This vacation getaway will bring you to the middle of the forest, where you'll have direct access to 100's of miles of trails and rivers in every direction. Your wild & scenic playground awaits your exploration!
Avery Schoolhouse provides the perfect hub and staging area to start your vacation. Just bring your toys, unload and go! Fenced parking is available for ATV's, bicycles, kayaks, sleds, etc.
Start and end your days right in the middle of where it all begins, Avery and the banks of the St. Joe River!
Here's what you'll discover once you arrive: From the moment you ascend the steps towards the six round columns standing sentry at the top of the front porch, you'll be taken back to a moment in time. That time is circa 1923.
The same steps that many children ran up every morning to start their school day, as their parents toiled at their jobs for the Milwaukee Road Railway, the Forest Service, the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp), and the timber companies as Lumberjacks.
Avery is rich in history and memories. At it's peak population, Avery had over 1200 residents and over 80 children attending this school annually. We hope as you enter, you will get a glimpse of what is was like to live, work, learn and play here.
As you enter the main foyer, pick an old school locker for safe keeping of your valuables while out exploring the wilderness. Feel free to bring your own combo-lock or rent one upon check in!
Built in 1923, this majestic red brick & mortar schoolhouse was gently renovated in 2016. We divided three of the original class rooms on the East wing into 5 private guest rooms, each with a private en-suite bathrooms.
You will be inspired as the great outdoors greets you each morning through the 8 foot tall wall of windows reaching down from the 12 foot high ceilings to the book shelves below. National Historical period colors contrast the decor while old school chandeliers hang steady overhead. The bathrooms are designed with ceramic or marble tiles, large walk-in showers and clear glass doors to give you a spa vacation of indulgence.
To the right of the foyer, you will find the "Teacher's Lounge" with a pristine vantage point for viewing wildlife while over looking the river! The elk and deer are usually seen grazing on the mountain side while the bald eagles soar over the river.
The Teacher's lounge is a great place to get together for meals, board games, conversation, or movies (satellite TV) on the large flat screen. No cell service, free Wi-Fi and phone is available.
Across the hall from the Teacher's lounge is the school kitchen where you have the option to have your meals prepared by our staff or if you have chosen the role of chef and brought your own food and beverages, you will find a chilled fridge waiting for your groceries. Dishes and cooking utensils are provided. (Outside food service with patio dining is nearby during the summer months.)
At the West end of the hall, you will step down into the 1,000 square foot school gym. Complete with maple floors, basketball court, volleyball net, and a raised stage with velvet curtains and lighting. You can create great vacation memories with family & friends, singing karaoke, playing charades or ad-lib your own skits. What a great place for a dance, concert or special event!
FYI, if you need to calculate last minute details, excursions, meetups, give a lesson, presentation, etc. or just want to doodle, we left the chalkboards up in all the classrooms. Yes! Real school chalkboards!
From 1909 into the 70's, Avery was a boom town, a division point on the Milwaukee Road railroad's "Pacific Extension". Trains would stop at the Avery Depot, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here, steam or diesel locomotives were switched to electric locomotives. The Milwaukee Road Parlor Car "Twin Grove" with museum is a must see for train fans.
During the Great Fire of 1910, a 28-man firefighting team died near Setzer Creek outside of Avery. The U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Regiment (known as the Buffalo Soldiers) helped build a back fire that saved Avery.
Reminisce the history of Avery at two museums, inside the Depot and the train car. Feed the massive trout at the Fish Pond. Visit the Avery Gift Shop, the Swiftwater Fly-fish shop, and the General Store.
Reserve & book early, before your vacation spot is taken.
Nearby major events and attraction:
Fly Fishing the Wild & Scenic St. Joe River
St. Maries - St. Joe Jet Boat Races May 19-21, 2017
Avery Annual Fisherman's Breakfast May 27th 7-10 a.m.
Route of the Hiawatha May 28 - Sept 25
St. Maries Paul Bunyon Days - Labor Day Weekend
Hunting - Bear, Mountain Lion, Wolf, Deer, Elk, Moose, Fowl
Bring your Toys! ATV's, snowmobiles, motor bikes! Premium non-ethanal & diesel fuel is provided by St. Joe Oil at the bridge (same price as town) CC accepted at the pump.
We hope to see you soon!