|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Nestled in the pines, down a two track lane are these enchanting rustic cabins sitting on the banks of Birch Lake. Located just minutes from Elk Rapids, Traverse City, Charlevoix and Schuss Mountain and Shanty Creek. Turtle Creek Casino is only 20 minutes away. Boat, water ski, fish and swim beautiful Birch Lake surrounded by nature at it's best. No TV, No Phone, just you and the nature around you. Perfect for the affordable family vacation! Available by the night in early and late season, by the week in the summer.
Close to Elk Lake, Torch Lake and the entire Chain of Lakes. Access up to 9 lakes connected by rivers with just one boat ride. Make sure and visit the Famous Torch Lake Sandbar and the south end of Torch Lake. Where locals and vacationers gather to visit and have fun.
Discounted rates in October
Pet friendly with $50 of $100 pet fee refundable if you clean up after your pet, neighbors are not pet friendly so you will need to contain your pet while here.
I live in the Florida Keys but spent my childhood summers on Elk Lake and look forward all year to returning to Birch and Traverse bay region in the summer!
Cindy purchased this cabin in 2008
These cabins reminded me of nearby Camp Maplehurst. The idea here is for multiple families to vacation together without having to share space for living all of the time, this spot will take you back to summer camp or the roadside individual cabins of the 50's and 60's.
One of the best attributes of Birch Lake is its clear, sandy bottom, perfect for little ones to play in while also being all sports lake. It is also a shallow lake which tends to make it warmer for kids (and adults!) You can fish, water ski or just float in Birch Lake!
The cabin we stayed at on Birch Lake was large and fully equipped to accommodate a group of about 6-7 people even though it said that it slept 10. There was only one large bed and the others were twin size, couches or an air mattress in the loft. There was plenty of space. The area itself was very peaceful and quiet. The problems I had was that the oven stopped working half way through our week and I also felt that the cabin was not very clean. There is too much "stuff" in the cabin which gives it an unattractive look. I think that if the cabins get a thorough cleaning and some of the stuff that is not needed gets removed, it will look more appealing. There are plenty of games and activities to keep children busy but many of the games were missing pieces. Book are there for reading pleasure but they need to be updated. It seems that people just leave what they don't want to take home at the cabin. The price is right for a week stay there and the local towns do offer a lot to do.
These cabins, and vacationing "Up North", have become some of the most meaningful times for my family. There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing the joy my father gets from doing his various projects around the property and then getting to see him sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of his labor. Not only does he get to enjoy it, we all get to enjoy it as friends and family gather for great quality time spent TOGETHER without the interference from TV, computers, video games, & cell phones, even when we bring them we rarely use them. The board games get used as the grandkids sit around and beat Papa at Sorry & Battleship, the kitchen table is actually used for gathering at meal time, the back decks get used as a place for adults to gather for a cocktail and chat while the kids enjoy their time swimming and paddle boarding, and the fire pits get used for late night s'mores, stars & story/joke telling. There really is just nothing about this place to complain about! I am so thankful Tricks Retreat has become the place that my family will continue making memories for many years to come!!!
Tricks retreat is just like the photos shown on website, great location for us, can visit Lake Michigan, elk rapids, traverse city, or just stay there swim, boat or fish. Have 3 kids so always something for them to explore. We enjoyed, the up north feel. Was wi-fi free, great for us, kids found other ways to entertain.
Birch Lake is beautiful - the lake itself, and the cabin we stayed in was great. There are a group of cabins that have been restored to close to their original built version - knotty pine walls, old time fridge, wood furnace. Kids have bunks in their room and parents have the other, w/ kitchen and living area together. Most of our time was spent outside though, playing in the lake, paddle boarding, canoeing or swimming. The lake is sandy bottom, and shallow for a very far distance, so the kids can play for hours! We've been four years now - and have stayed in each cabin, the yellow twice, and the red and lodge the other times. They're all charming, w/ the lodge being a little bit larger, however, doesn't lose it's quaint cabin feel. Shopping and going out to dinner or ice cream (every night!) in Elk Rapids and Traverse City is always fun too. This is a tradition our family treasures, and we can't wait to go back next year!!
Absolutely love this place. Kids enjoyed the paddleboards and toys on the lake. Adults had a great time visiting Turtle Creek Casino. Everyone loved the shopping downtown Elk Rapids, Traverse City, and of course the Asylum. Even the canine family member enjoyed this vacation! :) Thank you so much for a wonderful week of fun, relaxation, sightseeing, and most of all family memories!
Great cabins! More than I ever expected.The lake has a great sandy bottom. Very peaceful. Close to Traverse City and Lake Michigan. My kids keep asking if we can go every year. Highly recommend!
5 mins North of Elk Rapids on beautiful clear sandy all-sports Birch lake! This great little cabin complex from the 50's enables big groups to do vacations together with private cabins for three families. Two front cabins sleep 5 in beds with queen sofa sleeper allowing for two more stowaways. Main Lodge sleeps 7 in beds with queen sofa sleeper and loft for extra people. Available with linens, beach towels and warm blankets. Main Lodge has washer and dryer. Available for weekly rentals Saturday to Saturday between Memorial day and Labor Day. Before and during Memorial day and during and after Labor day, we rent for the weekend with discounts for adding extra days. All sports Birch lake allows for a full range of water activites. Canoe, paddleboards, swim rafts and three docks on the premises. One half mile north of Elk Lake, Birch lake is nestled between East Traverse bay and Torch lake, right in the middle of all that this water playground has to offer!
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
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