You really wont find anything else like Dreamcatcher at Ludlows Island. Or on Lake Vermilion, for that matter. Four stories tall, Dreamcatcher will give you a panoramic porch among the treetops. Its a view unlike any other at the resort.
Ludlows teamed up with SALA Architects of Minneapolis to create Dreamcatcher, our newest cabin. The cabins name was chosen to represent the evening hours after sunset and to reflect the Ojibwe tradition in our Northwoods.
Nestled among towering Norway and white pines, each story has its own story.
The first floor bedroom has its own bath and outdoor deck. The second floor bedroom comes with a whirlpool bath and king bed. The third floor living area offers comfort near the clouds with floor-to-ceiling glass panels.
Finally, the fourth floor master bedroom suites whirlpool tub and outdoor deck offer a vacation experience unlike any other in Northern Minnesota.
Dreamcatcher is also unique on the island in that it has its own washer and dryer in the cabin.
For a number of years Mark and Sally wanted to build a unique cabin and the concept of a "tree house" design kept coming to mind.
They did not want to "crowd" the island with too many cabins and did not want guests to feel they were living too near one another.
A tree house design could be built with a small foot print — to minimize structural crowding — as well as minimize the "people crowding" by taking the living and sleeping level off the ground and placing it up in the air.
Architect Dale Mulfinger of SALA Architects was called upon and soon a one-bedroom cabin evolved with an 18-foot stairway up to a living and sleeping level. Dale enlisted his senior architectural students from the University of Minnesota to come up with designs meeting the Ludlow criteria.
In the fall of 1998, 40 students traveled to Ludlow's to survey the site and come up with ideas. Mark and Sally met with the students later that fall at the University to critique the design ideas. One unique challenge in building was to recognize the island prohibited large equipment to help with the construction.
As ideas evolved Mark and Sally recognized that the majority of their customer base is families and a one-bedroom cabin would not be practical. They took the basic idea of the 18-foot climb to a living and sleeping space and incorporated two lower levels of bedrooms. The current cabin retains a third- and fourth-level living and sleeping space with the first two levels reserved for sleeping.