I hesitate to recommend Crooked River Lodge wholeheartedly, because for us it is too far away from Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Harbor Springs to grab something decent to eat. The tiny village of Alanson doesn't have anything going on, so basically one is stuck at the lodge unless you want to do more driving. There are many places closer in that offer amenities. If the lodge served meals (besides breakfast), that would be a big plus. If one wants to spend all day out and about and return to the lodge in the evening, the place is fine. It just gets tedious if you're going back and forth all the time. The rooms are spacious and clean and each one has a small balcony that overlooks the river which is nice. The decor is drab and dated. This place has so much potential, but needs to be revitalized. I think of the McMenamins' properties that are scattered all over Oregon and wonder what this lodge would be like if it were to be infused with some of that Oregonian creativity and art. It could be awesome! The best things about this place are the free kayaking in the river and the lady who cooks the breakfast who is one friendly person. (One peeve: I don't understand why when we put the "Do Not Disturb" sign up, we received two phone calls and one knock at the door.) If you have a bunch of friends and family and want to enjoy a glass of wine around the fire or play frisbee on the lawn with kids or your dog, this is a great place. The Wheel Way bike path has an entry point right across the street from the lodge, but this part of the path isn't much to rave about. Still, biking access is a plus.