|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding woods. Catch a glimpse of the eagles or go to sleep to the sound of the waves of Lake Superior. See the wonderful sunsets over the crystal clear lake and breathe in the fresh pure air of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Be one of the lucky ones to capture the mystical moments of the occasional 'Northern Lights'. Our beach house is only 12 steps down to Lake Superior which can be viewed right from our beach house windows or decks. In Summer lay on the sandy beach or walk the shore of Lake Superior, Longfellow's 'Gitcheegumee', selecting your favorite colored rocks. Make your own footsteps in the sand on our lonely beach. Follow the shoreline in your kayak. Hear the beating of the hummingbird's wings as they feed from the flowers and drink their nectar. Sit on the deck and read 'The Song of Hiawatha'. Feed the chipmunks. Listen to nature and view the freighters as they quietly pass by. Use binoculars and keep track of all the ships names bound for the Soo Locks.
Walk the North Country Hiking Trail while surrounded by miles and miles of Hiawatha National Forest. Venture into 'blueberry, blackberry, and black bear country'. Find the elusive Morrell Mushrooms. See the black bears at Newberry's Oswald Black Bear Ranch thru Sept. Attend the Blueberry Festival in Paradise mid-August. Savor the flavor of locally made pies, jams/jelly's and maple syrup sold in Paradise, and at the downtown Sault Farmer's Market on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm. Join the fall harvest of the flooded cranberry fields near the famous Whitefish Point Shipwreck Museum & Lighthouse, and check out the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. See the famous picturesque Taquahmenon Falls (second only to Niagara Falls in size) any time of year.
Make an appointment to have a tour of the Pendill's Creek National Fish Hatchery where brood stock supply Lake Trout eggs that are incubated and hatched into fingerlings and fed in raceways waiting to be distributed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to major lakes and streams in MI to encourage sport/commercial fishing. Don't forget to stop at their Lake Superior Public Access site across the road and have a picnic lunch under the Pavilion built by the Friends of Pendills Creek NFH where you will find one of the most beautiful beaches in the world where Pendill's Creek meets Lake Superior.
Visit the local Point Iroquois Light Station built in the 1800's and one mile east of our beach house. Walk its coastal boardwalk or climb the tower for a clear view of Canada. Visit the museum and gift shop and see the 1950's keeper's apartment. Don't forget your camera for some breathtaking photo ops of the grounds and signature rock fence.
Drive to the top of Mission Hill for a spectacular sunset view of Spectacle Lake, St. Mary's River, Lake Superior, and Canada, all at once. While up there visit the historic Mission Hill Cemetery where lay the crew of a Lake Superior shipwreck. Don't miss the Bay Mills Indian Community's Old Indian Cemetery with its cedar spirit boxes. Stop at the rustic Dancing Crane Coffee Shop for your favorite latte or cappachino. Visit the Wheels of History Train Museum and Replica Depot in the nearby town of Brimley to learn about the old logging mills, schools, fisheries and history of the town including the list of names of those buried in local nearby cemeteries.
Ride thru or view the mighty Soo Locks in Sault Ste Marie and watch the ships pass thru. Engineer's Day in June allows you to cross the lock gates and tour the other side. The downtown River of History Museum displays the history of Sault Ste Marie, one of the oldest cities in our country. Visit the renovated historic homes on Water Street where once lived Henry Schoolcraft and the John Johnston trading family. Attend festivals along the riverfront. Take in a play at the revived downtown Soo Theater or at Lake Superior State University. During the summer listen to the "Music in the Park" at the Soo Locks Fountain by the St. Mary's River in Sault Ste Marie. Also visit all the tourist shops across from the Soo Locks that the locals call "Fudgie Row!" They have some great T-shirts on sale as well as delicious fudge.
Visit the historic Mackinac Island Fort and the Grand Hotel and taste the famous Mackinac Island Fudge or Ice Cream made on the island by crafters. Take a horse and carriage tour around the island where only horses and bicycles are allowed, no cars allowed on this island! Visit the Michillemackinac Fort in Mackinac City where interpreters dress in period costumes and tell the stories and history of this fort from the 1800's.
In the dead silence of winter glide through the captivating Hiawatha Forest Trails on a snowmobile (rentals available at the casino) or connect with other established snowmobile trails nearby (maps available). Enjoy hot cocoa in the well-insulated cabin as you view the wonderful snow-scape of Lake Superior waves. Go cross country skiing on the Hiawatha National Forest Ski Trails off of Ranger Road. Stay for the winter at our Lake Superior Beach House at reduced monthly rates with a six month lease from Dec. to May. Call for details (906) 437-4349.
