The Bungalow cabin is a magical, enchanted, charming space, light filled and cozy, all at once. You are surrounded with paintings, antiques, fresh flowers, extensive library of books and movies, fireplace as well as regular heat and warm cherry wood floors and trim throughout from the owners family farm in Michigan. forests. Gorgeous stained glass greets you at the entry to the bath and bedroom. A claw foot tub and hand held shower with spa products close by ensure a luxurious and relaxing bath.
A fully equipped kitchen stocked with extensive breakfast supplies, such as farm fresh eggs, organic juice, fruit, butter, half and half, homemade jam and bread, coffee, tea, fruit and goodies are in your cabin when you arrive. Eat breakfast on one of the decks or at the spectacular dining room. Snuggle in front of the fireplace in winter with hot chocolate. Cook dinner and eat in the privacy of your own cabin inside or out. Use the gas oven inside or the grill next to your cabin. Sit under ancient juniper and pinion pine looking out to extensive, lush gardens and the lake. You will soon be transported to another level of rejuvenation, creativity, relationship with children friends and loved ones or a special retreat for you alone.
If you must be connected to the outside world we do have WIFI in all of the cabins and phone reception is usually very good.
Computers run smoothly.
If you want to escape to the working studio you can rent that lovely building separately for $100. per day to paint, or write. We also have residencies in the arts and natural sciences. Be sure to reserve that ahead with your reservation if it is of interest to you and if it is available at your time of booking.
Lake, Boats, Fishing:
Enjoy the canoes and fishing gear if you like to fish. The lake is full of large-mouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout and blue-gills. There is no licence required since it is a private lake. It is catch and release only. Also lovely is to canoe out on the lake and dream as you look down to the and dangle your fingers in the water.
Use the spectacular hot tub in your personal bathrobe and watch birds, double rainbows and shooting stars. Many of our guests come back during the meteor showers since the night sky is so clear anyplace on our property with no light pollution.
We can arrange a massage in your cabin if you request it. It is best to do so at the time of your booking to assure scheduling at your desired time.
Hike our 60 acres of ancient forest, fields and meadows, streams and wildflowers.
Go bird watching.
We are a bird sanctuary and have had over 200 species of water birds, raptors songbirds identified at Willowtail. We sometimes release raptors or raise orphaned great horned owl babies under an agreement with the Division of Wildlife.
The land is very happy and healthy, an extremely diverse ecosystem, lightly managed by human hands as well as the natural wildness and abundance of nature. It exists as a preserve for flora and fauna of all varieties.
Lee can be hired to take guests on a one-two hour hike of the property, which is very popular with everyone.
He can also be available for private Tai Chi classes if that is something that interests you.
Classes and Workshops:
We offer many classes taught by our past artists residents. If you are interested in that you can look on our site under classes and workshops.
There are many through out the year and one of them might be available during your stay. You may also be able to see an artist at work if there is a current artist resident at Willowtail during your stay.
Many of our guests describe Willowtail as "an altered and magical oasis", an unbelievable place of surprise, curiosity, discovery, fun and inspiration for them to exist for a period of time and space.
"The Cloys have created a kind of parallel universe connected only by a winding dirt road to our normal experiences. The whimsical, elegant decor juxtaposes many elements gracefully."
We are within 10-40 minutes to many fabulous sites, Mesa Verde National Park, Durango Silverton Railway, Hovenweep with its round towers, Canyon of the Ancients, Lowry Ruins, San Juan Skyway Loop, Durango, Ute Mountain Tribal Park and many more.
WEddings, Honeymoons, Elopements, Anniversaries:
Willowtail often conducts small weddings for its guests, either as an elopement or with up to 10 family members. We have someone onsite who can conduct ceremony or we can arrange a minister to officiate for you. We have done many of these celebrations in the years we have been open.