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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Irons cottage description
Welcome to your lakefront cottage experience! Listen to the loons on this 80-acre all sports lake. Dock belonging to the rental is available with paved public boat launch. We provide canoe, paddles, swimming raft and paddleboat for your enjoyment.
This vacation rental on Harper Lake is in Irons, Michigan. Irons is a small town located just northwest of Baldwin, about 30 minutes from Ludington and Manistee and just 50 minutes from Traverse City. White Pines cottage is quiet, super-clean, and nestled in a peaceful wooded setting with 129 feet of lake frontage.
Besides dining area and eating bar, there is a large deck with gas grill, sitting benches and picnic table overlooking the lake. Lawn and beach chairs available along with a lakeside fire-pit for nighttime relaxing and/or marshmallow roasting.
Canoeing or tubing on the Little Manistee River is only a few minutes away. Pere Marquette and Pine River nearby also. Just minutes from Tippy Dam as well as the North Country Trail system. Also, Irons has miles of public trails for quad, dirt-biking, and mountain biking as well as hiking. Famous Dublin jerky (plus all your grocery needs) can be bought at the Dublin store - only a few miles away!
Traverse City is located 50 minutes to the north and offers fantastic wineries, dining, and shopping. Bass, perch, and pike can be found in Harper Lake. Little Manistee Casino 35 miles away.
White Pines is located only 1/2 hour from M-22. M-22 is 116 miles of scenic highway winding through the countryside and a reputation for one of the prettiest color tours you will ever experience! M-22 will allow you to explore the Lake Michigan shoreline, climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes, discover art galleries, wineries and dining. The colors are delightful even in other seasons!
Check-in is Saturday after 1:00 p.m. and checkout the following Saturday 11:00 a.m.
Keywords: Cottage, vacation home, lakefront getaway near Traverse City and Ludington, bungalow, wooded setting, all sports lake, fall color tour, M-22, located near casino, ORV, ATV,quads, trails, North Country Trail System, hiking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, geocaching, fire pit
- 600 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered:
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 2-8
- Queen size Beds (2) 1 queen in main floor bedroom and 1 in sleeping loft, Double Beds (1) located in sleeping loft, Twin or Single Beds (2) located in sleeping loft, for additional sleeping - 1 queen-size sleeper sofa in living area- all pillows have pillow covers changed weekly to guard against stains and cross-contamination...moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- full bath with shower and tub
Kitchen & Dining
- Pantry Items:
- Coffee Maker:
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- Living Room seats 6:
- Ski & Snowboard:
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- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Rock Climbing
- Jet Skiing
- Hunting Small Game
- Freshwater Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Little Manistee, Pere Marquette, and Pine River for canoeing, kayaking or tubing, Tippy Dam, North Country Trail system and other public trails for hiking, dirt-biking, ATVs or quads, Famous Dublin jerky, Boat rentals available in Traverse City, fishing charters on Lake Michigan offered right out of Irons, Big M Mountain Bike trails for biking and hiking, Little River Casino in Manistee, M-22 for the most popular scenic drive in Michigan, Manistee National Forest, Sand Lake swimming and sandy beach, winery tours near Traverse City, Great Wolf Lodge Resort, Lake Michigan public beaches only 30 minutes away, geocaching, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a 1 1/2 hour beautiful scenic drive...moreless
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Thanks so much for a blessed retreat for our family. In every way: -the loons singing their songs on the lake -the comfortable, but not overly modern, cottage. Not at all rustic, but not like a fancy, modern home...just like an Up North cottage should be. Well stocked. (Except I see it's listed with 2 bathrooms and for the life of me, I only found one...) -the canoe, for early morning rides in the lake. The paddleboat for great laughs and trips around the lake. It also helped taxi the girls out beyond the weeds to the clear, swimming water. -the diving raft, for lots of family fun and swimming. About an hours drive to Moomers in Traverse City, and to Interlochen. So a "big city" adventure usually took place in Ludington. But hey, we were there to get away from the big city. And we certainly did. Yes, the albino deer was spotted, along with hundreds of other natural living creatures. The fire pit by the lake was a highlight of the day. Hobo pies, marshmallows and so much more. Times of chill out fun was had by all. We simply cannot wait to go back to White Pines again, hopefully next summer. Thank you for sharing your 'other place' with us! Greg and Peggy Cleveland - and family
- Guest Greg C.
- Date of stay 06/29/13
- Review Submitted 07/22/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Hi Greg and Peggy - we are so glad you enjoyed White Pines! We look forward to retiring there someday ourselves...in the future. I have already searched out the listing and found where 2 baths were entered. OOPS! This was an inputting error and I have already fixed it. Thanks for the heads up! We hope you will come again next year. Kathy and Roger
Canadian Thanksgiving Getaway!
Canadian Thanksgiving Getaway!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at White Pines, the cottage was lovely, the price was definitely affordable and the view was spectacular. We were able to ride our ATV's all over the area (when it wasn't raining - not their fault!) and take in the fall colours and some beautiful little lakes and towns. We would definitely return to this cottage, but while we were out, we were looking for one of our own, so Kathy and Roger might just end up being our neighbors!
- Guest Lori (Windsor, ON)
- Date of stay 10/06/12
- Review Submitted 10/15/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children.
Every Detail Covered. Excellent Vacation!
Every Detail Covered. Excellent Vacation!
