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Family friendly comfy log lodge and pond in the heart of the UP. We accept pets.

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,407 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Three bedroom lodge with outdoor play spaces nestled in natural habitat.

Serenity Lodge has clean spacious rooms with a rustic relaxing atmosphere. The living room and kitchen are in one Great Room, which encourages socializing. The fully furnished kitchen includes gas range, electric refrigerator, microwave, dish washer and large dining table. Spacious cupboards are furnished with a wide variety of dishes, utensils, pots and pans. Various spices and staples are kept on hand in case tenants forget and need an item. Kitchen linens, dish soap for hand and machine cleaning, plus various cleaning supplies.

The adjoining living room has a couch, a love seat and a Lazy Boy recliner. The fireplace is stocked with wood, and fireside cooking tools are provided for relaxing family fun. In the early morning watch through the large picture window as long legged birds hunt small fish or frogs in the shallow backwater behind the pond. Ducks and geese dive or dunk for food. Large Sand Hill Cranes look like slim men coming out of the underbrush for a drink at the pond. An occasional eagle will soar overhead.

The first downstairs bedroom contains a double bed, dresser, and 2 closets. The other downstairs bedroom houses a queen and a twin bed, chest of drawers, and closet. An upstairs loft holds a long double, a queen and a twin bed. The Lodge sleeps 7 comfortably.

A half bath is in the loft, with a full bath with shower/tub on the main floor. The first bedroom has a stacked washer and dryer tucked into one of the closets, accessible to tenants without extra cost.

The Lodge sits next to a small creek, supplying the music of running water from spring through mid-summer. A man made pond lies just beyond the creek, waiting for swimmers on a hot day. Inlet and outlet culverts direct creek water through the pond, allowing swimming through out the summer and early fall. We have a raft, boat, tire inner tube and other water toys.

Outdoors on the concrete porch, a gas grill and picnic table provide for outdoor cooking/eating. A campfire area is provided for cooking or just visiting by fire in the evening. Wood is supplied. Enjoy a beautiful sunset as the local frog chorus tunes up. These hearty singers provide an evening symphony from spring through mid-Summer.

We have electric lighting for the porch and campfire area if desired. On a clear night with the artificial lighting off, the moon and stars give a stellar presentation. The Milky Way and various constellations are available for identification for those so inclined. Come and see our favorite family gathering place. Know why we call the Lodge Our Healing Place.

Hikers can stretch their legs on old logging roads, or slow down the pace and explore animal trails. Motorbike enthusiasts have an extensive county road system to ride.

There are several day trip possibilities since Serenity Lodge has a central location in the UP. Details regarding various possibilities will be available at the Lodge, or can be supplied at your request.

More Details

Owner
Lynn and George Hansen
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Lynn and George Hansen

My Dad and Mom bought this land in about 1945, right after they returned from Alaska, where I and my two sibs were born. They had gone to AK as newlyweds in 1935 as colonists to settle the Matanuska Valley. It was during the Great Depression and was a great adventure for them. Like so many government plans begun in high hopes and trusting values, the project soon became entangled in government kickbacks and favoritism, negating the intentions of the colonists. They moved to Anchorage in 1940 and Dad worked as a carpenter.

Then WWII began, my Mom's younger brother died in Pearl Harbor, and they began to seek ways to return state side. It took them until 1945 to accomplish their return and purchase this land which adjoined the farmland they bought. My folks raised us on that farm with all of us working the farm and the woodlots surrounding it. All the local farmers supplemented farm income with woods work. Every single farmily went out of business anyway from 1960 -1975.

Growing up, we visited this pond from time to time, dreaming of a time when we'd prosper and be able to build a cabin here. We just did not manage to gain that necessary surplus income to make that happen

My husband and I purchased the farm and wild land in 1965. We never farmed the land but surely enjoyed raising our family of 4 kids on the farm for 9 years. By then He purchased an insurance agency in Bark River and we moved there, sold the farm but kept about 250 acres of wild land for our "dream cabin" on the hill north of the pond.

My husband, bro in law and another friend had enjoyed hunting the wild land from our home for several years. Now that the farm was gone we needed a new plan.

To realize our dream cabin we sold 3 40's of wild land to the 2 the other hunting families and the dream began! Our son, Terry cut the pine trees for the walls off our land in the winter of 1975-76. It was really going to happen!

Lynn and George Hansen purchased this cabin in 1944

Why Lynn and George Hansen chose Perronville

Everyone came out for a "Peeling Bee" over Easter vacation in 1976. Our 6 teens were a big help though there were plenty of complaints as we wrestled with the tough bark while a mixture of rain and snow pelted us.

