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Recent Birchwood reviews

  • Loved it!

    "A quiet location. The home is beautiful and the kitchen was a delight to work in. We liked the home because it was large enough to accommodate a larger group, but had plenty of smaller spaces so that you could have privacy, too. We also rented a pontoon for the week to enjoy the beautiful, clean lake. We saw plenty of wildlife, including seeing eagles dropping in for fish in the bay in front of the cabin. We can't wait to return."
    Guest: Mary O. Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: July 5, 2016
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  • Fun in the Northwoods

    "We spent a week here in late June. We had 4 adults and 3 kids age 17, 15, and 5. We had a wonderful time. The house met our needs beautifully. We had good fishing, good hiking/exploring and it's an easy trip into Hayward. We brought yard games such as bags & badminton and had fires most nights. The fish cleaning station in the garage was great. The fishing was a highlight. We rented a canoe & brought kayaks & a fishing boat to complete our fun. The owners were easy to contact & the neighbors were helpful. A huge storm blew in 5 minutes after half our party arrived. The other half arrived during the storm. There were downed trees (this is where the neighbors came in) across the road that had to be sawed/moved before we could all get TO the cabin. We were without power off & on for a couple days (along with a lot of the area). We still had a great time. We were able to get a generator from the owners so we could run the fridge & charge our phones. The house was large enough to suit all our needs & give us together time or time apart as needed. We cooked, BBQ'd and ate out. The screen porch was a huge asset & there were great lake breezes. We would suggest bringing measuring spoons & measuring cups if you plan to do any scratch cooking. Almost everything else was there. We thoroughly enjoyed the loons, ospreys, bald eagles, herons & otters. We even saw a bear in the neighborhood! Our only complaint with the cabin would be that the listing hasn't been updated recently. There is no longer a sandy beach area as shown in the pictures. That area is now over grown & the area right along the dock is not a spot we were comfortable using for swimming due to the bottom, grasses & water lilys. The dock/boardwalk access needs to be raised so that shallow wading is not required to reach the shore. We bought rubber boots & it was no longer an issue of wet feet. We're sure some of it was from the rain but it also appears the lake level has risen and the board walk has settled since the listing was made. We'd be at 5 Stars except for the discrepancy between the listed beach & the reality of it."
    Guest: Heather H. Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: July 18, 2016
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  • Most Relaxing Vacation Ever!

    "This was our second stay at Wayne and Jean's Pine Cone Retreat and we had a fabulous week! From sitting on the front deck watching and listening to the loons, to fishing off our boat and swimming off the dock...we couldn't have asked for a better time. The weather was absolutely perfect the week we were there with temps in the upper 70's to low 80's. It was beautiful! The house is fully furnished with everything you could possibly want. There is plenty of room to spread out and do a variety of things. We spent a lot of our time on the deck just chilling as it's so relaxing. We watched t.v. as a family in the large area in the basement along with played some games on the table down there as well. There are a variety of games kept in the downstairs cupboards and our boys enjoyed those. The highlight of our trip this year was being able to get to all 5 of the lakes with our pontoon! We did that on a couple of the days and fished in a few different lakes, but we found our best fishing to be right in Spider 1 were the cabin is located. We caught bluegills, crappies, bass and bullheads during our stay there. We saw a few Northern Pike, but we weren't able to land those. Maybe next year! We enjoyed our stay so much that we've already booked a week long stay for next July! We love it there!"
    Guest: Jennifer M. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: July 31, 2016
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  • A Great Week Was Had By All!

    "Our family of 5 adults and dog spent a week at the Spider Lake cabin in mid-June 2016. As others have said, the pictures don't do the cabin justice. The very private setting is perfect for relaxing on land and lake. There are also lots of ways to expend as much energy as you want as well. Some of our folks said they felt they were staying in a tree-house. We heard the ATVs only a few times and generally things were very quiet. The house is very well stocked with all sorts of necessities and extras, such as dishware and other kitchen supplies, linens and towels, comfort seating and table seating throughout, power outlets everywhere, some great DVDs, candles, flashlights, and more. Some of the things we especially liked were all the swim toys, paddle boat, kayaks, hummingbird feeders, books/brochures on birds, lakes, and area attractions, ceiling fans, hooks everywhere, plenty of hot water, calls of the loons, fire pit and more. Despite my advanced age, I had my first authentic S'more at the fire pit - fantastic! There's a special rack of S'more supplies at Gary's Grocery in Birchwood. We had great luck with a couple of meals out - lunch on the deck at the Hungry Minnow in Birchwood, the Friday fish fry at Prop's on Long Lake (ate outside on a night with a beautiful sunset), and lunch at Angler’s in Hayward. In terms of wildlife we saw many deer (be very alert when driving), a bald eagle, turtles, loons, hummingbirds, orioles, and something like a muskrat. We heard tons of birds and on a couple of occasions an apparent pack of wolves (very far away!). The cabin had a limited supply of bug spray - be sure to bring some - the biggest annoyances were mosquitos and flies. The water level on the Spider Lake chain was great. We were able to kayak from the cabin (lake #1) all of the way to lake #5. On a calm day, it's a relatively easy trek. Was one of the best things we did all week. We found the Marketplace Foods grocery in Rice Lake to be excellent (there is one in Hayward as well). The adjacent liquor store has everything you could want - loads of craft beers. There's a good vet in Rice Lake if you need one (Rice Lake Animal Hospital). The owner was very responsive to all our questions - responding in less than a day on all counts. The property is very clean and we highly recommend it to others."
    Guest: David R. Date of Stay: June 2016 Review Submitted: June 28, 2016
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