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My husband and I and 2 other couples get together every year to catch up and relax. We are spread out across the US and like to try a new place each time. We decided we wanted to be near Chicago this time and we are VERY pleased with our choice. We've been doing this now since 2010 and this place was the group favorite.
What an amazing space, well decorated, and full of ALL creature comforts! It was a comfortable size and even though the upstairs bathroom is shared, we didn’t mind, since it can be easily locked, plus it’s so darn cool! The kitchen had just about everything needed, including a crock pot and blender!
It was a very relaxing trip and Hilary and her staff really went the extra mile to ensure all the bases were covered. One night the internet went out and someone came over right away to fix it!
Tanya met us on site and had a fire going already. Everything was really clean and easy to find and use. We downloaded the App which gave us good local recommendations. The views from the decks were gorgeous of lake Michigan and the surrounding parkland. Access to the beach was easy and down a short dune path.
Since it’s the middle of winter, the wind off the lake was fierce, but we went on several hikes and coming back to a roaring fire was a real blessing. We even used the hot tub a couple of times despite the cold weather!
There were so many other unique touches that we didn’t expect, firewood, ozone laundry, really cool cabinet and deck lights, heated bathroom floors, board games, and free coffee! WiFi was fast enough to all watch what we wanted on the TVs.
Thank you very much Hilary for providing such an inviting and thoughtful space for our yearly get-together!
This year, my sister (from Indy) and I (Chicago) decided to meet halfway with our families for an early Christmas celebration. There were 7 of us total, my hubby and I have 2 kids and they have a 6 month old and a dog. We found “Camp Baxter” online and weren’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be the perfect place for us! You drive through fence gates which surround the place, convenient to keep the dog and kids contained. We were met by the owner who gave us a quick tour.
The house was cozy and comfortable and had enough space for our needs. Everything was updated and modern considering it’s a vintage cottage. The kitchen was small and had everything we could ask for, even an espresso machine and a Keurig (we are all coffee lovers!). Living room was large and full of windows and skylights that let all the outside nature in. We didn’t hear or see anyone the entire time. The beds were comfortable and internet was fast enough for streaming on multiple TVs plus there were plenty of cable channels. The kids hung out in the basement to watch their shows and we brought our Xbox which kept them entertained. The basement is pretty basic, but does have sofas and chairs and another TV down there.
The weather was in the 30s and 40s so the only time we spent outside was in the hot tub which was up some stairs and sort of in the middle of this hilly dune. The string lights at night lit most of the decks and hot tub area. It was so cool sitting in the hot tub looking up and seeing nothing but trees and stars!
One day we went for a hike, the owner told us about the Miller Beach Woods trail, it was a short walk from the house and about a two mile loop that ends up on the beach. We saw some deer, beaver dams, and lots of ponds, but the best was walking over the last dune and seeing Chicago!
Thank you very much for wonderful time! Hopefully next year we will have our extended family so we can stay at one of your larger homes.