We had a wonderful time at White Pines Cottage on Harper Lake. The owners have covered all of their bases. Even the little things have been thought of- there is a binder in the kitchen with Mapquest directions to all local eateries, stores, and funspots. We saw tons of wildlife during our stay, including Albino Deer, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Heron, and the Harper Lake Loon. The swimmng is not great for young kids (ours are 8 and 10) right off shore, but we used the paddle boat and went out a ways and they had a blast. Everyone on the lake was very friendly. Our first day the neighbors told us we cold use their raft for swimming and offered us on a pontoon boat ride. The owners of White Pines, Kathy and Roger, were fantastic hosts and went above and beyond the call to make our week enjoyable. The area is so quiet and peaceful that it is diffucult to survive a day without a nap! Not a bad problem to have while on vacation!
- Guest Ben (Grand Rapids, MI)
- Date of stay 07/31/11
- Review Submitted 09/13/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with teenagers.
Peace and Quiet
Peace and Quiet
This Cottage was just what Hubby and I needed. It was nestled in the woods, and the only sounds we heard were from the wild life. We spent most of our evenings sitting out on the huge deck that looks out onto Harper Lake. There we seen Spuirrels, Chipmonks, Wood Peckers, Blue Jays, and even an Eagle. The one night we were there just as it was getting Dusk we seen a Doe coming through the woods as she made her way down to the Lake. It was spacious enough for just the two of us, but could have easily accomidated many others. There was a loft upstairs and a bedroom just off of the living room downstairs. We chose the bedroom downstairs as we didnt want to climb the stairs to the loft.=) Another thing that we liked about the Cottage was its location...It was real close to Dublin. Where the Dublin General Store is located. They have every kind of jerky you could imagine there. We also went to Manistee (which was but a 35 minute drive) . We would definately come back again, and will definately tell our friends about "White Pines Cottage"
- Guest Lori (Jackson, Mi)
- Date of stay 09/19/10
- Review Submitted 09/24/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
This was our 2nd year vacationing at this cottage. We had another great time, our kids are in their early 20's and they brought their friends, all of them had a blast on the lake. Cottage is neat and clean with all the comforts of home. We saw bald eagles fly over the cottage several times and even a rare white deer. Owners are very nice and easy to work with and we will surely recommend this to others.
- Guest Jim (Grand Rapids)
- Date of stay 07/03/10
- Review Submitted 08/02/10
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
Perfect family vacation spot
Perfect family vacation spot
If you are looking for a comfortable, private cottage for a wonderful family vacation on a peaceful lake, look no further than the White Pines. The cottage itself was much roomier than expected (plenty of room for a family of four with two teenage children), and was made very comfortable with personal touches from the obviously attentive owners Kathy and Roger. The sizable deck offered peaceful mornings sipping tea, and the private and secluded lake frontage was perfect for a swim, to drop in a line, or a nighttime gathering at the fire pit. The lake, although not large, lacked any substantial boat traffic and the private dock was perfect to keep the jet ski we had rented and had delivered out to the cottage. In the area we found plenty to keep us busy for the week. At nearby Wolf Lake, we rented ATV's and explored the miles upon miles of groomed Lake County trails. It was a blast. Also close by, the Pine River provided our family with a wonderfully relaxing trip kayaking the day away. For a day trip, we drove to the Sleeping Bear dunes and explored that area as well as the Traverse City area. Both worth the visit and not too far a drive. The owners of White Pines, Kathy and Roger, were fantastic hosts and went above and beyond the call to make our week enjoyable. They even insisted the use of their bikes when they heard my wife was unable to bring her's on the vacation. A great place at a great price. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Northern Michigan.
- Guest markbano (Cleveland)
- Date of stay 07/25/10
- Review Submitted 07/31/10
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers.
May 24-Sep 13 $700/week. Plus 6% MI Use Tax Additional $50 fee for dog. Limit 2. April 26-May 24 and Sep 13-Nov 1 .. $600/week. Plus 6%MI Use Tax Terms: 1/2 rental fee + $150 booking deposit due time of booking. Payment in full 30 days prior to arrival. Leave cottage in same clean condition with no damages and deposit fully refunded within 10 days of checking out. $80 fee for damage or dirty condition. $70 fee charged for lost cottage keys. Cancellation policy: 30+ days notice = 1/2 rental fee returnable. Less than 30 days notice to cancel = no refund on monies paid.
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- Nearest Airport: Manistee County Blacker Airport at 30 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: SS Badger Car Ferry at 30 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: M-55 at 10 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Lake Michigan beaches in Manistee or Ludington at 30 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Oak Grove Tavern at 4 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort at 24 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Fawn Crest Golf Course at 11 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Jackie's Place at 3 Miles
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: We are working professionals who are extremely busy with work, families, and friends. When the weekends roll around, we head up to our favorite lake 'up-north.' When we are not entertaining, we love to take advantage of the lake as we canoe, kayak, and boat.
Why the Owner Chose Irons:
Our family has been retreating to Harper Lake for the past 30 years. We have found Harper Lake to be one of the most relaxing places to unwind and de-stress after a busy workweek. Nothing beats the soothing nature of being on the water and the tranquility of star-gazing away from city lights. In August, the aurora borealis display is awesome! We bought our cottage because it is an easy drive from home and the perfect getaway from the busyness of our normal lives.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The wooded setting with the private lake frontage creates a beautiful view no matter what window we look out. Our most favorite ritual is going for a walk around the lake each morning sipping our favorite coffee. We love this location because it is surrounded by national forest and recreation areas - all of which are beautiful places to hike and walk.
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Approach to White Pines Cottage from W. Harper Drive
view of kitchen from living room
living area sofa with view of stairs to sleeping loft
Balcony deck looking at lake
paddleboat and dock
view of lake from standing on dock
dining area with expandable table
first floor bedroom - 1 queen-size bed
deck view of lake
White Pines Cottage from lake
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