North Shore Retreat Manistique

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NORTH SHORE RETREAT (Manistique): Along the Lake Michigan Shoreline. 20 private acres.






North Shore Retreat

 SLEEPS: 6  
*LAKEFRONT (Lake Michigan)

Spend a few peaceful days at North Shore Retreat and you’ll understand why we say, “Inspiration Lives Here.” Whether you’re writing, painting, birdwatching, spending time with family, or just getting away from it all, we’re confident you’ll find yourself refreshed and inspired by the natural beauty of the northern shore of Lake Michigan and the comfortable surroundings of this home located on the waterfront in the south-central Upper Peninsula region.

North Shore Retreat offers stunning views of the waterfront right from the bed and fall asleep gazing at the stars through the two overhead skylights.

The fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room offer fabulous views beyond the slightly sloped yard to the vast Lake Michigan waters. You’ll feel like you’re at the ocean – but without the sharks! Watch the ships far out on the horizon or watch the birds and wildlife right up close in the yard. Brew your morning coffee in our Flex brew coffee maker (by the pot or single K-cup) or visit one of the excellent coffee shops in downtown Manistique. 

Outside video security CAN NOT be disabled.
Security Cameras: Due to the secluded nature of North Shore Retreat, we use “smart cameras” to monitor the property entrances, snow amounts, and property conditions. The security cam mounted above the garage door remains on at all times. Other outdoor security is enabled only during periods of vacancy.


Air Conditioning:  No, the cooling lake breezes, open windows and fans typically keep the home within a very comfortable temperature.


Full bath on main level

Full bath in upper loft area

Beach/Swimming: Walk right out the front door to a beautiful sandy beach. For the past year and a half Lake Michigan has provided a nice wide sandy beach. With the Great Lakes water levels changing periodically, we are pleased so far with the sandy beach. The lake bottom is a mix of sand and flat tock, so water shoes are nice for swimming.

Bedroom Configuration:

 Bedroom #1 (upstairs in a large open loft):  King size bed.

 Bedroom #2 (main floor, adjacent to the kitchen/hall): 1 queen size bed & 1 twin bunk bed

Boats:  There are 2 kayaks, paddles, and limited assortment of life jackets available for guest use May through September.

Cell phone service: There is Starlink for Wi-Fi calling, and a network extender for cell service that provides stronger cell service for most carriers.

Distances/Things to do:

           * Kitch-iti-kipi-Big Springs: 26 mins (18.3 miles)
           * Pictured Rocks: 1 hour (52.5 miles)

* Fayette State Park & Historic Town Site:  47 mins (40.8 miles)

* The Kewadin Casino: 4 mins (2.4 miles)

* Indian Lake Golf Course:  21 mins (13.2 miles)
* Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 1.5 hours (83.3 miles)
* Mackinac Bridge: 1 hour and 22 mins (84.7 miles)


Dock: There is no dock as it is on Lake Michigan

Fireplace: There is a wood fireplace, please bring your own wood.

Fire-pit: Yes, there is a firepit

Fishing: Nearby Indian Lake is good for fishing

Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online.

Fishing poles: Fishing poles are not provided at the property

Grill: Yes, there is a propane grill for your use.

Grocery Store: Jack's Fresh Market 735 E Lake Shore Dr, Manistique, MI 49854 

Handicap Friendly: There is a bedroom on the main level which also has a full bathroom.

Hiking: If you enjoy hiking, you're welcome to explore our 20 acres and the new Cedarwood Trail, or head out to some of the best hiking trails in the state at nearby Indian Lake State Park, Fox River Pathway, and Ashford Lake Pathway, to name just a few.

Internet:  This property has Starlink Internet and is fast and reliable.

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. This property provides high thread count sheets, pillowcases, and plush bath towels.

Parking: 2-3 cars and you are welcome to also park in the garage.

Pets: No pets are not allowed at this property

Privacy: 20 PRIVATE Wooded Acres with a new marked trail called Cedarwood Trail (some acreage is separated by the road)

Snowmobiles: Can NOT snowmobile from the property. Closest trail is Trail #2, 4.6 miles from house (intersection of Hwy 2 & Tannery Rd.) or Trail #421, 8.4 miles from house (intersection of Hwy 2 & County Hwy 432).

Space:  1400 sq ft

Televisions:  There are 3 TV's- 1- with DirectTV, Roku, and DVD in the main living room and 1- Smart TV with DirectTV in the main level bedroom, and 1- with DirectTV, DVD & VHS in the upstairs bedroom. 

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

Washer and dryer:  Yes, there is a washer and dryer available for guest use.

