Of celtic origin, the “quay” (pronounced “key”) is a solid structure built next to a body of water. More importantly, the quay is our favorite bar in dublin, ireland, and now the name of this lovely summer rental.
Beaver island is the perfect place for a summer escape. Surrounded by the pristine waters of lake michigan, your arrival on beaver island will put you in a place that takes you back in time, slow, peaceful and beautiful. Time slows down, and you can enjoy a leisurely stroll or a drive through mainly unpaved roads (just don’t forget to wave at the people you pass!).
The quay has everything one could want or need to enjoy a wonderful vacation on beaver island. Our home is situated on three acres of island property, has a gorgeous view of lake michigan and is located just outside of the harbor on the northeast side of the island. It is a quick 5 minute drive (or 15 minute bike ride) to the town and public beach, where you can also access a number of restaurants and the famous daddy frank’s ice cream shop. The quay has three bedrooms and comfortably sleeps 10 people.
The main floor has two bedrooms (each equipped with a queen bed) and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom enjoys a private master bathroom, tv and satellite, and a sliding glass door leading to the spacious deck. The main floor also has a large laundry room with a full-size washer and dryer.
The kitchen is on the main floor and is fully equipped including a dishwasher and microwave. It is open to a spacious eating area and family room (including tv and satellite) and a lovely bay window area where you can enjoy breakfast or game time. Comfortably seat 10 for eating between the kitchen and bay area. A large deck wraps the house and sits above the water with terrific views of the lake, a great spot for morning coffee and leisurely meals. You will enjoy boats going in and out of the harbor, including the beaver island ferry, which passes by multiple times per day during the summer.
The basement also has a large family room with a pullout couch and a third bedroom that has a full-size bed and twin bunk beds. Additionally, there is a third full-size bathroom in the basement. You can walk out through the basement garage to the ground level where you are steps from the water’s edge. The front yard has plenty of space for games and also has a fire pit down near the water for s'mores and your overall enjoyment!
This is the ideal location for a large family group or three or four couples or a group of friends. Make the quay your perfect home for your vacation on beaver island!
More information on beaver island:
beaver island is the largest island in lake michigan and part of the beaver island archipelago. Beaver island lies approximately 32 miles from the city of charlevoix on the mainland, and can only be reached by air (20 minute flights via island airways or fresh air) or boat (leisurely two hour ferry ride via beaver island boat co.). The ferry can also bring your automobile over to beaver island for your stay.
Beaver island includes miles of beaches, trails for hiking and biking and seven inland lakes for leisurely fishing. The island also has a golf course and numerous beaches where you can walk on the beach or go for a swim. You and the family can enjoy beautiful sunsets, roast hot dogs and marshmallows on an open fire, and marvel at the stars which shine so brilliantly without the outside distraction of city lights. Explore beaver island to climb mt. Pisgah, find the “big rock” or the “big tree,” visit neighboring uninhabited islands, or just lay back and do nothing. Good restaurants and nightlife in the village pubs is also an option.
We hope you enjoy the island as much as we do!