Hemingway's Hideaway Bear Lake

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HEMINGWAY'S HIDEAWAY (Bear Lake, MI): Sleeps 8, Swimming on property, Fishing, Air -Conditioning in bedrooms







Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1.5

Sleeps: 8

*LAKEFRONT (Bear Lake)





*NOT ideal for anyone with mobility concerns.  The spiral staircase leading to the bedrooms and the steps down to the water can be challenging.

*Only 2 off-street parking spots available* No trailer or RV's permitted*

Ernest Hemingway once said of Northern Michigan, “It is beautiful country... and nobody knows about it but us.” Discover what this famous writer loved about the Mitten State at “Hemingway’s Hideaway” atop a bluff on Bear Lake, just minutes from Lake Michigan and the hottest attractions. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a Hemingway daiquiri from your private deck with the best views of the lake—only a few dozen steps from your private waterfront on this sandy-bottom all-sports 1,800-acre lake.  Lake is crystal clear with approximately 60 yards of shallow water... perfect for young kids wanting to swim.

Minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes, world-class golf at Arcadia Bluffs, and Little River Casino, this 3-bedroom cottage is perfect for both fun and relaxation. Easily explore the breweries, wineries, restaurants and shops of Northern Michigan during your stay, with an easy drive to Traverse City, Frankfurt, Crystal Lake, and Manistee.

Paying homage to Hemingway’s homes throughout the world, three bedrooms await your stay, and can sleep up to eight guests. The Spanish-inspired “Madrid Master” bedroom has a king bed, en suite half bathroom, a writing desk overlooking the lake, and even a small balcony. The “Key West Wing” bedroom also holds a queen bed and channels the tropical vibes of the Florida Keys. And finally, the “Chicago Loft” bedroom holds two sets of bunk beds: twin over twin + a twin over full. If needed, the main living room has a twin daybed that could be used for a guest or someone who may have trouble navigating the circular staircase. The fully equipped kitchen will suit your needs and the four-season porch overlooking Bear Lake is an idyllic setting for a morning cup of coffee (or an evening cocktail!) and your family’s meals.

**We ask that our guests be respectful of our great neighbors by keeping quiet hours between 11:00 pm and 9:00 am.


Air Conditioning: There are remote controlled air conditioning units on the walls of the rooms.

Animals: Expect to see small wildlife like squirrels, birds, and waterfowl.


       Bathroom #1: On main level, located off of the kitchen, FULL BATH with shower.

       Bathroom #2: Attached to the Master Bedroom on second floor – HALF BATH with no tub/shower.

Beach/Swimming: You can swim in the lake directly from the property. While kids generally love to swim in front the cottage, they do need to climb down the stairs from the cottage to the dock.  There are rocks along the shoreline. There is not a sandy beach on the shoreline, though our lake access is shallow and has a sandy bottom.

Bedroom Configuration:

        Bedroom #1: Madrid Master (upstairs) – king bed

        Bedroom #2: Key West Wing (upstairs) – queen bed

        Bedroom #3: Chicago Loft (upstairs) – two sets bunk beds- twin over twin + a twin over full

Boats:  There is an aluminum boat at the property for you to use.

Boat Launch: There is a public boat launch on Bear Lake, however there is no space for trailer parking on the property, nor is there a boat lift available for use.

Bugs: Typical Michigan bugs!

Cable/Satellite TVs: No Cable, but we have a smart TV in the family room area… Bring your Netflix/Hulu/AmazonPrime account information!

Cell phone service: Good!

Coffee Maker: Coffee pot/carafe style, with coffee grinder. Bring your own coffee.


* Golf:

     Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club –8 mins

     Crystal Mountain Resort – 15 mins

     Manistee National – 25 mins

     Bear Lake Highlands – 3 mins

* Traverse City – 50 mins

*Manistee – 20 mins

* Airports:

     Cherry City Airport (Traverse City) - 50 mins

     Gerald R. Ford Airport (Grand Rapids) - 2 hours & 15 mins

* Little River Casino – 10 mins

* Sleeping Bear Dunes – 50 mins 

Dock: Yes there is a 60ft. private dock, for swimming or tying your pontoon or water vessel. It is anywhere between 3-5 ft deep.  

Fireplace: Wood-burning stove available for guests to use. You must bring your own wood.

Fire-pit: Yes. There is a fire pit.  Please keep fires manageable and extinguish completely. Provide own wood.

Fishing: Bear Lake is known for its excellent fishing.  Please be sure to bring your own poles as there are none at this property. Also, in order to fish in Michigan lakes and rivers, one is required to hold a fishing license. Click here to purchase your fishing license online.

Grill:  Gas grill (and spare propane tank) available.

Grocery Store: Saddle Up Convenience Store and Bear Lake Market are both located less than a mile away. There’s a Meijer in Manistee (15 min drive).

Handicap Accessible: Guests must be able to navigate circular staircase to access bedrooms on second floor, and several dozen deck stairs to lake access. It is NOT an easy place for anyone with mobility challenges.

Internet: YES!

Linens: Yes, we provide you with basic sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are particular about the thread count of your sheets, let us know, and we will make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets.

Parking: 2-car MAXIMUM. 2 cars are able to park in the grassy driveway in front of the house. In addition, there is 1 designated spot for street parking (must be small). NO CAMPERS/TRAILERS. VERY tight parking.

Pets: Pets are not welcome at this home.

Privacy/ Neighbors: There are houses on both side of the home. Neighbors are close-- about 50 ft. away. This is NOT considered a "secluded" property. (If you need something more private and secluded, please ask.) The cottage is alongside a busy road.  While we have not had any complaints of street noise, that is always a possibility.

Smoking: No smoking allowed of any kind, on the property. Due to the close proximity of the neighbors, it is strictly prohibited.

Space: Two floors, with a circular staircase as the only access to the upstairs. All bedrooms are located upstairs.

Towels: Yes, we provide bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, and beach towels. It's always good to bring extra though.

Washer and dryer (Clothes):  YES. Laundry is provided.

Wood:  Guests need to bring their own wood for fire pit and wood-burning stove.


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Box Fans
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Smart TV w/ streaming
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Washer & Dryer (plus Detergent and Dryer Sheets)
  • Wood burning stove
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Good Fishing
  • Grill-Propane
  • Patio Chairs
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Swimming on Property

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
01/02/2021 - 01/01/2022 2 $222.00
January - December 2022 01/02/2022 - 01/01/2023 2 $222.00


Wonderful stay
Peaceful retreat on the lake. Feels quite peaceful, some road noise, not a lot of restaurants in the area so be prepared to bring your favorite foods to cook in the well equipped kitchen. Enjoyed our stay.


Kelsey, thank you for taking the time to write this review.  A peaceful retreat on the lake is welcome, especially after the near we've all had. We're happy to know that  you enjoyed your stay, and we hope to work with you again.
Sep 2021
Great stay!
Right when we walked in the cottage was very clean. It had all the amenities and even included beach towels. Loved the Ernest Hemingway theme. Wonderful location on bear lake. Fun to float in the water right off the dock. Close to Frankfort. Even saw a bald eagle on the first and last day of our stay.

Nickey, seeing a magnificent bald eagle is such a treat.  We're glad that you enjoyed floating in the water and Hemingway's Hideaway so much.  We'd love to have you back again!
Aug 2021
Hemingways Hideaway
Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location. Nice and clean. Me and my family enjoyed our time there.


Cheryl, we're so glad that you all enjoyed Hemingway's Hideaway and the location.  We do hope that you come back again.
Aug 2021

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