Ripple Lodge is a one-of-a-kind set of four houses and two cabins - only five of which we typically rent to ONE Party in the Summer, as well as possibly renting our various spaces to multiple parties during the Spring & Fall. Being located on about one acre of beautifully wooded land on the N.E. corner of Long Lake and having over 275 feet of lake frontage and an expansive sandy beach ideal for the kids, Ripple Lodge still manages to retain its charm and atmosphere from the 1920's: the perfect spot to escape from the frantic pace and relax in comfort and seclusion, and a great place for a family reunion.
During the late Spring, Summer and early Fall - the dining house and charming white cabin are added on to the Big House, blue cabin and boat house that are available year-round. Our outdoor wood furnace (see last picture) insures that you never run out of hot water anywhere....as well as delivering in-floor heat to the bathrooms, and hot water baseboard heat elsewhere in the Big house & Blue Cabin.
Being central to everything the Big House also has the majority of the bedrooms(5+), & two and a half luxurious bathrooms, not to mention a large living room w/Fireplace! When you add in the other 4 buildings that makes for more than sufficient space into which large family groups fit comfortably. The porch on the West side of the Big House is a perfect spot for watching sunsets over the lake, as too are the porches on the dining house and, most particularly, the one on the boat house which is right on the water's edge.
Speaking of 'lake' - do note the clarity of Long Lake's spring-fed water, much better than many other lakes in the area! Historically a bass lake, one is more likely to enjoy walleye after spending a night trolling, though perch and other small fry are out there. The setting couldn't be better what with the sandbar, the plenitude of birds (Loons, an eagle, a crane, ducks and geese, and many smaller birds, finches), towering trees, fresh air and delicious well water (please, pretty please! - don't bring plastic water bottles!), not to mention a great view of the Milky Way - the most natural of settings - Pure Michigan: it's right here.
If you are looking for something unique, not the typical modern hoopla but charm that goes back to 1928 - and lots of space, and lots of privacy, plenty of room for kids on the beach front, a large Dining Room in the Dining house (seats 16+), etc. - Ripple Lodge is it. We are particular about to whom we rent and have a list of 'rules' that can make instant bookings impractical, moreover the price varies according to the number of adults, teenagers and kids overs 5, hence it's best to correspond about such particulars allowing me to modify the price according to your parties unique compostion.
Of course we have a Verizon WiFi hot spot, fully stocked kitchens, a dock and buoys, but bring or rent your own boat(s), the boat launch is right across the lake, about 1 mile away. There's a TV but no reception out here, so bring your favorite DVDs if you wish.
Spring, Fall and Winter offer the utmost in quiet and affordability, and you might be amazed at seeing the ice freeze around Christmas - as winter can be serene as well as brutal. Crystal Mountain Ski resort is 28 miles away offering generally impressive snow conditions. Lodging is limited to about 8 adults and 6 kids once the thermometer dives below the freezing point.
Ripple Lodge is ready and we do advise that you book far in advance, particularly if you desire a week during the Summer Peak Season. Normally the Summers are fully booked 6-12 months in advance!