We just visited Lake Leelanau for the weekend for a friend's wedding in nearby Glen Arbor, MI. The lodge has many cabins and looks perfect for families who want a fun week with the kids. You can use their kayaks, bikes, paddle boats, and beach chairs.The owners live in part of the lodge and you can access their home from a quick knock on the door. They were nice and helpful. The keys to the room are from the 1800s and it's so cool to hold that piece of history in your hand. But not everything old is so awesome.
The lodge is very rustic but has amazing views of the lake. I'm sure if you are a "roughing-it" type, you'll love this place. It's a step above camping in a camper. I think if you wanted to stay in a cabin with extended family and friends; it would be fun. But the rooms in the lodge weren't up to my standards for comfort.
The two bathrooms are shared among five rooms, which I can deal with, but they aren't really nice or large. They're very utilitarian and haven't been updated in a long time, but they aren't original. So, for me, if it isn't for historical purpose, there needs to be an upgrade. Also, there was an antique scale in the bathroom, which was in the way. It was massive and in a small area. The other smaller bathroom was a stand-up shower and a toilet. That's it. VERY NARROW, but more modern looking.
We had the worst room, which is probably why we didn't have a good stay. The other rooms had more ocean breezes and light, which made them look and smell better. We had a little fan and a tiny breeze when we opened the windows, but then we had no privacy. So our room was too hot for my hubby.
Our bed was extremely poor in quality and didn't have any support. We both felt like sleeping on the floor or in our car was a better option. There was a big spider and some other bug that I had to smash. There was a historical appeal to the building, but I expected it to be rustic and clean, not rustic and dingy.
I went to places like these as a kid and had a great time, and I wish I still could feel comfy in a place that had bugs and shared bathrooms with old towels and bedspreads, but I'm not.
- Also Known As:
- Jolli Lodge Lake Leelanau, Leelanau County, Michigan