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In addition to praising our awesome hostess, Michele, I would like to tell you how four of us girlfriends spend our weekend. I like to read others' reviews to get ideas how to spend time when we travel, so here ya go! We wanted to spend some time in the area to see color and shop in West Branch. The cozy lake house was perfect for us! Nice view of the water and a 6 minute drive to West Branch. Weather could have been better (we really wanted to have a fire in the nice fire pit!). Thursday night we went to a nice little restaurant in West Branch called Buck's Country Cookin'. It was quite good and they served cocktails. Friday we went on the Au Sable River Queen boat for a 2 hour fall color tour. I was surprised there wasn't more color but it was a nice little boat ride just the same ($15 adults, $10 seniors). Friday we slept in, went shopping and was going to go to several wineries. Our first stop was the Modern Craft winery in Au Gres. We bought three cases and didn't have to go anywhere else so we went shopping again. Friday night we went to the casino in Standish. About a 30 minute ride. No restaurants (or even a buffet) so we ate at the cafe. It was pretty expensive for the food we received. Saturday we went to the outlet mall to shop and to Lumberjack's for dinner. The food is always good there. Heading home (south) on Sunday we went through LInwood to visit William's Cheese Factory - this is a must for cheese lovers! Down the road is Frank's Hardward but they have a section with unique gifts. It's worth your stop! We had a great four day trip and as stated previously, Michele is a great hostess and the house is warm and inviting. There was nothing we needed during our stay. It was simply perfect!
My large family stayed at this beautiful home and had a wonderful time! The weather was very hot so it made us appreciate the water and the outside space even more. The neighbors on the end of the cove were not there during the week of our stay, so it felt very private as we tied our rafts to the dock just to float in cove area. There were a few minor things we noticed (screens on the doors were slightly torn and housecleaning could have been better as we found cobwebs in some of the rooms and crumbs around/in furniture) but I brought to Renee's attention--she responded in a timely manner and I'm sure those things will be addressed. Renee made the whole process easy and was quick to respond to questions. We enjoyed evening bonfires, but the yard does have quite a slope, so it was not the easiest for my elderly parents to come down to that area. We spent a day tubing down the Rifle River and another day went into West Branch to the outlet mall. This home allowed us to all gather together and have such a nice family vacation. I would definitely recommend.