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Old 06-11-2011, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Indiana Dunes, Indiana
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I am planning a 40th Bday for a group of 40ish girls. Would like to stay within 5 hours of the Indiana/Michigan border since we are from the Indiana Dunes area. Where should we go? We want to rent a cabin so we can relax and spread out rather than hotels or a B&B. On the water would be nice with a firepit, screened in porch, hot tub. We are hoping to go horseback riding one day. Flea markets or antique stores are good. Cute artsy boutiques are fun. Great restaurants would be nice but not necessary. Great breakfast spot is a must a dive bar to shoot pool might be fun? What do you think? TIA.
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:13 AM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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Traverse City, Torch Lake, or Petosky? Not a whole lot of kicking night life, but the other amenities you are seeking should be available. If that's too far, how about Spring Lake, Holland, Saugatuck, Muskegon?
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Indiana Dunes, Indiana
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Teachbeach: Yes first thoughts were of Saugatuck, but just wanted to see if there was anything a little less commercial, but still fun with the amenities we were looking for. Saugatuck will be our fall back for sure. Thanks! I will look up those towns you mention : )
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Here's a possibility: Double JJ Ranch near Muskegon. It has cabins and horseback riding. It's not on the Lake Michigan shore, but it has a swimming area and water park, and if you really want to go to the beach it's a short drive away, or you could stop at the beach on the way there and/or on the way back. You'll pass lots of antique stores on the way on US 31. Muskegon itself is definitely not commercial and touristy (yet), and it has all the dive bars anybody could want.

You could stop at Saugatuck for lunch on the way up, spend a couple of days at the Double JJ (or find a beach rental in Muskegon and go to JJ for an afternoon of riding), then stop at South Haven on the way back for the beach, more antiques, art galleries, and a ride on the tall ship Friends Good Will or the river launch Lindy Lou at the Michigan Maritime Museum.

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Old 06-12-2011, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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It's a small world.

Double JJ is owned by a corporate group here in southcentral PA. I'm one of their loyal, best customers. Heritage Hills Group~
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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I am planning a 40th Bday for a group of 40ish girls. Would like to stay within 5 hours of the Indiana/Michigan border since we are from the Indiana Dunes area. Where should we go? We want to rent a cabin so we can relax and spread out rather than hotels or a B&B. On the water would be nice with a firepit, screened in porch, hot tub. We are hoping to go horseback riding one day. Flea markets or antique stores are good. Cute artsy boutiques are fun. Great restaurants would be nice but not necessary. Great breakfast spot is a must a dive bar to shoot pool might be fun? What do you think? TIA.
Do you like to drink wine? I know of a group of lady friends who make several treks a year up to the Leelanau Peninsula and go winery hopping. They always have a blast. Then you can stay in any of the lakeshore or Grand Traverse Bay communities.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:50 AM
 
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I'll second the notion of the Saugatuck/Holland area. Numerous antique shops, boutiques, pubs and restaurants, etc. I've never used them, but here is a link to a "vacation rental by owner" site: Holland Michigan Vacation Rentals by Owner - Holland Michigan VRBO, Vacation Home Rentals, Condo Rentals, FRBO Vacation Rentals, Holland Michigan Travel Information (http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/michigan/west-central/holland - broken link)
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:55 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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How about Manistee? They should have what you are looking for, although I can't comment on the horseback riding part.
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But, I do think Traverse City would be the nicest. You'd even be able to take a trip to Mackinaw from there, which would be a nice side trip
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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I'd recommend Saugatuck or maybe South Haven. I've gone there (Saugatuck) for the past few years with my own group of 40-ish girlfriends. Lovely beach, good restaurants, shopping, art galleries.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Indiana Dunes, Indiana
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Saugatuck it is, thanks all! Found a great house to rent, with a huge screened in observatory with fireplace! Can't wait!
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