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Recent Michigan reviews

  • honeymooners

    "My new husband and I had a wonderful time here. It was peaceful, private and relaxing. Just what we were looking for after the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. Everything we needed was included. Steve and Sue were great hosts and very helpful. The cabin was very clean and well kept. Thank you so much!"
    Guest: Newlyweds Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 8, 2014
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  • Huge Lake and Great Location

    "The lake is nearly 2000 acres and had no other boating traffic (Even on the Weekend!). We enjoyed the walk out shoreline and having the state park close by we were able to use the sandy beach with our small children. The cottage was in close proximity to the sand dunes and downtown Travers City which was nice to go to for shopping and fine dinning."
    Guest: Dennis Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 25, 2014
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  • Relaxing Family Get-Away!

    "My husband and our 13 month old toddler stayed in the Harmony House for a week. We are big fans of VRBO and use it often for family trips. We searched many rentals online before finding Harmony House, and we were not disappointed! Just a short walk from town, we rarely used our car over our week stay...the paved trail into Saugatuck is GREAT, and was easy to navigate with a stroller and even some shopping bags! We grilled out several nights, and enjoyed the back screened porch. A quiet, peaceful area which provided our family with relaxation away from the "hubbub" of the city where we live! The cabin was rustic, but child friendly, we have a toddler, so this is a must! Some re-done rentals don't have actual bath tubs...which makes it difficult to bathe a toddler...but this one has a tub in one of the bathrooms. Yeah! Lots of dishes, kitchen tools, pans etc. Great customer service from the owners. Cute separate guest house...we hope to stay next year and utilize it as well!"
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 9, 2014
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  • Perfect for a quite girls weekend

    "A group of six of us stayed here for two nights for a low-key bachelorette getaway. It is the perfect place to relax, enjoy the sun, chat, and sip drinks by the pool. We arrived before the busy holiday weekend so we were the only ones in the building. The owners greeted us when we arrived and were friendly. The condo itself is clean, updated and well-maintained. We traveled from Chicago and we didn't need to bring any items to make two meals each day (but food of course) - the kitchen is well stocked. The pool is gorgeous, plenty of comfortable lounge chairs and the hot tub was great as well. You can walk to plenty of downtown Douglas restaurants and shops, though we loved the condo so much we hung out there nearly the whole time. Oval Beach is just a short drive/bike ride away. Downtown Saugatuck is just over the bridge as well - lots of dining options there too. I would caution however, that although this condo is advertised as "sleeps 12" - there is just no way. Yes, there are 12 places for people to lay down but it would be way too crowded. We had three adult women in each room and spaced was maxed out. If you want some privacy, I would not recommend more than two couples or 1 large family in this unit. The building would be a great option to rent multiple units for a larger gathering. There is a lot of nice common space down by the pool and around the decks."
    Guest: Lindsey M Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 24, 2014
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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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