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Beautiful Home Near Marquette Mountain and Minutes from Everything. Est. 2008.

(28 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/01/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

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Beautiful 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath home near the ski hill and minutes from everything in Marquette.

Cliffs Ridge is a comfortable, spacious home with four separate bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 futons and a reclining full-size sofa and chair. It has cathedral ceilings and a corner wood-burning fireplace for family togetherness and privacy all wrapped in one. The home is located less than one mile south of Marquette Mountain Ski Area on M-553 (the closest accommodation to the hill), minutes from downtown Marquette and magnificent Lake Superior, and ten minutes to KI Sawyer International Airport.

Cliffs Ridge is so-named because you can see its rooftop from Cliffs Ridge Run at the top of Chair #1 at Marquette Mountain, formerly Cliffs Ridge Ski Area. There is no apostrophe in 'Cliffs' because it was originally named after the Cliffs Dow Company. The exposed beams in the roof and Great Room are actually recycled from the old Tracy Mine in Ishpeming.

Part of the beauty of renting Cliffs Ridge is its personality and warmth – you can enjoy family and friends without the commercial feeling of a hotel, and with the great kitchen space you can enjoy excellent family dining without the expense of going out to eat for every meal.

Fully furnished, it is a wonderful place to rejuvenate and spend time with the ones you love. Relax in front of the fireplace after a great day of skiing, curl up and watch a movie in the comfortable seating in the living room, enjoy drinks on the 2nd-story deck after a day at the beach, or read a book in one of the private bedrooms.

Cliffs Ridge has four separate bedrooms. "Superior": King-size bed, master bath, sitting area, access to private back deck, futon, 32" flat screen TV and Charter cable; "Big Bay": bunk-bed room with two singles; "Northwoods" Queen bed with 32" flat screen TV and DVD player; and "Chalet": Queen bed with another full bath and door to outside. "Northwoods" and "Chalet" have French doors with blinds and curtains separating them; these can be opened or closed depending on your preference.

It also has two futons suitable for kids (one in master and one in living room) and reclining sofa and chair in the living room. There is an additional bathroom on the floor with the living room, dining and kitchen area.

The kitchen is fully stocked with everything necessary to feed a crowd including two crock pots, turkey roaster and many nice pots and pans. There is a Weber stainless steel propane grill on the upper deck year-around.

This year-around vacation home is the perfect spot for family reunions, ski vacations, NMU parent activity weekends, wedding parties, hiking weekends, Brewfest, Pictured Rocks touring, golf vacations and more. Our hope is that your family can enjoy it the way we have for 28 years — and that it can become your Marquette home-away-from-home as well!

The Marquette area has 35 miles of interconnected paved bike trails and miles of mountain biking trails as well — accessible directly from the house. Snowmobile parking is available at Marquette Mountain with access to the trails. Cliffs Ridge is also two miles from Blueberry Ridge Cross-Country Ski Trails.

Keywords: House, Ski Hill, Lake Superior, Northern Michigan University, Weddings, Skiing, Snowmobiling, XC Skiing, Hiking, Biking, Fat-Tire Biking, Fishing, Beaches, Community Events, UP 200, Midnight Run, Coast Guard Station, Little Presque Isle, Presque Isle, breakwalls, Brewfest, Foodfest, Seafood Fest, Northern Michigan University Football and Hockey, Marquette, Big Bay, Pictured Rocks, Golfing, Anatomy of a Murder, Thunder Bay Inn and all area sporting events.
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/01/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Responsible party must be 25 or older...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is allowed on decks; ashtrays are provided....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs are allowed only with prior approval and may not be left in the home alone. There is a non-refundable fee per pet....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    The master bedroom has a private bath, 32" cable TV & deck....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Can be opened to other queen room or private; full bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Very nice with 32" TV and DVD player. Shares bath....moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 bunk bed

    Great room for kids; blackout curtains; stairs to top bunk!...moreless

  • There is a King Master Bedroom with private bath, 2 Queen Bedrooms with shared bath, and a Bunk Bed room consisting of two twin-size beds. There are also a reclining sofa and chair in the living room as well as a futon, and a futon in the master bedroom. The maximum occupancy is considered on an individual basis. For instance, there is carpeted floor space where some families have kids sleep in sleeping bags, and this is perfectly acceptable. Just let us know how many people who would like to bring....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Master Bath: toilet, shower

