Testimonials

Flower Garden Cabin

2016

This was the perfect cabin for our weekend getaway. You have everything that we needed and we felt right at home. Time flew!  We will have the Flower Garden Cabin in mind for our future “up north” adventures. Thank you!  – Oct 2016

This cute little cabin was exactly what I was looking for. We enjoyed every minute of our stay- and you thought of everything! We only wish we had more time; there is so much to see and do. We will definitely rent this sweet cabin again. Sad to leave.  – Sept 2016

This cabin is MAGICAL!  It was so great to wake up to the sound of birds and the sunlight coming in thru the windows!  Thank you for all of your insights.It made our trip so much more special. We will be back.  – Aug 2016

We throughly enjoyed our stay! The place is just beautiful and cozy. We enjoyed watching the bees and hummingbirds while relaxing on the screened in porch. After spending the day PaddleBoarding on Torch Lake it was so nice to come back here to cuddle up in the comfy bed.  Thank you for your hospitality. – Aug 2016

Thank you so much for letting us stay in the beautiful Flower Garden Cabin! We cannot get over how amazing it and your whole property is! We will definitely be coming back in the future!  Thank you for all your helpful tips and suggestions. We loved eating at the Dockside overlooking the water. We explored Old Mission Peninsula and tasted wine on the Bay as the storms rolled in. We appreciate your hospitality so much and can’t wait to come back. – Aug 2016

We truly enjoyed the days we spent in the Flower Garden Cabin. We admired your plantings and were amused by the regular, punctual and daily visits of all the hummingbirds. The location is excellent; quiet and provided our base camp for us to wander throughout the area.  Thank you for looking after the details and for making our stay comfortable and quiet. Wishing you continued success.  – July 2016

Thank you for helping my husband and I find this special place to stay! I enjoy flowers and birds so much and the “stillness” here as well. Your recommendation of renting a pontoon on Torch Lake was PERFECT.  We had an awesome experience on this gorgeously clean clear Lake.Well worth the money as was this cabin rental. Thank You!  – July 2016

Thank you for everything! The moment we arrived you made us feel so welcome! We were welcomed by a cute cozy&clean cabin. Made us feel right at home.  Thank you so much for being so kind. If you are ever in Scottsdale, please look us up! Thank you again for such a wonderful vacation!  – July 2016

We had a wonderful stay at the Flower Garden Cabin.The weather didn’t turn out so great for the lake so we went to Traverse City for some shopping and visited some wineries along the way. The location is wonderful; it s so quiet and peaceful. Despite the rain we did have a small fire last night. What a wonderful way to spend our Anniversary. Thanks for being a wonderful host.    – July 2016

The cabin is very cute and cozy. We had a fire and spent a ton of time on the sandbar. We really enjoyed our time here and this will be our annual trip from now on. – July 2016

Barbara and Molly were gracious and helpful hosts. Loved relaxing by the water.I magining  the possibilities with natural beauty as our guide. Sitting by the fire and on the porch. Sharing laughter and making memories…  – June 2016

2015 - 2010

We had the PERFECT stay for our Honeymoon!  We came last summer and knew we had to return.  Love the beautiful scenery! Went kayaking this time on Torch Lake. It was AMAZING! Thanks for everything. – June 2015

First time I spoke to you on the phone in April about your place I knew right then I was going to love this place. After many calls to try to find a place for this particular weekend, I was so so excited when you said your cabin was available!  You were so wonderful about explaining your place and the area, and when we arrived it was everything you said it was- AND MORE!  We booked a charter fishing trip. We highly recommend this inexpensive day out on the water- learning different fishing techniques on the Bay and Catching Fish!!!!  We caught Lake Trout, Cisco White fish and so many we had to throw some back!  The day was so amazing!  Then to top it all off we came back to the cozy cabin and grilled our fish with a glass of wine out on the porch!  We did so many fun things, and took leisure walks. The sounds of Nature on the porch will stand out most though. Thank you!  – June 2015

