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Friday, August 10, 2012

Paulding, Michigan--Upper Peninsula / Running Bear Resort

August 2012, Weekend - Weekday (Saturday and Sunday), 2-nights, Grey Wolf Cabin

Grey Wolf Cabin
This cabin is located behind the owner's house, and there is a partial privacy fence between the two areas. The outside of the cabin had not been refinished prior to our stay (they were working on painting the other cabins during our visit), although the inside had been redone.

Outside provided amenities: charcoal grill, grill brush, plastic table and two chairs. A hummingbird feeder was hung just outside the kitchen window, and we saw many birds during our stay.

Inside the cabin, there were many well thought out provided amenities. The kitchen area contained: full size fridge (with ice cubes in the freezer when we arrived!), gas stove, full size sink, table with three chairs, coffee maker with filters for our two nights stay, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, pot holders, dishcloths, towels, and dish soap. Included with the silverware were skewers, toothpicks (only a couple), vegetable peeler, corkscrew, and any other utensil that might be needed. 

The kitchen and living room area were one room, so there was also a soft chair, couch, floor lamp, and end table in this area. I thought the soft chair was extremely comfortable, although the couch was not quite as comfortable. A TV on top of the refrigerator was visible from all seating areas. A TV channel line-up guide and Internet sign on instructions were provided on the end table. Magazines and information about the area were also provided.

There was a key hook by the door, and good lighting throughout the cabin. A fly swatter and broom were in a closet by the door. A wastebasket was provided in each room--by the kitchen sink, in the bathroom, and in the bedroom--with a liner and extra bags. The entire cabin was tastefully decorated with wolf photos and drawings. The Internet connection was excellent.

The Bedroom contained: One king bed, an alarm clock, three windows which all opened with screens, a fan, hangers, a nice shelf for luggage, and large half mirror. The king bed in this cabin is made up of two twin beds (like a cruise ship), so this cabin can be rented for two people together or two singles. The only thing I did not like about the cabin is that I thought the bed was hard and not vey comfortable. The bedroom did not have a door, which was okay with us, since we did not have any guests in the living room area. The living room sofa was not a sleeper sofa anyway.

Bathroom: There was plenty of shelf space in the bathroom, and the water temperature and pressure was excellent. Towels and washcloths were provided. One thing I had not packed for this trip that we needed (all of our other stays were in hotel rooms) was a bar of soap. There is a General Store about a mile up the road--they accept cash only though. I was surprised by the number of businesses in the UP that only accept cash. The only other item I slightly missed was a hair dryer.

The shower space was not generous. We did not have a problem with the space available; however, if you like plenty of room, you might find the space kind of tight. I think the space that is available in this cabin was excellently allocated.

Property features: There is a community fire pit in front of the other cabins, and firewood was provided. There is a pavilion across from the fire pit with several picnic tables under the roof, and a fish cleaning station is located behind Grey Wolf cabin. There are six cabins total, and probably less than 10 RV/camping sites. The ORV/snowmobile trail is accessible from the property.

Porcupine Mountains are about a 45-minute drive away, and beautiful Bond Falls are only a five-minute drive away.

Overall: We were very happy with our stay, and thought this was a good location for what we wanted to see in the area. The amenities and cleanliness were excellent! Even though other guests used the fish cleaning station, we did not smell any fish odor. We did not experience any bothersome noise, and we had the cabin windows open most of the time. I would recommend this resort.