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Laughing Moose Lodge at Crystal Mtn. Spacious, Elegant, Golf Side, Walk to Ski

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

The premier large-group house at Crystal. Sleeps 20. 5BR / 3.5BA 3000sqft

Nestled in the tall pines, the Laughing Moose Lodge is the premier large-group house at Crystal Mountain. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 3000 sqft provide elegant accommodations for a large group (up to 20) or multiple families with separate, comfortable gathering spaces for relaxing, playing, reading, or socializing with enough privacy for everyone. Enjoy the surroundings in an attractive, warm and comfortable Northern Michigan retreat motif. Natural tones, unique textures, and themed bedrooms make this a memorable place to enjoy time away from home at a great location. Perfect for a larger multi-family group, or a smaller group to enjoy great spaces that cannot be found at other accommodations at the resort. Completely equipped from the spacious kitchen to the laundry room, with high speed internet and central Air Conditioning to ensure everyone’s comfort.

The Laughing Moose Lodge is a great base for Northern Michigan fun in every season. The outstanding Crystal Mountain Resort is at the doorstep, including a water park, alpine slide, bike and hiking trails, a world-class art park, 2 full service restaurants, climbing wall, skiing, snowshoeing, and more.

Nearby are the huge Lake Michigan sand beaches, charming Elberta and Frankfort, the elegant natural spaces at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, canoe/kayaking on the Betsie, Platte, and Crystal rivers, scenic M22 through Empire, Glen Arbor and Leelanau wine country, Traverse City festivals, and on and on.

Spaciously furnished with natural and luxurious furnishings, and meticulously maintained - many experienced guests say that the Laughing Moose Lodge is the nicest place to stay at the entire resort!

(Note: As a result of the need for meticulous maintenance and the unfortunate experiences of previous guest groups, there is a minimum age requirement of 30 to reserve the Laughing Moose Lodge. Thank you for understanding)

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Scott Boerman
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

Why Scott Boerman chose Northern Michigan

We love the atmosphere and environment at Crystal Mountain, have been coming here for decades. This house fit because it has so much space to be together with family or friends but has separate livings areas for kids, privacy, etc... We like the location in the resort, it's close enough to the core resort without being too busy. The year-round activities make it never get old - the resort is so different in the summer compared to the winter, we always looks forward to the next season. Spring and fall visits have a special feel for us because it's so quiet.

What makes this house unique

The unique benefits of this house that caught our attention are the size/space and location.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have always wanted to rent this lodge. Best place of the five we have rented. Lots of space for the boys to spread out. Thank you for sharing your home!
Feb 2014
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Laughing Moose Lodge at Crystal Mtn. Spacious, Elegant, Golf Side, Walk to Ski
average rating of 4.969697 based on 59 reviews
Battle Creek

Beautiful location!

  • 4 of 5

Our group greatly enjoyed the Laughing Moose Lodge. The location, accommodations, comfortable living areas all contributed to a lovely weekend. Only experience that wasn't top notch was plates in the cupboard which weren't possibly the dishwasher isn't functioning perfectly. Stack of plates needed to be re-washed before being used.

Other than that, it was great!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review, so glad to hear that your group had a great time! Thank you also for the note about the dishes, we strive to keep the house in top condition and appreciate knowing of any issues The feedback will be used to make improvements in our cleaning and checking processes. So sorry that it was not a 5-star experience as that is the goal with every guest. Thank you again for the review and feedback.
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Awesome experience!

  • 5 of 5

The Laughing Moose exceeded all of our expectations! Easy reservation, awesome accommodations! I would recommend it for anyone looking for a place to stay and enjoy the Crystal Mountain area!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular as always!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th year staying at the Laughing Moose, and once again it didn't disappoint.

Our family plans a vacation, for family members from as far away as Pittsburgh, every summer.

Over the past 6 years going to Crystal, 4 of them were spent at the Laughing Moose.

We didn't find this gem of a home until our second year because we waited too long to make a reservation.

We will never make that mistake again.

For a large family such as ours, anywhere from 12 to 18, it accommodates us beautifully, with room to spare.

It's pristine in cleanliness. The kitchen is more than fully equipped, you will lack for nothing.

The beds are comfy. I do have a small issue with the futon in the basement. It lacks support and isn't very comfortable, but there are plenty of other beds to offer. The remotes were without working batteries, but a very, very small issue compared to the luxury of such a home.

If you are a large group, or even if you aren't, you will NOT find a more beautiful home to make many memories in.

We are already booking for next summer.

