Great North Vacations

We work throughout Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula to help bring people into the great outdoors and the great experiences.

Full house today in Hudsonville. We have our booth and properties out at the Safari Club International dinner.

Heart of the Lakes

Michigan's outdoor industry is an economic powerhouse, reaching $26.6 billion in consumer spending and 232k direct jobs. This may come with little surprise knowing Michigan has a wealth of forests, trails, rivers, and lakes — rivaling top outdoor states such as Colorado, Montana, and California.

What sets Michigan apart?
The 4,500 miles of coastline known as the Great Lakes.

Michigan residents and businesses thrive on the revenue brought in from the Great Lakes, but these extra footprints in the sand raise concerns for our coastlines. Some businesses in the outdoor industry have adopted branding that reflects an outdoor lifestyle and the importance of advocating for the protection and stewardship of our coasts.

Brands to get stoked about!

Blackrocks Brewery
Compass Paper Co.
Eightyfive Miles
Great Lakes Proud

Protected Land featured:

Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve // UP Land Conservancy
Clay Cliffs Natural Area // Leelanau Conservancy
Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area // Land Conservancy of West Michigan, The Nature Conservancy

Six Rivers Land Conservancy
Outdoor Industry Association
Michigan Outdoor Recreation Industry

Support for this project was provided by:

Coastal Management Program, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, under the National Coastal Zone Management Program, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

I have some coupons for the Ultimate Fishing Show in Novi Jan 9-12. If you want one or two just shoot me a mailing address and I will send them to you.

New vacation rental available. We are still getting everything set up for online booking and credit/debit card processing but in the mean time I can manually book you and we can do checks/money orders for the deposit.

Send me an email with any questions that you have!
[email protected]

This is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 9 bed home with accommodations for up to 14 people.

This large home provides a sandy lake bottom on beautiful all sport Lake Avalon with sunrise views across the lake. Lake Avalon is often in referred to as one of the most beautiful lakes in Michigan. The lake is an all sport lake and has a DNR boat launch. This property provides a dock for your use while you stay. The lake is crystal clear, 70+ feet deep, and has a beautiful blue-green color. The lake has a great splake population as well as perch, panfish, and other trout. Skiing, tubing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, and kayaking all very popular on this lake.

Available dates
15May to 31May $250 a night. No minimum stay.
01Jun to 01Sep $450 a night. 3 night minimum.
02Sep to 01Dec $250 a night. No minimum stay.
Plus Michigan tax.

I was asked to provide poker chips to help Safari Club International with one of their gun raffles at the dinner this winter. Me being me, I don't like to own anything that isn't branded. I thought these turned out pretty nice.

Just a quick update on the events we have scheduled so far this winter. The Quiet Adventures Symposium, Great Lakes Council of Fly Fishing International, and the Ultimate Fishing Show- Detroit are already booked and more will be added as we finalize a schedule. These events are crucial to marketing our properties directly to potential renters. It allows us to put our properties right in front of our target audience. To have your property featured at these events please message, call, or email to get your property up and available before the events begin.

Halfway Lake Cottages, LLC

We have an opening tonight thru this next week in our guest house! $169 + tax per night with a 2 night minimum! Sleeps 7 with a queen bed, a pull out sofa and a bunk bed with full bottom and twin top. Full kitchen with dishwasher included! Call me at 906-869-0098 to reserve.


We have 2 cabins available for the next couple of nights (August 16 and 17). Beautiful weather in store for this weekend. Come on up to explore the Porkies area.

The largest auto museum in North America. An Gull Lake is just a few miles away. Right here in Hickory Corners Michigan

Island View Resort

We still have some August cabins available!
🎣Call 906-484-2252 or message us here on Facebook. 🚤Check out our cabins in the link below. 🏖

Don't forget vacation rentals when thinking about Festivals and resorts. Like the Beer and Brat Festival!

Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Alpena on National TV! This community feature appeared during Major League Fishing's 2018 Summit Cup season series airing on the Outdoor Channel. This 2018 season was filmed in Alpena and marked the third time the show filmed here with the help of the Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Ranked as the most popular sport show on national television. It is unusual for this show to visit the same destination more than once. Hosting filming of this show not just twice, but three times, is a testament to our community and the quality of our fishing here in the Alpena area!

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Great new taco joint in Munising!

Rentals outside sporting venues and specialty events are in high demand!!!!

Old Log Resort still has an open cabin this weekend!

This weekend is looking stellar! Still have some 1 bed cabins available. Call 231-743-2775 for a nice, affordable spring weekend getaway!

Barrel of Booze for the Long Lake Lights Festival. The fundraiser dinner is TONIGHT!!! Tickets are still available (I think.) I'm not sure if this is going to be a live auction or a raffle. But tonight someone will get a barrel of Michigan made booze from Les Cheneaux Distillers #bierdistillery #longroaddistillers MichiGrain Distillery Inc.

This weekend we are in Columbus OH, a traditional market for vacationers thru out Michigan. This is the Field & Stream and Outdoor Life Show. We are not the type to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. We are taking our available properties directly to potential clients.

My smallest marketing event of the year. And often the most successful.

Most popular requested destinations at this event where Lake Superior around the Porkies, Sugar Island, and Drummond Island.

Another long day at the office....


Drop it like its hot! A two and a half year romp through the Midwest culled down to two and a half minutes. Enjoy!