 Firewood is not providedPlease check out Jack's Fresh Market located at 735 E Lake Shore Dr, Manistique, MI 49854   


Property/indoor Amenities
  • Acreage
  • Balcony
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Beach Towels
  • Box Fans
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Ceiling fans
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace-wood-burning
  • Garage
  • Heat: Furnace
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Smart TV
  • Telephone/Landline
  • TV with DVD & VHS player
  • TV with Roku
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Coffee Makers: Drip and Keurig (some K-cups provided)
  • Crockpot
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Beach Toys
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs
  • Pool Noodles
  • Sandy Beach
  • Swimming on Property
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
Special Features
  • Booster Seat

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
All seasons-3 night mim 04/05/2022 - 12/31/2030 3 $299.00


Simple and delightful getaway
North shore Retreat property was so relaxing and refreshing. It was nice to disconnect from our busy lives and enjoy this simple cabin on the lake. It’s nothing extravagant- however, it’s absolutely AMAZING! It was breathtaking to wake up to the sounds of waves and fresh air coming in through the large picture windows facing the lake. Having a fire on the beach in the evenings was our favorite - and the colors of the sun coming up over the lake was unreal. We will be back - in fact we want to make this getaway an annual thing as it was good for reconnecting with nature - it’s the simple things really.


Hi Bonny! It's so great to know that you had such a great experience that you would like to make North Shore a regular destination! The home truly does offer an unreal experience for taking in the beauty of the environment itself, so it is great to know it was able to create a memorable time for you and your group! We look forward to having you back in the future!
Aug 2023
Beautiful Manistique Beachfront
North Shore Retreat is a comfortable, rustic property which fits perfectly into the woodsy, Upper Peninsula venue. Beautiful lake view and sound of the lakeside surf. Home is well equipped for all you would need on your stay. It's central location on the Eastern half of the UP makes for a great base camp to visit Pictured Rocks, Tahquamenon Falls, Kitc-iti-kipi Springs and parks and hiking trails. A great place to stay!


Hi Raymond! We're so delighted to know you enjoyed your stay at North Shore Retreat, found it comfortable, well fit for your needs, and found its centralized location to be ideal for your time exploring the UP hot spots! We would love to host you again in the future!
Aug 2023
A week on Lake Michigan with nearly perfect weather
A week with only 1-1/2 rainy days, highs mostly around 80 with a light breeze off the lake. We are familiar with the area so didn't feel the need to go exploring. The North Shore Retreat is so comfortable & well equipped that we enjoyed just "hanging out", reading on the deck, campfires in the firepit, walking on the beach, watching the geese. TV & the internet were available when we felt the brief need to connect with civilization.

James, the description of your stay sounds like the perfect summer getaway, and we're so glad that you spent it with us!  It's so great to disconnect. We hope to work with you again.
Jul 2023
My happy place!
Beautiful house with an incredible view of the (feels like) private, sandy beach. Beach chairs were so helpful and the ping pong table came in handy on our one rainy day. Close to Manistique for easy access to groceries and coffee. Loved this home and experience - definitely a 10/10!


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay, Amy! We are truly grateful to know that you enjoyed your stay at the home, and got to enjoy the experience of the nearly secluded beachfront and views that make this home so unique, as well as having a chance to enjoy the additional amenities and close proximity to Marquette! We would love to host you again!
Jul 2023
5 stars
The location was amazing. The house was very clean and well maintained. Couldn’t ask for a better accommodation.


Thank you so much for such a lovely review of your stay, Cameron! We truly appreciate you feeling like you couldn't have asked for better accommodations, and found the home to be clean and well maintained! Hopefully we can have you back! 
Jun 2023
Comfy & Cozy with Amazing Sunrises!
This is our 4th time staying at North Shore Retreat and as always, it never disappoints! The attached garage makes unpacking a breeze, and there is also a full-size ping pong table for some fun! The house is beyond comfortable with amazing lake views, a wood fireplace, enormous comfy couch, cozy year-round sunroom, spacious bathrooms, incredibly comfy beds and a stocked kitchen with every kind of dish you may need! Instead of hauling food with you on your trip, just take a 10 min trip to Jack's Fresh Market - they have everything you need, amazing meat and produce! The cabin is also a great location for visiting Kitch-iti-kipi and Fayette State Park. We loved the new addition of the arcade console in the 2nd bedroom! Our son loved it, and adults did too - for some great nostalgic gaming! The walking trail through the woods allows you to explore the beautiful shoreline property. Deer strolled the quiet beach in the evening. Every morning we walked down to the shore and saw the most breathtaking sunrise! North Shore Retreat is like a lil slice of heaven hidden in Manistique.


