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8500' Private Resort on over 400ft of Lake Superior Sand Beach Near Munising

Bedrooms 10
Half Baths1
Space 8,500 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Great location for large group vacation/event

The Pinewood Lodge estate is just a 10 minute drive from Munising and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This incredible 8,500 square foot private estate is the largest beach front log home vacation rental in the entire state. We are located on one of the top 10 inland sugar sand beaches in the U.S. and its nestled in the shelter of Au Train Bay. Our guests will have the luxury of enjoying several hundred feet of perfect (rock-free) private sand beach with lakeside fire pit and a stunning custom log gazebo overhanging the beach & overlooking majestic Lake Superior and Au Train Island. If you love spending time outdoors and soaking up the sun, you will enjoy the 5000 square feet of deck surrounding it as well as several hundred feet of wooded walking paths with romantic private sitting areas. Finally, you can relax in the full size indoor cedar sauna after a long day of activities.

This lodge comfortably sleeps up to 34 people (not including 2 toddler beds). There are 10 bedrooms, 7 full and 1 half bath, 2 fully stocked granite counter topped kitchens, dining seating for 36 (+ 2 highchairs), as well as abundant sitting area for socializing in either the east or west great rooms—each with its own unique fireplace (constructed with stones hand-picked from the Lake Superior shore). (Please e-mail for virtual tour & vids as well as expanded floor plan drawings.)

The Lodge is designed to be divided with a locking atrium separating the East and West sides to accommodate smaller groups during the non prime season. East wing max capacity is 11 and the west wings max capacity is 23. Each wing is completely self contained and divided by a locking atrium separating the 2 sides. with full size kitchen, dinnerware, etc..

Everything needed for the comforts of home are provided in this lodge including on-site laundry (west wing), 3 gas grills, basic condiments and spices, including all dinner and cookware for your large group. Pinewood Lodge is also equipped with dish TV, free wireless high speed internet, DVD players, movies, as well as game system inputs that are provided on the TV in the Kid Cave.

***Please do not leave open dates less than 5 days before or after your requested date s during prime season (Memorial day to Labor day) without contacting us first for prior approval.

Our location is only a 15 minute drive to countless sightseeing adventures which include dozens of waterfalls and boat tours of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. If you enjoy hiking, biking or snowmobiling, trails are nearby—or just hop on a ferry and spend the day enjoying Grand Island. We also have on site water rentals for 99$ each for the entire duration of your stay. Available are 2-standup paddle boards, 1-8ft & 2-10ft sit on top kayaks, 1-12ft,& 1-14ft traditional recreational kayak with additional boats available upon request .(life jackets included). Also Less than half a mile away from the lodge you will find a public boat launch for your ultimate fishing experience as well as the historic Brownstone Inn with great food, a large craft beer selection, and a comfortable atmosphere. For our snowmobiling guests, you can ride a half mile from the Pinewood lodge and get on the main snowmobiling artery that can take you nearly anywhere in the Upper Peninsula.

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Matt & Holly Marenger
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About Matt & Holly Marenger

Hello, we are the Marenger's. My wife Holly, and our 6 children have made the Au Train/Munising area our annual destination since the early 2000's. Our love for the northern U.P. and the crisp, clean waters of Lake superior eventually led us to the vacation rental business. We live south of the Munising area and operate our sporting goods store that we opened in 1985 when we were nothing more than high school sweethearts. We also own and operate a drive thru coffee shop there as well, however, thirty some years, six kids and a grandson later, we decided that our hearts are with making memories, Thus, we are now in the vacation rental business. Our hope is to provide properties that fit the needs of large families, or groups seeking to enjoy the presence of each other in the most peaceful, beautiful settings possible.

Why Matt & Holly Marenger chose Au Train

There is no property like this absolutely perfect piece of land. Our gorgeous Hiawatha Log home is meticulously maintained and positioned on a pristine piece of sand beach on Lake Superior.

What makes this lodge unique

Many benefits come with this rental, our favorite is the perfect private sand beach, as well as the modern rustic atmosphere inside the lodge. Lake side fire pit, beautiful gazebo overhanging lake superior shore line, board walk paths throughout the property, private sitting areas along the lake shore, all new mattresses, linens and bedding for your cozy night sleep.


Au Train Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 8500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 34
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 30 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 34
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double
    Bedroom 7 - 1 bunk bed , Twin Size Bunk Bed
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , Twin Size Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 10 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 2 bunk bed , Full Size Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 8 - 1 bunk bed , Full/Double Size Bunk Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming


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8500' Private Resort on over 400ft of Lake Superior Sand Beach Near Munising
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Great house. Beautiful location and views

  • 5 of 5

We really loved it!!!!