    The shower is a large shower with seat...moreless

  • Upstairs Bath: toilet

    New ADA toilet; on second floor living area...moreless

  • French Door Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    New ADA toilet; new exhaust fan...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Great new outdoor fire pit. One of our most requested items and now it's here!...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    One upstairs in LR and another in Queen bedroom on main floor....moreless

  • Games:

    Several board games including Monopoly, Pictionary. etc....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Better than basic cable is included which includes the local weather channel and several sports channels.....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Samsung Soundbar with HDMI, USB, Optical, and Auxiliary compatibility. Can pair to Samsung phones. Bring Aux cables for iPhone and iPod. Hooked up to TV for sound; may not be unhooked and moved....moreless

  • Television:

    32" TV in LR (USB & HDMI-capable, soundbar and DVD player) 32" flat screen in MB, HD box (Charter) Additional 32" flat screen in Queen bedroom with HDMI & DVD; USB. 27" TV in queen for gaming, etc....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    There is a gathering table with eight chairs and a smaller round table with three chairs for games or for kids' dining; there is an extended counter off the kitchen with two stools....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 13 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    There are two window-vented air conditioners and fans, up and down. There are also lots of windows and the house has great cross-breezes depending on the weather and the wind direction....moreless

  • Broadband Access:


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer is available to renters staying 5 days or more....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Beautiful wood-burning fireplace with wood provided...moreless

  • Garage:

    Garage is available for waxing skis only. There are sawhorses available and electricity....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The house has recently been converted to propane forced heat and has three separate heating zones....moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    The beds are freshly made on your arrival. There are extra linens, blankets and pillows....moreless

  • Living Room:

    L-shaped living room/great room that runs into the dining room....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is RV parking available but must be approved prior to contract....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    There is parking available for 4-5 cars. 4wd is recommended in the winter, the drive is steep....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Notify management before planning on RV parking. Currently in the process of adding RV-friendly parking to the north of the garage....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels are provided and there are extras available if necessary....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washer is available to renters staying 5 days or more....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless Internet is included and has been fine-tuned for any wireless-compatible computer unit....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Wood Provided...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    2 12-cup coffee makers...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Indoor and outdoor utensils...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Lots of plates, mugs, bowls and double silverware sets; wine glasses, martini shaker and glasses...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen includes a microwave, toaster, 2 12-cup coffee makers and dishwasher. It is fully stocked with plates, glassware, wine glasses, silverware, pots and pans, pizza pans, crockpot & utensils...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Ice machine is currently not working due to construction. Ice trays are provided....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    There is an excellent toaster that also fits bagels....moreless


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

    Larger deck off great room with seating and gas grill. Noise from highway can be loud in the summer months. Private back deck off master bedroom with seating area, great grapevine and dog door....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Grass lawn...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    New Weber propane stainless steel grill on upper deck off dining/great room area. Two additional filled tanks in garage....moreless



from 28 traveler reviews
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250


Please contact us directly regarding rates. We customize our rates based on the season, number of people and number of nights by emailing or calling 906.236.2702 (CST).

There is a $125 cleaning fee that is paid directly to property management and refundable $250 damage deposit that is returned to you within 30 days.

Rates run between $185-275 per night and depend on the number of adults and children, nights and the season. Check out our website at

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Last updated: 05/01/2017
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12 Miles
Nearest Airport
KI Sawyer
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Crossroads Bar & Grill
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
Marquette Mountain Ski Area
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lake Superior

Car: Necessary

Minutes from Lake Superior with miles of gorgeous sand beach; minutes from Marquette with great shopping and restaurants; Northern Michigan University functions; seconds from one of the best ski hills in the Midwest and XC ski trails; M-553 connects to all of the surrounding bike paths and trails; mountain biking and climbing on the dirt road immediately north of the house. This is a great gathering house for bridal functions and family reunions.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1989

About the owner: We bought the house as a primary residence in 1989 and renovated and added on throughout the years. When moving to Washington State in 2006 we were not ready to sell our house and decided to turn it into a vacation rental so that we could continue updating it and give others a chance to enjoy it as well. Our ties to Marquette remain strong and we love visiting with friends and family as often as we can. It's hard to leave and it's great to come back! As we enter into the ninth year of sharing our home with wonderful folks, we are happy to know that people are returning to celebrate weddings, reunions, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more. Keep enjoying the house and the Marquette area! We have now returned to the Midwest (Wisconsin) and are so happy to be back and closer to friends, family and our house! We hope you continue to enjoy Cliffs Ridge as we do.

