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Lodging options expand in Whalan


By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Progress Edition

Cycle Up Inn adds another lodging option for Whalan. Photo by Morgan McManimon-Myers



Those traveling through Whalan may have noticed two additions to the community landscape – Willow Cottage along Main Street, and Cycling Up Inn on Bench street, overlooking the golf course. Both buildings are available as rental lodgings and are packed with the latest amenities.

Willow Cottage is the newest addition to Cedar Valley Resort, a family business run by Larry and Cheryl Johnson, as well as their daughter Brittney Smith and son Lucas Johnson. The resort will be entering its fifteenth season this May. Originally opening with three cabins, the resort has grown into a family-friendly getaway, providing anywhere from three bedroom cabins up to eight bedroom cabins that can accommodate 16 to 40 people.

Brittney Smith graduated from Winona State University with a degree in business, and started full time at the resort after graduation. Her brother Lucas Johnson is currently a junior at Iowa State University studying construction engineering. According to dad Larry Johnson, the two degrees complement the purpose of the resort, and the addition of Willow Cottage was their chance to “get their feet wet” in the development facet of the family business.

According to Johnson, “the kids came up with the idea of building town homes – including the community look rather than the resort ‘log-cabin’ look”. Smith chimed in, describing how the style of the new Willow Cottage reflects that of the other buildings in Whalan, including the stone and siding exterior. “It’s a different architecture style,” she states, “more of a home-like style, but still a lot of wood and resort-type things on the inside.” They mentioned the more town-home feel of the building may lend itself well to the option of being sold back into the community in the future.

The structure is a six-bedroom town home that may be split into two three-bedroom cottages, with a 19’ by 42’ common room in back that serves as a connection between the two homes. Willow Cottage’s large windows and thoughtfully planned exterior contain many other amenities, including 5,600 square feet of handicap-accessible space, six full bathrooms and two half-baths, two completely modern kitchens, two great rooms, air conditioning, in-floor heat, stone fireplaces on both sides of the home, and outdoor fire pits, grills, and picnic tables. Another selling point is that it is located directly across the street from Whala .....
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Whalan City council confirms officers, plans for 2015

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council began the new year at its January 12, 2015, meeting by swearing in its officers and confirming a slate of official business connections. Returning Mayor Larry Johnson and Council members Everett Johnson and Jim Gustavson were ..... 
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Whalan council approves 2015 tax levy at December 8 Meeting

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan city council voted at its December 8, 2014 meeting to approve the town’s 2015 tax levy increase at 2 percent, as previously discussed at its October council meeting. By law, that proposed tax could have been adjusted downward by the c ..... 
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Whalan’s emergency siren silenced; repairs underway, council learns

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

Whalan’s “emergency siren” is currently not working, but plans are underway for corrective measures to change that, the Whalan City Council learned at its monthly meeting on October 13. An apparent water leak at the top of the siren pole, a le ..... 
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39th Annual Fastpitch Tournament

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Sports

“Strike! Ball! You’re out! Safe!” were often heard at Whalan’s Fastpitch Tournament, on July 4, 5 and 6. We had three beautiful days, probably the best weather in our 39 years of hosting the tournament. That, along with some good games, goo ..... 
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Whalan City Council talks town improvements and house demolition

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the regular monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council that took place on Monday, July 14, a number of items were discussed and actions were approved. Present at the meeting were Mayor Larry Johnson, Everett Johnson, Jim Gustavson, David Rahn, Ma ..... 
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July 4th Whalan fastpitch tournament

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Sports

What comes to mind when you think of the Fourth of July? Hopefully, the birth of our great country, the United States of America. Do you also think fireworks? Picnics? Family gatherings? Another thing many people in our area equate with July Fourth ..... 
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Stand Still Parade, new trail map highlight Whalan’s June council meeting

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, June 9, the council received positive news on a number of recent projects and events. The Stand Still Parade Committee presented their final financial report to the Council, showing a net profit of $3,09 ..... 
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Whalan Trail town map “given” to city

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Business Announcements

On Friday, June 6, a special ceremony was held in Whalan to officially “give” the new Trail Town map to the City. “We want to thank Tri-County Electric for making this possible,” said Wes Harding, Whalan’s representative on the Trail Town ..... 
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