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

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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 house 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.

More Details

Rob & Cat Preston
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Rob & Cat Preston

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.

Rob & Cat Preston purchased this house in 1989

Why Rob & Cat Preston chose Marquette

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!

What makes this house unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Here for sister's wedding!"

"Loved the house! And the ghost that visited me in the middle of the night; I named him Pebbles."

"Spent the week here celebrating with friends and family for wedding festivities. The U.P. sure is God's Country!"

"Had an amazing week in Marquette -- what a great rental -- lots of wonderful memories." ?

"Love your home . . . we had an amazing time with friends and family. Very homey!"
May 2011
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Marquette House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , The shower is a large shower with seat
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , New ADA toilet; on second floor living area
    French Door Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , New ADA toilet; new exhaust fan
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , The master bedroom has a private bath, 32" cable TV & deck.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Very nice with 32" TV and DVD player. Shares bath.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed , Great room for kids; blackout curtains; stairs to top bunk!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Can be opened to other queen room or private; shares bath
  • There is a King Master Bedroom with private bath, 2 Queen Bedrooms with shared bath, and a Bunk Bedroom 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.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
Great new outdoor fire pit. One of our most requested items and now it's here! Wood provided.


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Beautiful Home Near Marquette Mountain and Minutes From Everything. Est. 2008.
average rating of 4.785714 based on 49 reviews
Poplar Bluff, MO

Super family friendly place!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at Cliff's Ridge for a long weekend to celebrate a birthday. The house was extremely clean, was a perfect set up for little ones & furry ones, and we really loved the well-equipped kitchen. We all had an awesome time and Cat was incredible to work with. We are already planning our next stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had such a great time, Jenn! We love the fact that so many other families are able to call Cliffs Ridge their home-away-from-home. Looking forward to seeing you again.
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Only 1 Private Room for Couples

  • 2 of 5

A relative booked this for our group of 3 couples. Though the house is old, it has been fixed up attractively. Nevertheless, it would be much more suitable for a guys weekend than for our group. There's one very nice master suite with a private full bath in a newer wing. The other two rooms with queen beds lack privacy. The two are connected by French doors. One has no real bedroom door, just a louvered closet door from the hallway. The laundry room and main bathroom can be accessed only by walking through this bedroom. This means the couple in the third bedroom have to go up the stairs (which creak loudly) for any middle-of-the-night bathroom trips. (The third toilet is a half bath off the great room upstairs.) Incidentally, the washer and dryer are located in a very musty unfinished basement. The musty odor is somewhat noticeable in the 2nd bedroom. The two older bathrooms have old fixtures (toilets that fill very slowly and a shower with hard-to-regulate water temperature.) Despite these draw backs, the property has some good features--plenty of space and a great location. It just was less than ideal for our group, and seems overpriced, especially if privacy is a priority.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review Cliffs Ridge. Not sure who K is, but he or she is not a person we ever dealt with during the rental process. An actual name would lend more credibility to any review. The title is incredibly misleading. There are three completely private bedrooms and the fourth that is attached to the second full bath is about to get a solid door, even though it has an overabundance of doors which is why that one was removed when it was my art studio. In nine years and almost 50 5-star reviews, we have never had a two-star review. We also never had to spend as much time on the phone with a renter trying to undo the cluster that he had made of the TV/Cable boxes while thinking that he was dealing with a satellite system instead of Charter/Spectrum. During this phone call he repeatedly said that the house was great and that everything else was perfect. We finally had to give him some personal information so that he could call Charter directly. The two bedrooms are made completely private by French doors with full privacy blinds. The room without the bath has its own door to the hallway; the other one connected to the full bath is about to have a separate door to the hallway as well instead of the louvered doors that a long-term renter added, as stated above. All of the Cliffs Ridge literature and house information state to contact us immediately if there is anything that a guest is not happy with. The wife of the person who actually booked the house called a couple of days after looking for her makeup bag; she did not mention any issues either. It seems inappropriate for someone to ignore that and blind-side with a bad review. Over the last few months we have made many extra updates to the house and more are coming in the immediate future, including updating the basement area. We have literally invested tens of thousands of dollars into this property over the last nine years alone. Our long-standing history of happy new and repeat guests speaks for itself. We hope you had a great time in the area.
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Great rental near Marquette!

