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Mulitgenerational Summer Trip Ideas Needed

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Mulitgenerational Summer Trip Ideas Needed

We are in the beginning stages of planning a vacation in the summer of 2015 with three generations. The ages will range from 3.5 through 68. There will be eleven of us. We were always a camping family, but we are looking for something different this time. Overall the group enjoys swimming, easy hikes, fishing, canoeing/rafting, exploring small towns, campfires at night etc.. I would love to be on or very near the water. I am guessing we will need several rooms/cabins unless we can locate a large house. If on the water, we would like to avoid lakes that have frequent problems with Swimmer's Itch. Can anyone direct me to an area in Michigan that might meet our needs? If you know of any lodgings that would also meet our needs, I would be happy to hear about them.

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1. Re: Mulitgenerational Summer Trip Ideas Needed

A place you might like is Curtis, MI in the UP. You could rent a few cabins at a resort that sits on one of the lakes in the area.

Here is a few Curtis sites -

Curtis Area Chamber of Commerce

http://www.curtischamber.com/

Curtis Area Tourism Bureau

http://www.curtismi.com/

To give you an idea of resorts on the lakes -

A resort on the South Manistique Lake called Pure Curtis Cabins has a cabin that will hold 6 people and two other cabins that hold 4.

(just a side note the people that own this, the lady is a retired nurse)

http://www.purecurtiscabins.com/

Here is a list of interesting places and how far

From Curtis to -

Germfask, Michigan - 22 miles (canoe, kayak river trip)

Northland Outfitters

http://northoutfitters.com/

Seney National Wildlife Refuge - 23 miles

http://www.fws.gov/midwest/seney/

Grand Marais, Michigan - 44 miles

http://www.grandmaraismichigan.com/

Tahquanemon Falls - 47 miles

superiorsights.com/information/…

Mackinac Island - (St. Ignace) - 66 miles

http://www.mackinacisland.org/

Munising - 54 miles (Pictured Rocks)

http://www.munising.org/

Fayette State Park - 55 miles

www.exploringthenorth.com/fayette/park.html

Big Springs (Kitch-iti-kipi) - 34 miles

exploringthenorth.com/bigspring/spring.html

Garlyn Zoo - 29 miles

http://www.garlynzoo.com/index.htm

Let me know if you have anymore questions. Sounds like a fun time.

Edited: 05 August 2013, 07:16
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2. Re: Mulitgenerational Summer Trip Ideas Needed

Yooper: Thanks so much for the links. I will be sure to check them out and let you know if we decide to give it a try. If not for this trip, perhaps for another time. I am always looking for new places to visit. Over the years we got in a rut of heading back to the same places. I think it is time we saw more of our wonderful state.

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3. Re: Mulitgenerational Summer Trip Ideas Needed

Try

www.homeaway.com

It is a sister site to VRBO.com, but it is nice because it has a search by map feature and it has multiple filters including # of bedrooms, # of people it will sleep, location (waterfront, etc.).

It maybe a little early to search for 2015 ,but at least you will have an idea what is available.

IMO swimmers itch cannot really be predicted from one year to another. There are lakes / locations that tend to be more prone, with a few pre-swim measures it's relatively easy to prevent. Cover lower extremities with skin so soft or baby oil and also rub briskly with a towel when you exit the water. It tends to be more prevalent in warm / shallow / still waters.

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4. Re: Mulitgenerational Summer Trip Ideas Needed

regajohn: thanks for the homeway link. I will give it a try.

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5. Re: Mulitgenerational Summer Trip Ideas Needed

www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p306885

Largest I have found ... sleeps 64

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6. Re: Mulitgenerational Summer Trip Ideas Needed

Looks beautiful, but a bit large for our group of eleven. ;-)

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7. Re: Mulitgenerational Summer Trip Ideas Needed

Oops ... Brain cramp !! I saw "68" :-o

There are lots of cool places for 11 people. :)

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