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    Hi everyone

    A friend of mine told me that this place is "rustic" when I invited him to meet us for the Cherohala chill out. He has been there. I don't think he's coming. He prides himself as a guest couch surfer.

    I like rustic. I can be out for a week or so and love it. Cycle More is fine with me.

    Could someone who has been to both Hunts and Cycle More in Michigan campgrounds please give me a comparison of the two. Basically reasonably clean and safe from extreams? How are the cabins ?

    I plan to be there, hopefully on a restored 40 yearold BMW and the minimate behind.

    Thank you for the input.
    John
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    I've been to both, Hunts Lodge is WAY nicer.

    Cycle More, if you've been there recently is really starting to show its age and neglect.

    Hunt's Lodge is actively maintained and supported. Their owners are on site, every day (though I dont believe they live there) and it's very nice. The cabins at HL are very basic, they have a couple of beds, a roof, and an AC unit, that's basically it. Can't beat it for 55 bucks a night though.

    I've written reviews on both here on the site, but if you like Cycle More, Hunt's Lodge will blow you away. I will say though, I think CM is bigger overall, but HL is way cleaner/better/nicer.
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    • #3
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      I have also been to both and would say HL is a small step up from CM. Both are a bit older, both have clean bathrooms with lots of hot water, both have a big covered meeting/eating area, the owners for both are good people who will give you the shirt off their backs. The differences are slight. HL has nice rustic cabins CM does not, CM is ice cream which HL does not. I would stay at either again with no second thoughts.
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      • #4
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        I've been to both also. Personally I like Hunt's better. At CM there are some "long term " campers there and that makes it feel more like a trailer park than a camp ground. When people stay in one place more than a week at a time it dosen't stay "picked up". JMHO. I also like the layout better at Hunt's with the tiered hillside campsites. This year with self contained electric, solar and batteries, I plan on staying up on the hill.

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        • #5
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          I would agree with what others have said. I've been to both several times. Haven't been to CM in a couple years so not sure if any updating has been done. CM being much older (30+yrs) has been showing its age for a long time. we stop there whenever we go up to UP of MI which is usually once year however last trip to UP was thru WI. I'm guessing Hunts is around 15 yrs old so everything is much newer than CM. CM is larger than Hunts thus more $ for upkeep, maint,, etc.

          FYI Hunts last year expanded their electric up the hill, not sure what they have done for this year. If I recall Jack retired from his regular job last year so has more time for maint. etc.
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          • #6
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            Thanks everyone.
            I appreciate your comparison.
            I'm looking forward to the event.
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            • #7
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              One thing to keep in mind about Cycle Moore is that both Steve & Shirley are still making their livelihoods by running the campground the store, and the shop every day ... and both of those fine folks are are pushing 80 years of age.
              Maybe the campground isn’t as prime as it once was in years past, but you have to give them credit, they are still catering mainly to bikers and doing what they can to make your stay enjoyable.
              I cannot fault them for slowing down, they have been in the campground business for nearly 50 years ... How many other campground owners can make that claim?

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              • #8
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                It's still a fun place too!
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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by G wizz View Post
                  One thing to keep in mind about Cycle Moore is that both Steve & Shirley are still making their livelihoods by running the campground the store, and the shop every day ... and both of those fine folks are are pushing 80 years of age.
                  Maybe the campground isn’t as prime as it once was in years past, but you have to give them credit, they are still catering mainly to bikers and doing what they can to make your stay enjoyable.
                  I cannot fault them for slowing down, they have been in the campground business for nearly 50 years ... How many other campground owners can make that claim?

                  G
                  I have to agree, yes Steve and Shirley are great peeps. I'll probably swing through on my way east in a month to stay and say howdy to them.
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                  • #10
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                    I’ve been to both and they are both nice just different. CM is all one level where Hunt’s is tiered. Great folks at both places. I can’t remember if CM has laundry but Hunt’s did the last time I was there. Hunt’s also has boot driers in the cabins which is nice if you get caught in the rain on the way there.
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                    • #11
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                      I'd like to see coin operated boot driers in the laundromat. At least in bike friendly areas.
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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Ironheadziggy76 View Post
                        I’ve been to both and they are both nice just different. CM is all one level where Hunt’s is tiered. Great folks at both places. I can’t remember if CM has laundry but Hunt’s did the last time I was there. Hunt’s also has boot driers in the cabins which is nice if you get caught in the rain on the way there.
                        Steve ... Cycle Moore doesn’t have Landry Service - BUT - Did you forget? ...
                        Cycle Moore did have all the free ICE CREAM ... ... you could eat all weekend of our camp outs ...
                        I loved that ...
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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by G wizz View Post
                          Steve ... Cycle Moore doesn’t have Landry Service - BUT - Did you forget? ...
                          Cycle Moore did have all the free ICE CREEM ... ... you could eat all weekend of our camp outs ... I loved that ...
                          I was trying to forget about that, I gain 10 pounds every time I stay there!
                          Steve

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                          • #14
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                            and that Fireball topping!
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                              The thing I remember most about Cycle Moore is the cigarette butts everywhere. Thousands of them.
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