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Experience the North... in Luxury - at an Affordable Price!

Bedrooms 2
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Lodge, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 12 adults comfortably)

Looking for a memorable getaway?

Come to the The North Lodge located between Big Manistique Lake and North Manistique Lake near Curtis in Michigan's Beautiful Upper Peninsula!

This private, quiet getaway is only moments away from many activities. After a day of fun & frolic at the beach, on the lake boating or fishing, in the woods hunting, on the trails snowmobiling or 4-wheeling, or maybe just sightseeing or enjoying an autumn color tour, you can return to your own lodge where you can enjoy privacy, peacefulness and calm serenity.

Winter...Spring...Summer...Fall...Your Place for it all...The North Lodge

This unique, custom-built log lodge allows you to experience the North without giving up the comforts of home


•Luxurious Great Room w/ Vaulted Ceilings including a 40' Flat-Screen Satellite TV

•Fully Equipped Modern Kitchen including a Microwave & Dishwasher!

•Spacious Loft w/ Queen-size Bed, Full Closet Full Bath & Loveseat (Twin Hide-away)

•Hardwood /Ceramic & Slate Tile Floors

•Second Spacious Full Bath on Main Floor

•Completely Finished Lower Level w/ Den & Two Bedrooms...Den has 2nd Satellite TV!

•Queen-size Sofa Bed

•Full Bed in 1st Lower Level Bedroom

•Full/Twin Bunk in 2nd Lower Level Bedroom

•AND... Queen Bed PLUS Twin Bunks in spacious Den area!

•Sleeps 12 adults Comfortably!!!

Keywords: Spacious, Private, Cozy

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gaylynea frank
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

About gaylynea frank

My wife, I and our oldest son left the city life in 1992 to move to the beautiful Upper Peninsula of MI... over 20 years and two more children later and we still enjoy all the UP has to offer.

Our children were able to grow up enjoying hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, swimming, 4-wheeling and anything else they could find to do in the great outdoors...

We truly thank God for allowing us to live in an area where we can enjoy His creation to the fullest.

On behalf of myself, my wife and our children, we look forward to being of service to our guests and ensure that their stay at The North Lodge is unforgettable!

The Franks,

Michael & Gaylynea

Richard & Cara (& Haleigh)



Why gaylynea frank chose Michigan

My wife and I always dreamed of building our own log lodge. After 3-1/2 years of hard work and 2 semi-truck loads of raw logs that dream finally came true.

As a builder, I enjoy being original in concept, design, function and quality coupled with our love for the outdoors we were inspired to bring the outdoors in! This was accomplished by utilizing the natural wood tones of nine wood species and the rugged look of stone resulting in a unique custom-designed, handcrafted, log lodge. The serene wooded setting of the Upper Peninsula forest only adds to the calm tranquility you experience with each stay.

If you want to enjoy the many activities the water offers, the lodge is located only moments away from many in-land lakes, public beaches & boat launches or maybe you'd prefer the scenic drive to one of Michigan's beautiful Great Lakes.

What makes this lodge unique

We personally have enjoyed friendships, family and quality time that is shared in the comfortable environment of the lodge. As an avid outdoorsman, the get-away experience in the woods (or nearby on the water) have always given great peace and relaxation. The North Lodge offers that same peace and relaxation, whether sitting under the covered porch, around the fire-pit or in the comfort of the lodge itself. We personally receive great satisfaction from the experiences of our guests; their enjoyment and pleasure at the lodge makes our attention to detail worth every effort.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a great place! We all enjoyed our stay and it worked out great for our trip.

Aug 2012
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McMillan Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 (Loft Suite) - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 (Main Level) - toilet , combination tub/shower
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  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Loft Suite (w/ Full Bath) - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleep Sofa - Twin
    Bedroom 1 (Lower Level) - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 (Lower Level - 1 bunk bed , Bunk is Full / Twin
    Den Area (Lower Level) - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Twin Bunks
  • 12 person sleeping = 2 persons in ea. Queen & Full = 8 PLUS 1 person in ea. Twin = 4
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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  • 5 of 5

The North Lodge is truly a gem of the UP.

