"This is the first vacation my husband and I have experienced in more than a decade, and the very first family vacation we have ever tried.
My oldest son has autism and, until recently, it was practically impossible for us to do many of the "normal" family activities that everyone takes for granted - including vacations. My husband and I both grew up vacationing in the summer, with a special focus on experiencing all that northern Michigan has to offer. It has been our deepest wish to take our boys up there and show them all the things we loved to do as kids, (and try a few new things we've never before tried).
This week could not have been more perfect! Every evening we sat down and "planned" the day trip we would make the next day. Every day this week it was supposed to RAIN too, so I was nervous how that would go. However, no matter where we went (the Island, Tahquamenon Falls, White Fish Point, Sturgeon Bay Beach) the weather was more than perfect. Seriously- not too hot, not too humid and NO rain. We really felt as though we had a charmed vacation. And we are very grateful. Everyone enjoyed the experience and the boys are already talking about what we should do next year.
The cottage was the PERFECT "home base" for us while we introduced the boys to northern Michigan. It provided a home-like space where we could build in a routine and my son could feel comfortable. It was small enough to offer the cozy, "cottage-feel" I wanted, while still offering sufficient space and privacy when someone needed to catch their breath. It was very clean, well-maintained, and offered all the amenities as advertised in the listing. The owner even provided a ready-to-light fire pit for roasting marshmallows at night. The cottage is perfectly located a few blocks from downtown Mackinaw City with easy access to parks, beaches, shopping, restaurants, etc. The owners were only a phone call away and offered great tips about restaurants to try and a lovely local beach (that was the most beautiful/clean beach I have ever seen!) We could not be more satisfied or grateful for such wonderful accommodation.
Thank you Diane, for a providing a safe, comfortable home base where we could experience a really fun and memorable family vacation. To see our boys enjoy all our favorite childhood activities, explore many beautiful places in northern Michigan and, most of all, to feel like a "normal" family is truly priceless. We highly recommend this cottage."
Guest: Jenn K.
Date of Stay: July 2016
Review Submitted: July 15, 2016