In 1972, dad, with a lot of help from our extended family, built our cozy 2 bedroom cabin on the reservation. While growing up it was perfect for our family week-end and summer visits "home". Several years ago, on a holiday week-end, while visiting the folks (who retired in the cabin), it became painfully obvious that our family of twenty-four no longer comfortably fit in the cabin. It was too cozy for comfort!
Later, after a family pow wow, we decided to build a family lodge and name it after our ancestors. In particular, we wanted to honor our ten aunts and uncles who were raised in a small stone house on the reservation not too far from the lodge. Before long, as is often the case, one thing led to another and before we knew it we were planning a 28 room lodge, large enough for a full tour bus.
We started the plans on the back of a napkin. Our architect, Gary Sobeck, who also designed the White Tail Inn in St. Germaine, Wisconsin, took these rough ideas and created the existing building.
Fortunately, another enrolled member of the Tribe, Jeff Miller, recently opened a log building business down the road on County Road A Named Arrowhead Log Homes. Unfortunately, the size logs we needed for the building were generally too large for skidders to pull out of the woods here or on the Menominee Reservation. We were going to have to have them shipped from Montana. Several weeks before ordering the logs in August, 1997, we had a large storm pass through Shawano County. Several large tracts of older growth forest on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation were blown down in the storm. These logs were all salvaged from the blow down and were used to build Konkapot Lodge. Many of these logs are well over 100 years old. The logs were individually scribed on site and the log work took over six months to complete.
Once the log work was finished, Gil-Hur Builders of Sun Prairie began the stick built portion of the building and completed the project in August of 1998.
We are sincerely grateful to Mr. Sobeck, Paul Nooyen the project coordinator for Gil-Hur Builders and Jeff Miller of Arrowhead Log Homes for working with us to create our dream lodge. No one seemed the least bit intimidated by our insistence on a full log great room with a traditional built hotel and we are delighted with the results.
Our goal was to create a sense of quiet and peace which is what the Reservation means to us personally. Although we each enjoy the noise and excitement of the Northstar Mohican Casino, we wanted you to experience the Great North Woods and the Reservation in it's full and natural splendor before leaving.
We know that there is a lot of lodging to choose from and we are grateful you are considering us for your stay.
The Merton M. Vele Family, Proprietors
Toni Tortillott, General Manager