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Thunder Bay Resort

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27800 M-32, Hillman, MI 49746
Thunder Bay Resort
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I’ve only been to a few bed & breakfasts that offer the level of service and attention to detail that owner, Jack Mathias, of The Thunder Bay Golf & Resort in Hillman, MI offers. An overnight stay at the resort was included as part of a 4 day trip to visit Mackinac (that’s pronounced “Mackinaw”) Island. The Mackinac Island experience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Feels like home. As I sit in the Deluxe suite right now, I feel like I want to be here every night to retire after a long day of work or play. By far the best hotel room in Northeastern michigan. It's big enough to have the kids sleep in a seperare room while we have a kitchen and living... More 

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Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It was pretty nippy (below zero) the night we went on the sleigh ride, but we were kept warm by sitting on a wool blanket and having one thrown over our laps (both provided by the resort). This trip was so worthwhile because it's rare to do this kind of thing without having to go out West. We've done a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We stayed Valentine's Weekend and took the sleigh ride with dinner. I am a vegetarian so my boyfriend made arrangements beforehand and the resort staff made sure I had plenty to eat! Folks - this isn't a luxury resort but it is clean, functional, and the staff is top notch. Al and Stu guided our sleigh and they were funny... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We were very please with the sleigh ride and dinner. It was like a five star restaurant. The temperature was in the high 20's and it was perfect and very romantic. I would recommend it to couples with groups and will definitely be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

Top notch! My husband and I enjoyed the elk viewing sleigh ride and expertly prepared 5 corse meal in celebration of our anniversary! On the most perfect of northern michigan winter's day's sledding along pulled by a pair of draft horses into the woods, Jack (one of the owners) was our guide and host throughout. He was knowledgeable and genuine... More 

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Novi, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We reserved the two night New Year's package not knowing what to expect, except that it would be a casual affair. The accommodations were fine, not elaborate. The evening started with Happy Hour in the resort bar as we waited for our one hour sleigh/wagon ride to see the Elk raised by the owner of the resort. The night was... More 

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JackMatthiasTBResort, Owner at Thunder Bay Resort, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice review. Mike Ridley is a fabulous entertainer, and combined with an expanded version of our Elk Viewing, Carriage/Sleigh Ride, Gourmet Dinner - it makes a world class party! For those who might be interested and don't want to wait a whole year - Mike will be back for a similar event to Celebrate St Patty's Day... More 

Lake Odessa, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is our second year to choose a COLD event for our New Years Eve. This was also our 20th wedding anniversary. We purchased the New Years eve package which included a great condo for 2 nights that could of slept up to 8 people, our breakfasts, elk viewing and wagon or sleigh ride pulled by HUGE horses. Once we... More 

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Washington, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We decided after reading an excellent article in a recent edition of the Detroit News about the Elk Viewing/Dinner at Thunder Bay Resort to take a couple of days during the Christmas holiday and see what it was all about. We were not disappointed. Although mother nature did not cooperate with snowfall, the temperatures were very crisp and the hot... More 

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Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We did the murder mystery weekend at Thunder Bay. And it was AMAZING! You come in Friday night to a dessert reception, and you get a breakdown of the clues, the suspects in the "murder" and the rules, and then you start searching! The hotel on premises each held one suspects belongings, and you got to search every nook and... More 

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