An excellent large family gathering place!
Submitted: July 14, 2009
Stayed: July 2009
Our large family (group of 16) has spent the last 18 years traveling over the 4th of July week, in various places throughout Michigan. The Long Lake Lookout Lodge is by far the most comfortable, spacious and well equipped property we have stayed at. The home is lovely, in excellent condition, and had plenty of space for our family to dine, relax, play games, and sleep comfortably. The covered deck was wonderful - room enough for us all to eat together daily! The ceiling fans on the deck were a nice bonus, too.
We brought plenty of games, and there was room enough for volleyball, bean bags, croquet and more. We spent most evenings at the firepit down by the water. The walkout basement area gave us plenty of room for indoor fun other evenings, and the two living room areas were plenty big for watching a movie at night. Having two kitchens was terrific; made feeding a big group easy!
We shopped at the grocery store in Hale - maybe 10 minutes away. There is also a small party store close by, and we did pick up a few grocery items there too. We ventured over to Tawas City one day - there is a Super Wal-Mart there, and we picked up groceries there mid-week. We spent a few hours looking at the shops in Tawas and had a great lunch in town too.
The two garages at the property were such a help, too - we were able to store a lot of our "toys" and extra supplies there throughout the week. We kept a car in each garage, and it freed up space in the driveway for us - we were able to park seven cars comfortably.
We found a great park across the lake, with a swimming area, sand volleyball court and grills/picnic tables, etc. We would go there and hang out for swimming, as the swimming is pretty weedy at the property. A boat definitely enhances the experience, as you can get out on the lake and check out the swimming areas. There is a sand bar where lots of boaters hang out, and it was fun.
There were ceiling fans in the bedrooms, which were great on those warm nights. We brought several room fans, too, and found those helpful. The bedrooms were very comfortable, with lots of storage - great closet space!
The owner was very easy to deal with, answering our questions in advance very quickly. He came over to meet us at the property and we enjoyed visiting with him. We would not hesitate to recommend him, and this property - the home is absolutely beautiful, and so spacious!
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
People with Disabilities
Helpful votes: 10/10
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