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Recreational vehicles transform into yurts and then luxury cabins as Anja Gierlach whizzes a golf cart through the 80 acres of land within Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort.

As reported by the Traverse City Record-Eagle, the sprawling campsite represents a new era of camping no longer defined by a tent pitched in the wilderness. Campers at Timber Ridge — and many other sites in northwest Lower Michigan — can choose to spend outings in anything from basic tent and RV accommodations to cabins with all the luxuries of home.

“I think the resort-style camping draws more people because it gives them more options,” said Gierlach, operations manager at Timber Ridge. “We have it as basic as rustic sites all the way up to park homes and five different types of cabins.”

 Nightly rates at the resort during peak season range from $45 for a basic tent campsite all the way up to $209 for a 10-person bunkhouse. Options in between range from a fully-furnished yurt to a deluxe cabin featuring TVs, air conditioning, a bathroom and a fully-equipped kitchenette. Campers can also take advantage of resort-styleamenities like a heated pool, fat-tire and turbo bikes, a banquet hall and various recreation grounds.”You can get the luxury of a hotel or house, plus the luxury of camping because you have this whole site to share,” said Timber Ridge manager Ella Baggs.

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