We spent a lovely Honeymoon here! Couldn’t have asked for more! Thank you for your incredible hospitality and thoughtfulness. We loved the atmosphere and great location.  Keep your eyes open for hummingbirds!  Severance Beach is a great beach and swimming spot!  – June 2015

We had an absolutely wonderful and relaxing time staying in the Flower Garden Cabin. We loved waking up here, sitting in the porch, and listening to Nature. Torch Lake is GORGEOUS! We can’t wait to make this an annual trip, and return next summer as a newly married couple. Thanks for everything! – Aug 2014

We had a great stay here at the Flower Garden Cabin We moved away several years ago and came back for a visit to enjoy the beauty of the area. Very peaceful. We slept in and woke to the birds chirping! Went to Pearls- our absolutely FAV restaurant.  The Village market in Elk Rapids has a fabulous selection of wine. Am sad to leave but we will most definitely be back. Thanks for such a wonderful stay. – Aug 2014

What a beautiful and relaxing cabin! This has been a great Honeymoon for the two of us. Thank you!  – July 2014

We enjoyed our stay in your cute, cozy cabin in the woods. It was fun to explore all the little towns around the area. We especially enjoyed Elk Rapids and the Palmer-Wilcoc Gates preserve is awesome!  We also went to the Grass River Natural area- twice- to walk the boardwalks- very nice. Dinner at Siren Hall, Pearls and Lulu’s twice!  All delicious! Beautiful Lake, beautiful area. Thank you!  – June/July 2014

Thank you for the fantastic stay at Torch Lake! We had a great time exploring Northern Michigan. Great hiking, great food, awesome hospitality. This is such an amazing part of the country. We especially enjoyed boating out on Torch Lake.  The water is so crystal clear that you can see 20 feet down! We made it all the way around the lake and even had time to relax on the sandbar. Great visit. We will come again. Thanks@!  – June 2014

You have such a beautiful place here! We loved staying in the Flower Garden Cabin; enjoying time on the screened in porch. We had the opportunity to visit Alden, Elk Rapids, and Bellaire. Your recommendations were spot on! We couldn’t think of a better place to spend our Anniversary! Thank you. We look forward to doing this again.  – June 2014

So happy we found this adorable place. We were up in Traverse City for a wedding, then came here to be close to friends in the area. Such a unique place! We love it!  Thank you!  – May 2014

"The cabin was so warm and cozy. So quiet and peaceful! We appreciated all the amenities and the extra added touches made it an even better stay.  Loved the beautiful gardens, porch and fire pit. Very close to beaches- which we enjoyed greatly.  You are a great host. Thank you! We would love to come back. Our stay was too short!  Thanks again." – Sept 2013

"My boyfriend and I have had the best weekend together in 5 years!  "Shorts" in Bellaire is the best!  You have to be stealthy to get a table! Chateau Chantal is excellent for wine tasting. The vineyard is so beautiful!  Thank You!" – Sept 2013

"This place is all I expected and more. No words can express how truly lovely it is and how beautiful you keep it here!  Love it here and can't thank you enough." –  Aug 2013

"This cabin has been a huge blessing for my wife and I. Thanks for everything! It has been a cozy, quiet, and peaceful place to rest. We enjoyed the lake, local dining and the surrounding sights. Definitely a worthwhile stay. We'll be back!" – Aug, 2013

"What has  so far been for us a very challenging year, this place has been a much needed getaway. Being in nature with all the beautiful flowers, hummingbirds, bees, woodpeckers etc, as well as the simple elegance of this place- the cabin and the area has helped us to re-connect and to recognize what is truly important.  Thank You!" – Aug 2013

"We loved our time in this wonderful cabin! The location is perfect - close to so many places. We really enjoyed wine tasting! We can't wait to come back next year! Made for a great Honeymoon!" – July 2013

"What a beautiful quaint cabin in the woods! We came here often when growing up and have come back after 45 years! Torch Lake is still as beautiful!  Barbara (and Molly) are the sweetest hosts! Wonderful little getaway! Thank you!" – July 2013

