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#1 of 1 resort in Hillman
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4.3
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4.5
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Pure Northern Michigan Relaxation Awaits Your Arrival! Resting on over 350 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. Charming Chalets, Spacious Villas and Deluxe Fairway Suites are the perfect place for your next Getaway. Our premier RV park has full amenities, including patio furniture, wi-fi and pull through parking. A short walk to The Grill will reward you with breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or drinks. Enjoy the outdoors? At Thunder Bay Resort, we look forward to satisfying your appetite for recreation! Playing Thunder Bay Resort's championship 18 hole Golf Course is a great way to spend the day. Seasonal Amenities also include Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Biking, Hiking,and Horseshoes. Nestled within the beautiful backdrop of woods and river is Thunder Bay Resort’s Elk Antler Cabin, where you will enjoy our Elk Viewing Dinner Ride & Wine Tasting Event as the fairy tale ending to a perfect day!
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27800 M 32 W, Hillman, MI 49746-8674
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Michelle T wrote a review Jan 2024
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BedBugs! Carpet filthy Room dated TV did not work in one of two guest rooms Transfer room in different building was also filthy, soiled carpet, little heat. Money refunded but first was told never recvd bed bugs complaints before but manager and staff unable to deny bedbugs with seeing in Rm 225 the bed bugs all over bed on headboard etc It is Michigan law lodge / hotels provide rooms free of bedbugs and upholds refunding of money also 10k-80k to guest if exposure causes infestation of a guests home to cover the fumigation and clean up of bedbugs Elk tour great w fun with fun people, excellent tour guide who was very funny and group of nice people sharing experience (like to see improvement to elk pens. Very least shelter being elk restricted to compound and unable to seek shelter in dense pines and woods) The dinner food was excellent. Good service. Shared dining experience with other guest that was very enjoyable. Nice lodge environment although did not appreciate some of the stuffed animals lost to just for a kill such as otters. Otters, bobcats etc Wine tasting choices had been horrid. The semi red was a nice floral , told by others the red dry was nice. After dinner guests experience a long intrusive snake oil elk soft tissue horn supplement powder sales pitch. . It's a vacation setting for guests to forget ones illness and pains not opportunity to take guest in middle of woods to give captured audience an UN announced sales pitch. Also, is ThunderBay harvesting from the elk in site, and if so how and to what expense to animal entrusted in ThunderBay care?
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Rm 225 bedbugs soiled dirty carpets Suggest skip lodging and do elk experience and dinner. Needs...
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Ralph wrote a review Nov 2023
Oscoda, Michigan9 contributions3 helpful votes
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Stayed at Thunder Bay Resort years ago for golf trips and always wanted to return for the elk viewing. So, this year my wife and I booked the "Elk Viewing Carriage Ride and Gourmet Dinner" event for our anniversary. Another couple, good friends, joined us. They came from down-state and stayed overnight at the resort. Prior to the tour, we had drinks prepared to take with us from the little bar behind the check-in office. Adult versions of hot chocolate. There were plenty of wool blankets available to take along, as well. It was cold out with a light rain so we each took two blankets which did a good job of keeping us warm on the covered wagons (like the ones on Mackinaw Island). Zuesha, our hostess/tour guide, and Al our driver/tour guide were great! We received a wealth of information about the elk in Michigan and the herd at Thunder Bay. The information was interesting and it was accompanied by numerous anecdotes and humorous stories, told in the style of true Northern Michiganders. We saw many elk wandering in the preserve and got to meet Thunder Jack, the huge bull that rules over the harem. He is impressive and, we were within a just few feet of him! The gourmet 5-course dinner was served in a beautiful and charming log cabin in the woods. Each course was prepared at the cabin and each course was delicious. We were served tastings of several wines as well as three different dinner wines. All the wines were local Michigan wines and each one was unique. We were also served Michigan Cherry coffee which was very good. We were able to buy some to take home with us. The wines were also available for sale back at the office. There was absolutely no "sales pitch" like former reviewers complained about. We were briefly informed about products that were available for sale after dinner and that was it. We had a leisurely dinner and got to enjoy our friends, and talk with the other guests. All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience. My only regret is that I waited so long to do it. We all had a wonderful time, and we would love to return again and introduce more friends and family to this wonderful Michigan experience.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Kimberly C wrote a review Dec 2023
Chillicothe, Ohio4 contributions
Everything was great except it was infested with ANTS!! We had our dog there, housekeeping lied and said she charged her, I was present when she pulled up in her vehicle and asked if we needed anything, she got out and handed me two rolls of toilet paper and a roll of paper towels. My dog did not charge her ever!! I was charged an extra $200 for the dog!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Food was great! Service at bar was excellent!
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Steve R wrote a review Aug 2023
Troy, Michigan28 contributions23 helpful votes
This is a golf resort that knows in advance occupancy and still doesn’t plan accordingly to staff their dinning room properly. We are a group of 12 and they couldn’t handle but one group of 14 for dinner. We had to leave the premises for an offsite restaurant to have dinner for our group of 12. I will never recommend this resort again for anyone with their lack of customer focus and commitment to their guests. I don’t blame the staff, I blame management for not caring and delivering value to its customers. Just plain sorry
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Janette M wrote a review Feb 2023
Romeo, Michigan8 contributions1 helpful vote
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The people are so friendly and helpful. The room we rented was spacious, clean and quaint. The breakfast food was amazing. We loved the horse drawn carriage ride and enjoyed cross county skiing. Great place to spend a weekend.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Feb 22, 2023
Thank you very much for taking time to write this wonderful review!
