Thursday, October 26, 2006

100 Years: Happy Birthday Palmquist Farm!

1906 was a great year…

  • The term allergy was introduced to describe people with hay fever
  • "Permanents" became popular among women after Charles Nestle developed the permanent wave process for curling hair
  • Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping mediate the end of the Russo- Japanese War of 1905.
  • A Palmquist ancestor walked down the steps of the Phillips Court House clutching the deed for Palmquist Farm.

At The Farm, we are thrilled to celebrate our 100 year anniversary. It is a rare thing for one family to stay in one spot for so many years, and we are proud to be a part of that tradition. Also, we want you to know that we wouldn’t be here today without the loyalty of all our wonderful guests. Because of our hunters, skiers, and vacationers, we are still here serving you and your loved ones. In order to thank you for your support over the years, we are giving our returning guests 10% percent off their next stay.

Also in celebration of our loyal customers, if you refer a friend or family member to us and they make a reservation, we will give them 10% off their first stay, and we will give you $100 off your next stay at The Farm.

It’s just our way of saying thanks.

Qualifications for Birthday Promotions

Qualifications for 10% off for the Birthday Year For Returning Guests

  • Must stay between December 15th and June 1st 2007
  • Must have been a previous guest
  • Cannot be combined with another promotion
  • Does not apply to gift shop purchases

Qualifications for the 10% off for recommended guests and $100 off for returning guest who recommend

  • The recommended guest must be new to Palmquist Farm
  • All immediate family members of the recommended guest only counts as one recommendation. (A family of four (Dad, Mom, son, daughter) would be one recommendation worth $100 dollars off. Four single people would be four recommendations worth $400 off.)
  • If you recommend more then one person or family, only $100 dollars can be used at a time off of your stay. (If you recommend four people, the next four times you stay at The Farm you would get $100 dollars off each time.)
  • Cannot be combined with another promotion.

A Little Farm History from The Old World

The Farm turns 100 this year. Here is a little history about how the Palmquist Family ended up in Brantwood, WI.

Over one hundred years ago, a man from a small village in Finland signed on to serve on a ship. On the ship he met a man from Denmark, and they become close friends. This man talked about his dream to go to America. He had all the paper work he needed and his service on the ship was up, but he died before he was able to make the trip. The Finnish man also wanted to go to America and no longer wanted to stay on the ship because of the loss of his friend, but he still had two years left of service on the ship. The captain knew this and let him take the name and papers of his dead friend so that he would have a chance at a new life in America. This Finnish man settled in Brantwood, WI and then wrote (while in the Farm House where guests enjoy their meals )to a friend back home in the small village to come to America. That friend was Anton Palmquist. That is small part of a larger story explaining how the Palmquist family came to be in Brantwood almost 100 years ago from now.

Over the years, The Farm has had many functions including logging and farming, but one common theme has always run through it—the theme of hospitality. When a family couldn’t afford to take care of their children, the Palmquist’s took them in until the family could get ahead a little. Many loggers who worked at the Palmquist logging camps called The Farm home. It was Art and his wife Toinie (current owner Jim’s parents) who were the founders of the resort portion of Palmquist Farm. Now Jim and Helen Palmquist manage this unique place.

This barn is one of the original buildings, even though it is falling down.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Palmquist Farm Wants to Hear your Comments

I have changed the setting for this Blog so that anyone can leave comments. So please feel free to comment on what you read or comment on your stay at The Farm. We love to know what our guests think. Thanks!

Monday, October 16, 2006

A Word on Hunting Grouse and Woodcock from Jim

Grouse hunting in the Northwoods has been very good this Fall. The ten year cycle reaches a peak at the end of each decade according to many observers of the grouse population. If this is true then each year should get better as we approach 2010.

Hunters have been reporting as many as 30 flushes each day. A couple of weeks ago a hunter from Virginia staying at our farm got the daily limit for both grouse and woodcock. (5 grouse and 3 woodcock)

The grouse is a beautiful bird and considered by many to be the most difficult game bird to hunt. A good dog that stays in close is important. Here at The Farm we can give solid advice on areas to hunt, and there are good guides available.

Our conservation warden, Kendall Frederick, observed that grouse hunters as a rule are not interested in killing a large amount of birds. They enjoy being in the woods with their dog, the company of other hunters and the atmosphere of the Northwoods. He further observed that they share high outdoor ethics as do trout fishermen.

For this reason, we enjoy having grouse hunters on our farm. We look forward to helping you plan your next hunt on The Farm.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Horse Activity in the Fall

Summer has sailed by and fall is suddenly upon us. I’ve had to start covering the plants at night, and the leaves are turning orange and red one by one. The summer months move slower at Palmquist Farm, but the fall brings horse back riders. We’ve had several horse groups in the last few months including The Horse Goofs from western Wisconsin who were excited to be at The Farm for the second time. Another group of ladies called the Old Saddle Bags came from Thunder Bay, Canada to ride our scenic trails for five days. In the picture, they are riding down our driveway.

Jim Palmquist has been working hard at getting our own horses (Pat and Pete) back into shape after their dreamy, hay-filled, dirt-rolling vacation. Last winter we couldn’t use the horses to pull the sleigh because Pat injured his shoulder. He is now heeled and working hard for Andy, our new driver. Even though horses love to be worked, if you look closely at the picture, you may be able to see Pat and Pete’s tongues hanging out from exhaustion. Andy has been plowing the old-fashioned way in one of our fields this fall. It is neat to see the horses out in the field plowing like they did 60 years ago on this farm. The only sorrow that comes with this event is that Art Palmquist, Jim Palmquist’s father who passed away this spring, would have loved to be reminded of his childhood by watching these horses plow. Art is greatly missed by all of us at The Farm.

Since the fall is coming, we are looking forward to seeing many of our past hunters return as well as our new hunters. Mid October is almost completely booked, but we still have some room at the end of October and beginning of November. We also have space during the gun deer season this year, so make your reservation before the chances passes you by.