These are our reviews from VRBO. 

They are updated as they are given, they are not cherry picked! 

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Wonderful week away

The property is exactly as pictured on vrbo! The cottage is super clean with everything you could need for a week away from home. We had an excellent time relaxing by the river’s edge while our dog played in the water.

Todd D. - 9/10/2021

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Shadowland Lodge 2021

We had such an enjoyable stay at the cabin! The first night we had some of the loudest thunder roll over that I have ever heard. It was such a nice cozy place to watch the storms from. Our boys loved the hammock and fishing in the river. Our dogs were in heaven as well. Our little pup loved doing zoomies all around the cabin and our bigger dog loved running outside. The property has some natural boundaries that kept them close but still provides plenty of room to exercise. The hosts were flexible about check in and came over to give us a quick walk through as some of the lights and door handles are unique all adding to the character of the cabin. The location was excellent. We were close to everything we wanted to do, but it still had a nice middle of nowhere feel. Highly recommend this property and the hosts!

Elizabeth M. - 8/31/2021


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Shadowland River Lodge

The Lodge is a great place in a fantastic setting. The cabin is very clean and has everything you need. The air conditioning unit kept the place nice and cool (it was very hot and humid during our stay). The river in front of the cabin is shallow and we were able to wade with our dog and enjoy the cool water. At check-in Nicole showed us were everything was and how it operated. One of the best VRBO places we've stayed at!

David W. - 8/28/2021


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Simply perfect!

Jason & Nicole and their beautiful property were everything we hoped they would be and more! The cabin is comfortable, cozy, exquisitely decorated and has everything you will need for your stay. I loved having my morning tea down by the River…but our kids and 1yr old lab loved the river even more! We had bonfires, made s’mores, laid in the hammock and played basketball. And each day took a trip to a new town or area around traverse city. It was just what we needed before we kick off the school year again.

Sarah G. - 8/23/2021

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Beautiful and peaceful!

We enjoyed the time away to rest and recharge in a quiet location with an absolutely beautiful view of the river!! The cabin was super cozy even during a few stormy nights while we were here! Jason and Nicole were wonderfully welcoming, helpful, and great at responding to our messages! We enjoyed the cabin and our hosts very much!

Amber R. - 8/13/2021

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Amazing family weekend!

What a fabulous property! Our whole family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Shadowland Ranch. The property is very-well maintained. We will be back!

Sarah K. - 8/8/2021

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Gorgeous property!

One of our favorite rentals to date...beautiful, well maintained property, super clean, extremely well appointed (they thought of dverything!) and close to everything! River was a bit high and fast due to rain, so we ventured to a beach one day and kayaker the Boardman Lake another. Hosts were very can tell they take pride in this gem!

Pamela J. - 7/31/2021


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Riverside Relaxation on the Boardman

If you're looking for a great place to relax surrounded by nature, this is it. Shadowland River Lodge is a beautifully maintained cabin that sits along the banks of the Boardman River. You feel like you're out in the forest, but still only 20 minutes to downtown Traverse City. The grounds are set up for relaxation and fun, complete with a fire pit surrounded by several Adirondack chairs, a shady rope hammock, horse shoe pits, a basketball hoop, and an outdoor gas grill. If you happen to get a little rain, you can still enjoy a cup of coffee in the rocking chairs on the covered front porch, or in front of the beautiful river rock fireplace in the center of the original log cabin portion of the lodge. The lodge itself is set up with all the comforts of home including a fully stocked kitchen, dual head shower, washer dryer, air conditioning, wifi and satellite TV (although if you're only interested in sitting around and watching TV all day, stay at the Hampton Inn and leave this gem for the rest of us). By far, the best part of Shadowlands River Lodge are your hosts, Jason and Nicole. They personally met me at the Lodge for check in when I arrived. They took the time to tell the history of the property, toured inside and out and made sure I had everything I needed. During the booking phase, I had mentioned that I was going to have a few family members over for a birthday party for my father. They surprised me with a cake, a bottle of great local wine and balloons. They were so kind and thoughtful. I'd stay in a pup tent in the yard if they were my hosts! I really enjoyed my stay and look forward to booking here again.
Michael H. Austin, Texas - 7/27/2021


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Magical cabin by the river

This 1929 cabin oozes with charm. There’s so many nice touches that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one thing that makes this place special. The hosts were warm and the communication was excellent. Our check in process was really nice, as the hosts gave us a little tour (as the cabin has a few additions over the years which adds some eccentricity to the property). There’s everything one needs for a comfortable stay - towels, washer and dryer, a well stocked kitchen, comfortable beds: just need your own groceries. The cabin is tucked away, yet not far from Traverse City and the surrounding beauty of Michigan. This is truly a special place to stay.

