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Reviewed 26 January 2012

My husband and I went to Mid Michigan for a weekend getaway. We were the only occupants in this B & B (built/completed about 5 years ago). If the owner's name was 'Jack', it would have been a bit remnisant of 'The Shining'. Fortunately, it was more of a 'All in the Family' type of place, with the owners both around 70 yrs old and hard of hearing, a 99 yr. old mother in law who didn't have her hearing aides; and did all the dishes from breakfasts!An ancient black lab, 'Stetson' topped off the cast (the 40-something son that also lives there didn't return until we were departing). It was overall quite amusing.
The lodge is a huge log cabin, with 15 rooms to rent (2 K, 3 T, 10 Q; all ensuite except one on the first floor). It also has a two bedroom cabin next door to rent (2-Q BR, 1 pullout sofa). It has lots of hardwood, nice fixtures, well decorated, great views. The lodge has an elevator that goes to all three floors (the lower level is a walk-out). The lower level has an 18 seat In-Home movie theatre (great if it worked; my mech. engineer husband couldn't figure it out in a short time; so we just took the DVD player back to our room! After all, we were the Only ones there!). This would be good for Super Bowl type parties. It apparently Does work (we asked the owner, said it wasn't 'hooked up'). It also has an 8 person hot tub, which was great after it warmed up to temperature! (It's outside; but attached to the lower level; and has a huge plastic windblock).
The lower level also has a kitchette, handicap bathroom for public use, plus many tables/chairs, and a gas fireplace, that almost worked! The son has a room on this level at the end of the hall. This level has six rooms (5 Q; 1-T). I also saw a few cots around.
There is also a 'workout room' on this level; but it looks like it hasn't been used in a long time. Three or four pieces of equipment; inc. some cardio stuff; like a bike.
The Main level has a great room for a Reception/party. We didn't use this, except to have a snack by the (not lit) wood burning fireplace. Breakfasts were near the commercial kitchen; and there's a sunroom (a nice feature) that's heated; and looks to hold around 30 guests (which we didn't use; the owners and 'mom' ate with us, again, as we were the only ones there!). The main level also has 7 rooms: 5-Q, 1-T, and one: single twin, with a pullout single (this is the one the bath is outside the room, but right next to it).
The second floor (where we stayed) has 2-King; and 'mom' is at the end of the hall, with a roller walker and bouncing tray that will sure to wake you as she passes your room if you should choose to sleep past 7:30am or so. (We fell back asleep; not a big problem!).
The owners live on one wing of this 2nd floor.
There are chairs, and a few alcoves on this level for ease with getting away from a group. There is also an ancient computer/desk area on this level. We brought our laptop; but couldn't pick up the wi-fi. It wasn't important to us; so we didn't pursue it.
Overall, the place was well equiped, very clean, some items didn't work/well (like the jets in the hot tub, the downstairs fireplace, the movie theatre, the wi-fi), but these are just nuisances; not a 'deal breaker' for us.
The High Point: 80 acres of land with XC ski-able trails (about a 2 mile loop; which we had to re-track set, then it was Great!); and 160 acres across the street that they also own; to hike/ski/snowshoe (bring a compass!).
The Low Point: Breakfasts. Fruit was the only healthy thing served. Scrambled eggs were runny, sausage, tasted old and not fully cooked. The second day was better: French toast; out of misc. breads (some I could identify as leftover from the toast the previous day). My suggestion: ask for Pancakes and bacon! Coffee was marginal. Store bought pastries. Even though I'm a 'detail' oriented person, and somewhat of a 'gourmet' cook, it was edible.
They do have some help that come in when they have large groups.
Apparently, this is a spot used frequently for 'occasions': weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, get togethers, etc. The owners are very hospitable; and there were no 'rules', which I like (some B & B's make you take off your shoes, won't let you go certain places in the house, etc. None of that here!). The gentleman who owns the house (John)is in somewhat poor health; and his wife doesn't hear well, so can't talk well on the phone. He claims he doesn't advertise, and often doesn't return phone calls. I think they are trying to sell the place?
It's worth a trip up there though; esp. if you want to take a group. There is a huge outdoor Pavillon, a pretty thing. Would be good for an outdoor 'occasion' (and they said they put up a tent in the summer months). I know there is a 10% discount for a second night. Probably could make a deal for the whole place. I asked, they said,yes, but no figure was given.
If you want to go; the best way to contact them is by email (John's suggestion)(although his computer had been down for a 'while'!); or the way I did it; was persistant phone calls!
Good luck!

Room Tip: The temperature control is not in each room; so you may have to look for it. Alll the rooms are about the same; Kings on the second floor are a bit bigger.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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