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Great Escape near Lake Skegamog

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Vacation rental house. Sleeps 18, 6 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms. Dogs allowed.

Rapid City, MI 49676 United States

You will find your "Great Escape" and tons of country fun at this terrific, private location just off of Lake Skegemog in the Rapid City/Elk Rapids area. The Great Escape was originally an up north camp in the mid 1960's/70's and now is a wonderful northern retreat. Featuring a total of 4 bedrooms and 3-1/2 bathrooms in the main house. You can bring the entire family with an additional 2 rustic bunk houses outside that are great for the kids. 2 level house. Sleeps 18.

1 King pillow top, 4 twin on the upper level and 1 Queen on main level in main house. 4 bunks (8 Twins) in the Eagle bunk house and 1 full (new memory foam mattress and a cabin facelift to be added 2018) in Fox bunk house. No bathrooms in the bunk houses. Direct TV/DVD.

Situated on 2 grassy acres it is perfect for outdoor games (yard games are provided), mini baseball field and badminton court. Roast marshmallows on the fire pit, 2 grills provided for big family picnics. 3 hammocks for napping. Relax under the shade of tall trees or stretch out on a blanket. This is how a vacation should feel. So much fun! Shower outdoors under the stars too in the outdoor shower.Huge covered porch with Adirondack chairs and enough room to eat outdoors.

Walk 1/4 mile to Lake Skegemog access. 3 miles to Elk Lake access. 6 miles to Torch Lake access. About 15 minutes to Elk Rapids. 1/2 hour to Traverse City .

Pet considered. No smoking. Linens provided. Window air conditioner upstairs only.

Will consider short stays during any season. Prime Summer 3 night minimum or weekly Saturday-Saturday. Short stays are permitted during prime summer dates, however, deposits will not be charged for reservations totaling less than 7 nights that are booked online until the reservation is confirmed by Visit Up North the next business day. Arrival and/or departure date must back up to existing reservations and/or begin/end on a Saturday.

Rooms and Amenities
Property Type House, 2 story
Unit Code ESCAPE
Beds 1 king bed, 1 queen bed, 3 twin beds, 4 bunk beds
Bathrooms 3.5 bathrooms
Rooms Sleeps 18, 12 dining seats
Floor Area 2700 square feet
Pets Dogs allowed.
Living Amenities Linens & Towels, Window Air Conditioner, Fans, Fireplace: Wood Burning, Washer & Dryer
Kitchen Amenities Full Kitchen, Utensils, Cookware, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator, Stove, Oven, Microwave, Toaster, Dishwasher, Spices
Entertainment Amenities Internet Not Provided, Flat Panel TV, Satellite Television, DVD Player, Stereo System, CD Player, Board Games
Outdoor Amenities Fire Pit, Charcoal grill, Gas Grill, Porch, Outdoor Shower, Hammock, Outdoor Games, Badminton, Mini baseball field, Climbing wall
Geographic Exceptional Views, Near Lake
Local Activities Beachcombing, Biking, Boating, Fishing/Fly Fishing, Hiking Trails, Movie Theatre, Playground/Park, Public Parks w/Swim Beach, Sight-Seeing, Swimming, Tennis Court, Golf, Ah-Ga-Ming Golf Course, Wolverine Golf Course, Spruce Run Golf Course at GTR, The Bear Golf Course GTR, Turtle Creek Casino, Sleeping Bear Dunes
Local Businesses Nearby Area Fitness Center, Nearby ATM, Nearby Casino, Nearby Coffee Shop, Nearby Copy Shop, Nearby Golf Course, Nearby Grocery/Shopping Center, Nearby Internet Cafe, Nearby Jet Ski Rentals, Nearby Medical Services, Nearby Post Office
Local Features Art Gallery(s), Museum(s), Symphony Orchestra, Wine Tour(s), Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat.Lk.Shore, Festivals, Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Wine Festivals (summer& fall), Wine Events, Tall Ship Cruises, Venetian Festival, Great Lakes Equestrian, Brew Festival-Summer, Bayshore Marathon, Shorts Brewery Elk Rapids, Mackinac Island
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100 % of our reviewers would recommend this vacation rental.

Vacation Rental Reviews

  • Family Reunion Up North

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2017

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    Larissa D from Katy, TX recommends this vacation rental

    Overall, this was a great experience. The property was amazing, with so many outdoor activities and that huge patio. While it was clean, we did have some bug issues. Pest control came quickly to take care of wasp nests, but the bunk house and small cottage need some upkeep and cleaning. It is tricky to keep them completely pest free, but the cobwebs could be removed/dusted out. We also couldn't tell if blankets had been washed, or just sheets? If staying with a large group, as we did, be aware that there are really only two beds for couples, a king and a queen. One couple slept on twins and the other out in the little cabin. This was a fun, rustic, spot, but the bed is truly awful to sleep on for a week. It is just a mattress, no spring underneath it, and it was terrible. The kids loved the bunkhouse, and we had no issues with being too hot or too cold, and no one got wet in the storms we had.
    We loved being outside and playing kickball, badminton, running around, the hammocks. The trash cans were completely full when we arrived and they did come to remove stuff for us. We left them out for Friday pick up, but then by Sunday when we left, we left them almost entirely full. Might need to work on that for future guests. The area is stunning, so many options within a half hour-one hour drive. The door on the patio did not close completely, and was never actually locked, so that should be fixed. Anyone could have gotten in.
    Overall a fun property, great for lots of kids, but need more bed options for couples, and keep the outdoor sleeping spaces cleaner.

