"First thing to know: this condo is HUGE, much larger and more spacious than the pictures suggest. Has an open first level floorplan including a huge kitchen, additional dining area with table that seats 8 and is open to the enormous family room. The family room offers a variety of options for seating: plenty of space for a family or group to spread out comfortably. The 3 bedrooms are large and each offers a large closet, as well. The decor and appliances, while not state-of-the-art, are clean, functioning and perfectly acceptable for a "cottage" type of vacation experience - and the rental management company is responsive and committed to your enjoyment.
Second thing to know: the private beach is PHENOMENAL -- you don't get *anything close* to this kind of beach from an in-town or Association rental ... It is expansive, SANDY, offers a woodsy 'washout' area for alternative to swimming for the kids (catch frogs!) and a spacious, recently renovated beach house w/ bathroom and huge deck with picnic tables. There is a pre-built campfire area and a bunch of grills for cooking dinners on the beach ... Having grown up spening my summers in a modest little cottage way out of town, I didn't believe access to this kind of beach/beauty was possible through a rental so near to town, so it was the most delightful surprise!!
As if that weren't enough, the additional 2 pools (one indoors!), playground, pincic areas, tennis courts and bicycle-friendly grounds provide so much opportunity for entertainment - all in one place - that you hardly want (or need) to venture out and into town ... But if you do want to, it is literally a 5-minute drive to downtown Harbor Springs - and fudge, and ice cream, and shopping, and drinks on Dudley's Deck, and more.
As someone who has spent many summers in and around the area, I can honestly say without hesitation that Harbor Cove offers the absolute best of the Northern Mighigan summertime vacation experience. My family enjoyed a wonderful week here, and we can't wait to come back!"
Guest: The Lyons Family
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: July 16, 2015