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The River House of Alaska, Michigan (Southeast Grand Rapids)

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to the River House of Alaska, Michigan, 'A Retreat for the Mind, Body, and Spirit.' A unique Pure Michigan destination!

Attention: We are now accepting inquiries for a short-term 6- month off-season rental Nov. 1st thru April 30th at a special discounted rate of $1600 per month. Also: If you are looking for Artprize accommodations during the Artprize event we still have (2 days Sunday Sept 24th and Monday Sept 25th available), and (2 days weekend of Satuday Sept 30th and Sunday Oct 1st available.) In October we still have late October weekdays still available for a vacation rental (3 days Monday Oct 23rd -Wed Oct 25th) and (2 days Monday Oct 30th and Tues Oct 31st) Thanks for considering our most excellent riverside retreat for your vacation!

The River House of Alaska, Michigan, is located in the historic Village of Alaska, Michigan, located 15 miles southeast of Grand Rapids on the Thornapple River and 30 miles from Lake Michigan. This classic Cape Cod cottage, with vintage knotty pine interior, is situated on the Thornapple River in a park-like setting.

This is a great getaway from the city but also close to all the city conveniences. If you are planning on vacationing, attending seminars, weddings, visiting relatives in Grand Rapids, visiting ArtPrize, and/or touring the #1 Micro-Breweries in America, this rental may be the ideal getaway. The on-site manager is nearby for recommendations and assistance. Note: pictures of the road proximity to the River House not shown pictorially. Please use Google maps to go to the property and see the road. Guests with pets are encouraged to keep pets on a leash for their pets safety.

The River House is a beautifully landscaped riverside cottage that is a great place to relax and has excellent river access. The cottage has a concrete pier that juts out into the river for excellent small mouth bass fishing, canoeing, tubing, kayaking, and swimming.

The interior of the cottage features master bedroom (upstairs) that features a California King size bed, TV and side room with 2 twin beds. The main floor bedroom features a queen-size bed and dresser. The main floor living room has a pull out queen-size sleeper couch and Futon couch. The Cottage has air conditioning, cable TV, VCR, DVD player, stereo Wifi High-Speed Internet access and is fully furnished. Note: The Wifi system is the best wireless technology available featuring dual band 2.4 and 5.0 Mghz service.

The river has easily accessible rapids that are excellent for fly fishing. The Cottage also features a riverside patio with a field stone barbeque grille, an excellent place to relax! There are also many public golf courses in the general vicinity.

Make your dream vacation a reality at our unique riverside vacation rental, and experience a piece of heaven on earth. The River House has a heart, soul, and spirit that will satisfy your desire to find that unique vacation destination that will provide a relaxing environment and inspire memories to last a lifetime.

Your River House experience will give you that precious and most-elusive commodity, time. Time to relax with loved ones. Time to think about your future. Time to reflect on your past. Time to contemplate the meaning of life. Time to fish. Time to swim. Time to canoe. Time to read. Time to catch up on sleep. Time to love. And most importantly, the environment to assure a good time.

Our goal is to provide a vacation experience that will leave a lasting impression. We want you to experience Total Vacation Satisfaction and leave with a sense of ownership, leading to a strong desire to return. Your vacation experience at the River House of Alaska, Michigan will leave a lasting impression in your Mind, on your Body, and on your Spirit.

Keywords: Cottage, Fishing, ArtPrize, Alaska, River, Vacation

More Details

Walter & Linda Bujak
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2017

About Walter & Linda Bujak

We are nearby property owners that manage and take care of the landscaping, property maintenance, clean up, and preparation for our guests! We do it all! If you need something we are there for you and will respond as soon as possible to make your stay with us enjoyable, comfortable, and memorable!

Walter & Linda Bujak purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Walter & Linda Bujak chose Michigan

This property is amazing! It has 750 feet of very accessible riverfront property. A perfect swimming area. Rapids to give you that special I am on a river sound. A deep fishing hole out front that produces amazing catches of all kinds of different species of fish. Abundant wildlife to watch and witness. Simply amazing!

What makes this cottage unique

Most vacation rentals (over 95%) are on lakes with houses very close to each other. Not many vacation rentals on rivers. We call it the River House due to the fantastic views of the river from inside the house. While standing in the middle of the house looking north, you will see the Thornapple river from every single window, west, north, and east.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A unique vacation experience and opportunity. Our mission is to provide "Total Vacation Satisfaction". What sets us apart from other Vacation Rentals? Near-site management, attention to details regarding cleanliness and preparation for guests, customer services,and giving our guests a sense of ownership. We want you to feel like our cottage is your cottage and we want you to return year after year. Check it out! Your River House experience will leave a lasting impression on your "Mind, Body, and Spirit!"
Jan 2007
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Alto Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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The River House of Alaska, Michigan (Southeast Grand Rapids)
average rating of 4.571429 based on 15 reviews

A highlight of the summer for our family!

