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“Fabulous family friendly relaxation.”
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White Birch Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Elk Rapids
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Fabulous family friendly relaxation.”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

White birch lodge is a great vacation spot. Best for families of all ages. Simple accommodations and 3 home cooked family style meals per day are the basics supporting inland lake front beach activities and enjoyment. Staff of young folks are great with kids and adults. All-inclusive cost is a terrific value. Staff and guests are friendly. Our favorite get-away by far!!!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Wilmette, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2012

White birch lodge is the vacation place for families. We vacation all over the US and love WBL. It is a wonderful place for families to go each summer. We take a high end ski trip annually every winter and bring our kids to florida each spring break but the place they remember each year is WBL. You check in on saturday and check out a week later with other families who do the same. The week is filled with skiing on a beautiful lake and tubing with professional and safe boat drivers, activities each night, sitters who are professional if you like, and plenty of fun for kids and adults alike. Our kids, aged 5, 7 and 9 can roam the beach safely and the whole family enjoys the fantastic college aged councillors who guide the activities. Basketball, tennis, volleyball, sailing, and every beach front activity you can imagine are available to your family each day, but the memory making part of WBL is the wholesome fun you will have. It may sound past tense or old school, but White Birch is truly the wholesome and fun vacation that you hope it will be. We have taken our kids all over the world, but the place that they look forward to returning to each year and the place that we have made friends that we keep in contact with is white birch lodge. I don't gush about places ever but if you get a chance to go to WBL you should go. My name is Mike Terry and I live in Chicago - contact me if you like at materry55@comcast.net and I will confirm the above. Our young family loves White Birch Lodge and all it offers.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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La Grange, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2012

This is the best vacation you could ever ask for. I had been going to a place similar to White Birch Lodge when I was a kid and was always sad when they closed, thinking I would never find a replacement to take my children to one day... Well I found it, and it has surpassed anything I could imagine.

Everything about White Birch Lodge is 5 stars: First it starts with the Conrad Family that owns the place and the wonderful staff. They were so welcoming and truly happy to see all their "old friends" back for another summer.

Beyond the staff, the food was excellent (3 meals a day so you have no food plans to worry about), the activities were endless and for all ages (water skiing, tubing, banana-boat, kayak, sailing, children's program, campfires, basketball, shuffleboard, ping pong, pool, tennis, sand castle making, and more), the location was gorgeous and the amenities were great!

51 weeks and counting. I don't think my daughter or I will stop talking about it much until next Summer, week 6!!!

Thank you White Birch Lodge for the time of our life. It will never be forgotten and I only hope that other families can take advantage of this gem of a vacation.

Room Tip: I was above the office which is close to the dining hall and kids program, but Condos are close to t...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Glastonbury, Connecticut
1 review
Reviewed July 4, 2012

No stress, happy kids, great laughs, all around best week of the year. Loved WBL as a kid, love it even more as a parent. If you enjoy seeing your kids happy, and exhausted, and your spouse in great spirits, and worrying about absolutely nothing for a week - go to WBL.

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2012

Growing up as a child I always looked forward to my time at White Birch Lodge and now as an adult nothing has changed. This is the best vacation for families and individuals. The lake is gorgeous and the staff is incredible. You don't have to worry about a thing for your entire time there. The memories will live forever.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Arvada, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2011

Our time at White Birch Lodge enabled us to completely relax and enjoy time with part of our family without meal-making and activity-finding concerns on our minds. We loved the condo in which we stayed, the constant though almost invisible service of a great, young staff and the spirit created by decades of happy families enjoying what we were enjoying for the first time. We loved all the costumes on the wait staff and their good humor in playing along with the various themes. The food was great family fare and always included plenty of fruits and vegetables for those of us that couldn't consume all the calories offered. :)

Having organized waterfront activities was wonderful and didn't seem too regimented. Having the resort's boats take care of the skiers in the coordinated manner they did greatly diminished the noise and confusion that having MANY boats on the water in front of the resort would have caused. The ski show put on by the staff was great fun, impressive and a perfect ending to a great week.

Perhaps we'll be back next year, though half the family already had committed to another part of the country for the same time frame. White Birch Lodge gave us every reason to come back. Thanks for wonderful memories!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Sylvania, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2011

This was the 1st time we have been and when we were taking a tour of the place I was waiting for Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey to come out and start dancing for us. The staff is wonderful, nice and just an amazing bunch of people. So many things to do or not do anything at all. beautiful and enjoyable. Can't wait to go back next year!!!

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Additional Information about White Birch Lodge

Property: White Birch Lodge
Address: 571 Meguzee Point Road, Elk Rapids, MI 49629
Location: United States > Michigan > Antrim County > Elk Rapids
Amenities:
Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Elk Rapids
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on crystal-clear blue Elk Lake in Elk Rapids, Michigan, White Birch Lodge is a family-friendly, all-inclusive resort. Family-owned and operated since 1958, vacations at White Birch Lodge are a tradition. Guests return generation after generation to enjoy affordable, care-free vacations in a gorgeous waterfront setting. We feature an incredible watersports program including waterskiing, wakeboarding, and more in a private, safe lakefront setting. Our enthusiastic, energetic college-age staff does ALL the work while you and your family enjoy all that Northern Michigan and Elk Lake have to offer! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
White Birch Hotel Elk Rapids

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