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Age: 65+

Member since July 2016

Retired couple in our mid sixties.

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We love the outdoors and we love camping, whether at our camp/cabin in the woods on the Keweenaw peninsula, or whether in our camper away from home. We had smaller campers for several years before upgrading to a fifth wheel. We enjoy gardening, four wheeling, hiking, coffee in our rocking chairs on the deck, photography, birds particularly our hummers, garage sales, antiques, and spending time with family, especially grandchildren!

Skills & Expertise to Share

Jack and Jill of all trades. We have a lot of information to share about the local area.

SmokinSoleResort's Pets

We also have a 5 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Gabe. Gabe is outgoing, loves everyone, and just knows that everyone loves him! Gabe is on leash at all times when outdoors. We very recently lost our 14 1/2 year old Tibetan Spaniel, Lexie. Lexie was extremely intelligent, loving, and a little bit shy, and she is missed tremendously,

Favorite Boondocking Locations

We were new to boondocking in 2016. Although we have hosted several other members, we have so far had only a couple of experiences as guests.

SmokinSoleResort's Hometown

Laurium, MI, on the beautiful Keweenaw peninsula at the tip top of the Michigan U.P.

SmokinSoleResort's Guest Details

SmokinSoleResort's Rig

Rig Type: Fifth Wheel

31 feet long

31 foot fifth wheel with two sliders. 2000 Jayco Designer. Pulled by 3/4 ton Chevy Silverado.

SmokinSoleResort's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Travels with pets

SmokinSoleResort Has 1 Host Location

Smokin Sole Resort

Eagle River Michigan, MI, US
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SmokinSoleResort's References (35)

References from Hosts (2)


September 2020

Pleasant couple

Very nice people


July 2018

Welcome Back Anytime

Great guests and would have them back anytime

References from Guests (33)


August 2021

Lovely people and campsite

I thought I'd already left a review but as I'm being prompted I'll leave again. The hosts and site are fabulous. We lived the area and the referrals provided by hosts enhanced visit.


August 2021

Friendly and Peaceful

We just spent 3 delightful and peaceful nights tucked into a charming garden in the woods!
Our host met us in front, showed us where to park, and encouraged us to step into their charming spot a bit further up the hill, which we did for a brief visit in the yard. These hosts are very kind and friendly. We felt welcome and secure while visiting them.

Thank you so much for your hospitality!!


August 2021

A dream retreat

Smokin Sole Resort is the neatest eclectic camp tucked in the woods. My dog and I loved our stay. We needed some down time and we found it here. I was invited for
coffee each morning and we enjoyed sharing travel stories. I hope to visit Smokin Sole Resort again. Thank you so very much. I also have fallen in love with the Kewanaw Peninsula - Michigan has so much to offer.


July 2021

What’s not to like?

This was our 1st BW experience and it could not have been better. Smoking’ Sole Resort wax a fabulous place with wonderful hosts that we so giving of there local knowledge. We have made new lifelong friends for sure. We will be back.


July 2021


The property is beautiful and Joyce and Gary were great hosts. After we parked they gave us suggestions of local things to do. Definitely would stay again.


July 2021

Lovely place in a very out of the way area.

Hosts were wonderfully helpful. Great location.


July 2021

Just what you would hope for!

These hosts are just what make the world a better place, super nice people who share their spot with others. I couldn't be more thankful. The area is breathtaking and the spot(s) they provide are top shelf!

Thank you SmokinHoleResort!


July 2021

Great place succluded in the woods

Flower gardens and beautiful opening to make yourself feel right at home. Very Friendly couple for hosts. Definitely would stay there again if in the U.P.


July 2021

Blooming spot in the woods

Smokin Sole Resort is a wonderful place in the woods. The hosts gave very good directions to get to their location.The host's gardens are beginning to bloom and the butterflies are enjoying the flowers too. We had a nice visit with the hosts.They had many suggestions what to see and where to find them. It's not far from Lake Superior. A great place to watch the sunset. Thanks Smokin Sole for the restful blooming spot in the woods! K&F


June 2021

So peaceful!!!

Really enjoyed not only the peaceful location but visiting with our hosts as well. Great people!!
Thanks again Smokin Sole Resort! 😊


June 2021

Park like peaceful

This is a beautiful private spot. Nice landscaping and whimsey. Hosts live out of sight around the corner. Very helpful with referrals to great places.


June 2021

Smokin Sole is Great!

Not only a great spot, lively conversation and the best recommendations for what to do and where to go in the Keewnaw peninsula, but absolutely lovely people. Can’t wait to get back up there to see Smokin Sole!


July 2020


Host was waiting for us and assisted me leveling the camper. Weather and conditions were perfect. Enjoyed safe distance visiting which was nice to get to know them. This is a safe and quiet place to stay with great sightseeing to be had. Thanks SmokinSole Resort. Would love a return visit.


April 2020

Lovely Private Spot

This was a beautiful little private spot in the UP. Quiet, park-like setting. Plenty of space and easy access from main road.


September 2019


Beautiful place, quiet, close to all the Keweenaw has to offer! We arrived late and did not get to meet them personally but through social media they made us feel well informed and welcome. Would highly recommend a stay at their place!!


August 2019

Beautiful, picturesque land!