Thank you for such a wonderful review to read through, Jane! You truly captured the feel of North Shore shore so beautifully! It really is so great to know that as you have continued to return and stay with us, the home was able to keep living up to expectations (or possibly even exceed with the new game addition), and create an enjoyable getaway for you and your family's time in Manistique! We can't wait to host another stay with you in the future! 
Apr 2023
Great home Great location
Great home on Lake Michigan with a short drive to many areas of interest. Hiking trails on the property and nearby.


Thank you for taking the time to review your stay Leah! We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your stay, as well as your time in the area checking out the nearby trails! Hopefully we will get a chance to host another stay with you! 
Oct 2022
North Shore Retreat in Manistique, Michigan
We really enjoyed our stay at North Shore Retreat. The house was very clean and had everything we needed. The view was beautiful! Our favorite part of the home was the cedar room (as we called it) which was perfect for relaxing with a book and enjoying the view. We would definitely come back.


Thank you for sharing such a lovely review, Frank! It's great to know you found the home clean, and able to provide a relaxing experience- from the views outside, to being able to catch up on a good book in the cedar room! We truly hope to get a chance to host another stay with you! 
Sep 2022
Lovely Home
Lovely home on a great beach. Was perfect for my wife and I. The master is a loft which was fine since it was just the 2 of us. Second bedroom has a queen and bunk beds. Might be challenging to have some privacy with more people. The only issue we had was the internet. It’s a DSL line that is quite spotty. 


Thank you for sharing your review, Andrew! We are glad to know you enjoyed your stay and found the home and beach to be a good fit for you and your wife! We are consistently working to improve our guests' stay, but internet can always be a bit of a challenge in the area. Hopefully we can have you back again! 
Jul 2022
So beautiful
Very relaxing with gorgeous views of the private beach. We loved how quiet it was and sitting by the fire at night on the beach. Perfect little get away spot! Thank you!

Beth, campfires on the beach are the perfect summer happiness makers.  We'd love to see you back again.
Jun 2022
Great Lake Michigan Family Vacation
As we toured the Upper Peninsula we were able to spend a couple nights here. Pulling up to the property the view through the trees to the lake was simply beautiful. It has that idyllic cottage setting and view that makes you look forward to your time there. We used the large grill to grill out both days and enjoyed having a well stocked and labelled kitchen. The bedrooms, bathrooms and living area were great size and very functional for our time there. The spare room off the dining area was great to sit in one of the chairs and rest while listening to the waves roll onto the beach. The kids enjoyed using the beach toys in the garage and we all had a great time playing ping pong. The internet was a little spotty, but the TV had a great assortment of channels to find a movie to keep the kid's attention after a long day playing. The fire pit is in a great location on the beach and the bugs were not bad at all. The kids enjoyed the creek and trail through the property to explore. A great stay overall and will definitely look to stay here when we are back up in the UP!

John, it sounds like you had an idyllic vacation.  We're glad that North Shore retreat worked out so well for you.  We look forward to your return! 
Jun 2022
5 stars
just a nice quiet private location on the beach for a u.p. getaway......

Natalie, sometimes just a few days is all that's needed to get renewed and refreshed.  We' so glad  that you did that with us.
May 2022
Perfect Weekend Away
This location provided a picture perfect weekend getaway. The views were stunning. The house was well stocked and had enough kitchen tools to make most meals. The only "down" side, if you can call it that, is that cell service and wifi is nearly non-existent. Plan on going into town if you need to contact anyone or check your email. If your trip is to disconnect, like ours was, this place is perfect.

Patrick, we are so happy to know that you had the perfect weekend at North Shore Retreat!  Unplugging is so healthy, and the UP certainly gives you that.  Cell service above the bridge is notoriously sketchy.  We hope to work with you again.
Jan 2022
I want to go back!
Everything about this place was excellent: the location, the privacy, the beachfront, the house, all of it. I can’t wait to go back.

Sergio, we'd love to have you come back again!  It's so great when one finds the perfect location for their vacation.
Oct 2021
My sons and I rented this home to spend the weekend together on the first anniversary of my husband‘s death (their father). It was the absolute perfect escape from life to be together and to be refreshed. The boys enjoyed the beach and the water. The teenager found plenty of things to do and my little one and I enjoyed walking the beach multiple times. None of us wanted to leave when it was time to go. The only thing we wish we would’ve known before we went was that the water was too rocky to swim in. But, it was absolutely beautiful. We cannot wait to go back

Grace, it was a pleasure having you as our guest.  We're glad that we could offer you the escape that you needed to honor your husband 's memory.  We look forward to your return.
Sep 2021
a lovely time
Sparkling clean, comfortable, beautiful setting. We love the magical woodland trail on the property and the amazing private beach. Thank you!

