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Thunder Bay Resort

27800 M 32 W, Hillman, MI 49746-8674
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Resting on over 400 acres of Northern Michigan's stunning landscape, Thunder Bay Resort is the perfect retreat for your weekend escape! Complete with a state-of-the-art, Full-Service RV park, Deluxe Lodging poised on our pristine 18-hole golf course and a 160 acre Elk preserve, Thunder Bay Resort is truly a destination for all seasons. Enjoy the outdoors? Then take advantage of the amenities hosted by Thunder Bay Resort including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, hiking, horseshoes, and the Resort's award-winning, signature Elk Viewing Carriage Ride, Gourmet Dinner & Wine Tasting Event!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Banquet room
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Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast available
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Self-serve laundry
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Fine nine wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
I have been staying at Thunder Bay Resort off and on over the years. First I came here with my young family but when my wife decided she didn't enjoy marital relations I began bringing my weekend girlfriends. Initially it turned out to be a great place for a quick tryst or a steamy rendezvous in the freezing cold winter. However it seems that the cheapest holiday inn Express is a better place to stay. The mold in the bathrooms is awful, the drains are clogged worse that an old fat guys arteries and dont get me started on what appears to be on the bedding. The guests who stayed in the room prior to my last visit must have been "alternative" as there was some sort of clear lubricant or jelly on the floor and bedding.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Willard K wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Wow. This guy gives you a mosquito infested tour of sad looking animals trapped inside pens, then tells you how great he treats them, then feeds you "ok" food. But the worst part is a mandatory high pressure sales pitch where you and your entire table is expected to buy his elk antler velvet "snake oil" that he says cures everything including cancer. You can't get away, you have no transportation to leave, you can't make his stop talking... Everyone is looking at each other like, "why is he still talking?" He makes is sound like his farm is on the edge of survival, and if you buy the "snake oil" they can eat one more meal and not die.... He buys the stuff from China!!! Sad. At least when people wanted you to buy time share condos for a "scam" you got free food and stuff for listening to their sales pitch. Don't waste your money, not worth the price of admission.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Unless you want to a high pressure sales pitch to buy elk antler "snake oil" stay away.
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David H wrote a review Oct 2020
Laingsburg, Michigan, United States45 contributions11 helpful votes
The room/suite was huge ! Very large bedroom. Very large living room with balcony overlooking the golf course. Nice kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave, dishes, etc. Separate rooms for shower and toilet/sink. A couple of minor maintenance issues - shower drain was very slow. Small puddle of water in front of the mini-fridge for no apparent reason. The golf course looked spectacular, but unfortunately, the rain didn't let up enough to play. On the last day, the sun came out but the backup for tee times was a couple of hours away. The elk tour and dinner were great. Lots of elk to see. The dinner and wine tasting was wonderful. We even had a crew from the TV Show 'Under The Radar' traveling with us filming for an episode. Thank you Thunder Bay for a very nice week.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: The deluxe suite was very large - up to 8 people. A little old, but very clean and mostly well...
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Beth L wrote a review Jul 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
So disappointed to see that these villas (that's villas, plural, not villa's, as they are incorrectly spelled on their website, but I digress...) These haven't been updated since they were built in the 1990s. Same furniture, fixtures, lighting, etc.,and everything felt and looked dirty. The restaurant had decent food, but they haven't updated anything in the restaurant in the past 30 years! So sad to see that the restaurant and lodging has suffered terribly over time. The kicker? As we got ready to settle in for the night, we spotted not one, but two bed bugs. We demanded a refund and headed to the Holiday Inn Express. Fortunately, the staff gave us a complete refund. Takeaway: Don't waste your time or money.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Stephgoes wrote a review Apr 2020
Traverse City, Michigan40 contributions47 helpful votes
This was just so strange. The owner is so so nice, but it’s just all very old, dated, and tired. The elk we saw were behind a fence. They were interesting to see. I refused to use the shower it had so much mold around it. The beds were uncomfortable and there were terrible lines across the tiny tv screen. The coffee pot was dirty and gross. The food was really not good, there’s no place else around to get anything, and the wine that was served with dinner was so awful I almost spit it out. There was BudLite or Labatts for beer. There was a full bar but only the bottoms of two liters of pop to mix with. And then the sales pitch about the antler velvet supplement. Nutritional supplement sales right there during dinner. That was just kind of odd. It was fine if you are just really DYING to see an elk and you do t care about anything else. So sorry to be so unkind!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
3 Helpful votes
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thunder Bay Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Thunder Bay Resort?
Nearby attractions include Brush Creek Mill (1.6 km) and Hi-way Inn (1.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Thunder Bay Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Thunder Bay Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Thunder Bay Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Thunder Bay Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Thunder Bay Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include VanPamel's Hometown Diner, Chauncey's Pub, and Thunder Bay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Thunder Bay Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Thunder Bay Resort offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Thunder Bay Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Brush Creek Mill (1.6 km).
Is Thunder Bay Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.