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Betsie River Cabin with Up North charm A/C - WiFi 1 mile to Crystal Mountain

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Betsie River Getaway - 2 BR, 1BA, A/C Cabin in the Heart of northwest Michigan

You’ll love our classic up-north cabin with private frontage on the Betsie River. Wake up to a breathtaking sunrise over the Betsie River then hit the slopes at Crystal Mountain Resort or kayak on northern Michigan’s premier wild and scenic river. This four season cabin offers the best of all worlds. Located on a quiet Cul-de-sac, this immaculate home features vaulted wood ceilings, rough sawn wood interior, wifi, air conditioning, and a gas fireplace. It comes fully furnished including appliances and linens. There are two bedrooms, one bath, a fully equipped kitchen, and a three door drive through garage for your vehicles and snowmobiles. Our guest reviews and a scroll through twelve years of guestbook comments will convince you that you've found the ideal cabin. Guest comments may be found by clicking the "About Eric & Pat Lampinen" section below. Please contact us before booking to learn about payment options and discount offers.

Betsie River Getaway is located in the heart of Northwest Michigan and provides an environment rich in outdoor opportunities for every taste and age. Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, Crystal Mountain Resort, and thousands of acres of state and federal recreational property are all only minutes from the door. Please click the link to our website below for additional information.

Area Natural Resources & Cabin Amenities: You'll find multiple access points to snowmobile trails, rivers and creeks, hiking trails, and beaches from our property or only a few minutes away. Golfers will find a variety of tier one courses in the area. If quiet seclusion is your idea of the ideal vacation, snuggle up in the warmth of the fireplace or watch fish migrate upstream while enjoying a campfire from the riverbank.

Amenities: Air conditioning, high speed wireless internet, washer, dryer, stove, propane furnace, gas fireplace, refrigerator, coffee maker, waffle maker, cooking utensils, tableware, silverware, microwave, toaster, satellite TV, 40' flatscreen LCD TV, Blueray player, FM radio, and stereo system with MP3 connection. Both gas and charcoal grills are available. Linens and paper products are provided to start. Wood is provided for the outdoor firepit free of charge.

Area Activities and Cultural Events: Downhill Skiing, Art Park, Summer concerts at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Gwen Frostic Art Studio, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Scenic areas, Local Festivals and wineries, Beaches, Swimming, Children's water park, Water Skiing, Canoeing, Freshwater Fishing,  Great Lakes Fishing, Mountain Biking, Tennis, Boating, Hang gliding, Wind Surfing, Kayaking, Fly Fishing, Snowmobiling, Paddle Boating, Jet Skiing, Gambling, Climbing, Cross Country Skiing, Marinas, Sailing, Pier Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Hunting, sightseeing.

The cabin is ideally located just far enough from Crystal Mountain to experience the brilliant starlit nights and quiet gurgle of the river while hidden from the all night lights, vehicle noise, and whine of snow guns at the resort.

Betsie River Getaway is also located midway between Manistee and Traverse City Michigan each approximately thirty miles away and offering easy access to all the amenities of the city.

Benzie County, Michigan is world renown for the beauty of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, it's forests and rivers, the world class fishing, and recreational diversity.

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Eric & Pat Lampinen
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2017

About Eric & Pat Lampinen

The owners Eric & Pat, grew up in the Detroit area and moved to northern Michigan in 1977. We've lived in the same home for over thirty seven years only a half hour away from the cabin. We love the northern Michigan lifestyle and beauty and wish to share our love of the area with everyone.

Eric & Pat Lampinen purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Eric & Pat Lampinen chose Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville

Betsie River Getaway is centrally located in the Manistee, Benzie, and Lelanau county area, the most beautiful and scenic location in the state. Lake Michigan with it's magnificent vistas, massive sand dunes, and uncrowded beaches are only a few of the area assets. Our inland lakes, rivers, forests, fall colors, and the miles of highway winding through it all with M-22 in particular, infuse the soul with peace and tranquility. A scroll through our ten years of guestbook comments are convincing proof you've found your ideal location. Guestbook comments are available below.

What makes this cabin unique

Betsie River Getaway rests on the bank of the picturesque Betsie River. One of only a few rivers in Michigan designated as 'Wild and Scenic'. This air conditioned cabin interior is distinct with vaulted, beamed ceilings and rough sawn wooden walls. The property is enveloped by a dense canopy of trees that provide privacy and solitude. Deer, woodpeckers, turkeys, and dozens of other creatures call BRG home as well and provide hours of viewing entertainment.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved staying at BRG. Tuesday night we went all out at the Thistle restaurant here at Crystal Mountain. Wednesday we lunched at Traverse City and took the scenic drive to Northport where we spent a few hours at Green Bird Cellars which is Michigan's only certified organic winery. It was amazing! We stopped at Frankfort at the Stormcloud Brewery for two meals and watched the sunset mixed with a storm coming in off the lake. It was breathtaking! Our last full day we conquered the dune hike at Sleeping Bear. Thank the lord for a wonderful place to stay, good bed, and coffee this AM. All parts of my legs needed it.

