2019 is Laurium Manor Inn’s Pearl Anniversary
Thank you for signing up for our newsletter. Whether you have stayed with us at the Laurium Manor Inn or are giving it thought, this will be our way of letting you know what is happening at the mansion and up and down the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This is our 30th year of owning the Laurium so we are excited to share our celebration plans with you, too. Expect to hear from us each season. But for those of you that are new to the Laurium, here’s more about us.
The Laurium Manor Inn story
In 1908, Thomas H. and Cornelia Hoatson, owner of Calumet & Arizona Mining Co., spared no expense when they built the largest and most opulent mansion in Laurium. At a time when miners were making 25 cents per hour, this house was built at a cost of $50,000 plus the addition of $35,000 of furnishings. It is immense ﹘ 13,000 square feet, four floors (each larger than most homes) and 45 rooms immense. But what really sets the Laurium apart is that it is the only mansion in the U.P. where you can stay. It is not like living in a museum, it’s like being in your personal home.
When you arrive
You will have your own, spacious, private room and bathroom. A king- or queen-sized bed. A whirlpool, fireplace or balcony suite if you choose. And hotel amenities such as cable TV, wi-fi and air conditioning.
There are five common rooms where you can relax, read a book, play board games or cards, talk with other travelers or spend time with just your companion. You may escape to the 100-foot long, tiled porch. There you can while away as much time as you wish in its wicker chairs, sipping your favorite beverages, eating your own picnic made with monk-made bread, thimbleberry jam and smoked whitefish dip that you’ve gathered along the Keweenaw Peninsula. Every morning you will wake to a hearty, full buffet breakfast with our signature, seasonal dishes and every evening we will offer a tasty treat.
Arranging for your stay
You may reserve one of our 11 rooms throughout the year, except in November and April when we close to spruce the place up and enjoy a few weeks off together. Reservations may be made online or by calling (906) 337-2549. If you drop-in before 11 p.m. we can often accommodate you. Our busiest seasons are June through mid-October, weekends fill faster than weekdays. We also offer additional guest rooms with private baths at the Victorian Hall B&B and three vacation rental homes, each with its own copper mining boomtown personality.
We look forward to sharing more with you in the coming year and hope to see you walking through your mansion door soon.
– Julie and Dave Sprenger
Guy Talk. The truth about staying here.
I’m writing this to every guy who reluctantly is considering staying at the Laurium Manor Inn. Chances are, someone you deeply care about can’t wait to get here. You, on the other hand, are thinking you could wait forever to come.
As a guy, I get it. When I hear bed and breakfast I envision no privacy and lots of Victorian foo-foo. Let me start by saying, the Laurium is not what you expect.
This is what you can expect
Would it help to know that “The Lion,” Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt is said to have stayed in the Laurium Suite, Room 1, on his Presidential campaign trail in 1912? Like you, he wasn’t into foo-foo. Okay, this isn’t deer camp. There are floral patterns and stained glass windows in this mansion, but we’re also talking a triple staircase of hand-carved oak and jaw-dropping craftsmanship rarely seen anymore.
There is no cookie-cutter, franchise hotel sameness at the Laurium. Each of the 11 guest rooms is unique. Private with your own bathroom. It has mansion- and hotel-like amenities (see article above) plus a breakfast buffet that will fill you up. You can walk to downtown Laurium past massive houses. Drive to experience some of the most spectacular scenery, outdoor adventures, mysterious ghost towns and richly historic places anywhere on the planet. In my 30 years of owning and renovating the Laurium, I have yet to talk to a guy that wasn’t glad he stayed here. I know. I am one of them.
Keweenaw: Michigan’s incredible peninsula
The Laurium Manor Inn is located in the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula. This outcropping of land in Lake Superior is the northernmost part of mainland Michigan. From the energized college vibe of Houghton/Hancock to the artistic freedom of Copper Harbor to the extreme grittiness of Voodoo Mountain, you will find your favorite place here.
Stay with us and you will be within a few miles of:
- Michigan Technological University & Finlandia University and the festivals, museums, theater, sports, restaurants and breweries of Houghton/Hancock.
- The Keweenaw National Historical Park, coffee shops, boutiques and live performances in Calumet.
- Lake Superior’s soft, sandy beaches, rocky beaches, black sand beaches and lighthouses.
- Waterfalls, Brockway Mountain views, plus kayaking, biking, hiking, winter skiing and snowmobiling destinations.
- There are art galleries, The Jampot, mine tours, abandoned towns and ferry crossings to Isle Royale, one of our country’s least visited, but wildly beautiful national parks.
We will gladly help direct you to your adventures each day and wait for your return with a warm smile. Your mansion awaits.