NORTH SHORE RETREAT
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Wi-Fi, DirecTV, located directly on Lake Michigan near Manistique,
THIS COTTAGE HAS VIDEO MONITORING.
Inside video monitoring CAN be disabled upon arrival.
Outside video monitoring CAN NOT be disabled.
SLEEPS: 4, Max 6 (with 2 couches)
BEDROOMS: 1 King open master loft suite with incredible view of Lake Michigan. 1 main level BR with two twin beds.
BATHROOMS: 2 Full (1 up, 1 down)
*LAKEFRONT Approximately 400 ft. private sandy beach on Lake Michigan
*10 PRIVATE Wooded Acres
Spend a few peaceful days at North Shore Retreat and you'll understand why we say, “Inspiration Lives Here.” Whether you're writing, painting, birdwatching, spending time with family, or just getting away from it all, we're confident you'll find yourself refreshed and inspired by the natural beauty of the northern shore of Lake Michigan and the comfortable surroundings of this home located on the waterfront in the south central Upper Peninsula region.
North Shore Retreat offers guests a main floor bedroom with two twin beds and a large upper level open master loft with a comfortable king size bed, full bath, and plenty of closet space. Enjoy stunning views of the waterfront right from the bed and fall asleep gazing at the stars through the two overhead skylights.
The fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room offer fabulous views beyond the slightly sloped yard to the vast Lake Michigan waters. You'll feel like you're at the ocean – but without the sharks! Watch the ships far out on the horizon, or watch the birds and wildlife right up close in the yard. Brew your morning coffee in our drip coffeemaker, or visit one of the excellent coffee shops in downtown Manistique.
The sandy shoreline and beach change from day to day, so if you stay a few days, you're sure to experience the many changing moods of the lake. Depending on water levels and changing weather conditions, the beach can be transformed from a short sandy sliver to a wide “ocean-like” beach. The lake can be a tempest of crashing waves or a peaceful sheet of glassy calm. Each day will surprise you with a beautiful gift from nature's bounty, and it really is a new experience every day. A small stream runs into the lake just to the west of the cabin and provides a great place to explore. Get creative and pick up a few small rocks to paint at North Shore Retreat's "art corner".
Stay warm and toasty in the wintertime with gas heat and the option for a fire in the wood burning stone fireplace. In the warmer months enjoy the wonderful breezes coming in off the lake. There is no Air Conditioning at North Shore Retreat at this time, but open windows, fans, and the cooling lake breezes typically keep the home within a very comfortable temperature range. Our guests also enjoy fires in the beach front fire ring - enjoy the experience, but please don't ever leave a fire unattended!
A propane grill will get your small family fired up for some great meals. If you bring your well behaved four-legged friend, there is a fenced in area behind the garage. North Shore Retreat provides lots of games for you to enjoy, and a fully equipped laundry room if you need to wash clothes.
Cell phone service at the cottage is spotty and will vary based on your carrier. We provide a landline for your use, and wi-fi is available for smartphone data and wi-fi calling functions. (Or you can take advantage of the opportunity to "disconnect" for awhile!)
There are many groomed snowmobile trails in the Manistique area - along the Manistique River and through scenic forests. There are approximately 2,000 miles of groomed trails winding through the U.P.
If you enjoy hiking, you're welcome to explore our 10 acres, or head out to some of the best hiking trails in the state at nearby Indian Lake State Park, Fox River Pathway, and Ashford Lake Pathway, to name just a few.
The Kewadin Casino is close by and will pick you up at the cabin and return your group (of at least 4) as well.
Unique day trips are popular with all of our guests. Enjoy a visit to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Mackinac Island, and many other incredible places in the U.P.
There are plenty of opportunities to canoe, kayak, fish, bike, and explore a variety of other nearby recreational opportunities in the U.P.
Security Cameras: Due to the secluded nature of North Shore Retreat, we use “smart cameras” to monitor the property entrances, temperatures, etc. when the property is unoccupied. The two outdoor security cams must be left on at all times. We understand that guests may be uncomfortable with the indoor camera being active during their stay, so that camera is set up on a separate module and can be disabled by unplugging the control module from the wall while you are here.
Sleeping arrangements: *Linens are provided*
Bedroom #1 (upstairs in an open loft): King size bed.
Bedroom #2 (main floor, adjacent to the kitchen): 2 twin size beds.
Big Springs "Kich-iti-kipi": Michigan's largest freshwater spring. Two hundred feet across, and 40-feet deep. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit. By means of a self-operated observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and fat trout appear suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing shapes and forms, a challenge to the imagination of young and old alike.
Indian Lake Golf Course: A very popular, 18-hole golf course along Indian Lake. Just 5 miles from the Cabin.
The Kewadin Casino: It is approximately 10 minutes (7 miles) from the Lodge. If you make reservations, they will pick you up at the cabin and return your group as well.
Historic Manistique Water Tower: The Old Water Tower is one of the many historic sites in Schoolcraft County. Built in 1923 and constructed in the “Roman revival” style, it is also listed in the national register. The renovated building will provide space for arts related public events and public rest room facilities while preserving one of Manistique's unique and historic buildings.
Fayette State Park & Historic Town site: Fayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations. Located on the Garden Peninsula at Snail Shell Harbor. When the charcoal iron market began to decline, the Jackson Iron Company closed its Fayette smelting operation in 1891. It is now a completely restored village including 22 historic buildings, museum exhibits and the visitor center, which can be toured May through October. The historic site is located in Fayette State Park.
Snowmobiling: There are many groomed trails in Manistique for you to enjoy.
Mackinac Bridge- approximately 1.5 hours away.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore- approximately 2 hours away.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park- approximately 1 hour 30 minutes away.