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Best Beach on the Keweenaw - Big Traverse Bay on Lake Superior

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View of cabin and sauna from Lake Superior

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Last updated: 07/20/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Houghton cottage description

Located on the east side of the Keweenaw Peninsula, near Houghton and Calumet, this cabin offers panoramic views of Lake Superior and Big Traverse Bay. Often referred to as 'The Waikiki Beach of the Keweenaw Peninsula,' the pure white sand beach is more than 100’ deep and more than three miles long. This cabin's beach is 200' wide; nearest neighbor to the north is 1/4 mi. away.

Year-round 26 x 28 Chalet-style cabin provides 180 degree view of Lake Superior, has central heating, full basement with laundry facilities, full bathroom with shower, and full kitchen. New in 2008: new carpeting throughout the cabin, new lakeside windows and new master bedroom bed. Available April through November--occasionally through Christmas, depending upon how early the heavy snow arrives (the county does not snowplow our road, thus access is limited once the snow season arrives).

Cabin’s lakeside has a 16’ deep x 28' wide deck. Main floor has one bedroom (with trundle/daybed), bathroom with 5’ shower, and a Great Room of kitchen, dining and family room. Family room has a woodburning stove. Interior is lined with Nordic White Spruce tongue and groove paneling imported from Scandinavia--providing a 'cozy cabin ambience'. Upstairs has two bedrooms; one bedroom has a queen bed and one twin bed, and the large master bedroom has windows overlooking the lake and includes a Queen-size bed and port-a-crib. Lie in bed while watching the moon rise over the lake,or--if you're an early riser, watch the sunrise each morning. Basement is well-lit and dry--and has full laundry facilities with washer and dryer; plenty of room to store bikes, skis, etc., and a private room with two futons.

This property is uniquely situated with a panoramic view of Lake Superior out the front side and a view out the cabin’s backside toward a large wetlands area with lagoon (suitable for canoeing and kayaking) and lots of wildlife: common sitings of bald eagles, sand hill cranes, beaver, geese, ducks, deer. Great blueberry picking in late summer/early fall on the property and nearby areas. Superb fall colors make autumn a nice time to visit.

Woodburning sauna with large changing room, great views of Lake Superior (from within the sauna), and a front patio. Firewood is provided for sauna and for the woodburning stove in the cabin.

Beach is 100+ feet deep and 200 feet wide--providing ample room for almost any kind of beach activity, including volleyball (volleyball net available). Outdoor burn pit on beach, with surrounding benches. Gather around the fire, cook up s'mores, listen to the waves and wildlife. You'll feel that stress fade away.

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Keywords: Cottage

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Pets Considered:

            Pets are only allowed indoors on the main level wood flooring and the basement. Renters must clean up all pet-related mess. The cool, sandy area under the large deck is a favorite place for pets to lounge and sleep during summer weather (cool, dry, and close to all the people activity)....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            This property is a dream place for kids--a huge beach, great swimming, volleyball, etc. A great place to do nature hikes, teaching/showing kids the wonders of nature. Quite a good selection of beach toys, cabin toys/games is provided....moreless

          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            There is a wheelchair-suitable wooden sidewalk from the driveway to the deck; wheelchair access to the cabin from the deck through main entry door (only a door sill between deck and cabin)....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

          • Bedroom 1: 1 twin/ single, 1 murphy bed

            Located on first floor across from bathroom....moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

            2nd floor master bedroom...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

            2nd floor guest room overlooking lagoon....moreless

          • Master bedroom on 2nd floor features a new log framed queen size bed with new pillow top mattress. Bedroom includes a closet, dresser, two night stands, table lamps, reading chair with ottoman. There is also room for a porta crib. Large windows overlook deck, beach, and Lake Superior. The other 2nd floor bedroom has a new queen and twin bed, night stands and window overlooking lagoon. The 1st floor bedroom has a twin bed with a trundle bed and views of the lagoon and beach area. Located across from the bathroom, this room is ideal for those not wishing to navigate stairs to the second floor. This bedroom includes a dresser, coat hooks, and night stand and reading light. Two futons are also included in a basement room along with a reading light and end table although we do not advertise this room as a bedroom due to a lack of egress and windows. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1

            ...moreless

          • Full size stand up shower with two corner seats.