    • Manager Responded on 8/22/2017

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Great Escape. For 2018 the single guest cabin will get a face lift and a new mattress. Bugs are the bane of our existence here in the north. Bugs bugs everywhere! We are sorry about that. We will have homes sprayed for wasps. More totes will be added in 2018 for the garbage. Thanks so much and we hope to have you visit again.

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  • Reunion

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2017

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    Jenifer A from Edmond, OK recommends this vacation rental

    Overall good. Would have been nice if the grass had been mowed and house treated for ants. Bedroom is shed like building attached to garage was more rustic than represented and had a wasp nest in it, one of the guests was strung.

    • Manager Responded on 8/1/2017

      Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry for the issues you encountered during your stay. Rest assured, the wasp's nest will be taken care of! Also, ants are unfortunately very prevalent up north during the summer and we will definitely set some traps. The cabin will see some updates and a new memory foam mattress too.

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  • Perfect Trip

    Stayed 3 days ending in July, 2016

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    Shane M from Howell, MI recommends this vacation rental

    The house and yard were clean and well taken care of. Plenty of room for a large crowd. We loved all the yard games and hammocks. Really close to both Torch, Elk, and Skegamog lake. I will definitely be going back.

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  • FABULOUS!!!

    Stayed 3 days ending in July, 2016

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    a guest from dewitt, Michigan recommends this vacation rental

    We had 17 family members (9 of them being children) none of us ever felt crowded. The children had endless things to do, never once did any of them say " Im bored" We had day trips planned, location seemed pretty central. We all agreed if we ever wanted to go back to this area we would definitely choose this rental again.

    • Manager Responded on 8/3/2016

      We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, we hope you will be coming back to see us soon!

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  • Great property for extended family

    Stayed 3 days ending in July, 2016

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    Kevin M from Elmhurst, IL recommends this vacation rental

    We had a great time at the Great Escape. The property itself kept everyone occupied, especially the kids. The Eagle cabin was perfect for the eight grandkids. The house was clean, the kitchen was very functional, and the gas grill was brand new. The only things I would change would be 1) put a showerhead in the 2nd upstairs bath, and 2) I wish it was closer to the water. 0.5 mile walk. Great stay!

    • Manager Responded on 7/25/2016

      We are glad you had a great stay and will check on the shower head and wish we could make the home closer to the water but that one is impossible :) Hope you will be back again to stay with us soon!

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  • Great Escape

    Stayed 5 days ending in July, 2016

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    Britton H from Troy, MI recommends this vacation rental

    Enjoyable

    • Manager Responded on 7/7/2016

      We are glad you had an enjoyable stay! Come back and see us again!

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  • Family gathering to attend a TC wedding!

    Stayed 4 days ending in August, 2015

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    a guest from Jackson, MI recommends this vacation rental

    We did enjoy staying at the Lake Skegamog house. It gave us the opportunity to socialize together over morning coffee on the porch and breakfast before going off for our wedding activities. We did get to eat at Pearl's in Elk Rapids and at Short's Brewery in Bellaire
    . We highly recommend both. Time at the beach and wine tasting rounded out the time that we had left over from the wedding. The house location was an advantage for these activities. Our only disappointment was that we were led to believe that there were 2 queen beds in the main house and there was only one. We had to rearrange sleeping asignments because of this.

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  • Fourth of July Weekend

    Stayed 3 days ending in July, 2015

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    Jillian C from Walker, MI recommends this vacation rental

    It was an awesome spot for a weekend away with many friends, lots of sleep space and tons of outdoor activities and space. Would definitely recommend this spot.

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  • Rustic country living

    Stayed 3 days ending in July, 2013

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    John B from Novi, MI recommends this vacation rental

    Very nice, private country home, with a Up North camp feel. Worked perfectly for a bunch of guys on a golf outing. Would stay again.

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  • Great Escape

    Stayed 4 days ending in July, 2013

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    a guest from Loveland, OH recommends this vacation rental

    It should be very clear in the ad that there is no central air and only window air conditioners in the upstairs. It was 97 degrees while we were there and very uncomfortable. It would be helpful if there was information in the house about locations of beaches nearby (took us 2 days to find a large public beach)and other attractions and activities. The house is in more of a remote location than we had anticipated. The lake access that is noted in the ad is nothing more than a drop off at the end of the street (as far as we could tell). We did enjoy the stay and the large grounds around the house.

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  • Perfect for large group

    Stayed 3 days ending in July, 2011

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    James R from Atlanta, GA recommends this vacation rental

    19 guys for a bachelor party. Could not have been a better place! Horseshoes, badminton, and whiffle ball all ready to go. Large firepit and grill for cooking. Short walk to the lake for swimming. About 20 minutes from the casino in TC. Lots of room/beds so no sharing needed. Definitely recommend!

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  • Review by Larry R

    Stayed 3 days ending in July, 2010

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    Larry R from Chesterfield, MI recommends this vacation rental

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  • Great place

    Stayed 2 days ending in June, 2010

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    a guest from Swartz Creek, MI recommends this vacation rental

    Beautiful house and surronding area. We had great weather so we were outside the whole weekend. Torch lake is only about 5 mins away. Only complaint was the house was suppose to be ready for us at 1pm and the cleaning lady was there until 230

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