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4BR 2BA Log Cabin w/Views of Lake Michigan. Mariners Bike Trail Across Road

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 1,704 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Sleeps 12/Open Concept Home w/Convenient Layout Great for Get Togethers!

Being by the lake produces a feeling of relaxation and you can see, hear, and feel it pretty easily in this easy going place called Two Rivers, and especially right here at the Smiling Bear Cabin.

Our place sits on 1/3 acre across the road from Lake Michigan and you can see the lake from much of the yard and just about every room of the house. We have Swings, Volleyball, Croquet, Badminton, & Sidewalk Chalk! We have a Fire-Pit and a Wood Shed [which may or may not have firewood at any given time]. To round out the outdoor fun, we have a huge Wrap Around Deck and Gas Grill [Propane IS Provided]

For Sleeping Arrangements, there is a Main Floor Bedroom w/King Size Bed, and 3 more Bedrooms Upstairs. 2 of the upper Bedrooms have 1 Queen Size Bed per room. The 3rd has 2 Double Beds. There is a Hotel Grade Sofa Sleeper in LR.

Fully equipped KT includes Gas Stove, Refrigerator w/Water & Ice Dispenser, Dishwasher, Microwave, Wine Cooler, Coffeemaker, Crockpots, blender, beaters, pots & pans, utensils, glassware, bakeware et al. We have some specialties like a melon baller, garlic press, lemon zester, etc to add pizazz to your cooking experience.

There is a full bath on both Floors. Main Floor Bath has a Shower Stall. Upstairs Bath has a Shower over Tub. Main Floor Laundry for guest use.

Towels & Linens provided, including kitchen and beach towels. We provide paper napkins, paper towel, toilet paper, and kleenex. Many extra condiments are at the property as well.

We have a game and book shelf, and a nice big table to gather around.

More Details

Property Manager
Cate Bleser
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2017

About Cate Bleser

The Tall One in the photo bought the home when, let’s just say, it wasn’t pretty. The Short One is me, -- I run BeachTown Properties, with Smiling Bear Cabin being the first outlet for my vacation rental idea.

Although I didn't know Paul when he first bought this property, as a real estate agent I had shown it to some prospective buyers back when it was for sale. It was in such a bad state that I remember weeping, and praying with my whole heart, wishing the whole broken mess of a home could be made new, clean, and right.

Given that honest prayer, it was a blessing to me, an honor, and a delight to end up meeting and getting to know Paul, and see the place improve and be made right over a span of years with what he and his workers had collectively thought out and done with this property.

His workers back in the day were an Amish friend, Milo & sons, and Carlos, a loyal right hand man for Paul for many years, plus a mix & match of other willing workers. There was a lot of good heart put into this property.

The real estate market had crashed shortly after Paul purchased the property, and there were more unseen things to fix than he realized so it became a long-shot money pit project that they would work on intermittently when possible. After several years a finished product emerged.

Knowing at the time he could not get out financially what he had put into it, and loving it so much he couldn’t imagine really parting with it, he furnished it for longer month to month work/stays. That was a good start but after his last long term tenant left back in 2014, he turned the reins over to me to see what I could do with my “vacation rental” idea. That was the beginning of my new world.

Paul and I are both real estate agents, for I think 14 years now for me and a bit longer for him. He is also a licensed contractor, a real estate investor/landlord, & crop farmer. Paul is a widower w/4 grown children & 2 grandkids. I am a single mother of 1 grown child.

Cate Bleser purchased this house in 2006

Amenities

Two Rivers House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1704 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • PLEASE comply with the recycling system we have in place. When you throw something "away" it still has to go somewhere. Garbage is a global problem.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , main floor bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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4BR 2BA Log Cabin w/Views of Lake Michigan. Mariners Bike Trail Across Road
average rating of 4.8039217 based on 51 reviews
5

Smiling Bear A True Delight

  • 5 of 5

This property is very nice, and located in great location! You can go to Two Rivers or Manitowoc via the bike/walking trail, or very easily by vehicle. Cate, the manager, was a delight to work with, and provided a lot of information about the local area. She responds quickly to any concerns regarding the home or area. The property is well kept, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Madison, WI
5

Huge yard, gorgeous view of the lake, beautifully maintained

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent "framily" gathering this past weekend! Views of Lake Michigan from our bedroom window gave the trip a feeling of being way up north yet we were right in town in Two Rivers. Large kitchen with accompanying large table for bigger groups (we had 12). Everything is labeled and easy to find including toiletries, cleaning supplies, and even condiments in the fridge! We enjoyed yard games in the gigantic backyard area and had a blast playing volleyball. Lots of sleeping space. You can tell the owners take pride in this property. Order pizza from Luigi's!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ely, Iowa
5

Great size and flow to the house.

