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DOWN BY THE BAY: Sleeps 11, Pet friendly, Snowmobile trail less then 5 miles away! Hot Tub!

Pets Welcome







Sleeps: 11
Bedrooms: 4
**5 Kayaks - One is a fishing kayak, just bring your fishing poles and tackle!

**Pet friendly!
**Snowmobile trails approx. 5 miles from the property, ride right from the front door. PLEASE don't ride on the property!

*New Additions- We have recently added a poker table, Ping-Pong table, foosball table, and a fitness room! Perfect for enjoying time with the family on frigid winter nights!

Lake Michigan has never looked so beautiful!  The view of the boats along Big Bay de Noc capture the essence of what we long for on vacation.  Down By the Bay is found in the Garden Peninsula, at the central-southern edge of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

While there is a street between the front lawn and Lake Michigan, you'll find ample space between the neighbors. The wide, front porch allows you to relax with the view.   This home is filled with fun activities for the whole family, including your family pet. Your family and friends can bond over games, from a card (poker) table to foosball, corn hole and ping pong. You may never find a better home for a great game of hide & seek!

Inside this three (3) level home, it's a unique Upper Peninsula Lake house experience to be able to cool off during those couple summer months with central air conditioning. You'll find a bathroom on every level, and bedrooms on both the upper and lower levels. The kitchen, dining area and living room are reserved for the main floor.   The kitchen is idea for cooking meals where you end the day overlooking Lake Michigan from the dining room table.  The living room gives your family the space to further decompress and share the fun stories of the day.

Take a moment to enjoy the time together, in the comfort and space the Garden Peninsula of the U.P. provides.  


Air Conditioning: Yes! There is central air conditioning at this property.

ATV's/Snowmobiles: Bring your ATV's/Snowmobiles, there are trails approximately 5 miles away and you can ride from the home! Trail UP 415 starts on Garden Grade Rd. Please be courteous not to go on private land while using ATV's or Snowmobiles and do not use them on the property. 

Animals: Deer, rabbits, squirrels, woodchucks


1. Lower Level: Full Bath (Toilet, Sink, Shower only)
2. Main Level: Half Bath (adjacent to living room- Toilet & Sink only)

Upper Level: 
3. Toilet, Sink, Bathtub ONLY- NO shower (next to 2 bedrooms, opposite side of Master bedroom)
4. Toilet, Sink, Shower (en suite Master Bedroom)


Beach/Swimming: This property is located on Garden Bay/Big Bay de Noc with 100ft of frontage. If you are looking for a beach to swim at, Fayette State Park is 15 minutes away! (9.6 miles)

Bedroom Configurations:
Upper Level
Bedroom #1- King
Bedroom #2- Queen
Bedroom #3- Queen

Lower Level
Bedroom #4- One Queen & 3 twins 

Boats: 2 10' Kayaks & 2-12' Kayaks available from Memorial Day to Labor Day., you can also rent from Blue-Mystique rentals is 2 minutes (.5 miles) away! 

Boat Launch: The public boat launch is located 3 minutes from the property. There is also a boat launch at Fayette State Park. 

Bugs: Mosquitos can be abundant on waterfront properties

Cable: There is Dish TV at the property

Cell Phone Service: Verizon is spotty, AT&T works well

Coffee Maker:  There is a drip coffee maker here

Distances/Things to do (In order of distance):
*Milwaukee: 4 hours & 36 minutes (272 miles)
*Chicago: 6 hours & 39 minutes (362 miles)
*Detroit: 6 hours & 8 minutes (406 miles)
*Village Artisans & Garden Gallery: 2 minutes (.8 miles)
*Fayette Historic State Park: 15 minutes (9.6 miles)

Dock: Yes! There is a 30ft dock with 12ft bows

Drinking Water: Well water is used at this property. Some guests may want to bring bottled water with them.

Drugs/Smoking/Fireworks: Freshwater does not permit illegal drugs of any kind on the property. Due to the location of the properties, smoking is strongly discouraged around the home and strictly prohibited in the home. Fireworks are prohibited at a Freshwater location for the safety of all persons in and around the property, even if it is legal in that city.

Fireplace: No

Fire-pit: Yes!

Fishing: Perch, Walleye, Small Mouth Bass, Lake Trout, and Salmon can be found here! 

Fishing LicenseA license is required in order to fish in Michigan. Click here to purchase your license online

Fishing Poles: There are no fishing poles at the property.

Game Room: The game room is located in the attached garage!
The game room includes:
*Table Tennis
*Texas Holdem
*Corn Hole
*Crochet supplies
*Exercise bike

Generator: A generator is set up to automatically turn on if the power goes out!

Golf Courses (In Order of Distance): 
Garden Golf Course: 4 minutes (1.7 miles)
Stoney Point Golf Course: 26 minutes (22.3 miles)
Indian Lake Golf Course: 37 minutes (30.5 miles)

Grill: There is a propane grill at the property 

Grocery Store(In order of distance):
*Mini Mart: 2 minutes (.5 miles)
*Jack's Fresh Market: 29 minutes (25.7 miles) 

Handicap Friendly: There is a handicap friendly entrance on the lower level through the game room. There are not other handicap friendly features.  

