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Nashua, New Hampshire
September 2, 2004
For the second week of August we encountered 3 great days sunny and 70's followed by 4 days of 60's and rain. SO gray we left 1 day early mainly because of..
Our unit had a great view BUT was not at all clean when we checked in. Mold and mildew everywhere on refrigerator. Very old and dirty and probably original appliances in need of replacing. Not really private sleeping for 6 as the loft overlooked the living room. Dining area rugs with many spots, dirty glass on the floor from many weeks earlier beside chair in bedroom which we spotted when moving the chair. Dirty sheets left on the sleep sofa. Kitchen area dirty and grimmy. Get the picture.
From journal Long Awaited & Planned Vacation
White Lake, Michigan
February 15, 2004
Shanty Creek and Cedar River are three miles apart and a shuttle will take you if you don't want to drive. There are two five-star lodges. We have been going to this resort for the last six years and will continue to go back. This resort has been a Gold Crown resort for the last decade.
They have a buffet dinner every Saturday, with prime rib and crab legs, chicken, and shrimp; you name it, they have it for $25 per person. It’s very nicely done and romantic. They also serve a breakfast brunch. There is live entertainment on the weekends. It's a great mid-winter getaway to rekindle your love.
The condo has a fireplace and full kitchen.
The mountains had an 81-inch base. There’s great skiing and you’ll have lots of fun if you like to tube, ice-skate, cross-country ski, swim, hike, golf, swim, boat, fish, etc.
From journal Skiing Getaway in Michigan at Shanty Creek Resort
January 12, 2004
The kitchen came with basic supplies necessary if you wish to eat in for a week. We chose to alternate, but mostly ate in due to the lack of many options besides McDonald's and the lodge.
The living room was small with a gas fireplace. It provided a sleeper sofa and loveseat, and basic cable was accessible on the one television in the unit.
The dining room table would seat six, plus two stools on the breakfast bar to seat eight if necessary.
Two full baths were provided, as was a small stack unit washer/dryer.
The view we had from the rental was fabulous. We overlooked a ravine and many times the kids saw deer and other smaller animals from the comfort of the dining room. Also had a wonderful view of Lake Bellaire from the front balcony. I'm guessing that we were fortunate to get both views. but it looks like most buildings were set up to have at least one of the two sights providing a view of the wilderness or the lake. I believe we were lucky in the unit we received to have both.
From journal Shanty Creek - Vacation Club II
The golf both on the resort and around the resort looked to be excellent. In the immediate vicinity, there were three excellent golf courses, plus two adequate ones, accommodating golf courses for both beginner and expert. I only got to play one round, so my exposure to the courses was limited to brochures, slpoes, ratings, and scorecards.
The resort had two heated pools. The kids, as you would suspect, visited often. We spent the majority of our time at the smaller pools and often had the pool to ourself, or shared with maybe one other family with young children. This was their favorite part of the trip, along with seeing deer.
At the bottom of the mountain within ten minutes' drive from anywhere on the resort was the small town of Bellaire, which has basic necessities for vacation with smaller children, like grocery store, McDonalds, and an ice cream parlor. We also found two playgrounds for burning energy, one large public one across the street from the elementary school and one next to the main ski lodge. A necessity with four- and two-year-olds, must burn energy for parental sanity.
We had a good time renting paddleboats and we also spent some time on the beach. There was a lot of fishing and boating activity on the lake during the morning, but it quieted down in the early afternoon. We found a small park near the resort which had the paddleboats and canoes for rent. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the business.
Also, we obviously were not there for ski season. From what I understand, it is much more lively during the winter months, according to staff. The summer is much more oriented to the golf scene and family getaways.
Traverse City is about 40 minutes away. It's not a big town, but can provide a dose of civilization for those who need it. They had a small zoo, downtown shopping district, and one reasonably sized mall complex which provided entertainment for us the two days weather did not cooperate.
Mackinac Island is about 2 to 2 1/2 hours away after driving and ferry ride. This was a beautiful place to visit in the summer. Be warned, there are a lot of people who visit regularly during the summer, making it quite crowded. Reservations for the ferry and meals are highly recommended. We mostly stuck to the Mackinac Island State Park and Fort Mackinac. We brought a picnic lunch and then left before dinner. The island is beautiful, and the kids had a great time buring energy at the parks.
We don't gamble, so we just drove by the casino on the way to Traverse City. It apparently is an indian casino, that is busy primarily on Friday and Sat night, but had a fair amounmt of vehicles parked the two days we drove by to/from Traverse City.
August 26, 2003
Check in day was Fridays. The resort is about 45 minutes from Traverse City. Roads are good in the area, but not many road signs. We got lost twice, because the roads always twist around the many lakes in the area. We had very good luck with the weather. It was in the 80s almost every time. Very unusual for Mid August.
From journal Summer in Michigan
July 8, 2003
From journal Relax in the northern lower Penninsula
Brighton, United Kingdom
June 6, 2002
Another somewhat dated characteristic was the man who greeted us, and doubled as waiter at meal times. Although probably only mid 40s his manner was very formal. He also bore a striking resemblance of Manuel from ‘Fawlty Towers’, down to the hotchpotch of languages he spoke in an attempt to communicate with foreigners, seemingly changing language depending on the room we happened to be in – halting Spanish in the lounge, and pidgin English in the dining room. Thankfully, the manageress spoke faultless English.
Another quirk is that the hotel does not accept credit cards, whilst the restaurant in the hotel does! So we ended up paying for our dinner by credit card and our room by travellers cheque, and even then the Euro Travellers Cheques caused great confusion. 60 euros for a large double with en suite in April 2002.
From journal Mallorca; More than just beer & chips