PEMBINE, Wisc. (WLUC) - After being closed for three years and under construction for one, the Four Seasons Resort is about ready to open its doors again.
The historic building was built in the early 1900s and they say they want to keep that history alive.
"It's very important to keep the original architecture intact, making sure that when you come onto the island, you experience what they felt in the 1920s, 1930s, 40s and throughout the history of this property,” James Montie, Area Director of Lodging Operations, told TV6 News. “That's what we want to replicate and recreate."
"We tried to keep the history of this property intact,” General Manager Jake Cline said. “We only really added flooring and we did a lot of touch up paint. We didn't really change the rooms too much, the rooms were really nice. They're luxury suites, it's an all-suite hotel."
To help keep that history alive, the resort even brought back some old employees.
"It's nice to be back and to bring it back to where it was,” past employee and Director of Food and Beverage, Mike Lofman, said. “People kind of lost interest in it when it was being ran before. We're trying to get the interest back in here, get the people more involved, get the locals more involved that's what we're after. It's going to be an experience for everybody."
That experience is starting now for some people. The resorts has been doing soft openings on the weekends for the last few weeks.
"The feedback has been absolutely phenomenal thus far,” Montie said. “We've gotten so many calls from people who have stayed here many years ago that have come here for a wedding and it's just rehashing those old memories."
Those soft openings will continue until their grand opening in mid-