The Mint Elmira

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THE MINT on Huffman Lake: 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath + 1/2 bathrooms (toilet and sink only)







SLEEPS: 6 (10 absolute max, including guests)

BEDROOMS: 2 + additional sleeping area
BATHROOMS: 1 full bath (shower, toilet, sink)+  1/2 bathroom (toilet and sink only)
*LAKEFRONT (Huffman Lake)
*ROW BOAT INCLUDED (with a boat dock) (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

This charming cottage on the inland Huffman Lake is perfect for a family looking for the classic cottage experience in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  Located halfway between Gaylord and Boyne Mountain, enjoy 50 feet of lakefront with a tiny sandy area on Huffman Lake.

Don't worry, we also provide beach chairs. This cottage has an open- concept kitchen and living room, ideal for entertaining. In addition, enjoy the main floor bedroom and bathroom.  You can get to the upstairs loft bedroom and bathroom either via the lovely spiral staircase inside or the outside standard stairway.  Plus, upstairs hosts its own 1/2 bathroom with a toilet and sink. Enjoy the beautiful wrap-around deck,  with a spectacular view of Huffman Lake, a beautiful 99 acre peaceful, slow-pace lake.

Huffman Lake is an inland lake, so the sand is only on the bottom of the lake.  It is murky in some areas and the shoreline is natural. Yes, you may be able to find frogs and the leeches they love to eat, depending on the weather and sand.   Bass- both large & small, pike, pan fish, walleye are often caught here. The cottage comes with 1 rowboat for you to enjoy during your stay.  



Air Conditioning: There is no air conditioning, there are fans provided. 

ATVs: Best to leave those home. 

Animals: Yes, there are all kinds of animals that like to roam around in Northern Michigan.  While you don't see most of them, you have to be someone who is comfortable in that true outdoorsy environment. Guests have reported seeing and hearing, both a mouse and squirrels at times. We do our absolute best to keep all the critters away and out of the cabin. We do not use Decon within the cabin due to children being part of our family of guests. Fall is the biggest challenge as the little critters, including mice, are looking for a warm place to stay the winter months. We are vigilant about keeping critters at bay, and are always open to suggestions.


Main floor: Full bath
Upstairs: ½ bath (toilet & sink)

Beach: 50 feet of lakefront with a small sandy area on Hoffman Lake. We also provide beach chairs. The beach area starts off shallow,  then progressively drops off about 10-15 feet off the natural shoreline. This is not Disney World. The shoreline natural. There are the standard lakefront bugs, including mosquitos at dusk.


Main floor:
Bedroom #1: 1 Queen Bed
Additional sleeping: There is a pull out couch (Queen) on the main floor as well.
Bedroom #2:    1 Queen Bed
                          2 Twin Beds
Walk-out Ground floor:
Additional sleeping area: 1 pull out couch (Full)  + breakfast area (microwave and coffee pot)

Boats:  1 aluminum rowboat for you to enjoy! Also 3 stand up paddle boards. We do have some life jackets there-but it's always best to bring your own. (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Books/Board Games/Radio: We have all three of these for your enjoyment and entertainment! 

Cell phone coverage: Very spotty. To the best of our knowledge, only Verizon customers seem to get the best connection. AT&T service does not seem to work at all at The Mint.

Deck: There is a deck, along with a patio set and beach chairs. 


Northern Michigan Speedway-- right down the street from the cottage   
Up North Blueberry Farm: U-pick blueberries!  Located in Gaylord, approximately 10 miles from the cottage.
Call of the Wild Museum & Gift Shop:   
Gaylord's City Elk Park:  The city of Gaylord maintains an elk herd and provides viewing areas for the public to stop and watch the impressive herd. Under the city's care the roughly 70 elk can be viewed from near the Elk's Lodge off Grandview at Elk View Park. The herd is contained on 108 acres. City staff feed the animals corn, hay and sugar beets, plus vitamins. The herd started with three elk 14 years ago, when a local nature center closed. Currently, a few of the bulls weigh well over 800 pounds and stand roughly 6' tall. The bulls will don their massive horns during the fall and winter, dropping them in the spring.

* 15 minutes from Gaylord
* 20 minutes from Boyne 
* 25 minutes from Petoskey
* 40 minutes from Charlevoix 
* 1 hr. from the Mackinac Bridge
* 4 hrs. from Detroit

Dock: dock where guests can tie their own boat to as well as the rowboat provided

Fire pit/Firewood:  We have firewood provided at the cottage for your use. There is a fire pit near the water's edge.  There are lawn chairs underneath the cottage for you to pull out and use as you'd like around the fire. It's always helpful when the chairs are returned upon use. Thank you!

