The tranquil shores of Lake Butternut seem a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas; a welcome change of pace for Caryn Cleereman, the new owner of Northern Pines Resort – formerly known as Timber Breeze.
After 20 years of working in casinos in Las Vegas, Cleereman decided to become his own boss and run his own business. Although new to the Park Falls area, Cleereman is no stranger to the Northwoods, having grown up in Forest County. She also has local ties, as her grandfather was actually born in the Park Falls area.
With many years of experience in the service industry, Cleereman arrived at Butternut Lake in early June with many ideas to revitalize the resort and strengthen ties within the local community.
Chief among them, Cleereman made plans to return the resort to the original name of Northern Pines, drawing on countless memories locals and visitors alike have of time spent on the lake. New signs will be installed at the resort in the coming weeks, welcoming people back to Northern Pines.
The restaurant’s opening hours are currently 3:00 p.m.-10: 00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 3:00 p.m.-12: 00 p.m. Friday and 12:00 noon-12: 00 p.m. on weekends. The complex and restaurant will also be open all year round.
Cleereman also wants the resort to host community-centric events in the future, and those will begin this Saturday, July 4. musical performances by Bret & Fisk at 2 p.m. and Twisted Whisker at 6 p.m.
“We really want to serve local interests and feel like we are an extension of your own backyard,” Cleereman said. “We want to have a very comfortable family environment.
While the menu is still undergoing some changes, a classic Friday night fried fish is offered, along with a variety of starters, a Saturday night steak, and pizza.
Cleereman welcomes menu or event suggestions from the local community as she continues to lay the foundation for her new business.