Fortune Bay Resort and Casino sits along the shores of Lake Vermilion, arguably, and most agreeably, one of the top 10 most beautiful lakes in the Continental United States.
Interestingly, the area is also home to many Finnish and Scandinavian immigrants. Nearby Embarrass, MN, as example is home to many native Finlanders, even to this day. The combination of great Nature and sauna cultural heritage is a great nesting ground for this exciting mobile sauna project.
“We anticipate the sauna as being able to open up lots of exciting things for our guests” says Garrett Lamppa, Director of Hospitality at Fortune Bay. And Garrett knows plenty about AUTHENTIC sauna. In addition to his duties at Fortune Bay, Garrett is a 4th generation sauna stove maker. His Great Grandfather emigrated from Finland to the United States and began building sauna stoves a century ago for friends, neighbors, and family members within a 20 minute drive of Garrett’s office.
The pillars to this project are:
- Health & Wellness: After golf at the Wilderness (rated one of the top couple public courses in Minnesota) or a hike or cross country ski, on sauna days, guests will be able to relax, reconnect, and unwind in this authentic wood burning sauna.
- Cultural Heritage: Folks from the community who have grown up with sauna as part of the tapestry of their upbringing will be guest Saunameisters at the Fortune Bay mobile sauna, sharing their stories and methods for “good sauna” for guests familiar and new to sauna.
- Fun: Apres Ice fishing, snowmobiling, or skiing in Winter, or how about after a chilly round of golf or hike in Spring and Fall, Imagine stepping into round one of this spacious wood burning sauna, ready to restore and rejuvenate with friends and kindred spirits. This mobile sauna asset will be strategically deployed amongst Nature to help spread the fun for guests visiting Fortune Bay.
Saunatimes is proud to be a key designer to help ensure that “any Finn exiting the hot room shall do so with a smile.” And the pressure is on, because up here in 218, you don’t have to hit a golf ball to far to find someone well familiar with “good sauna.”
A word about this sauna build:
We are embracing the “phase build” concept, where key decisions (hot room dimensions, window & door placements, etc.) are being made using field verification. This method has been embraced by the build team, executives at Fortune Bay, as well as Saunatimes. We all make better decisions collaborating and imagining the functionality of the space.
Here is short walk through illustrating the sauna build in process (phase II: shell stage).