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Clean, cozy lakefront cottage 1/2 mi from Blue Bear ORV and snowmobile trail

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Over 2,500 sq. feet of living space on three floors.

Sleeps 6-8. Private and secluded. Experience quiet nights and clean, fresh air. Enjoy coffee and beautiful sunrises from the spacious upper deck or grill dinner on the walk-out lower deck. Swim in crystal clear, private Crooked Lake or fish from the dock or a rowboat. Kayak in solitude or circle the lake with a friend in the peddle boat. At night tell stories, eat S'mores around the campfire and listen to the call of the loon. In the winter snowmobilers enjoy deep lake effect snow. Located just 1/2 mile from the Blue Bear ORV/snowmobile trailhead; 1 mile from the Hide-A-Way Bar; about midway between Traverse City and Petoskey. Wine tours, 8 ski resorts, 17 golf courses and two casinos are a short drive away.

Inspiring setting for authors, romantic retreat for couples, affordable vacation for families, or girlfriend getaway. Master bedroom has a queen bed, 2nd bedroom has 2 twin beds, upstairs sleeping loft has 2 twin beds, walkout level has a queen sleeper sofa and a twin sleeper sofa is on the main floor. Two full baths and an additional private bedroom vanity and sink in the master bedroom keep everyone happy. Open concept kitchen/dining/living room makes gathering together easy with a big screen HDTV and DirecTV all-sports package. Large dining table seats 8-10. Have fun in the lower level game room with TV, ping-pong, foosball, board games and puzzles. Sleeping loft designed for kids with kid-friendly movies, puzzles and games. Enjoy miles of snowmobile trails from your front door and hang out at the Hide-A-Way Bar - a family-friendly Up North tradition.

Check In: Any time after 3 PM (contact us with special requests); Check Out: Noon (or later depending on next reservation)

Quiet time on the lake: 11 PM - 8AM. No smoking, pets (allergy free), or fireworks. Must use provided boats (to protect the lake from invasive species). Must be 25 years old to book.

Fresh, clean linens, towels and a variety of pillows provided. Includes all kitchen ware, Keurig and Mr.Coffee makers, washer/dryer, hair dryer, DVD player and movies, library, grill and picnic table, life jackets and cushions, fishing poles and activities for kids.

"A little heaven here on earth! Thank you for such a beautiful place!"

"Thank you so much! We loved it here!!

More Details

Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 16, 2018

About Deb

My family has lived on Crooked Lake for over 60 years. Our family cottage is close by. I love the tranquility and the peace and quiet. There is a healing energy here that comes from the lake, the trees, the hills and the sky and I want to share it.

Deb purchased this lodge in 2016

Why Deb chose Mancelona

This particular "Crooked Lake" is not on most maps. It is private, secluded and unique because each cottage is nestled among the trees and surrounded by more trees and not other cottages. Because there are so few cottages on the lake, we are able to observe Dark Sky, a rarity for many areas. In the summer the lake is crystal clear, clean and tranquil. Relaxing on our dock and raft is a treat. In the winter we are in the middle of Michigan's snow belt and the snow is deep, beautiful and perfect for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Getting to Traverse City or Petoskey is quick and easy so shopping, skiing, wine tours, fine dining and casino visits are close by, but a lot of folks just like to visit the Hide-A-Way Bar 2 miles down the road for the Taco Night, Burger Night or Friday Night Fish Fry specials and the L'il Country Store on Starvation Lake for their huge ice cream cones!

What makes this lodge unique

Wine Tours - Leelanau Peninsula (25 wineries); Old Mission Peninsula (10 wineries); Bay View Wine Trail in Petoskey (10 wineries)

Golf - 17 courses within 30 miles

Casinos - Turtle Creek by Traverse City (45 min.); Odawa in Petoskey (45 min.)

ORV/Snowmobiling - Blue Bear 679 and 76 trails intersect 1/2 mile down the road. Don't forget your trail permit!

Skiing/Snowboarding - Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, The Homestead, Otsego Ski Club, Caberfae Peaks, Shanty Creek, Crystal Mountain, and Treetops are all within 30 miles.

Fishing - Close by DNR-stocked lakes include Manistee and Starvation

Consignment/Shopping - Gaylord, Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Traverse City provide treasures galore at garage sales on Fridays and Saturdays and also have unique consignment shops. Surprising finds often turn up at the Habitat for Humanity ReStores.

Upscale Shopping - Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Traverse City offer unique, upscale boutiques.


Mancelona Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Boats - May not bring your own boat and must use provided boats to protect the lake from invasive species. Paddle boat may not be used for fishing.
  • Quiet Time on the Lake - 11 PM - 8 AM
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Level Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Walkout Level Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Walkout Lower Level - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen
    Living Room Sleeper - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Twin
    Sleeping Loft - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming


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Clean, cozy lakefront cottage 1/2 mi from Blue Bear ORV and snowmobile trail
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Secluded. Beautiful. Comfortable. Can't wait to go back!

  • 5 of 5

We went for a relaxing girl's trip and this place exceeded any and all expectations! Everything is in place to meet all needs! Private setting, beautiful view, big deck, and we especially loved using the paddle boat and kayaks. So cozy it felt like home. We'll plan on going back next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!! We loved having you as guests and are looking forward to your next stay!
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Wonderful Place!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is beautiful! Well maintained and well appointed. Was just me and my wife, but there's plenty of room for larger groups. Was going to take the boat out for some fishing, but the fish were biting every cast from the dock. Enough keeper size bass and panfish for dinner, but we released them all so someone else can catch 'em. Thank you Deb, for a wonderful weekend!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place in great location! Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

Winter stay was fun, beautiful place and great location close to snowmobile trails.

Summer vacation would be amazing especially because of the lake.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We loved having you as a guest!
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wonderful winter weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We found this place for a last minute ski weekend over the new years weekend and it worked out fabulously! Our 3 boys loved the "kids loft" and felt like it was made just for them to hang out in! The place was very clean and had lots of little amenities available everywhere in case we had forgot something. Nice added touch! My kids loved the little basket full of puzzles and games and even the adults got in on that action! We spent the weekend skiing at Shanty Creek which is an easy 20-30 min drive in the snow. There was quite a bit of snow that weekend so getting in and out was a bit tricky but the owner made sure the plows came for the driveway which helped. Deb the owner was available for any of our needs and questions. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We loved having you and look forward to having you stay with us again!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60
Additional Guest Fee $20
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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