The concrete pad for the cabin was poured by a client who owed an insurance bill. He made the pad 3 feet wider and longer than the plans called for as a gift, but it caused a little crises. The log builders said the bottom logs could not be 1.5 feet inside the concrete pad or water would collect and rot the bottom log. They insisted bottom logs must fit over the edge of the concrete pad. The logs were not long enough to extend that additional 3 feet each way.

The crises was solved by "stretching" the logs. The builders cut the logs where a window or door was planned, and pulling the log along a bit, added a few inches here and there. The planned long corner wings had to be more modest, but the builders were able to make our logs work. What a gift that extra area is! The men worked from a penciled sketch, not a blueprint.

We ordered the 5 long logs that hold the roof, from out west as local pines do not grow that tall and slim. The rest of the material came from our wild land. Tongue and groove paneling was milled locally, stacked to dry in the cabin, and ultimately used for the ceiling and loft facing.

The men worked much of next summer to erect the walls and roof. Once the walls were up and the roof installed, the professional builders left and our 3 men and my Dad, finished the building. We women ran the food station.

The teens joined the crew. In addition to being gophers, go fer this and go fer that, they nailed wire mesh between the logs to secure the chinking that could not be applied until the logs dried a year. Our work crew had the roofing on and windows in before the snow.

With hardly any furniture, the men hunted from the cabin that fall in spite of the wind blowing through the cracks between the logs. Refreshing

What makes this cabin unique

It took the next year and all three families to furnish the cabin. My Dad built the large dining table that we still use, and the solid wood doors. They have stood the test of time.

We used old drapes to form the "walls" of the bedrooms downstairs. The loft was open, with a railing on the edge. We found a combination wood and gas range and old gas refrigerator. Propane lights were installed in each "room". Water for washing was dipped from the creek and we hauled drinking water. So we coped and enjoyed the cabin for the next 22 years.

Many important things have not changed since then. In the spring the frog chorus warms up at dusk and reaches a climax when it gets dark. The sound of water rushing over the dam is deeply relaxing. At night the stars are so vivid they inspire awe. Visiting and cooking by campfires both in the cabin and outside, has built a sense of connection within the clan.

Our many hours of swimming and water play have stored a treasure of memories. We hold most family showers, graduation parties, and birthday celebrations at the lodge. In 2014 we even hosted our granddaughter's wedding and reception there. When out of town company comes, this is where we entertain. Though it has less square feet than our home, a large group is more comfortable here.

A lot has changed since then. In 2000 my family decided to improve the cabin. The kids were grown and able to help with expenses. We had walls built, a well drilled, and purchased a propane generator for intermittent electricity. The down stairs bathroom was installed. It became much more comfortable and the cabin became Serenity Lodge.

Gradually the loft cabinetry and half bath improved the loft too. In 2013 my son ran the electric lines to the Lodge. New appliances and lights were added. The chandelier my Dad had made for our home came home to the Lodge. As I write we plan to gather at the Lodge again..

Come, connect, be refreshed. Make your memories. Leave renewed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The ten single young men came for their annual holiday together: a wholesome practice we thought.



But they left many empty beverage cans, plastic and glass bottles strewn about the acre green space we mow, along a wooded road on the property, and even submerged in the pond. A shattered glass beer bottle was included in a pile of cans in the boat, with many shards of sharp glass scattered about. Cleaning this mess was only one item on our "To do" list following their stay. There were 24 issues of damage or unacceptable cleaning to our property to be resolved.



We find their statements distortions of fact.



Because of the pervasive nature of remarkable disrespect for our property, we secured the deposit from "The group of 10" until all items had been addressed. The cost of repair was almost $500.



One member of the group remarked that we were just like all the other landlords, ripping them off when they had done nothing wrong. The last landlord kept a $500 security deposit, they said. So this is a pattern and they have chosen to not learn and grow from the experience.



