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“Family Reunion”
Review of Oak Cove Resort

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Oak Cove Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lawrence
Certificate of Excellence
Traverse City, Michigan
1 review
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“Family Reunion”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

For the past 6 years our family has had a wonderful bonding experience for the young and old alike. The young are partial to taking the paddle boats out to the raft and out into the lake. They dip for minnows, use row boats, canoes and kayaks and enjoy the heated pool. Their parents love participating with them as well as teaching them how to fish and play yard games. All 18 of us spend the evenings in the fun house playing card games. As my 8 year old granddaughter has said for the past few years, "Going to Oak Cove is better than Christmas"..

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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SusieQfromKalamazoo, Owner at Oak Cove Resort, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
Dear Terry,
Thank you for writing a review. We always look forward to your family coming. That you choose us and you are in the hospitality business yourselves is an honor beyond our expectations. And "better than Christmas?" Wow, that is a huge compliment from a child !
It is so heart warming when we see families like yours carrying on the tradition of gathering here for a short period of time each year to enjoy each other away from the cares of the world, No electronics needed, actually enjoying the company of each other in the old fashioned way.
We thank you for your loyalty and for taking the time to write a review. People will value your words more than any ad we could ever write. Susan and Bob
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We have a group of 40 people, mostly members of two extended families who returned to Oak Cove this week for the 20th consecutive year. We love the resort and beautiful Lake Cora but it is the way that Susan and Bob take care of us and treat us like family that makes Oak Cove so special.The kids run with excitement to the lakeside dining room when they hear the breakfast and dinner bell. Great buffet meals and wonderful service. Great home-made desserts too! We enjoyed fishing, swimming, boating and water skiing on Lake Cora. The resort has paddle boats, row boats, canoes and kayaks for guest use and a pontoon boat available as a rental. We had lively volleyball, badminton, shuffleboard and softball games in the evening and when we weren't in the lake we were enjoying ourselves in the pool.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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SusieQfromKalamazoo, Owner at Oak Cove Resort, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
Hey Larry,
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate also that you check in on us on our Oak Cove Resort Face Book page. Always fun to see what you have to say, and we value your comments and interest. have a great year and we will see you next June. Susan and Bob
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

We spent several days at Oak Cove Resort with my whole extended family. (about 45 people). The set up was perfect for this as each family had their own space/cottage and there were several places we could all meet up as a big group. Tons to do.. row boats, fish, pool, lots of yard games, fun house with pool table etc...The meals served were absolutely delicious and I have couple of children that are picky eaters that ate everything and went back for seconds!! Susan and Bob made our experience wonderful and unforgettable. We look forward to heading back up there again and recommend it to all.

Room Tip: There was no need for the fitness center as you can hike, walk, golf and swim the lake. Plenty to d...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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SusieQfromKalamazoo, Owner at Oak Cove Resort, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
Dear Rosie,
We were so happy to have your extended family here. Families like yours are why we are still doing this after 40 years. It is so rewarding to us to be able to provide a place where families may enjoy each other and not worry about meals. We appreciate your kind words because people really do read this and count on your expertise as a fellow traveler. We can say anything, but your words are the ones people will believe. Hope to see you again. Susan and Bob
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Literally everything was great, but what stands out most is the way we were treated by Bob and Susan and their entire staff. I went with my Dad and 4 kids (ages 8-13) and they consistently greeted us by name, including when I first walked in the office as Bob was expecting me. You feel personally cared for and they start building a relationship that makes you feel welcome and comfortable. The kids he hired to assist at meals were also very friendly, attentive and respectful. The food! Oh, it was fresh, delicious, and all you can eat. I loved that everything was included with easy access to pool, lake and boats - even golf! We stayed at Aunt Cora and Nells, and a night in the Lakehouse. All beds were very comfortable. My only suggestion would be to strengthen the wi-fi signal, as anything more than sending a basic e-mail was difficult (e.g., couldn't stream online video/podcasts) ... but you shouldn't be spending too much time on the computer there anyway!

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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SusieQfromKalamazoo, Owner at Oak Cove Resort, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Well, Eddie, that was lovely. Thank you so much for saying all those nice things and the fact is, we really enjoyed you, your wonderful, fun Irish dad and your beautiful kids. You are the kind of guests we love to have. Thanks for finding us and we hope you will come back.
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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

This August was our third summer vacation spent at Oak Cove. The kids absolutely love the trip and I love having our own little cottage, lots to keep the kids occupied and wonderful meals that I haven't had to prepare!

