When we travel, we tend to choose low-cost chain hotels that
offer a free breakfast with a overnight stay priced below $100 per
night. That's because we are active travelers who spend little time
in the hotel. Generally we're there long enough to sleep and eat
and then off for another traveling adventure.
But sometimes the hotel itself is a worth travel adventure.
That's true of two resorts we visited in Traverse City,
Michigan-the Cherry Tree Inn and Suites and the Great Wolf
The Cherry Tree Inn and Suites on the East Bay offers nicely
furnished rooms, comfy beds, soft pillows and (best of all) a
separate room for parents. In the other room, our kids slept
comfortably on a trundle daybed that forms two separate twin beds.
I could only wonder why so many hotels insist on putting those
uncomfortable sofa beds in their suites when this works so much
better for everyone.
Since the Cherry Tree is right on the water, it comes complete
with a small groomed beach, noticeably missing those painful small
rocks that line most of the other northern Lake Michigan beaches.
And with the bath-water warm water only knee-high for some 500 feet
off the shore, it's shallow enough for younger kids to play
We also spent two nights at the Great Wolf Lodge, a good choice
for bad weather days. Our kids spent a little time at the huge
indoor waterpark, but my Harry Potter fans were more taken with the
MagiQuest game that let them use wands to make "magic" around the
hotel corridors. My son was frustrated that we had to leave before
he had collected enough runes to play the big game.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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