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Recent Michigan property reviews

  • Excellent cottage, beautiful spot

    "We stayed for a week at the end of August, our 3rd time coming here. The cottage is sweet, well maintained, very clean, pretty much as depicted. The little screen porch in the front is especially pleasant in the mornings and evenings. Cottage feels bright and open despite modest size. The beach area is gorgeous, very shallow, which helps with the water temps, which vary with wind. No getting around that it is Lake Superior (cold) but kids seem unphased. There is a beautiful wetlands behind the beac road which you can access by kayak from down the beacH (and see from the window). Nice mountain biking nearby in Calumet; nice road biking once you are off the gravel access roads. Access to food coop in Hancock, but other grocery store in nearby Hubble. Very nice walking beach all along Little Traverse Bay. Owner is very friendly and helpful about the area."
    Guest: HvB Date of Stay: August 2013 Review Submitted: September 9, 2013
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  • Overlooking Channel

    "Six of us stayed here during Venetian Week, and had a wonderful time. The condo was spacious and in a great location. The balcony was just feet from the Pine River and the boat traffic was fascinating to watch. Proximity to a coffee shop, restaurants, the pier, and Round Lake made it the perfect spot for our group. We would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in experiencing Charlevoix's downtown first hand."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: July 2013 Review Submitted: August 7, 2013
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  • VRBO rental 427288

    "We absolutely LOVED staying in this home! Upon our arrival everything was neat as a pin. The rooms were spacious and VERY TASTEFULLY decorated. The home itself was tucked away in a lovely area and was close to everything. We have rented a half a dozen homes over the years and this one was by far the BEST!! The home was listed on VRBO and was very accurate with regard to the photos posted. The owners provided a very detailed info sheet so we knew exactly what we were renting and how to properly close up the place at the end of our stay. We hope to rent this home again for one of our future MI. family vacations :)"
    Guest: Hayes Family Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 20, 2014
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  • Perfect dog-friendly getaway cabin

    "Orchard Hill was the perfect place to get away for us with our 2 dogs. There are trails on this property that run through the forest and past farm fields that are private and can fill hours and hours of walking. At night, we could see stars and stars and stars. It was out of the way enough to be extremely quiet but close enough to civilization for resupplying groceries or looking for wifi, restaurants and shopping. The cabin is gorgeous, clean and cutely-decorated. The owners are very easy to communicate with and are friendly and helpful. I contacted many properties both in Wisconsin and Michigan, but the owners called me not long after I sent a request for information, and we set up the reservation almost immediately. It was extremely easy!"
    Guest: Paula M. Date of Stay: August 2013 Review Submitted: August 24, 2013
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Michigan Travel Tips

Proud Michiganders refer to their state as “The Mitten” because of its shape. Also known as The Great Lakes State, it’s no surprise that some of the best places to vacation are near Lake Michigan. Here are some of the most wonderful:

Northwest Michigan

Northwest Michigan is a great vacation spot with ample attractions for both families and couples. Check out these two wonderful towns for a relaxing getaway:

Charlevoix

Charlevoix is a beautiful lakeside town with a Cape Cod feel. Here are some of the best things to do and see here:

- Fisherman’s Island State Park has miles of trails and serene beaches.

- Castle Farms was built in 1918 and the gardens here provide a gorgeous place to simply stroll. There’s also a museum, an enchanted forest and a train for the kids to ride.

- Hit the links at Dunmaglas or Belvedere golf clubs, which have stunning lake views.

Traverse City

Traverse City is more crowded than Charlevoix because it’s very popular due to the excellent wineries, shopping and lakeside attractions. Better yet, it’s famous for its cherry production, so you’ll find a lot of treats made from the sweet fruit here. If you’re looking for excitement and relaxation, check out these hot spots:

- Get your fill of delightful locally produced wines with a tasting and tour at some excellent vineyards and wineries, including Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, Bowers Harbor Vineyard, Shady Lane Cellars and Left Foot Charley.

- Head to the only commercial organic tea farm in North America - Light of Day Organic Farm.

- Soar above the waters of Lake Michigan with a thrilling ride from Traverse Bay Parasail or a private balloon tour from Grand Traverse Balloons.

- Sample some cherries and cherry-based treats from Cherry Republic. Bring some gifts home to family and friends!

- Catch a film or opera at the historic State Theatre, which was completely renovated and reopened by famous director Michael Moore in 2007.

- Go shopping in Sutton’s Bay, a quaint little town just a short drive north.

- Check out the National Cherry Festival during the first week of July and the Traverse City Film Festival during the first week of August.

Southwest Michigan

Southwest Michigan is a popular vacation destination for other Michiganders and locals from around the Midwest. Here are the top things to do in the most well-known destinations:

Kalamazoo

This big city in south central Michigan is the home of Western Michigan University. Here are the best things to do in Kalamazoo:

- Head to the Air Zoo for sky-high fun, where you can hop in a flight simulator, steer your very own bi-plane on a cool vintage ride, ride a 26-foot indoor Ferris wheel and even experience weightlessness.

- See fine art and history at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

- Grab breakfast or lunch at popular cafe Crow’s Nest, get dinner at quirky farm-to-table spot Food Dance and don’t miss sweet treats at Confections with Convictions and Sweetwater’s Donut Mill, which are simply divine.

Saugatuck

- Bask in the sun on the pristine sand at Oval Beach

- Catch an outdoor concert and river views at Wicks Park.

- In the summer, take a jeep tour and lay out on the untouched beaches of Saugatuck Dunes State Park, which boasts 850 acres. In the winter, go cross-country skiing on the miles of trails.

- Shop in the boutiques and grab lunch on historic Butler Street.

South Haven

- Hit the beaches and go back to nature at Van Buren State Park, the Kal Haven Trail and the historic South Haven Lighthouses.

- Go apple-picking and wine-tasting at McIntosh Orchards.

- Take a sailboat tour or lessons on beautiful Lake Michigan with Cat’s Meow Cruises or Sailing South Haven.

- Take an art class at the South Haven Center for the Arts.

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