We aren’t Disney people or waterpark people. We are nature people. We like hikes, kayaks and lakes.
So when my husband turned 40, we knew we had to take our son (who is 6) and go up north to celebrate – and we knew we wanted to stay in a place the whole family could have fun. We were looking for low-key and relaxing.
Luckily, I know a gal who had recently visited the Crooked River Lodge in Alanson. We love the Petoskey area and so we booked a few nights. Little did we know we would fall head over heels in love with this hotel and the area.
If I sound like I’m obsessed with the Crooked River Lodge and the Petoskey area, I am. It is my family’s happy place! Any time someone asks where to go or where to stay, I tell them: You can’t go wrong with the Crooked!
We even went this summer again with my in laws, who drove all the way from New England. Apparently we talk about our time here a lot!
Here are five reasons why your family will LOVE the Crooked River Lodge.
- The Free Popcorn
OK, so this is one of my son’s favorite things, aside from the pool. He thinks it is just the best thing ever to get his own bag of popcorn. We like munching on it while he plays in the kids cabin or while hanging out in the loft shooting pool or playing board games. In the summer, it’s a great little snack while you chill on the lawn. It’s something memorable and hospitable.
- The Kayaks
My husband and son LOVE to kayak so strapping on a life jacket and gliding out on the river in the morning is their favorite bonding activity. We love that the kayaks are free to borrow and that it is fun to explore this area by water. How many hotels can you think of that have this amenity?
- The Homey Feel
From the rooms, to the breakfast area to the pool: The Crooked River Lodge feels like a home away from home. It’s super clean, the staff is amazing and friendly and we are never bored. We always find something new to do and see. It’s so comfortable and easy staying here. We love the space in the rooms and the balconies.
- The Recreation
If you ever find yourself bored at the Crooked River Lodge, you might want to really take a look at yourself! There is so much to do, you can really spend a whole day just hanging around the hotel. We haven’t even done everything and we have visited twice! If you do find yourself looking for more adventure, there is so much to do and see just a short drive from the hotel – there are several beaches, downtown Petoskey and Mackinac Island is just a short drive away and doable for a day trip.
- The Memories
So here is the mushy part. When you visit the Crooked River Lodge, you are guaranteed to make so many wonderful family memories. You can truly unplug and relax as a family here, and spend quality time together. It’s a great way to bond with your kids and family and if you do what we did and take your extended family, all the better. This place can accommodate family groups and everyone – all ages! – can have a memorable and awesome vacation. How many places can claim that?
- Written by Korie Wilkins
Korie Wilkins is a multi-tasking work-at-home mom and a recovering former journalist. Follow her at @koriemw on Twitter! Learn about vacationing at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites.