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Paynesville Press - July 28, 2004

Bug-Bee-Hive opens new cottage

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

Bug-Bee-Hive Resort recently opened its largest cottage.

The Colony is an 11-bedroom, 10-bathroom triplex that can house a total of 26 guests. It can be divided into three units, including one that is completely handicap accessible.

The ground-level unit has wide doors and hallways, an open floorplan, and a bathroom with a five-foot turning area, all to accommodate wheelchairs.

resort Two units have four bedrooms and four baths apiece, and one has three bedrooms and two baths. Each unit has a full kitchen and living and dining areas. The Colony can be rented as three separate units or as one big unit, as each section opens into the others. The cottage also houses a guest laundry, as well as the resort's housekeeping facilities and its central utilities.

A new 11-bedroom cottage at Bug-Bee-Hive Resort has three units, including one that is completely handicap accessible, that can be rented seperately or together. In all, it can house 26 guest.

Owner Paul Bugbee decided to build the cottage after hearing a news report that the number of "mom and pop" resorts was declining in the state. He decided that expanding Bug-Bee-Hive Resort could help counteract that decline.

The new cottage can handle larger gatherings - family reunions, etc. - while still offering flexibility for smaller groups of guests.

The triplex, which sits atop a hill facing Lake Koronis, replaced the Yellow Jacket, a small cottage that was quite worn, said Bugbee. For sentimental reasons, Bugbee moved Yellow Jacket and refurbished it. Yellow Jacket became an unexpected addition to the resort, said Bugbee. Now, the three bedroom two bath cottage is the cutest cottage on the grounds, he added.

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