We were very happy with our stay at Sweet Serenity. It is on a quiet street and the cottage is well maintained. The fire pit and beach are quite a distance from the house, but that wasn't an issue for us. The lake is up quite high this year, so the beach itself is narrow. Getting to the beach does require a "mucky" walk, so take your water shoes. We ended up going to the beach in Oscoda, which was easier and more entertaining for our small children. The location was ideal, we travelled to East Tawas, Alpena and enjoyed the local attractions along River Road and the Wurtsmith AFB museum. My only other suggestion is to bring food storage containers and additional bath & kitchen towels and wash cloths.