Stay at the Lake (and other lodging options)

The Lodge at Nordman LakeTurn your MoCool into a weekend by the lake! Come a day early, walk in the woods, then take a morning swim the day after! Great for both out-of-towners and locals who don't want to deal with driving home after the picnic.

The Lodge at Nordman Lake that's home to MoCool has a limited number of beds available for overnight stays. Several nicely rehabbed one and two bedroom rustic cabins have become a favorite crash pad. They feature kitchen facilities, and have shared baths.

There's also a brand new cabin with four bedrooms: a king and a queen bedroom, each with private baths, plus a queen and double-bunked bedrooms that share a bath. No kitchen facilities are available for this cabin, but an outdoor grill is there for your use..

CabinsThe property also has three new RV spaces with electric hookups, and five new tent sites. These facilities share a newly-constructed bath house that's equipped with two toilets, two showers (handicap accessible) and laundry facilities.


Beds in all cabins are $75 per person for the first night, $70 per night for two nights, and $65 per night for three nights -- and they always fill quickly. RV spaces go for $35 per night, and tent sites are $25.

If you're interested, contact Mike Hughes, the Ship’s Purser and Wine Inventory Depleter Manager. Let him know what type of accommodation you'd like, the number of people (if you're looking for cabin space), and the nights you'd like to stay (Thursday through Saturday are available). So you know, priority goes to out-of-towners, MoCoolers who stayed on-site in previously years, those who want to stay multiple nights (as opposed to just Saturday), and larger groups that "fit" the available space.

One perk of staying at the lake

Please don't pay for on-site lodging until Mike confirms your reservation -- which he'll do by August 4. With your confirmation, he'll send you a dedicated link to pay for lodging. Fair Warning: we can't give refunds for lodging if you cancel or simply don't show up, unless someone else takes the space.

For those not staying on-site, we'd suggest the Holiday Inn Express, site of our Friday night reception and ten minutes from Saturday's picnic. Phone 734.827.1100.. Another longtime favorite of out-of-town MoCoolers is the Best Western at Whitmore Lake, about ten minutes north of Ann Arbor and twenty minutes from the picnic. Phone 734.449.2058. For other accommodations in the vicinity, you might check this page.


MoCool -- the Motown Co-Operative Off-Line -- is the world's longest-running off-line gathering of wired wine lovers, started in 1992 by a group in the Detroit / Ann Arbor area. Over the years, our annual August tastings have brought together wine lovers from across the US and Canada, and as far away as France, South Africa and New Zealand!

The event is non-profit, run by a loosely organized group of volunteers for the purpose of enjoying good wines, good food, and socializing with fellow wine lovers. If you've read this far and that idea sounds pretty good to you, then you're probably one of us!


Go to the Contact page to email the appropriate person.

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