Lynn,  we're so glad that North Shore Retreat worked out so well for you.  The trails and the private beach are pretty amazing, so we're glad that you enjoyed them.  We hope that you come back again.
Sep 2021
My stay
It was great

Thanks for sharing your feedback, Michael!
May 2021
beautiful location
just what we were looking for, a nice quiet getaway on lake michigan.

We're delighted to hear that you were able to enjoy a relaxing getaway on the lake front here! The view of lake Michigan in combination with the beautiful nature surrounding truly makes for a peaceful and rejuvenating trip. 
May 2021
Great place
Great getaway. Thanks for making it a great stay with my wife. Would love to have another chance to return.

We're glad you enjoyed your time here, Dennis! We look forward to your return in the future! 
Apr 2021
5 stars
The North Shore Retreat was very amazing our family enjoyed the waterfront view and the outdoors. We will definitely be vacationing there again soon.

Brittany, the best review is when guests say they want to come back, so thank you for that!  We would love to host you again.
Oct 2020
The Perfect Home Away From Home!
North Shore Retreat is a little piece of paradise that we discovered last fall when we stayed there for the first time. We loved it so much that we decided we had to go back again this year. We made reservations back in January, just to ensure we would get it for our October anniversary week. Little did we know after this challenging year dealing with the pandemic, how much we would really need this little getaway from it all. We enjoyed every moment in the beautiful, cozy cabin that feels like home instantly. The colors were just breathtaking and gave everything a golden glow. The sunrises and lake views were amazing and such a treat to wake to. The newly added acreage and nature trail along the lakeshore were such a fun surprise! Our son and dog had so much fun exploring it, and we loved how well made and cared for it was. We didn't bring our dog last year, but after seeing how pet-friendly the cabin was with dog doors and a large fenced-in area, we decided to bring her this year. She loved every minute, and we loved feeling so welcome to bring her along on our adventure. The cabin was very clean, sanitized and made us feel very safe. The kitchen was well-stocked with dishes and all the conveniences of your own home. Our other favorite parts - the ultra comfy couch, cozy fireplace, big tv, rock painting corner, board game cabinet, huge deck & grill, attached garage with opener, incredibly comfy beds....and my top favorite, the sunroom where I spent most my time soaking up the view with a cup of coffee and warm blanket. "It doesn't get much better than this" I said to myself multiple times. It was hard to leave! We will surely be back again and can't wait until next time! Thank you so much!

Jane, what an amazing review - thank you for writing it.  The best review is when our guests want to return.  We were happy to host you and your pup for your anniversary, and we look forward to your return!
Oct 2020
Beautiful Home & Lakeshore
We had a fantastic time at the North Shore Retreat. The home is cozy and the huge windows offer a beautiful view of the water. The wild lake shore is perfect for swimming and long beach walks. The location is a great hub for all Upper Peninsula destinations. We hope to return!

Lauren, we would love to have you come back!  The best recommendation a guest can give is when they say they want to return, so thank you for that!
Aug 2020
Always a wonderful time
I don't even know how many years I've been going to this cabin, but it's amazing. Privacy and lakefront, but still a huge grocery store a few minutes down the road. The stargazing is amazing, the lake is right there and really inviting. There's a few rocks in the water out front, but if you walk 30 feet or so down the beach it's completely sandy. Fall and spring are equally inviting, my dog thinks of this as her second home. Can't wait to go back!

Adrienne, we love that you keep coming back year after year, and and that your dog thinks of North Shore Retreat as her second home.  What a statement.  We so enjoy hosting you and look forward to your next return!
Jul 2020
This was a great place to stay! Right on the lake with an incredinal view! Very clean and comfortable!

