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Thunder Bay Resort

27800 M-32, Hillman, MI 49746
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Thunder Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Hillman
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Brecksville, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just returned from Thunder Bay Resort. Lovely family-owned resort with hands-on operations. Accommodations are large, clean, comfortable and overlooking the 18 hole golf course. Included in our package was accommodations, a carriage ride through their private elk preserve with lots of viewing of elk in their natural habitat. We stopped at the resort's lovely lodge where the owners prepared a... More

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Chesterfield, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I just stayed at Thunder Bay resort this past weekend with 9 other couples. The golf staff was pleasant and I enjoyed playing the course (except for my putting). However, the hotel staff and more specifically, the management was not very friendly or accomidating. After arriving late from a day of golf, dinner, etc... we went to... More

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

I have been fully informed about this guest's behaviors and demands. One of the very few draw backs of "Trip Advisor" is that a very small percentage of guests will use the threat of writing a bad review to get a free stay. His group had been partying and drinking - which is fine and part of the reason you... More

Cedar Springs, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

My husband and I stayed Saturday and Sunday night. The suite was clean, but very outdated, and on Saturday night, it was quiet. it's nice that the resort is not near a busy highway, so there weren't any traffic noises. Due to the wooden stairs and walkways, the housekeeping carts were quite noisy early Sunday morning, though. We were at... More

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midland, mi
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151 reviews 151 reviews
16 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had a group of six, three couples, and stayed at one of the chalets. It was also a "murder/mystery" weekend event. First, I'll cover the amenities, lodging and food.... - Chalet: Check in was a breeze, nice staff. Chalet was a 3 bedroom two story 2 full bath. Two queen bedrooms upstairs share a bath. Queen bedroom on first... More

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Canton, Michigan
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We did Elk Viewing Feb. 16-17. Check in was smooth. Our villa, 2 bedroom, 2 bath was very spacious and well supplied. We came with another couple and we each had plenty of private room. The Elk viewing was very informative. Jack, the owner, is very knowledgeable and didn't seem the least robotic or bored with his narrative even though... More

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Carsonville, Michigan
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Wow! Had been wanting to do the elk viewing and gourmet dinner trip for some time, and finally did it. I would recommend this to anyone. The sleigh ride out was great, we saw elk and our sleigh driver and tour guide kept us in stitches! The gourmet dinner and wine tasting at the cabin were top notch! Wonderful food... More

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Gladwin, Michigan
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

A 1 star rating would get read more but that's not what this resort nor it's employees deserve. I read some of the reviews before we went to the resort for a New Years Eve getaway. (90% of the negative reviews talked about little things that should not even play any roll in your experience. Unless you're an interior decorator... More

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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118 reviews 118 reviews
88 hotel reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

When I walked into my room, I was surprised to find that this could be someone's home. There were two beds, a night stand, chest of drawers, and LARGE flat-screen tv in the first room. The second room had a small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and a wall of kitchen cabinets. Opposite that was a room with a bathtub; then... More

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Bay City, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We did a fall color tour here for the elk viewing carriage ride and it was fantastic! This is the 6th time that I have brought my group here (52 people) and it never fails to be a huge success! In the past we've stay overnight in their nice, roomy lodging but this trip was just a one day tour.... More

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

Thank-you Karen for the kind words. And thank you for coming back again and again - 6 times! 52 people is a full motor coach and that is typically a sign that you run great tours and that you and we have had great word of mouth from your past guests. We look forward to seeing you again. Thanks. More

Dearborn Heights, Michigan
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

Very old furnishing nothing matched. Outdated Old tv's ,couches,bedspreads. Paint chipped on the walls. Railing busted going up to the second floor. Very steep see thru stairs. Won't be back needs to brought into the 2013 's

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

This review is pretty harsh. For example, the "broken railing" is one of about 50 largely decorative 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" spindles on one flight of stairs. It was cracked - broken but still in place. No impact on the strength or integrity or safety of the stairway at all. In terms of steepness - the stairs meet or... More

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Address: 27800 M-32, Hillman, MI 49746
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Location: United States > Michigan > Hillman
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Also Known As:
Thunder Bay Hotel Hillman
Thunder Bay Resort Michigan/Hillman

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Resting on over 400 acres of Northern Michigan's stunning landscape, Thunder Bay Resort is the perfect retreat for your weekend escape! Complete with a state-of-the-art, Full-Service RV park, Deluxe Lodging poised on our pristine 18-hole golf course and a 160 acre Elk preserve, Thunder Bay Resort is truly a destination for all seasons. Enjoy the outdoors? Then take advantage of the amenities hosted by Thunder Bay Resort including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, hiking, horseshoes, and the Resort's award-winning, signature Elk Viewing Carriage Ride, Gourmet Dinner & Wine Tasting Event! ... more   less 
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