5 Bedroom + Loft & Full Basement Game Room - Family Friendly Betsie River Cabin
About David Balsam
We also use this property ourselves throughout the year and enjoy it with our family. It is a great place to be no matter what the season.
David Balsam purchased this Cabin in 2016
Why David Balsam chose Thompsonville
My wife and family were immediately drawn to this cabin by its "up north" feel with its Betsie River location. We love having the river and access, the large and peaceful property and all of the amenities still close by. We had been casually looking over the years and we are very grateful to find the cabin we did. We enjoy fishing, kayaking, skiing and going to the beach and this location gives us all of that. Whether spring, summer, fall or winter this property provides much enjoyment for us.
What makes this Cabin unique
As you drive down the long driveway you immediately are drawn in by the large screened-in porch. We really enjoy all of the windows in the two-story great room which provide a lot of natural light and beautiful views of the property and the river. We liked the fact that the house has five bedrooms, a loft and a basement which was hard to find. We also really enjoy the two-story great room that has an open concept with kitchen, dining and family room all in one open room. It creates a cozy, yet spacious feel. We were also looking for a house that felt like a cabin on large private property, but also wanted to be close to Crystal Mountain Resort, Lake Michigan and the many other resort towns that are in the area. The private dock gives you easy direct access to enjoy the river too. We feel this cabin gives you best of everything. This cabin provides entertainment for guests of all ages and is the perfect base camp. There is even an outdoor shower! Central Air Conditioning at the house which is more rare up north.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Absolutely Perfect in Every Way!
Genuinely an incredible property! Everything was seriously perfect. The owner is super professional and kind, plus he has amazing taste! The property has every amenity you could possibly ask for...theres even fans in the bedrooms! I always have to bring my own fan because I cant sleep without white noise so I was shocked to see a rental with fans!
Unlike other properties, this one feels like home from the moment you arrive. Comfy, modern furniture and beds. Beautiful decor and fireplace. The kitchen is great for multiple people to cook dinner.
Outside features a wonderful volleyball area that my family loved! The kids spent tons of time in the basement game room and we all enjoyed peaceful fires at night.
The betsie river is remarkable. Its crystal clear and fast moving so you can relax and listen to the water. The river has woods on the side you face, so it's like looking at a painting; the purple flowers and bright green tall grass is a work of art!
We saw a lot of deer walking down the road the driveway is on. We even had to put the car in park because they cross the road very casually, it was amazing!!! We enjoyed watching the bats fly at night and listening to the bullfrogs and woodpeckers.
I am really hoping I can book again for next month (september) so we can watch the salmon in the river! In August the river is fairly vacant due to the month but you'll still love watching its beauty. It's the clearest river I've ever seen! It's a pretty chilly river but if you have a couple drinks and jump in you wont regret it! My son and I put on water shoes and walked the river down to the bend and saw amazing river plants and stunning river rocks. It would be a blast to bring a raft during the hot part of summer!! Oh, and there was a bunch of tiny jumping fish in the river. They're too small to catch but they're a riot to watch. They're so cute!
In closing, THANK YOU DAVID for the unforgettable adventure! I hope we can make it back next month!!
Great place with lots of family things to do
This place was perfect for our family get-together. We had two families consisting of seven adults and five children. Everyone enjoyed the family games that was provided in the house (ping pong, playing cards, darts, etc.). We also enjoyed playing outside in the volleyball area as well as hanging out around the camp fire making smores. The place was very peaceful.
Beautiful, well-kept property
Balsam's on the Betsie was a great get away for our family. The owner's go above and beyond--they have thought of everything! The cabin is very clean and cozy. There is plenty of comfortable sleep space and plenty of activities for everyone. We were very impressed with this property and recommend it highly.
2019 Summer Family Vacation
The cabin and surroundings are so relaxing and peaceful. Everything for our family of 16 to prepare meals, sleep, and play was at our fingertips! Thank you David for sharing your beautiful property!
Our little getaway
We got in promptly at the promised time and found it everything to be clean and shiny. We had plenty of bedrooms to choose from for our family. Our little two year old grandson wanted to spend most of his time down in the basement, he was fascinated with the game room. We had a bad storm the first night and lost power but I had good communication with the owner and the power did come back on at 10 am the next morning. I would certainly consider returning to this home. We had a great time!
Cabin is only four miles from Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa which is the Midwest's premier four-season family resort providing 36 holes of championship golf, 58 downhill ski slopes, 30km of cross-county trials, hiking and bike trails and award-winning spa. Lake Michigan beaches are within 15 minutes, Traverse City wine tasting or tours within 30 minutes. Frankfort, Crystal Lake, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Platte River Rafting, Bear Lake, Traverse City and Little River Casino are all within easy driving distance.