FVR response: 
Tony, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at North Shore Retreat.  It sleeps 6 and the open master loft suite has incredible views of Lake Michigan.  Guests are surrounded by 10 acres of private woods, and can stay warm and toasty in the wintertime with gas heat and the option for a fire in the wood burning stone fireplace.  We hope to see you back again.
Dec 2019
Enjoyed the majestic North Shore
We absolutely Enjoyed our time at the North Shores Retreat. We loved sitting in the living room with the screen doors open listening to the sounds of the waves crashing ashore. We had a daily visitor, Bald Eagle, who would fly by the large windows and feed on the fish in the lake. We only had a little hiccup when we arrived. The owner was apparently at the property before we arrived and changed the access code. We had been given a different code and upon arrival, mind you, in the pouring rain after driving nearly 11 hours to find out we can’t gain access to this beautiful property. Our cell phones didn’t work on the property therefore we had to drive back out to the main road in order to make a call to Sara with the property management company. Sara was extremely kind and after a few minutes of trying to discover why we couldn’t gain access and called back and explained the owner had recently been there and had changed code. This property offered everything we needed and much more. We travel with our two Labs so it was great being able to have access to a fenced yard, a vacuum cleaner to sweep up their magical fibers, and a garage to dry them off in before entering the house. Thank you for sharing this wonderful property with our family.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
We are so happy that you enjoyed North Shore Retreat, and we apologize again for the issue with the door code being changed.  It's great being able to travel with our pets, especially ones with magical fibers!  This is a lovely property with marvelous light streaming in through the wall of windows overlooking the lake.  We do hope that you return.
Oct 2019
Such a little piece of PARADISE!!
WOW, North Shore Retreat is a little piece of paradise! Incredibly cozy, clean and beautiful. The sunlight pours in the front windows, overlooking the lake, and the view is breathtaking. We took advantage of the grill on the porch and cozy fireplace inside every night. The kitchen was stocked with every dish, pan and utensil you could imagine. They thought of EVERYTHING - spices, condiments, birthday decorations and even frosty beer mugs! Don't worry about bringing food, Jack's Fresh Market just down the road is wonderful. The sunroom was the perfect quiet spot for my coffee & reading in the morning. And I loved the art corner - equipped with paints, brushes and even rocks to paint! I added another beauty to the collection. The beds were incredibly comfy with lots of pillows! We also loved the throw blankets for snuggling on the huge couch and plush bath towels to use. My son adored the bunk beds, board games in the cabinet and the nightlights. Having access to the attached garage was also fantastic, as we arrived on a stormy rainy evening - it made unpacking a breeze! We saw amazing sunrises on our walks down the beach, and October beginning to color the trees. Freshwater Vacation Rentals went above & beyond with this one, we can't wait to go back again!

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Jane, wow you have said it all!  It doesn't get any better than paradise!  Thanks for taking the time to write this extensive review.  We look forward to your return.
Oct 2019
We had a great time at Northwoods retreat. Very relaxing and selling point was allowing pets. We went to great extent to cover all furniture and bedding where our dog would roam. It was well worth it though I hope we have the opportunity to return there.It was a perfect rental home on the water for us as it had that cozy lived in feel but not to pristine. Kudos.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Joe, it is great to be able to take your pets on vacation!  We appreciate you covering the furniture and bedding that your pup go on.  Thanks for writing this review, and we are so happy that North Shore Retreat was perfect for you.  We'd love to have you back.
Sep 2019
Spent 4 very relaxing nights at this comfortable home on Lake MI near Manistique, MI.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Joe, thanks for this review.  We love when guests appreciate a property as much as we do.  Situated on 10 acres of land and having approximately 400 feet of private Lake Michigan beach, North Shore Retreat can feel like paradise.  We hope to see you again.
Sep 2019
Peaceful Place
This is a very beautiful and peaceful place. The lake does change everyday and we seen a lot of different wildlife on the roads around this house. It is also a great location to travel from all across the U.P. From here we visited Tahquamenon Falls, Pictured Rocks, Mackinac Island, and all over the Hiawatha National Forrest. It is an older house but everything was clean and it was well stocked. Also it was very nice to have a fire on the beach on cool evenings.

Jonathon, thanks for this great review.  North Shore Retreat is located on 10 acres of private wooded land, with 400 feet of private sandy beach right on Lake  Michigan.  It's the perfect place to get away from it all.
Jul 2019
5 stars
Great location with amenities, was a home away from home

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Carrie, we are happy that North Shore Retreat felt like "home away from home".  That's the highest compliment a guest can pay.  The cottage is situated on 10 private wooded acres and has 400 feet of private sandy beach right on Lake Michigan.  It simply does not get any better than that.  We hope to see you again.
Jul 2019
Unbelievably Picturesque Location With Fantastic Accomodations
Wow! Wish we could give this place a higher rating! It was nothing short of incredible. It is in an absolutely beautiful, secluded, pine filled property. The lake front is right out the back door! If you are looking to get away from it all, this is the location to make that a reality.

