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Gorgeous Year Round Waterfront Chalet on Beautiful East Lake

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Come and escape it all!

Majestic eagles, white swans, ducks, chipmunks and squirrels are just a few of the wildlife you'll enjoy watching from the wrap around deck overlooking 120' of extremely private waterfront. Listen to the loons call as you enjoy your coffee in the mornings. Take a boat trip around East Lake and catch an abundance of fish! The Lake has pike, perch, bluegills, and bass. Our shoreline starts out ankle depth and sandy for the little ones, and gradually gets deeper about 12' from shore. You can also get adventurous and do some water skiing, boating, sailing or canoeing on our all sports lake. There's a public boat launch for your vessel, and we have a 51' dock for convenience. There's fantastic fishing right off the dock. For the hiking enthusiast, there are endless miles of trails to discover. Ask about the 23 waterfalls you can explore - all within 45 minutes of the Retreat. In the winter, ride three minutes to gas up and hit the hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails that are waiting! We even have extra overflow parking for your big rigs. Large groups? Ask us about our other 5 star rentals available to accommodate your group - all within 2 minutes of each other. Or, spend a day ice fishing on the lake. It's simply excellent all season fun.

This home is fully stocked with everything you'll need - from towels and linens to pots and pans. Enjoy practicing your culinary skills at the 7' x 6' island while you view the lake. If you don't feel like cooking - there is a family restaurant within walking distance. You can also walk to the mini grocery store and gas station nearby. There are four bedrooms in total. The master loft bedroom has a queen size log bed and its own 4 piece bath. One of the main floor bedrooms has a queen bed, and the other main floor bedroom has 2 bunk beds that have double beds on the bottom and twin beds on top, and our newest addition to the home is the fourth bedroom - a large 'Slumberjack Suite' complete with a new king log bed, rustic furnishings and your own private fireplace. This bedroom is located in the lower level - making it darker, cooler and quieter for those who want to catch up on their zzzz's. All of the beds have new, quality, comfortable mattresses and linens. Want to just get away from the gang? Hang out in the beautifully finished family room - complete with its own cozy fireplace and a 50" flat screen tv - all the better to watch the games on!

If you're in the mood for sightseeing - there is plenty to do! Take in Taquamenon Falls, Oswalds Bear Ranch, The Tahquamenon Logging Museum, Lakeshore National Park & Pictured Rocks, The Toonerville Trolley, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum or the Crisp Point Lighthouse - just to name a few. Or, hop a fairy to Mackinac Island - it's only a 60 minute drive from the house. Lastly, don't forgot to play a round at the 18 hole Newberry Country Club Golf Course.

At the end of the day, lay on one of the lounge chairs down by the lake and savor the gorgeous sunset. Then finish off with a cozy bonfire where you'll recount all of the memories made in this wonderful northern retreat.

Keywords: House, Chalet, Waterfront Home, Retreat, Vacation Home,

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Barb Graham
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

About Barb Graham

Our names are Randy and Barb Graham. We've owned the East Lake Retreat since 2003. We actually got married right in our home, and took advantage of the gorgeous setting for our wedding pictures! We are avid outdoors people - enjoying boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and all that nature has to offer.

Barb Graham purchased this house in 2003

Why Barb Graham chose McMillan

The UP is simply the perfect place to be to enjoy the outdoors. We live in a larger city down state, and we just can't WAIT to get back to our East Lake Retreat! It's either adventure or relaxation at it's best - just whatever you're in the mood for! If you're looking to shop at the big malls, this is NOT the place to visit. :-)

What makes this house unique

Fishing, relaxing by the water and night time bonfires are our all time favorite things to do at the retreat. In the winter, it's our snowmobile heaven! We've made many fabulous memories here, and we hope that we can pass the opportunity along for you and your family to make your memories here too!


McMillan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed
  • King size beds (1) Enjoy our brand new 'Slumberjack Suite' featuring a new king size log bed., Queen size Beds (2) Two bedrooms each have a queen bed. The master bedroom has it's own full bathroom and new Sealy Posturpedic mattress., Bunk Beds (2) Top bunks are twin. Bottom bunks are double size.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rock climbing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Snowmobilers take note! You can gas up right by the East Lake Retreat and ride right to the many hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails that are waiting for your enjoyment! Trailhead is a 5 minute ride from the Retreat.