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Plenty of nice pots and pans with lids. Cutting boards, measuring cups and spoons, garlic press, potato peeler, spatulas, whisks, pie tins, cookie sheets, a few cook books, hot mitts, and dish towels....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Kitchen appliances include refrigerator/freezer, electric oven and stovetop, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, double sink, under cabinet radio with CD player/MP3. ...moreless

          • Dining:

            Dining area is part of the open floor plan of the first floor and is adjacent to kitchen and living room. ...moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Full size refrigerator with freezer above. Freezer has ice cube trays....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Plates, cups, coffee mugs, cereal bowls, forks, knives, and spoons. ...moreless

          • Stove:

            Four burner electric stove with full size oven. ...moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Coffee maker with filters provided....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            6...moreless

          • Toaster
          • Microwave
          • Seating for 6 people

          Amenities

          • Living Room:

            Living room is part of the open floor plan of the first floor. Great windows overlooking beach and Lake Superior. Couch, rocking chair, chair and foot stool, and coffee table furnish the living room....moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            Extra sets of bedding are provided for all the beds. There is also bedding for the pack and play crib. Plenty of extra blankets and pillows on each bed. ...moreless

          • Wood Stove:

            Woodburning stove in the living room. Sauna is also heated with a woodburning stove....moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

            Driveway has a side parking area with plenty of room to park boats and trailers. ...moreless

          • Parking:

            A u-shaped driveway provides ample parking for several vehicles at one time. ...moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Bath towels, wash cloths, hand towels, and beach towels. ...moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            Plenty of parking on the cabin's driveway....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Available in basement....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Available in basement...moreless

          • Hair Dryer

          Entertainment

          • Toys:

            A toy bin contains a large assortment of indoor toys and beach toys are located in a large plastic bin in the basement. ...moreless

          • Stereo:

            Small under counter radio/CD/MP3 player in the kitchen is loud enough to be heard throughout the first floor. ...moreless

          • Books:

            A small bookcase on the first floor contains an assortment of reading books and magazine subscriptions. ...moreless

          • Games:

            Lots of board games to choose from. ...moreless

          Communications

              • Telephone:

                Cellular service is available. ...moreless

              Pool & Spa

                  • Sauna:

                    8'x8' woodburning outdoor sauna with great view of Lake Superior from sauna room. Sauna structure includes 8'x8' sauna room,an 8'x8' changing room and an 8'x16' patio for lounging after sauna. Also doubles as a changing room for swimming....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Cabin has large wooden deck on the Lake Superior side--12'deep x 28' wide--plenty of room for entertaining large groups. Picnic table and chairs/loungers on deck....moreless

                  • Bicycles:

                    Two adult bikes and one children's bike. There are also two strollers, a small one for the deck area and a second one that is ideal for gravel roads. ...moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    Two kayaks and one canoe along with paddles. Numerous life preservers in adult, children, and infant sizes. Also a couple of float cushions....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Two outdoor grills; one charcoal and one gas. ...moreless

                  Location & View

                      • Beachfront:

                        The beach is this cabin's greatest feature. A pure white/beige sand beach is between the cabin and Lake Superior. Our property is 200' wide; the beach depth varies, but is typically 100' deep between the cabin and the water--plenty of room for volleyball, lounging, playing beach games, sitting around the firepit, etc. Benches surround the firepit (on the beach)....moreless

                      Activities

                      • Live Theater
                      • Skiing
                      • Hunting
                      • Snowboarding
                      • Kayaking
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Racquetball
                      • Surfing
                      • Swimming
                      • Cycling
                      • Sailing
                      • Fishing
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Snowmobiling
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Restaurants
                      • Cinemas
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Museums
                      • Marina
                      • Shopping
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Antiquing
                      • Sledding
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Boating
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Tennis
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Basketball Court
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Memorial Day thru June
                      May 30 - Jun 13, 2015
                      7 night min stay
                      $141
                      June 13th thru Labor Day
                      Jun 14 - Sep 12, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      $1,200
                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay
                      $141

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Tax Rate 6%

                      Notes:

                      $300 deposit will hold a reservation. Full payment is required 45 days before arrival.


