This was our sixth visit to the Betsie River Getaway. First and foremost I would thank Eric and Pat, they are wonderful hosts. They cabin is always exceptionally clean, well stocked with necessities (all the stuff you never remember to bring from home), and they keep you well informed at all times. I actually don't believe I've had the opportunity to meet them, though I feel like I know them. I also appreciate the e-mails throughout the year with additions they've made to the cabin. They are one of the primary benefits of this cabin.
The cabin itself, and the surrounding property, are exactly what you want in an 'up north' vacation. The 'parents' bedroom is roomy, comfortable and the closet and dressers help you move right in. The 'kids' room is perfect - our kids look forward to it annually and bicker over who gets the top bunk.
Large bathroom and very roomy shower (the skylight above it is a perfect touch), laundry room always comes in handy and the kitchen (complete with all the pots, pans, dishes, silverware, coffee makers, etc that you'd need) helps a lot.
The back deck, with all the rocking chairs is where I prefer to read each morning and evening. This year, my kids preferred the new hammock that was installed. Either place is an ideal spot to watch all the birds and critters - the feeders keep some very interesting looking birds nearby. I get especially excited when the humming birds hover over my head while I read on the deck.
Nice, big grill in the back for your BBQ and a fire pit, with chairs, is where the smores get made...after all these years I'm finally getting the hang of making a fire. There is a lot of land, a lot of trees, some swings overlooking the river and a dock to go down and kick around in the Betsie River. Finally, a garage to die for...I wish my bed room at home was a clean.
The location is ideal for an 'up north' vacation. Crystal Mountain resort is a mile down the street (they have lots of activities - we tend to use their pool.) Benzonia is nearby (hit Gwen Frostics), Beulah (beach and Cherry Hut), Frankfort , and all your faves...Crystal Lake, Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Dune Climb, Platte River, Traverse, Suttons Bay, Manistee, and the list goes on and on. This is the perfect spot to see it all.
This cabin has become a part of our family, we look forward to going all year. If looking for stuff to do, read my wife's notes in the visitors journal they leave on the counter. Thanks!