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Here are a few words from previous guests:

Our family gets so busy throughout the year and we need time to regroup and refresh. Our times together in this cabin have been so refreshing! Waking up to the sounds of the river has been a highlight for me. The peace calms my spirits and renews my mind. We have so much fun fishing, canoeing and kayaking during the day....playing board games at night. Another plus is the location. Only a few hours from our home and close to Traverse City and Mackinaw. You're time there will be well worth it. Just don't book our week.!

Paul and Andrea
Clinton Township,MI



One of our family traditions is to go up north to this cabin for a few days during the summer, and we have a blast! There's alot of great stuff to do- fishing, kayaking, shopping, and best of all, going the Wimpy's ice cream place! It's also always so peaceful by the cabin. The river is so relaxing and one of my favorite things to do is sit on the dock and let my feet dangle into the rushing water.
The neighbors are extremely friendly too. They get to know you, and treat you as if you've always been there. That's what I think I love most about this cabin- it's location. You will have a great time there, and it will be a treat you will look forward to often!

Lauren, 14 yrs. old
Clinton Twp. MI

What a rental!!!! If you'd like to stay in a place that is beautiful--elegantly and tastefully decorated, yet very comfortable and homey, and very convenient? This is it!

Either from the upstairs windows, the huge living room windows, or the front deck, the view of the river is breathtaking, beckoning you to listen to its babbling as it flows or to watch the fish jumping at flies!

We have stayed in motels that were supposedly cleaned by professionals, but none have compared to the spotless and organized condition we found in your home. The care taken and the conveniences made us feel so at home and yet very spoiled!

We also enjoyed exploring the area --walking in the woods, picking wild berries, fishing on the river, eating at the local restaurants and visiting some of the stores in town. The location of your home seemed remote, yet in actuality, was only a few miles from town and with very easy access to the main highway--very centrally located.

You have thought of everything for your guests. We were extremely impressed and wouldn't hesitate for one moment to recommend your home to anyone looking for a place to spend some time resting and relaxing!
We're looking forward to the possibility of visiting again soon!

Sincerely,
Dan and Connie
Lake, MI


Just a quick note to let you know that we had a wonderful weekend get-a-way at your up north cottage. We were there Oct 28-30 and could not have asked for better weather or such a fun weekend. There were 7 in our group! Dispite the large number - we all fit comforably in your cottage - including the kitchen where we enjoyed our "Waltons" style breakfast and dinners in your large and well stocked kitchen. Thanks for the use of the fireplace - it was perfect! We visited a couple lakes and parks - my sons hunted a little - all in all a fun weekend. My daughter and the rest of the 'younger' crowd went to the Haunted Cornfield for added fun. My son and his wife are already talking about returning in February if all goes well. Highly recommended.

Ann
St. Clair Shores, MI


Last weekend was a reunion of sorts for my two brothers and I. From as far away as Arizona we gathered. We were very comfortable with lots of room, clean, and a spectacular view of The Manistee located just out the door. With one of the best trout streams in Michigan just a few steps away, our fly fishing weekend was a unforgetable success. The hammock right on the riverbank is a great place for a nice, peaceful, mid-afternoon nap. I plan to return for a kayak trip in the near future. Thank You Skip and Kathy for this wonderful opportunity.

Scott
Bay City, MI


Beautiful place

Tim
Phoenix, AZ


We were here for Memorial Day Weekend. As always it was peaceful and calming for both of us. We rented a canoe at ShelHaven up the road. We drove into Travers City for a day and went biking in the city. The weather was perfect...upper 60's to low 70's. We love coming here Thank you Kathy and Skip.

John and JoJo
Macomb Twp, MI


Great place - my third time here! Nice neighbors...such beautiful scenery.

Diane and Joe
St. Clair Shores, MI


We routinely rent homes like this when going on vacation because we like the extra space and the illusion of being at home. This is without qualification the nicest home that we have rented., It is clean, well maintained and situated in a beautiful area. We could not have asked for more.

Kurt and Julie
Ravenna, OH


We had a wonderful fishing trip. The weather was great and the cabin was lovely. A perfect setting for our first vacation with our 10 week old baby. Thanks for the great memories.

Jeremy, Rita and Morgan
Westchester, IL


Amazingly warm for October with temps hovering near 90 deg. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. We always have a great time when we come here. Chris took advantage of the river and kayaked down to the DNR site twice! It was a hoot to watch Justin "swim" in the river as well. I think he lasted all of five minutes because the water was so cold. For our family kayak trip we used Penrods and floated the AuSable. The boys did great for their first time solo kayak trip. We had wonderful fires in the fireplace and did some awesome star watching. On our way out we're stopping at Lake Margrethe for some swimming cause it's so warm - amazing for ctober 8th.