"We loved it here and can't wait to come back! We went into Traverse City, swimming in Torch Lake, We fished; caught our own bass and perch for dinner! What a great place to stay!" – June 2013

"Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Flower Garden cabin with me and all the other travellers in this world. All the flowers are in bloom with hummingbirds buzzing in and out. The lilies smiled up at me each morning! The hammock, paths, trees, seem to be perfect places for the fairies to reside.  Swimming in Torch Lake's splendor was just wonderful. This little place is very special. Thank you for a wonderful getaway." – Aug  2012

"Torch Lake is BEAUTIFUL!  We really enjoyed discovering the area. We spent alot of time just hanging out at the cabin. It was so quiet and peaceful. The porch is a great place to relax and read. We took the jet ski out, had great ice creme at Higgins Country Store, awesome dinner at Dockside. Thank you for everything. It was perfect." – Aug 2012

"We feel so lucky to have found your sweet comfortable, lovely cabins. Our first Anniversary was ALMOST perfect. PERFECT would have been staying a week longer (or more!) Thank you for being such a gracious host. All the beaches you recommended were amazing.  And so much more. Thank you again." – July 2012

"Thank you for the privacy and seclusion of the cabin. Everything was so thoughtful and accommodating. The flowers are so beautiful as well as the rest of the scenery. It was so nice to renew our vows and our love for each other- and get to know each other on a deeper level in a stress-free environment.  God Bless you!" – July 2012

"I must say you have quite a little "home away from home". We have fallen in love with this place. Its the perfect location for two lovebirds to escape the big city- to relax and enjoy nature. We especially enjoyed hiking, taking in the splendor of Torch Lake, and roasting marshmallows at the fire pit. You have really thought of everything. We will be back!" – June 2012

"Wow, so beautiful! No one needs to wonder why Torch Lake is the 3rd most amazing Lake in the world! Just relax and enjoy... The Flower Garden Cabin makes it easy!  Rent a pontoon and have a great day on the lake! Barbara also helps to make everything possible!" – Waterloo IN

"Wow, we are so lucky to have found this place for our Honeymoon. This is such a beautiful place to stay. We love everything about it and we want to come back! The cabin is perfect for us. The woods, nature, the breathtaking lake, shops, Old Mission peninsula and especially the cabin was all more than amazing. You are an awesome host, available when we needed you, and gave us perfect privacy. We rented a pontoon for Torch lake and had the most beautiful day! Everything was perfect and we thank you for everything." – Aug 2011

"We have had a wonderful stay here. The cabin is cozy and comfortable & has all the amenities you need. We loved the flowers, the hummingbirds, and visits from Molly.We really enjoyed the Old Mission Peninsula, the wineries- discovered how really good Michigan wine is! We also enjoyed shopping in Old Town Traverse City.
Our last day we hiked the Grass Valley Nature Trails, swam and had a picnic at Torch Lake.  Wonderful!"
 – Aug 2011

"I am enchanted with this lovely cabin! I feel my body unwinding in the serenity of the remarkable splendor. It feels like I've been transported to another era... maybe 20's or 30's. Torch Lake is exquisite! Thank you for all the details that made our stay perfect." – Aug 2011.

"My cousin and I had a lovely time. So nice to take a break from our busy city lives. You have a sweet set up and we loved our time kayaking and paddle boating on the beautiful lake! Thank you!" – Downers Cove, Ill. July 2011

"We had a wonderful week & Honeymoon at the Flower Garden Cabin! It was a perfect home base to explore the area and so adorable and comfortable!  For day trips we ventured up to the U.P, to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, (Awesome!)  Mackinac Island, Leelanau Wineries, (highly recommended) especially Black Star Farms. and we also went to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park!  Torch Lake is so beautiful. We had a very relaxing time on the beach, wading, swimming, kayaking. We even picked our own cherries at King Orchards!  We had everything we needed in the cabin. Thank You!" – July 2011

"We had a wonderful time in the Flower Garden Cabin! We found this location to be a perfect home base for exploring the Torch lake area, surrounding towns, sites and activities. Thank you for a wonderful, memorable stay." – 2010

