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The White Swan 1800's Log Cabin

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Last updated: 02/28/2015
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  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Washington Island cabin description

Welcome back in time and enjoy a rare and remarkable retreat in the midst of Washington Island’s wooded shore front in peaceful Detroit Harbor. The cabin was originally constructed in the 1880's in Michigan and rebuilt on these three private wooded acres in the bay one hundred years later. The log cabin is a tranquil sanctuary from the fast pace of our modern day world. You can see and hear a wide range of waterfowl and birds as well as watch the boats and white swans glide across the water. It is truly “North of the Tension Line”.

From leisure time indoors to exciting outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, golf, swimming, or enjoying the talent at the Performing Art Center, Red Barn, or other musical venues, it is a place for creativity, meditation and relaxation. At the end of the day, sit on the porch in a rocking chair and discuss the day’s activities or plan tomorrow’s adventures from all that Washington Island has to offer. Make a campfire for hot dogs and s'mores at the fire pit. There is an electric plug on the tree stump if you wish to connect an electronic device. Or throw something on the gas grill for dinner. The Island has both a fully stocked grocery and liquor stores as well as excellent restaurants and one not-so-fast outdoor burger place.

The Washington Island Rec Center offers daily, weekly or monthly passes for its pool, hot tub, workout room and showers, all at very reasonable rates. Enjoy the Jacobson, Farm and Maritime Museums as well as the shops, train rides, Art and Nature Center, climb the 'mountain' stairs to view the horizon, join in the musical venues around the Island, take a trip on the Karfi Ferry to historic Rock Island State Park.

The front porch is the length of the cabin and has four rocking chairs and two Adirondac chairs. The kitchen is complete with pots, pans, dishes, glassware, silverware, and paper products.Towels and linens are provided. Electric stove and oven, microwave, and frig with freezer but no ice maker. The first floor has a half bath and great room. Two sets of French doors lead out to the covered porch facing the lake. The upstairs has a master with queen bed and full bathroom. The dorm has four twin beds. There are ceiling fans in both bedrooms. DirecTv satellite is available on both living room and dorm televisions. There is a DVD player and some CD movies in the living room.
Local telephone service is available but WIFI may be accessed at a couple restaurants and Library at no charge.

In the garage is a cold water washer and dryer for your use. In the shade of the woods is a dog kennel for Fido when you are out and about.


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Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Yes, your well-behaved dog is welcome. As a hotel quoted in its brochure and copied here: 'We've never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware, or pictures off the walls. Never had to evict a dog for being drunk or disorderly. And never had a dog run out on a bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at our cabin. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you're welcome to stay here, too.'...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Maximum of six people.


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    The cabin sits on three wooded acres in a bay on Detroit Harbor. The water is deep enough for a power boat but not for sailboat and has a private dock 100 feet from the front porch....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:


  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio


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Rental during high season of July and August is one week minimum at $1200 weekly. 
Three night minimum in May, June, September and October at $160 per night.
Ten and one half percent sales and tourism taxes additional.
Small boat dockage at no additional charge.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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Last updated: 02/28/2015
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Bring your own bikes, jet skis, rafts, tubes, kayaks and boat; or rental of boats, cars, kayaks, bicycles, segways, mopeds are available.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: We purchased this cabin because of its serenity and privacy while still a beautiful setting on the lake.

Why the Owner Chose Washington Island:
It is a 'Little House on the Bay' as opposed to the prairie. It is situated two vacant three-acre lots away from our house so close to maintain but far enough away to give both of us lots of room to play outdoor games, make noise and enjoy nature's bounties. There are at least four vacant three-acre lots on the other side of the cabin allowing for maximum privacy.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
We are about a quarter of a mile away from the ferry dock which makes this cabin close to a restaurant, fast-food pizza/chicken, a marina, bike/moped/segway/car rentals and two wonderful shops.

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  • Front Porch - double French doors

    Front Porch - double French doors

  • Front porch

    Front porch

  • Garage


  • Dog Kennel

    Dog Kennel

  • Fire pit

    Fire pit

  • Kitchen and wood stove

    Kitchen and wood stove

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Stairway


  • Master bedroom with bath

    Master bedroom with bath

  • Dorm with 4 twin beds

    Dorm with 4 twin beds

  • Dorm


  • Going downstairs

    Going downstairs

  • Rear and side of cabin

    Rear and side of cabin

  • Front porch

    Front porch

  • Totem, firepit, sailboat in harbor

    Totem, firepit, sailboat in harbor

  • Dock


  • Kitchen


  • Great Room

    Great Room

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Hallway Upstairs

    Hallway Upstairs

  • Table for six

    Table for six

  • Dorm


  • Dorm


VRBO #428436

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Date last modified - Saturday, February 28, 2015

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 90%
  • Calendar last updated: 02/28/2015
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The White Swan 1800's Log Cabin

Washington Island #428436

2 BR  1.5 BA  Sleeps 6

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