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Gorgeous Year Round Waterfront Chalet on Beautiful East Lake
average rating of 4.948718 based on 39 reviews

Beautiful home with special details and charm

  • 5 of 5

4 couples total, had a wonderful time the house was clean and full of neat decor. Plenty of room.. No negatives. Absolutely worth the stay!!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The retreat had everything we could possibly need in a beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

The home was well equipped with everything you could possibly need. It's decorated very cute, has comfy beds, and is extremely clean. The setting is beautiful and not too far from taking day trips to the Falls, Mackinaw, Whitefish Point, and the Soo Locks. There were 8 of us in our group and we all had a wonderful time around the bonfire at night. I would definitely recommend this retreat!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous Find

  • 5 of 5

We came to the retreat to snowmobile. The home accommodated four couples extremely well. The kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to cook our meals, eat and drink. The snow was plowed back and we had no trouble getting our trucks and trailers in and out of the driveway and parking area. The home was very clean and well maintained. I would recommend this rental to friends and family and would love to see it in the summer. Barb is great at communicating with her renters and the home decor is amazing. This home would be a fabulous choice for any age person or groups.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were thrilled that this group did a review for the East Lake Retreat. Our snowmobilers are always so happy with their stay, and as an owner, I often neglect to ask my guests to leave a review. It was great that this group shared their experience. We love our snowmobilers and always look forward to their stay!
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Perfect UP vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We had a perfect vacation at your retreat! Except for one rain day, the weather was perfect. We loved to kayak, fish (boat or dock), and swim. The fire pit and chairs were awesome. There was so much room for our extended family.

The UP decor was awesome!! Every little detail in every room! Beautiful! The home was immaculate.

Meals at the retreat were so relaxing, whether eating on the deck, (which we did majority of the time) or inside the kitchen, the views of the lake were beautiful. We loved the huge kitchen island, and it was very well stocked.

All our sightseeing excursions were nearby, and so nice not to battle traffic to get to them. Taquamenon Falls, Picture Rocks, Soo Locks were all amazing.

We definitely will come back. Thank you for a perfect vacation!!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great U.P. Vacation

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful experience! The rental was immaculate and well appointed with quality furnishings. It fit our extended family's needs to a tee. The owner and property manager were very helpful, even launching our boat for us. We were able to travel to Pictured Rocks, Taquamenon Falls, Muskalunge Lake and even took the kids to see the bears at Oswald Ranch. The sunsets were gorgeous and the fishing was very successful. We caught fish every day off the dock and on our boat, mostly largemouth bass and small pikes. Would highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leeann, we were so happy to help you out with your boat! Our property manager is the best! Hope to see you all again!
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Nearly Perfect

  • 4 of 5

Our party arrived mid afternoon on a beautiful day and we found the accommodations very comfortable. We spent much of our time traveling. The young adults played basketball, read and had bon fires. The lake is peaceful, but don't assume you can wade or really swim, a boat/kayak would be ideal. The balusters on the deck are not (current) regulation as my year old grandson found out; at 30 lbs, his whole body nearly went thru so we had to keep him in his bounce seat. . Kitchen had everything but a chef. Virtually no bugs was a plus as we heard horror stories about the black flies. My only disappointment was the deck light; we Love to stargaze and watch satellites and that light made it impossible, even at the end of the dock. I assume it was for safety. We all...ages 1 yr to 84 found our stay delightful. Thanks Barb for being so available.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry that this family did not review our Welcome Binder at the East Lake Retreat. The Welcome Binder outlines all information - including where the light switch is for the deck lights. It also has our phone number clearly stated in the event there are questions or issues. I'm not sure what our guests were referring to regarding swimming and wading, as our family (as well as our many guests) have enjoyed swimming at the dock area as well as swimming out to our raft. (See the review two reviews below titled "Great Place for the Family") A boat could have also been easily arranged with a quick call to me. What we ARE happy about, however, is that our East Lake Retreat staff was able to search and find our senior guests beloved rosary that was a gift to her from her pastor. Hopefully this family can savor the great memories that they made at the East Lake Retreat.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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