Fishing: Bass- both large & small, pike, pan fish, walleye are often caught here. Minnows, crayfish and frogs are regularly spotted near the shore. Please bring your fishing poles. 

Grill: Yes-there is a propane grill and a charcoal.(charcoal and fluid not provided) 

Grocery Store: In Vanderbilt, MI there are options.

Handicap accessible: Everything is accessible on main floor for a wheelchair

Internet:  Yes, Truestream wifi 

Landline: There is no landline phone, so we recommend bringing a cell phone. Verizon is the service provider that works best at The Mint. AT&T is virtually nonexistent.

Pets: Sorry, we can not accept pets at this time.

Septic:  Please be advised that the septic system works well with 6 people or less at the cottage. If you have guests, you will need to be extra conservative with the septic, this rural system can get clogged with more than 6 people using it regularly.  Please be conservative.

Swimming:  The swimming has been reported to be very good at the cottage.

Towels/Linens:  Yes, basic linens and towels are provided.  Please bring your own beach towels.

TV/standard DVD player:    We have Direct TV.  There is a TV with a standard DVD player and a VHS player for you to use in the living room. Also, there is another TV upstairs that will play DVD's and has Direct TV. 



Property/Indoor Amenities
  • Basic Paper Products (Paper Towel & TP)
  • Beach Towels
  • Blankets
  • Blow Dryer
  • Board Games
  • Box Fans
  • Cable- Satellite TV
  • Ceiling fans
  • DVD player
  • DVD's
  • Firewood is Provided.
  • Internet/ WiFi
  • Linens & Towels included
  • Radio
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • TV with DVD & VHS player
  • Wood burning stove
Kitchen Amenities
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Coffee maker
  • Cooking and Baking Pans
  • Crockpot
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Standard Kitchenware & Utensils
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Outdoor Amenities
  • Deck/Patio
  • Fire Pit
  • Firewood Provided for guests
  • Grill-Charcoal
  • Grill-Propane
  • Paddle Board
  • Patio Chairs
  • Paddle Boat Included
  • Private Boat Dock
  • Rowboat Included
  • Sandy Beach
  • Swimming on Property
  • Walkway to Lake-Private Beach

Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly
January - December 2024 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024 2 $149.00
January - December 2025 01/01/2025 - 12/31/2025 2 $0.00


The Mint
Loved it. Comfortable, plenty of room for our party of three. Beautiful setting. Great value.


We're so delighted to know you enjoyed your stay William! I'm glad you found the house to be comfortable and spacious enough, while providing a nice setting for a good price! Hopefully we can host a stay with you again! 
Aug 2023
Great vacation
We enjoyed our stay at this house. We came for here for a week of relaxation, and it was that and more. The lake is really beautiful. The water is really clear and a great place to go for a swim, go boating, kayaking, or fishing, etc. It is also a really quiet place to relax with your family. No matter how long or short you stay, you are guaranteed to have the trip of a lifetime that you will most definitely remember forever. Such as me and my family, we had really enjoyed our stay here and we hope to come back. Outside of the house itself, there are many places to go to and visit. Some places we went to were: Mackinaw City, Petoskey, and Gaylord. Once again, we really enjoyed our stay and hope to come back. One hundred percent a five star rating from us. Thank you.


Thank you for such a wonderful review of your stay! We are so happy to know we could provide a memorable stay for you and your family while in the area, and that you were able to do some exploring of the wonderful things the area has to offer! Hopefully we can have a chance to host you again in the future! 
Jul 2023
Excellent little cottage
We stayed with 4 kids under 9, my wife, and myself. We all slept comfortably and peacefully. The lake was awesome and quiet. The fishing was pretty decent in the morning and evening. We will definitely be staying here again next year!


Hi Joseph, thank you for sharing your review! It's great to know that you and your family had a comfortable stay, and got to enjoy the peacefulness of lake, and even get some fishing in! We look forward to having you back!
Jun 2023
Exactly what we needed. Close to the wedding festivities.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Kyle, we love hearing the words "exactly what we needed" from our guests!  We are so glad that Captain Fran's was perfect for you.  We hope to see you again.
Sep 2019
4 stars
Excellent place, well furnished and supplied. We had a great time.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Allison, we certainly love happy guests, and appreciate you taking the time to write a review.  Captain Fran's has a row boat for guests to explore Hoffman Lake and maybe even catch some fish!  This is a classic inland lake cottage in the Lower Peninsula.  We'd love to see you back again.
Aug 2019
Very nice!
Me and my family had a wonderful at Captain Frans. Clean and in good order.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Barry we are glad to hear that you had a good time at Captain Frans.  Captain Frans is on Hoffman Lake, and there is a rowboat for guests to use.  Fishing is good here, and there is a propane grill to cook the fish guests catch.  We'd love to have you return.
Aug 2019
We loved our stay at your cottage. We had everything we needed to make it a pleasant stay. We were centrally located near Torch Lake, Harbor Bay, Boyne city, Sand dunes and Deadman's trail. Thank you for having us.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Melissa, we loved hosting you at Captain Fran's.  This charming cottage on the inland Huffman Lake is perfect for a family looking for the classic cottage experience in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  Bass- both large & small, pike, pan fish, walleye are often caught here. The cottage comes with 1 rowboat for you to enjoy during your stay.  

