All linens are furnished in all Guest homes. Beds have good quality sheets, blankets, pillows, and bedcover (either classic white cotton throws or handmade quilts by Mrs. Ross). We also have old bedcovers for the four footed bed companions. Many guests comment on how comfortable the beds are and last summer, a 10 year old boy came to the office to tell us "we had the best beds!"
Towels are provided for the bathrooms and kitchens, enough for the number of people expected and more if needed. Fresh towels are replaced daily. Blue swim towels are in the office, just return your used/wet towel and grab a fresh one. We also provide old towels for the four footed members of the family.
DAILY TOWEL SERVICE and TRASH REMOVAL
Daily towel service is provided for all guests and in all accommodations. Housekeeping comes to the guest homes everyday to remove wet towels from the bathrooms and replace with fresh towels. They also remove the trash to the outside bin, so it can be taken away at 4pm everyday (cuts down on critters knocking over trash cans in the middle of the night). Every 3-4 days there is a sheet change on beds (unless waived by the guest), as well as a cleaning of bathrooms, and replenishment of soaps (hand and dish) and paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, kleenex). We do not provide personal amenities such as shampoo. Most of our guests prefer to not have the interruption of daily bed making, however we are happy to provide daily housekeeping (includes making of beds and cleaning bathrooms) if you prefer, for an additional fee of $23 per bedroom per day.
All kitchens are equipped with refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker and microwave. Full kitchens (available in all but 3 guest homes) have regular range, all dishes, flatware, pots, pans & utensils. Housekeeping does not do dishes. Mini kitchens (in the 3 small guest homes; Aspen, Tamarack, and Butternut), do not have dishes, flatware, or cooking utensils.
Our fireplaces burn real wood! They are not gas, electric or remote controlled! Unlimited wood for fireplaces is furnished at no charge and is next to the cabin.
OUTSIDE FIRE PITS
Almost all the guest homes have a designated outside fire pit, either next to the cabin or shared with the cabin next door. Please be aware of the area's current fire danger or ask the office. Please always practice responsible fire safety and NEVER leave a fire unattended... just like the boy scout manual tells us.
FANS and AIR CONDITIONING
Only two of our guest homes have central air conditioning - Whistle Wings (2 bedroom) and Wood Duck (3 bedroom). However, there are many ceiling fans, many floor and window fans and usually a wonderful breeze from the west, across the lake, and good cross ventilation. Our nights are generally cool.
KEYS and LOCKS
Ross' Teal Lake Lodge has always been considered a safe and private property. There are locks on the cabins, if you want to lock from the inside, but we do NOT use keys (never have in 100 years). If you have valuables that you are uncomfortable leaving in the unlock cabin, we suggest keeping it in the car, or giving to the office to lock up.
TV and VCR/DVD
Every guest home has a TV. However, with the switch to Digital TV, it has left the northwoods with NO local channels. (Sorry, we are 90 miles from the station, and no converter box can reach that far!). We have DIRECT TV available in all public places, for weather and news updates, or to watch the game. The Captains Cabin bar or Golf Gazebo are great places to watch the game. The TV in the Main Lodge is usually turned off, but can be turned on for a quick update on weather and news. We discovered that this seems to work for most of our guests. Fox Den (our 4 bedroom cabin) and the Cinnamon Suite are the only units with Direct TV... so if it is important to your party, let us know.
We do offer FREE rental of DVD's and VCR's, or you may bring your own. We also have a few movies to borrow, but our selection is limited.
We supply Weber Charcoal Grills upon request at a charge of $5 per day - you supply the charcoal. Weber "Q" Gas grills are available at a charge of $15 per day - we supply the gas.
GUEST LAUNDRY FACILITIES
Washer and Dryer are available for guest use in the historic wash house (remodeled of course) near the Main Lodge. Just sign a charge slip for $3/load, and it will be put onto your bill. We do ask that people be considerate to other guests, and not forget about their laundry.
Babysitting service is usually available, but please give our office 24 hour notice.
Well-behaved pets are welcome at Ross' Teal Lake Lodge. see Pets Welcome . There are two guest homes designated as NO PET, for those with allergies; Tamarack and Whistle Wings. However, thanks to our diligent housekeeping staff, it is rare to ever find dog hair in any of the guest homes.
ON-PREMISE MANAGEMENT and FRIENDLY STAFF
The Ross Family lives on property and are active in day-to-day operations. This allows us to see our guests everyday and be readily at hand to meet any of requests or concerns. There is also a friendly staff of 25 people, some who live on property, who are always available; whether it be to bring extra towels, gas a boat, or answer questions.
COMMUNICATIONS with the outside world - Phones, Web Access, Fax
Teal Lake is an escape from the craziness of the outside world, and we try to keep it at an arms length, so guest feel it is a TRUE vacation. For those that need to keep in touch with the outside while on vacation, we do provide 21st century communication, we just keep it hidden. See our Communications link for details.