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Ripple Lodge - Family Estate Long Lake *1928 in Traverse City

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20% in savings

stays between: 9/7/14 & 9/14/14

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Summers Over But the Lodge still Beckons

Ripple Lodge has had its best year ever - so why not come and enjoy the solitude since everyone else is gone?.... The lake is still warm for swimming & sunbathing - and the grill is still ready. Best deal of the year: $2,400 - 12 adults, kids free- 1 wk.

  • $3,000 $2,400/week (20% off)

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vacation rental description

Ripple Lodge is a one-of-a-kind set of four houses & 2 cabins - five of which we typically rent out to one party in the Summer, or possibly to multiple parties in the Spring & Fall - that is located on about 1 acre of beautifully wooded land on the N.E. corner of Long Lake, with over 275 feet of lake frontage and a sandy beach. Still retaining its charm and atmosphere from the 20's, Ripple Lodge is the perfect spot to escape from the frantic pace and relax in comfort and seclusion - and a great place for a family reunion.  The Dining House and charming boat house as well as 2 separate cabins and, central to everything, the Big House that has five bedrooms and two luxurious bathrooms, not to menition a large living room w/Fireplace! - that's a ton of space for larger groups. Altogether there are two kitchens and dining areas, three screened-in porches: Big House, Dining House & Boat House - all facing the lake.  Speaking of "lake" - do note the clarity of Long Lake's spring-fed water, much better than many other lakes in the area!  A beautiful setting with lots of birds (Loons, an eagle, a crane, ducks and geese, and many smaller birds-finches), towering trees, fresh air and delicious well water (please don't bring plastic water bottles!), and 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, a Boat House right on the water, and 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 who we rent to and have a list of "rules" that are important (e.g. don't plug up the septic system!) - good repeat customers are desired as we have one of the best spots in the area.

Yes, we have a Verizon WiFi hotspot; Of course we have 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 offer the utmost in quiet and affordability, unless you wish to see winter in what can be a brutal environment.  Lodging is limited to 8 adults once the thermometer dives below the freezing point. Contact Owner for unusual off-season (Winter) rental possibilities, 2-6 week minimum for 2 to 8 adults.

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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. feet) 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. Where do you want to bed down? You can choose from the the Dining house, either of the 2 cabins and, for larger parties, the bedrooms and sleeping porches of the Big House. The cabins and Dining House have large bedrooms with their own bathroom/shower, the Big House has 2 bathrooms each having a large shower and one also with a 2 person tub and due to the wood furnace and heat eXchangers we never run out of hot water. Speaking of which, hot water radiant heat and a "rehab" makes the Blue Cabin the place to be, though the "old" is special too, everything is kept immaculate.  Ripple Lodge is undergoing continuous improvement and promises to retain the best of the old as well as the new. - If you're looking for granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, sorry this is NOT the place, look elsewhere--but if a sharp knife and a fridge that keeps the beer cold is all that is needed, we have the essentials: a washer/dryer, an espresso maker, an ice cream maker and, best of all, the most natural of settings! We provide linens and bath towels but bring your own beach towels. Should you have any special needs, give us a call and let's talk.  Our Big House is handicap friendly with large doorways, grab-bars, and spacious walk-in showers.

We also offer: child care, sailing lessons, swimming lessons, cooking classes.

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Swimming, Boating, Biking, Nature Walks--a peaceful and private environment!  Do you like to grill?--we've got 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 book in the seclusion.

vacation rental rates

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 2014:  Sold out.

Summer 2015: June 21-Sept 1st: $4,000 - $6,000 - exact price dependent upon # of people, precise dates and whether or not you have rented here before.  The charge includes taxes, no add-ons besides the Security deposit which is almost always returned.  $500 reserves; 1/4 by Jan. 1st; 
next 1/4 3 months out; 50% 6 weeks before arrival. 

The Calendar (Winter excepted) is kept accurate regarding our current bookings, so please use it as a guide. First come, first serve: deposit req'd!  Your "week" can be swapped with any unbooked week should you need to change your plans.  Check-in between 4 & 6PM; Check-Out by 10 AM - unless special arrangements are made in advance.  Sat to Sun and Sun to Monday 8-day rentals possible last 2 weeks of August.

Fall Rental:       Sept. 2nd - October 31st:  2-16 people for weekend, week or monthly.
Winter Rental:  November - May 16th: 2-6 people for 2wks-3 mos! - $2,500 minimum.
Spring Rental:  May-June 15th: $2,400 - $3,600/week for 6 to 16 people;

     Minimums:   $300 a weekend in 1 cabin; $600 for Dining house; $900 Big House;
         5 rental units (9 Bdrm/5 Bathroom) - $3,000/week for 12 adults - Winter is excepted. 

A Note regarding the PICTURES >>  (more pics in picasaweb)
 1 & 2 are: N. Beach & Lake View; 3 & 4 are: Dining House:  Porch & Bedroom;
     5 & 6 are: Blue Cabin; 7 White Cabin; 8: Dining House Ext;
      9 & 10: Big House:  Kitchen, Living Room; 11 & 12: more Beach Shots;
 13-14-15-16 are: Dining House:  Picnic & Sunset on Boat House in the Springtime!   

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Awesome Family Vacation

Review submitted: July 21, 2014   Date of arrival: June 28, 2014

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.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners 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.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Ripple Lodge Visit Summer 2013

Review submitted: August 13, 2013   Date of arrival: July 27, 2013

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

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing

Owners 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.

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


Rustic Private Resort

Review submitted: July 9, 2011   Date of arrival: July 1, 2011

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.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners 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.

Helpful votes: 12 / 12


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