Welcome to Dick & Dolly’s vacation rental home
on Thunder Lake in Rhinelander, WI
4068 Lake Creek Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501
For many natives of Wisconsin during the mid 20th century, supper club dining was a bedrock of family and social gatherings. These fine-dining restaurants were always family-owned, served (overly) generous portions of fried, freshwater fish (perch, walleye, bluegill), steaks, broasted chicken, along with the much-sought-after salad bar and relish tray. Wisconsin cheese and butter were the centerpiece of the appetizer portion of the meal.
People dressed up when they went to supper clubs. Supper clubs provided hard-working Wisconsinites with a venue to relax in the evening or after a long work-week with friends, family, bar acquaintances (and of course the bartender and staff) over rounds of brandy old fashioneds or cold Wisconsin beer until their table was ready. (Wine drinkers were usually met with a jug of Riunite or Ernest & Julio Gallo.) On special occasions, the party might reconvene at the bar after dinner for a round of Brandy Alexanders, Grasshoppers or Pink Ladies.
There were always kiddie cocktails for the kids and plenty of quarters for them to feed the pinball machine, foosball table, juke box or pool table. And one thing was for sure–nobody went home hungry and “doggy bags” were a staple of the experience.
Similar to independent retailers on Main Street, most family-owned supper clubs were squeezed out of the modern economy over the past decades by large companies and chain restaurants who offered cheaper prices and faster dining experiences to an ever more harried consumer.
For this reason, we are honored to welcome you and your family and friends to Dick & Dolly’s vacation rental property, home to the iconic Dick & Dolly’s Supper Club from 1966-1985. It is our goal to provide you with all the comforts of luxury lodging while transporting you back to the mid 20th century supper club ambience of lake country in northern Wisconsin.
The Amenities section of this site lists the substantial investments that were made to provide you with an authentic experience. And check out the list of Local Restaurants elsewhere on the site to help you funnel your dollars to the best local, independent dining options nearby.
Dick & Dolly’s offers weekly renters 3 bedroom/2 bath accommodations, ideally positioned on the Rhinelander chain of lakes.
We look forward to welcoming you to Dick & Dolly’s.
Also check out our new property opening soon: Dick & Dolly’s Cottage! To begin booking in Summer, 2022.