"We loved this adorable cabin!" – 2010

"We love it here! Torch lake is so beautiful and our cabin is just adorable. We spent a full day on the boat, then docked in Alden for a picnic and shopping. We will be back!" – 2010

Hidden Oak Cabin

2016

Thanks again Barbara for a wonderful and peaceful stay at the Hidden Oak Cabin. This is our 2nd time back and it is just enough space for us to relax and enjoy our vacation.  This time around we visited Shorts Brewery, Traverse City, The Local, Pearls, Cellar 152, Leelanau Peninsula, And Veterans Park in Elk Rapids. Many new adventures for us. The reason we visit Torch is for the Lake and it is the most beautiful we’ve seen& of course a stop at the sandbar is a must. We had a wonderful trip swimming, kayaking, &exploring. There is never enough time here but we will be back next year for our 3rd Anniversary!  
– Aug 2016

What a great stay! We absolutely loved your cabin and it was the perfect retreat. We ended up getting pizza from the cone coral and went back again the next night because it was THE BEST PIZZA EVER!  We Kayaked all day and relaxed back here all night. We will be back without a doubt. Your hospitality is second to none. Torch Lake is heaven on earth. Best wishes to all who stay behind us!  
– Aug 2016

Torch lake is considered a gem. Let us preserve it that way! The water is so pristine! During our stay we loved going into the water on a daily basis.  Food wise, we mainly grilled on the BBQ. We bought muffins at the Muffin Tin in Alden. Simply the best! Lastly, thank you for your your hospitality; i.e. taking the time to tell us about the “ins and outs “ of beautiful Torch Lake. Also the owners and staff at the local businesses are so nice!  PS. The bike ride from here to Alden is FABULOUS! Barbara, expect us back in the near future. We have already recommended your lovely place to the whole family!  Thanks again for everything! 
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Aug 2016

We really enjoyed our stay! Your hospitality is awesome! Beautiful place that we hope to come back to again very soon.
Thank you and God Bless!  
– July 2016

You are a very fortunate soul to be able to live among such beauty. We enjoyed our stay. It was exactly what we needed.  
– July 2016

Thank you so much for being so accommodating. We really enjoyed our stay and can’t wait to be back. Hopefully next year! 
 – July 2016

We had a wonderful few days here. If you have a boat, the sandbar is a great place. It was fun to paddle the kayaks out there.  Very much appreciated all of the things the cabin is supplied with. Your suggestions were great and appreciated.  
– June 2016

2015 -2011

It was such a blessing to stay at your wonderfully “quaint” cabin in the woods. My husband and I were looking for a “retreat”, and this was it. We loved sending time on the deck drinking coffee, enjoying the wildlife and scenery of the woods. We also rented a boat for a day on the lake and getting to see the whole lake that way was spectacular!  The sunset over the Lake was picture perfect!  – June 2015

Really relaxing weekend at Torch Lake.  We Hiked Coy Mountain and really enjoyed the ice cream from Alden’s Higgins store. Oh and thanks for having “Shawshank Redemption" in your dvd library. “Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'.” The cabin was so cozy and full of everything we could have possibly asked for.  – June 2015

We came here to celebrate our 1 yr. Anniversary. The cabin is perfect. I love being tucked away the woods. We really enjoyed our stay here and wish we cold stay longer.  We kayaked out to the sandbar. Water was pretty chilly but this is the most beautiful lake I have ever seen!  No wonder that it is in the top 10 most beautiful lakes in the US!   I could stay here forever. This place is just right. I love sitting on the deck and just relaxing. I can’t wait to come back. I’ve been sending pictures to my friends telling them how great it is here. Thank you so much for everything. – Sept. 2014

Thank you for providing a wonderful retreat in the woods for both of us to gorge on all things Northern Michigan. We loved watching the sunrise over Torch Lake, grilling on the back deck, riding our bikes to Alden and so much more!   By far our favorite thing to do was taking a swim in beautiful Torch Lake!  Thank you for the cozy nook and movie library for the couple of rainy afternoons! This vacation was a great way to relax after my Masters exams. We look forward to returning!  ps. We also loved having the “french press” for coffee!  – Sept. 2014

