North Shore Retreat Manistique
NORTH SHORE RETREAT
2Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Wi-Fi, DirecTV, located directly on Lake Michigan near Manistique,
SLEEPS: 6, Max 8 (with 2 couches)
BEDROOMS: 1 King open master loft suite with incredible view of Lake Michigan. 1 main level BR with queen bed & a twin bunk bed.
BATHROOMS: 2 Full (1 up, 1 down)
*LAKEFRONT Approximately 700 ft. private beach, 400' in front of property of rocky mix (with the OCCASIONAL sand, depending on the water level) beach and 300' of currently all sand on the newly acquired beach to the right of the property on Lake Michigan.
*PETS: Yes, dogs are allowed and must be on a lead or leash and crated when left alone at the property.
*20 PRIVATE Wooded Acres with a new marked trail called Cedarwood Trail (some acreage is separated by the road)
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 guests a main floor bedroom with 1 queen size bed & 1 twin size bunk bed and a large upper level open master loft with a comfortable king size bed, full bath, and plenty of closet space. Enjoy 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 Flexbrew coffee maker (by the pot or single K-cup), or visit one of the excellent coffee shops in downtown Manistique.
THIS COTTAGE HAS VIDEO SECURITY MONITORING.
Outside video monitoring 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, etc. when the property is unoccupied. The two outdoor security cams must be left on at all times.
The sandy shoreline and beach change from day to day, so if you stay a few days, you’re sure to experience the many changing moods of the lake. Depending on water levels and changing weather conditions, the beach can be transformed from a short sandy sliver to a wide “ocean-like” beach. If you are looking for a guarantee of a rocky water's edge, this is an ideal place for you. If you need the currently sandy beach, you will find it to the west of the property past the stream and accessed from the Cedarwood Trail which is marked for you. There are NO guarantees of a sandy beach directly in front of the beautiful cottage. The lake can be a tempest of crashing waves or a peaceful sheet of glassy calm. Each day will surprise you with a beautiful gift from nature’s bounty, and it really is a new experience every day. Follow the new Cedarwood Trail and it will take you across the small stream that runs into the lake just to the west of the cabin and provides a great place to explore. Get creative and pick up a few small rocks to paint at North Shore Retreat's "art corner".
Stay warm and toasty in the wintertime with gas heat and the option for a fire in the wood burning stone fireplace. In the warmer months enjoy the wonderful breezes coming in off the lake. There is no Air Conditioning at North Shore Retreat at this time, but open windows, fans, and the cooling lake breezes typically keep the home within a very comfortable temperature range.
A propane grill will get your small family fired up for some great meals. North Shore Retreat provides lots of games for you to enjoy, and a fully equipped laundry room if you need to wash clothes.
Cell phone service at the cottage is spotty and will vary based on your carrier. We provide a landline for your use, and wifi is available for smartphone data and wi-fi calling functions. (Or you can take advantage of the opportunity to "disconnect" for awhile!)
There are many groomed snowmobile trails in the Manistique area - along the Manistique River and through scenic forests. There are approximately 2,000 miles of groomed trails winding through the U.P.
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.
The Kewadin Casino is close by and will pick you up at the cabin and return your group (of at least 4) as well.
Unique day trips are popular with all of our guests. Enjoy a visit to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Mackinac Island, and many other incredible places in the U.P.
There are plenty of opportunities to canoe, kayak, fish, bike, and explore a variety of other nearby recreational opportunities in the U.P.
Sleeping arrangements: *Linens are provided*
Bedroom #1 (upstairs in an open loft): King size bed.
Bedroom #2 (main floor, adjacent to the kitchen): 1 queen size bed & 1 twin bunk bed
Big Springs "Kitch-iti-kipi": Michigan's largest freshwater spring. Two hundred feet across, and 40-feet deep. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit. By means of a self-operated observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and fat trout appear suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing shapes and forms, a challenge to the imagination of young and old alike.
Indian Lake Golf Course: A very popular, 18-hole golf course along Indian Lake. Just 5 miles from the Cabin.
The Kewadin Casino: It is approximately 10 minutes (7 miles) from the Lodge. If you make reservations, they will pick you up at the cabin and return your group as well.
Historic Manistique Water Tower: The Old Water Tower is one of the many historic sites in Schoolcraft County. Built in 1923 and constructed in the “Roman revival” style, it is also listed in the national register. The renovated building will provide space for arts related public events and public restroom facilities while preserving one of Manistique's unique and historic buildings.
Fayette State Park & Historic Town site: Fayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations. Located on the Garden Peninsula at Snail Shell Harbor. When the charcoal iron market began to decline, the Jackson Iron Company closed its Fayette smelting operation in 1891. It is now a completely restored village including 22 historic buildings, museum exhibits and the visitor center, which can be toured May through October. The historic site is located in Fayette State Park.
Snowmobiling: 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).
Mackinac Bridge- approximately 1.5 hours away.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore- approximately 1.5 hours away.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park- approximately 1 hour 30 minutes away.
- Basic paper products included.
- Cable- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- Internet/ WI FI
- Linens & towels included
- Pets allowed.
- Washer & dryer
- Coffee maker
- Standard kitchenware & utensils
- Fire pit
- Hunting allowed on property.
- Patio chairs
- Sandy Beach
- Swimming on property
- Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
|11/01/2019 - 01/01/2021||2||$84.00|
|01/02/2021 - 01/01/2022||2||$84.00|
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THANK YOU for being loyal to Freshwater! We truly appreciate your business and love hosting you each time. We will see you next year :)
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!
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.
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!