I've been coming here for years!! Well, this was our 3rd year staying & boy was the family pumped!!! Driving up, the car stereo was playing "Holiday Rooooooooad" the whole way up as we anticipated a family fun vacation!
Big Bear Lodge......has now become an annual trip for our family for a little summer vacation! I already reviewed this lodge a few years ago, but thought it was due for a quick updated 2014 review. The lodge is very spacious and has lots of sleeping areas (please scroll thru the online photos for a better idea). Our family had 8 adults & 3 small kids.......so there was plenty of room. Heck if you want you could even crash on a couch if needed! or if the wife/girlfriend gets mad at you, you can sleep on the front porch or screen room!
The house looks the same with several couches to sit on, a flat screen tv, several chairs for the front porch, & big kitchen table for all your eating needs or even late night games of Uno!! The walk to the beach isn't that far away, but be careful when walking there as some drivers go kinda fast! The beach itself is very nice. Now please don't be fooled by the amount of rocks you may see down by the water. That my friends is because the water level in Lake Michigan is either rising or going down. It was rocky the first day we went down but then all sandy the next day! You are minutes away from several fun activities, such as going for a tasty burger, or to the grocery store, or to New Buffalo, or for ice cream and even to go golf! The Lighthouse Mall is probably the furthest we had to drive. Overall, everything is pretty close! The only negatives was the ice maker on the fridge wasn't working (luckily we bought some ice bags anyway) and the couches had a few holes in it. Couches may be in need of an upgrade, but over all everything else was great! One thing we learned, Indiana does NOT SELL ALCOHOL ON SUNDAY'S! So please plan according if you're looking to tie one on!
You can take the bikes out for a spin, or shoot some pool and the addtion of the huge beach umbrella to take to the beach was awseome! Just awesome! secret tip, the tv in the upstairs bedroom also plays PAC MAN! That came in handy after a few cold beers several nights! As always it was a good time had by all. I'd highly recommend this house to anyone who is looking to get away for a little R & R. Big Bob, we thank you again for letting us rent out the house for our 2014 Family vacation!