What's great about Tomahawk? That's easy to explain. IT'S THE PEOPLE.
I had brought my family here for a vacation for 14 years (Moonlite Bay Resort & Deer Lake Cottages.) Then jet ski adversion & curiosity sent us looking elsewhwere. After stints in Mercer, the Boundary Waters, & Northwestern Minnesota, gas prices & nostalgia "drove us" back to Tomahawk this summer.
As we hit town we wondered what might have changed. We saw some new stores as we headed for Nelson's County Market. (Best salted-in-the-shell peanuts in the state!) But as we wandered the store talking to employees and fellow customers, we just felt "at home". It felt right to be there.
C.J. & I fished early & late in the rains & mists of the week. When we went shopping with Nancy & Kathy in Tomahawk it was equally a blast.
All of the shop owners were friendly & helpful.
Example: We had been to Aquatic Arts twice for bait & miscellaneous gear twice before Tuesday night when I was to pay off my bet to Brian. On the way into town, I realized I'd forgotten my Lake Alice map that I wanted to use to ask Gordy & Brian for fishing tips. C.J. & I stopped at Aquatic Arts to purchase another map & they gave us a paper, non-laminated version for free. How can you beat that for customer service??
Loved the health food store, the lady at the cheese house, the Surplus store, Jester Gallery, Augie's & just talking to folks on the street. It was different from other vacations. It was friendly. It felt like HOME.
Our only bad experience was video rental at the Holiday gas station when they failed to let my daughter know that one of the DVDs she rented was a "one day new release" rental vs. the five day rental for the others she rented. Needless to say, I wouldn't have dropped $40 in a gas purchase there if I had known my daughter was gettin fined because of misleading advertisements while I was filling up the van.
By the way, at the risk of us not being able to get another reservation, Zipp Inn cottages on Lake Alice are fantastic. Bob & Shirley Zipp are the best hosts around!
See ya next year.
<small>[ August 26, 2007, 11:10 PM: Message edited by: Jeff Boettcher ]</small>
What if there were no hypothetical questions?