We take several afternoon trips to the amazing west coast beaches, only minutes away. Visiting the little downtowns and enjoying Michigan's hidden treasures. When we get back the kids like jumping in the heated pool or playing at the beach front before or after dinner.

Bob and Susan make you feel like you are visiting family and address everyone by name. Almost better than visiting relatives because you don't have to help with the dishes! We are looking forward to next year's visit.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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SusieQfromKalamazoo, Owner at Oak Cove Resort, responded to this review, 25 September 2013
Thank you, Anne, for that very nice review. We always love seeing families like yours who are happily occupying themselves with nice things to do. The small family clientele is our best customer and we continue to enjoy seeing yours.
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Libertyville, Illinois
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

We recently visited Oak Cove (my wife, myself and son who is almost 2) and had a great time. We were able to stay for eight days in the Beach House. I feel like I am just going to reiterate what all these other reviews have already said, but they do sum it up well. The staff is extremely friendly starting with Bob and Susan. They made us all feel very welcome and it felt like they were truly excited and happy to have you staying with them. The food was great and I never walked away from the lodge thinking we didn't get enough to eat.

As for things to do, there is an abundance, especially for an active 2 year old. The beach was clean and not very rocky at all. Same goes for the water. The pool, while not massive, is plenty big enough for the size of the resort. They provide plenty of balls (soccer, volley ball, wiffel balls, etc) for him to kick around and plenty of ground for him to burn some energy. The first thing he would say every morning was "Play sand, play water!"

The only thing I would look out for with a small kid is that most of the cottages don't have a bath tub, just a small stand up shower. If your child is like ours he will hate every minute of his shower.

Thank you again to the entire staff and other families who were there with us...you all made it a great break from the grind. Brian, Sara, and Nolan.

Room Tip: Every cottage is close to the beach whiles the houses are a little more of a walk. Not bad, but aga...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Brian L
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SusieQfromKalamazoo, Owner at Oak Cove Resort, responded to this review, 17 September 2013
We loved seeing you play with Nolan when we went back and forth on our golf carts. An especially favorite moment was when you were holding him up so he could hit the tether ball! There's nothing more profound for a child than having two loving parents giving him their undivided attention. And you are right, we were sincerely happy to see you every morning and BTW, your son was a perfect gentleman at the dinner table. Thanks for writing. Hope you see you every summer from now on, perhaps a family tradition.
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Based on the reviews from tripadvisor, our family planned a 5 day visit to Oak Cove. I was looking for some R&R along with enough activity to keep my 3 teenagers happy. We weren't dissapointed. We were kept busy with boating and water activities along with outdoor games, campfires and pinball. The food was good old fashioned homemade fair and I didn't have to lift a finger...glorious! There's plenty of antiquing within 10 minutes of the resort and several beautiful beaches long Lake Michigan within a half hour, like the beach towns of Sagatuk and South Haven. The cottages are simple and clean and all within a minute or two from the beach and the diningroom. We had a lovely family vacation at Oak Cove and would love to return to the area.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Kathy J
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SusieQfromKalamazoo, Owner at Oak Cove Resort, responded to this review, 17 September 2013
Wow, we are always happy when the teens have a nice time on a family vacation! This is a great report. Thanks so much for writing that. And you are right, there are so many things to do around here, you don't have to stay on the property. Many don't stray far, however, and it is worth the time to see what the other lake side towns offer or by going to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo on a rainy day.
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Property: Oak Cove Resort
Address: 58881 46th St, Lawrence, MI 49064-9771
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Region: United States > Michigan > Van Buren County > Lawrence
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lawrence
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oak Cove Resort is nestled on 16 lovely wooded acres overlooking beautiful Lake Cora. Row boats, canoes, paddle boats,kayaks, five piers and 500' of sandy beach plus a crystal clear heated pool awaits your arrival. Full breakfasts and dinners are included, meals like Grandma used to make. Bikes, volley ball, badminton, horse shoes, shuffleboard and a mile of groomed paths are for your pleasure. Enjoy 18 holes of free golf every day. ... more   less 
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