We discovered Laurium on our way to Isle Royale National Park, located out in the middle of that big lake they call Gichigame. (more on that later).
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Where to Stay in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
We were delighted to discover the Laurium Manor Inn, a historic hotel in that community. Laurium and adjacent Calumet were home to the rich and powerful of the copper mining industry in the late 1800s. The Laurium Manor Inn, with 45 rooms and four floors, took several years to build. But by 1908, it was finally ready for Thomas Hoatson and his wife Cornelia to move in.
If you like architecture, design and old homes, you’ll love this bed and breakfast in the Upper Peninsula. The 1,100 square foot front porch has more than 200,000 tiles laid by hand. The triple grand staircase is hand carved oak. The maids’ bathroom fixtures, all original, are nicer than most homes today.
Many light fixtures throughout the house are original. The house had electric lights in 1908. I love that the push button switches from that period are still used today.
David and Julie Sprenger own the inn now and have dumped tons of their own money into restoring the home. That’s just what you do when you own a historic home. They have found some original furnishings, including the dining room table from 1908. Here, you’ll find homemade cookies waiting as you check in and a sumptuous breakfast each morning. Julie tells us that there’s a button on the floor that Cornelia could tap inconspicuously when it was time for the butler to serve another course.
If you enjoy a glimpse into the past and an authentic overnight experience, the Laurium Manor Inn is the kind of place you will like. Spend the night or come for a tour, the next time you find yourself in Michigan’s U.P.
It’s one of the surprising little joys you find in little towns tucked away in the far corners of our country.