Where it all started.

In June 1946 the first cabin was completed!

Earl & Marie Vinyard and their son Don lived in Springfield Ohio. Before their son left for the war, they all sat down and decided that if Don returned from the war, they would sell everything and move to northern Minnesota and build a resort. When Don returned, they kept their promise and moved to Grand Rapids.

They cleared the land with a two-man saw and had the logs hauled to Grand Rapids to be milled. The cabins were built from the logs, including the knotty pine interiors. Their son married Irene Hawkinson and the four of them built the first four cabins.

One evening Marie and Irene went to a movie called "Leave Her to Heaven" staring Cornel Wild. Cornel was the author that had a hideaway where he goes to do his writing. He called his hideaway "Back o' the Moon". The movie took place on Bass Lake in Deer Lake, Maine. That evening when Marie and Irene returned home they all decided that the resort should be called "Back o' the Moon Resort".

In June 1946, according to one of our customers who was with his parents at the time, the first cabin was completed and a second was half done.

In 1952 the resort was sold to Ed Jones from Illinois, with four cabins.

In 1954 the resort was sold again to Bob and Goldie Shideler from Norton, Kansas. During their 35+ years of ownership, Bob and Goldie raised their two children, Bob and Mary, who still live in the Grand Rapids area. They also added two more cabins and made major improvements like winterizing the water system.

Ron and Shirley Mickelson purchased the resort in the Spring of 1990. They moved to the resort from Grand Meadow, Minnesota where Shirley drove school bus and Ron worked at IBM in Rochester. Their oldest daughter Robin and son Rodney stayed behind to raise their families. Kristie, their youngest daughter, moved here with them. Ron and Shirley retired in the Spring of 2003, selling the resort to Steve and Kim Tomberlin.

A new chapter

We are excited to meet everyone and start a new chapter in the Back O' The Moon Resort history book.

Through the years, the resort name has brought many interesting people. They have traveled from Australia, Holland, and Japan. We are looking forward to continuing the traditions of the resort, as well as starting new ones of our own.

Our Mission

"Our mission is to make each and every one of our guests feel at home while on vacation and that Back O' The Moon Resort will be the resort they will want to come back to year after year." - Dean, Tina, Abby and Sam Anderson