House, 2 Bedrooms w/ Bunk Beds+ Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, Open Plan (Sleeps 6
Your hosts are two self-employed parents and a sweet (yes, still sweet) 20-year-old college student. We live full-time in Ann Arbor and visit up north whenever we can sneak in between guests. One of us adults is originally from Great Britain and the other is originally from New York (and the art student is a native Ann Arborite who speaks American English with a few Britishisms slipped in.) For many years now we've been permanent Michiganders, enjoying the joys of our glorious retreat on Hanley Lake.
Laurie purchased this House in 2005
Why Laurie chose Central Lake
We love the sweet beauty of this northwestern Michigan chain of lakes nestled among gentle rolling hills. We were ecstatic to find a tranquil lake we can see from almost every room (thanks to our renovation) in the cozy year-round house. (Note from Laurie: my gold standard for vacation heaven was a place where I could take a cup of coffee out onto the deck and see--and be in--the water within seconds.) We can draw or eat breakfast on the dock or in the dining room, play in the sand, take out a canoe or kayak, swim in warmer waters (instead of waiting until the end of August for the chill to subside in the big lakes), and fish. We can sled right out the back doors to the lake and cross-country ski nearby. We wander into a welcoming village to play and eat without being swarmed by overdressed tourists and overpriced food. We were delighted to find this peaceful little retreat, which offers the pleasures of an all-sports lake without the noise and chaos of one. The passing 'traffic' is generally kayaks, pontoons, and people fishing (including ice fishing in the winter).The fresh, clear water in Hanley Lake flows 75 miles thru a chain of 14 lakes. All-sports lake without the usual traffic of one! We were thrilled to discover we're just a few miles from the long sandy beaches and waves of Lake Michigan, which are great fun in every season. We're glad to do day trips to fudgey towns like Alden, Charlevoix and Petoskey, to wander Traverse City or even more nearby Bellaire. But we love coming home, whether it's raining, snowing, or blazing hot: to play outdoors, or hang out inside doing jigsaw puzzles, playing games, making soup or brownies, or drawing the changing colors of water, sky and trees. We love going out on the placid water and paddling past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore, or watching the water from our comfortable cottage. It always refreshes us to get away here.
What makes this House unique
Thanks to our renovation, we relish the fresh, open-plan kitchen with views outside almost everywhere. We went window-crazy, creating four sets of sliding doors in the connected living and dining rooms. Each year we add something (or some things!) new. Recent additions include a new fridge with ice maker and stove, a private deck and sliding doors off the master bedroom; tempered glass deck panels for safety and an unobstructed view of the lake; a fully renovated bathroom; a 50 inch smart TV and DVD players, sturdy wood bunk beds in the second bedroom, a new master bedroom mattress, upgraded driveway, and two window air conditioners for the main bedroom and living room. We're constantly adding CDs, DVDs, games, kids' toys and books, and a host of comforts for our guests--and for us! We're in heaven in the summertime, plus we keep discovering new enticing treats during the other three seasons. In winter we can watch people ice fishing on the lake; I like sketching the winter scenes from a deliciously warm, light-filled living room, we've discovered the wooded hill right across the street is ripe for hiking, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing. We can climb frozen waves at nearby Grand Traverse Bay, or go tubing, downhill and cross-country skiing at nearby Schuss Mountain (or tubing down the lovely Jordan River--every season!). Springtime brings Morel mushroom hunting, birding, bike rides and walks in a lush landscape; summer brings kayak rides, swimming, and playing; fall leaves are stunning and apple orchards and color tours beckon.
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Best vacation rental we've had !
Family of 5 had an awesome June week ! Rental offered something for everyone. For those that like to be outside and active (stand up boards, kayaks, a canoe, fishing, turtle-beaver-otter-swan-duck-eagle watching) to inside (cooking-vegging out watching movies-book reading-perfect wi-fi) to visiting nearby towns this place had it all. It's super clear a huge amount of planning went into setting everything up (comfy beds- great kitchen stuff-outside furniture-full supply of extra stuff tend to forget). The lake is very nice, early in June we kept saying it was like the zombie apocalypse all these cottages with boats but no one around. Dog loved it too ! Thank you for offering your place for rental !
Memorial Weekend Family Getaway
Our family of 5 likes to head north and stay on a lake every memorial weekend to fish. We’ve rented many houses in the past, but this one.... this home FELT like home. It was as if a relative gave us permission to go stay at the family lake house for the weekend. The house itself was more than stocked with everything we needed, which makes packing and traveling with 3 kids SO much easier. Everything we needed that the house didn’t already have was near by and easily accessible. The 48 page welcome boomlet had every bit of information any guest for any reason would ever need and was super helpful the whole trip. The home owners are amazing at communication and more than accommodating.
The property is beautifully maintained and packed with foliage and fresh herbs for cooking or just to step outside and smell.
We WILL be returning to the Hanley Lake Hideaway in the future, as we feel we left a little part of ourselves there when we left.
I wish I could give it more than 5 stars
Cozy Touch- like being at home
We came for a wedding and had an amazing time. My husband and I rented this cabin, which was the perfect size for us. It had everything, really- extra blankets, towels galore, robes, games, PS3, DVD's, and an incredible amount of CD's. Some from the great Billie Holiday. There is a bluetooth radio with cd player. There were books and tons of games for kids, even- a pack and play. There's a dog crate, too. So, if you need your pack and play- save the room in your car. There's one at the cabin.