  • 5 of 5

My fishing crew and I loved the place. It was perfect for us. Plenty of space for us to eat, sleep, and relax. I would recommend this place to large families and or groups. And I already booked it for next year. Thank you Cate for taking care of us.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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5

We really liked the property!

  • 5 of 5

For the 6 of us that made the trip, this worked out perfect. Plenty of room and all of the amenities. Location was very convenient. I will book this property again.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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5

Great location for a group Packer outing

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with a group of friends for a Packer game. Beautiful location, great home, great setup. Everything we needed for a great weekend. Will definitely do it again.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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5

Lovely place for a weekend 'up north'

  • 5 of 5

Great and easy-to-use property in a nice setting close to the lake. The owner is very organized and has everything clearly labeled. Everything worked, and we had a very comfortable stay for 5 adults and 5 kids. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Manitowoc County Airport (2mi.). Also Green Bay
Nearest Barpub
The Sandpiper
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
S.S. Badger Lake Michigan Carferry Mtwc-Ludington
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Fox Hills, Mishicot
Nearest Motorway
Property is Just off Wisconsin Hwy 42
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Point Beach State Park & Woodland Dunes for XC ski
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Across the street. Also Neshotah Beach, Two Rivers
Car: recommended

Great territory for Bicycling, Kayaking, Hiking, Swimming, Golf, Fishing, Antiquing, Dining & More. Access both Manitowoc and Two Rivers from this cabin via an easy-to-do Bike Path. You can make a very do-able bike ride out to Point Beach State Forest, traveling past Neshotah Beach in Two Rivers where SWIMMING is prime, then meandering through part of a 63 acre Conservation Subdivision (where more affordable lots are soon to become available for purchase) and on through the woods to Point Beach State Forest--You can even stop for refreshments, beer, and food at our famous Port Sandy Bay while on your way through the forest, or have cheese curds and ice cream at the end of the trail by the Point Beach pavilion situated lakeside with easy steps to water and also a wheelchair access/HANDICAP ramp to beach from parking lot. It is a fun trek. Bike Rentals Available.

Bike shops, & Scuba Diving Shop! Many nature preserves & hiking including Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve, as well as the Collins Marsh. Explore Maribel Caves, or hike any of many segments of Ice Age Trails. Equestrian Trails through Point Beach State Forest with access to Lake Michigan . Great Farmers Markets in both Two Rivers and Manitowoc.

Many interactive museums including the Rogers Street Fishing Village, Historic Washington House, Hamilton Wood-Type Museum, Manitowoc Maritime Museum, Pinecrest Historical Village, & More!

Great Cross Country Skiing in Winter & also an indoor ice arena featuring Public Skate, Figure Skating Lessons, & Hockey. County Airport for private planes.

Wide array of entertainment & cultural events at the lovely restored theater, The Capitol Civic Center. Brand New Car-Mike 10 Movie Theater. Bowling. Golf, Mini Golf, outdoor Aquatic Center, Roll-Aire Roller-Rink, Racquetball, Tennis, city Zoo, & more.

Unique shopping including the family owned Schroeder's Department Store & Red Bank Coffeehouse. Many neat sewing, gift, and artisan stores throughout the area, as well as thrift & consignment stores. Alpacas & Artisan Designers. Many interesting crafting groups. Wonderful Farmers Markets. Unique 63 Acre Conservation Subdivision with over 33% of the land dedicated as publicly owned green space. Affordable lots now available, with more soon to be platted.

Many long time proven restaurants around including The Courthouse Pub eatery& microbrewery, authentic Thai cuisine at 8th & York, homemade Italian sausage pizza at Tony’s Pizza, award winning subs at Fatzo’s, German Beers at Kurtz’s, Italian Food at Marettis Deli, and Luigis Italian Restaurant, super fine gourmet dining at Al Corso in Collins, Authentic German certain nights at Gibs & more! Fresh smoked fish available from Suzie Q’s. 25cent hand-dipped ice cream cones at Pine River Dairy where you can sometimes see butter being made.

Door County 1 hour away, Green by 40 minutes. Appleton 60 minutes, Milwaukee 90 minutes.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110

For cancellations there will be a 5% penalty, as the credit card service charges 2.5% of the amount billed when billed, and 2.5% of the amount when refunded.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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