Property Review - August 2001
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The Michigan Vacation Guide
Harold’s Resort
Spider Lake, Michigan
Reservations: 231-946-5219

Proprietors: Rolf and Kathy Schliess
Accommodations: 7 waterfront cottages
Extras: Full kitchens/baths, gas log fireplace (in 3), ceiling fans in some, queen beds, screened porches, picnic tables, BBQ, rowboats (motor rental available), playground, fish hut, sandy swimming beach
Rates/Payment: $395 (2 people); $700-$850 (2 bedroom cabins, 4-6 people); check, cash
Miscellaneous: No pets. Bring linens and toiletries
Open: Year around.

Picture yourself sitting on the sandy point of your own private peninsula. The pressures of your work week left behind. You gaze at the trees, water, sun and your only concern being where to take your boat later in the day. Sipping your favorite drink, you watch your children excitedly catching what they’re certain will be tonight’s dinner ... thousands of minnows swimming in the warm, shallow, sandy water.

If that sounds like your type of vacation, then you need to get away to Harold’s Resort. This cozy peninsula resort offers seven cottages ...all tucked away on wooded grounds overlooking beautiful Spider Lake (most units have lake views). There are stairs which take you directly to the beach or, if you prefer, you can take the steep and slopping sandy path which brings you directly to the tip of the beach’s peninsula. Surrounded by tall trees in this relatively quiet section of Spider Lake, one gets the feeling of being alone.

Of course, as most fishing enthusiasts know, minnows aren’t the only “catch” in Spider Lake where large mouth bass and a variety of pan fish are common and even an occasional muskie or pike can be found. Boats are included with all cottages so guests can take full advantage of the fishing or enjoy leisurely exploration of the lake.

Lodgings at Harold’s are not new, but guests will find exteriors and interiors well maintained with several unit interiors featuring recent major renovations. Sizes vary from one room studios to two bedroom units and all but one have screened porches.

Since most of the cottages were occupied during our visit, we were only able to see the interior of a larger unit facing the water. This cottage, while not unusually spacious, was comfortably sized and very clean with two bedrooms, kitchen, dining/living area and traditional furniture. It sported new carpeting with a ceiling fan and a fully stocked kitchen.

Spider Lake is just a short distance from Traverse City, the Leelenau Peninsula, Interlochen and some great skiing and snowmobile trails. Unique shopping, wineries, live entertainment and special festivals throughout the seasons will make your stay even more enjoyable.

So, while the corporate paradigm is ticking in the city, at Harold’s Resort your only concern will be whether or not to use a lemon/butter sauce on the minnows those kids of yours caught for dinner.

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