Jul 2019
Great Get Away Property
The house was as described on line. It was neat, tidy and was great to have everyone together. The view of the lake was nice and don't forget the retractable awning. Checking in and out was easy and the owners were great to work with. They provided local info and worked with us when we called. There is a rowboat but no other water craft. Overall a very nice experience.

Freshwater Vacation Rentals Response
Daniel, thanks for this great review of Captain Fran's.  Located halfway between Gaylord and Boyne Mountain, enjoy 75 feet of lakefront with a small sandy area on Huffman Lake.  We also provide beach chairs and a firepit!  It is only 1 hr. from the Mackinac Bridge for a fabulous day trip.
Jul 2019
Lake house
Great Lake cabin for our trip. Extremely quite. Had everything we needed. Thanks again!

Chris we are so happy that Captain Fran's worked out so well for you.  The deck over looking Hoffman Lake is the perfect spot to sit and commune with nature - or with your guests.  We hope to work with you again soon.
Jun 2019
We had a wonderful time.

Angel, we are so glad that you had a great time at Captain Fran's, and we'd love to see you come back again so that you can sit on the deck overlooking the water!
Oct 2018
Exactly as advertised
Exactly as advertised. Comfortable. Lake had decent fishing. Deck is wonderful. Just a great place to chill for a week. Remote enough so you feel away from it all, but close enough to Gaylord or Petoskey if you need supplies or want to hit the Big Lake. We had a lot of fun!

David, we're hoping that you caught a lot of fish!  Captain Fran's deck is the perfect spot to relax on.  We hope to see you again!
Jul 2018
Wonderful place
Enjoyed a weekend getaway with some friends. We had a great time at this cottage. Loved the cottage, wrap around deck, sandy beach and the view of the lake. We had to run into town for some bug spray and citronella candles for the bugs but it wouldn’t be up north with out them. We did leave the citronella for the next person who rents. Would definitely come back. The only thing I would bring or suggest is a box fan. They have ceiling fans but still got pretty warm upstairs


Isn't Captain Fran's the best!  So glad that you enjoyed your time there.  We love the deck especially, and looking out over that lake is certainly soothing to the soul.  Thanks for the info about getting a fan - we'll make that happen.  It was kind of you to leave the citronella for the next guest - thank you for that.
May 2018
Beautiful view
If you're looking for a quiet lake house with beautiful views Captain Frans is for you. The house was clean, quaint, and provided all the necessary amenities to make you comfortable. The morning view from the deck had me enjoying coffee with a beautiful view and an unexpected friend, a chipmunk. We caught a few pan fish from the row boat, and my son enjoyed the paddle boat. We would recommend this house to anyone wanting to escape the city.

Good fishing! Alright! We are glad you enjoyed your stay!
Aug 2017
We loved it!
As we were driving up the road, I got a little bit nervous that it might not be everything it was cracked up to be. But when we got there and opened the front door I got this huge feeling of relief and excitement. It was everything we had hoped for and more - and then we went upstairs. My wife and I shared the upstairs room, which, though it didn't have curtains, had a pretty awesome view, and there wasn't really a good vantage point for spying. The beach was pretty small (not sure where 75' is coming from; it was more like 15 or 20, which you can see in the picture). We didn't notice any pointy rocks very far out; it's mostly squishy, and it stay shallow for a good ways out - it was probably at least 100 feet out before I couldn't stand. We also enjoyed using the boats and the fire pit, and if you absolutely have to go to a big beach, Petosky is about 45 minutes away and it's pretty beautiful too. There were a few maintenance issues that came up (lights, hot water heater), but when we emailed Freshwater (no cell signals on T-Mobile towers there), the owners came out and dealt with them the same day. -The maintenance guy is really friendly, too. -The Verizon Mifi that is included isn't especially fast (we put it upstairs), but it *is* unlimited data. We didn't pick the best week because it was chilly, but I was in the water every day anyway (I was the only one). On Monday we were able to go swimming a lot. On Friday night I ran into one big problem: it was almost time to leave. I would come here again. And again, and again, and again, to be honest. Our friends and my wife and I all agreed that our stay was awesome. One member of the family this cabin belongs to owns a Sea-Do and I really wanted to take it for a ride, but it's not available, so we just sat there drooling at it sometimes.

