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Recent West Central reviews

  • Great place!

    "We had a great time during our stay at the Owl's Perch. The house was spacious and incredibly clean. It was a quick walk to the beach, pier, and lighthouse. I would highly recommend this house to any family. It easily accommodates up to fourteen people."
    Guest: jo d. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 5, 2014
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  • Thanksgiving family getaway

    "Each year, my family including my husband, children, mother and father-in-law, as well as my brother-in-law and his family, chooses a place to getaway for Thanksgiving. We have gone to several places along Lake Michingan, and Golden Dunes was, by far, the best place we have ever stayed. It was just perfect for the amount of people we had, and everyone slept comfortably. The shared living space was amazing and comfortable for all 10 of us. I had the luxury of making the loft/master suite ours for the weekend, and that log bed and huge shower were the highlights of my trip. When we woke Thursday morning we watched the most beautiful snowfall through the tall windows. The cabin is in the woods, but the view to Lake Michigan is spectacular. The kitchen was well stocked with cookware, and our turkey dinner went off without a hitch. The children were able to play with fun wooden toys inside or go out exploring in the woods and build snow forts, while we sat by a fireplace and read books or watched television. This was truly the most spectacular family friendly place we have ever rented during the holidays. We are familiar with the area and knew that not much would be open during the holiday, but a quick trip south to Muskegon allowed us to see a movie in Norton Shores. Ludington is even closer. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to relax, as well as enjoy the outdoors. We will definitely be back."
    Guest: Laura Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 2, 2014
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  • Perfect Vacation Home!!

    "Our family of 5 (2 adults and 3 kids under 10) stayed here for a long weekend in June. The house was better than advertised! VERY family friendly. It's located in a great location with easy bike (which they provide) rides to the water. This will be the only place we will ever stay at from now on when visiting Grand Haven!"
    Guest: michael g. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 16, 2014
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  • Perfect Vacation

    "This house & location were everything I hoped for & more. The house is lovely & feels just like my fantasy of a summer home near the Lake. The trail through the woods to the beach is a fairyland, beautiful, quiet & unpeopled; great for biking & running. The beaches are so close & you have your choice of protected inland Duck Lake with warm water or Lake Michigan which is not so warm but absolutely lovely with a lagoon that's warm & safe for children: the best of both worlds. Cycling through the State Park on paved, deserted roads surrounded by woods was a joy. The landlords, Peter & Jan are delightful & most helpful; they feel like old friends immediately! Squeaky, the cat is glorious; he has morning coffee with you on any of the three porches & has the loudest purr of any cat I've met. All the beds are most comfortable & it's very quiet. We all loved everything about the place & I have already signed us up for next year. It was a perfect vacation! Thank you so much!"
    Guest: Rita Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 9, 2014
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West Central Travel Tips

Visiting Michigan’s West Central Region

West Central Michigan covers the counties of Lake, Mecosta, Newaygo, Mason and Osceola. Its major destinations are Grand Rapids and Grand Haven vacation rentals, along with Spring Lake. To get here, visitors may find Gerald R. Ford Airport, near Grand Rapids, a convenient entry point. US Highway 31 runs along the coast of West Central Michigan, with US Highway 10 connecting the region to Interstate 75.

The weather here ranges from very warm, humid summers to very cold, snowy, winters. The weather is affected by nearby Lake Michigan, pushing the temperatures up in summer and down in winter. This area is perfect for relaxing family holidays with much to do and see, whether it is the sun and sand or the deep snow and great skiing.

Fun in the Sun and Sand or Snow

Choosing a lakeside home in West Central Michigan will be perfect for fishing. Grand Haven is known as the most chartered boat port on Lake Michigan, with varieties of salmon, trout, perch and bass. Visitors will find lots of fishing options, from the shore of the lake, on a boat or heading inland to one of the rivers around the area.

Of course, for families, West Central Michigan lodging near the lake makes a perfect environment for children. Long, hot summer days can be spent along the shoreline, enjoying the water and playing in the sand. Pick up a kite at Mackinaw Kites and Toys and the children can spend hours flying their kites along the sandy beaches.

Winters here bring the perfect conditions for sports such as cross-country skiing, with over 3,000 miles of trails to explore. There are green, blue and black diamond runs for those who love downhill skiing. If snowmobiling is your preferred activity, you will find a West Central Michigan vacation home is close to over 30,000 miles of undeveloped trails in the state and federal forests.

What Adventures Await near West Central Michigan Vacation Rentals

While the beaches are wonderful and visitors may be tempted to spend each and every day just enjoying the lake, there is a variety of other excursions and trips around the region. The Tri-Cities Historical Museum has Native American and early settler exhibits. Here, visitors can discover more about early medicine, agriculture, maritime activities, and the life of a lumberjack. Best of all, it is free! A great day for children is a day at Imagination Station with its large outdoor play area. For an activity day, head to Yogi Bears Fun Zone for miniature golf, bumper boats and miniature golf. Zoos are always popular with children and a visit to the 110-acre John Ball Zoological Garden is worth a visit to see over 1,000 different animals.

One "not to be missed" trips should be the Gerald R. Ford Museum. The children may not be enthusiastic but once they arrive, they will change their minds. Here visitors can walk through the Oval Office, attend a White House State Dinner and even see the actual burglar tools used during the Watergate scandal! It is truly a living history day.

West Central Michigan has many miles of abandoned railroad tracks which have now been made into bike trails. The rides take visitors through beautiful woodland, wetlands, across rivers and around Lake Michigan. Even non-cyclists will enjoy biking in such beautiful surroundings and it is a great activity for families.

Why Choose West Central Michigan Lake Houses?

There are many reasons why visitors choose to rent a home here rather than opting for other types of accommodation. Two of the main ones are freedom and space. These properties offer the freedom to come and go as you please and the space to relax after returning from a great day of adventures. Each home is well-equipped with everything necessary for a great home environment. Many go that little bit further and provide renters with wonderful additional luxuries, such as DVDs, games systems and BBQs. Visitors may find their vacation home is so comfortable, they will not want to leave it!

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