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Rising Hope Equestrian Center
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 1 0 0 24 hour monitoring 1 0 0
Friendliness of host 1 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 1 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 1 0 0 Facilities as represented 1 0 0
Security of facilities 1 0 0 Overall satisfaction 1 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 1 0 0 Total Scores 9 0 0
Comments: (8/20/17) - "Trailered 4 horses from Ohio for a week of riding in the Spring of 2017. We picked Harbor Springs because we wanted to go north but weren't ready to take our horses on the ferry to Mackinac Island (but we will!). Expectations were: easy communication, confirmed reservations, secure clean stalls, trailer parking and access to our horses. What we got exceeded these expectations. Barn manager was very communicative, knowledgeable and friendly. I was confident we'd have stalls once we arrived after the 8 hr trip. Added bonus is that the stalls we used were in a separate barn from the boarders. It felt private and secure. There was room to store our hay and feed, making feedings easy. Bigger added bonus was the availability of turnouts for 24 hrs, so after the first night we didn't bring them in. Barn manager, Leah, provided some insight to local trails (trailer out). We also rode in the Upper Peninsula one day. Sleeping Bear dunes is within driving distance and we'll ride those trails next time. We stayed at a private residence, however, I have good information on the Colonial Inn in Harbor Springs as an excellent place to stay. Coffee, meals, and shopping are awesome in HS. Don't miss the opportunity to spend a day or more on Mackinac Island, with Shepler Ferry only 30 minutes from the barn. Bottom line, I can't wait to bring my horse back to RHEC and ride Northern Michigan."

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Bittersweet Pet Resort & Stables
Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 0 0 0 24 hour monitoring 0 0 0
Friendliness of host 0 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 0 0 0
Cleanliness of facilities 0 0 0 Facilities as represented 0 0 0
Security of facilities 0 0 0 Overall satisfaction 0 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 0 0 0 Total Scores 0 0 0

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Condition Positive Neutral Negative Condition Positive Neutral Negative
Host availability upon arrival 23 0 0 24 hour monitoring 23 0 0
Friendliness of host 23 0 0 Proximity to food and lodging 20 3 0
Cleanliness of facilities 23 0 0 Facilities as represented 23 0 0
Security of facilities 23 0 0 Overall satisfaction 23 0 0
Adequacy of stalls 23 0 0 Total Scores 204 3 0
Comments: Due to the large amount of feedback we have received on this facility, all of it positive, we've posted only the more recent comments. We thank everybody who has sent in so many nice comments.)
(10/19/08) - "Beautiful tidy farm (picture doesn't do it justice). Friendly, helpful hosts. Easy access in and out. Great place to stop over when traveling cross country with horses.". . . (10/30/09) - "Other food and lodging was not necessary so I cannot comment on that aspect. Otherwise, this was a great facility and the owners were willing to take care of what ever needs we had. Thanks for a great stay.". . . (7/31/12) - "This place was great! We rolled in with 7 horses and were treated super! They made us breakfast and offered us dinner... super arena to ride in.". . . (8/2/13) - "I would recommend this facility to anyone! Lana and Bill greet you when you arrive. A stall, paddock area or round pen is immediately available when you arrive. Everything, barn and room, is wonderfully clean and tidy. Thought has been given to horse safety and human comfort. For travelers, this is the perfect respite. We stayed 3 days while we picked up a new horse and had another horse visiting a health clinic near by. The hosts were helpful and I cannot stress enough how comfortable the facility was. We had just trailered my horse over 9 hours. How wonderful to pull in here and have her relaxed, eating hay within minutes of arriving. Just 3 miles off Route 80/90, the location is perfect. We will definitely return!". . . (10/5/13) - "Great hosts, great facility. Bill & Lana were there to greet you. Horses' stalls were bedded and with full water buckets. Hookup next to barn. Easy access from Rte. 80. They even drove us to dinner so we didn't have to unhook our truck. Nice people. Nice place. Highly recommend.". . . (7/31/14) - "Amazing spot, would layover here again! Great facility and hosts. We were late and had a stallion and they happily accommodated us. Easy to get to from I-80. Highly recommend!!". . . (10/14/14) - "Lana and Bill opened their home and barn to us at the last minute. We were relocating from Vermont to Nebraska and had encountered an unforeseen delay. Our change in schedule led us to Circle J and we could not have been more pleased. Human and animal accommodations were impeccable. I only wished we could have spent more time at breakfast with Lana and Bill. This location is truly a gem for travelers.". . . (7/20/15) - "Extremely neat location and nice human facilities, too. Host was right there to great us and get us settled in. Would definitely stay here again.". . . (7/20/15) - "Very clean and beautiful facility I would highly recommend this horse inn!! Very kind!". . . (9/15/15) - "Great place; clean, large stalls. Very friendly hosts.". . . (3/19/16) - "Bill, Lana and their facility were wonderful. It was our first time staying at a horse hotel in our 10 years of traveling east to west. It will be hard to beat and even harder to not stop in on future trips.". . . (4/13/17) - "Where do I start? What a 1st class operation on all fronts. Our horses got play time in the round pen before boarding them in their stalls for the night. We stayed in Lana & Bill's on site accommodation and it was immaculate. They opened up their home to us the following morning for fresh coffee and home made zucchini bread! We hated to leave... thank you so much for your hospitality!!!". . . (11/2/17) - "What a great place to stay! Bill and Lana are very welcoming and the stall was ready for our horse. The new cabin on site is very cozy too! Hope to be able to come back sometime.". . . (4/8/18) - "Lana was super awesome! She ensured everything was all set for Rowan, and it was so nice to have a large paddock for him to stretch his legs after a long day in the trailer. We also stayed in the cabin on site which was AMAZING! We did not want to leave! Super nice people and great accommodations.". . . (4/21/18) - "We were supposed to pick our horse up from a shipper in Michigan and got stuck in a terrible ice/snow storm (we live in Canada!) - He was "stuck" at Circle J for one week before we could travel down to the US and they truly, truly treated him as one of their own! They blanketed and unblanketed him, he had a beautiful box stall, individual daily turnout in a gorgeous, safe, paddock with a large run-in, excellent feed. {By the time} we arrived Lana knew all of his favorite scratchy spots and his favourite treats. He was so bonded to her he even came trotting to her when she called him. Their facility is BEAUTIFUL and they are so kind. They have a lovely cabin for rent there as well. What wonderful people and a super clean, modern and beautiful facility. Thank you so much Circle J Horse Farm and B&B for taking such incredible care of our "Gabe" Happy to have anyone contact me for references for you guys! Lisa Frederick 705-484-0199."

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