We had a wonderful, peaceful and relaxing time. Although we were only here a few days, it was so nice. Very quiet and a great place to get away. The cabins are wonderful and very cute. Thank yu so much. – Aug. 2014

As soon as we saw the photos on-line, we fell in love with them. Once we got here and saw them, we fell in love all over again! They are PERFECT!  You have everything we needed. We had such an amazing time.  We can’t thank you enough. – July 2014

We absolutely loved or stay here. What a perfect slice of paradise. We love the area and all the attractions, but most of all love hanging around the the cabin, reading and the great deck out back and campfires we the highlights for us. Love the atmosphere you have created here.  I have a feeling that if it were in anyone else hands it would not be half as lovely. Thank you so much for having us. – June 2014

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay! This is the perfect place to take a break and leave the work stress behind. We can’t wait to come back. – May 2014

"Thank you so very much for giving us such a wonderful place to stay! There is truly a peace and serenity here on the land and we felt it. I LOVE the smallness of the cabin and it's contents. Who knew you could be so comfortable in a small cabin!   We had great dinners at both LuLu's and Siren Hall in Elk Rapids. Walked to the lake, bit rainy, but still lots of fun.  It all made for a great Birthday. We look forward to coming back next summer!" – Oct 2013

"My stay here was exactly what I needed.  The Hidden Oak Cabin was the destination and it turned out to be perfect." – Sept 2013

"What a delightful place. It is everything a person needs to wash off the world." – Aug 2013

"Thank you for all your accommodations! We LOVED your cabin! Torch Lake is so beautiful!  I wish we didn't have to leave." – July 2013

"We loved your cabin! We hope to be back next year to stay longer! Thank you for everything" – July 2013

"Thanks for the peace and quiet. We loved it here and will be back." – July 2013

"Your cabin was a wonderful retreat for me. Is/was everything I hoped it would be and more. So much attention to detail. I love the colors of the bed quilt. It makes the cabin so "happy". I really enjoyed the lake in the mornings, reading, relaxing, sketching on the deck, lunch in Elk Rapids, dinners with friends in Traverse City. Thank you for your warm hospitality." – July 2013

"Thanks for a wonderful vacation - It was just what we were looking for. We're sorry that we can't stay longer. You really thought of everything! Thank you." – July 2013

"Thank you for a great place to stay. We had a wonderful time. We wish we could stay longer." – July 2013

"We had a great time staying here! We loved grilling on the deck and making smores!  We had a great dinner at Sirens Hall and enjoyed exploring Elk Rapids. We rented a boat and somehow did not get a drop of rain! "Shorts", Yum!  Thank you for your hospitality!" – June 2013

"Your lot and cabins are cute, quaint, nicely decorated, and most important of all, for me, CLEAN! We have enjoyed our stay fully.  We stopped in Elk Rapids to lay on the beach and watch the sun go down and that is where we found  Petoskey Stones!  SCORE! Mostly though, relaxing at your cabin was our favorite part of this vacation. We're so glad we found you! Thank you for being a great host.  P.S. Love the fresh flowers on the window sill!" – Sep 2012

"Thank you for a wonderful, relaxing vacation. The cabin is lovely. We enjoyed renting a pontoon boat and jet skiing on the lake. Anchoring at the Sand Bar was a fun experience. We also had a great dinner at LuLu's in Bellaire, followed by ice cream of course! Our soon to be born son needs his ice cream!  Thank you again!" – Aug 2012

"Many Thanks for providing us with your wonderful accommodations! Your thoroughness and thoughtfulness is quite exemplary! We were able to successfully (?) kayak 15 miles of Torch Lake, which left our thirtysomething bodies a bit toasty. The sandwiches and beer at "Shorts" Brewery were outstanding - a highlight. The cabin is cozy and charming. We really appreciate the use of the grill, hammock, and delicious coffees and teas! Thank you!" – Aug 2012