  • 5 of 5

I had a family member getting married in Marquette, and most of our family is from downstate in the Lansing/Flint area. We were looking into hotels and were shocked by some of the prices. We also wanted to spend time together as a family while in Marquette. I found Cliff's Ridge and we booked it. It was my wife and I, and two of my cousins and their husbands. We had six people and all slept quite comfortably. There were three queen bedrooms, and had another room with twin size bunk beds. There were also a couple of futons that could have been used. Since I found the place, my family gave us the master bedroom which had its own full bathroom, private deck outdoors, sky lights, and a living space in our room. It was very nice.

The owners were great with directions on how to find the place, and were great at communication throughout the process. After arrival I had phone numbers for both the owner and caretakers in case of emergencies and received emails from both making sure we had all we needed. The weekend we were in Marquette was the first rainy weekend of this long hot summer I think, so some of our outdoor plans had to be cancelled. We, as well as many of my other family members had booked the Pictured Rocks boat tour but it was cancelled due to weather. While they were checking in with me to make sure we were taken care of, the owner also made suggestions on other activities we could do in the area, since our plans had changed. They were great and very helpful!

The house has a reverse setup, with the 4 bedrooms on the first floor near the entrance. Their is a stairwell leading up to a spacious gathering area and kitchen upstairs where we spent most of our time. We had access to a well stocked full kitchen and refrigerator with all of the appliances we needed. There is a large table that seats 8 and another smaller table that can seat 3 or 4. The night before the wedding, we had some of our other cousins over for dinner (I grilled bacon burgers on the provided gas grill, which was very nice). We had about 11 people in the upstairs area comfortably while we had dinner, played cards, and had a good time. There is also a large flat screen tv with a good cable package which included FSD to watch the Tigers. The very nice couch features footrests, and there is a recliner also.

All of this about 10 mins from Marquette. Far enough away to not be downtown but close enough to be near everything. We couldn't have been happier!! 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that the house worked out so well for you and your family. Thank you, as well, for your patience with our driveway construction. Too bad you didn't get to do the Pictured Rocks cruise, but the Marquette area offers so many outdoor and indoor activities that I am sure there were quite a few things you found to do. So glad you took advantage of the outdoor decks and grilling area, as well. We just love having others fully enjoy our home. Welcome to the Cliffs Ridge Family, Matt! Cat and Rob
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Great Place for Ski Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Spacious home located a mile away from Marquette Mountain. This was our 2nd stay at this home this ski season. Price is great. Beds are comfortable. Home is clean, kitchen has everything you need. Having laundry makes it really easy if you don't want to have to pack a lot. Such a QUICK jaunt over to beautiful Marquette Mountain. 5 minutes to downtown...very convenient location. Great place to stay!!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jen, so glad your stays were wonderful. Yes, our place is the closest accommodation to Marquette Mountain and is also very close to Blueberry Ridge just south of the Crossroads. Thank you for enjoying our house and treating it as your own. We love our repeat customers! Have a great rest of the year! Cat and Rob
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Perfect for ski weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at Cliff's Ridge with a group of friends for a ski trip weekend. The house is only a few minutes from Marquette Mountain. The house was nice and cozy. We loved having a full kitchen so we didn't have to bring dishes and utensils. There is chopped firewood so we could warm up after a long day on the slopes! The house was clean when we arrived and we'll definitely be staying again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing Cliffs Ridge for your Marquette stay. Welcome to the ever-enlarging Cliffs Ridge family! We miss that fireplace so much and are glad that others can enjoy it. Have a wonderful new year!
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Perfect vacation home

  • 5 of 5

My family from Wisconsin stayed at Cliff's Ridge for my wedding in Marquette. The place was beautiful and really gives off the "I'm on vacation" feel. Very spacious and well accommodating for my large family. The closest and largest rental we found near Marquette Mountain where we held our wedding reception. Short drive to downtown but offers the privacy of being out of the city. The owners are great to work with. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to be a positive part of your wedding, Michelle! Thank you for choosing Cliffs Ridge for your stay.
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
KI Sawyer
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Crossroads Bar & Grill
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Marquette Mountain Ski Area
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $75
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 $215-275 per night and depend on the number of adults and children, nights and the season. Check out our website at

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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