If you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, or at least away from most of it, this is it.
We leased the house, and the adjacent apartment, for one week for a family get-together. Because of personal schedules, our group ranged in size from 13-16 people, and there was more than enough room to accommodate everyone. Spacious is an accurate description. Sturgeon Bay was great for wading, swimming, kite flying, beautiful sunsets, rock hunting, sunbathing, kayaking, sailing, or almost any water sport you can think of. I even went out snorkeling. It has a great sandy beach that we enjoyed every day. You can walk the beach for miles.
The setting is very quiet and tranquil--quiet enough to attract bald eagles, and to hear the loons in the evening. After sundown, mostly what you hear is the wind and the lake--nothing else. Looking up at night will remind you what the night sky is supposed to look like—full of stars.
Both units were very clean and well-equipped. The kitchens had all the necessary utensils and equipment needed for preparing meals, both indoors, or outdoors on the grills. Yes, grills—there are two.
When tranquility got to be too much for those who were restless, Mackinaw City, Harbor Springs, and the Mackinaw Bridge were all within a half hour drive. We also drove through the Tunnel of Trees, several times, which runs from Cross Village, south through Good Hart, and on to Harbor Springs.
There is small grocery store in Cross Village that has any “essentials” that may be needed on short notice. We found that for stocking the kitchen, it was best to do a bit of traveling to a larger grocery store. There is an IGA in Mackinaw City, and one in Harbor Springs. The IGA in Harbor Springs is larger and has more to offer. It may be advisable to buy some groceries, before you get to Cross Village, in Gaylord (Glen’s), or Petoskey, which has a Meijer’s and other grocery stores. We stopped at the Gaylord Glen’s on the way up, and were glad that we did. It got us through several days, before we needed to venture out and resupply. We had a lot of people to feed.
We have rented vacation houses and condominiums in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Europe, for the past ten years, and this property is as good as it gets. Would I rent here, again—absolutely!
The only downside: We couldn’t stay longer.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
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