Stonington Clearview Cottage Rapid River
SLEEPS: 2 comfortable (4 environmentally conscientious people is the absolute max due to water conservation)
BEDROOMS: 1 + loft = 2 sleeping rooms
BATHROOMS: 1- full
*LAKEFRONT (Lake Michigan)
*DOGS ARE WELCOMED
*No air conditioning!
Did you used to like to camp, yet crave a comfortable bed, and prefer indoor plumbing you don't need to share with your neighbors? Are you environmentally conservative with your water usage? Do you love to sit by the fire, relaxing and taking in the view? Is a sandy beach a bonus for you? If so, this is the ideal cabin for you!
At the point between Little Bay de Noc and Big Bay de Noc, this cabin is ideal for capturing the beauty of Lake Michigan. Watch the freighters pass by on gorgeous Lake Michigan. Have your morning coffee while you watch the eagles soar overhead, or take the view in from behind the big picture window in the cabin. Sunsets are spectacular here! Enjoy the privacy and solitude without immediate neighbors. This cozy cabin, and its tranquil location, will capture your heart as you find respite from busy schedules and everyday stress. It would be an ideal writer's retreat, or a quiet, cozy get-away for an environmentally conscientious couple. This cabin is ideally situated for active exploration. Bring your bike and enjoy miles of well-paved, quiet roads winding past bucolic farms, or bring your kayak. The clear, shallow waters of the quiet cove are perfect for kayakers. Anglers will enjoy the outstanding fishing opportunities at Big Bay and Little Bay De Noc. Enjoying hiking miles of trails within driving distance of the Stonington.
We are happy to announce that the beach in front of the Stonington Clearview Cottage is wide and sandy at the moment (May 2016) . It's been an ideal beach since the ice melted. Still, the tides do change at times, and in 2014, we did not have a beach. Therefore, if the beach is a bonus, and not a necessity, you'll love it here! The pathway down to the beach has some sea grass, yet it an easy stroll, all within 50 feet of the cottage door.
Water conservation at the cottage is not only nice, it is essential. The water system needs to be purged for 30 seconds each morning to clear the filter. This is easily done by pressing the button located in the master bedroom. We have a 45 gallon holding tank. Once the tank runs dry, it fills at a rate of 6 gallons/hour. The daily amount of water most people normally use in their homes in the city would be excessive here. Daily showers for a family of 4, especially if you have average teenagers, in addition to multiple dish washings and toilet flushing (especially by teens or older family members) could result in a loss of water pressure before the week is out. Yes, sometimes the water will appear to have a brownish tint-- that is solely due to the iron in the water. Go green in this beautiful lakefront cottage!
Drinking water is provided during your stay at the Stonington Cottage. A water cooler is provided at the cabin, so you will have plenty of drinking water during your stay at the Clearview Stonington Cottage.
Cara's favorite point about this cottage: This unique location--- right at the tip of the Stonington Peninsula, where the Little and Big Bay De Noc meet in Lake Michigan. I love that it gives you a great vantage point to see the freighters. The fire pit is set up perfectly.
Beds: Main floor: 1 Queen Bed
Upstairs (open loft): 2 double/full-sized beds.
**Caution-- even though we have plenty of bedroom space, the challenge for most people at this beautiful cabin is the strict water conservation that is required for your stay. Therefore, 2 is the ideal number of people at the Stonington Cottage.**
Peninsula Point Lighthouse- Very close to the cottage. Come for a visit and see where the Monarch Butterflies hang out around mid September!
Picture Rocks National Lakeshore- 1 hour away
Tahquamenon Falls State Park- 139 miles and 2 hours 55 minutes away.
Mackinac Bridge- 148 miles and 3 hours 4 minutes away.
Nearest Boat Launch:Fayette Historic State Park, On Swede 13th Rd, 2.8 miles from property
Frequently Asked Questions: (FAQ)
Beach: This is a small, natural, Lake Michigan beach. The beach varies between sandy and no sand (due to high water levels.)
Bugs: Yes, there are bugs off all kinds at this lakefront cabin. There are spiders, ants, mosquitos, just to name a few. We clean them out and they come right back again. Please bring your bug spray to this lakefront cabin!
Grocery Store: Oak Bluff Grocery - 2821 S Hill Rd, Gladstone, MI 49837 (906) 428-4899 Also, Rapid River Minimart - 7668 US-2, Rapid River, MI 49878 (906) 474-6990
Grill: Yes, there is a charcoal grill at the cottage. Please bring your own charcoal.
