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.

Camp Woodbury at Nordman Lake, home to MoCool for over a decade, has a limited number of beds on-site available for overnight stays. Several nicely rehabbed one and two bedroom rustic cabins have become a favorite crash pad. Each cabin has itchen facilities and a shared bath.

There's also a newer 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 in this cabin, but an outdoor grill is there for your use.

CabinsNew in 2019 were a renovated bunkhouse with four beds, three RV spaces with electric hookups, and five tent sites. These facilities share a newly-constructed bath house with two toilets, two showers (handicap accessible) and laundry facilities.


Beds in the cabins are $75 per person for the first night, $70 per night for two nights, and $65 per night for three nights -- and they normally fill quickly. The new bunkhouse costs $25 per person, per night. RV spaces are $50 per night, and tent sites are $25.

If you're interested, contact Mike Hughes, our Backward-Looking Bookminder., no later than July 12. 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 previous 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 July 18. 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 don't show up, unless someone else takes the space.

For those not staying on-site, we suggest the Holiday Inn Express on the west side of Ann Arbor, just ten minutes from Saturday's picnic. Phone 734.827.1100 and ask for the "MoCool rate" of $139 for a standard king or two queens, $179 for a deluxe king suite.

If you're from out of town, Ann Arbor is a wonderful place to spend a couple of days playing tourist, before or after MoCool. For other accommodations in the vicinity, you can check this page, or your favorite booking site. Wherever you'd like to stay, we suggest booking ASAP; there's often a convention in Ann Arbor the same weekend as MoCool, and rooms are at a premium some years.


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 summer 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!


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