"Had a wonderful stay at the Hidden Oak - Secluded, but not too secluded, a little rainy, but cozy rainy, and overall the perfect base camp for Traverse area adventure. Really a magical little spot tucked away in the woods. Thank you!" – July 2012

"We had a GREAT time! Thank you so much for everything. Can't wait to come back again. This is my fiance's first time up here and I must say Torch Lake is a great place to start new memories! This trip was one of the best for us. P.S. Your flowers are gorgeous!  Really enjoyed the butterflies and hummingbirds!" – July 2012

"Thank You! The Hidden Oak is a quaint and cozy cabin- very relaxing! Loved sitting on the deck hearing the songbirds, being surrounded by all the trees. Enjoyed walking across the road to the lake to watch the sunrise. On the 4th we saw the great fireworks show! We went to the Leelanau winery's, Sleeping Bear Dunes, visited with friends in Charlevoix... Had a wonderful week!" – July 2012

"Thank you Barbara for providing such a precious little escape cabin to celebrate our 9th Anniversary! You have every welcoming detail covered.  We loved taking naps in the cool cabin, enjoyed the "Starbucks" on the deck, cooking on the grill, and swinging in the hammock. Molly is a sweetheart. We hope to come back this way and stay again!"  – Mason Mi June 2012

"The Hidden Oak Cabin captured my heart and imagination. Its hard to recount
all the treasures and wonder here around me. A deft and loving hand created this remarkable place to rest, think, dream and love. What a joy this place is-  near the majesty of the bluest, cleanest, clearest lake I have ever seen! Thank you for such a wonderful time. Leaving here is hard but it will stay with us for a long time - until we can come back!"
– Homewood Ill.  Sept 2011

"Thank you so much for such a nice "30th" Anniversary spot. Such a nice place to relax and enjoy the outdoors! The perfect spot to relax and unwind from all the stresses at home. Found a little bit of heaven at Torch Lake! Love the cabin and "Molly". Hope to visit again." – Palos Park Ill.  Aug 2011

"Thank you for sharing your lovely little cabin in the woods. You have thought of every detail and have obviously poured plenty of love and imagination in the decorating.This trip was a homecoming for me, and a new adventure for my friend.  We visited some of my favorite places. The only downside was not being able to stay longer! I definitely want to come back here to enjoy the serene woods, coffee on the deck, and to bike around the area to discover amazing little secrets about this part of Michigan I love so much."  – Aug 2012

"Thank You! We had such a special and wonderful vacation at your cabin!
We packed in so many activities during our stay; hiking, swimming in gorgeous Torch Lake, shopping local markets, tubing down Platt River, too much to mention it all. We will long remember this special place and look forward to when we can return." 
– Rena and Caspar

"We have had a wonderful time staying in the Hidden Oak Cabin! The pictures do not do the place justice.This is such a nice place to relax.  We spent some time in the nearby towns of Charlevoix and Petoskey and it was just so great to come back to this cabin to rest from a long day.Our many walks along Torch lake made this vacation very special". – July, 2011

"We had a blast at the Hidden Oak Cabin!  We spent one of the days doing the Leelanau wine tour and came back to the cabin to grill a delicious dinner!We were so happy that the cabin provided all the needed kitchen utensils!   We went to the Torch Lake sandbar, Lulu's in Bellaire, and to Shorts Brewery.On the way home to our cabin we saw the most beautiful sunset over Torch Lake!  We will be back! "  –  July 2011

"We just can't say enough good things. We love it here!" – July 2011

Torch Lake was ranked as “the third most beautiful lake in the world” by National Geographic.

Within thirty minutes to an hour from common destinations of Traverse City, Charlevoix, Gaylord and Petoskey, it is Michigan’s longest inland lake at 18 miles long, and covers an area of 29 square miles! One of the things that makes this lake so unusual is its’ amazingly beautiful color. It is a mixture of light green, blue and turquoise -- very similar to colors seen in the Caribbean.