Monarch Butterflies: The Stonington Peninsula plays a vital role in the monarch butterfly's migration. Each year in September, thousands of monarchs converge on the Stonington Peninsula before migrating across Lake Michigan to Wisconsin on their trek to adulthood. Book now to witness one of the Stonington Peninsula's naturally occurring phenomena! This yearly event is something that brings happiness to Guests of all ages!
Pets: 3 Dogs (MAX) are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $75/per pet.
Water: Many of our guests, and the owner's themselves, have no problem with the water. Still, we have found that people from the city, who are used to an unlimited amount of water at all times have run the well dry during their stay, and have had to wait a few hours for it to slowly refill. There is a brown tinge to the water. Therefore, we supply drinking water to ease the mind of guests. This is a shallow well. We always like to fully disclose any potential hiccups.
Wood: Check out Oak Bluff Grocery - 2821 S Hill Rd, Gladstone, MI 49837 (906) 428-4899
or Garth Bluff store on County 513 T Road on your way to the property on the right hand side.
- Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
- Linens & Towels included
- Pets allowed
- Coffee maker
- Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
- Canoe or Kayak included
- Fire Pit
- Patio Chairs
- Walkway to Lake-Private Beach
- ATV allowed
|January - December 2024
|01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024
Beverly, we love hearing that you found the cottage to be just perfect! We're glad that you spent your getaway with us, and we hope to see you back again.
Grace, we love that it was even nicer than you expected! We hope that you come back again.
Thank you for sharing your review Veronica. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay, and that everything needed was provided during your time with us, though we wish there is more that could be done with the well water smell, we are delighted to know the stay still felt perfect!
Barb, we love your enthusiasm! It made our day. Plus we love getting A+s. We look forward to your return.
Linda, thank you for this great review! I'm sure your goldens loved the water. Vacationing with our pups is the best. We would be happy for you to come back in Sept for the Monarch migration.
Amber, we love knowing that you had a great getaway. It was a pleasure having you as our guest and next time you will have to book for a longer period of time!
Heidi, your enthusiasm made our day! Next time you will need to stay longer. We look forward to your return
Anne-Marie, we certainly all need some tranquility right about now, so we are happy that you found it at Stonington Clearview Cottage. The wood in the cottage makes it feel so warm and cozy, plus the view is wonderful. The magnificent stone fireplace is great for cool nights. We hope to see you again!
Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Diana, first, congratulations on your marriage. We are pleased that you chose Stonington Clearview Cottage for you honeymoon! This property is right on Lake Michigan and is pet friendly. It sleeps 2 - 4 and is perfect for environmentally conscientious people. It's a good place to go to relax and really getaway. We do hope that you return.
Michael, we are so happy that you enjoyed staying at Stonington Clearview Cottage. The interior wood and the fabulous stone fireplace make this such a comfortable cottage. The privacy, and the views of Lake Michigan make this the perfect vacation spot. We hope to see you again.
Randy, we look forward to you coming back many times. You know when you feel like you have found a home away from home, that you've found the perfect spot for your vacation. Being on Lake Michigan and the option to bring your pet only adds to the allure, plus there are many day trips that one can make.
Michael, too bad the weather didn't cooperate so that you could have fished more, but we are glad that you enjoyed the cabin and the tranquility. Thanks for letting us know about the beach. We hope to see you again soon.
Linda, we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Stonington Clearview Cottage. Being on Lake Michigan is such a summer treat!
James we are please to know that you enjoyed your stay at Stonington Clearview Cottage. We keep additional bottled water on site that the cleaner has access to, so I apologize if you ran out. Guests can leave the empty 5-gallon jugs next to the water cooler and our cleaners will replenish them. We hope to see you back again!
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Stonington Clearview Cottage. It is peaceful and cozy. Don't you just love that stone fireplace? The beauty of the U.P. is breath-taking and the convenience to sites like Pictured Rocks makes it even better.
We are happy you enjoyed your stay! We hope to host you again in the future!
We are happy you enjoyed your stay. Ugh...ants in the UP are hard to control. Sorry for the inconvenience. The view are so spectacular. We are glad you booked with Freshwater Vacation Rentals and hope you checkout our other 54 waterfront properties throughout Michigan.
OHHHH, the Bald Eagles...wonderful to watch. We are happy you enjoyed your stay! Please tell us your future dates so we can reserve them!
It is always nice to visit the Superior side; there is such beauty there! We are happy that you enjoyed your weekend. Sounds like the wife had a blast! Be sure to call us to book your 2018 Michigan adventure!