Taste the fresh locally caught whitefish specials, gamble the night away in Brimley at the Kings Club Casino, the Bay Mills Resort & Casino or in the Sault at the Vegas Kewadin Casino. Sample Sacy's all-you-can-eat crab leg buffet at the Bay Mills Resort's restaurant. Attend the Native American Pow-Wow's in June & July when you will see the colorful regalia they wear as they dance. See the views of Lake Superior as you golf at the Premier Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley.
Take part in the Fourth of July Celebration in Brimley with flea markets, kids games, bake sales, food tent and all kinds of crafters at the Wheels of History Museum. Enjoy the night fireworks displayed at the Bay Mills Indian Community Ball Diamond. All this awaits you within one hour or less from our Lake Superior Beach House.
Check the on-line calendar and call or email as soon as possible as summers are booked 6 mos. to a year ahead so don't wait! See our current rates and ask for a quote. After paying the booking fee by credit card, pay the balance in two easy payments by check to us, the owners. Pay when you book and again two weeks prior to arrival. Mail checks to: George Goetz PO Box 294 Brimley, MI 49715. Call (906) 437-4349 or email to let us know when you are mailing a check for our Lake Superior Beach House.
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George is a retired store owner and teacher. Pauline is retired from a State of MI job. We are in our late-sixties and work part-time while enjoying retirement and the income from our rental units. George was born in Cologne, Germany and became a US citizen in 1976. I was born and raised in Detroit. He and I have been together as partners for over 30 years. We moved to the U.P. (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) in 1993 and became the owners of the small Iroquois Grocery Store in Brimley, which we sold in 2004. We are enjoying our grandchildren and great grandchildren. We love living on the shores of Lake Superior in the North Country called the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Pauline G. Rice-Goetz & George Goetz purchased this cabin in 2006
We chose to buy this property because it is on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay and also because of the sparse population, clean air, bountiful water and surrounding national forest. Our Lake Superior Beach House rental was just a run-down shack that my husband and brother renovated completely in 2006 adding a lot of insulation, thicker walls, a full bathroom, new roof and exterior log siding and tongue and groove pine on the inside. We then added onto it in 2008 a full kitchen and master bedroom, and attached deck. Another deck was added to the top of the 6 steps leading to the beach in 2012. Six new steps down to the beach were added in 2014 after water levels rose then fell again requiring more steps. We love the yearly changes of the lake. The woods between the road and the beach house help to make it secluded and you don't hear any traffic. We are pet friendly and dogs love to walk the beach with their human companions.
The benefits we enjoy while staying at this property is that we get to meet such great people and share our beautiful pristine Upper Peninsula and clean Pure Michigan air. What a difference from being in the city! I rarely make the 6 hour trip to my Detroit hometown unless I have to.
We all had a wonderful time. the days were warm and nights were great. We relaxed and also went on day trips to the falls, pictured rocks, the Soo, Shipwreck Museum, and also canoeing. The "Know Your Ships" book was valuable. It was similar to playing the license plate game with the ships. We cooked over the campfire several nights and sat our under the stars each night. Pauline allowed us to pitch a tent on the beach and we slept outside on the beach listening to the waves lap the shore. LGreat time and great place. Thank you!! PS. Water was also warm- and no bugs!!
Very quiet and private. Seeing the ships go by toward the St. Mary's River while sitting on the deck with your favorite beverage is a dream come true. Good location for many sites and attractions to see. The renters are absolutely wonderful people also. I would definitely make a return visit in the future.
The cabin is perfectally located with a perfect view and access to Lake Superior and it's beach. My husband, 12 year old daughter, and 2 yr old Lab had a great time. We could walk the beach and let the dog run and play in the water. I would start and end my days on the deck over looking the beach.
The accommodations were fair to good. It could use some updating. Being a pet friendly cabin, area rugs should not be used since they keep pet odors, past and present. Along with pet friendly, there needs to be a spiket and a hose outside to wash the sand off the dog. It is not easy giving a dog a bath in a corner shower stall. The grill is missing the handle and needs fixed/replaced so it can be used without the risk of burning yourself.
The bedrooms were cozy and the kitchen had all we needed.
All in all it was just the place our family needed.
The owners were very friendly and were available if anything was needed. Perfect location to get away and unplugged.
