"Despite the previous reviewer's complaints, we booked this cottage, as the price was ideal for the location.
There are docks all along the lake, but there is a public access area at the end of the road and a little bit of sand for kids to dig and play. The water is crystal clear, thus the name, and is shallow enough to enjoy a pretty large area of water between the docks. Bring a kayak or paddleboard and enjoy the lake. There are several rental businesses in the area, too, many of whom will deliver to you.
A very nice public beach is a short bike ride along the Betsie Trail or drive into Beulah, which was our family's preference. A larger, beautiful beach on Lake Michigan is in Frankfort by the lighthouse.
The bath and bedroom ceilings are low, but my 6'2" husband managed just fine. Could be awkward for someone taller than 6'4", but with a decent attitude, it's manageable.
We did bring bottled water to drink, which served us well on our adventures, too. We have well water at home and struggle with the same issues of smell and taste, so we worked around it.
The property is shaded by mature trees. A Weber charcoal grill is on site and was fun to use (we bought our own bricks at the grocery). The neighbors are quiet and kind. Despite being on a public access road to the lake, it was not busy and no one was disruptive. We felt very safe during our week.
We enjoyed a lot of biking and hiking up at Sleeping Bear Dunes and a couple of visits to Glen Arbor. We took several bike rides on the Betsie Trail. We weren't fans of the ride from Beulah to Thompsonville, as it was a very rough path, but the area between Beulah and Frankfort was nice. For the serious rider, 22 miles of trail would be very enjoyable. Use an app such as Map My Ride or a Garmin and log some miles!
As with any rental, you may need to restock some supplies or bring your own from home. After having used Home Away / VRBO for 8 years, I keep a list of what I should bring or plan to purchase at a local grocery. The Family Fare grocery in Frankfurt met our needs for eating in and the kitchen was stocked enough for easy and simple meals.
We enjoyed this area and our stay very much!!"
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: August 4, 2015