Friday, February 10, 2017

Accommodations and Other Pertinent Information

Our guest cabins are rustic (outhouse facilities; no running water), but they're comfy. We have three cabins for guests, and can accommodate up to 8 guests in their own beds (more when couples share a bed). If you prefer to tent, there are ample places to set up camp. If rustic living isn't your thing, we can recommend local hotels and resorts.

The "Big Guest Cabin." This cabin has a queen-size mattress in the loft, a full-size futon bed on the main level, and two single beds. There is also a do-it-yourself shower (you have to heat the water and pour it into a shower container.) This was the first building on Raspberry Island, and Gary's added several additions since it was constructed in 1984. 

Cabin 5 (so-named because we bought a sign with the numeral 5 on it at a garage sale, and tacked it on the door.) This cabin has a queen-sized futon in the upper level that can sleep one or two, and a Swedish bed on the lower level that can sleep one. This was Gary's first fully-scribed building that he built on Raspberry Island.

The Pig Barn. This building was used to house pigs back in the day, on a farm near Toivola, Minnesota. Gary has completely restored it, and you would never guess that pigs used to live here. This is the cabin where the instructors sleep. It's a lot nicer than it sounds. 

Meals are served in the "main" house (our house), and you are also welcome to use our shower and bathroom facilities here. Outlets are available in the house and in the classrooms for phone charging. 

Wood-fired Finnish sauna available on request. (Snow not guaranteed.)

What to bring

Your instructor will supply materials and tools you'll need to bring to your workshop (see Summer Workshops for 2017). You should also pack the following:
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear for your workshop (this usually means old clothes you don't mind getting dirty or stained), and something to wear in the evenings if you want to change out of your work clothes.
  • Toiletries and medications
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Towel/washcloth
  • Beverages and snacks as you wish. (Water, milk, coffee, and tea are provided) 
  • Bathing suit and floaty things optional, for lake swimming off the dock. 
  • Insect repellent

We provide breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for your stay, but if you have dietary preferences or would prefer to bring your own food, that works too (microwave oven and limited refrigerator/freezer space are available).

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