Built in 1997 the Abineau Lodge was first named the Sled Dog Inn. Owners Wendy and Jaime offered guided outdoor adventures to guests including dog sledding, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, cross country skiing and more.
In 2002 the couple decided to slow down their hectic pace and focus on less physically demanding aspects of the B&B lifestyle.
In 2006 the inn was sold to Steve and Joe who operated it for 3 years before deciding that the B&B business was not what they wanted to do with their lives and Wendy and Jaime bought the business back from them in 2009.With the repurchase of the inn, we decided that it was time for a change of name that still reflected our love of the outdoors but had less of an active connotation. We selected the name Abineau Lodge because the Abineau Trail on the north side of the San Francisco Peaks is one of our favorite hiking trails and it was named after one of the original explorers of the Flagstaff area. Like the Lodge, the Abineau Trail is less well known and less travelled than trails that are closer to downtown Flagstaff. Although it takes more time and a bit of route finding to get to the trail it is worth it once you're there. Just like the Abineau Lodge.
One of the consequences of the original sale in 2006 was that both Wendy and Jaime developed their other businesses and so have had less time to devote to innkeeping. Jaime is a general contractor who owns his own construction company called Northern Design Services. That business keeps him so busy that he has no time or energy left to participate in the operations of the bed and breakfast-although he is essential to its maintenance, repair and modifications that Wendy requests!
Wendy went back to practicing law as a sole practitioner and maintains a law office on site. She devotes 50% of her time to that practice and 50% to the operation of the Lodge. As of July 2017 Wendy will be working full time as an appellate attorney for the Yuma County Public Defender and will no longer be actively managing the Lodge.
As a result, we modified our daily operations to allow guests greater self sufficiency and reduced our rates to account for the reduction in hands on services without reducing our quality. We also reduced the number of available overnight rooms to a more manageable number from our original 10.
In 2016 we were lucky to find Melita Crane who herself had decided that she no longer wanted to work in a corporate environment and has since left her employment with Gore to become the manager of the Lodge. While it is unlikely that you will see much of either Jaime or Wendy while you stay at the Lodge, Melita is here to assist you.
An interesting fact about the property is that it was the first homestead in Mountainaire and was operated as a dairy farm for years. The original log cabin, built in the late 1800s is still standing behind the barn. The barn itself is an historic structure built on half walls of loosely mortared stacked rocks, it bears the teeth marks of bored horses that chewed on the wooden poles holding up the roof.
In keeping with the history of the property, the Lodge was built using substantial amounts of antique, reclaimed lumber in the great rooms. The pine flooring in the dining room on the floor and ceiling was reclaimed when the original Sears Catalog building in Chicago was torn down; rough sawn posts and the mantel piece in the bar were reclaimed from a demolished railroad trestle in Utah; and the hand rail on the staircase as well as the ceiling decking in the entry came from a cotton gin in Georgia. The east wall of the bar, around the rock fireplace, was wood we picked up from the wreckage of an out building next the log cabin. Although it looked like junk when it was on the ground, a quick trip through the planer revealed remarkably intact boards suitable for inclusion in the Lodge itself.