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Tricks Retreat, Cabins,Clear Sandy All Sports Birch Lake, Kids, Pets, Fish

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Birch Lake view from the cabins at sunset, ask about multiple cabin discounts

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Last updated: 07/22/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Nestled in the pines, down a two track lane are these enchanting rustic cabins sitting on the banks of Birch Lake. Located just minutes from Elk Rapids, Traverse City, Charlevoix and Schuss Mountain and Shanty Creek. Turtle Creek Casino is only 20 minutes away. Boat, water ski, fish and swim beautiful Birch Lake surrounded by nature at it's best. No TV, No Phone, just you and the nature around you. Perfect for the affordable family vacation! Available by the night in early and late season, by the week in the summer.

Close to Elk Lake, Torch Lake and the entire Chain of Lakes. Access up to 9 lakes connected by rivers with just one boat ride. Make sure and visit the Famous Torch Lake Sandbar and the south end of Torch Lake. Where locals and vacationers gather to visit and have fun.


Pet friendly with $50 of $100 pet fee refundable if you clean up after your pet, neighbors are not pet friendly so you will need to contain your pet while here.

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Birch Lake is the perfect, warm water, shallow kid-friendly lake...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking allowed outside only...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pet fee of $100 per pet...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    all of the cabins have minor step up to porch, standard sized doors...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10

  • Lodge: 2 queen, 5 twin/ single

    ...moreless

  • Red cabin: 1 queen, 1 double, 3 twin/ single

    ...moreless

  • Yellow cabin : 1 queen, 3 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    ...moreless

  • Rent one cabin or all three! Front two cabins are 600 sf and sleep 5 in beds, 7 if you count the pull out queen couch. Main bed in front cabins is a full sized bed and kids bedroom has bunk beds with a trundle bed. Lodge is 800 sf and has queen sized bed with queen sized pull out couch. Lodge has bunk beds and a day bed along with two more trundle beds. Loft in Lodge has single bed and can sleep few extra kids in sleeping bags. Loft to be used only under adult supervision. See picture of ladder to loft in photo gallery....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Full 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, shower

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  • Each cabin has shower and toilet and sink. Lodge has combination tub and shower. Lodge has only laundry facilities....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Gas stove in yellow cabin on thermostat. Wood stove in red cabin. Lodge has enclosed fireplace. All three cabins have charcoal grill and fire pit. Smoking outdoors only....moreless

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    All cabins have turntable with old records provided. Turntable have radios along with place to play CD's and ipod dock...moreless

  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beachfront:

    some beach entry areas along shoreline, Birch Lake is all sand bottom, water shoes reccommended for small children because of the occasional sharp Zebra mussel ...moreless

  • Lake
  • Lakefront:

    glorious open water sunset view...moreless

  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Water View:

    water view that they put on post cards!...moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    dryer in Lodge only, can use this if Lodge is one of the cabins you rent...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Lodge has 77% efficient fire place ...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    in yellow cabin, gas fireplace is on thermostat...moreless

  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    linens, towels, beach towels and cozy blankets provided for our northern Michigan climate ...moreless

  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street:

    two spaces in front of each cabin, some addtional parking along drive if you leave enough room for other cars to get to cabins...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    see off street details...moreless

  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    in Lodge only, can use this if Lodge is one of the cabins you rent ...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Lodge has wood fireplace, wood fireplace in Lodge is very effective...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    red cabin has wood stove, please keep all objects far from it when using!...moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    marshmallow roasters in each cabin along with standard kitchen utensils ...moreless

  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Coffee makers, microwaves, and toasters, paper towels and toilet paper for weekly rentals...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    refrigerator in yellow cabin is from the 50s and does not have big freezer area, other cabins have full-sized standard refrigerators...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio:

    decks on all cabins along with covered screened porches...moreless

  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    one canoe, four paddle boards for all cabins to share, kayaks soon...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    covered screen porches on all cabins, Lodge has family gathering area/bigger porch...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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Harbor Days
Jul 24 - Aug 5, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,000
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$700

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Pet Fee $100
  • cleaning fee $65
  • Property Damage Protection $59

Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 07/22/2016
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Location

Car: Necessary

5 mins North of Elk Rapids on beautiful clear sandy all-sports Birch lake! This great little cabin complex from the 50's enables big groups to do vacations together with private cabins for three families. Two front cabins sleep 5 in beds with queen sofa sleeper allowing for two more stowaways. Main Lodge sleeps 7 in beds with queen sofa sleeper and loft for extra people. Available with linens, beach towels and warm blankets. Main Lodge has washer and dryer. Available for weekly rentals Saturday to Saturday between Memorial day and Labor Day. Before and during Memorial day and during and after Labor day, we rent for the weekend with discounts for adding extra days. All sports Birch lake allows for a full range of water activites. Canoe, paddleboards, swim rafts and three docks on the premises. One half mile north of Elk Lake, Birch lake is nestled between East Traverse bay and Torch lake, right in the middle of all that this water playground has to offer!

