Where do I start. This place is the perfect getaway. Perfect for both family, couples or a guys fishing weekend away. The owners Mark and Laura make you feel right at home from the moment you arrive. The cottages are just that. Rustic Cottages but clean and comfy. Just modern enough ( they have microwaves, fridges, hot and cold water, clean bathrooms and showers) but not too modern. You really get that " On Golden Pond " feeling spending time in the cottage. Outside the cottages is a beautiful view of Lake Manitou, a swimming area, docks with boats for rent. ( or dock your own boat ). The cottages offer privacy if you wish but before you know it you are mingling with other families and guests at the beach area, during the nightly fire or on the dock as guests are often casting for the wide variety of fish the lake offers. We found ourselves getting along fabulously with other guests who all seemed to be in that relaxed vacation mode as we were and new friendships were formed. We have already booked the same dates next year in hopes of spending more time with these new friends. For those who fish Lake Manitou seems to be bountiful. The cottages are cleaned each day by Timberlane staff.
Ok.. now lets talk about the food. Both a wide choice of breakfasts ( from the hearty to the healthy ) are offered in addition to dinner in the evenings as part of the price of the cottage rental. Guests have their own table in the dinning hall and be warned that you may gain a few pounds because the food is home style cooked, there is plenty of it and it is delicious. Most everything is home made from the bread ( whole grain ) to the crab apple jelly on the table that is made from the trees in the forest behind the cottages. Save room for dessert as its also delicious. When you have pie and ice cream you can bet the crust is made from scratch because thats how they do things at Timberlane.
The cottages are located a short distance from the famed Cup and Saucer Trail ( actually straight across the lake .... you can see the camp from the trails cliffs. ) as well as Bridal Veil Falls is also near local towns for those who want to do some shopping.
In short...... this was a vacation to remember and will be an annual tradition each and every year for us as we return to the welcoming utopia of Timberlane Rustic Lodges.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Timberlane Rustic Lodges is a family friendly fishing resort nestled next to Lake Manitou on beautiful Manitoulin Island. We have 9 private cabins down below on the water, and one housekeeping wheelchair accessible cabin up above overlooking the water along with a 4 suite newly renovated century farmhouse B&B open year round. We also have canoes, kayaks, 17" stanley fishing boats and pontoon boats all available for rental. The fishing is excellent - bass, whitefish, pickerel, laketrout, pike, trout and perch are all abundant in the lake. We take care of all the fish cleaning and packaging for you on site. We have a full restaurant that is guest only and make our meals from scratch. We also get most of our food from local sources. The meals are served family style and we get many great reviews of them. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable of the area and are happy to help you out and let you know about local events and happenings. ... more less