"We decided to return this year to this beautiful cottage for a fall vacation. Having been their last year we wondered if some of the first time thrills would be gone. They were not. This time we new how special this opportunity was, right from the start. This cottage is so cozy. The river meandering by, fires in the wood stove at night, Sunset hot tubs. Falling asleep to views of the river and trees rustling. Total peace. After a long morning of silence, I had to ask my wife is everything was ok. She smiled and said she couldn't be happier and more relaxed. I agreed and we both returned to our books. Richard took us upstream for a 4 hour kayak trip one afternoon. It was beautiful - crystal clear water, weaving through forest and sand dunes. We kayaked right up to the cottage. We did a couple different hikes along the many trail heads, the fall colors were stunning. We rented bikes in town, and rode the tart bike trail up to Suttons bay for lunch and then back. Very scenic, and an easy ride. After we stopped a burrits in town a picked up dinner for our last night at "home". It was a wonderful night, ending with a walk down to the bridge before bedtime to soak up the stars and the river. When we weren't traversing in nature, we were in town. This time we made it to the Apache trout grill. Got seats right away at the bar and had a table in 30 min. It was a great meal. Red ginger was tasty and rockin. We love Popppycocks...the food is great, but it's the low key, relaxing ambience that makes it. And much to our surprise, my mother and father in law just happened to be in traverse city our first night!. We dined with them at the Franklin with some local family friends. They tried to come back to the cottage, but sadly our schedule was full up! There was a bunch of new places to dine. Alliance was recommended. It was totally cool, food was great, along with a real trendy scene. Next year we hope to go to the Cook's table. We mentioned to Richard one day how we were going to go up to harbor springs for a day. Richard quickly stated " why would you do that? Haven't you driven enough? You have barely seen what traverse city has to offer". We couldn't agree with him more. We love this vacation, it's the perfect combination of getting away from it all, and the foodie in you. Thanks Richard!"
Guest: William and Christina S.
Date of Stay: October 2016
Review Submitted: October 18, 2016