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Ripple Lodge: Year-round Family Estate on Long Lake since 1928.

Ripple Lodge: Year-round Family Estate on Long Lake since 1928.


Property Details

Updated: May 22, 2015
3 Houses & 2 Cabins: 9 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, 2 Kitchens & a Beach - Sleeps 20+

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 (but just the Big House & Blue Cabin during Winter), 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 a sandy beach, 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 Summer the dining house and charming white cabin are added onto 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 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 for watching sunsets over the lake, as too are the porches on the dining house and, most particularly, the one on the boat house 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), the towering trees, fresh air and delicious well water (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 make instant bookings impossible, moreover the price varies according to the number of adults, teenagers and kid overs 5, something that home-away's sites (VRBO, etc.) cannot deal with.

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 we 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 in advance: a week, a month or just for a week-end getaway -- the choice is yours.

More Details
  • Sleeps 24
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

My wife and I bought out my cousins a few years back and have been busy fixing up 'the lodge' to make it one of the best spots on Long Lake for large family reunions. For now Ripple Lodge is primarily a rental business, in 5-10 years it shall become our retirement home and perhaps only open for repeat customers who know and appreciate its unique virtues.

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4 Reviews

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Ripple Lodge: Year-round Family Estate on Long Lake since 1928.
Traverse City Northern Michigan

Awesome Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5
This was the perfect setting for our large family reunion. Beautiful lake views, lots of space so that you never felt cramped and it was very clean. The owner was very responsive before we got there answering questions and very helpful while we were there. There are plenty of things to do in Traverse City and the areas close like Glen Arbor. The location is ideal for just relaxing with a wonderful deck, beach, boat house to hang out in & two nice fire pits. It was an ideal vacation/family reunion.
  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This year we have added a dishwasher and new double oven stove to the dining house, not to mention rewiring the dining house, white cabin and boat house. The most important feature, however, will remain our beautiful setting on Long Lake, the fresh air and delicious water that flows from out of our well. We very much appreciate those customers who help make Ripple Lodge a great place for family reunions.
Ripple Lodge: Year-round Family Estate on Long Lake since 1928.
Traverse City Northern Michigan
London, Ontario, Canada

Ripple Lodge Visit Summer 2013

  • 4 of 5
Our family (6 adults, 3 children, l dog!) stayed a week at Ripple Lodge. It was terrific! The cottages were clean, no shortage of hot water, with comfortable beds and lots of them as we were a smaller group. Lots of dry firewood provided for the fireplaces and the "fire pit" on the deck which was our place for story telling and smores. We all appreciated the cottage atmosphere with lots of easy walking in beautiful surroundings of mature trees and meadows. The use of the motorboat was a bonus. The location could not have been better as we were a few minutes from groceries, Traverse City, Lake Michigan beaches, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Leland (Fishtown)and plenty more activities that we will explore next time. Great sunsets. Phillip (owner) was available if needed and promptly returned our security deposit. It was a fun filled family week! We will recommend this to our friends and look forward to returning. Paula and John, London, Ontario
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to see renters who appreciate the unique charm that Ripple Lodge offers. I am hoping that more Canadians cross the border and experience all that Northern Michigan has to offer.
Ripple Lodge: Year-round Family Estate on Long Lake since 1928.
Traverse City Northern Michigan
Farmington Hills, MI

Rustic Private Resort

  • 5 of 5
Ripple Lodge felt like home as soon as we arrived, from the furnished bedrooms and kitchens to the welcoming owners. The Lodge is made up of several buildings, so my extended family was never tripping over itself. We brought our bikes (watch out for the hills!) and an inflatable boat--pretty much everything else we needed was there. The beach was totally private (we played all day and had campfires at night on the beach), and the beach house was right there (my nephew chose to sleep in it all weekend). There were several large gathering areas, and we all had the privacy we needed as well. We brought our dogs, who were in heaven (they're part of the family, after all!). We were minutes away from Traverse City and the sand dunes, and when we could tear ourselves away from the lodge, we did go visit. We'll definitely be back, and I plan to look into it for my son's Cub Scout pack--it would be perfect.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We certainly are glad to have renters who appreciate all of the unique charms of Ripple Lodge - and look forward to giving them a discount on future rentals as our policies state: 10% off any advertised price for all future rentals.
Ripple Lodge: Year-round Family Estate on Long Lake since 1928.
Traverse City Northern Michigan
Grand Blanc, MI, USA

Excellent vacation home

  • 5 of 5
We were a group of 12 to 14 people visited Ripple Lodge on July 4th, 2010 long week end. We really enjoyed our stay as it is within the vicinity of Traverse City and Mr. Phillip was very friendly and helpful. The cabins and the home are located on the lake side and it has a boat house also which makes it very special as one might get a feel of being close to nature. I would recommend this place to others and we plan to visit this place again.
  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This was our first rental to a larger group of people and we were quite pleased that they all enjoyed their stay so much. Ripple Lodge is continuously being improved upon and we look forward to even larger parties.