It was easy to find spot and very beautiful with flowers and tasteful yard decor such as wagon wheels. They were very friendly and welcoming, and offered to assist in identifying places to visit. Unfortunately we had to cut a short trip and only could stay one night but hope to come back again this fall. This is beautiful region of the UP.

La Strada

August 2019

Very nice and helpful hosts

We stayed 4 nights on their beautiful and quiet “Campground “
We enjoyed the trees and their beautiful lilies
We felt very welcome and free at their “ campground “ so we could enjoyed the rest we needed
Because we couldn’t go to the famous bakery in Eagle River by ourselves, they surprised us with delicious pastries
Thank you very much
Mia & Clemens


August 2019

Little Slice of Paradise

We had an amazing time at the Smokin Sole Resort. They were gracious hosts that offered suggestions on what to see in the area. Sadly we didn't really have time to visit with our hosts but left feeling as if we made friends. Look forward to coming back for another visit.


August 2019

Friendly Forest Visit

Our hosts warmly welcomed us as guests on their 6 acres of paradise. We found the designated parking area and setup quickly. Our hosts went out of their way to make a fellow veteran feel at home. I had a peaceful night and rested well. We would stay here again.


August 2019

Beautiful spot

Absolutely beautiful and peaceful place on the Keweenaw peninsula, right off M-26. Plenty of space for multiple rigs, gracious hosts and we couldn’t have asked for a better first BW experience. We hope to see The Smokin Soles again!


July 2019


Wonderful place with plenty of room. Can not see the road from camping area. Very peaceful. Lots of flowers and a few wild animals. The hosts are very thoughtful and friendly. They shared several ideas for places to see. Wonderful place to walk my dog on old logging roads. I would like to come back again.


July 2019

Great place to recharge

A peaceful place with beautiful flowers everywhere! We had a great stay, and the hosts were so kind. They even ran my husband into town for an air compressor part and shared a campfire with us, so they went above and beyond!
Made our last days by Lake Superior very enjoyable.


July 2019

Quiet and nice

Smokin sole is one of the most peaceful places we have stayed. The spot is excellent for anything up to maybe 32 feet or so. Mr and Mrs “ sole” were great hosts and quality people.
While there, certainly venture in to eagle river. Great hand dipped ice cream at the little store. Go down along the waterfront and you”ll see Fitzgeralds restaurant. Get reservations, you”ll need them. Have the pork belly.....we had it twice.....its that good.

Glen DreamnRvn

August 2018

Amazing Hosts and a very quiet, peaceful place in the mountains/woods.

I had the best time ever staying with some amazingly wonderful hosts that were friendly, kind and very hospitable. I enjoyed visiting with them and being able to go and see and do things around the area. They come highly recommended from me and will definitely come see them again while in the area if they are there. Thank you so much for allowing me and my dog to stay with you and be able to see a lot of the natural beauty in your neck of the woods. It was well worth it to take the time to drive up to the UP. I wish I could have stayed longer. It was nice to have a place to relax and unwind for a few days.
Glen and Katie(GSD).


August 2018

Eagle river

Lovely quiet spot in the bush. Another be rver was also staying. The latitude and longitude took us right to their secluded laneway.


July 2018


We had a wonderful time, This couple were the perfect hosts, their property is beautiful and they are very down to earth. It was our first time boondocking and if everyone is as warm and welcoming as this couple it will not be our last. Thank you again for sharing with us.


July 2018


Joyce and Gary go out of their way to make you feel at home. They’re little cabin and set up is lovely and we so enjoyed all the fellowship and laughter around food and fire!


July 2018

Hospitality unmatched!

Joyce and Gary have a little slice of heaven in Eagle River and enhance it even more by going above and beyond with food and fellowship! We can’t imagine our visit to the Keweenaw Peninsula without them now!


August 2017

Our first...

Boon Dockers experience AND it was most excellent. She, the hostess with the mostest and he the host with the most. An evening sitting outside with great company and great food. We got lots of local tips from restaurants to near by attractions. All leading to fun. A definite "10."


July 2017

OMG! Super Hosts!

So the hostess should be her own little visitor center. Oh wait, she is! They had lists of hikes, swimming beaches, and a wealth of historical info. Never mind that this spot is soooo pretty and the whole area is breathtaking. I wish I could have stayed a week! Well worth the extra miles to get out on the peninsula and into Lake Superior's heart and sole! I dropped the 5th and went off on day trips. The couple could not have been more friendly, hospitable and generous! I sooo hope they will come stay with me in NY.
ps They welcomed my old black lab too!


June 2017

Pleasant and private

They were not around much when we were there, but when we saw them they had good recommendations for sight seeing. We stayed 2 nights, and enjoyed driving around the peninsula.


October 2016

Thank you for the accommodation

Hi - thanks again for providing one night stay. It was a pleasure meeting you both and it was truly a peaceful stay.


September 2016

Smokin' great boondocks hosts!

Paul and I spent a night at the SmokinSoleResort and could not have been more pleased or surprised with our stay. First, Joyce knocked herself out prior to our visit providing travel tips about the UP area. We followed her advice and enjoyed attractions and features we may not have otherwise discovered. She and Gary were warm, hospitable, and eager to share with us one of the UP's traditions - pasties! Sitting around a campfire in their private camp was super. Hard to beat their hospitality. They're down-to-earth generous and fun people and we are so glad to have spent time with them.