We arrived and Sue, one of the owners, showed us to cabin number 9 - we trailed behind her in our van while she rode her bicycle. The setting is beautiful, because it is in the woods with the Moran River (which is a shallow creek with small waterfalls) flowing past. We weren't able to really enjoy the surroundings for more than a couple minutes because the mosquitoes were very fierce, but with "Deep Woods Off" bug spray, they stayed at bay.
Anyhow, once we got out of the van, Sue gave us a very disgusting pillow and a very old patchwork quilt. I hope she washed the quilt and the rest of the blankets before we arrived, but I really doubt it. The pillow was heavily stained and actually all the pillows in the cabin were like that. Additionally, when I covered them with pillowcases and tried to lay my head on them, they squished flat, like a pancake. The morning after the first night, I had to take an Advil and a Tylenol to make the pain in my neck and shoulders go away.
On to the bathroom. The bathroom was an addition to the back of the cabin, but they kept the same exterior back door and turned it into the bathroom door. This door did not shut properly (much too tight on the top half and a gap on the bottom half). That meant it was a loud door! It also had a window with a curtain that would open and close; this was weird and the opposite of private: if someone (like your little child) was in the main living area facing the bathroom and pushed opened the window, there was no way for the person in the bathroom to pull it back closed. The door also did not have a lock. The toilet moved with a thud when I sat on it (I'm not heavy - I weigh 106 pounds). Also, the toilet was right next to the door, and it gave the effect of having basically no privacy at all, since the dining table and pretty much all the chairs for people to sit on were just outside that bathroom door. The hot water heater (located in the bathroom behind a curtain) was a good one, though; we never ran out of hot water.
The first night we were there was only 61 degrees, and the firewood they provided seemed to be very green, so we weren't able to get a fire started. The wall-mounted gas furnace broke while we were eating dinner at Java Joe's, and one of the owners came by to attempt to fix it. He failed. He brought a small portable heater instead. When he did fix it the next day, he also smashed a fly on the dining room table with a fly swatter and did not clean it up. I saw it when we came home from Mackinac Island, and the day after that, when I had to ask them to fix the refrigerator which also did not work, I asked them about the fly. He said he didn't kill the fly, and Sue asked me if my daughters or husband could have possibly killed it. No, we did not. So I was really disgusted that they would leave a smashed bug on the dining table and then lie about it. Quite revolting.
The cabin was really dirty; there were cobwebs in all the corners and a lot of dust, especially in the bedroom.
The bedroom doesn't even have a door, but only a curtain that extends across the entryway. There were two lamps on one side of the bedroom, but none on the other, and since the TV (which didn't receive a signal anyway) was in the living area in which my daughters were sleeping (on the pull-out sofa), my husband and I just read books. But it was dark on my side of the bedroom, so I moved a lamp to my side. I hope they didn't mind.
The two skylights were a nice touch, but they were so dirty and had odd worm-like tree droppings on them... I didn't think they added any aesthetic value to the cabin.
The steps to get to the porch are very rustic; they are concrete and stone, but they are the opposite of level, so watch your step.
I saw half a watermelon that a prior guest had tossed off the porch - it landed about twenty feet away from the porch in the woods. Nobody bothered to clean it up before we arrived.
There is one small blue dresser in the living area (it has the TV on top of it) that the owners had partially filled with blankets and assorted things, so we had to empty that stuff out to put our clothes in. We put most of the suitcases back into the van, because there was no room for them in the cabin.
The male owner that came out to fix the furnace (he never told me his name) told us we would be monetarily compensated for the lack of heat, but he didn't do anything, and there was nobody to ask about that, because check-out is at 10am, and we checked out at 9:30am on Sunday. They were at church, so we left the key on the desk. I hope he asked forgiveness from God for lying to me about the smashed bug. Didn't Jesus say to love your neighbor as yourself? I think lying to someone's face means you don't like them very much. The Bible also says to forgive, so I forgive him.
That's it. I don't recommend this hovel. It's horrible.
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