A glimpse of Dillman’s History
When the resort was initially purchased it included a hotel, 13 buildings, 35 acres and 1500 feet of frontage on White Sand Lake. Peg and Marvin Dillman were married at Dillman’s on June 1, 1935. Dillman’s started as a boy’s camp, but the plans (including not enough time to promote it and prepare for a boy’s camp) didn’t work out. Luckily Peg and Marvin were able to rent the main hotel and several cabins during that first summer to tourists, and Dillman’s Sand Lake Lodge had its beginnings. The next several years brought many improvements (including indoor plumbing, electricity…).
In 1939, tragedy stuck in the form of fire. An apartment in the back of the hotel had an unattended fire in the fireplace, a log rolled out and the fire started. There was no phone, so they had to drive the mile and a half to the nearest phone at the Lac du Flambeau Depot to call the Fire Department., by the time they arrived the main lodge was destroyed and they were only able to save the outer buildings. Over the next 53 years there were obviously many changes to the resort and many, many memories that families created at Dillman’s. In 1992, there was yet another large fire that consumed the main lodge. In 1993 a new main lodge was built in the same exact spot.
Although some of the cabins were initially built in the late 1920’s the accommodations continue to undergo upgrading, including new kitchens, bathrooms, bedding and amenities. And in 2003, eight new rental properties were added to Dillman’s. Unlike many resorts, Dillman’s also offers internationally known instructors to the Creative Arts Program. 2004 marks the 27th year of watercolor, oil, pastel, gem and wood carving, acrylic, colored pencil marketing, and corporate training classes.
The more things change the more they stay the same. When you drive on to the peninsula you may not notice much difference, if you had vacationed here before. We continue to wish for you to have the very best vacation possible that meets or exceeds your expectations. Peg was fond of saying, “I was a lucky woman. I lived my whole life in paradise.” Come and visit us in paradise.