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                      Last updated: 07/20/2014
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                      Location

                      Blueberry picking in August, scenic drives up both sides of the Keweenaw (through Lac Labelle up to Copper Harbor and back the other side through Eagle Harbor and Eagle River, explore Keweenaw National Historic Park--historic Calumet and surrounding area.

                       

                      Owner info

                      About the owner: We moved to the area about ten years ago and both work as educators. We enjoy being outdoors, gardening, exploring the Keweenaw, and raising our young son in a place with four distinctive seasons. Kathleen is originally from Upper Michigan and has enjoyed returning 'home'. Todd is from the Chicago area and has enjoyed life at a slower, quieter pace.

                      Why the Owner Chose Houghton:
                      We love the beach and lagoon access and the simple but efficient way the cabin is designed. We had been looking for a lakefront property for the past five years and this cabin was everything we had desired. We enjoy using it in the off season with our young son while also making updates and improvements for our guests.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                      What we like most about our cabin are the panoramic views over 'The Big Lake' (as locals call it), with views of the small mountains to the north on the Keweenaw Peninsula, the wide open expanse of Lake Superior to the east, sunrises over the lake, moonrises over Grand Traverse Point to the south. These views can be enjoyed from inside the cabin, inside the sauna, from the deck, or--of course--from on the beach and sitting around the beach firepit.


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                      Photos

                      • View of cabin  and sauna from Lake Superior

                        View of cabin and sauna from Lake Superior

                      • South view from cabin deck

                        South view from cabin deck

                      • Cabin Dining (& part of Living Rm.); panoramic view of Lake Superior and beach

                        Cabin Dining (& part of Living Rm.); panoramic view of Lake Superior and beach

                      • Tidy and efficient bathroom on first floor has a large shower.

                        Tidy and efficient bathroom on first floor has a large shower.

                      • Master Bedroom with a window view overlooking beach and Lake Superior.

                        Master Bedroom with a window view overlooking beach and Lake Superior.

                      • Cooking s'mores in the fire pit; 200' wide, rock free sand for beach games.

                        Cooking s'mores in the fire pit; 200' wide, rock free sand for beach games.

                      • Another view south.

                        Another view south.

                      • Watch Lake Superior from the warmth of the sauna; refreshing sauna & swim.

                        Watch Lake Superior from the warmth of the sauna; refreshing sauna & swim.

                      • Rainbow and sauna, dig for your pot of gold here!

                        Rainbow and sauna, dig for your pot of gold here!

                      • Two kayaks and life vests are available for your use.

                        Two kayaks and life vests are available for your use.

                      • Beautiful sunrises!

                        Beautiful sunrises!

                      • A white Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years in the warm, cozy cabin.

                        A white Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years in the warm, cozy cabin.

                      • View north to house.

                        View north to house.

                      • Cabin living room

                        Cabin living room

                      • Cabin kitchen

                        Cabin kitchen

                      • Downstairs bedroom has a twin trundle bed. Windows overlook lagoon and beach.

                        Downstairs bedroom has a twin trundle bed. Windows overlook lagoon and beach.

                      • 2nd upstairs bedroom features a queen and twin bed.

                        2nd upstairs bedroom features a queen and twin bed.

                      • North view from deck

                        North view from deck

                      • Close up of the sauna. The exterior is deceiving to the spacious interior.

                        Close up of the sauna. The exterior is deceiving to the spacious interior.

                      • Rainbow.

                        Rainbow.

                      • Vibrant rainbow!

                        Vibrant rainbow!

                      • Bikes are also available for your use.

                        Bikes are also available for your use.

                      • Autumn.

                        Autumn.

                      • Christmas lights on Christmas Eve.

                        Christmas lights on Christmas Eve.

                      VRBO #66871

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                      Date last modified - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

                      $141 - $171 per night (USD)
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                      3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 7

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                      Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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