The workmanship of your home and careful detail is wonderful. Everything was so well thought out. The wood is nearly seamless with nice straight lines. The tile work and lighting is perfect. The deck and hanging lights are beautiful. Thank you for having maps and reference material! I spent two hours bird watching while using the book you left in the basket. It was a little cool a couple of mornings and the gas fireplace was perfect for keeping us warm while we drank coffee and read. We made wonderful memories during our visit which was highlighted by your care. I'll definitely keep my eye on your calendar for winter months to see if we can nab a few days with our older kids to come ski. Oh, I almost forgot, I love the stars around the window and above the table. Thank you so much
Jun 2016
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Thompsonville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Spacious tiled shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Master Bedroom has queen size bed. 2nd bedroom has bunk bed with double bed below and twin/single above. Living room has queen sofa sleeper. A Pak N Play is provided free of charge for families with infants and toddlers. The cabin is opimized for family groups and couples groups. Groups of individual men or women consisting of more than four occupants must share beds. Camping trailers, tents & sleeping bags intended to provide sleeping accomodations for additional occupants are not permitted.
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Sand Box
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Central air conditioning added 2013. 40' flatscreen TV with high definition service & local channels. FM Radio with whole house stereo speakers and both bluetooth and cabled MP3 connector available. Xbox video game. Blue Ray disc player Waffle Maker Board games & puzzles Both gas and charcoal grills available for use. Wireless internet services Firewood provided for the outdoor firepit.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Betsie River Cabin with Up North charm A/C - WiFi 1 mile to Crystal Mountain
average rating of 4.875 based on 94 reviews

Gem of a cabin in the woods!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were fortunate to find Betsie River Getaway available to rent for Valentine's Weekend. We typically book a room at Crystal Mountain for a long ski weekend, but found the affordable options were booked over a month in advance. We decided to look at rentals nearby, and came across BRG. What a wonderful find! We hope to become regular renters in the future, and look forward to exploring the area with our kayaks during another season. It's obvious the owners take great pride in their home and care about their renters experience. We were first welcomed with a personal message at the entryway from Eric and Pat wishing us a pleasant stay. When we walked into the kitchen, we found chocolates left for us with another note. Nice and simple touches that made a great impression on us, and made us feel welcomed and at home. Thank you again for being such gracious hosts and letting us stay at your wonderful cabin in the woods.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our privilege to have you and your husband as our guests Susan. Thank you for your kind comments. Our goal at BRG is to provide our guests with the best 'up north' experience they've ever had while not compromising the comforts of home. For almost thirteen years it's been our mission to provide the cleanest, most well maintained vacation home possible and each and every guest receives our personal attention.
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Bethlehem PA

Fantastic experience

  • 5 of 5

This property is wonderful. The owners go out of their way to make the cabin warm and welcoming. The flower boxes and pots added a pop of color to the woodsy setting. There are so many different venues from which to enjoy the property----there is a lovely back deck, firepit w/benches and chairs, wooden swing overlooking the river, deck chairs overlooking the river, and a little dock on the river from which you can climb down into the river and get into a chest high swimming hole. The birdfeeders were full and we saw at least 15 different bird varieties--and to make identification easier, the owner has a "birds of MI" book for use. Kitchen complete w/all cooking utensils etc. Cabin was immaculate. Neighborhood is quiet. Convenient to Crystal Mountain if you don't feel like cooking. Would highly recommend the pie stand around the corner--pies and choc chip cookies, yum. We left every day to find a rail trail for cycling, or kayaked on the Betsie out of Crystal Mtn. We got to some great trails w/in 30-45 mins. Our daughter was at camp at Interlochen and that was about a 20-25 min drive. Cabin was a welcoming and comfortable retreat from the world. I would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our privilege to have you as our guests. Thank you for your kind comments. We're looking forward to having you back in the near future.
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A dream come true!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was so wonderful! All of the comforts of home with peacefulness and serenity. The birds and squirrels were fun to watch drinking coffee on the deck. The sky lights and open design to the cabin were beautiful. It was so much fun and enjoyment to be there. We can't wait for our next visit to BRG!!!! This is an all seasons guarantee for relaxation, peace, and enjoyment!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our privilege to have you as our guests. Thank you for your kind comments. We're looking forward to having you back in the near future.
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Beautiful, Relaxing Stay

  • 5 of 5

The Betsie River Getaway is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. The cottage itself is clean and well-appointed, and Eric and Pat made us feel very welcome. We fit four adults quite comfortably. Small details such as the filled bird feeders, flowers, ease of use, and ample outdoor living space really makes BRG stand out. We had a lovely time canoeing the river on Saturday and the location allows easy day trips to area attractions, as we spent Sunday at Lake Michigan. We had a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your wonderful review! It's always our pleasure to have great guests like yourselves. Thank you for recognizing our efforts to provide each and every guest with a clean, well maintained, aesthetically beautiful home away from home during their vacation.
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Cozy and clean!

