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Property Code: 413 Hidden River Cabin
Hidden River Cabin on the Betsie River!
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Betsie River Retreat for 10
Get away from it all at Hidden River Cabin, a family retreat tucked away on 2.5 acres of quiet forest at the end of a private road, along the banks of the Betsie River, and surrounded by the Betsie River State Game Refuge. The Betsie is a protected Natural River, which limits development and preserves the natural beauty, and you will have 330 feet of natural frontage and private dock all to yourself. The river is shallow and gentle with a sandy bottom, great for big kids to play in (averages 2-4 feet deep), and deep enough for leisurely kayak trips in the two tandem kayaks provided (each seats 2 adults + 1 child). An assortment of life vests are available for toddler through adult.
The river will take you to the east end of the Betsie Bay, Frankfort and Elberta (2 hour float or 1 hour paddle), or all the way to Lake Michigan for the more ambitious paddlers. For the fishermen in the family, fall heralds the arrival of the king salmon run (starting as early as mid-August) with winter and spring bringing in the steelhead trout. Use the portable fish cleaning table and the grill/smoker to cook your catch for dinner, or take them to the Port City Smokehouse for the best smoked fish or pate you've ever had! Watch their Facebook page for tournaments and fishing news.
Hidden River Cabin is just a few minutes from the beautiful pristine beaches at Frankfort and Crystal Lake, and just 30 minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes. There is a family-sized folding shade tent, lots of sand toys, and plenty of folding chairs that you can take along with you on your beach outings.
Use the bikes to explore the adjacent 22 mile Betsie Valley Trail, which connects Frankfort, Beulah and Thompsonville, passing by some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. The cabin has a variety of adult and kid sized rides - just bring your helmets! Enjoy the volleyball and badminton set, bocce set, stomp rockets, s'mores around the firepit, and numerous other activities. Explore the forest, play in the river, or just curl up with a good book!
The bedrooms are themed, and tastefully furnished with family antiques. The Forest Room, upstairs, has a mahogany four-poster queen sized bed. The River Room, also upstairs, has two sets of knotty pine bunk beds. The Beach Room on the main floor has a full sized mahogany sleigh bed and dresser. Additional sleeping can be found in the Living Room, a queen size sleeper sofa.
Your family will never run out of things to do at Hidden River Cabin! Inside, you will find plenty of kid-friendly games and toys, as well as a selection of DVDs and VHS tapes.
♦1st Bedroom/ Full Bed, main floor
♦2nd Bedroom/ Queen Bed, upstairs
♦3rd Bedroom/ 4 twins (bunk beds), upstairs
♦Additional Sleeping/ Queen Sleeper Sofa in Living Room
♦1st Bathroom/ Shower stall, main floor
♦2nd Bathroom/ Shower stall, upstairs
♦Full Kitchen w/o dishwasher
♦Automatic Coffee Maker
♦Electric Baseboard Heat
♦No Air Conditioning
♦There is no telephone at this cottage. Cell service can be spotty in some areas, AT&T and Verizon are pretty reliable.
♦Children's toys including dollhouse, Legos, Lincoln logs, puzzles, games, and more
♦Charcoal Grill & Smoker
♦Private dock with swim ladder
♦Two Tandem Kayaks
♦Two Single Kayaks
♦Stand Up Paddle Board
♦Life Jackets (2 adult, 4 youth, 1 toddler)
♦Bicycles (2 adult, 1 teen, 2 child) with pump and repair kit
♦Family size shade tent, beach chairs, and sand toys
♦Portable Volleyball, Badminton, and Bocce sets
♦Portable Fish Cleaning Station
♦Pet friendly for up to two well behaved dogs
♦Be sure to follow all Michigan rules for fishing.
♦Linen Packages Available
♦(additional fees apply)
All rates and amenities are subject to change until rental agreements are approved by management. Please see our terms and conditions, FAQ, and contact a reservation agent for more details.
State Use Tax 6% of Rental Rate
CVB Assessment 2% of Rental Rate
Processing Fee 1.5% of Rental Rate
Departure Housekeeping Fee: $150
CSA Vacation Rental Damage Protection $35
Refundable Damage Deposit: $1500
Available to Reserve Online 24/7
Rental Rates and Seasons: (USD)
* Rates are subject to change without notice. Pricing excludes taxes, additional options and fees.
Total Reviews (4)
Reviewed: Sep 13, 2016
Stayed: Aug 2016
Hidden River Cabin. Nuff said. Loved it.
Farmington Hills, US
Reviewed: Aug 28, 2016
Stayed: Aug 2016
Very helpful towards our needs.
Yes I will let others know of this property and the kindness of the team. Next year we would like a place on Crystal Lake. We grew up spending our vacation on Crystal Lake.
Shelby Twp, US
Reviewed: Jul 16, 2016
Stayed: Jul 2016
Only thing wrong was couch/ futon was broke and hard to sit in the rest was great. The futon has been replaced with a brand new sleeper sofa! Crystal Vacation Rentals
Reviewed: Aug 9, 2015
Stayed: Jul 2015
They were very responsive, friendly, and gave us a lot of confidence that it would be a good rental experience.
One of the nicest things about the Hidden River cabin (I think that's what it's called?) is the quietness of the spot. It feels more remote than it actually is - great for people who appreciate the solitude but also the easy access to groceries and occasional entertainment.