After 15 years of owning Diamond Lake Resort, Brian and Janice Smith have sold the 80-acre property as they plan for retirement. Though the Smiths will close escrow sometime next week, the pair said they will be sticking around for a little while to train and transfer the property over to a “younger, more energetic group.”
In a letter written by the Smiths and posted to the resort’s Facebook Page, they said the decision to sell came as the couple realized “… it was time for us to seek out the next chapter of our lives while we still have our health.”
The letter continued, “A wonderful group has proposed a purchase of the resort and we have accepted. We feel that this group will continue our vision for the property and will take it to the next level.”
According to the Smiths, they will work with a transition team “to make the transfer as transparent and seamless as possible.”
Though Janice Smith declined to name the new owners until the sale is finalized, she said the new team was a “younger and more energetic group” that had assured the Smiths that all reservations, leases and pricing will be honored as it currently stands.
Additionally, the new owners have agreed to leave the 2021 calendar of events and theatre schedule unchanged.
Smith said she wasn’t sure whether the new owners had plans to change the name of the resort, or leave it as is.
“We feel that this group will continue our vision for the property and will take it to the next level,” the letter reads.
Smith said Diamond Lake Resort had been on the market for quite a while, but that her family knew it wouldn’t be easy to sell a campground that encompassed 14 different businesses. After closing, the Smiths will have 90 days to vacate the property and their home, she said.
While the family is looking forward to what comes next in their lives, Smith said selling Diamond Lake Resort was an emotional process for everyone involved.
“You all have been a blessing to us and our family these past 15 years,” the couple wrote in the letter. “It was always our mission to create lasting memories for you and your family at Diamond Lake Resort. It’s our intention to stay in touch and stay local.”