History In the Making
Commemorating over 100 years on Miscauno Island
A century of elegance…
Miscauno Island, October 9, 1905…
Guests began to arrive by train from as far away as Chicago on this glorious fall day. The breathtaking Miscauno Inn stood tall on what was then known as Holmes Island. Its builders, the Wisconsin and Michigan Railroad, had great plans for this scenic get-away.
As the train rumbled over the narrow bridge leading to the island, the grandeur came into focus, and of the 400 invitations sent, only 75 went to couples from local cities of Marinette, Menominee, Iron Mountain, Norway, and Peshtigo. Keep in mind that at the time, the city of Marinette was the largest in northeast Wisconsin, with more than 100,000 residents in an active logging community that consisted of numerous lumber barons.
The island covered about 100 acres, with the elegant hotel constructed to compliment an Olde English “Inn.” A massive fireplace, expensive chandeliers in Tiffany finish, and silver-plated wall sconces all added to the unique charm of the Inn. A furnished and heated observation tower allowed guests a view of the scenic Menominee River and the nature that surround it. Imported Japanese and Old English prints decorated the living areas. A drawing room, ladies parlor, and dance hall all added to the elegant mystique of the island. 25 bedrooms and tiled bathrooms and showers allowed guests a comfortable existence for the length of their stay.
When the Miscauno Inn burned to the ground in 1923, all that remained was the massive fireplace. The grounds lay barren until a new Four Seasons Club was rebuilt in 1925 around the original fireplace. The posh and expansive clubhouse was surrounded by a challenging golf course and the secluded serenity of nature in the northwoods.
The Four Seasons Club attracted many celebrities and distinguished guests, as well as being the rumored retreat of Al Capone. Shadowed by recently questionable ties to Chicago’s underground, its mysterious past has done little to taint the glorious appeal of the Four Seasons Club. Recognized as an icon of beauty and elegance, this popular resort has maintained its appeal for over 100 years.
For over one hundred years, Miscauno Island has been a place of mystery and magical timelessness. Chicago society elite found this to be a unique retreat, and the spectacular beauty of this island resort attracted prominent industrialists and elegant socialites who traveled long distances by train to this island get-away. The original train bridge now stands tall as a one-lane entry to the elegant and serene Four Seasons Resort on Miscauno Island. A golf course was built at about the same time as the present clubhouse, and black dirt was imported from Chicago to supplement the sandy island soil. Shown below is an aerial view of this 100 acre play land.
Renamed the Four Seasons Resort in 2004, this enchanting retreat awaits your arrival with great food, fun and golf, all with a casual attitude. Today, the Four Seasons Resort near Pembine, WI, stands as a testament to the dedication and tireless efforts of the many, many people who have worked hard to maintain the beauty and elegance of the days gone by. Recent renovations have upheld the legendary and mysterious character of this icon of the north woods.
You can almost feel the presence of the glamorous starlets and business tycoons of the past generations, who, if they returned, would look proudly upon this architectural masterpiece and sigh wistfully.
Go back in time to a simpler place, when life moved slowly, and excellent service was expected. Let us show you some good, old-fashioned northern hospitality!