We visited in the winter. We really enjoy being outside in the snow. The dry, powdery snow was breathtaking! We were treated with an ice storm that coated the trees with crystals. It then turned to snow to really make for a truly spectacular scene. This location is less than two hours from many interesting locations. The Fayette Historic Site is really incredible. Of course, sunrise and sunset at the lighthouse should not be missed. If you are there in the winter, head up to see the Eben Ice Cave. If you love photography, this would be a fantastic place to see the stars if the sky was clear. Little to no light pollution at this location and lots of things to photograph. We had deer pass through the property right out the picture window!

We have stayed in almost 20 different VRBO locations across the USA. This one truly was one of our favorite locations. The host had everything you would need to prepare meals and store leftovers. We have been in locations where you were given one roll of toilet paper and one roll of paper towels for a week long stay. This location had ample supplies and if you needed more, the extra items were in a closet for you to grab. They really have gone the extra mile in securing items to make your stay comfortable.

I loved how it was decorated. It is very pretty. It really feels like you are staying in a home away from home. Lots of personal touches throughout the home. The owner did a wonderful job of making us feel welcome. We are really looking forward to returning in the fall. I want to bring my adult children up to see the beauty of this part of Michigan. We loved it and can't wait to share it with others. If this site is available, book it! It is perfect!!

Donna, wow, your review blew us away!  We love when our guests appreciate our properties as much as you did North Shore Retreat.  We agree that it is a very special place, no matter which season you are there.  The chateau style is absolutely enticing.  We are looking forward for your return visit in the fall!
Feb 2019
Scenic Getaway
Home was lovely, spacious and views were incredible! Easily sleeps 4


Jodi, we are so happy that Northern Lake Michigan Getaway was what you were looking for in your vacation cottage.  We agree that the view is incredible!  We hope to see you again soon.
Sep 2018
Great Times
This is a wonderful place. The Cabin was very clean and is very well equipped. The location and the views are awesome. It is very peaceful and a great place to relax. It is also close to Town in case you need to buy groceries. Our dogs had a great time as well. Thank you for letting us stay in your great Cabin. We definitely are planning to return.


Dieter, we are so glad that you and your pups enjoyed your stay!  Northern Lake Michigan Getaway is such a great property.  And talk about privacy!  All the windows in the front of the cottage make looking out over Lake Michigan pretty much magic.  We really look forward to seeing you again and as a returning guest, you will get a 10% discount.
Jun 2018
My husband and I stayed for seven days at this lovely house. We loved how private it was and we were really impressed with the house itself. It just what we had hoped...well equipped in every way. In fact, it had one of the best supplied kitchens of any house we have ever rented. The Lake and the view were beyond expectation. Thanks so much.


We are so happy that Northern Lake Michigan Getaway fulfilled all of your expectations.  A well supplied kitchen always makes for a better stay in my book!  There is nothing quite as relaxing as looking out over the water.  We hope that you come back again, and remember that we give a 10% discount for returning guests who book through us.
May 2018
Perfect as Always
This was our third time staying at this wonderful home. My husband and I and our 2 granddaughters spent 3 nights at this peaceful retreat. The huge floor to ceiling windows brings the outside in so we could enjoy the awesome views of Lake Michigan and the deer wandering around the yard. The home is immaculate, has everything you will need and is spacious yet cozy at the same time. We would definitely recommend this beautiful vacation home to anyone wanting gorgeous views, total privacy and a relaxing getaway. Thank you so much for your great hospitality!! We will be back!!


Hi Kathleen,  we are so happy to have you back for the third time and even happier that you enjoyed your stay so much.  What lucky granddaughters you have!       Please keep in mind that have we have over 70 properties for you to choose from, and, as you well know,  we give a 10% returning guest discount when you book directly through us.  We hope to see you again soon.
Apr 2018
We loved this property from the moment we walked in the door!
We drove 5 hours to "get out of town" and to enjoy some of the UP. We had never rented a property from these owners and did not know what to expect. I read all of the reviews and had a question on the last one I saw was written. Cara @ Freshwater vacation rentals addressed my questions within the hour and immediately my mind was at ease. We booked the property initially for 4 nights but ended up adding an additional we loved it so much. The location could not be beat. You will see the sunrise and the sunset here. Deer are in the yard multiple times per day and the squirrels are running about. There was total peace here. We did not even hear a vehicle drive down the road! Coming from the city, we were thoroughly impressed. We brought our fur baby, Rudy, along as well. The house inside was immaculate! I could not have cleaned it better myself. All the amenities were there that you could possibly need to feel like you were at your own home- in my case, there were MORE amenities than my home! It was the perfect retreat from our busy lives and I was able to get some beautiful photographs of the area and also do some Art while I was there. You will NOT be disappointed! We definitely will be back!