Heat: Yes! There is electric heating at the property

Hot Tub: Newly installed 6 person Hot Tub!

Hunting: Guests must adhere to local guidelines for hunting and hunting is prohibited on the property

Internet: Yes! Starlink newly installed

Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are fussy about the thread count of your sheets, just let me know, and I’ll make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillowcases and bath towels.

Parking: Six cars + Two trailers can fit at the property there is also an EV car charger inside garage!!

Pets:  Up to two dogs may join you during your stay! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/per pet for your entire stay. Yes, we do accept dogs, yet we do ask that you please clean up after them both inside and outside the cabin. Plus, if you allow them on the furniture, we do ask that you please bring your own linens/blankets for them to sleep on.  Just let us know which bed you will be using with them, and we’ll make sure it is ready for your sheets when you arrive. Plus, if the pet hair starts to build, we do ask that you please run the vacuum. Generally, dogs love the water and places to explore. Pet food does tend to attract mice, so vigilance is needed.

Privacy: There is a neighbor on one side, with trees in-between the homes 

Snowmobiles: a person (resident and nonresident) that operates a snowmobile in Michigan is required to purchase a snowmobile trail permit. The trail permit enables snowmobilers to ride state-designated trails and thousands more miles of public roads and on public lands (where authorized). It is valid for one year, which begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30 of the following year. State-designated trails are open Dec. 1-March 31 and grooming occurs when there is enough snow on the ground. Click here to purchase your snowmobile trail permit. 

Space: 2899sqft Tri-level home 

Seniors: This home is senior friendly! 

Televisions: Smart TV's are located in all 4 bedrooms & One in game room 

Towels: All bath and kitchen towels will be provided during your stay. Please bring beach towels with you!

Water:  This home has well water. There may be a sulfur (rotten egg) smell in the water throughout the home.

Washer and Dryer:  There is a washer & dryer at the property (Laundry soap is provided)

Wood: Wood is provided during your stay!


Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Acreage
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Board Games
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Central air conditioning
  • Foosball Table
  • Generator-live off the grid
  • Handicap accessible
  • Heat - Forced Air Furnace
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Antibacterial Hand-Sanitizer
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • EV car charger
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Hot Tub
  • Kayak Included
  • Private Boat Dock
Special Features
  • Large Individual Rentals

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $168.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


Great stay
Very comfortable stay great location host was excellent and attentive

Francis, first, thank you for being such a respectful guest.  That means a lot to us.  We're glad that Down By The Bay was comfortable for you, and we appreciate your kind words for FVR.  We hope that you  come back again!  Claire
Oct 2023
We had a wonderful time here. It was a great meeting spot for family coming in from Oregon and the Detroit area (Livonia, Wixom, and Westland). We loved the house and the space for everyone was great. We spent most of our time either eating or playing in the garage. We were also very happy to have been able to bring our boat and were able to dock it right out front. We had many boat rides and swimming adventures that were fun for all. Thank you for allowing us to rent this wonderful place. Maybe someday we will be back. Thank you
Sep 2023
4 stars
Nice large house. Garage game room was very nice to hang out. Only change would be to have access to launch kayaks at property.


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, Steve! We're happy to know you enjoyed your stay at the house, as well as getting a chance to enjoy the game room and provided amenities! It is unfortunate to hear about the issues with launching the kayaks, but we will look into what can be done to make that possible! Hopefully we will get a chance to host you again! 
Sep 2023
5 stars
Was one of the best air bnb places I’ve stayed. Was very clean and great fishing with a nice bar down the street.


Thank you for sharing such a lovely review, Matthew! We're so happy to know you enjoyed your stay, and honored that you came away feeling like this was one of the best rentals you've experienced! Hopefully we will have a chance to host you again in the future! 
Aug 2023
Great place
Clean, great location and everything we needed was already there. Will be back!


Thank you for sharing your review, Joshua! We're delighted to know that you found the home to be well supplied with everything needed, clean, and well located enough to provide you with an all around enjoyable stay! Hopefully we will get a chance to host you again! 
May 2023
Breathtaking Beauty
This house is amazing! My family had an amazing time utilizing the game room almost 24-7! Plenty of room to spread out and get some quiet moments, even with 11 people and a dog. Our poodle had a great time playing hide & seek with the kids. Nice big tables for card games. Lots of seating. We had a couple ping pong and fooseball tournaments! The only drawback, an it is slight, is the hard water. Be sure to run LemiShine in every load of dishes, trust me. We would definitely stay here again!


Thank you for sharing your experience Yuvanka! It's so great to know that your entire family (poodles included) were able to have such a great stay, and made such great use of the provided amenities, while getting a chance to build memories with one another! We truly hope we will get a chance to host you again in the future!
Oct 2022
Family vacation
Wonderfull layout to enjoy a family vacation. Especially enjoyed game room/kitcken area.


Thank you Linda! We are glad to know you had a good stay for your family vacation, and were able to make great use of the kitchen and game room! We look forward to having the chance to host another stay with you in the future!

Aug 2022

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