There’s no doubt that Holiday Acres Resort has a lot to offer a vacationer, but for residents and locals, this place also has plenty to see and do. Kim and Kari Zambon own and operate this resort and they are the third generation to do so. Their sons, Jamie and Peter, also help out during the year while daughter Katie attends college.
One of the main attractions of this beautiful vacation spot, located on Lake Thompson, is the Three Coins Restaurant. It is situated in the main lodge and offers a relaxing atmosphere with rough sawn wood and wide, expansive windows to take in the beautiful grounds. The atmosphere here is that of a supper club with delicious food that is unforgettable. Cocktails and a scrumptious dessert selection, including this restaurant’s famous Texas Chocolate Cake, round out the menu. “Some of the recipes we feature today are from my grandmother, Hazel,” said Kim. “Our specialty breads and desserts are recognized by guests who have been coming for 50 years.” This facility is also available for weddings, banquets, conventions and groups that are large or small.
In addition to the Three Coins Restaurant, there is also the Patio Cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and snacks. There is a pool table located in the corner, and plenty of board games to play for kids and adults alike.
Another favorite spot is the Turn of the Century Shop, featuring exceptional clothing and gifts. An old log and mortar farmhouse has been carefully preserved to house this store and a walk through even produces a floorboard creak or two, reminiscent of yesteryear when buildings like these were built to last a lifetime. It is filled with two stories of unique gifts, hats, lotions, jewelry and a stunning assortment of very unique clothing.
The resort itself has a lot to offer. There are 30 cabins available as rentals, two vacation homes and 28 rooms in a guest lodge. The cabins range in size from one to four bedrooms and many come furnished with dishes and all the conveniences of home. Some also have gas or wood fireplaces for that extra Northwoods experience. The rental homes are spectacular and offer spaces with plenty of room for a large family to stretch out, including multiple bathrooms and bedrooms. Each of these places has private spots to have a campfire or just sit back and enjoy the views.
The lodge rooms are all spacious and include a microwave, TV sets and comfortable beds, and two even have whirlpool tubs. The indoor heated pool is a popular place when the skies are cloudy or it is cold outside. There is also an outdoor veranda connected to the pool area and many of the lodge rooms where tables beckon for a cup of morning coffee or a quick look to check the news of the day from a computer. (Wi-Fi is available here.)
Guests can play basketball, volleyball, tennis and shuffleboard, and the younger guests will enjoy the expansive swing set. For golf enthusiasts there is also a putting green.
Of course, many visitors head for the water and besides swimming, there are boats for rent to go fishing or pontooning. Boat motors are also available for rent along with canoes, hydrobikes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and bicycles. Lake Thompson teems with fish of every species and is considered a Class A musky lake. There are nature trails to explore, a gradual sand beach for swimming and relaxing, and the resort has a camping facility as well as horseback riding opportunities.
There isn’t much the Zambons won’t do to accommodate their guests and many have become like family over the years. In fact, every week the Zambons offer a communal cookout where guests can join together for fun and laughter, while Kari and Kim prepare a meal. “We’re proud that we have families come here year after year,” said Kari. “This is a beautiful spot and we are glad we can be part of creating memories for generations to come.”
For more information about Holiday Acres Resort and all it has to offer, call (715) 369-1500 or (800) 261-1500; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or log on to holidayacres.com.