Lake Vermilion Blog
As we settle in for the winter we are grateful to you, the guests of White Eagle, for coming back year after year and making our stewardship possible. On behalf of the Lantry family, Thank you!
2013 was monumental for White Eagle as Mike and Bonnie sold the resort to the kids, Tom, Anne and Ranae. Tom and his wife Stephanie, and Anne moved to the resort last April. Mike and Bonnie plan to continue to play big, but specialized roles in daily life at the resort. The kids plan to continue in their parents’ footsteps providing an exceptional vacation destination and adding value to each guest experience. This first year of succession was heartfelt and full of both rewards and challenges. We appreciated your patience and consideration during the transition. The following Q&A shares some Lantry thoughts.
2014…Celebrate 25 years and a Second Generation
In honor of 25 years of great vacations, join us for a weekly fish fry potluck to be held on Thursdays in June, July and August. You are also invited to join us for the opening party scheduled over Fishing Opener weekend! Hosting this gathering has been on our hearts and in our minds for years, and we are excited to restart this resort tradition.
A Spring Trip to White Eagle
Give a gift to be remembered: time on Lake Vermilion. The solitude and beauty of the spring season are priceless! If you have not yet experienced this time of year in Northern Minnesota, we highly recommend. Learn more about spring specials.
What is the best part of passing on the resort to your kids?
Mike: I must first give the glory to my Lord, Jesus, for being in my life and carrying me through the trials and tribulations and joyous and endearing times. I really did not want to move and see this property go to strangers. Bonnie and I have worked hard through the years and selling it would have been bitter sweet. Passing the resort to the three kids makes me believe they want to continue our legacy.
What are your plans?
Bonnie: God is still in control! Although for the next 4-5 years I foresee continuing to be primarily responsible for preparing your cabin for your arrival, top-priority is juicing mega-vegetables, and providing only nutritious food with which to facilitate feeling and looking great. I would also like to present myself around the resort, able to offer personal hospitality, invite you to yoga with Anne AND host weekly dance parties! I'm not kidding!
What do you do and what is the best thing about this job?
Tom: I try to get my hands in just about everything except fish gut composting. One of the great things about this place is the variety of work. One day you start off in the dirt planting trees and then you hear about a broken water heater. After lunch you try to play catch up on computer work but find a rental boat is stuck out on a rock in the middle of Lake Vermilion. Boat Ride! Everyday is different. In the summer we try to set a basic plan of what has to get done while giving ourselves time for the unexpected. My last activity of the day is sitting near the fire with all of my extended resort family.
What is the best thing about this job/ What do you enjoy most about resort life?
Stephanie: Creativity. I appreciate the opportunity to pursue creative ideas centered upon promoting positive experiences for our guests. Resort life has given me the opportunity to connect to hundreds of people throughout the summer. One of the most enjoyable parts is engaging in conversations with our guests around the bonfire.
What is the most memorable thing you have learned from your Mom/Dad?
Anne: From my mom I learned small and simple are good. To have the most fun, clean the cabins first and keep the operation simple! From my dad I learned to never give up whether learning to water ski or speaking up about what is important. Going against the grain is okay, and if an idea does not turn out exactly as planned, that is okay too.
What is the most rewarding part of a family business?
Ranae: As a family we are always challenging one another to do better, to find solutions and ways of doing things that are improvements from the past. Having grown up in the business I have learned a lot from both my parents and my siblings and can use that knowledge to make better decisions now. It is great to run a business with the support, commitment and inspiration of a family such as ours.
On a day off I…
Tom: Get called back in to fix something. Silly question because we don't get days off in the summer. Thankfully we are given 5 hours a day to sleep but somewhere in there we still need to eat, dress and all that. ;) We really need to negotiate that one in the next labor contract.
What is it like living so close to your family?
Tom:Awesome for puppy and "way off in the future" baby daycare!
What are your greatest challenges in the next 3-5 years?
Tom: 1. Babies 2. Dealing with the Planning and Zoning Department. 3. Eating enough vegetables. 4. Flossing
What was one of your greatest successes?
Tom: Getting all of the Y- bones out of my first northern!
What is the most memorable thing you learned from your parents?
Tom: One pleasant summer afternoon I was having some major trouble with a plugged toilet in one of the cabins. So much trouble, in fact, that I removed it and carried it outside for further battle. While I am not at liberty to divulge all of our family's dirty secrets I am happy to say that after consulting with dad and a power washer, I won and the toilet went back to work.
What was your first job at White Eagle?
Tom: One of the first jobs I recall was hauling the 5 gallon buckets of fish guts to the compost area. It's hard to get that smell out of your memory!