A beautiful lake front cottage with recent renovations, this property is located just north of the island on Van Etten lake. The lake is an all-sports lake frequented by fisherman, motor boaters, skiers, canoers, kayakers and sailors alike. Sit by the dock on a summer evening and enjoy beautiful sunsets. When the light is gone, enjoy a fire by the lake until the stars come out. Small sailboats are also a treat on the water, and the lake is large enough to provide hours of enjoyment as you are pushed about by the wind. You can also bring or rent a canoe or kayak and paddle up the Pine River at the north end of the lake where Bald Eagles, Whitetail deer, and a host of waterfowl are routinely seen. If fishing is your passion, bring your boat and try your luck with the Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass and pan-fish for which the lake is known. The dock is also a great option if you have children who might like to try their hand with pan fish. If you are a golfer then the courses located just a few miles away may be of interest. Ranked #1 Best New Resort Course in the US by Golf Digest, Lakewood Shores offers three unique golf experiences. It's also located in a quiet location in which neighbors are not the loud, partying type which means they also appreciate quiet, respectful people nearby.
The cottage has a large deck area where we spend most of our time in the summer. Adirondack chairs provide comfortable reading areas along with a patio table, chairs and umbrella where meals can be enjoyed on warm summer days. A Weber charcoal grill is also available for use.
The cottage itself includes 3 bedrooms that provide sleeping for 6 people. The master bedroom with queen size log bed and hardwood floor includes a half-bath and a gas wall fireplace and is conveniently positioned on the lakeside with glass sliding doors that allow access to the large deck area. We usually leave the door open in order to enjoy the summer breeze and the sounds of the lake. The other two bedrooms are both carpeted. The second bedroom has a full-size bed with a writing desk and armoire, while the third bedroom has a daybed with a twin mattress and pull out trundle also with a twin mattress. All bed linens are included.
The lake-side living area includes a large picture window and sliding glass door with full access to the large deck area, seating for 6--sofa, love seat & antique rocker, carpeted floor, wood stove and a TV with DVD/VCR. Access to Netflix movies and other internet channels are included along with Wi-Fi. A small library is also available for the readers of the group, along with several board games.
The kitchen includes refrigerator, gas stove/oven, microwave, coffee maker, Kitchen Aid mixer, pots & pans, drinking glasses, plates, bowls, baking ware, cutting boards, silverware, and other kitchen utensils required for cooking great vacation meals.
Bathrooms have a Nordic feel with tongue and groove pine walls. The shared bathroom is a 3/4 bath with a 5 foot shower and clear glass sliding door. The second is a 1/2 bath in the master bedroom. Two towels and wash clothes per guest are provided.
The Oscoda area provides plenty of options for additional activity. Lumbermen's Monument is only about a 20 minute drive on River Rd. where beautiful vistas of the AuSable River are enjoyed along with the opportunity to learn about the once-thriving lumber industry of the area. Canoe liveries are also nearby if you would like to make a day of it and paddle one of the most beautiful rivers of North America. In July the AuSable River Canoe Marathon takes place and is a rather unique and exciting event as paddlers begin in Grayling on Friday night and race all night along the 120 mile section of the river, finishing in Oscoda on Saturday. Just a few miles away, Lake Huron provides long, sandy public beaches and cool, clean, Great Lakes swimming. Easy public parking with a great children's playground on the shores of Lake Huron. (Full disclosure: Van Etten lake is not the best for swimming due to a weed issue currently being addressed. We also have a seawall, not a beach, as do most Van Etten lake properties.) Charter fishing on Lake Huron is also available on privately owned boats in Harrisville or Oscoda. Want fresh fish but not the fishing? Visit Wellmans' Sporting Goods in Oscoda for a variety of fresh catches including whitefish, salmon and sometimes Lake Trout. Check the local calendar for free, live concerts in the band shell on the beach in downtown Oscoda located in the park which includes play equipment for children and a handicapped accessible beach area. And don't forget to check out the excellent, highly rated golf courses at Lakeshore Resort just around the corner. Three ice cream vendors downtown are also a great treat in which to indulge the taste buds.