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Biddy's Hilltop Lodge, Manistee County, Michigan

43 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps up to 8

Biddy’s Hilltop Lodge is a rustic log lodge with many unique and special features. It is set on top of an exclusive 5 acre hill in Manistee County, Michigan with expansive panoramic views, including Crystal Mountain Resort, fields, meadows, a pond and 1000’s of acres of forest. Every season at the lodge is beautiful and the fall colors are spectacular. Abundant wildlife provides an opportunity to view a large variety of song birds and woodpeckers at established feeders right outside the windows. Watch bald eagles, ospreys and hawks soar at eye level over the meadows below where whitetail deer, wild turkeys and sand hill cranes forage.

Biddy's is family built, owned, and operated: The lodge features:

• True log construction, giant full logs up to 24” in diameter and 50’ long with 2000 square feet of living space.

• Hand crafted custom furniture throughout

• 3.5” think pine log kitchen counters and bar tops with a beautiful recessed rock collection featuring many Petosky and other native Michigan stones.

• Accommodations for up to 10 guests

• Over 500 sq. feet of decks and balconies

• 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, including a large lofted master suite with attached full bath, walk in closet, log bed and covered balcony

• Winding log staircase

• Massive stone fireplace

• Large great room with piano

• Dining room featuring a giant log table with seating or 12 guests.

• Furnished kitchen

• 1st floor bath with vintage sink and an antique claw-foot soaking tub.

• Large 1st floor bedroom

The property also features: • Complete privacy and seclusion in a beautiful wooded setting of maple, ash, beech, quaking aspen and red pine.

• Large outdoor area including fire pit and seating.

• 42' large plasma television, with DVD player

• Board games, card games, puzzles and books.

• Gas grill on the deck

• Deck furniture

• Washing machine and dryer

• AM/FM Stereo with CD

**We do recommend a 4 wheel drive vehicle during the winter months due to the steep driveway.

'It is the desire of our hearts that friends, family and couples who are guests at Biddy's Lodge truly get away from it all, enjoy the beauty of Gods creation, draw closer together and return home feeling rested and refreshed. So open the windows and listen to the leaves rustle in the wind, enjoy the sounds of song birds, woodpeckers, chipmunks, wild turkeys, nesting cranes and more. Listen to the fire crackle in the fireplace while big snowflakes fall and blanket the country side.'

May God Richly Bless you,

The Thachenkary Family and The Vanderzon family

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 2, 2016
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based on 43 traveler reviews

Biddy's Hilltop Lodge, Manistee County, Michigan
average rating of 4.7674417 based on 43 reviews

Family roadtrip

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I took our children (16, 6 & 11 months) on a road trip around lake Michigan this summer and this was our first stop along the way. The house was spacious, clean and very beautiful. The furniture was comfortable and accommodating. It was dark enough at night where we were able to take pictures of the meteor shower and the property was so beautiful I took advantage for some early morning landscape painting as well! Our little guy became mobile a week before we left so keeping him away from the staircase was a bit challenging, just a heads up if you have crawlers! We highly recommend going to Frankfort beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes, watching the sunset at Arcadia and going on the art walk at Crystal mountain. We also were able to see loads of wild life, which the kids loved! Thank you, Ted, for going above and beyond and making this stay so seamless!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay at the hilltop lodge! We are so delighted that you and your family had a great time! We appreciate your feedback and we look forward to having you stay at our cozy cabin in the woods again in the near future!
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More than we could ever ask for

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful scenery, amazing cabin with lots to do. Celebrated our anniversary here, can't wait to book the next trip to see the fall colors! Cabin was well equipped with everything we could possibly need. This has been our most memorable vacation yet!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lindsey, thank you so much for choosing to stay a the Hilltop Lodge! We are delighted that you were able to spend some quality time at the lodge. We look forward to having you return soon!
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  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the cabin! Had a great time and the cabin was perfectly located to do day trip to sleeping bear dunes! We also discovered some great small towns near by!

The cabin was just as described. Beautiful and very clean!!

We were there on some very hot days. The cabin has no air but surprisingly pretty comfortable. Each room has a fan which helped.

The only suggestion would be to have fitting screens, so all the windows could be open to enjoy the breeze!

I'm hoping to come back in the fall to enjoy the fall colors!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful log hause!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, nice area, clean and private. Everything you may need is there. We really enjoyed our stay. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place and easy to get around. Owner is very easy to communicate with. Overall a great experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay with us Edward. We are glad that you and your party enjoyed your stay! We hope you will choose to stay with us again in the future!
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Dream house :)

  • 5 of 5

Great house! I was there with my friends last weekend. There were eight of us and we have enough space for everything. The house is clean ,comfortable and cozy. Also the location was important to us because we wanted to ski. It took 15-20 minutes to go to Crystal Mountain Resort.

We had great time in this house. Thank you !!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Car: necessary

Biddy’s Hilltop Lodge is perfectly located in the heart of Northwest Michigan’s recreation area where you can ski, golf, hunt, fish, hike, canoe, snowmobile, go horseback riding and so much more. The lodge is centrally located to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park and Lakeshore, Manistee National Forest, Arcadia Bluffs, Crystal Mountain Resort, Caberfae Peaks Resort, Lake Michigan, many scenic rivers, Little River Casino and the Victorian port city of Manistee. View a list of links to all of these area attractions and more.

Other Activities: Canoeing, boating, hiking, wildlife viewing, minutes from Lake Michigan and miles of rivers to explore.

Golf: Crystal Mountain is a four season resort offering down hill and cross country skiing, golf, hiking, swimming a water park and restaurants. Other nearby golf courses and contact numbers inlcude:

-- Manistee Golf Resort 231-398-0123

-- Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course 1-800-494-8666 (This course was rated one of a hundred greatest golf courses in the United States by Golf Digest magazine!!

--Crystal Mountain Golf Courses 1-800-968-7686 -- All of these great courses are within a 15-20 minute drive from the lodge!!


Rates & Availability

Bear Lake Lodge Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Base Rate
2 night minimum stay
Discounts: 5 nights or more: $225 Nightly
Fishing/Fall season
Sep 10 - Nov 10
2 night minimum stay
Discounts: 5 nights or more: $225 Nightly
Holiday Season
Nov 11 - Dec 31
2 night minimum stay
Discounts: 5 nights or more: $250 Nightly
Ski Season
Jan 2 - Mar 16
2 night minimum stay
Discounts: 5 nights or more: $225 Nightly
Spring/Summer Seasons
Mar 18 - Sep 7
2 night minimum stay
Discounts: 5 nights or more: $225 Nightly

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Processing fee $36
Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $59

Refund Policy:

Cancellation more than 45 days prior to reservation 100%
Cancellation 45-30 days prior to reservation 50%
No refund with less than 30 days of notice, this is non-negotiable!

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Bear Lake Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Rustic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathrooms also include towels and wash cloths. Guests should bring other toiletries such as soap, shampoo/conditioner and toothpaste!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
  • Bedrooms also include linens, pillows and alarm clocks. Lofted bedroom has a large queen custom built from natural logs First floor bedroom has two full size bunk beds custom built from natural logs
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The property also features. •Complete privacy and seclusion in a beautiful wooded setting of maple, ash, birch, quaking aspen and red pine. •Large outdoor area including fire pit and seating.

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