Please understand that the pictures you see are not the resort you get. First I will state a positive....Spider Lake is a lovely lake and this property could be awesome. Now reality. This place has not been touched from a maintenance perspective in years. Paint is peeling from cabins, the windows have peeling paint and no spackling, and the interior of the cabins, while once cute I am sure, are now very dated, worn, and lacking any type of amenity. Very few kitchen items to assist in cooking, and you have to bring everything you need for bed and bath. There is a community fire pit as the literature describes, but no wood provided for us to use and enjoy. When asked about wood, I was told to burn whatever we could find. Really....1100.00 and no firewood pre-cut or at least available to split?. Ridiculous. Rented a pontoon...one of 4 that we were told were available the week before in literature. When we got there...there was one...and it broke down when we used it. We had to be towed in. I had called the owners to come get us at 2:00....we heard from them at 10:00 PM.....glad I was able to get someone to assist us because we would have still been out there 8 hours later if left to owners. The sandy beach.....well....it is sandy...but full of cigarette butts, water bottle tops, other buried treasures, and ants. It has not been cleaned or raked in I can't imagine how long. So...the takeaway is, this will be the last we will be taken by Harold's Resort....and it is too bad because it could be lovely with some elbow grease and desire.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for some quality time with your family or sweetie. Come to Harold's Resort - a simpler time, out of the fast lane and into the quiet, private and secluded forest of Northern Michigan. When you are here, you will feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, but there is easy access to "town", Traverse City that is. Traverse City has been recently been named # 1 of 10 US cities labeled: FOODIE FINDS:10 Surprising Food Cities with Fabulous Restaurants, Farmers Markets, Local Products, Farm Markets etc.. AND Downtown Shopping, Wineries, Casinos, Watersports, Outdoor Activities for all seasons. Or for some serious R&R - do nothing ! It's OK, it's encouraged! Put your feet up, get comfy and work on some 'down time'! Tell us what you want to do and we'll "hook you up" ! Cottages & Cabins from a small studio for 2, to a Log Cabin w/private hot tub, to a large vacation home for 10-15, fishing boats & pontoon boats too. Kathy & Rolf - Harold's Resort on Spider Lake, Traverse City, Michigan. ... more less