About the property
- Cabin800 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Front Cabins, sleep 5-7 in beds plus pull out w/1 Bath, Lodge sleeps 7-12 1 Bath
Nestled in the pines, down a two track lane are these enchanting rustic cabins sitting on the banks of Birch Lake. Located just minutes from Elk Rapids, Traverse City, Charlevoix and Schuss Mountain and Shanty Creek. Turtle Creek Casino is only 20 minutes away. Boat, water ski, fish and swim beautiful Birch Lake surrounded by nature at it's best. No TV, No Phone, just you and the nature around you. Perfect for the affordable family vacation! Available by the night in early and late season, by the week in the summer.
Close to Elk Lake, Torch Lake and the entire Chain of Lakes. Access up to 9 lakes connected by rivers with just one boat ride. Make sure and visit the Famous Torch Lake Sandbar and the south end of Torch Lake. Where locals and vacationers gather to visit and have fun.
Discounted rates in October
Pet friendly with $50 of $100 pet fee refundable if you clean up after your pet, neighbors are not pet friendly so you will need to contain your pet while here.
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- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 09, 2018
I live in the Florida Keys but spent my childhood summers on Elk Lake and look forward all year to returning to Birch and Traverse bay region in the summer!
Debra purchased this Cabin in 2008
Why Debra chose Elk Rapids
These cabins reminded me of nearby Camp Maplehurst. The idea here is for multiple families to vacation together without having to share space for living all of the time, this spot will take you back to summer camp or the roadside individual cabins of the 50's and 60's.
What makes this Cabin unique
One of the best attributes of Birch Lake is its clear, sandy bottom, perfect for little ones to play in while also being all sports lake. It is also a shallow lake which tends to make it warmer for kids (and adults!) You can fish, water ski or just float in Birch Lake!
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Fun, relaxing family vacation spot!
We had a great week at Tricks Retreat! Slight issue upon arrival was taken care of by Debra ASAP and we couldn't have been happier as a result. The lake is quiet and my kids loved using the paddleboat and paddle boards available on site. The cabins are super close to Elk Lake where we enjoyed the Wednesday night street vendors and were able to spend time with friends on their boat fishing the bay. Traverse City is so close too, for rainy day options. The lodge worked out great for us, and the yellow cabin is really cute, too! We are definitely considering a return trip next summer!!! THANKS!
Thank you for the great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed your time at the cabin and I am especially grateful of your patience and am happy we were able to resolve the issue quickly. We hope to see you back again in the future.
Nice lodge with beautiful lake
Definitely will be going back there again. Just wish we wouldn't have to take care of the garbage so much, meaning buying blue bags and taking them to the compactor.
I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and the cabins and want to come back again. Thank you so much for taking such good care of the cabin and I will make sure we get some extra blue bags for next season, and I am sorry that you had to purchase them. I hope you Enjoy the rest of your summer
A nice cottage but had a few problems
The cabin we stayed at on Birch Lake was large and fully equipped to accommodate a group of about 6-7 people even though it said that it slept 10. There was only one large bed and the others were twin size, couches or an air mattress in the loft. There was plenty of space. The area itself was very peaceful and quiet. The problems I had was that the oven stopped working half way through our week and I also felt that the cabin was not very clean. There is too much "stuff" in the cabin which gives it an unattractive look. I think that if the cabins get a thorough cleaning and some of the stuff that is not needed gets removed, it will look more appealing. There are plenty of games and activities to keep children busy but many of the games were missing pieces. Book are there for reading pleasure but they need to be updated. It seems that people just leave what they don't want to take home at the cabin. The price is right for a week stay there and the local towns do offer a lot to do.
Thank you for your candid review, we hope you understand that getting a stove fixed in family owned cabins with no on site manager can be challenging. With your friends who stayed last year being in the cabin next to you with a working stove, and the grills and fire places, we were thankful you would be less uncomfortable about the delay in getting Sears to fix the stove.
