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Thunder Bay Resort

27800 M 32 W, Hillman, MI 49746-8674
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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!
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David H wrote a review Oct 2020
Laingsburg, Michigan, United States45 contributions11 helpful votes
The room/suite was huge ! Very large bedroom. Very large living room with balcony overlooking the golf course. Nice kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave, dishes, etc. Separate rooms for shower and toilet/sink. A couple of minor maintenance issues - shower drain was very slow. Small puddle of water in front of the mini-fridge for no apparent reason. The golf course looked spectacular, but unfortunately, the rain didn't let up enough to play. On the last day, the sun came out but the backup for tee times was a couple of hours away. The elk tour and dinner were great. Lots of elk to see. The dinner and wine tasting was wonderful. We even had a crew from the TV Show 'Under The Radar' traveling with us filming for an episode. Thank you Thunder Bay for a very nice week.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: The deluxe suite was very large - up to 8 people. A little old, but very clean and mostly well...
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Beth L wrote a review Jul 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
So disappointed to see that these villas (that's villas, plural, not villa's, as they are incorrectly spelled on their website, but I digress...) These haven't been updated since they were built in the 1990s. Same furniture, fixtures, lighting, etc.,and everything felt and looked dirty. The restaurant had decent food, but they haven't updated anything in the restaurant in the past 30 years! So sad to see that the restaurant and lodging has suffered terribly over time. The kicker? As we got ready to settle in for the night, we spotted not one, but two bed bugs. We demanded a refund and headed to the Holiday Inn Express. Fortunately, the staff gave us a complete refund. Takeaway: Don't waste your time or money.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Stephgoes wrote a review Apr 2020
Traverse City, Michigan37 contributions25 helpful votes
This was just so strange. The owner is so so nice, but it’s just all very old, dated, and tired. The elk we saw were behind a fence. They were interesting to see. I refused to use the shower it had so much mold around it. The beds were uncomfortable and there were terrible lines across the tiny tv screen. The coffee pot was dirty and gross. The food was really not good, there’s no place else around to get anything, and the wine that was served with dinner was so awful I almost spit it out. There was BudLite or Labatts for beer. There was a full bar but only the bottoms of two liters of pop to mix with. And then the sales pitch about the antler velvet supplement. Nutritional supplement sales right there during dinner. That was just kind of odd. It was fine if you are just really DYING to see an elk and you do t care about anything else. So sorry to be so unkind!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Bettye M wrote a review Mar 2020
8 contributions2 helpful votes
What an amazing evening. Absolutely recommend to anyone looking for an informative and fun adventure. Was given as a gift to me and my husband and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was scrumptious and wine tasting was very good. Would do it again in a heartbeat. Staff is AWESOME!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from tbrelkview, Digital Specialist at Thunder Bay Resort
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Thanks for the excellent review! We also offer Murder Mystery Weekends throughout the year which are great for couples or groups of friends, we hope to see you again!
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Dave H wrote a review Feb 2020
United States12 contributions
Hidden gem in a remote Northeastern Michigan location. Sit back and relax on a horse drawn sleigh ride through the woods with a hot drink you can purchase prior to the start of the ride. As you travel through the woods, a knowledgeable staff member (we were lucky to have Jack) will talk about the Elk, other types of animals in the area and the history of the resort. Once you arrive to the cabin, you are wined and dined, the Chef (Spencer) and the staff will make you feel at home and ensure you have a excellent experience. The staff are professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. If you have a distance to travel, you can stay the night in a clean room with many amenities including cross-country skiing. This a event everyone needs to experience.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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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) and Hi-way Inn (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, Chauncey's Pub, and Thunder Bay.
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.
Are there any historical sites close to Thunder Bay Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Brush Creek Mill (1.0 miles).
Is Thunder Bay Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.