Jessica K. - 7/17/2021

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Great stay

Beautiful property, it's exactly as the photos show. We also had 2 dogs with us and they couldn't have been happier

Dennis M. - 6/27/2021


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Perfect Place

The cabin is lovely and the setting is idyllic. Short driving distances to all Traverse City activities and groceries. Hosts were wonderful and went out of their way to ensure our stay was fulfilling. This was a working vacation for my husband, 3 weeks long, and the wifi kept up with all of the video meetings and remote work demands. The river is beautiful and our family thrived. We can't wait to return.

Matthew C. - 6/25/2021


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Private cabin

It was nice to have the owner walk us around the property when we arrived. The cabin is quirky but great. It's stocked with everything you need in terms of essentials. There is a limitless supply of firewood for the indoor fireplace and the fire pit. We spent three full days here and barely left the property because it was so awesome. If you're looking for something private/secluded, you won't find anything better. Plenty of room to go exploring and our dog has never spent so much time roaming free outside.

Robert L. - 6/1/2021

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50th Birthday Getaway

My wife and I celebrated her 50th birthday during this stay. It was everything we had hoped for and more! It was a surprise so she had not seen pictures and was so excited when we pulled up. The property and the house are beautiful and extremely well maintained. It was quiet, peaceful and so relaxing by the river. Our dogs enjoyed it just as much. And our host was delightful and wanted to make sure we had a wonderful stay. We will definitely be returning! Highly recommend!

Brian R. - 5/17/2021

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Beautiful, secluded, very personal

This property was wonderful, offered a lot such as a basket ball hoop, horseshoes, fire pit, and a gas grill along with a backyard table set.  My personal favorite were the chairs that sat along the river where my dog enjoyed the swimming.

Amy F. - 04/29/2021


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Idyllic Cabin in the Woods

We could not have envisioned a more perfect location for a winter weekend away. Jason and Nicole's cabin is everything you could want in a charming, cozy, clean, and spacious cabin in the woods. We spent many hours fishing in the Boardman River right next to the cabin and watching the snow fall by the fire. Jason greeted us upon arrival and was beyond gracious and accommodating. We cannot wait to go back! Thank you for everything.

Todd M. - 02/22/2021


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Weekend Getaway + Engagement!

Jason is a fantastic host, and graciously showed us the cabin when we arrived, which is BEAUTIFUL and full of charm. It has everything you need including a well-stocked kitchen, satellite TV, a large, stone fireplace and a backyard that faces a serene river. It was just what my girlfriend and I needed to relax and recharge. So much so, in fact, that I proposed to her while we were walking down by the river and she said yes!! We’ll definitely be back someday to revisit the special place where it all happened. 😊

Eric S. - 02/16/2021


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Relaxing and cozy

Wonderful hospitality on top of cozy rustic charm was the formula for a relaxing get away! Hope to spend more time at this place soon.

Steve R., Ohio - 01/31/2021


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Beautiful retreat

Brought my family up for the weekend to this beautiful property. The house was very cozy, plenty of space, and all the amenities we could have wanted. We used the fire pit by the river frequently. It made for some great pictures with the snowfall. Wood was stocked up and had absolutely no complaints about the property. Property owners went above and beyond to meet me and my family on arrival to show us around and get the fire going for us. Amazing hospitality. I have recommended this place to many friends and would reconsider visiting in the summer.

Endri L. - 01/17/2021


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Our stay was brief, but so satisfying! From the comfy furniture & cozy decor to snowy dog walks along the river, we greatly enjoyed the rich character of the lodge! The location is great and we had all we needed (and more!) in the way of creature comforts. We were able to truly relax! It was nice to hear more about the cabin and its history upon arrival, too; what a special place! Thanks again to J&N for being so very accommodating. We definitely plan to return!