Gives you a feeling of home

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, great beach, very clean. My whole family had a fabulous time. Lots of room for all of us. Nicely stocked with everything you would need. Thinking of reserving for next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Wedding Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We rented this spot for a weekend wedding retreat. The lodge accommodated two extended families to spend the weekend together and celebrate. We had a small ceremony on the gazebo overlooking Lake Superior. Beautiful location with all the amenities and a private beach. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Week on Lake Superior

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful. Unforgettable. Charming. Pinewood Lodge was everything its advertised to be and more! It was the perfect space for a few families to stay! We were able to spend tons of time together, but have our own spaces when we needed a break! We each had a comfy bed, and our little 2 year old even had her own darling toddler sized bed! The house was gorgeous and clean. There were huge tables to play cards, 2 kitchens, and tv's scattered through out the house. The owners were so thoughtful with the amenities in the rooms-- nightlights through out, fans, extra bedding and plenty of towels. The location is picturesque, and convenient-- an easy trip to Munising or Marquette and close to the boat tours, kayaking Au Train and the Hiawatha National Forest. There's even a place right down the street to pick blueberries! We loved our week-- thanks to Matt & Holly for such a special place to stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WOW just WOW!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I don't even know where to start! From the minute we walked into the door of the beautiful log home we were amazed. We are a large family that has tremendous difficulty finding lodging for our family vacations. Our children/grand children (and spouses) range in ages 26 to 10 so finding enough privacy and space for this family to be comfortable can be challenging. This time was different! When we saw this home come up in the early spring to rent, even before the renovations were complete we knew this was the place for us. During the different stages of the remodel, the owners sent us updates and photos of the lodge, almost immediately answered every question we had (and there was a lot of them!) The place was immaculately clean, and very well equipped with everything we needed (even down to the smallest details like foil, zip locks, sun screen, spices and so on). All the rooms were decorated in the same modern rustic theme, and the beds were extremely comfortable. Brand new adorable rustic furniture, window seats in a couple of the bedrooms that are bigger than a twin size bed (truthfully the little ones preferred to sleep there than the beds). Now for the outside... what a piece of property! Right on Lake superior, the beach was very clean and all sand, not a rock to be found out there. Our sons brought their guitars, played and sang around the camp fire every night. We rented a couple of their paddle boards and kayaks that they keep right at the lodge and played in the water all day. In the evening we walked around the beautiful property checking out all the flower gardens and sat in the gazebo and watched the thunder storm come in. Even though there is so much to see in Munising, I have to say our favorite part was being able to come back to this place every night! Matt & Holly were such wonderful hosts and made sure we had the very best vacation ever!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unforgettable family week on Lake Superior

  • 5 of 5

Pinewood Lodge is everything it's advertised as and more! We are a family of families (28 altogether!), and all of us had a comfortable bed and a not too crowded bath! The house is stunning and clean - brand new gorgeous furniture, full amenity kitchens, indoor space for all of us to gather comfortably and outdoor space large enough for us all to find our own private reading nook. Game time could take place on any of 6 perfect tables throughout the house and deck - as well as accommodate us all for our meals. The lake and beach were gorgeous - if a bit chilly - but by midweek, we were full on swimming in Lake Superior. We were so lucky with perfect weather, and moved the whole crew and volleyball net a mile down the road to the large beach by the river for a great day of sand and sun. We didn't need heat or air, but the space packs and generator were at the ready. Kudos to owners Matt and Holly for thinking of even the littlest details - nightlights throughout, fans in every bedroom, linens galore - and they were so helpful in all the requests that can come from such a large group. Being smack in the middle of the Hiawatha National Forest filled our lungs with clean air, and we saw all sorts of bald eagles and other wildlife, so we thought the 25 minute drive to the grocery store was more of a wildlife safari. Our time in Pictured Rocks was exhilarating - whether kayaking along 200 foot cliffs, hiking the plentiful trails (we saw a black bear!), or taking a sunset cruise along the rocks. We hit three different golf courses, three different pastie places and I brought home 4 pounds of just caught Whitefish from the Munising fishmongers. All of my family said this is definitely a repeat house. This was "vacation" in the truest sense!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $450
Damage Deposit $500

If you utilize the "Book it now" feature you will be charged a service fee by VRBO from 4-10%. You can make a reservation without this fee by contacting us via phone 906-420-6098

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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