A Little Bit of Paradise
Our stay at Torch Lake could only have been better if we could have stayed a few days longer. This beautiful house sits high on a bluff and has gorgeous views of Torch Lake across the road and has wooded seclusion surrounding the rest of the property. We loved sitting out on the balconies in the mornings with coffee and at dusk with a bottle of wine. This immaculate house is laid out with a spacious living room, kitchen and dining room with stairs leading up to two large bedrooms and a second bathroom. Everything is decorated beautifully. At one point there were six people staying in the house, and it never felt crowded at all. The house is very well stocked with not only with kitchen utensils and glasses, etc., but also with bath towels, beach towels and just about anything else you might need inside or out. The owners were very easy to deal with throughout the whole rental process and answered any questions we had almost immediately. We really felt welcomed into their home. We hope to return for another stay in the near future. I would recommend this house to anyone with the possible exception being someone who has trouble climbing stairs, as there are quite a few leading to the first floor and then up to the bedrooms.
There is no end to the things that we like to do and see in this area. Down the road a short walk is a small private beach that is a very pleasant way to spend some time and cool off. One of our favorite restaurants is around Torch Lake in Clam River--"The Dockside". Great burgers, Bloody Mary's, fries. Sit out on the deck next to the channel and watch the boats go back an forth. After that, go across the channel to "Butch's" and rent some kayaks or wave runners. For truly gourmet food, "The Cook's House" in Traverse City is a must stop destination.
A day or two touring the beautiful peninsulas north of Traverse City is always a rewarding experience, and if you like wine, it is almost like being in Napa Valley. Sleeping Bear Dunes, like Lake Michigan itself, is one of the natural wonders of the world.
Families with Teenagers,
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