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Driftwood Resort
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Houghton Lake
Reviewed 6 March 2014

a week long vacation on the lake? uh...yes please! stayed here last summer w/bf for a wedding & family reunion. so. much. fun! during our week at driftwood resort, we...

- rented pontoons & took them out to the middle of the lake at sunset (a definite must!)
- went fishing
- had a ping-pong tournament in the game room
- enjoyed bonfires every night by the fire pit
- took dips in the lake (which is shallow)
- & lots, lots, more!

the rooms were clean & comfortable (bed, linens, etc.). the showers have great water pressure & temperature (which maybe people don't care about, but it was a big plus for me). plenty of space to sprawl out & relax.

from the person you make the reservation with to the groundskeeper, the staff at driftwood resort is wonderful about making you feel welcome & at home. very kind & very personable.

the rooms, maintenance of grounds, & customer service are absolutely top notch. if you are looking for a little getaway, check this place out!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Driftwoodresort, Owner at Driftwood Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2014

Wow, Thank you for the wonderful remarks. If you 'hire' yourself out for marketing, we'd love to have you write ours! :)

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Reviewed 10 February 2014

We decided to get away for some xc skiing and booked reservations here. The new owners are very nice. These cabins were built in the 1930's. It is the real deal. If you love rustic and clean this is the place. We were a little cold at first, but it was comfy at night. This has been a really cold winter in Michigan. The fireplace was beautiful, but really doesn't warm the place up. The kitchen is stocked! A lot of gadgets that are vintage! They have a little rec room which they are redoing and it was perfect for the whole family to be in 1 place. I would recommend and I would go back!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Driftwoodresort, Owner at Driftwood Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2014

Hope the coming X country ski season brings you back! You were great guests!

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Reviewed 29 November 2012

My sister, 3 children, and I stayed here last February while cross-country skiing. It was very clean, comfortable, and the owners were very helpful. When we needed assistance, someone came immediately. We couldn't ask for more. For what it's worth, for a somewhat dated cabin (we actually liked that), the bathroom was WONDERFUL...that part was not dated (and that was important to us)...super clean, great heater (it was pretty cold in Feb.). Definitely hope to stay there when we go skiing again.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Driftwoodresort, Owner at Driftwood Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2015

Thank you for the nice review! We are so happy you enjoy Driftwood Resort.
As the new owners (as of 9/1/13), we are doing everything we can to continue the quality, cleanliness, and friendliness of Driftwood. We have even added some new amenities to make your stay even better. Come up sometime and check out our new recreation building, our pontoon boat and waterfront 'toys' and the addition of a 5th lakefront cabin (The Elk) and our new 3-bedroom, 2-bath cottage (Timber Cottage). Hope to see you soon! Jim, Karen and Paul

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Reviewed 16 October 2012

We were there celebrating a friend's birthday. The grounds are impeccably kept. The cabins, though somewhat dated, were spotlessly clean. You get the idea that these people are passionate about what they do and they do it very well. I wish I had known about this place earlier. I will be back as often as I can going foward. There were activities for all of us and never a dull moment. Thank you!

Room Tip: We stayed in a cabin along the lakefront. Just beautiful! Spacious, clean and very comfortable.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 September 2010

Been comming here for over 30 years and never had a problem, Quiet and clean,.. the people who run the place are friendly and help when asked,.. this is a family place to stay with plenty too do,.. Very people friendly and clean,... Fishing is great too,.. Hily recomended!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2010

We have been coming to this resort for the past 15 years (35 years to Houghton Lake). It is by far the best resort on the North Shore, if not the whole lake. The other cottages are occupied the same week as us by similar long time visitors. As the range of ages of the renters varies from infants to retirees, some rules naturally have to be in place so that everyone enjoys their stay at the resort. The most obvious rule is around noise. Quiet time for playing outdoor games etc is around 10 pm. Unfortunately the odd renter likes to play their music full blast on their ghetto blaster, so they can hear it 30 yards away. (Why not use an IPOD?). Another possible example is where a group are still whooping it up around the campfire at 2 am. Given these very rare examples, I don't think any reasonable person would object to the owners asking for some quiet and consideration for other guests staying at the resort.
Its unfortunate that one renter objected to the grass being cut at 9am. As we all know, grass grows pretty fast under the right conditions and has to be kept cut to keep up the appearance of the resort. He would probably be the first to complain if the grass was too long. Most people are up and about at 9am...
My personal exchanges with the owners has always been very polite and enjoyable. The owners always make a point of a short visit to the campfire a couple of times a week to see how everyone is enjoying their stay. The rest of the time, they allow you to enjoy your stay without interference. The office is usually always open if you have any questions needing answered.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

Driftwood is a wonderful place to stay. Exceptionally clean cabins and grounds. Probably the nicest place I have stayed on Houghton Lake. We have been coming here for 8 years and Houghton Lake for over 20 years and this is the cleanest place. This is a family tradition; my wife has been coming to the lake for over 40 yrs. They have a great sandy beach, playground, horse shoes, fire pit, corn hole, basketball, volleyball, tetherball, sandbox, ....you get the picture; and they are off the main road quite a way so you can let the smaller kids run. You can walk out on the sandy beach for about 500 yards. The fishing is excellent too.

They have WI-FI and cable TV if you need it.
Excellent Place to stay - we'll be back!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Driftwood Resort

Address: 6477 E Houghton Lake Dr, Houghton Lake, MI 48629-8304
Region: United States > Michigan > Houghton Lake
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Ski-In / Ski-Out
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Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Houghton Lake
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Driftwood Resort is situated on the shores of beautiful Houghton Lake, Michigan's largest all-season in-land lake. With Driftwood's three docks, two large lakefront fire-pits, complimentary use of row boats, kayaks, SUPs, canoes, outdoor recreational equipment and lawn-games, large shaded children's playground, Driftwood Resort is a wonderful place for your next vacation, annual family reunion, group retreat, or as a base-camp for your fishing, hunting, antiquing, x-country skiing, or snowmobiling adventures! Our sparkling clean and well-maintained authentic Log Cabins and Cottages have the conveniences you'll want (refrigerator, microwave, stove, dishes and cookware, grill, picnic tables, Wi-Fi and cable TV, gas furnaces, and more) along with the wonderful charm and amenities reminiscent of a favorite cottage at the lake. "Ace's Perch", our large knotty-pine recreation building, with Ping-Pong, air hockey, billiard and shuffleboard tables, darts, several game-tables, and a stock of games, cards, puzzles, and books makes a great place to hang out with friends and family. Cheer on your team or enjoy a kid's movie night on the big screen. Ace's Perch is also a perfect facility for meetings, retreats, crafting classes, or parties. There is plenty of parking on the resort grounds for your boat/ATV/snowmobile trailers too, as well as secure mooring for your personal watercraft on the lakefront. Relax Recreate Renew Enjoy Make Memories ... more   less 
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