Marblehead creek flows alongside your driveway as you enter your secluded retreat in the evergreens. A serpentine brick walkway leads to 2200 sq.feet of fabulous Lake Michigan sounds and views. A spacious eat in kitchen opens to the large great room, with fieldstone fireplace and dining room surrounded by 2 story views of water!A first floor master bedroom with private bath, opens to the deck and lake view. Another first floor bedroom and the huge loft bedroom share a second full bath. A separate 'River Room'is surrounded by window views on 3 walls of woods and water. Off the huge lakeside deck is a walkway to a private gazebo in the dunes overlooking Marblehead Creek as it flows into Lake Michigan. A fieldstone walkway leads you to your sandy beach, firepit,and where the stream flows into Lake Michigan, a favorite place for children to play.The quaint harbor town of Manistique is only 12 minutes away providing a marina, hospital,restaurants,shopping,and a walkway on the breakwater to the lighthouse.In addition to the great relaxation, day trips are easy to Grand Marais and the Lake Superior Shoreline, Munising and the Pictured Rocks, as well as the beautiful Lake Superior city of Marquette or Mackinaw Island.
- Cottage2200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay6 nights
Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath lake home sleeps 6,with 206 feet of sandy beach.
- Calendar last updated:
- Sep 7, 2018
About Richard Streetman
Both educators with time to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Richard Streetman purchased this Cottage in 2000
Why Richard Streetman chose Manistique
We have explored and vacationed in the U.P. for many years and when we came across this rare find of property on the Creek and Lake Michigan, we knew we had to build our private getaway here!
What makes this Cottage unique
The large sandy beach front and incredible views from almost every room in the house are enough to draw one to this vacation home, but add the benefits of the eagles, herons, deer,and other wildlife that frequent the property because of the Creek, make us never want to leave. If you bring your jet ski,sunfish, canoe, kayaks, or rubber raft, you will enjoy the added benefit of exploring the miles sandy beach shoreline from the water. If you bring your ATV, there are hundreds of miles of trails just a short ride away. We often ride our ATV to nearby Gulliver Lake and then on to Soul Choix Lighthouse and back.
A Home & Setting Without Equal in the U.P.
This was the 4th summer that we have spent a week at the Shorebirds. We have never been disappointed in any way. The home is beautiful; comfortable & nicely furnished. The kitchen is well equipped. Manistique is conveniently close when groceries, lunch or shopping are desired. We are now pretty familiar with the attractions the area has to offer, but are mainly looking for a laid back, relaxing week. The sandy beach is easily accessed (we have only been there early in the season, so can't comment on the swimming) with a glider & fire pit. The sounds & views of the lake can also be enjoyed from the deck or from the great room. The home is beautifully integrated into the landscape; plenty of privacy & a chance to view birds & small animals plus the occasional deer. We have been there when it was chilly & stormy; were comfortable & enjoyed ourselves reading & watching the lake. This year we were blessed with almost perfect weather; sunny, 70's in the daytime, 50's at night. Hated to leave; hope to go back.
We only rent our home 4 weeks each summer because we enjoy using it ourselves.It is so gratifying to hear responses like this one, just knowing that others like it as much as we do...especially from this renter who has come each year for the four years we have rented! Thank you for sharing your appreciation of your stays at Shorebirds on this site and the wonderful comments you leave each year in our guestbook, we always look for forward to reading it.
The Streetmans at Shorebirds
We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed Shorebirds beautiful house. We took advantage of all their outdoor spaces, garden, wrap around deck and gazebo to boot! Lake Michigan is right out your door. We watched the bald eagles search for their dinner along the shore. Wonderful place!
still a great home!
This remains our favorite home rental, ever. I always think of it as a home, and not just a beautiful house in a beautiful setting. I am so pleased that renters have taken loving care of it. It is just as nice today, as it was the first time we rented it.
We had a very rainy week, but we never felt confined. So many windows and patio doors--each with a view of the lake or forest or landscaping. I can't imagine what would make it any nicer than it already is.
We have rented several homes and cabins on the Homeaway website and this was by far my favorite. The house is beautiful and the location right on the beach on Lake Michigan was amazing. The house has everything you would need for the perfect vacation stay. You can tell you are renting someone's home that they have made beautiful memories in, and they are sharing their home so your family can build their own memories.
Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. We will definitely come back.
Magnificent Lake Michigan Beach House!
Don't look any further than this listing! You've found a stellar Lake Michigan getaway in this Manistique beachfront cottage. The house and amenities far exceeded our family's expectations. We spent a lot of time at the house enjoying the beach, playing cards/games and relaxing. There are fish to be caught in the stream by the house too! We didn't catch any whoppers (only some small bass and catfish), BUT we saw some big trout in there!
We also ventured further north and took a day trip to Lake Superior for the Pictured Rocks sunset cruise--a must see if you're in the UP. Another destination we enjoyed much more than we anticipated was the Big Spring which is local to the area. The natural spring was mesmerizing with its pristine water and emerald green colors. Our kids had a great time "driving" the self-guided raft across the water and looking at all there was to see swimming and bubbling down below. We've been back for weeks now and our kids still can't stop talking about how much fun they had on our vacation. We would jump at the chance to go back again!
Great Week in Manistique
This property is the complete package. We enjoyed the comforts of the lovely home & the way it was integrated into it's natural setting. We had pretty decent UP weather for early June. Most days we enjoyed the outdoors either from the deck or the beach. My wife is recovering from a knee injury & was pleased at how easily she could access the beach from the house. Insects were not a problem on the lakefront side of the house. At times there were swarming mosquitoes in the driveway area, but we had not much reason to spend time there. We spent the one rainy day in the house reading & watching the Lake.
We hope we might get the chance to come back next year. We would recommend the property to any one, but would have been nervous if we had small children because the home was so nicely furnished. (That's a compliment from "Seniors" with grandchildren.)
We made a day trip to the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point with lunch at the Tahquamenon Brewery & Pub (a must see & do). We had lunch at The Upper Crust with shopping in the nearby art gallery & antique shop in Manistique (fun). Ate a takeout pizza from Main Street Pizza (very good). Got maps & info from the Hiawatha NF office (lots of places we never got to visit).
In phone & email contact the owner was responsive & helpful. We didn't need much customer service, the place speaks for itself.
Public boat launch in Manistique. Seney National Wildlife Refuge just one -half hour away.One hour to Pictured Rocks boat cruises or pontoon boat rentals on Munising Bay. Big Spring Kitch-iti-Kipi Is 20 miles away and Fayette Historic park is 40 miles away near Garden MI. The Lake Superior Shore line near Grand Marais on H-58 is breath taking and only an hour away.
This property is for sale. Real estate agent will call in advance of any showing.Full refund of deposit will be made if the property sells.