We had a wonderful, albeit short, stay at this charming and beautifully located beach cottage. The views of Superior were fabulous and the house was very well located for taking in all there is to see on the upper peninsula. The hosts were most welcoming and the house was immaculate and incredibly cozy.
I cannot begin to say enough wonderful things about this cottage. First, we chose this area because we figured that it would be a perfect "home base" point for our family to use as we toured other spots in the U.P. My husband had vacationed in this area as a child and so after researching some cottages, we chose this one. It was a perfect location: half way between the Tahquamenon Falls and Sault Ste. Marie. The Iroquois Point Lighthouse is just down the road, Monocle Lake Campground is around the corner and many other parks, fishing spots and ATV trails are near by. Although we did not go to the casinos, they are very close too and we even found the Dancing Crane Cafe' - which is a must if you need your coffee before a drive. Our son, age 11 and daughter, age 7 LOVED the cottage and short drives to new spots. We went to the fisheries, Brimley State Park and also found a few less traveled spots like some of the day-picnic spots along the Curly Lewis Highway.
The cottage itself was clean, well kept and stocked with everything anyone could possibly need. Pauline brought us fresh towels, new rugs and a table cloth they day we arrived and made sure that the fire wood was restocked so that we could have bonfires out back. They thought of everything and were extremely kind. Both Pauline and George communicated with us through the whole reservation process and I was really impressed with their professionalism. They are really lovely people!
The beach and overlook from the cottage was also perfect. We didn't know what to expect because many areas of Lake Superior took a washing over the winter and were eroded from the harsh weather. Although the beach at the cottage had been hit a little, the owners had rebuilt the steps and when the waves finally died down, we were able to take long, peaceful walks along the shore and collected buckets of rocks.
I feel that after reading some of the other comments, I should just say that this cottage is not a resort. It is in the woods, there are bugs, it is windy and can get cold. The water pressure isn't a waterfall and the square footage doesn't match a mansion but if what you are expecting and looking for is a quaint, comfortable, cozy and well loved little place in the forest where you can connect with your family, nature and spirit, then this is your place! It sets back off the road, has a very private beach front, close to "life" but far away from "stuff" and is serene, quiet and homey. We loved it!
This was a perfect getaway! The cottage is adorable, and roomier than the description made it sound. The view of the lake from the house was great, and a very short walk to the beach with deck overlooking it. So gorgeous and neat to watch the freighters go by everyday!
Cottage was well supplied with everything we needed, even had a couple bags of ice waiting in the freezer and board games for a rainy day. Pauline was very friendly.
If you are looking for seclusion, the neighbors are quite close, but don't write it off just for that-- we were there a week and I only saw anybody besides us anywhere on the beach twice. It truly was like having our own little private slice of heaven!
The hubby and I would love to visit again--by ourselves next time!
Half an hour from easy sightseeing in Sault Ste Marie, and a mile up the road from Pt Iroquois Lighthouse--my daughter and I actually walked the beach home from there one day.
The setting was beautiful but that is where it ends. Upon arriving in the cottage we noticed an odor that was unpleasant. The kitchen was small and the living room was very small. We heard noises in the attic which sounded like mice. The place was dusty and the toilet kept running.. When i asked for a partial refund.. I did not receive anything. I dreamed about this vacation for months and left very disappointed!
Fires on the beach are permitted. Wild Berry Picking, Mushroom hunting, lighthouse viewing, rock hunting, and feeling the lonely and great expansiveness of Lake Superior when you bring your own Kayak to explore nature and nearby islands and do geo-caching.
Point Iroquois Light Station is only one mile east and offers a museum, gift shop & book store, self-guided tour, climb the tower for a view of Lake Superior, St. Mary's River, and Canada, a circa 1950's keeper's apartment display, and a boardwalk around the grounds and along the shore. Visit for free or a small donation.
In the town of Brimley you may also visit for free or a small donation the Wheels of History Train Museum and Replica Depot managed by the Bay Mills Brimley Historical Research Society. The museum displays local history of the logging era, commercial fisheries/farms/trains, and many local one-room and larger schools. It also lists local cemetery information and has changing exhibits in the Depot each season.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|One-time cleaning fee||$85|
To book it mail a check or money order to George Goetz PO Box 294 Brimley, MI 49715 for half the quote. We confirm your reservation by email after receiving your first payment. We mail a receipt and booking confirmation to the address on your check. We also mail you a short rental agreement to sign and return to us with your final payment due 15 days before arrival. We call or email you when final payment is received. Please add a pet fee of $35.00 per pet per week if applicable.