The view is spectacular. I could have sat on that couch and watched the water all dang on day!! The reflection, the rippling, it was just nice to sit and stare into space without having a thing on my mind. It was a mindless and peaceful weekend.
After the wedding, we invited the kids and their parents over for a small gathering. The kids and my husband kayaked for HOURS! We grilled out and had plenty of room to have a feast. There were platters to put the finished burgers and hot dogs on. I mean, I don't recall needing something that they didn't have. There were toiletries for guests under the sink, and I mean, they had everything!!
The unit was clean when we got there and the house was as described and expected. Our dog came with us and couldn't have kayaked with us enough. She got in that kayak with me and we went up and down that lake. She loved it. She paced the dock anxiously awaiting her next trip.
There were several kayaks and tons of life jackets and ores. Some of the kayaks and canoes are 2 seaters, but there was plenty for me, and the gang I had over afterwards. We didn't do any irresponsible partying, we were all having a great time at the lake. And it was quality time spent with family.
There is a corner store no even a mile from the house. There's orchards, wineries, and even a park close to the house. There is a washer, a dryer, and a wash sink.
The ONLY negative I have to say is the water is soft. We have hard water where we live and we were not used to this. But that sure didn't stop us from having any fun.
The owner text me several times checking on us, and she even emailed me several times. She aims to please, for sure. And we were not failed- it was a great rental.
Thanksgiving Getaway 2018
Our family enjoyed a VERY relaxing time at "The Hanley Lake Hideaway". Thanksgiving Day we watched the Macy's Day Parade and The National Dog Show while cooking our Thanksgiving feast in a very well equipped open concept kitchen. The views of the frozen Hanley lake made for a holiday feel and this home is very cheery and bright. With our belly's full we headed out (less than a 10 min.drive) to explore Barnes Co Park/Beach and walk our dog Macy. So beautiful how the Pine trees reach all the way to the shoreline.Very Picturesque! When evening came with so many indoor options (shelves are stocked full of games and movies) we watched "The Notebook" and enjoyed our homemade pumpkin pie.
The next day we headed out to explore the nearby towns of Charlevoix and Petoskey (about a 20 minute drive). Charlevoix has such beautiful water views and is a scenic wharf side town where Petoskey has such unique architecture and is a great place to shop. It really was like stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting for the weekend.
We loved our stay. Thank you Laurie for sharing your home!
Sincerely, Steve,Em,Alecia and Macy
So glad you got to enjoy the peace and quiet beauty of late fall/early winter on Hanley Lake! Hearing about your feast makes my mouth water. Come back soon.
Overall fun place to be!
We totally enjoyed our time there, a wonderful lake with all kinds of outdoor equipment and toys, a charming cottage with a spacious deck, plenty of toys, games and indoor activities for the rainy days (which we had quite a few). Centrally located within an hour drive to Traverse City and Petoskey, close to Charlevoix and Belaire, and a hop to Central Lake. Plenty of food options, wineries, breweries, distilleries and mead to go along with the great shopping. And the greatest part was we didn’t have to leave the dogs at home! They are definitely dog friendly with bowls, toys, even a crate and bedding! They had everything there that you could need to have a wonderful stay! Thank you so much!
So glad all went well, despite some crazy rain! Come back as the leaves turn a riot of colors, or when there's snow--cozy inside, beautiful out: the lake, of course, freezes over and you'll see people ice fishing and maybe even skating! Join them, go skiing, climb frozen waves nearby on Lake Michigan...or curl up inside with our DVDs, games, books, and toys. Or wait 'til spring and hunt morels and watch everything green up again. Looking forward to your return.
A great property for an active family vacation in beautiful northern Michigan.
My family of four, including two 11-year-old boys, plus a dog, visited the property in August 2018 and stayed for a week. We came for outdoor activities and spending time on the lakes (Hanley Lake, Torch Lake, and Lake Michigan). The house was spacious and had plenty of amenities to keep us comfortable. There are window-unit air conditioners in the living room and master bedroom, but even in mid-August we didn't need them with nice breezes and temperatures mostly in the mid-70s and low-80s. Our boys used the bunk beds in the second bed room and enjoyed having lots of books, DVDs, and even PS3 video games to keep themselves occupied when we had a little downtime in between activities. We loved the property backyard on Hanley Lake and used several of the kayaks and the stand-up paddle board to travel up and down the lake. We fished from the dock with worms bought from the corner store down the road and my boys caught many panfish and had a blast. We used the backyard fire pit several times for s'mores and star watching. In town we enjoyed the ice cream and fudge shop, and the pizza diner. We swam at the beaches at Barnes Park and Fisherman's Island State Park...very nice beaches for Lake Michigan swimming. We took daytrips to Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Petoskey. Overall, we had a great week and this property was a wonderful summer vacation. We would recommend this property to others.
Rent pontoons, sunfish and motor boat minutes away, right on the lake. You can canoe, kayak or motor along for hours or days along our 75-mile chain of lakes; you're minutes from Torch Lake, Grand Traverse Bay's sandy beaches, championship golf courses, downhill ski slopes and groomed cross-country trails and a great spa/salon; short drives to the tourist attractions of Petoskey (36 miles); Charlevoix (19 miles); Traverse City (39 miles); and Gaylord (36 miles); downhill and cross-country skiing, zip-lining and mountain biking at nearby Shanty Creek and Boyne Mountain (with Michigan's largest indoor water park). Nearby Bellaire (10 minutes) has a movie theatre, bowling alley, indoor miniature golf, and nice restaurants and pubs. Gourmet restaurants and family diners minutes away.