Katie H. - 01/16/2021


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Words can’t express how wonderful and cozy and simply perfect our family vacation was. Jason and Nicole are so thoughtful and responded immediately to any questions we had. The cabin is perfect both inside and out. Very clean and stocked with all accessories and plenty of firewood which we enjoyed to it’s fullest. Wonderful family memories made that we will never forget. Thank you for being amazing hosts and allowing us to stay at this cabin. We WILL be back :))

Sherri H., Brighton, MI - 10/18/2021


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Fall Trip

This was an incredible weekend. We all needed to go someplace quiet and peaceful after experiencing the tragic death of one of our children. We all got to sit around the fire at night and tell stories, and bond again. Everything was perfect and couldn’t have been better! The hosts have everything you need here, and the outdoors is breathtaking! We will be back for sure!

Jennifer M. - 10/05/2020


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Perfect River Cabin

We had a secluded and quirt stay. Fly fished for trout in the river, hiked in the woods, played with our dogs and just relaxed. Beautiful fireplace with plenty of firewood provided. The cabin is well apportioned, comfortable and beautifully restored, decorated with antiques.

James & Diane M. - 09/30/2020


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Two thumbs up!

We enjoyed 5 wonderful nights at Shadowland River Lodge. It was the perfect home base for us to enjoy sites in the TC area, and to also take advantage of the beautiful setting along the Boardman River! Sitting around the fire pit with a glass of wine and listening to the river was awesome – and a great break to just chill and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Jason and Nicole graciously met us when we arrived and introduced us to their lovely home. The online pictures represent the house very well and we couldn’t have been more pleased with our choice to stay there. As vacation home owners ourselves, we appreciated all of the attention to details and amenities to make sure we had everything needed to enjoy the stay. We’d love to return one day in the winter as I’m sure it’s gorgeous after a nice snowfall. If only we’d caught a fish in the river…!

Mike C. - 09/11/2020


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Great location

The owners are very kind and met us upon arrival. We found this a very nice touch. The outside property is great for campfires and the creek was fun to catch frogs and fly fish. Great area for kids and adults. Close to lakes and town.

Mark C. - 08/24/2020

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Can't Wait to Go Back!

The owners are warm and welcoming, the property is beautiful, and the cabin is clean and well-stocked. Would highly recommend!

Anonymous - 08/18/2020

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Simple Pleasures!

This VRBO experience was wonderful! My husband and I took our dog and four college- aged kids to this cabin and really enjoyed it. Having coffee by the river was such a peaceful way to start the day. We had breakfast as a family and then the kids launched the kayaks right from the property and were off on their adventures! We fished, hiked Sleeping Bear Dunes, and swam in Torch Lake. We ended the day with campfires. Was such a great way to escape and reconnect. Hosts were very accommodating.

Diane F. - 08/14/2020

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We had such a lovely stay at the Shadowland River Lodge.We were in Traverse City for the Great Lakes Equestrian Fest. It was so great to be 15 minutes from the show grounds plus 15 minutes from downtown TC. The property was beautiful and having a campfire next to the river each night was such a plus after a long day at the show grounds. Jason and Nicole had everything we needed for a great week in TC. They really take pride in the property and were very responsive when we had a couple of questions.

Rachael - L. - 07/27/2020

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Excellent Property

This was a great family get away, we all loved the location and the cabin on the river. Thank you for being great hosts :)

Bonnie J. - 07/21/2020

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Great cabin

We had an awesome time at the Shadowland River Lodge! Beautiful property and so much to do. And just a short drive to Travers City! We will definitely be going back!

