The Shack, about 50 miles north of Grand Rapids, Michigan is a delightful, family-owned, place for a get-a-way vacation, as long as you don’t expect it to be perfect in every aspect. But they do get a whole lot of it right.
The resort is in Jugville, one of those hamlets that no longer exists, about 6 miles west of White Cloud. It is easy to find, and on a paved road. The resort is located on the shore of Robinson Lake, a small lake, good for swimming, boating and fishing.
I had the occasion to stay there for two days and one night at a conference. The look is meant to be rustic, but this doesn’t mean that it’s quaint or run down. Lots of peeled log construction, wood carvings, antiques, etc.
The rooms range from $60 a night to $180 a night depending on whether you want a hot tub and fireplace, and whether it’s a week day or week end. ALL daily rates include a buffet country breakfast, and huge banana splits served from 8:30-9 pm. Some rates also include dinner. All Rooms have mini-fridge, microwave, coffeepot. There are small suites that can be rented for a week, but I didn’t see one of those.
There are trails, picnic areas, gazebos, flower gardens, a small prayer chapel, the lake, pool tables and ping pong.
They have a conference room that seats 100 people. The facility is very, very nice, but don’t compare it to a big hotel franchise.
If you were going to take your family here for a few days you would want to be sure that your kids don’t expect a game room full of electronics, or even a large-screen TV. This is a place designed for plenty of comfort after a day spent outside. White Cloud is the nearest town, and it is six miles distant, and small. This is a place to get away from the rest of the world.
I only have two complaints after my brief stay. The room was very dark. There was no overhead light, only 3 lamps, and it was difficult to see well enough to do paperwork in the evening.
My other complaint was the food, and it’s a pretty lame complaint because the food was fine. I think I expected better than fine because the facility is so nice. I also don’t know if the choices were so limited because it’s the end of the season and the clientele consisted of our group and one other small group. Perhaps there are more choices in full summer. As an example of what I mean, lunch was beef barley soup, a sloppy joe, and some cinnamon-sugar chips. If you didn’t like any of those you were sort of stuck.
However, dinner the previous night had two styles of chicken, two vegetables, two kinds of potatoes, fruit choices, and rolls. Given that there were only about 50 people actually staying there, this was probably generous. I guess my point is that unless you are willing to drive to White Cloud or farther, or stock up your mini-fridge in the room, you are just stuck with only a few food choices.
By all means, if you want to leave the rest of the world behind for a few days, without giving up spacious comfort for your private space, this would be a great choice.