Any TTers remember or visit Miley's Resort up near Lake Petoskey. What a great place. We used to go every year ( in the 70's) with famlies from the south end. It's long gone - but not forgotten.
updated by Molsonator on Mar 29, 2011 at 06:13:21 pm History Comments: 6
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50' and 60's were spent with 3-4 neighbor families in a rented cottage for a week at Devil's Lake. What a great time we had...
Sorry Molsonator... Either no one heard of these vacation spots or I jinxed the thread.
That is OK. Somethings are personal. :)
I got you on this one, Molsonator. My family and 5-6 other Toledo area families would go up the same week every summer. We went during the 1980s. It was great to leave the city behind and just relax on the lake for a while. Quaint little cottages, building sandcastles on the beach, learning to water ski, shuffleboard tournaments, ringing the bell at the mess hall, bingo, dance night, staying up late with friends playing cards and pingpong in the lodge, and sitting around eating fresh popcorn by the bonfire every night are some of my favorite memories. Once you were there for a couple days, city life didn't seem to matter and then the week flew by... until next year. I probably have tons of photos in old albums. Have to dig them out someday.
For the better part of twenty five years, Miley's Resort was THE vacation for my family and several others, all on the same week. In some ways, it was the original "all-inclusive" resort...three squares a day, swimming, skiing, fishing, shuffleboard, volleyball, softball, shooting, tennis, sailing. The dock, the raft, the lodge, the cabins...Far Hills, Suits Me, Kozy Korner just to name a few. George, Annabelle and Bill attending to the guests and keeping the staff on their toes. A safe place to let kids run free all day without worry. A well near the fire pit to cool your beer for the late nights or to show off a trophy bass.
I could write pages and pages of good memories about the place and I'm a terrible writer. If it was still running, the fourth generation of my family would still be going there.
About six years ago, I went up to Bellaire. The buildings were all gone and the property had been divided by surveyors flags. I parked down at the public beach and went for a swim. The water was as nice as it ever was. I swam down in front of the old property to snap a few pics. As I was finishing, Russell Miley appeared out of nowhere, waded out to me and told me I was trespassing. A sad ending for such an awesome place.
If I ever cash a mega millions ticket, you can be sure I'm scooping up a lot or two if they're any left.
That's awesome mixman and Solleks. The best thing was that is when my parents were still married. I was 4 - 8 years old and felt how great the place was. 7 days of family fun with others from the south end we knew. I remember the bowls of food they wood bring out and Mr. Rutheford making sure the kids got there share before eating out of the bowl. Ha! When that bell went off we were out of the water fast for the best seating. We had minow buckets for bait at the end of our cabin. Every morning my brother and i would let them go for new ones. Might be the greatest place on earth. Sollecks - we can go together and split the weeks!