighting to read a book in the evening and a place to plug in your favorite music device. There is cabin service each day who come in to make the beds, clean the bathroom(s) and sweep up. There is wood service, too. Every morning, the fireplace is loaded up and started to take off the morning chill. Wood is kept fully stocked along with kindling, newspapers and matches for you to start it up again in the evening if it's cool. Someone comes around with a bell to wake you up in time so you don't miss breakfast.
What about the food?
Three meals a day are served in the common dining room. Breakfast is wonderful series of choices from fruit, home-made granola, oatmeal, pancakes or french toast (both served with real maple syrup). There are two choices of entrees at lunch and dinner. Overall, the food is always freshly prepared and high quality. You do have to arrive between 8 and 9 for breakfast, 1 and 2 for lunch and 6 and 7 for dinner. If you know you are planning a day hike or car trip the next day, the staff is happy to prepare a picnic for you to pickup at breakfast the next morning.
Is all you do is eat?
The lake offers good swimming, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing (if you have a boat - if you don't, there is a place you can rent one). Hiking trails abound within a half-hour drive. There are several docks. There are lots of places to sit and read or talk with people you've met. There's a volleyball net, badminton net and horseshoes. The only organized event is a camp picnic that goes to a local spot with a short hike to whet the appetite, and a fire-cooked lunch of steak, potatoes and pancakes for desert.
My family has met many wonderful people at The Waldheim, some of whom have remained friends for years.
See the pictures posted to get an idea of the beauty of this place.