Deluxe Sleeping Bear Sampler Retreat
Point Betsie Coast Guard Station
Skill Level: Beginner through advanced
This will be a very special, once-in-a-lifetime experience. We've had
an incredibly rare opportunity to rent the restored Lifesaving Station
at Point Betsie to offer you a premium program steeped in the romance
of the early 1900's. Spend 4 nights with us on the beach, sampling all
the areas fine paddling options, learning some kayak skills, natural history
and enjoying the fine seasonal fare that makes NW Michigan such a great
place to visit. We'll pamper you with superb local wines, fresh berries,
moral mushrooms and terrific equipment. Ask any of your clients….its
worth it just for the food. We're committing ourselves to raising the
bar on kayak retreats to the sublime on this one.
We have time and some great options during this program. With miles of
Lake Michigan beach in either direction, 7 bedrooms and a whole lot of
toys, we can promise you a blast. We may even toss some windsurfing or
fishing into the mix. With a little coaching, we can help you make your
boat dance on water….giving you a feeling you just can't get with
any other watercraft. You'll know just why Otters always look like they're
having a good time. This won't be a heavily skills oriented program…our
goal is to give you a great experience and helping you have a great time!
Day 1: Saturday arrival Between 4-6 pm at Pt. Betsie
Livesaving Station. Get acquainted and settled. Dinner and orientation
Day 2: After a basic skills orientation or review depending
on where you are starting from, we'll explore one our local inland waters
within the Lakeshore park to get our feet wet.
Days 3-4: We are going to explore Sleeping Bear's greatest
hits….depending on the weather and our whims, we may find ourselves
rounding Pyramid Point, paddling a gentle river or playing in the waves
in the front yard of Pt. Betsie. We have incredible options, an incredible
venue and the valuable commodity of all….time.
Day 5: After a terrific Brunch, we'll send you off around
10 am for home or continuance of your holiday week in another location.
Included: Professional ACA open water
certified guide/instructor, pleasant accommodations, kayaking equipment
(boat, paddle, PFD, skirt) and some very fine meals. Please call if
you have special diet requirements. You are more than welcome to bring
your own touring kayak if you have one and we'll be happy to help you
learn to get the most out of it.
What to bring for kayaking:
John/Jane style wetsuit: only for May/June/September/October, can
be rented from us for $10/day. Warm weather: 2 pairs quick drying
- Synthetic t-shirt or long sleeve top: polypropelene, polyester,
coolmax, etc….anything but cotton.
- Fleece Jacket
- Paddling Jacket or rain parka: I have a few loaners.
- Water shoes or neoprene boots: I try to discourage sandals, because
they can get tangled in footrests….and that's bad if your upside
down. Old sneakers work fine.
Odds and Ends:
- One liter water bottle
- Any special beverages that you enjoy that we may not think of.
Personal clothing for the weekend…..hey, throw in something
nice, dinner will be good enough to dress up for, but shoes will always
Dates: By arrangement, groups of 8 or more only (otherwise the rental of the Light Station for accomodation is cost prohibitive)
Cost: $695/person, $1200/couple, family pricing is
Registration information: A $150 registration is required
to hold your reservation and is refundable until 30 days of departure.
Your balance is also due at this time. You can register on-line, by
telephone or by mail.