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alisond87 wrote a review Nov 2022
Santa Barbara, California8 contributions10 helpful votes
Worst ever. Bug in my bed woke me up in the middle of the night. In the other bedroom , bug crawling over my friend while she was in bed reading. Bathrooms also were not clean and had mold. When we told the management the next day, they were indifferent. No apology or offer to reduce payment.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Pam T wrote a review Jul 2022
Mansfield, Ohio283 contributions90 helpful votes
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Stayed one night in a room that was clean and typical for a hotel. The bed was a little hard but all else was great. Began our evening with a carriage ride through the elk sanctuary. Saw several elk. Dinner was served in a cabin in the back using several courses. Cooked in a wood stove. Food was good and came with wine samples of various types. I preferred the ice wine that was served with the dessert. Great service. Very kind. Golf course surrounded the rooms area. Quiet. We had a nice buffet breakfast in the morning. Saying it was a business trip as I was on a bus with about 50 people.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Elk viewing from a horse drawn wagon
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Responded Mar 20, 2023
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ann_dalpiaz wrote a review Jun 2022
indianapolis, IN82 contributions40 helpful votes
We were there on a bus tour - stayed one night, did the elk viewing, and had dinner. The room was dated-the bathroom needed a renovation. The dinner was ok-can’t really call it “gourmet.” The cabin was cozy. What cast a pall over it all was the sales pitch for some kind of elk serum, both during the elk tour and also at the end of dinner-twice and verbatim. As health professionals, we found it weird and off-putting.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Feb 22, 2023
Thank you for taking time to write of your experience at Thunder Bay Resort. We thought you would like to know that we have taken your review to heart, and although we still offer Velvet Antler in our gift shop, it is mentioned only in passing during the event. We appreciate folks who share their perspectives, as it helps us continue to improve.
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Erin R wrote a review Jan 2022
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It has been a childhood wish to ride a horse drawn sleigh in the snow. This was such a relaxing two night package. My husband and I enjoyed the room, the resort bar and grill. Good cocktail selection. The ride included elk viewing and dinner. The weekend exceed expectations.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Zuesha Lunsford, Marketing at Thunder Bay Resort
Responded Mar 6, 2023
Yours came up as TripAdvisor's Favorite Review, and I can see why! So glad we could make your childhood dream come true, and that your weekend exceeded expectations! It's a completely different experience with the changing of the seasons, and we would look forward to having you visit us again!
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hobiecatsailor wrote a review Dec 2021
Michigan765 contributions304 helpful votes
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I stayed in #315 a two bedroom unit with family and attended the horse drawn carriage ride and dinner. My in-laws booked this package as a gift. I was totally disgusted by the poor quality of the lodging and filthy bathroom tub shower and clogged sink that did not drain. If we would have had to stay any longer than one night, I would have left because there was no way I could shower, it was that gross. Even worse was the owners complete and total lack of concern for Covid safety for his employees or guests. There was NO spacing or distancing at all and guests were packed in together in their very small bar area while checking in to the carriage ride. There were 3 carriages full of guests on the ride preceding dinner and our carriage pulled by two horses had 22 passengers. I felt so bad for the horses pulling that weight through the woods! We did see elk along the ride but again, sad they are in captivity. The wooded property and streams are very pretty. When all 3 carriages (Approximately 60+ guests) arrived at the cabin for the dinner, we learned we had to sit at a table with other guests, complete strangers. Mixing parties that do not know one another with no social distancing is a terrible idea when Michigan is the #1 state in the US right now with Covid cases raging. The servers and staff were not wearing masks, the small bathrooms were very crowded while guests stood in line close together waiting their turn, and it was apparent that they are not following even basic cleanliness precautions! It was definitely an event that could enable the spread of Covid. I do not recommend this place to anyone for an overnight stay or dining. From the rundown accommodations to the lack of concern for health and safety, I give this property a two thumbs down.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: AVOID STAYING HERE - Outdated Accommodations / Poor Cleanliness
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Responded Mar 9, 2023
At Thunder Bay Resort, we took Covid very seriously and maintained strict protocols until they were not mandated. We invested in the highest quality hepa filter systems for all of our public venues, and each of our lodging units. Masks were worn, temperatures taken and social distancing was enforced. Your visit was after the mandates were lifted. Sorry you felt uncomfortable. Perhaps personal travel should have been reconsidered.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thunder Bay Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Thunder Bay Resort?
Nearby attractions include Brush Creek Mill (1.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Thunder Bay Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Thunder Bay Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Thunder Bay Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Thunder Bay Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Thunder Bay Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include VanPamel's Hometown Diner, Thunder Bay, and Chauncey's Pub.
Is Thunder Bay Resort located near the city center?
Yes, it is 1.0 miles away from the center of Hillman.
Are any cleaning services offered at Thunder Bay Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Thunder Bay Resort offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Is Thunder Bay Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.