Excellent family vacation spot
We had 8 people in our group--five adults and three young children. We had plenty of room. The house, especially the bedrooms, are larger than they seem in the photos. The home was spotless clean when we arrived, and very well-equipped with plates, silverware, pots and pans, etc. The owners also provided a shed full of lawn furniture and water toys. The dock and boat lifts were ample in size, well-maintained, and fully operational. There was plenty of room to lay out and enjoy the sun.
Located on the east side of Burt Lake, we had great views, and the prevailing winds in our faces kept things cool and comfortable in the August heat. The lake is shallow there, which was great for the young kids; they could spend all day in the water. It was a little too shallow for adult swimming, but we could sit or play around with the kids. The water temperature was comfortable, too.
We were just a few minutes down the road from Indian River, which had a McDonald's for the kids and a handful of other restaurants and shops for us adults when we felt like getting out. The kids enjoyed our visit to the adventure park on M-68. We were only about 30 minutes from the Mackinaw Bridge. We drove the kids over the bridge and took the ferry from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island one day. We had plenty to keep us occupied and didn't bother to go to Petoskey or Gaylord, which are also about 30 minutes away in other directions, and which have many restaurants, shopping, and other attractions.
We didn't have much luck fishing in Burt Lake, but a couple of us went fly fishing on the Pigeon River nearby and caught some beautiful rainbow trout. On a few windy days, waves on Burt Lake were a little much for our little 15-foot fishing boat, but on calm days, we were able to take long rides around the lake.
Trees and shrubs insulate this property from the neighbors, but if you make the effort to contact the neighbors, you will find them to be very friendly and helpful with suggestions on places to go and things to do.
The home is only 5 minutes away from a very nice golf course. We had no trouble getting a tee time and enjoyed playing the beautiful course.
The owners of this house were very easy to contact and communicate with.
I can't think of anything negative to say! Everybody in our family had a wonderful time.
Families with Young Children,
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind comments. So glad everyone in your party had a good time. We will pass on the complements to our wonderful ladies who keep the cottage so clean. We hope our guests make some wonderful family memories.
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