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Walk to downtown Alden, to the historical Depot Park and Museum, up and around the preserve on Coy Mountain, and walk to the stunning Torch Lake shore and the nearby beach -- all from this circa 1870s historic Victorian home. Enjoy the amenities home in this three bedroom, two bath, two story Alden village house.
The exterior colors will remind you of the power and depth and beauty of Torch Lake itself. If it's been a few years since you've rented the home, welcome back to the 'new look' of our vacation home in quaint Alden.
You will be located just across the main east-shore road from Torch Lake. Locals and visitors know what a great lake Torch is for vacationing, sight-seeing, water-sports (including swimming, boating, tubing and more). You'll be just a couple blocks from charming downtown Alden itself and its marina, unique shops and restaurants. And you are at the foot of the 17-acre preserve that is 'Coy Mountain'.
Experience beautiful sunsets and Torch Lake views from the kitchen and living room and from the west-facing porch on its settee or swing. Boat through the lower 'chain of lakes' (Torch, Bellaire, Elk, Clam, Skegemog). This smoke-free home is very close to area pro golf courses, Traverse City shopping and the wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau County. Boyne, Petoskey and Harbor Springs are pleasant round-trip same-day excursions.
You will be staying in what long-time locals still call 'the Chapelle' house, which in the late 1800s and early 1900s was the rooming and guest house for visitors from downstate and from Chicago and Ohio. The home was even larger then, with a 2-story guest room area, connecting at what is now the French doors in the formal dining room. In fact, you'll find the postcard of the home circa 1910 in the postcard collection at the Historical Museum, just across the main road from you, toward the Lake.
The double corner lot provides room for children of all ages to play right in your yard, if you and they prefer.
Alden is just 25 minutes northeast of Traverse City and the Old Mission Peninsula (and its great wineries) and just 15 minutes southwest of Shanty Creek and Bellaire. A little further west past Traverse City's dining and shopping pleasures are the wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula.
Alden is on the southeast shore of beautiful Torch Lake. Your boat will slip easily into and out of Torch Lake at the public marina and slips in town. Then, the entire chain of lakes lie ahead of you to explore and enjoy. No boat of your own? Rentals are available at your choice of local marinas. We can provide their contact numbers, if you wish.
If you prefer to stay home some day or evening, prepare your dinner on the Weber charcoal grill and enjoy it in the dining room or as a picnic on the porch or in the nearby park, or up on Coy Mountain.
Quiet evenings in on the porch or watching videos or TV are also your entertainment options. Cable TV service is provided with basic 'network' channels.
Need to work or keep up with emails? (We know many have to do that) Our High Speed internet modem is provided for your use. Free, secured WiFi is provided. Or you can connect by Ethernet. If you do not have your own connecting cable, please borrow ours.
Keywords: Vacation House, Summer home, Victorian home, Historic home, Alden, Torch Lake, Traverse City
Downstairs 'master' bedroom adjoins living room & bathroom...moreless
Bedroom 2: 1 queen
Larger upstairs bedroom (once was 2 bedrooms)-redone in 2012...moreless
Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single
Upstairs bedroom, in front of house - redone in 2012....moreless
Queen size Beds (2) Two QUEEN beds. One is in the main floor bedroom, with a bath adjoining. A second is in the larger upstairs bedroom, on the front of the home., Twin or Single Beds (2) The 2 TWIN beds are in the other upstairs bedroom, also on the front of the home. Both upstairs bedrooms freshly redone for the new season....moreless
Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower
Downstairs bath accessible from the kitchen & master bedroom...moreless
Bathroom 2: toilet, shower
Upstairs bath has 2 doors for access from both bedrooms...moreless
2 bathrooms - one upstairs with a shower, and one downstairs with a tub / shower combination. ...moreless
Long covered front porch - the old-fashioned type with a railing and a swing,
High Speed WiFi (secured) or cable internet access to keep in touch with the outside world (please bring your connecting cable or you may borrow ours), enjoy our cable 32' HD TV with 'basic' plus family channels, Also, if you do not have your laptop, there is WiFi internet access with available PCs at the local library (1/2 mile through town).
