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Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Gaylord MI 

Address: 2232 E Dixon Lake Rd
City: Gaylord
State: MI
Zip: 49735
County: Otsego
Number of visits to this page: 681
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From Sojourn Lakeside Resort Website:

Our storied past is one to be celebrated. This legendary property, born in 1948, offered a classic getaway for generations before us. Now, it has been transformed for you. With modern appointments, our rustic elegance captures the heart of the past and the joy of your future memories.

The resort opened in 1948 as a guest ranch and then as a dude ranch (horseback riding was prevalent around the resort back then!) before becoming El Rancho Stevens, which served its last guests in 2004. At that time, the doors were shut and the resort sat vacant until Scott & Janice Lampert purchased the property a few years later. After three years of full remodels, repair and updates, Sojourn Lakeside Resort opened its doors once again in 2013.

The buildings and grounds underwent many changes over the course of the last many decades:

Thunderbird Lodge (red barn visible from the road) was originally a working farm’s barn, and later transformed into a restaurant, hotel and office. Complete restoration of Thunderbird is planned for a future phase as Sojourn grows.

Whispering Pines started as a simple bunkhouse, then expanded to accommodate families. From 2011 to 2013, under the Lamperts’ ownership, it was re-roofed, gutted and completely remodeled into the 4- suite luxury guest quarters present today.

Lakeview Lodge was built in three phases. First, the south section was built with eight rooms (see the photo on the Gaylord Planner pages), then the north section was added some years later. The third and final phase was the A-frame connecting the two initial structures. It has also recently been fully remodeled and re-roofed.

The pool was built in the 1950s in the mitten shape of Michigan’s lower peninsula. The pool and adjoining pool deck were fully restored in 2012. After many years of gatherings and parties, the Great Hall and Sandbar Lounge roof went into disrepair in 2010, at which point it was fixed, adding supports and additional structure. The full restoration of this building was completed in 2012.

Was Sojourn Lakeside Resort (or its many names prior) a part of your family’s past? Do you have a photo of yourself or someone you know enjoying our grounds? We love hearing about past guests’ visits and stories. Please send your stories/photos to gather@sojournstay.com.

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Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
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Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
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Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
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Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
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Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
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Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
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Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
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Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
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Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Postcard
Vintage Postcard
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Detroit Free Press Fri  Jul 19  1963 (1)
Detroit Free Press Fri Jul 19 1963 (1)
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Historical Photo
Historical Photo
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Vintage Flyer
Vintage Flyer
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Historical Photo
Historical Photo
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Historical Photo
Historical Photo
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Historical Photo
Historical Photo
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Historical Photo
Historical Photo
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - 1989 Aerial
1989 Aerial
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - 1989 Aerial
1989 Aerial
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - 1989 Aerial
1989 Aerial
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - 1989 Aerial
1989 Aerial
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - 1989 Aerial
1989 Aerial
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Rebirth Of Resort By Kristi Kates 2018^Old Photo
Rebirth Of Resort By Kristi Kates 2018^Old Photo
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Smattering Of Brochures
Smattering Of Brochures
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - 1981 Aerial
1981 Aerial
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Aerial Map
Aerial Map
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Apr 1990 Ad
Apr 1990 Ad
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Aug 1959 Article
Aug 1959 Article
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Aug 2001 Former Owner Passes Away
Aug 2001 Former Owner Passes Away
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Aug 17 1952 Feature Article
Aug 17 1952 Feature Article
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Feb 1952 Article
Feb 1952 Article
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Jan 1963 Article
Jan 1963 Article
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Jul 1991 Flyer
Jul 1991 Flyer
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Jul 19 1963 Ad
Jul 19 1963 Ad
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - June 1948 Ad
June 1948 Ad
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - June 1983 Column
June 1983 Column
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Jun 10 1956 Article
Jun 10 1956 Article
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Mar 1962 Ad
Mar 1962 Ad
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - May 1952 Article
May 1952 Article
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - May 1965 Ad
May 1965 Ad
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Nov 1961 Ad
Nov 1961 Ad
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Nov 4 1962 Article
Nov 4 1962 Article
Sojourn Lakeside Resort (Gay El Rancho Ranch, El Rancho Stevens Ranch) - Oct 1956 Ski Area Opens
Oct 1956 Ski Area Opens
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