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed here 3 consecutive summers. Each visit has been a highlight of the season. And was requested by our grandchildren.

The setting is beautiful, accommodations clean, well maintained, and every provision makes The River House completely family friendly.

Hosts Wally and Linda are wonderful. Both are welcoming, thoughtful, responsive, and accessible. Thank you for another good visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I stayed here and we can't begin to say how much we loved it. The house was very unique and lovely. It was very clean and you had everything at your disposal. It was well stocked. The grounds and the river were beautiful. We sat out by the river and watched the wildlife go about their business. We even had the pleasure of seeing a bald eagle fly by. It was very peaceful. It is also a good place to make a home base for sightseeing. While we were there we went to Meijer Gardens and The Gilmore Car Museum. Both places were not far from the cottage. We will certainly go there again, in fact we already made a reservation for next year. We can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully fun and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the river house for a week this August and it was beautiful. We celebrated birthdays and anniversaries for some friends of ours during our stay and had a wonderful time. The house was clean and cozy. The river was fantastic! We enjoyed tubing and watching all of the wildlife on the river. I look forward to coming back for another incredible vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property, Excellent hosts

  • 3 of 5

Truly enjoyed our stay. The river was peaceful and beautiful (floating on innertubes from the park is a must do). Wally was helpful and attentive (even got us a new coffee maker!). One wish would be for the house to be updated a bit. We recognize it is a cottage and it was clean but much of the inside is dated and could use a bit of modernization in the kitchen and bath. The inside doesn't match the view outside. Fully enjoyed the beautiful weather and yard.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello James, Thanks so much for your honest review. Keep in mind that the River House is approximately 90 years old. We do agree that the bathroom is in need of modernization and plan to update the bathroom before the next rental season. We are so glad to have been able to host you and your family and enjoyed seeing your extended family enjoying the property with you. We hope you decide to come back! Customer service is our highest priority and we do try to make our guests feel right at home will visiting with us!
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What a Jewel!

  • 5 of 5

I had my family (6 adults and two children), not all at the same time, stay with us throughout the Memorial Day weekend. The house is a very nice and location is peaceful and quite setting nestled next to the Thornapple River. We had a GREAT Stay.

Thanks Linda & Wally!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thoughful, respectful, guests like you make Vacation Rentals a success for the entire industry. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you will come back some day!
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My definition of peace...

  • 5 of 5

The only thing our family doesn’t enjoy about the River House is leaving it. We LOVE our annual family getaway! From our fish catching competition mornings, (67 last season, large, small mouth, rock bass, pike, catfish, you name it) kayak, canoeing, and tubing, afternoons - to our campfire stories and s’mores - this is our family recharge. And, then the children sleep…

Every year I think we’re going to take advantage of the not-too-far from the fabulous shopping and culture aspect the location provides. Yet; every year, we enjoy the peaceful retreat aspect - too much to wander. I actually see…the faces of my sons. My three sons don’t plug in their PS4! SERIOUSLY! Not that they can’t, WIFI is provided, but...they don’t. Maybe this year we’ll have a rainy day.

The first year – I overpacked. The cottage, (especially the kitchen) is so well appointed that I needed very little of my girl scout readiness. The hosts are exceptional - friendly and welcoming, but not intrusive. If sitting on that deck with a mug of coffee, (or a glass of wine) under the Mulberry tree, bird watching while listening to that beautiful river, doesn’t relax you…nothing will.

Nature lovers, Sport, Relaxation, Soul restoration, Family time, Culture, Sightseeing, Girls getaway, Adventure seekers, Romantic getaway. Honestly, I can't imagine to whom I wouldn't recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lynne, Your review reflects our goals for the past 10 years that we have been sharing our beloved River House. It is always our hope that our guests find a clean and well managed riverside retreat, that they are able to relax and enjoy the peaceful setting and most importantly take with them memories that will give cause to want to return to our beloved River House. Every year we work on making improvements and making sure the River House is beautifully landscaped and well equipped. So glad you and your family have had such great experiences in your many visits! Your Hosts, Linda and Wally!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Gerald R. Ford International airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Nighthawk
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Thornapple Pointe
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Wellers on Campau Lake
Car: necessary

Tour the Meijers Garden and also consider touring the #1 Micro-Breweries in America. We highly recommend Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $75

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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