"My family who lives out in the Western US came to Michigan for a family reunion. Many had not been to this area before the reunion, but I told them all that anything outdoors we would want to do, we could do in Michigan, and so they came. In the end we had 21 people from four siblings families and my parents. We needed a place that could hold all of us. After looking into several properties, I discovered Walled Lake Lodge. The owners have been wonderful to work with over the past year to plan this. They were very accommodating with our arrival and use of their property. I personally viewed a number of potential places, and it was clear after visiting, that this was the right place for our reunion. Here is why.
1. It is spacious. There are so many gathering areas-the main great room, the screened porch, the loft area, the second family room/game room, and then of course the outdoor property. We were able to all be together but in different pockets doing different things. But when we wanted to all play a game, or eat or talk, we could do so. That was a big plus to us.
2. It is isolated. It takes a bit to get there and to get out, but we found everything we would want to do, we could do there--hiking, biking, floating on the river, swimming in the lake, fishing, boating. We could do it all there. And, there were no neighbors to hear or to annoy but the animals (the coyotes were pretty active and loud one night, and the eagle stared at us from his tree throughout the week). We could sing around our campfire without bothering anyone and without being bothered.
3. The grounds and lake are awesome. The water was warm enough to float or swim in, and the lake was small enough and calm enough to paddle all over but large enough to use and enjoy. We rented a jet ski for the week, and it was perfect to have to use at the lake. The grounds are flat to and from the property which made it easy for small children and older folks with knee issues. We set up badminton/volleyball and ladder golf and played around in the yard. We loved sitting on the dock, fishing from the dock, and chatting on the dock. The water is so clear and beautiful.
4. The property is set up to really allow you to relax and have fun. The owners have really gone out of their way to make the place nice and accommodating with extras that are wonderful-kitchen appliances, space, things to use and enjoy, and there is a clear sense that they love their place and want you to love it. And we did!"
Guest: Jim B.
Date of Stay: July 2014
Review Submitted: August 5, 2014