Folding lawn and beach chairs are provided for your enjoyment in the yard and at the beaches....moreless
Several board games for your relaxation - or to challenge you. ...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Basic Charter HD cable service, plus family channels....moreless
(3) 32' flat screen HD TV downstairs - New. 24' flat screen TV in downstairs master bedroom - New. Also 24' tube-type TV in the upstairs larger bedroom with the queen bed....moreless
Several family / children oriented DVDs and VHS cassettes are available for your enjoyment....moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Enjoy the small public beach and park and playground about 500' from your front door. ...moreless
One Torch Lake swimming area is across the road, part of the park - including a wood deck for relaxing and enjoying sunsets over the lake. The lake is shallow here, so the kids can enjoy, too....moreless
The village of Alden is delightful year round -- and most particularly in the summer. Farmers Markets on Thursdays. Quaint yet practical stores and restaurants....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Formal dining room when you want to enjoy dinner that way, including your guests. French doors lead to the backyard. This was the access in early 1900s to a 2-story addition where guest rooms were....moreless
Seating for 6 people
Our High Speed internet modem with WiFi is provided for your use. If you need a cable instead, and do not have your own connecting cable, please borrow ours....moreless
Forced air furnace -- for the cooler nights in early and late summer. ...moreless
Not provided, but available:For each QUEEN:$25 (+ 2 towel sets);For each TWIN:$15 (+ 1 towel set). Kitchen towels:$6; Beach Towels:$5. Delivery will be by 5p on arrival day, incl. a linen bag to use....moreless
Couch and chairs for your comfort, and TV / DVD combination, if you or your children prefer that for entertainment....moreless
Parking Off Street:
There is parking space for 2 vehicles on the property in the area in front of the small fence at the side of the home....moreless
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
Most boats and trailers will be able to park on Valley St (N side), on the property along the road....moreless
Towels may be provided - as part of the Linen package, if you wish. Otherwise, please bring your own for bath and kitchen. ...moreless
Not provided, but there are 2 area laundromats (Rapid City, close to the S and in Bellaire). There is a clothes drying rack outdoors at the home....moreless
All that you will need for your stay, for whatever cooking you plan to do. ...moreless
Dishes & Utensils:
All that you will need for your stay, including wine glasses, of course....moreless
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Petoskey Stone hunting is along the shore of Torch Lake, including on the beach by the historic Train Depot and museum and accompanying play-park, which are all across the main street, a block from your vacation home. Trail walking is on 17-acre 'Coy Mountain' a block from your home - please see more on this under 'unique benefits' below. Winery visiting and tasting are just 1/2 hour west on Old Mission Peninsula or just a bit further in the Leelanau area. Petoskey and Harbor Springs and their pleasures are to the Northeast.
Year Purchased: 1984
About the owner: Rich and Karen are just the third family to own this historic home. In the early 1900s, it had a 2-story addition off the back to take summer guests who would come to Alden by train from Chicago and along the west coast of Michigan. Its history is found in every room, including being preserved in those we've renovated and updated from what the Chapelle family originally built. We bought this as a family vacation home when our kids were young, and would make regular visits from 'downstate'. Now we still make regular visits (as do the adult 'kids' and now the grandkids!) and we are pleased to share the home with others.
Why the Owner Chose Alden: Alden is an ideal get-away, a small town with features we've come to enjoy -- inviting shops, friendly shop owners and nature trails and Torch Lake shorelines to explore. The home, whose original rooms date to the 1870s, is a similar ideal get-away. We've treated 'her' gently during the almost 30 years we've owned her, and know that our guests will do likewise.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Relax on the front-porch swing, and sip that wine (stemware provided) and enjoy. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms and most other rooms will comfort when needed. Enjoy the selection of board games and DVDs; also bring your favorite CDs and DVDs. The fully-equipped kitchen is for your dine-in pleasures. Formal dinners (they are allowed) in the dining room and casual at the kitchen table. Please use the maps we've provided in your living room.
For outdoor pleasures, walk along Spencer Creek or the Torch Lake shoreline. Or, hike the Indian Trails up Coy Mountain, whose path virtually begins at your doorstep, on Valley street. This 17-acre preserve (thanks to the Coy family) has a wonderful array of wildlife, bird species and several native wildflowers. Benches welcome you to rest along the one mile maintained trail.
For local history, be sure to take in the Alden Depot and Park Museum. Located in the authentically restored Alden Depot, dating to 1908, this part of Alden's history (open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend) features photographs and memorabilia recalling the community's past, including model trains and related items and many photographs of the area through the years.
ENJOY all these reasons to be 'up North'.
When other entertainment has been exhausted (that may not happen), TV may be your or your children's option of choice. Cable service is provided with basic 'network' channels.
Work or emails calling you? That happens, we all know. High Speed WiFi internet is here for you. Or connect via Ethernet. If you did not bring your own connecting cable, please borrow ours.