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Cape Vincent woman realizing her dream of becoming an entrepreneur

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CAPE VINCENT — Tracylynn A. Wood, who works full-time as a computer technician at the Cape Vincent Correctional Facility, now has a second job: running her own summer-rental business.

She purchased three foreclosed cottages on the shore of Mud Bay at 2138 Humphrey Road with her husband — Alan N. — in May for $96,000 and completely renovated the properties that were long neglected by its former owners.

Mrs. Wood, now the proud owner of Lake Wood Cottages LLC, said contractors from Clayton were hired for the roughly $50,000 project and all of the construction material, as well as the furniture, were purchased from area stores.

“I always wanted to offer something that would help attract more people to our area,” she said. “But I also want this to be one of those success stories of a woman-owned business.”

Since the business opened June 22, a dozen guests have stayed at her cottages so far.

Each cottage has its own theme centered on birds seen in Mud Bay and were decorated and named — Red Eagle, White Swan and Blue Heron — accordingly, she said.

Red, white and blue also represent the colors of the American flag, and when reversed, they’re the colors of the French flag — a nod to Cape Vincent’s French heritage.

In following years, she said, Lake Wood Cottages hopes to offer special packages tied to events in the Thousand Islands region, such as the French Festival in Cape Vincent.

The cottages are fully furnished with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living area with a television. Each cottage can accommodate up to six people, Mrs. Wood said, two on each bed and two on a sleeper couch.

She said guests will find everything they’ll need at the cottages, from utensils, coffee makers and grills to rocking chairs.

The cost to rent a cottage is $125 per night — with a minimum two-night stay — $600 per week or $7,000 per season.

Lake Wood Cottages is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

“Come, stay and relax – that’s our motto,” Mrs. Wood said.

The cottages are located near Martin’s Marina Pier 2 and about five minutes by car from downtown Cape Vincent.

For more information, call Lake Wood Cottages at 654-3695 or visit: www.lakewoodcottages.com.

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