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2008

About: I live in the Florida Keys but spent my childhood summers on Elk Lake and look forward all year to returning to Birch and Traverse bay region in the summer!

Why Elk Rapids, MI, USA:
These cabins reminded me of nearby Camp Maplehurst. The idea here is for multiple families to vacation together without having to share space for living all of the time, this spot will take you back to summer camp or the roadside individual cabins of the 50's and 60's.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
One of the best attributes of Birch Lake is its clear, sandy bottom, perfect for little ones to play in while also being all sports lake. It is also a shallow lake which tends to make it warmer for kids (and adults!) You can fish, water ski or just float in Birch Lake!


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Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • Birch Lake view from the cabins at sunset, ask about multiple cabin discounts

    Birch Lake view from the cabins at sunset, ask about multiple cabin discounts

  • Yellow cabin with screen porch and fire pit, Lodge barely visible to the right

    Yellow cabin with screen porch and fire pit, Lodge barely visible to the right

  • All cabins have decks, screen porches and fire pits

    All cabins have decks, screen porches and fire pits

  • Yellow cabin kitchen, retro table (and fridge!) great gas fireplace on the right

    Yellow cabin kitchen, retro table (and fridge!) great gas fireplace on the right

  • Lodge living room and fireplace with kitchen and back covered porch beyond

    Lodge living room and fireplace with kitchen and back covered porch beyond

  • Queen bed in lodge, day bed with trundle visible in foreground, game, book shelf

    Queen bed in lodge, day bed with trundle visible in foreground, game, book shelf

  • Covered screen porch at the Lodge for family meals or game night

    Covered screen porch at the Lodge for family meals or game night

  • Ladder to loft, Lodge, queen sofa sleeper, queen bed and 5 single beds in Lodge

    Ladder to loft, Lodge, queen sofa sleeper, queen bed and 5 single beds in Lodge

  • side view of new bar relative to yellow cabin

    side view of new bar relative to yellow cabin

  • Cute pair of farm ducks visited in 2013! Lodge shorefront and swing on right

    Cute pair of farm ducks visited in 2013! Lodge shorefront and swing on right

  • Lodge fire ring with chairs, white pine and birch trees surround this hideaway

    Lodge fire ring with chairs, white pine and birch trees surround this hideaway

  • The drive to Tricks retreat is highlighted by the swings in front of each cabin!

    The drive to Tricks retreat is highlighted by the swings in front of each cabin!

  • All sports clear and sandy bottom Birch Lake at the height of summer

    All sports clear and sandy bottom Birch Lake at the height of summer

  • The Lodge with large covered screened porch, fire pit and covered porch in back

    The Lodge with large covered screened porch, fire pit and covered porch in back

  • Screen porch on Lodge with Yellow and Red cabins and lake barely visible beyond

    Screen porch on Lodge with Yellow and Red cabins and lake barely visible beyond

  • Queen sofa sleeper in Red cabin living room, all cabins have a similar set up

    Queen sofa sleeper in Red cabin living room, all cabins have a similar set up

  • Front two cabins, 2 bedrooms with a jack and jill bathroom joining them in back

    Front two cabins, 2 bedrooms with a jack and jill bathroom joining them in back

  • Lodge wsh/dry, day bed w/ trundle, other bdm in lodge has bunk bds with trundle

    Lodge wsh/dry, day bed w/ trundle, other bdm in lodge has bunk bds with trundle

  • Grand fireplace in Lodge for our chilly northern Michigan mornings and evenings

    Grand fireplace in Lodge for our chilly northern Michigan mornings and evenings

  • Newly added bar at Tricks ReTreat overlooking lake, red cabin on left

    Newly added bar at Tricks ReTreat overlooking lake, red cabin on left

  • Cabin shorelines, each cabin has outdoor furniture, porch swing and private dock

    Cabin shorelines, each cabin has outdoor furniture, porch swing and private dock

  • Recent wild bunch enjoying the breezes off Birch Lake

    Recent wild bunch enjoying the breezes off Birch Lake

  • New porch in addition to screen porch on Lodge 2012

    New porch in addition to screen porch on Lodge 2012

  • Yellow cabin living room with queen pull out couch

    Yellow cabin living room with queen pull out couch

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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