We pray that the pics and itemized list of expenses I sent them at the conclusion of our clean-up, may help them come to their senses and hold themselves accountable. We hope they may learn and grow away from this harmful pattern. We wish them well. May the next landlord refund their deposit entirely and may they avoid the painful experience of being not welcome to return.
Jul 2016
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Amenities

Perronville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1407 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Cancellation policy: 30 days 100 percent refund minus service fee of $30. 14 days 100% if we book your dates, or 50% refund .
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , and sink in the loft
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Also vanity with sink.
  • Full bath downstairs with vanity, and shower in the tub. A half bath is located in the loft with stool and sink. We even provide a clean freshly painted outhouse for those who wish to visit yesteryear.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , This is a loft sleeping area with a half bath.
  • There are 3 bedrooms: the master bedroom has a queen and twin, the other downstairs bedroom has a double. In the loft is a queen, a long double and a twin.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
An outdoor fire pit with a picnic table close by, has 9 plastic chairs for relaxing by the fire. Fireside cooking utinsels are provided for marshmallow/tube steaks, pudgy pies. Outdoor lights may light up the area, or the area may be darkened so guests may enjoy the awesome night sky. Our outdoor visiting area sports 2 wooden swings where guests of any age can visit or just enjoy the view. It is not unusual to see a bald eagle soaring overhead, white tailed deer quietly picking its way to the pond, ducks, geese, or other wild guest that frequents the area.

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Family friendly comfy log lodge and pond in the heart of the UP. We accept pets.
average rating of 4.75 based on 17 reviews
5

Perfect place!!

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place to get away for family time. The lodge is beautiful and fully equipped with pretty much anything you would need. The kids enjoyed swimming in the pond or just rowing around in the boat!! We went for hikes when the weather allowed us to. Absolutely beautiful and peaceful. It rained one whole day and night while we were there, but there was plenty for our family to do indoors!! Lynn was so wonderful and easy to work with, she definitely makes you feel like family!!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kristy, we are grateful you and your family enjoyed your time at our beloved Serenity Lodge. There is a satisfaction knowing your family carried away some really good memories. We believe good memories help all of us get through the inevitable challenges that are sure to come. Thank you for choosing Serenity Lodge. We would be pleased to host you all again. Regards, Lynn And George Hansen
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5

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful time here

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The Lodge is beautiful & the owners were great to work with us. We will be back next year!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a peaceful retreat into the U.P. Wilderness you should visit Serenity Lodge!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Outstanding Lodge

  • 5 of 5

More than expected. Truly was a home away from home. Extremely generous owners. Definitely will return.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Secluded with all the comforts of home

  • 5 of 5

Second time here and it was like coming home! Great hosts with notes all around, answering quickly any additional questions we had. Beautiful setting, love the pond and firepit.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Lodge on a lovely pond

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this truly beautiful log cabin lodge nestled in the woods next to a very pretty pond. Lynn was a terrific host, and very helpful with everything. The inside was totally comfortable, and beautifully decorated at the same time, with a huge picture window to sit and enjoy the birds, and waterfowl who visit the pond. The kitchen was incredibly well stocked, and the whole place is very "homey". We hiked around the perimeter on a mowed trail, which was great, and encountered a very tame, and friendly deer along the way. There are games, and books and magazines to read, and we enjoyed our meals on the lovely porch overlooking the pond. We took a swim in the pond, and rowed in the rowboat, while our dog swam alongside us. It is a truly idyllic setting, and a fantastic place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Delta County Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
La Branche Tavern
Nearest Golf
21 Miles
Highland Golf Club
Nearest Beach
57 Metres
Serene Beach on the pond
Car: necessary

Serenity Lodge is located on a wooded 80 acre parcel in north Menominee County of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It provides a private attractive setting in nature's peaceful habitat for individuals or families who seek down time to revive and visit without interruption. The Lodge is our favorite multi-family gathering spot, and we enjoy visiting and outdoor fun for infants through great-grandparents.

Escanaba is 26 miles South and East, and offers a family fun park, cinema, library, museum and lighthouse open daily, hospital, groceries, beach with well developed kids play area, swimming, tennis courts, pier fishing, kayaking, restaurants, banking services, play grounds, churches. Local art and antiques are sold in Escanaba, too, along with many shops for clothing.

Taste the regional "pasty", a meat/veggie pie wrapped in a crust. Finnish miners introduced this hearty meal to the area. Two pasty shops are located in Escanaba. Dobbers has a dining area for guests to sit and eat the tasty meal. Visit Delta County Area Chamber of Commerce on line for additional ideas.

About 20 miles South of the Lodge is Island Casino which hosts gaming, restaurants and entertainment. Thirty eight miles south and west is the Vulcan Iron Mine with guided tours. Continue on US 2 & 41 for a few more miles and enjoy the offerings of Iron Mountain, very similar to Escanaba.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Pet Fee $60
Refundable Damage Deposit $300

Standard rate: $200 per day.

Holiday Week is 5 nights for either Christmas or New Years. Dates are flexible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.