Great Northern Michigan ski condo
Submitted: March 14, 2013
Stayed: March 2013
We have been skiing with our kids for over two decades at Rocky Mountain resorts as well as another spot in Michigan. This is one of the best vacation condos we've stayed in. The place is large and well laid out for privacy, with master bedroom and bath, including jacuzzi, on the top floor, and two bedrooms for younger folk on the bottom floor. The main floor is elegant yet informal and welcoming. It was sparkling clean, and we felt comfortable and at home immediately.
Some of the highlights:
--Anyone who has tried to cook in one of those kitchens with one tiny pot for cooking noodles and knives that can barely slice butter would appreciate this kitchen, which is well stocked with pots and pans, even a real pasta cooker, plenty of mugs and dishes, a really collection of cooking utensils including great knives and a kitchen shears, even a grind-and-brew coffee maker.
--The views are wonderful (can't wait to book it for a fall color stay).
--Truly ski-in and ski-out, very convenient for that.
--Very high quality appliances.
Also comes with free wi-fi (pretty standard these days, the connection was fast and strong), a few games and books.
Booking was straightforward and easy with Lori, and it was easy to get in touch with her when I needed advice while grocery shopping. We had planned to go to the Thistle restaurant, but the kitchen was so nice and we liked the condo so much we ended up eating in every night.
We were fortunate to have good snow, but I noted that in the guest book someone said that even though they were skiing on all man-made snow, it was still great. Michigan skiing isn't mountain skiing, but Crystal is very well laid out and fun, with a couple steep ridges that challenged the experts.
I would recommend this place to anyone for a fun ski week, and we would definitely like to return in the fall.
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