Your point about the beds is also true, the lodge is more of a bunk house than an stately log cabin, It can sleep 9 in real beds, no air mattresses, if you count the memory foam pull out couch and 10 if you count the extra comfortable couch next to it. In addition, the trundle beds can be raised to sit next to the single bed next to it. We only mention the extra room because kids do adore the upstairs loft area that is not counted in the real bed count.
Each week, our team of family and friends do the best we can to clean out the dust and the old games, pamphlets and books. There were family friends in the lodge after your stay and they did see all of those well loved games that need to be tossed because of missing pieces. We will be happy to make an effort to thin out the old items to make our mini lodge appear bigger!
Tricks Retreat is my family's home away from home.
These cabins, and vacationing "Up North", have become some of the most meaningful times for my family. There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing the joy my father gets from doing his various projects around the property and then getting to see him sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of his labor. Not only does he get to enjoy it, we all get to enjoy it as friends and family gather for great quality time spent TOGETHER without the interference from TV, computers, video games, & cell phones, even when we bring them we rarely use them. The board games get used as the grandkids sit around and beat Papa at Sorry & Battleship, the kitchen table is actually used for gathering at meal time, the back decks get used as a place for adults to gather for a cocktail and chat while the kids enjoy their time swimming and paddle boarding, and the fire pits get used for late night s'mores, stars & story/joke telling. There really is just nothing about this place to complain about! I am so thankful Tricks Retreat has become the place that my family will continue making memories for many years to come!!!
Your experiences at Tricks ReTreat are exactly what we were after when we decided to start renting these 1950's cabins again. A place for families to get together and be a family!!! Thanks for sharing your experience, we are so glad you plan to return every year!
Unique and Wonderful Northwoods Experience!
We were looking for a last-minute peaceful Northwoods cabin that would accept pets, and Trick's Retreat was perfect! The description and photos in the listing are very accurate, booking was easy and correspondence with the property management was exceptional. The 1950's cabins are very cozy and well-appointed with amenities, yet rustic enough to provide a real nature getaway. The retro vibe in the Yellow Cabin was homey and relaxing, you could almost picture a '57 Chevy in the driveway. Birch Lake is beautiful with crystal clear water and awesome sunsets. Very nice deck and campfire area. No TV a big plus! We enjoyed reading, crocheting, listening to music as well as watching the birds at the feeder, waterfowl on the lake including a loon and a sandhill crane, deer that crossed the drive each night, squirrels and owls. Lots of hiking and outdoor opportunities, plus Farmers' Markets, orchards, unique shops, and excellent restaurants nearby. Did not want to leave, and sure will be back!
Wow! We could not be happier that you found our cabins and enjoyed our retro touches and close to nature feel. We hope you will return year after year to "your" cabin in the north woods. Please let us know if there is anything that we could add to make your next trip just as magical.
Very relaxing getaway!!!!
Absolutely love this place. Kids enjoyed the paddleboards and toys on the lake. Adults had a great time visiting Turtle Creek Casino. Everyone loved the shopping downtown Elk Rapids, Traverse City, and of course the Asylum. Even the canine family member enjoyed this vacation! :) Thank you so much for a wonderful week of fun, relaxation, sightseeing, and most of all family memories!
We could not be happier that all of the family was happy at Tricks ReTreat, even your 4 pawed members! Please let us know if there is anything the property manager can do to make your stay even more enjoyable next time that you stay with us!!!!!
5 mins North of Elk Rapids on beautiful clear sandy all-sports Birch lake! This great little cabin complex from the 50's enables big groups to do vacations together with private cabins for three families. Two front cabins sleep 5 in beds with queen sofa sleeper allowing for two more stowaways. Main Lodge sleeps 7 in beds with queen sofa sleeper and loft for extra people. Available with linens, beach towels and warm blankets. Main Lodge has washer and dryer. Available for weekly rentals Saturday to Saturday between Memorial day and Labor Day. Before and during Memorial day and during and after Labor day, we rent for the weekend with discounts for adding extra days. All sports Birch lake allows for a full range of water activites. Canoe, paddleboards, swim rafts and three docks on the premises. One half mile north of Elk Lake, Birch lake is nestled between East Traverse bay and Torch lake, right in the middle of all that this water playground has to offer!