Dear Friends,

We hope you have all had a good week and managed to find some peaceful moments for yourselves. We have officially rolled into October, and here in the Northwoods the chilly temperatures have quickly followed. We even saw snow flurries. Large heavy perfectly geometric crystals dancing among the colorful fall foliage, scarlet crabapples and rich evergreens. Luckily the snow was just a teaser of things to come and did not accumulate just yet. While it may have seemed a bit early it is not uncommon at the lake, at this time of year, to have 70 degree days followed by 28 degree nights. (and everything in between…) Mother Nature will always strike her own path and keep us on our toes, and for this we must remain fluid and flexible. This is a good lesson to apply to our daily lives as we try to navigate the myriad of headlines and events that seem to be coming at us from all sides. Each day we seem to be waking up to more and more unsettling news that quite frankly can make even the most positive, upbeat and peaceful person want to hide away and hibernate until it is all over. The silver linings may get buried for a moment in and amongst the muck, as the unproductive loud tantrums often get the attention at first, but in the end the positives far outweigh the negatives. There is a line of good news in between each line of bad, and ultimately the light will always push through the dark. During these continually uncertain times be gentle with yourself. Try and remember that if you focus on your wellbeing and develop a solid mental fortitude, this will not only benefit you but everyone around you as well. We all stumble, we all have times when we want to throw our hands up, walk away and not engage. There are inevitably times when we feel we just cannot take one more thing. When this happens, try to pause, seek out a moment of quiet, center yourself and find a way to be the light. Become the positive that the world so desperately needs by offering peace and strength and compassion. This does not mean to acquiesce, not have an opinion and not fight for our beliefs, but rather fully observe all that is happening and apply the kind of energy that will encourage a more productive outcome. It is not always easy, but in the end, it is always worth it. Only when we have peace and confidence within are we able to extend this beyond ourselves.
Here at the resort, while starting to wind down our normal season, we have still been rather busy with guests just wanting to safely escape for a few days to recharge their batteries.

Stay well, stay strong, stay peaceful.

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

Please enjoy our images 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 (unless otherwise credited)
Facebook Demos from the Studios at Dillman's

3pm on Thursday, Oct, 8 - Dale L. Popovich
Watch Dale as he take a landscape painting from start to finish with his step approach. The demo was filmed last week during his workshop at Dillman's.

Beau being taken on a walk by Copper.
Mikka & Max
Remy & Lutsen
Moxie & Cooper
Nikki and Austin's Wedding
Photo by Stephanie Skotterud
Bartenders this week: Scott, Maria & James
13277 Dillman's Way, Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538
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Family-owned since 1918...
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