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Recent Birchwood reviews

  • 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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  • Perfect place to take our grandchildren.

    "The house had everything we needed for the weeks stay. The sleeping arrangements were great and the kids loved the area between the two bedrooms in the loft when they were told they needed to come in out of the sun for awhile. The kitchen had everything we needed and the extra refrigerator in the garage was a blessing since three families coming together from different parts of the country came prepared with way too much food. The beach and dock were great for all ages (5 to 66). We swan, fished, walked, biked, pontooned and relaxed. One son-in-law golfed 4 different golf courses. He was the only one who really left the property. The wildlife was amazing. An eagle spent one whole morning in a tree on the property. We also saw deer, great blue herons, leopard frogs, Ospreys, and more. Kayaking was wonderful as was the use of the pontoon. There was no real need to leave the property during the week. Coffee on the deck in the morning, grilling some really wonderful brats from Louie's Meats in Cumberland, s'mores down by the fire pit. It was just perfect, a vacation no one in our family will forget. Friday morning as we prepared to leave I heard my 12 year old granddaughter say, while hugging the post in the kitchen "I love you cabin!""
    Guest: John and Kathy O. Date of Stay: August 2016 Review Submitted: August 13, 2016
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  • cabin on schoolhouse lake

    "We absolutely loved everything about this cabin, its location and all the extras! I can't wait to come back. Our plan was to kayak, canoe, off rode bike, fish and relax. We accomplished all of those things. Best of all, after playing outside all day, were could come back to the cottage, toss something on the grill and pop open a beer to relax and/or fish off the dock. The only thing I'd change would be to spend two weeks instead of just one."
    Guest: Peg Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 9, 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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