We are so glad that you had such a great experience  at Northern Lake MIchigan Getaway.  There is nothing  like getting out in nature  and still having the comforts of home.  We have over 70 properties for you to choose from, and we give a 10% returning guest discount when you book directly through us.  We hope to see you again soon.
Mar 2018
Absolutely Fantastic
We vacationed at this lovely beach-front home over the Thanksgiving holiday. Our stay was fantastic and the place is exactly as described. The location is very private and secluded; however, downtown Manistique is only a 10 minute drive away if you need anything in town. There is a lot of hiking in this area, which was great to do with our dog. The hosts were also super responsive to any questions we had and were readily available to help us if we needed anything. We would love to come back to this property during the warmer months, as well- the beach is absolutely fantastic. Overall, we would recommend this to our friends and family in a heartbeat. Hope to be back again!
Dec 2017
Great fall trip
We enjoyed our stay. There was lots of things to do for days trips. Pictured Rocks, Bigs Springs, Fayette state park. It was so nice that we could bring our dog,she loved running on the beach. We enjoyed watching the sunrise, and just being able to watch how the weather affects the lake. We would go back .

We are glad you enjoyed your stay! It truly is a great location! Please check out another one of our 66 Michigan properties for your next vacation! Hope to see you again soon!
Nov 2017
This is the 3rd time we've stayed here and we love it. The quiet, the peacefulness, the view. The bed is lovely, the linens are comfortable, the water is hot, the proximity to Manistique is perfect. Thank you so much for everything you do to keep this place so great.

THANK YOU for being loyal to Freshwater! We truly appreciate your business and love hosting you each time. We will see you next year :)
Nov 2017
We had a fantastic time and will do it again sometime.

We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope you do book again in the future. Remember, we have 60 properties stacked around Michigan; please check out our website to see the newest homes and special deals.
Oct 2017
Simply Awesome
WOW! Is what we said when we first arrived. It was everything we had hoped for and more! It was incredible to find such a great lake house getaway that is also animal friendly. Our animals were able to enjoy all our great adventures! Here are just a few that welcome all members of a family! - Rented a pontoon boat for the day and went to Grand Island and Pictured Rocks (THANK YOU Seaberg Pontoons for a great time and being animal friendly! This was amazing!!!!) - We went and explored Fayette Historic State Park and had a great picnic. - We went to a few times to Kitch-iti-kipi and dogs are allowed on the raft. Kids fell in love with the place! - We went to the Manistique Breakwater lighthouse and enjoyed a great walk on the boardwalk. - Spent time walking Indian Lake State Park. - Visited Seul Choix Point Lighthouse. - Went to the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls (amazing!) *Restaurant at Upper Falls has a great outside seating that is dog friendly! - Enjoyed the shore and walking around WhiteFish Point. - Took kids and dogs to the different parks/playgrounds in the area. - Spent a lot of time relaxing at the house, by the lake, going for walks on the shore and playing at the dinner table watching the water. Our ROKU even worked with their tv (nice bonus for the kids to watch some of their fav programs at night!) - We bought a hummingbird feeder for a little humming bird that showed up every day! The only time our animals were not part of what we did is when we took the kids and volunteered at the local animal shelter. A member of our family stayed home with them and was able to do some work. We were able to connect to Internet! Thank you Eva Burrell Animal Shelter for allowing us to volunteer. I would advise to contact ahead of your trip up if interested in volunteering and perhaps adopting one their wonderful animals! The entire house was very comfortable and felt like home. Everything was clean and cared for. We did bring our own bedding because our dogs sleep in bed with us but it was nice that it was provided as well! There is a great little downtown and has a super pet store called Petique that helped meet our needs and even had great items we bought to donate to the shelter. Everyone we met on our journeys were very nice and welcoming. Jack's Grocery Store was a life saver! They have a surprising selection and had a lot of vegetarian and even vegan offerings. We all were very sad to pack up and leave after our 2 weeks. Tommy and all the ladies at Freshwater - THANK YOU for everything. You all were amazing to speak with! Tommy you went above and beyond - without you our 8 year old may still be in tears if you didn't come and help save the day! I spent a lot of timing trying to find the right vacation rental and this was it. I wanted peace and quality time with all in our family - and that is what we received. Our family cannot thank you all enough!