Thanks Scott, for once again making our, very important, family vacation, simply amazing!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoy staying at the LML, and thanks for returning! Northern Michigan is such a great place to get away any time of the year. Also thank you very much for the notes about opportunities for improvement. The remotes are a constant battle to keep programmed properly, wish we could find a more reliable solution. We’re always looking for the best option for a convertible bed in the lower level, pull-out sofas have not been durable so we thought to try the futon. Sorry it may not be the most comfortable, we’ll keep looking for the best option. Thanks again for taking the time to review!
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  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend this house It was perfect for our family of 12.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay at LML

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time at the Laughing Moose Lodge! The Lodge itself was very spacious and homey. It had just what we were looking for in a place to accommodate our 15 family members- with lots of room to spare. Scott was a great person to work with in this event. He was very quick to answer any questions we had, and was extremely helpful throughout this experience. Thank you for everything, Scott!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Indianapolis, IN

Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This has quickly become our favorite rental at CM. Like others have stated, Scott is always super fast to reply to messages. The place was clean, plenty of space, and we loved the big back yard. Definitely recommend this property!!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for the review, so glad to hear that your group enjoyed the time at LML. With so much going on both at the resort and great NW Lower Michigan, it's simply a great place to be in Michigan summertime. Thanks again!
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
The Thistle at Crystal Mountain
Nearest Golf
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Restaurant
The Thistle at Crystal Mountain
Nearest Ski
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Car: recommended

Located at beautiful Crystal Mountain. This home is on the tenth fairway of the Betsie Valley Golf Course. There is a map included in the photos section that shows the Laughing Moose Lodge at lot 97 of the “Club” community. The base of the closet ski lift (Buck) is a 500 yard walk. When considering a rental property, be sure to determine exactly where the lot location is on a map.

Crystal Mountain is an outstanding destination resort, plus there are great local Northern Michigan attractions nearby. Nearby are fabulous beaches at Frankfort and Elberta, plus Sleeping Bear Dunes right up the road, and canoeing/kayak/raft on the nearby Betsie or Platte rivers. Scenic M22, Empire, Glen Arbor, Wine country, Leelanau, Traverse City are all 30-45 minutes away.

Golf: Crystal Mountain has 2 outstanding 18 hole courses - the Betsie Valley and Mountain Ridge courses. The Laughing Moose Lodge is located at the 150 yard marker of the par 5 tenth hole of the Betsie Valley course, so you can sit on the deck, screened porch, or yard and watch the approach shots.

Ski: Crystal Mountain has been rated the best family resort in the Midwest by Ski Magazine. It is very family friendly, yet has lots of snowboard terrain parks and a good mix of difficulty of skiing terrain.


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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

Check in time is 4:00pm. Check out time is 11:00am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Crystal Mountain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Golf Course View
  • Mountain
  • Resort
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Ensuite Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Main Level
    Upper Level Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Includes Shower and Spa Tub
    Lower Level Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Powder Room - toilet , Main Level
  • 3.5 Bathrooms to fit a large group, with dual large water heaters. Bathrooms on every level, with a large soaking/garden/spa tub on the upper level. En-suite Master bathroom on the main level
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Bear (Master) Room - 1 king , Master ensuite, ceiling fan, private deck, flatscreen TV
    Fish Bedroom - 1 queen , Ceiling fan, flatscreen TV
    Moose Bedroom - 1 queen , Ceiling fan, flatscreen TV
    Southwest Bedroom - 2 queen , Lower Level
    Mountain Bedroom - 4 twin/ single , Lower Level
    Sleeping Loft - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , two twin/full log bunk beds on Upper Level
    Futon Bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Lower Level Family Room
  • 5 Bedrooms - Bear (Master) with King bed on main level. On the upper level are the Fish and Moose Bedrooms each with a Queen bed, and a large open sleeping loft with two twin/full log bunk beds, and a large bathroom with shower and garden/spa/soaking tub. On the lower level are the Mountain Bedroom with 4 bunk beds, the Southwest bedroom with 2 queen beds, a full size futon in the large rec room area with billiards table and flatscreen TV, and a full bathroom. It sleeps a large group comfortable; there is room for many groups to get together without being in each other’s way. Even with sleeping accommodations for 22, it’s not crowded. The kids can be playing in the loft, the teenagers can have their own space in the basement with the flat screen, pool table, and gaming area, and the adults can have some relaxation in the living room, kitchen/dining area, or on the screened porch.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Includes complimentary Resort shuttle transportation. Crystal Mountain Resort's pools, spa, rock climbing wall, Alpine Slide, fitness center all require a nominal fee.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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