From the Owner

The best of the old and the new - the charm from almost 100 years is still evident, along with lots of new ideas and, not to forget: a great location on the NE corner of Long Lake: Ripple Lodge - the place to be.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Traverse City at 8 Miles Nearest Ferry : Ludington, MI at 90 Miles Nearest Train : Grand Rapids, MI at 100 Miles Nearest Motorway : MI 31/37 at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Boone's Long Lake Inn at 3 Miles Nearest Beach : Here, or Sleeping Bear Dunes at 20 Miles

Swimming, Boating, Biking, Nature Walks--a peaceful and private environment! Do you like to grill?--we have TWO larger Webber grills and a beautiful spot under towering pine trees looking down at the Lake. Traverse City is just 10 minutes away offering all of its activities; Sleeping Bear dunes is a 20 minute drive. Most important of all Long Lake is special, having some of the clearest water of any lake in Michigan and is about 7 miles long by 1.5 mile wide - not to mention 75 feet deep in some parts: the Mozart of Michigan lakes! Our boathouse and beach face West so the sunsets are superb and the boathouse is perfectly situated to keep an eye on your kids playing on the beach. Don't forget your boat, walleye is the fish to catch. The Dock goes out in May and comes back in in October. During OFF Season, we are especially quiet and affordable, the lake is swimmable until October and the ice comes in around Christmas - Ice Skating, Ice Fishing, or just read a great book in the seclusion, Kafka anyone?


From $500 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May - June 2015
Apr 25 2015 - Jun 12 2015
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
Last 2 wks>Labor Day
Aug 23 2015 - Sep 7 2015
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 22 2015 - Nov 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2015
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 6 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2016
May 28 2016 - Jun 17 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2016
Jun 18 2016 - Sep 3 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $1,000.00
  • Pet Fee $150.00
  • Cleaning Fee < 3 nights $200.00

25% - 50% due to Book, (another possible 25% 4 months out); final 50% due 8 wks out; Security deposit $1K on arrival. The rate depends upon the # of adults, teenagers & kids > 6 yrs in your party. Agreement to the "Rules of Ripple Lodge" is stipulated in the Rental Contract. Note that the "Instant Quote" that VRBO, etc. gives you may be way off since the dumb software doesn't distinguish ages.

Exact Price is determined by the precise # of adults and the ages of children & teenagers (under 6 generally are free).
Agreement to abide by the "rules" of Ripple Lodge is also a fundamental aspect of our Rental Contract. This is a very special place and it deserves NOT to be trashed by careless renters.

Nightly: $250-$1,500 - Depends upon the # of houses & cabins that are required during off season; during the Summer all 3 houses and
the two cabins are rented.
Weekly: $2400 - $7200 - Special rates may apply during off season.
Security $1,000 - Your security deposit is returned to you 3 days after departure assuming no damages or excessive clean up.

Monthly Rate: $2000 - $6000

During the Summer we ONLY rent to 1 party at a time- by the Week (Sat to Saturday); during
OFFSEASON we possibly rent to multiple parties, by the week, the month, or just for a weekend:
Summer 2015: June 21-Sept 1st: $4,000 - $6,000 - exact price dependent upon # of people, precise dates and whether or not you h

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Updated: May 22, 2015


From the Owner

Having 3 houses and 2 cabins means that there's lots of spaces for families to spread out: So join the crowd down on the beach or be alone in your own house or cabin. Dinners tend to run late - 9PM? - and getting up late after a long refreshing sleep happens quite regularly, it's because the air Up North is so much better than downstate...

Property Type

  • lodge


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities


  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Downtown
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 3800 sq. ft.


  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Big House 2nd bathroom. - toilet, tub, shower, 2 rooms, laundry room with toilet & sink; Tub Room w/Shower.
  • Dining house bathroom off main Bedroom. - toilet, shower
  • Blue Cabin Bathroom. - toilet, shower, Heated tile floor - great in the Winter.
  • White Cabin Bathroom. - toilet, shower
  • Big House bathroom w/ 2 person shower. - toilet, shower, Grab bars by toilet & shower.
  • The bathrooms in the Big House are handicap friendly with grab bars next to one toilet as well as in the showers.


  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Big House, master bedroom - 1 queen
  • Small Kid's downstairs bedroom. - 2 double, 2 twin/ single, Two Bunk beds, 1 full-sized, 1 regular.
  • North Bedroom. - 1 double
  • West Bedroom off the porch. - 1 double
  • Big House Upstairs Sleeping porch. - 6 twin/ single, Perfect place to situate the 'teenagers' - great air!
  • Dining House main bedroom. - 1 queen, This bedroom has an attached bathroom w/shower.
  • Blue Cabin. - 1 double, 1 twin/ single, Room to add a single bed, or not.
  • White Cabin. - 1 queen
  • Dining House small bedroom. - 1 twin/ single, We can also move a full-sized bed here if need be.
  • There is also a full-sized futon couch that opens to sleep in the big room of the Big House, as well as another bunk bed right that can be placed wherever you may want it, choose your location. We can also accommodate campers.


  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available


  • Our Boat House really is special--the only one of its kind that you will find on the entire lake! - one that includes a porch and family room (520 sq. ft.) right on the lakefront where you can watch your kids on our private beach (see picasaweb pics!). Surrounded by woods at the end of a 1 mile dirt road, get away from the crowds and enjoy the seclusion. The perfect spot for large family reunions or collegiate symposiums.

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