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Scott Boerman

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

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

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The premier large-group house at Crystal. Sleeps 22. 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 22) 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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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Scott Boerman (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

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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Laughing Moose Lodge at Crystal Mtn. Spacious, Elegant, Golf Side, Walk to Ski
average rating of 5.0 based on 54 reviews

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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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We used this place as a reunion for a group of college friends and their families. The house was perfect and accommodated the 19 of us without difficulty. The pictures don't do it justice, it is an absolutely beautiful house. There was plenty of room and bathrooms for everyone. We all loved it and would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Property and location!! Met all of are needs on all levels!! Thank you again!!!

  • 5 of 5

Nice Location!!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Fantastic house for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here on a girls weekend, and thought the house was amazing! Fully stocked, comfy as can be, great location! We will certainly be back. Thank you so , so much!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Top Notch, Amazing Property, HUGE House..... Book this place if you want to impress your guest!

  • 5 of 5

Owner Scott Boerman was a class act from the beginning until the end. I couldn't imagine dealing with a more understanding owner. We booked this house for our Spring/Fall Annual Golf Trip. 10 days before, it snowed in Thompsonville so we contacted Scott to see if we could move our date to September since the refund period was past by 80 days! He was totally understanding and told us no problem. 2 days later, Mother Nature turned her head and brought in the best April weather that I can remember. 4 days before our "original trip" was booked we asked if we could move back to our original date. Within minutes (just like every other email) he responded with a yes and our trip was on.

Laughing Moose Lodge was WAY WAY WAY bigger than the pictures suggest. The back yard is HUGE. The parking area was HUGE. We had 10 cars/trucks without any issue. We could have fit 6-8 more easily. The mattresses were amazing, linens; clean, comfy, and top quality. The towels were plush, clean and enough for everyone to use 2 or 3 if they wanted to. Water pressure was great, never ran out of hot water. Every appliance was brand new!

We were looking for the WIFI password and the "Get ready for your trip" email said it would be on the refrigerator. We looked around and couldn't find it, because the refrigerator was brand new. So, at 10 PM I emailed Scott to see if he knew the password. Again, within minutes... BANG... he replied and we were jamming to Pandora while playing poker and shooting pool.

Scott and the Laughing Moose Lodge made me a Golf Trip Legend. Hats off to you Scott! Thanks again.


April 14-17th, 2016

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the comments! Glad that your group was able to enjoy the trip during unpredictable April – hopefully the golf experience was as good as the accommodations. Thanks for mentioning the furnishings, many things are replaced every year to keep it fresh - glad that you noticed. The parking is plentiful for many vehicles, although we try to keep a limit out of respect for the neighbors. So glad that your group enjoyed the LML as much as we do!
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Doesn't get any better than this.

  • 5 of 5

Once we stepped inside, we were amazed how beautiful, clean, and well equipped the property was. It was way beyond our expectations. It was cozy and very spatial for 20 people. Interior and lighting was excellent. Beds were very comfortable as well. We were very surprised how the kitchen had everything from plates, cups, to all sorts of cooking materials. The back yard was overwhelmingly huge, and there were plenty of parking spaces out on the front. We couldn't ask for more. It was perfect. And we would definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time! March is a fun time at Crystal, it can be a blizzard or warm and sunny, or anywhere in between but as you know there is always something to do. Glad that you found the house to be in good condition, we strive to uphold a high standard. Thanks for the nice review!
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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.


Rates & Availability

Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
Jun 10 2016 - Sep 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2016
Sep 2 2016 - Oct 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Oct 31 2016 - Nov 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 24 2016 - Nov 26 2016
2 night minimum stay
Late Fall 2016
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 8 2016
2 night minimum stay
Early Ski 2016
Dec 9 2016 - Dec 24 2016
2 night minimum stay
Christmas Holiday 2016
Dec 25 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Ski Season 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Feb 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Presidents Day 2017
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Ski Season 2017
Feb 20 2017 - Mar 11 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Ski 2017
Mar 12 2017 - Mar 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Mar 26 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Jun 8 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 9 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
4th July Holiday 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2017
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Oct 29 2017 - Nov 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2017
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 7 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Ski 2017
Dec 8 2017 - Dec 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 25 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay

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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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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.

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