All set up at the Allegheny Outdoor Show. Lets see if we can get some interest and investment into Northern Michigan.

There is A LOT of people here asking for destinations around Northern Michigan. Some examples of the places folks have asked for is Garden Peninsula, Mackinaw Island, Drummond Island, and Petoskey. A lot of other folks are undecided on destinations and we are working on finalizing their plans.

[02/10/19]   Vacation rentals near concert/performance venues are popular as well.

[02/08/19]   Back in Grand Rapids for some more marketing!

After narrowly escaping death on 131 we are set up at the Huntin Time Expo. Though this event is geared more towards hunters I fully anticipate we will encounter folks who would enjoy renting your lake, river, or golf course cabin. Usually at the Hunting themed shows we get a lot of inquiries for RV sites as well.

Remote Michigan ski resort named 2nd best in America by USA Today readers Only Winter Park Resort in Winter Park, Colorado finished ahead of Mount Bohemia, which is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Economic Impact Study 2019 - Michigan United Conservation Clubs New report: Michigan is No. 1 among Great Lakes states for jobs created from hunting, fishing purchases A first-of-its-kind study released Monday by Michigan United Conservation Clubs shows Michigan ranks first among the Great Lakes states for jobs created from hunting- and fishing-related purchases...

The new booth may not be as fancy as my old one but it's a lot easier to set up and my back didn't go out trying to lift the heavy panels! Heres to bringing more economic investment to Northern Michigan!

Property Needed! We have a group of up to 32 family members looking for a rental for a family reunion at the end of July. The property does not need to be water front. They have previously used a hunting camp but it is unavailable this year. If you have a large property with vacancy at the end of July please send me a note!
[email protected]

(Video for attention, this is from a hunting camp for sale near Atlanta/Lewiston.)

This is my favorite breakfast option while working on Houghton Lake! Peanut Butter Cup Pamcakes are perfect.

Houghton Lake chapter Ducks Unlimited dinner!

Heres a great opportunity to buy an established resort. And with a management company (like us) you can pass the work on while just enjoying the UP and the income from your resort!

I got the new 3 Dimensional camera in. Next challenge is figuring out all the associated software and programs.

I was asked to provide a purse for the United Way Power of the Purse event. I don't know anything about purses...

Lewiston Sportsmen Club fundraiser and dinner

Out working on bringing a few new multi-sport and multi-season rentals on stunning Lake Michigamme. We need more properties! We have a lot of folks who come up to this area from Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Chicago to fish and snowmobile.

Cherry Tart IPA

Rentals needed! We have people looking to rent on Lake Superior and they need properties! There is not enough available rentals on Lake Superior in Chippewa, Luce, and Ontonagon Counties.

A highly sought after rental just became available starting tomorrow! Contact the resort directly pkease, this is NOT one of our properties.

The honeymoon suite, just became available! Cottage #6 tomorrow, Wednesday 8/22 through Wednesday 8/29. 2 bedrooms, with private location and bonfire pit.

We have renters currently looking for a Torch Lake vacation rental for Aug/July of 2019. They need a larger place that will accommodate 8-10 people. There is not a property with availability in this time frame available. We need more Torch Lake and area rentals! [email protected]

!!!!!!!FOR SALE!!!!!!!

Our partners over at Great North Real Estate have this 5 cabin beach resort listed for sale. We may know a management company!

Fantastic income producing 5 cabin resort on Lake Huron. 2 units are 1 bedroom, 1 bath. 2 units are 2 bedroom 1 bath. The main unit is a larger 2 bedroom 1 bath which has been used as an owners/managers quarters. The cabins have been updated with newer roofs, updated electric, newer septic system, and updated bathrooms. Seller will provide all client history available to the new owner. The beach is a beautiful sand beach and lake bottom. There is a nice greenbelt between the cabins and the lake providing a great opportunity for ducks, frogs, birds, and turtles. There is a shed used by the housekeepers also on site. Rentals are only offered in a limited capacity right now due to the property being listed for sale. $198,000

We have some prime openings for this 4 bedroom, 2 bath Lake Michigan home just outside Mackinaw City. Open dates are July 8-13 and 16-18 as well as Aug 18-Sept 2. Sept 9 to Oct 13 and Oct 16 thru the end of the year. October is great for hiking Wilderness State Park or Mackinaw Islands fall activities. Rentals near Mackinaw City in the summer are hard to find. It can accommodate 7 people. $260 a night. $100 per stay cleaning fee.

The owner is offering an Aug 20-26th weekly stay for $1560 and will give an extra night for free.

This beautiful 1600 sf cottage is located on a scenic section of Lake Michigan. The cottage features comfortable accommodations for up to 7 with 4 bedrooms plus a bath and 1/2. It is located a short distance from Mackinaw City, St. Ignace and Cheboygan and serves as a great anchor for all of your favorite northern Michigan adventures. Relax with a good book on the patio and enjoy the rhythm of the waves. Surrounded by spectacular sunrises and sunsets, the view is breathtaking. You can just hang out and enjoy the solitude or enjoy an adventure or 2 in the area. Boating, swimming, kayak, cycle, fish, search for Petoskey stones or just hang out. Make lots of great memories to last for years at this perfect Lake Michigan cottage.

Please email me with any questions or if you wish to book. [email protected]

Restoring Blaney Park's history in rental cottages An out of state couple is renovating rentals in Blanley Park to attract hundreds to the once upscale resort.

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