  • 5 of 5

In the middle of the woods and simply beautiful scenery! This place is spotless and we knew it was clean the moment we walked in and smelled bleach and nothing out of place anywhere! Highly recommended and will certainly return as long as we can! Book it now!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your wonderful review and kind comments Kathleen. For ten years it's been our mission to provide the cleanest, most well maintained vacation home possible. Each and every guest receives our personal attention because we are the cleaning crew as well as the owners.
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We just keep coming back!

  • 5 of 5

We are now nearing a decade of enjoyment with the Betsie River Getaway. Spending a week here each summer is a family tradition and one we don’t see ending anytime soon. We’ve enjoyed the cabin, the property and the associated amenities so much we work to introduce it to others in our family. This year my wife and I were unable to make to the cabin for the entire week but my folks were happy to jump in as the kids did not want to miss out on the trip. Rather than speaking of all one can do ‘Up North’ suffice it to say that this is centrally located to everything you’d want to do. Frankfort, Crystal Lake, Sleeping Bear Dunes to the West; Manistee, Luddington, Dune Rides to the South; Traverse City, Suttons Bay, that various peninsula’s and wineries to the North; and of course the Betsie River in the backyard and Crystal Mountain a mile down the road. The cabin is incredibly clean. I don’t know how they do it, but it is like walking into a five star hotel. They have apportioned it with everything you could think of needing (washer, dryer, pots, pans, dishes, grill – gas or charcoal) and thinks you wouldn’t think of (hammock, dock, bird feeders, waffle iron). The property is huge and with the trees you feel very secluded. Regular s’more creation is required and easily accomplished over the fire pit (a skill which I’ve not perfected – making fires, not s’mores – those are messy). Sitting on the deck, reading, and watching the birds – be the bluejays, woodpeckers, or humming birds – dine while the squirrels try to get the food and the chipmunks snatch what falls make for a wonderful afternoon. While the goal of any vacation is to leave work behind, I was unable to do so when we came back the following Friday to help them pack I had to spend the workday on the deck working. Best office ever! Had the birds, the sun, the breeze, no reception probs with my phone and the wifi worked better than most Panera’s. Finally Eric and Pat are incredible hosts. While you may never meet or see them their welcoming presence is evident and will be felt by all. From the kind e-mails in advance of a visit, the periodic updates on cabin improvements or area events, to the messages or gifts upon arrival. I cannot thank them enough for giving us this family tradition. While I’m in no rush to be older, our kids our now in high school, and I look forward to someday sharing this area with future generations.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Rob. It's our privilege and pleasure to share the cabin with wonderful people like your family. Thanks for allowing us to contribute a small part to your family tradition. Northwest Michigan is the most scenic and beautiful part of the state with so many things to do and see. We love helping our guests discover the many gems of Northern Michigan and the cabin provides a great up-north atmosphere adding life long memories to the experience.
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Rates & Availability

Thompsonville Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer Prime
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 27 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Ski
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year Holiday
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $65
Tax Rate 6.0%

A damage deposit of $200.00 is required . Damage deposits must be made by check or money order and will be returned with fifteen days if no damage or excessive cleaning is required. Damage deposits must be submitted on or before the due date for the second payment. Payment Options: BRG offers multiple payment options. Homeaway service fees apply to online payments only and not to alternate payment methods. Prices and availability are subject to change until payment is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
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Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
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Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
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Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
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Nearest Ski
1 Miles
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Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Lake Michigan at Frankfort
Car: necessary

In the heart of Nortwest Michigan, the cabin is located in a quiet 'up north' wooded setting on the Betsie River. The area offers immense natural beauty, abundant natural resources, outdoor activities, and numerous cultural opportunities.

Other Activities: Ride Michigan's only Alpine Slide located at Crystal Mountain!!!

Golf: Crystal Mountain offers two premier 18 hole courses only one mile from the cabin. The Ridge Course, with incredible views of the surrounding valley and the Betsie Valley Course winding through the lower stretches where deer, turkeys, and other wildlife abound. Further to the west is Arcadia Bluffs golf course ranked in the top ten courses in the nation and known as the 'Pebble Beach' of the midwest

Ski: Crystal Mountain Resort 1 mile from the cabin features the new Loki Quad lift and re-contoured slopes of Loki & Thor! This year, the Buck lift was replaced and the hill expanded and contoured with two new runs and a glade run added. These two new lifts dramatically increase capacity and reduces lift lines. Additionally, Jim Riley one of the nations top boot fitters is based at Crystal Mountain and offers discounts exclusively to renters at Betsie River Getaway!


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