Amy N. - 7/11/2020

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Tranquil Getaway

My family spent the week here over the Fourth of July and thoroughly enjoyed the peace and tranquility that comes along with staying in a log cabin on the Boardman River. This is a fairly secluded location on a large, mostly wooded parcel, but 15-30 minutes from most places around Traverse City and Elk Rapids, the best of both worlds. I say mostly wooded, but there is plenty of space cleared and well maintained for camping, enjoying the river frontage, playing basketball, soccer, catch, etc. On the property, we caught rainbow trout in the river, kayaked from the adjacent state park, relaxed by the fire pit at night, and explored the woods. Outside of the property, we visited a winery, spent an afternoon at an orchard/cider mill, spent the day at the beach in Elk Rapids, and hung out in Traverse City (among other activities). Jason, our very friendly and accommodating host, met us at the cabin when we arrived and showed us around. The cabin was clean, very comfortable, and had just about everything we needed. Overall, we had a very nice stay. Note that the cabin does not have air conditioning, but even with 90 degree days in July, the cabin was comfortable to sleep in at night with a fan. Also, the Boardman River stretch between the cabin and the adjacent state park launch has a quick current and is in a natural state with downed trees, beaches, rocks, and riffles. While this makes for great fish habitat, if you aren’t an avid kayaker or don’t mind getting a little banged up, I would recommend launching from the state park and floating to Ranch Rudolf or the next public launch a few more miles downstream from the park.

Frederick D. - 7/6/2020

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Great respite with the kids and dog!

Very clean and comfortable home. My children and I really enjoyed a bit of rest and relaxation! Thank you

Mairead M. 6/18/2020

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Relax and get away

Original log cabin in the woods. Perfect for a long weekend to unplug. We really enjoyed the fireplace and snowshoeing in the woods. Seems like the owners have thought of just about everything.
Jeff F.  - 02/17/2020

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Amazing spot on the Boardman

Everything about the property is perfect. The owners were great and met us at check in. They walked us through the whole property and even gave us the history, which we really appreciated. The house is well apportioned and suited our needs beyond expectations. The location is second to none, literally right on the Boardman. There are several great holes that should be full of Brookies come spring right in front of the property. We’ve already booked our stay for next year.

Sean G. - 11/03/2019

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Great Stay!

Jason and Nicole were great! They met me there and walked me through what was offered there. The lodge is even better than the pictures. Everyone who stayed there loved it. The outdoor experience was perfect. Between the Boardman River just feet away and the bonfires we had. I think everyone could agree that this was one of the best places we stayed for a family get together. Would do it again in a heartbeat!

Tim L.  - 10/29/2019

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Loved the location. Very relaxing. Highly recommend. Would stay again.

Place was extremely clean and we'll decorated. Has a very traditional cabin feel to it (which is a good thing). It's nice sitting around a campfire or fireplace at night and watching the river in the morning with a cup of tea. The host was extremely nice and even left a gift box. The only suggestion I would have is be mindful of the door to the loft. It's easy to lock yourself out of the room. No fault of the owner, just something to be aware of as there isn't a key to unlock it on site. Highly recommend this home!

Dylan I.  - 10/21/2019

Text Message

Good morning Jason.  We will be leaving this morning...dont want to!  What a beautiful place!  This is for sure a very special home. Thank you for the relaxing, clean, the amenities, and the grounds are unbelievable!  Many walks (even with the wild weather) makes this stay even more relaxing.  And also thank you for the Cherry Republic box and wine. Sooo very special, all of it!  Take care and it was a privilege staying here!

Dan K.  - 10/17/2019

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Beautiful riverside retreat

My husband and I spent a long 4 day weekend with our dog at this wonderful cabin. It was decorated beautifully, and came fully supplied with toiletries, linens, kitchenware etc. The owners, Jason & Nicole, met us at the cabin and gave us a brief yet thorough tour of the property and it’s amenities. The property site is in a huge clearing of the woods, set upon the bank of the Boardman River. We spent many hours sitting in chairs by the riverside, just relaxing and watching/listening to the water flow. It was exactly what we needed! We didn’t have a bonfire outside, but enjoyed a crackling fire inside every night. Multiple cords of wood were already cut and waiting for us. The cabin is amazing. The bed was so comfortable, and the walk-in shower was huge! The drive into Traverse City wasn't’ t too far, and we enjoyed a great meal at Red Ginger. Another night we went to dinner at LochenHeath golf club’s restaurant, where our friend Chef Eric Nittolo whips up a great menu. We also ate at two places close to the cabin that the owners recommended- McGee’s & Peegeeo’s. Both places were delicious. We loved this rental, and highly recommend it! We were excited to be the first renters, and hope to experience many more tranquil weekends at the Shadowland River Lodge.

Tamara G.  - 10/13/2019