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Pet-Friendly, Betsie River Retreat - Sleeps 10 - Ski, Fish, and More!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,450 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath Cabin Sleeps 10

This cozy, 2-bedroom (with sleeping porch) cottage in a secluded, wooded setting has easy access to many of northwestern Michigan’s favorite attractions. Life is Better North offers a true “up north” getaway for groups up to 11 people. Accommodations include:

• over 1400 square feet of comfortable, roomy living space

• master bedroom with king sized bed

• 2nd bedroom with two, twin-sized loft beds over a futon couch, converting to a queen sized bed. (2nd bedroom sleeps 4 comfortably). Includes 2nd tv with dvd player.

• porch area is furnished with a queen-sized futon couch, converting to a third, private, sleeping area for 2

• additional sleeping accommodations include a full-sized sleeper sofa in the living room, as well as twin-sized sleeper sofa in the sitting area.

• 2 full sized baths

• fully furnished kitchen with refrigerator, stove, and microwave.

• wood burning fireplace

• satellite television

• high-speed internet

• DVD player

• washer and dryer

• ample parking (outdoor, hardwired outlets are available for additional RV parking for large groups. Please inquire with owner.)

• pets considered

Winter activities:

Life is Better North is located just 4 1/2 miles from Crystal Mountain ski resort, offering 39 trails and 5 state-of-the-art lifts. Groomed snowmobile trail system access is less than a mile away. Snowmobile rentals are available just 4 miles away at Crystal Adventures. And with over an acre lot, there is plenty of room for sleds, trailers, and vehicle parking.

Local lakes and trail systems also offer snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice-fishing, and more for the winter sports enthusiast.

Spring, Summer, and Fall Fun:

Enjoy world-class salmon and fly fishing with 120 ft of river frontage at one of the deepest bends of the river! Or relax and enjoy the serene beauty of the Betsie with a kayak or tubing trip.

World class golf is only a few minutes away at Crystal Mountain Resort or Arcadia Bluffs, as well as mountain biking or hiking the abundant local trail systems.

In the fall, experience the gorgeous foliage and fabulous wineries tours on Leelanau or Old Mission Peninsula, and the quaint shops and restaurants of nearby Traverse City.

Local attractions include:

Crystal Mountain ski and golf resort & spa – 4.5 miles

Iron Fish Distillery - 1.5 miles

Arcadia Bluffs golf resort – 18 miles

Lake michigan beaches – 15 miles

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park – 25 miles

Traverse City shopping, restaurants – 37 miles

Winery tours – 40 miles

Casino- 25 miles

Interlochen Fine Arts Center – 19 miles

Betsie Valley Trail system – 5 miles

More Details

Jason Balavitch
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Jason Balavitch

Our family enjoys skiing, hiking, kayaking, tubing, boating and the relaxed atmosphere of northern Michigan. Our primary residence is in Spring Lake, MI and this is our winter retreat from school and work.

Jason Balavitch purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Jason Balavitch chose Thompsonville

We purchased this property because of its proximity to Crystal Mountain Resort as well as the peaceful riverfront setting.

What makes this cabin unique

With the 1450 square feet ranch style home, it is easy to find a space of your own to relax. Whether it is the four season front porch, front deck overlooking the

Betsie River, or on one of the benches built into the stairs leading down to the river, you are sure to find your own private place.


Thompsonville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 bunk bed , Queen futon sofa/sleeper and two twin lofts. TV/DVD
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Satellite television
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • health/beauty spa
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling


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Pet-Friendly, Betsie River Retreat - Sleeps 10 - Ski, Fish, and More!
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 36 reviews

The pictures don't do it justice! Beautiful and cozy. Wish I could live there.

  • 5 of 5

They had plenty of room for all of us, all the amenities, comfortable beds, beautiful views... I could go on and on. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thank you for the lovely feedback, and hope you can make it back again soon!
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Beautiful secluded property! It was a great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Experience was great!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Comfortable and cozy

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Royal Oak, MI

Great river property

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our weekend on the Betsie river. The home is perfect for a small family or in our case a few friends..... And the owners are great. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Montague, MI

Clean, cozy cabin on the beautiful Betsy!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was clean, well stocked and perfect for our group of 4 girls and two bathrooms were definitely a plus. We could tell the owners want their guests to feel comfortable and right at home. The information binder was very helpful, beds and furniture were great and we loved the wood burning fireplace. What a great property, we'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was wonderful, would stay there again

  • 5 of 5

Great place for anytime of the year. This cabin had everything you would need. It was great

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
4.5 Miles
Vista Lounge - Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Ferry
61 Miles
SS Badger Car Ferry
Nearest Golf
4.5 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
Kinlochen - Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Ski
4.5 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Lake Michigan West Coast
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.