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Recent Lake Michigan Area reviews

  • Salmon Chasers 2016

    "Where does the time go? Just last Tuesday we were fishing the Betsie in a raucous thunderstorm. The fishing was pretty bad. I'm not going to lie about it. I think we were a bit early this year. There were some fish in the river but the numbers seemed very low. Even the dead spawned out salmon were almost nonexistent. Hard to plan a trip a year out when so many conditions contribute to the salmon runs. I've never heard the phrase "That's why they call it fishing and not catching" more than this year. However, being fishermen, we know to have a plan B and sometimes C, and D to offset any fishing woes. Five guys this trip and it was the 29th year we've been coming up here. Almost Home is the perfect launch pad for our activities and excursions for the week. If you want the perfect trip follow these rules. 1. Bring all your fishing equipment (All of it!) You have piers, docks, rivers, and lakes. Wednesday evening, 3 of us went down to the Crystal Lake fishing dock and caught about a 100 Rock Bass. 2. Bring bikes. You’re sitting on top of the Bestie Valley Trail. You’re halfway between Frankfort and Thompsonville. It’s a 20 mile round trip from the house to Frankfort and back. Awesome views following Crystal Lake then the Betsie River and finally the big water in Frankfort. We rode to the Stormcloud Brewery in Frankfort for a couple of pints before heading back. Plan for 2 hours of ride time. Stop and have some fun! You could easily spend a half day or more in the bike friendly town of Frankfort. 3. Bring Kayaks. A little more tricky because you’ll need a chase vehicle but worth it! Put in above the dam or on river road. I would not launch to go downstream at the dam in the fall. You’ll have to pass about a 100 people and there is a portage this year about a ½ mile down. If you’re quiet you’ll see tons of birds, Bald Eagles, and waterfowl. We packed the rods and caught a nice salmon and some rainbow trout. 4. Bring your golf clubs. We didn’t this year but in years past we tore it up. There are some great golf courses up here (Pinecroft, Crystal MT.) to challenge any level of play. Plus, the views are amazing. 5. Bring your camera. And I’m not talking a cell phone. You could spend an entire day or week just getting some fantastic shots. We cooked every day at the house. Between the kitchen and the grill you have everything that you need to eat like royalty. The Shop and Save store in Benzonia (couple miles away) is stocked with some great prov"
    Guest: Robert M. Date of Stay: September 2016 Review Submitted: September 20, 2016
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  • Perfect location for visiting Cubs fans

    "My wife and I had a wonderful stay at the Magnolia Studios! The location was so private, quiet, and peaceful...which was a warm welcome after spending a full day in Wrigleyville. The Redline is just a five minute walk away, and you can be at Wrigley witching a half hour. I can not recommend Kate's place more. We will definitely be back, if she will have us ;)"
    Guest: Ken M. Date of Stay: September 2016 Review Submitted: September 25, 2016
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  • Great place, great visit.

    "A great stay at a beautiful cottage! Our young family had a wonderful time. Plenty of space for the 5 of us, and an easy walk to beautiful beaches and more. Thank you, Eric, for your hospitality!"
    Guest: Heather B. Date of Stay: August 2016 Review Submitted: August 13, 2016
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  • Beautiful week at a beautiful lake house...

    "Intermediate Lake has been a home away from home for my family since 1983, and the Bellaire area for my father's family since the 60's. I grew up staying at Holiday Shores resort on Intermediate Lake for a week every August. We ventured away for several years staying on several other lakes throughout Northern Michigan, but our hearts were always at Intermediate Lake and we longed to go back. We finally returned to Intermediate Lake four years ago staying in a couple of other lake homes, but I would have to say this was all around my favorite spot. We had such a great time in this beautiful lake house. The layout is so open and airy with windows lining the entire front giving views of the lake from every angle. The house is decorated so nicely with pretty comfy furniture and an amazing dining room table. We loved having the fully finished walkout basement for added hang out space and the second refrigerator downstairs was perfect while we were down by the water. The outdoor furniture is very nice and comfortable. We were very impressed with how well everything is kept. We rented a pontoon for a couple of days allowing us to get out and enjoy the beauty of the entire lake and go to the sandbar for some great swimming. We loved taking the kayaks and paddle boat out at dust and dawn while the lake was calm and glassy. So peaceful. We found getting into the water from the shore pretty tricky with all the large rocks but the neighbor Tom was very nice in letting us use his frontage. Stairs with a railing off the dock or the shoreline would be ideal, especially for older people if the rocks are necessary to prevent erosion. But with that being said, in all of our years we have never stayed in a more friendly community. All of the neighbors are so amazing and inviting. Jerry, even invited us over to his "man cave" boat house to watch the game, etc. What a nice guy! Our daily walks were met with smiling faces and hellos. The "Secret Garden" at the bend in the road was so cute and fun to walk through. And the people of Central Lake itself are all so nice. We felt like a part of the community from the moment we pulled in the driveway. I would highly recommend visiting the Blue Pelican in Central Lake during your stay here. The outdoor tiki bar is so fun with live music and great service. This was our first family vacation without my dad. And we could not have asked for a better place. He would have love it. Thank you for a great stay."
    Guest: Wendy V. Date of Stay: August 2016 Review Submitted: August 21, 2016
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