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“Great Camping Cabin”

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Sunshine Motel and Cabins
Ranked #1 of 3 Ontonagon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kingston, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
56 hotel reviews
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“Great Camping Cabin”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

We stayed in the camping cabin back in behind the motel in the campground area.

Absolutely great owners - no complaints at all there. Very friendly and helpful and pleasant to talk to.

The camping cabin is basically a very good quality shed, with a few windows (with curtains) and a door. There's a shelf thing along the one wall and a permanent bed/bunk across the the back. You supply the sleeping bags, air mattress etc.

There is also a sort of fold down bunk above the one single bunk. The fold down bunk is suspended by chains. We didn't trust the upper bunk so we just used that area for storage, and one of us (2 adults) set up our mat and sleeping bag along the edge on the floor. We were worried that if the upper bunk support system failed (and it does have a warning that it can't hold over 150 lbs I think it was) that the weight of it and the person sleeping up there could seriously injure the person sleeping on the lower bunk. This is the reason for 4 stars instead of 5. We honestly didn't have a problem with one of the people being on the floor though - it was clean in there (there was even a little rug) - we sleep on the floor of our tent.

The washroom shower for the campers appears to be one of their former cabins in the motel area. A very short walk down to it from the cabin. It is very dated inside and a bit musty smelling, but very clean. It is a bathroom like you'd find in a motel, so I imagine it might be a problem if the campground was busy because if someone is in the shower you can't use the toilet. It wasn't busy when we were there though so it was no problem for us. There is a room in the washroom cabin where we were also able to sit and take advantage of the motels wifi which we were very pleased with too.

We love the concept of this camping cabin, and wished that other campgrounds would do it. It was wonderful not dealing with the dew and moisture of a tent, not having to set up take down the tent, or worry about a storm that rolled through one night we were there.

ktown

Room Tip: Highly recommend using the camping cabin instead of worrying about setting up a tent.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Our room was small but with tons of personality! Owners were lovely - helpful and outgoing. The beach is across the highway and a short walk through the woods - but we got to enjoy it on a night that there was a major thunderstorm out over the lake. Beautiful! Also well located for hiking in the Porkies (if you're not into tent camping!)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Richmond, Michigan
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We (me, my husband and dog) stayed at the Sunshine from 9/11-9/14/2012. Our goal was to have a place to stay that was pet friendly. What a home run! Not only is the Sunshine pet friendly, they are a small community. Each night, a bon fire brought all motel, cabin and campers together. We met a ton of great people that have been coming to the Porcupine Mountains or directly to the Sunshine forever. We were the newbies and they all embraced us. The owners, Bruce and Kaye and their wonderful pack of pets were so welcoming and helpful. The price was great, the cabin clean and cute, cable TV, a small kitchen an a comfortale bed. They told us where to eat (all were good home cooked meals) and they told us where to hike and see waterfalls. We were lucky to have randomly made our reservation, but we will tell everyone that comes to the mountains, to stay with Kaye and Bruce! The location is 5 minutes from Ontonogan and 10 minutes from the Porkies, you can't beat the location, along with Lake Superior access!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2012

We stayed here for a night on our way to the Keweenaw. The decor is a bit outdated, but it's incredibly clean and well maintained. The price is excellent without additonal fees for pets. The owner has a place for dogs to run behind the motel and he supplies towels to dry them off after they are at the beach which is right across the road! The rooms have a small refrigerator, microwave and a full size coffee pot. I would definitely recommend Sunshine Motel to anyone looking for a good value and clean place.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Oak Grove, MN, USA
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Reviewed November 24, 2011

Old time motor court motel. Updated and well maintained. The couple that runs it is very friendly. Pet friendly also.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Sunshine Motel and Cabins

Property: Sunshine Motel and Cabins
Address: 24077 West Highway 64, Ontonagon, MI 49953
Location: United States > Michigan > Upper Peninsula > Ontonagon
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Ontonagon
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pets stay free, 14 rooms and 5 cabins, air conditioning, 32 inch flat screen LED TVs, mini-refrig, microwave, coffee maker in all rooms. Lake Superior beach access, 10 minutes to Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park ... more   less 

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