Great Family Vacation and Memories!
As parents of two young boys (6 & 2) my wife and I searched high and low for an affordable family destination where we could have fun, build family memories, and not stress out with every meal and nap time. Lucky for us, we live in Michigan, and found this great place to stay!
The two bedroom cottage was clean, well stocked with kitchen utensils, and steps from shallow water that my boys loved to swim, fish, and boat in. The sloped cement sea wall was easy enough to step down, and there is a beach at the hotel right next door for easier lake entry. The dock was perfect for sitting on, fishing, and when we rented a pontoon boat nearby, we were able to pull right up to dock whenever we needed. The included gas BBQ was practically new, and saved me from the long wait of charcoal when I was ready to cook. (Unfortunately it was completely out of propane when I got there, but there are multiple places that exchange tanks in the area.)
The bedrooms both have decent beds, with one room sharing a corner with a small hot water heater and electrical box. (We opted to take that room to keep the kids from touching them.) A ceiling fan in each room and an oscillating fan helped us stay cool in the 90 degree heat. There were some towels, blankets, pillows, etc... but we brought our own to avoid having to visit the local laundry mat before leaving. The futon couch and recliner were a great way to relax or take a nap, and the included Cable TV with DVD/VHS was a nice distraction when the kids needed some down time.
The town in Houghton Lake was a little more spread out than most tourist towns, but we found some great restaurants, local shops, mini-golf, boat rentals, and even a Wal-Mart and Glens to stock up on groceries.
If we decided to return to Houghton Lake as our family vacation next year, we'd definitely stay here again!
The owner was extremely easy to deal with and was lightening fast with email responses and the return of my security deposit.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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