Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call VRBO Booking Assistance: 888-829-7076
Book Online or call VRBO Booking Assistance: 888-829-7076

La Bella Vita, means 'the sweet life' in Italian, a log home on Lake Superior!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath Located On Lake Superior's Sandy Beach In Big Bay, MI

La Bella Vita is a newly constructed log home on the beach of Lake Superior. It has magnificent views to the north which allows for viewing of both the sunrise and sunset. It is located on a private dead-end road that is well maintained. Gas-fired boiler with in-floor heat keeps your feet warm and toasty in the winter months!

The cabin has all modern amenities with Bose surround sound, wrap around deck, brick paver driveway and patio with outdoor fire pit.

It is a 3 bedroom, 2 full bath year-around home with plenty to do in all four seasons. Spring, summer, fall and winter provide many recreation opportunities for all!

Winter snowmobiling is just a short ride away, no need to trailer your sled!

More Details

Natalie or Robert Martin
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Natalie or Robert Martin

Natalie and Bob were high school sweetharts both growing up in Marquette, MI. Bob retired from banking as President and Natalie is a RN and certified massage therapist with a clinic in Marquette. They have extensive contacts in the Marquette area and can help arrange multiple activities.

Natalie or Robert Martin purchased this cabin in 1992

Why Natalie or Robert Martin chose Big Bay

Natalie bought the property with plans to use it as a summer home. The log home is 1,800 sq.ft with all modern amenities including a sauna, two full baths, 3 bedrooms (one with bunk beds).

Internet, Bose surround sound both in the home and outdoors on the deck and patio provide the perfect setting to watch the waves roll in off Lake Superior. The home looks due north so you can watch both the sunrise and set!

What makes this cabin unique

Having the perfect view of Lake Superior you can marvel at the changes in the lake. One day it can be sky blue, the next slate gray. It can be calm as far as you can see (it's like looking out at the ocean!) and the next day be 10' waves!


Big Bay Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Sauna
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Downstairs full bath has shower/tub combination with sauna. Upstairs full bath has walk-in tile shower. Both baths are tastefully done and modern in every way.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Downstairs bunk bedroom - 2 bunk bed
    Downstairs Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , Downstairs queen sleeps 2
    Upstairs Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , Upstairs Queen sleeps 2
  • Downstairs has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed, one with a set of twin bunk beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The cabin is adjacent to winter snowmobile trails just a very short drive away. No need to trailer your sled, just cruise on over to the trailhead.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveler reviews)

95% Complete
4% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
La Bella Vita, means 'the sweet life' in Italian, a log home on Lake Superior!
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews

Great house, great beach, dog-friendly

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a sandy Lake Superior beach, where we could run our two active dogs off leash and just relax. The house is an upscale log home, very nicely decorated, and fully equipped with all that we needed. Great location close to water's edge; we met a few of the friendly neighbors, but mostly had the private access beach to ourselves. For us, a memorable 5 days of beach walking, crazy beautiful starry skies, and even a glimpse of the northern lights one night! Bob kept in touch via text, and was very helpful in all ways. We loved this place!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guests too!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Home is exactly as listed

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, loved the outdoor areas & being right on the quiet bay, I'm not sure we saw more than 2 other people during the week. House is exactly as advertised, very clean & they thought of all the little extras from firewood to charcoal for grilling. I would just mention this is a very rural area, although 20 miles West of Marquette, those 20 miles take about 45 minutes so plan ahead to get what you need.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Big Bay is 22 miles north of Marquette with a new Class "A" paved road with several lengthy passing lanes. Speed limit is 55mph once you leave the city of Marquette and it's a beautiful drive!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Excellent property and location

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for an up-north Lake Superior vacation. The home, deck, and patio with fire pit was lovely. Access to the clean, sandy Lake Superior beach was just a few step off the patio. Overall, a completely satisfying experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Wonderful Lake Superior Views

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for views of Lake Superior, then La Bella Vita is definitely a breathtaking view of a beautiful body of water. Big Bay, to me, is one of the best bays on Lake Superior; I can only compare it to Marquette Bay (perhaps too bright), Keweenaw (maybe too big) and Huron Bay (there are obviously others). But there was something about the water, wilderness and stars that made this place special. The cabin feels like a cabin yet has all the amenities you would expect from a home. The decor inside feels like the northwoods but more upscale. 1.5 miles from the cabin, you have access to a small store, gas station, and two restaurant type bars. Waterfalls are 5-10 miles away and epic hiking trails as well as small hiking trails are 5-25 miles away. Yellow Dog River, Sugarloaf, Alder Falls, Pinnacle falls and many more hikes are less than an hour away. Also, Marquette has over 20 bars/restaurants and is only 25 miles away. I would stay here again and recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Green Bay, WI

Gorgeous inside and out

  • 5 of 5

This was our third year in a row coming and we don't see that coming to a stop anytime soon! The views from the house are incredible, the sandy frontage is great for hanging out during the day and the fire pit on the porch is perfect for mid day snacks! We fell in love the first time and love it more each time we return. See you in 2018 :)

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Worth the money, accommodating owners.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property, comfortable house. Access to washer/dryer would have been icing on otherwise delicious cake.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
KI Sawyer
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
ThunderBay Inn
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Marquette Golf and Country Club, Greywalls
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Thunder Bay Inn
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Beach in front of house
Car: necessary

Big Bay is a very quiet little community located 24 miles north of Marquette, MI. It is the perfect getaway if you are looking for a quality private stay on the sandy beach of Lake Superior.

La Bella Vita (as the home is aptly named) is a newly constructed log home right on the beach.

Four seasons of fun are easily accessible. Winter snowmobiling trail access is a short ride away right on your sled, no need to trailer!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Insurance $99

The log home rents beginning after 3:00pm. Checkout time is 10:00am. Minimum 4 day stay, longer stays are negotiable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

You might like these similar properties