Sandy Toes Retreat Stephenson

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SANDY TOES RETREAT:(Stephenson, MI) Sleeps 7, Beachfront on Lake Michigan. Dog friendly.

Pets Welcome







*LAKEFRONT (Green Bay—Lake Michigan)

*Fire pit and fire table available for use!

**Book now to reserve your 2022-23 snowmobiling/ATV trip! See 'Offroad' section below for more details!

**Great for ice fishing!

There isn't a name more apropos for this slice of Michigan's Upper Peninsula southern paradise.  Not far from the Michigan-Wisconsin border, Sandy Toes Retreat is an ideal place to literally dip your toes into one of Michigan's Great Lakes-- Lake Michigan itself.  The 120-foot beach is wide, and the sand provides the ideal cushion for your beach towel. Set up for the beach day, right outside your lake house door, without the traditional beach crowds you generally find further south.

The initial look of Sandy Toes Retreat is unassuming.  It has a classic vibe with simple accents, all on one level.  Outside the sliding door wall, facing Lake Michigan is a deck to soak in the view. 

The kitchen is open and spacious, with seating at both the countertop bar and traditional kitchen table. On top of the traditional kitchen appliances such as the fridge and stove/oven, having a dishwasher is a convenience that is deeply appreciated when traveling with a family. It's also a pleasant surprise to have air conditioning, even though it often isn't needed in the upper peninsula. Plus, having an electric fireplace to soak in the ambiance and cool evenings sets an ideal tone of tranquility and ease.

The Master Bedroom not only has a King-size bed, yet comes with an en-suite bathroom, so your privacy and peace are enhanced. The 2nd bedroom is simple with a Queen-size bed.  Nonetheless, once you enter the 3rd bedroom, your kid's hearts will skip a beat when they lay their eyes on the dreamy fort of a bed.  There will definitely be a rock, paper, scissors match to see who gets the top bunk within the 3 twin beds here. 

Don't forget to bring along your beach towels, toys and sunscreen as you enter your lakefront, beach space. Enjoy the sandy beach without the crowds, yet with all the memories an ideal family vacation provides.


Air Conditioning:
 Yes-central air conditioning. 

ATV'S/Snowmobile Trails: Not accessible from cottage, but there are some nearby. 

Animals: You may see a variety of birds, deer, wild turkey, eagles, swans, and frogs.

    Bathroom #1: Full Bathroom attached to master bedroom.  Shower, sink and toilet. 
    Bathroom #2: Full Bathroom with tub, shower, sink and toilet. 

Beach/Swimming:  This property allows great swimming conditions with120 ft. of sandy beach. The lake is a beautiful, sandy-bottom lake, which has a very gradual slope. 

Bedroom Configurations:
     Bedroom #1: 1 King size bed with attached bathroom.
     Bedroom #2: 1 queen size bed
     Bedroom #3: 1 twin bunk bed and separate twin bed

Boats: 2 kayaks with life jackets. There is also a paddle boat. Available from May 1st through Labor Day.
Bugs: Expect typical Michigan bugs-flies, mosquitos, etc.
Cell Phone Service: Verizon, T-Mobile & AT&T work well.

              * Iron Mountain: 1 hour and 13 minutes ( 98 miles) 
              * Green Bay, WI: 1 hour and 26 minutes (81 miles)
              * Pictured Rocks: 1 hour and 42 minutes ( 92 miles)
              * Marquette: 1 hour 42 minutes (92 miles)
              * Green Bay, WI: 1 hour and 26 minutes (81 miles)               
              * Milwaukee, WI: 3 hours (198 miles) 
              * Mackinac Bridge: 3 hours (174 miles)

Dock: No dock is available at the property.

Drinking Water: Well water. There is a filtration system.

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: There is an electric fireplace in the cabin.

Fire-pit: Propane fire table and a wood burning firepit as well(please bring your own wood)

Fishing/Ice Fishing: You can wade in the water a bit and fish by the shore, or you can travel 2.3 miles to Cedar River and fish along the river.
Please be sure to bring your own poles/gear as there are none at this property. Also, in order to fish in Michigan lakes, one is required to hold a fishing license. You can purchase your fishing license on the Michigan DNR website. Always check ice conditions before ice fishing. 

Grill: Propane grill. 

Grocery Store: There is a gas station/convenience store 2.3 miles away, which also has a restaurant in it.  In Stephenson, which is 18 minutes away, there is a Family Dollar store.

Internet: Broadband. Although is it broadband, the internet speed can be a challenge. If you require higher streaming speeds for video calls, this may not be the best option.

Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. We have the basic sheets, pillows, pillowcases, and bath towels.

Offroad: There is trailhead parking that is about 15 minutes south in Cedar River. It is the Forest Island Trail & Route South. We do recommend trailering your ORV's to the parking area since the property is on the highway. Please check out for more details on trail locations around the property.

Parking: There is room for 3 cars. 

Pets: Yes, we do accept 1 dog, yet we do ask that you please clean up after them both inside and outside the cabin. Because of nearby wildlife please keep dogs close by. There is not a fenced in yard. Plus, if you allow them on the furniture, we do ask that you please bring your own linens/blankets for them to sleep on.   Plus, if the pet hair starts to build, we do ask that you please run the vacuum.  Pet food does tend to attract mice, so vigilance is needed. 
Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/per pet for your entire stay.

Privacy: You are in a neighborhood. Neighbors are close by. 

Snowmobiles: There is an area on the side of the house where you may park a snowmobile. Though you're not able to ride on the property itself, there are many trails nearby to access! A trail map may be provided upon request. 

Space:  One Floor

Televisions: There is a Smart TV in the living room. 

Towels: Yes, we provide bath towels. Please bring your own beach towels for swimming. 

Veterinarian:  Mid- County Veterinary Clinic   906-753 - 6312.  E111 South Dr. Stephenson, MI 49887  

Washer and dryer:  Yes! Laundry soap is provided.



Property/indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Blankets
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Ceiling fans
  • Central air conditioning
  • Fireplace - Electric
  • Heat - Propane Forced Air
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Smart TV
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Vacuum
  • Washer & dryer
Kitchen Amenities
  • Blender
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cooking and Baking Pans
  • Crockpot
  • Dishwasher (plus Detergent)
  • Ice maker
  • Keurig--some K-cups provided
  • Microwave
  • Mixer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Soaps (Hand & Dish Soap)
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Beach Toys
  • Canoe or Kayak included
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Good Fishing
  • Grill-Propane
  • Kayak Included
  • Patio Chairs
  • Paddle Boat Included
  • Playground on Site
  • Sandy Beach
  • Swimming on Property
Special Features
  • High Chair
  • Pack and Play

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January 2022 - December 2023 01/01/2022 - 12/31/2023 2 $299.00


This is a kind of place you dream of
This honestly is one of the best places I've booked on Airbnb. I'd love to stay there again if i come to Michigan.
Jul 2022

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