My favorite camp site so far. Very private and picturesque. The orchard is beautiful and there are great activities nearby - we enjoyed the beach at Grand Mere State Park and the Round Barn winery. Bring kindling and smaller logs as the firewood provided includes large limbs and tree trunks. We easily found the site but I think we took the wrong orchard road to get there so go straight and take the sandy/dirt/gravel path. You will then turn right to go down a hill by the 3 big trees. We arrived late but met Gonsalo in the morning when he brought us peaches.
Stayed at Casey’s camp up on the hill. You will need to hike your gear in to the site so pack light or bring a wagon. It is very private and peaceful and has everything you need - fire pit, cooking grate and picnic table. You’ll need to park by the privy, which is closer to the house and Fallen Tower camp. There are some trails through the woods once up top. The weeds were a bit high and I think there was some stinging nettle so wear pants and boots if you explore past the main path to the site. The hosts were great!
We stayed here because of the tent cabin and really liked it. Hopefully one day we’ll have one of our own. We met the tent maker, who lives locally, at the Friday night fish fry and it was really cool to hear his stories and see pictures of his work. As someone else said, the cabin is behind the bar/restaurant on a camp ground with RV hook ups, a grassy field with a sand volleyball court in the center, trees around the perimeter and next to ATV trails. There is a newly added bathhouse with a hot water shower and a camp toilet (lined bucket) between the 2 cabins. The bar/restaurant is 50 steps away if you need a flushing toilet, drinks or meals. The tent cabin is beautiful and super clean. We stayed dry in the rain and warm during the cold nights. It has a propane heater and a portable air conditioner in the cabin for any weather. There was a generous amount of camp supplies provided (lanterns, plates, table cloth, silverware, fire wood, cooking grate for over the fire pit, bed linens, pillows, towels). The bed was super comfy. We enjoyed hiking at nearby Thunder Mountain and the Nicolet national forest and checking out area waterfalls. I appreciated that the cabin and the restaurant’s outdoor patio were dog friendly!
We really tested out this camper and tipi with thunderstorms both nights, 40 degree temps and a dog. We had everything we needed and more and had a great time. We had coffee and donuts in the camper in the mornings, cocktails in the camper in the evenings then went to bed in the tipi at night. We stayed warm and dry til morning with the propane heater and ozan liner. Bruce is very helpful and attentive to make sure you have everything you need. Before we arrived he had a port a potty delivered and installed down the path. He had plenty of lights and batteries, propane and kitchen supplies. We used the heated outdoor shower and it was great. If the weather was better, we would have used the grill and propane fire pit. There are grass mowed paths to take a walk, which our dog really enjoyed. There are trees surrounding this site and the property is 15 acres with a small lake and a log cabin (also for rent). It was very quiet and the log cabin was set apart with attention to keep the 2 spaces private. We hiked in the woods and sand dunes at Grand Mere State Park, Saugatuck Dunes and Warren Dunes State Park. We enjoyed the Tulip Festival in Holland. We got take out from DiMaggio’s pizza. We had great drinks and/or meals at these dog friendly establishments: The Livery, Wicks Park restaurant, Uncommon Grounds and Journeyman Distillery. I love Lake Michigan and all the great things to do and places to see. I would definitely stay here again to use as a basecamp for exploring the area. And I really appreciate that it is dog friendly!
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