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Lake Michigan Earl Young Cottage 'Abide' Walk to Town, Beach

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3-5)

Come to Abide, and enjoy our uniquely crafted 'Mushroom House' nestled in the midst of Charlevoix the Beautiful.

Come to Abide and relax in this fairy tale-like setting, conveniently located within walking distance of the downtown drawbridge, Round Lake, East Park, and public beach, with lighthouse.

Come to Abide, where the farmhouse sink, wrought iron bed, and stone fireplace will remind you of a place long, long ago.

Come to Abide, and sit outside with a book in one of our red Adirondac chairs, while breathing in the flower-scented lake air.

Come to Abide.

Keywords: This charming stone cottage with thatched cedar roof is located directly across the street from Lake Michigan, and is just 3 short blocks from down town. Walk to the public beach, with lighthouse, and watch the boats go by. Watch the drawbridge go up, while the sun rises and sets across beautiful Lake Michigan.

More Details

Property Manager
Susan Boyd
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 6, 2018

About Susan Boyd

I am founder and owner of Children's Keeper, where we hand craft one-of-a-kind collectable porcelian dolls, Each doll is carefully dressed in a costume designed in the tradition of their native country.

I am also a poet, and love to write.

My husband is a photographer, and Art teacher at a private Christian School in Texas.

Susan Boyd purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Susan Boyd chose Charlevoix

My family has been coming to Charlevoix the Beautiful since the early 1900's. Purchasing Abide was a dream come true. I am happy that I can share my dream with you.

What makes this cottage unique

I love the peace of this little village, nesteled between Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. I love to ride my bike to the lake and go swimming early in the morning when no one else is around. Most evenings, my family and I watch the sunset together, while swimming, flying kites, playing football, building sand castles, or just simply abiding.


Charlevoix Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Lake Michigan Earl Young Cottage 'Abide' Walk to Town, Beach
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews
Pleasant Ridge, MI

fantastic fairy tale cottage

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED our stay at Abide. This is a perfect location, winter or summer. We felt like we were staying at Snow White's cottage! Lake Michigan is right across the street, it's a short walk to downtown, the floors are heated (!!!!) and the fireplace is amazing. I can't believe that such an experience was available to us, this home is featured in the book 'Mushroom Houses of Charlevoix!'

The photos don't exactly do the home justice. If you like older homes, brimming with character and charm, do not pass up the opportunity to stay at this amazing historical gem.

Should you visit Charlevoix, do not miss the opportunity to eat breakfast/lunch at SOW (smoke on the water) It's a very short walk from the home and absolutely fantastic!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, and, I must say, I fully agree. It is my pleasure and privilage to share my fairy tale with you!
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This is an amazing "national treasure" in which to spend some very special time!

  • 5 of 5

For anyone who is interested in staying in a house (1938) that was meticulously designed and constructed by an American architect (Earl Young), and then lovingly restored and cared-for by its current owners, "Abide" can't be beat! From the minute we turned the key and first peeked in, we felt a thrill as we took in all the originality and quaintness of this "Mushroom House of Charlevoix the Beautiful". The unique angles, the dramatic use of stone, especially for the one-of-a-kind fireplace, and the use of light and wood, this is a truly exceptional vacation get-away. We were there during an extremely cold period and the fireplace, along with the unique radiant heat in the flooring, (along with a space heater), kept us cozy and warm. We loved the galley kitchen and all its red dishes, etc.; the bedding was luxurious; and the location just across the street from Lake Michigan makes for an extraordinary view. We had a small heating issue, and the property manager (Heidi) was exceptionally prompt and responsive. Susan, the current owner, was a delight to work with. Be sure and watch the DVD about Earl Young that's provided -- it makes the house even more special to enjoy! And, by all means, take in a couple of meals at the Weathervane Restaurant (also designed and built by Earl Young) to round out a truly spectacular vacation.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am thrilled that you enjoyed your stay, and were able to absorb the beauty of this unique cottage in such a meaningful and lasting way. Abide is my favorite place in the whole world, and I'm delighted to share it with people, like you, who appreciate it as much as I do. Thank you so much for your kind words and encouraging remarks.
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Quaint cottage with charm and comforts galore

  • 5 of 5

Has to be one of my new favorite memories while staying Charlevoix-the Beautiful

Loved the cottage, the yard and access to beach and town center. So thankful for the experience.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, and look forward to your next visit!
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Howell, MI

Awesome! A list of superlatives would be in order.

  • 5 of 5

One cannot visit this quaint, beautiful artisan-built cottage in its elevated location on top of the hill above the beach without marveling at the detail of the inimitable construction of the walls and fireplace from the split sandstone. The furnishings were very appropriate to make our stay comfortable, very clean and at the end of our visit we had really experienced "Charlevoix the Beautiful" at its best. There was a steady stream of picture taking tourists going by all of the daylight hours. Our block, composed of Earl Young homes is a prime destination for people who want a lasting impression of the city of Charlevoix. A stay here should be on everyone's bucket list. Superb!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We spent two wonderful weeks at Abide and enjoyed every minute. We cooked dinner at the cottage almost every night - so easy to get around town either walking or on bicycles. Did lots of beaching, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, hiking, biking, berry picking.... and being in Charlevoix during Venetian week meant there was always something going on in town. The weather was beautiful, and staying at Abide was magical. I hope we get an opportunity to do it again!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Abide to celebrate the last 10 years of marriage and couldn't have picked a better place. This cottage has history, charm, and is perfect for a couple that wants to enjoy time away.

Charlevoix is an amazing location! We fell in love with this town and all it has to offer. We loved everything about our stay and the people in Charlevoix. The cottage is in a great location, close to Lake Michigan, downtown, and can walk everywhere.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enjoy a Sunday service by the lake, cool off in the musical fountian by the harbor, or visit the fish pond in East Park. Walk downtown and shop for fresh fruits and vegtables at the Farmer's Market, and browse the arts and craft shows. Your children will love our local summer camp at Mt. McSauba.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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