Dear Friends,

We hope that this message finds you staying well, safe and sane during yet another week of crazy headlines. Life in general always presents us with times of transition, but this year has pushed many people to their limits as everyone has had to embrace a certain level of uncertainty. We may not always know what lies ahead, as present times have clearly shown us, but we can still take the time to try and look inside and get to know ourselves a bit better. What do we want from our days, what keeps us motivated, where do we hope to be one, three or ten years from now? Just because the world seems upside down right now does not mean we should give up and stop dreaming and thinking of brighter days. Many people are finding themselves taking the leaps of faith with decisions that they may have been pondering for quite a while. The pandemic may be giving some people the push they have needed to trust themselves and go for it, while others may be anchoring and fortifying themselves in their current surroundings. Neither choice is incorrect, it is just a matter of what works for each one of us.

The musician Alice Smith posted the following on her Instagram account a couple of days ago:

‘All this time, I’ve been sitting in wonder of this moment, this moment being the shear power of 2020. Without the weight of judgments about how awful a time it is, there is more space for the truth of what is happening. What if 2020 is not good or bad? It’s just a time of HUGE transformation? If one can maintain her consciousness, focus on her true purpose, and move from a place of creation instead of fear, she will feel the power swirling around and use it to fuel her joy. No pressure guys, just rest the mind. LIVE and be CHANGED.’

Be kind to yourself and to those around you. Try to be a source of inspiration. Support one another. Try to promote positivity, love and joy. The world needs more of this and it can start with you. Even the smallest effort can make all the difference. Thank you for doing your part.

At this time of year the resort gets rather quiet, as the hustle and bustle of a full house of guests has dwindled. The leaves quickly change and fall. The frosty misty mornings bring a crispness to the air. We take stock of the season that has past and ponder the next, that will be here before we know it. Normally over the next few weeks we would be fully putting the resort to bed for the winter, however this year we will be keeping a limited number of our accommodations open so guests may come and experience a respite in the months ahead. If you are needing a winter get away, give us a call, bundle up and we look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Northwoods.

Stay well, stay kind, stay motivated. (stay warm)

With love and gratitude,
Sue, Denny, Steph, Todd, Scott and James

Please enjoy our images below as we continue to capture the moments of the days.  

P.S. If any of you have found inspiration in our photographs that have resulted in drawings or paintings, we would love to see them and share them! Please email your works to art@dillmans.comsubject line: INSPIRED MOMENTS – DILLMAN’S
writing by James Deskevich
photography by Scott Robertson and James Deskevich

Thank you to all of the artists to submitted their work this year! The Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) has been helping aspiring Wisconsin artists develop their abilities for more than 75 years and Dillman's is proud to have joined their efforts again this year.

Denny & Susie take their new 2-seater kayak out for a paddle.
Grand View
Cabin 7 - Little Rascals
Hannah & Tyler's Wedding
Cabin 4B - Second Honeymoon
Hope, Isabel and Esperanza
Jerry Loar's 52 1/2" long, 36lb musky caught on White Sand Lake in 1965.
Cabin 8 - Little Denmark and Cabin 7 - Little Rascals
Sue Dillman Robertson, Marvin Dillman, Peg Dillman,
Sauntra Dillman Loar and Jerry Loar. Mid 1960's.
Sauntra Dillman Loar, Amber Loar Weldon, Jerry Loar, Dennis Robertson, Sue Dillman Robertson, Stephanie Robertson Skotterud, Scott Robertson and James Deskevich. October 2020.
Cabin 8 - Little Denmark
Long ago, in the days when China was ruled by emperors, a Chinese mandarin, Tso Ling, lived in the magnificent pagoda under the branches of the apple tree on the right of the bridge, over which droops the famous willow tree, and in front of which is seen the graceful lines of the fence. Tso Ling was the father of a beautiful girl, Kwang-se, who was the promised bride of an old but wealthy merchant. The girl, however, fell in love with Chang, her father's clerk. The lovers eloped across the sea to the cottage on the island. The mandarin pursued and caught the lovers and was about to have them killed when the gods transformed them into a pair of turtle doves. These are the doves seen gazing into each other's eyes at the top of the design.

So goes the story depicted on the Blue Willow china that Peg Dillman selected to set the tables of her restaurant, which is still in use at the lodge today.
Jennifer and Adam's Wedding
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Dillman's is a nostalgic vacation getaway on a lush, private peninsula with boating, beaches, tennis, biking & more. Perfect for family vacations, reunions and retreats our resort can accommodate guests in larger lake homes, charming lakeside cabins, contemporary townhouses and motel style units, and a rustic guesthouse. Pets are welcome. For special travel packages and promotions please visit

In addition to our family resort, we also offer art workshops through the Dillman’s Art Workshop Retreat which was founded by Sue and Dennis Robertson in 1978. Through the years our retreat has hosted over 12,500 students for art workshops at Dillman’s Bay Resort in Wisconsin and various international locations. The 4 and 5 day workshops are offered in lakeside art studios as well as plein air. Students are invited to bring their friends and family along on the trip to enjoy the relaxing resort environment. Local artists are also welcome to attend classes on a day student basis. The average class price is $70 per day. Information about our 2020 schedule of workshops in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, mixed media, collage, pocket sketching, fiber arts and more is online at (Up to date information and amendments to our schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be found here.)

While continually striving to keep our workshop pricing competitive, we recognize that the costs may still be beyond the means of some. With that in mind partial scholarships / honorariums are available as we are committed to offering art workshops because learning is a life-long and fulfilling process. To apply please visit