Jake purchased the resort from his parents in 1972 and the Cleerwood Village Condominiums were built that winter and opened in July 1973. He married Sue Satran of Eagle River in 1976. Since that time, 5 cottages have been removed. 1983 brought a major renovation of the Main Lodge – new entrance, front desk/office, a gift shop, and much larger bathrooms! There was also a facelift of the cocktail lounge, which included new carpet, yet preserving the cozy ambiance of old. The lower level of this addition, known as “Bombardier Room”, is presently our Conference/Banquet Room for approximately 80 people.

We pride ourselves in keeping the Inn in top condition, from continual updating, redecorating, remodeling, and adding new amenities to meet the needs of our 21st Century guests. As a result, we have received Property of the Year and Honorable Mention by the Wisconsin Innkeepers Association. Jake was among those honored in the American Snowmobile Who’s Who, two years in a row. In 2003, the First Annual Lemans Car & Truck Race was held on Dollar Lake ice in early January. We were selected as #3 for Best Individual Resort and #2 for Best Individual Restaurant by Snow Goer Magazine, nationally.

Our Inn has DirecTv for our guests as well as complimentary High Speed Internet Service. The Chanticleer Inn is honored to be the host resort for the annual USAdult Hockey sanctioned Pond Hockey Tournament, held on Dollar Lake. It began with 40 teams on 6 rinks hosted in 2006, growing yearly to 300+ teams by 2013. The flurry of action on Dollar Lake for the three day tournament has become a community effort, benefiting local businesses and organizations.

The Inn was awarded the great honor of Best of the Road in the Rand McNally Atlas in 2008. 2013 marked the 50th Anniversary of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby, originally held on Dollar Lake in 1964 & 1965. The award winning Chanticleer Inn Restaurant continues its traditions, having earned the Rave Award from Northern Action Magazine in 1991 and in 2005 and the Restaurant of the Month choice destination award by Discover Wisconsin, further promoting the Inn’s popularity. 1991 marked the date that the Restaurant was rebuilt, increasing the capacity to 125! Come by car, boat, ATV/UTV, or snowmobile, tourists and locals alike, to enjoy the mouth-watering cuisine in our Restaurant as well as our famous waterside Beer Garden for delicious grilled lunches in the Summer.

Jake and Sue are committed to continuing a tradition of excellence of this 2nd Generation, Family-Owned Resort and preserving the natural beauty of its scenic 30+ acres bordering on the famous Eagle River/Three Lakes 28 Chain of Lakes and the pristine shores of private Dollar Lake. This could account for our guest list including addresses from around the world.

Currently the 3rd and 4th Generations of the Alward Family (Jake and Sue’s Children and Grand Children) have moved on to their own careers. Jen returned to the North Woods area to pursue her career as an Art Therapist and Marriage & Family counselor. She works at Northland Counseling in Eagle River. Jes married Ben Post in May of 2003 and resides in Minneapolis with their 2 precious children, Jayden and Josie. Jes is self-employed (Balanced Life Therapeutic Massage). She integrates her athletic training and Massage Therapy, specializing in Connective Tissue Massage, while Ben works at Urban Home Works (www.urbanhomeworks.org) as Associate Director. Janlee, who married Zach Johnson in 2010, resides in Buena Vista, CO, where they both are employed by Frontier Ranch, a Youth Life Camp. Janlee is Director of Retail and Zach is Head of Guest Services. Rob and his wife, Ann, married since 2013, reside in Eden Prairie, MN with their 2 precious children, John and Catherine. Rob is a Pilot for Delta and Ann retired Spring ’17 from Teaching, to stay at home with their children. All bless us with their presence when time permits. Their hearts are still at the Resort.