Why the Owner Chose Marquette, MI, USA:
The Marquette area offers an enormous range of activities, indoor and out. Boating, fishing, biking, hiking, skiing, great restaurants and shopping -- the possibilities are absolutely endless. It is a welcoming and warm community with the added benefit of magnificent Lake Superior which in itself can entertain the entire family. Cliffs Ridge's central location allows you to be anywhere in the area in minutes -- the best of all worlds. Marquette is central to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Munising, 40 miles east) and Big Bay, (20 minutes north and home of the historic 'Anatomy of a Murder' location. Houghton/Hancock (home of Michigan Technological University) is about two hours north along with Copper Harbor and Isle Royale. Day trip possibilities abound from Cliffs Ridge!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We love to have friends over to enjoy the 2nd-story deck, the wood-burning fireplace and gathering table in the dining area — when you sit at that table you feel as though you are living in a treehouse! There is also a wonderful new fire pit in the backyard. This fall we took down more than nine trees and enlarged the back area including RV parking and entertainment area, including new lawn. The highway in front can be a little noisy during the day; traffic slows down at night. We are focusing the outdoor living area toward the back of the house for this reason. Nothing compares to fresh Lake Superior trout or whitefish on the grill -- get it from Thill's Fish House (link on our website) and you are guaranteed that it is fresh and wonderful!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/01/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Welcome to Cliffs Ridge!

    Welcome to Cliffs Ridge!

  • Welcome to Cliffs Ridge! Entryway; Master Bedroom on Right; Others on Left.

    Welcome to Cliffs Ridge! Entryway; Master Bedroom on Right; Others on Left.

  • Beautiful Wood-Burning Corner Fireplace with Firewood Supplied.

    Beautiful Wood-Burning Corner Fireplace with Firewood Supplied.

  • Vaulted Ceilings in Living Area

    Vaulted Ceilings in Living Area

  • Dining Area to Fully-Stocked Kitchen.

    Dining Area to Fully-Stocked Kitchen.

  • Upstairs Powder Room.

    Upstairs Powder Room.

  • "Chalet" — Queen Bedroom Viewed from Northwoods. Queen Bedroom.

    "Chalet" — Queen Bedroom Viewed from Northwoods. Queen Bedroom.

  • Full Bath Connected to Chalet, Queen Bedroom.

    Full Bath Connected to Chalet, Queen Bedroom.

  • "Big Bay"—Bunk Bed Room.

    "Big Bay"—Bunk Bed Room.

  • Master Bedroom Sitting Area and Closets. Enclosed Deck to Left.

    Master Bedroom Sitting Area and Closets. Enclosed Deck to Left.

  • Master Bedroom Looking out to Entryway.

    Master Bedroom Looking out to Entryway.

  • Fire Pit with wood from more than nine trees just t cut down in Fall 2016.

    Fire Pit with wood from more than nine trees just t cut down in Fall 2016.

  • Upper Deck with Seating, Weber Gas Grill.

    Upper Deck with Seating, Weber Gas Grill.

  • Hallway to Big Bay, Northwoods and Chalet Bedrooms and Second Full Bath.

    Hallway to Big Bay, Northwoods and Chalet Bedrooms and Second Full Bath.

  • Living Area with Corner Fireplace, Reclining Couch and Chair, 42" Flat Screen.

    Living Area with Corner Fireplace, Reclining Couch and Chair, 42" Flat Screen.

  • Well-Stocked Kitchen – Just Bring Food and Drinks!

    Well-Stocked Kitchen – Just Bring Food and Drinks!

  • "Chalet"—Queen-Size Bedroom with Attached Full Bath. Open or Close French Doors.

    "Chalet"—Queen-Size Bedroom with Attached Full Bath. Open or Close French Doors.

  • "Northwoods"—Queen Bedroom with 32" Flat- Screen TV and DVD player.

    "Northwoods"—Queen Bedroom with 32" Flat- Screen TV and DVD player.

  • Master Bath to "Superior" – Master Bedroom

    Master Bath to "Superior" – Master Bedroom

  • Cliffs Ridge is Beautiful Any Season of the Year!

    Cliffs Ridge is Beautiful Any Season of the Year!

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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