Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

RV Park Review – Wild Creek RV Resort (Lake Leelanau, Michigan)

We visited Wild Cherry RV Resort on the recommendation of some friends (who are also volunteers with us at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Florida) and it really delivered.  The park was nicely maintained, sites were well-spaced, and we LOVED the area.  Our site was a pull-in that faced a large pond on a corner that overlooked a four-acre lake.  We never had a neighbor on the site next to us during our stay and since we were on a large corner there was nobody on that side either so we never felt crowded.  The park was very quiet and since our site was in the back of the park there was not much traffic.

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The park is called a “resort” which is a little misleading because there are very few amenities.  There is no swimming pool, no tennis courts, no shuffleboard, no fitness center, no playground, in fact there were not even bathrooms/showers.   There was a small club house (pictured below) and a driving range (but you had to purchase range balls).  You do get a free newspaper delivered to your site daily.  It turned out that we didn’t care about the lack of amenities since we were so busy exploring.  We don’t often use all the amenities that private parks offer anyway but it was strange that they labeled themselves a “resort” without an array of amenities. 

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The park is a mix of seasonal and transient people.  Most of the seasonal people went to work during the day which made the park even quieter.  And while they do have a lot of seasonal campers none of the sites were junked up.  Sites are gravel with paved patios with the average lot being 45x70 (according to their brochure).  There are nice grassy areas between sites that is very well-maintained.  All sites have picnic tables but not all have fire pits (if you have your own you are allowed to use it). 

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The roads are very wide and there are not too many trees so maneuvering big-rigs is not a problem.  The water, sewer, and electric were all placed appropriately in the site so no extended hoses were needed. There was no cable but sites are very open allowing for good satellite reception and we were able to get over a dozen antenna channels.  Sites are either pull-in (which we had) or back-in.  There are no pull-thrus.  Set back in a wooded area are a scattering of tent sites, rental cabins and yurts. 

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There is a lot of activities within a short drive of this park and we wished we would have stayed longer.  The park is in a perfect location to explore the towns of Leland (and Fishtown), Lake Leelanau, Northport, and Sutton’s Bay.  Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the town of Glen Arbor are a 20 minute drive and Traverse City is about 45 minutes.  All these towns are quaint coastal towns with shopping, galleries, good restaurants.  The park is on the Leelanau Penninsula which is one of Michigan’s most well-known and revered wine region and there are three wineries within a couple of miles (one is just across the street from the entrance).  That being said, there are nearly some 20 wineries within 15 – 20 minutes of the park.  There are a few state parks and county preserves nearby that have hiking, scenic views of Lake Michigan and picturesque lighthouses.

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All-in-all we really liked this park and would definitely come back.  We took advantage of their “Big-Rig Special” which gave a 25% discount if you booked 4 nights.  Otherwise, the price per night was $69 which we found to be expensive for what you get.  The biggest dings we give this park are for the high nightly price and the lack of amenities that should come in a “resort” with that high a price.  This area is one of our favorites in Michigan and we easily could have spent a couple of weeks here enjoying the area. 




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