WOW! THANK YOU FOR THE POSITIVE FEEDBACK. We are thrilled you enjoyed the stay and hope you consider booking with us again in the future! 
Sep 2017
We had a GREAT TIME! What a wonderful place to stay--We plan on making this out "go to" place every summer. Thanks for everything you do to make our vacation experience seamless. Have a great and blessed day! Tad
Jun 2017
We enjoyed our stay. Peaceful, Tranquil Views and Sounds. Very comfortable. Hope to be able to return in the future.
Brad And Jean
Jun 2017
Serenity Found
My wife and I just completed a two-week stay at the Northern Lake Michigan Getaway to celebrate my recent retirement and her XXth birthday. The beachfront A-frame cottage was all we hoped it would be and much more. Bright and open, the space allowed us to keep a close eye on nature as spring unfurled. The wall of windows facing Lake Michigan was awesome. We were captivated as bald eagles and ring-billed gulls flew past overhead, and as common mergansers and loons swam past. By the end of our stay, we also saw broods of Canada goose goslings. It was a natural paradise. Of course, the best feature of the property is the lake — which shared its many moods during our stay — just a few feet from the house. The setting also offers a great deal of seclusion. During our time in May, we only saw one other couple strolling the sandy beach. Inside, the cottage has a lived-in feeling that invites you to make yourself at home. The master suite loft was so welcoming after a full day of hiking, reading, movie-watching, eating, drumming and enjoying each other's company. The sunroom also allowed us a little space when different activities called. In all, the Getaway was a perfect setting for this new time in our lives. Mark and Christine Jaeger Port Washington, WI
May 2017
Great place to get away from it all!
The home was clean and had great views! We really enjoyed our stay here and look forward to booking in the future.
Apr 2017
Gorgeous!!! What a beautiful hideaway, just to relax and calm down!
Apr 2017
A True Getaway!
Lakeshore retreat at its best. I loved every rejuvenating minute. Thanks for providing such a lovely place to enjoy.
Mar 2017
Plan on rebooking again
Loved the place. Lake Michigan at its finest. The rental lived up to our expectations. Thank you
Feb 2017
We enjoyed our stay at your Northern Lake Getaway. It was a beautiful setting on Lake Michigan and the house was very homey. We experienced a beautiful snow fall on Saturday evening which made it a winter wonderland. Our only complaint was the animal hair all over the couch. Our clothes and blankets were covered in animal hair.
Feb 2017
December Weekend
We really enjoyed our stay at this property over a weekend in December. You really can't beat the picturesque location and the property itself is really cool.
Dec 2016
Amazing! Amazing people to do business with. The house was awesome! We had the best, most relaxing vacation we have ever been on. Waking up to the view of Lake Michigan was glorious! I have highly recommended to many people since the beginning of our vacation, including other vacationers that we talked to. We will definitely be using your services again. Many, many thanks for the incredible memories. You made our anniversary week epic! Date of arrival: October 2, 2016
Oct 2016
We truly enjoyed our stay. The house was very comfortable. The view was spectacular. We saw eagles, pelicans, ducks, Canada geese, and a fox. The dogs loved swimming. We had pounding surf for a few days, which was great, and then it calmed down, which was even better. What could be better than seeing the summer solstice full moon shining on Lake Michigan. Absolutely beautiful! Hope to be able to return next year.
Jul 2016
Perfect Relaxing vacation home
We had a lovely stay over our spring break. Very comfortable and such an amazing view, with deer wandering through the yard and Eagles in the trees. We got snowed in one day and a service came and cleared the driveway which was a great surprise and massive help. We would definitely come back it made a great base for us to explore the UP.
Apr 2016
Wonderful homebase for exploring the U.P.!
Thank you for allowing my two sisters, pet and me to stay at this lovely house! It served as a comfy, spacious homebase with all the amenities that we needed while we explored the U.P. The grocery store isn't far, the views of Lake Michigan are wonderful and the natural light that the windows lets in are a balm.
Apr 2016
Absolutely beautiful and relaxing!
My husband and I usually stay on Lake Superior but decided on Lake Michigan. This is the nicest home, well maintained, beautiful beach and view. The home is well equipped for all your needs and not far from the casino and town of Manistique. We are thinking of going back again late summer 2016. Thanks to the owner for letting us share your home. Date of arrival September 12, 2015
Apr 2016
Stress Free & Quiet
This was the first time our family visited the Upper Peninsula. This house made the trip! We loved staying here and hope to be able to again in the future. The location was amazing! It was wonderful to be able to walk right out and take nice strolls along the lake. We were visiting from the Washington D.C. area. The peaceful quiet of this place was exactly what we needed. Some snow rolled in on our last day here and thankfully the owner and property management team were easy to get a hold of. They allowed us to stay an extra day so that we did not have to drive through some bad weather. We cannot wait to come back and felt extremely fortunate having the opportunity to rent this home.
Apr 2016

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