Old-Timey-Shoreline

The 1930s was an interesting time in Minnesota. It was the era of Prohibition and the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps and hard working farmers doing their best to get by. It was a time where men wore hats and lumberjacks and miners were still making camp in the north woods.

This is the era when Breezy Point resort was first built. Just a few steps from Lake Superior (far closer than modern construction would allow), the cabins occupied a stunning rock perch above the raging waters.  The inhabitants saw storms surge back and forth, and calm sunsets give way to still cold nights. 20 to 30 feet above the surface of the water, they were safe even as the winds whipped up and pummeled the land.

Houses then were smaller and tighter by modern standards: the smallest cabin was 285 square feet. And yet, the small frame meant they could be cozier than today’s megamansions. Free from the overwhelming clutter of “stuff” that plagues so many today, they were simple and minimal, a just-right approach to living.

What’s old is new again. When we remodeled Breezy Point, we made sure to keep the old buildings where possible (and their footprints when it wasn’t). Sai Bezawada, the Vice President of Odyssey, says this was by design.

“Part of our plan for this resort was keeping it true to its original form,” Bezawada says. “[It’s] private, quaint.”

Breezy Point is an echo of its era. If you enjoy history, you’ll like the cabins. At the same time, they’ve gotten a good dose of the modern era to wake them up.

“We definitely want to keep the northwoods feel and the rustic charm of the cabins as they were,” Bezawada said. “But we thought there were certain features we could update. I think the theme we went with was to keep it rustic chic.”

That meant yes to paneling and wood-burning fireplaces, but no to the old windows. We added new ones to maximize the stunning lake views, which would have been an overly expensive luxury in the 30s but is more than worth it today. The furniture is new but gains a rustic feel from materials like cast iron and driftwood.

Novelist Richard Bach said, “The simplest things are often the truest”. It’s a good way to look at Breezy Point, which is perfectly simple but perfectly true.