Hemingway's Hideaway Bear Lake
Hemingway's Hideaway on Bear Lake
*LAKEFRONT (Bear Lake)
*SWIMMING ON PROPERTY
*NOT ideal for anyone with mobility concerns. The spiral staircase leading to the bedrooms and the steps down to the water can be challenging.
*PARKING- TIGHT- 2 CARS MAX- NO TRAILERS (I wish we had more space!)
*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.
***Winter Time- 4 season porch turns into a 3-season porch with a space heater to heat the room. The space heater heats the room well, and you can leave the door open for more air flow.
**We ask that our guests be respectful of our great neighbors by keeping quiet hours between 11:00 pm and 9:00 am.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
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 #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 are none at property
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.
Boat Rentals: bearlakefun.com
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.
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
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.
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.
Winter Considerations: There is no standard indoor dining in the winter. The only options are the bar stools for 4 in the kitchen, the coffee table in the living room, or the sun porch (space heater for the sun porch is available and heats the space well) We do not provide daily shoveling of the walkways unless by special request. We snow-blow/shovel prior to your arrival. During your stay, if you need the walkway shoveled or snow-blowed, you will need to call/text for assistance. A shovel and salt will be at the property for you to use as well.
Wood: Guests need to bring their own wood for fire pit and wood-burning stove.
- Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
- Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
- Blow Dryer
- Board Games
- Box Fans
- Carbon Monoxide Detector
- Ceiling fans
- Internet/ WiFi
- Linens & Towels included
- Smart TV w/ streaming
- Smoke Detectors
- Washer & Dryer (plus Detergent and Dryer Sheets)
- Wood burning stove
- Coffee maker
- Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
- Fire Pit
- Good Fishing
- Patio Chairs
- Private Boat Dock
- Swimming on Property
- Booster Seat
- Pack and Play
|January 2022 - December 2023||01/01/2022 - 12/31/2023||2||$149.00|
|January - December 2024||01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024||2||$0.00|
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay Karin! We are so happy to know you enjoyed your stay, and found the home to be comfortable. We will certainly take your suggestion regarding the daybed into consideration, as we believe in doing what we can, to provide an optimal stay experience for our guests. Hopefully we will get a chance to host you again in the future!
Thank you for reviewing your stay, Denise! We love knowing that you enjoyed your stay, and were able to make good multi-use of the 3 season porch! Hopefully we will have a chance to host you again!
Thank you for such a wonderful review of your stay, Seth! It's great to know that you would like to take in the experience of Hemingway in the summer, and not just for work! With it's location right on the lake, it is definitely a great place to stay for the warmer months! We love knowing that you find the home to be nice and well kept, and can't wait to have you back for another stay.
Hi Stephen, it's great to know you found the right time to travel to our Hemingway Hideaway! It's great to know you were able to check out the beautiful fall colors while in the area, and we are delighted to know you enjoyed your stay! Hopefully we can host you again in the future!
Thank you for sharing your review, Heather. It's great to know you enjoyed your stay, and found the home to be clean and inviting! We would love to host you again!
Thank you for sharing such a wonderful review Pat! The fact that the kitchen could make you want to cook while on vacation is such a huge compliment! Not only have the owners put in so many great details with the design, but also the deck and views of the lake are something that works out perfect for anyone visiting. Hopefully we can host another stay with you!
Ken, sometimes rainy weather is the perfect thing for allowing us to really relax. Reading books and doing puzzles while looking out over the lake gives us time to breathe. We're so glad that you spend your time with us, and we hope that you coem back again.
FVR RESPONSEKelsey, 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.
FVR RESPONSECheryl, we're so glad that you all enjoyed Hemingway's Hideaway and the location. We do hope that you come back again.
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!