Having never been to Upper Michigan before, we did some pretty extensive searches for places to stay that offered some basic comforts. We found that primitive, yet beautiful campsites were abundant, and there were more than enough roadside motels that would fit the needs of our family of 5. But with either of these lodging options we felt that something was missing. Investigating the offerings on VRBO and finding this wonderful accommodation, we found what we were looking for.

As other reviews have stated, this lodge is spacious, comfortable, and stocked with everything that both a family looking for adventure, or a group of outdoormen, would possibly need. What perhaps needs more mentioning is just how lovely the area is.

The lodge is located in a rural setting, surrounded by other homes with vast yards and bountiful trees, giving the lure of seculsion and privacy. The backyard has a green space that is framed by more trees, suggesting the sense of being in the woods. Complete with an open sky and fire pit, one can truly imagine being at a remote campsite.

The location is another one of the attractions of the lodge. It is within an hour's drive to either Lake Superior, or Lake Michigan, and the activities in Manistique, Muninsing, and Tahaquemon Falls, areas in which we concentrated our time. For the outdoor enthusiast, there is a plethora of lakes nearby, along with ATV and snowmobile trails.

Be aware with the seculsion of this lodge that there are some trade offs. A full service grocery store will not be just a few minutes down the road, and that you will be inconvenienced with no Internet or cell phone ability. You'll need to take that into consideration when making your decision. For our family, that trade off was worth the benefits that these accomodations gave us.

A sincere thank you to the Franks for making sure that their home was so clean upon arrival, and for the little extras (shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent). These fine touches make you feel like you're at an all service hotel, while being in one of the most beautiful, quiet places you will find.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad that y'all had a wonderful first-stay in the beautiful U.P. and enjoyed some of the fantastic sights it offers. I hope y'all will consider a return to the U.P. and to The North Lodge... [Think about how beautiful it would be in the Fall ;)! ] P.S. You are definitely right about the trade-off... What I find though, is that the lack of "connection" makes it so much easier to unwind & disconnect for a while...and RELAX!
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Beautiful Lodge!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation. My husband and I loved your lodge. It was very cozy. We had a nice visit with family in Curtis. Hope to be back soon. Maybe think about getting WiFi or a land line.

Brian and Tammy - California

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad y'all enjoyed your trip -- we have gone back & forth about WiFi and/or a landline but the solitude is so nice at times. We will keep an open mind :)
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Beautiful setting!

  • 4 of 5

We rented the lodge for a family reunion and while it probably wasn't designed for 50 people, it worked out well! Those who stayed overnight found it comfortable and private. Others said they would have stayed overnight if they had known how private the sleeping arrangements were. The weather was fine so all of our activities were outdoors and the yard accommodated activities and an eating area. Parking was limited but the owners were helpful in allowing additional parking nearby. The fire pit was an added benefit. The lodge is beautifully decorated. The kitchen was well stocked with paper towels, aluminum foil, and that type of thing which was beyond our expectations. We really enjoyed our time there and would love to do it again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad y'all enjoyed your time. Let us know what we can do to earn your 5-star rating!
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Gorgeous Home!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay at a wonderful property! 💕 It was well stocked and had the comforts of home. A great experience of you want to be off the grid for a few days.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Being "off the grid" makes for a great get-away, yes? Come back again when y'all need to get away from it all!
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U.P. Vacation

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place to stay when we vacationed in the U.P.! This place had everything we needed, was clean, and we could go out to various places in the U.P. and come back in the evening, cook out, and sit by the campfire. We had friends come and visit while we were there and they want to rent this place in the future. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad y'all were able to experience all the UP has to offer right from The North Lodge! I hope y'all will consider it your UP home away from home & come back often!
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It was a wonderful place to stay as we explored parts of the UP!

  • 5 of 5

The accommodations worked out very well for our family. It provided us with a comfortable living spot as we took daily trips to a variety of sight-seeing attractions. We would highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that y'all were able to explore the beauty of the U.P and all the wonderful sites. It sounds like a good old-fashioned family vacation! I am so glad we were able to (in some way) be a part. Hope y'all will consider coming back!
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Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Luce County Park

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Rates & Availability

McMillan Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off-Season (Fall)
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Off-Season (Spring)
Mar 1 2018 - May 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $30 per person per night

Reservations confirmed by deposit.
A full summary of Rate Schedule can be seen on our website

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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