WE ARE SO THRILLED YOU ENJOYED YOUR STAY! Thank you for your positive comments. We pride ourselves on customer service, so that was great to hear. Please let us know your 2018 dates so we can reserve!
Aug 2017
Great family get away!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Had a great time! We had plenty to do at the cabin and we were close enough to hiking trails, big water, Petosky and Mackinaw to get out and explore! We will definitely be back next year!

YEAH! COOL! We are happy your family enjoyed their vacation. Lots of things to do in that area, we agree! Make sure you contact us for your 2018 dates. We are already starting to book for a few of the properties. We will lock you in. Give us a ring!
Aug 2017
Great Family Trip
We had a great time! Plenty to do at the cabin, but, still close enough to hiking trails, Petosky and Mackinaw to get out and explore! We will definitely be back next year!
Aug 2017
We enjoyed ourselves, it was a beautiful place and view, only thing that was a let down was 2 broken paddle boat, otherwise we had a great time.

We are happy you enjoyed yourselves despite the paddle boats. Maintenance is on that as I write! Please be sure to check out our 54 other properties throughout Michigan for your next adventure!
Jul 2017
Very nice cottage. Huffman Lake so, so
Our stay at Captain Fran's was nice, although the weather could have been better. We enjoyed the cottage and it is in a good location to see other NW Michigan communities. We were a little disappointed in Huffman Lake though. The "Sandy Beach" was true to a point, but once you walked out into the water, the sand bottom was muck. Not as pleasant as sand to walk (sink). Also, there is not much "structure" on the lake for fishing. We caught pike, bass and small panfish, but really had to find them. Overall we enjoyed our stay. This is a nice quiet and comfortable cottage. (Just need to make sure the directions to the cottage include the one turn). Thanks!

We are happy you enjoyed your stay. We will modify our description to reflect the beach. Depending on the weather for the year, it sometimes gets mucky. We will change it regardless. We will also modify the directions! Thank you for your suggestions. We hope to see you in the future! 
Jul 2017
Worth every penny (And didn't cost a lot of them!)
When we arrived it was beautiful! House was clean and the lake was gorgeous. Very quiet, peaceful atmosphere. They left a lot of spices and other things for us to use, very helpful things we forgot! We had a few issues with the wifi, but all in all, if we need a vacation again we will DEFINITELY come back!!!!
Jun 2017
Awesome weekend getaway
Cabin has everything! Lots of great features and amenities. View and location wonderful.Wanted to fish more but weather didn't cooperate. Wind, rain, and bugs. Kitchen could use a cutting board and the fireplace wasn't operable. Will re-book if we ever get another vacation in 'Pure Michigan'. Thanks! Carl and Amy from Hilton Head, SC 05/2017
May 2017
Had a fantastic time at Captain Fran's!
The view from the couch is an unexpected bonus! The area is beautiful. The peaceful and serene surroundings are ideal for anyone who wants to get away from the noise, hustle and bustle of the city. While standing on the deck and enjoying the view one morning, a humming bird flew up, not even a foot from my face, hovered long enough for me to say good morning, and then flew off! Made my day! The stars at night will take your breath away! So many! My only hope is that by the time I get my vacation week confirmed next year, that the house is still available. I will definitely be returning! Thank you Freshwater VR! It was just what I needed!
Sep 2016
We loved it! Couldn't use the paddle boat because we couldn't steer it. There were two of them there and we only tried one though! Enjoyed the rowboat though. They had fishing poles and adult life jackets so we didn't even have to use ours or buy them. The lake was beautiful. Beautiful view of the lake while sitting on the couch. Great location when visiting the upper part of lower peninsula. Home was clean and beautiful! FRESHWATER RESPONSE: So glad you had a wonderful time! We try our best to keep fishing poles at the cabin, yet that isn't always a guarantee. I will have someone check on the paddle boat. I'm sorry you couldn't steer it. I know they can sometimes be stiff. Thanks for your feedback! Sincerely, Cara
Jul 2016
Love this cottage!
Love this Cottage!!! I have been here many times and enjoy the peaceful and tranquil location. We always like riding bikes the 3 miles around the lake and sitting on deck reading a great book. Great location, close to Boyne City, Harbor Springs, "The tunnel of trees" Petoskey and Mackinaw Island. I hope to be back in the fall for long weekend. Thank You , The SAVAGES Date of arrival:June 18, 2016
Jul 2016
Loved the serenity, the lake!
It was clean and well Maintained. Had a Great time swimming, fishing, boating and tubing.Enjoyed the Camp fires! Beautiful Lake! We'll be back!
Jun 2016
Very quite, lots of fun!
Enjoyed a long weekend here with some friends. The cabin is well maintained and clean. I will be booking this again in the future! Stayed: May 2016
Jun 2016

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