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GARDEN PEN. GETAWAY (Garden, MI): Sleeps 6, Great for Sportsmen/women, Dogs welcome, Fire-pit

Pets Welcome










Garden Pen. Getaway is ideal for sportsmen/women who love to hunt, fish, hike, swim, shoot pool, and ATV riders/backtrail snowmobilers. This home is a great launch pad to a variety of outdoor sporting opportunities.

Sleeping 6, with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, Garden Pen. Getaway has an open floor plan with fully-equipped kitchen for your use. Outside there are deer posts for guests to hang their kill safely. Outdoor fire pit, horseshoe pits (summer only), and grill will also keep guests busy. 

Fairport, which is only 10 minutes from this home plays host to excellent salmon fishing in June. The Fayette State Park also is a great spot to launch your boat or to swim on the sandy beach.



Air Conditioning: No air conditioning, but there are ceiling fans throughout the house.


ATV's: Yes, they are welcome. We ask that you try not to drive on the lawn if at all possible and head straight to the many surrounding trails. There is a 12x24 shed at the end of the house if you would like to store your vehicles.

Animals: Squirrels, birds, deer

Bathroom: Full bathroom with tub and shower

Beach/Swimming: The local sandy beach with public swimming is just a couple miles up the road at Fayette State Park. 


Bedroom Configuration:

         Master bedroom: Queen

         Bedroom #2: 2 Twins (King converter upon request 48 hours prior)

         Bedroom #3: 2 Twins

Boat Launch: There is a boat launch at Fayette State Park just a few miles up the road.So bring your boat to launch and then trailer it back to the house.


Bugs: Typical Michigan UP bugs


Cell phone service: Verizon is not so great, however AT&T seems to be better.

              * Escanaba: 45 minutes
              * Manistique: 37 minutes
              * Mackinac Bridge: 2 hours

Drinking Water: It is well water. Some guests may choose to bring bottled water for drinking. The water is a little bit hard. 

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: Yes, wood is provided.

Fire-pit: Yes, wood is provided

Fishing: Some common fish you will see in the nearby lake are salmon (starts in June—10 min away), walleye, perch to name a few.  Please be sure to bring your own poles as there are none at this property. Also, in order to fish in Michigan lakes, one is required to hold a fishing license. Click here to purchase your fishing license online.

Grill: There is a propane grill with propane provided.

Grocery Store: 10 minutes in Garden—great meat market there!  Meijer:   505 N 26th St, Escanaba, MI 49829 - 906-233-1100

Handicap Friendly: YES!  Let us explain what we mean by handicap friendly…there is a zero-1 step entry into this home, and it is one level (a ranch-style home). The bathroom is not up to official handicap standards and do not come equipped with special apparatus to help those in need. There is no hallway—it is an open floor plan. Wheelchair should have no issues getting around the home.

Hunters: There are posts to hang your kill. Bird hunting in the fall is also very good.

Internet:  Yes, there is internet, but it is not always strong.

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, pillow cases and bath towels.

Parking: There is plenty of parking for 3-4 cars or 2 truck/trailer combinations.

Pets: Pets are welcome! 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 dense forest surrounding the two open acre lot. You are unable to see any neighbors.

Seniors:Come one, come all! This space is great for those over 60. Sometimes when renting a home, you are never too sure about the terrain: is the home on top of a hill, is parking on a steep slope, are there 100 steps to the beach or the unit, etc. This home gets the FVR approval for the young at heart!

Snowmobiles:  YES! 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.  There is a 12 x 24 shed at the end of the house if you would like to store your vehicles.  

Space:  1 floor with open-floor plan

Televisions: One television with cable (direct tv) and local channels in the family room. There is also a 2nd tv in the master bedroom.

Towels: Yes, we provide towels.  It's always good to bring extra though.

Washer and dryer:  Yes and soap is provided

Wood: Wood is provided for guests to use.


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Animal Statues (taxidermy)
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Heat: Boiler System
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Pets allowed.
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Fire Pit
  • Firewood Provided for guests
  • Grill-Propane
  • Hunting Allowed on Property.
  • Patio Chairs
  • Snowmobile from Property
Special Features
  • ATV allowed
  • Pellet Stove

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2022 01/02/2022 - 01/01/2023 2 $167.00


Wedding Rental
Could not have asked for a better place for my daughter's wedding on the peninsula. It was only about a 10 minute drive. The rental is definitely in a remote area. Was clean, plenty of dishes and amenities. Wish it did have screens on all windows and a dishwasher. It uses well water, so city folks need to keep that in mind. We had no problem...we are use to it. If we return to that area, would definitely rent if available. Really quiet!!!



Sherry, 1st congratulations on your daughter's wedding.  We're glad that Garden Pen. Getaway worked out so well for you.  We'll let the owners know about your suggestions, and we hope that you stay with us again at any of our properties.
Jul 2021
5 stars
It was very clean and a perfect size and location for my family visit

We're so glad you enjoyed the home, Kim! You and your family are welcome back any time!
Jun 2021
5 stars
I gave this home a 5 star rating because it met all of our expectations for a low cost, off the beaten path, Upper Pennisula get away. We would definitely stay here again.


Cassidy, thank you for this review.  We would love to have you stay again!
Mar 2021
Great company. House was clean and well maintained, customer service was very good. Would use this company again!

Ammi, thanks for your kind words for FVR and the recommendation!  It means a lot to us.  We would love to work with you again.
Jan 2021

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