Chris, Sharon, Adam and Justin
St. Clair Shores, MI


River access was great! Beautiful site, lovely home. We want to come back.

Robin
Northbrook, IL


The cabin was very relaxing and the river is beautiful. Grayling was a great location as we went both east and west. Got to see two great lakes. Thanks -

Tom and Vicki
Little Rock, AR


All the comforts of home and more. The fireplace was used every night. Very romantic.

Keith and Kim
Rochester Hills, MI


We enjoy this area more each time we come. Thanks for all the thoughtful touches (I was glad to see the outlet covers - our little one crawls everywhere!) We had a great vacation!

Tony, Jay, Tony Jr., Isabel and Evie


A perfect location from which to launch an all-out assult on the trout of the Manistee and Au Sable!

Richard
Ironton, OH


We love your home. Thank you for letting us stay here. Our two dogs love the river. We loved swing on your hammock. We love to swim in the river. Thank you for letting us stay here by the river.

Your friend, Krystal
Traverse City, MI


We've had a most enjoyable stay at your comfortable and beautiful home on the river! Thank you for sharing your home with us - your generosity was much appreciated!

Kris and Melanie
Howell, MI


We realy enjoyed our stay here - what a great spot to get away from it all! So much better than a motel. Was truly a home away from home. We used it as a platform to go to Mackinaw Island, Gaylord and Grayling

Phil and Bonnie
Greenville, MI


...Wednesday evening was the best fishing of the week with hatches of Blues, Sulphurs, Drakes and even a few Hex!...and yes, we left a few for everyone else!

Mark and Jerry
Bay City, MI


Warm, sunny day. First time here., Plan to do some fishing and a whole lot of relaxing.

First night we got about 10 or so fish.

Another sunny day...We caught 19 fish today

Stormed pretty good last night. We still tried fishing in the a.m. ...got another 12. It got sunny as the day went on....

Heading back home. We had a nice time. We are thinking of coming basck again.

Tom and Yvonne
Milan, MI


Just wanted you to know that we really enjoyed our stay here. It was so peaceful and relaxing...the neighbors were friendly.... We will be highly recommending your place to friends on facebook and others that want a peaceful retreat.

Thank you,
The Fairchilds
Sherwood, OH


We had a great time! Your place is so welcoming, relaxing and accomodating! Everything we needed is already here - don't have to worry about forgetting snything! Was so nice to sit on the deck and hear nature. ...Had beautiful weather the entire weekend - all was a blessing! Thanks much and we do want to come back next year for sure!

Dede and Ric
Shelby Twp


Thank you Skip and Kathy.

This was a lovely and relaxing weekend. The fully stocked kitchen was a real blessing and it was wonderful eating our meals with the river babbling and the birds singing outside. The kingsize bed was very comfortable and the view was everything you promised. We will be coming back.

Kelly
Dearborn, MI


Wonderful place. We all enjoyed it greatly. A couple of strong mid-afternoon sulpher hatches added to the great weekend.

Paul, Lori,and Abbigal
Toledo, OH


We routinely rent homes like this when going on vacation because we like the extra space and the "illusion" of being at home. This is, without qualification, the nicest home we have rented. It is clean well maintained and situated in a beautiful area. We could not have asked for more.

Kurt and Julie
Ravenna, OH


River access was great! Beautiful site, lovely home. We want to come back!

Edrene and Robin
Northbrook, IL


The cabin was very relaxing and the river is beautiful. Grayling was a great location and we went both east and west. Got tow see two great lakes.
Thanks,

Tom and Vicki
Little Rock, AR


Since I am expecting our 4th, my husband thought the best Mothers Day present would be a quiet weekend of relaxing.

He was right...can't remember the last time I got this much rest! We will definatinely be back!

Thank you for a wonderful stay. We had a great time.

Randy and Paull
Waterford, MI


We had a very nice stay. This is a convenient location for fishing and floating. We took two guided tours...

The women enjoyed floating in our kayaks and a rented canoe from Long's to have a nice two hour float The two labs enjoyed the river and the forest.

We would certainly rent again if we are back in the north country.

Richard and Pat
Waukeda, WI


It was amazing. Everything was clean and very comfortable. The view is great and we also enjoyed the stereo system. I wish we could live here.

Harley
Deerfield, IL


Thanks for everything. We had a wonderful time and will be back. You have a nice well kept place.

Bryan, Britttany and Luke
Franklin, IN


We unfoirtunately did not catch any fish, but to come in and warm ourselves by the fire made up for it. And finding a copy of "Bibleoply" was a real treat! We will be back again!

The Engineers
Ann Arbor, MI



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