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Sunset Shore - Family Friendly Cottage on Lake Paradise

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

1 bedroom Cottage on the Water - Central Location to all Northern MI Attractions

Sunset Shore is one of our two small cottages located at the end of a private trail on the breezy east shores of Lake Paradise. Best suited for a couple or family of three, the property sits adjacent to the beautiful Harry Smith Nature Preserve with many hiking trails to explore. It has a wonderful walk-in garden outside with the beach right out in front. Bring a pole and fish for small mouth right off the dock or take one of our kayaks out! Nature abounds with loons singing, deer running in the woods, and chipmunks scurrying in the yard.

Enjoy the comfort of white-knotty pine inside while entertaining or reading by the warm living room fireplace. Sleep well in a king size bed, relax in the new full bathroom with tub, or have fun cooking a homemade meal with modern appliances. There's no need to go to the park when you can live on one. Our guests always feel right at home here.

Cottage amenities include:

Boat Dock

Paddle boat & Kayak

Playground in the woods

Stone fireplace

Open stone fire pit for bonfires (cut wood is provided)

Picnic table

Weber charcoal barbecue grill

Pots, pans, dishes, and utensils

King sized bed and full size sleeper sofa

Blankets, pillows, and sheets

Flat screen TV with DVR and a stereo

Lake Paradise is known for terrific fishing with Walleye (stocked), Bass, Perch, Pike, and Bluegill. The lake bottom has a gradual slope and is ideal for small children to swim.

Things to do and places to go:

-Take a ferry boat to historic Mackinaw Island. Make sure to buy plenty of delicious fudge!

-Pack a picnic lunch and spend time on the miles of white sand beach of Sturgeon Bay on Lake Michigan.

-Spend the day shopping and/or have lunch in Harbor Springs and Petoskey.

-A short drive across the famous Mackinaw Bridge allows you to see the beauty of God's Country.

-Spend an afternoon at one of the many area golf courses or play a game of tennis in the village close by.

-Relax at the cottage with a good book while the other fish or swim.

-The area has many country/lakeside dining spots.

-At the end of the day, enjoy breathtaking sunsets from your own sun room; and later, roast marshmallows over the bonfire pit at the lake's edge.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About James

Northern Michigan local

Why James chose Levering

Our cottages are at the end of a private trail and beautiful nature preserve.

Centrally located around Harbor Springs and Mackinac.

What makes this cottage unique

Nature preserves on all sides and a waterfront view.


Levering Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Newly remodeled full bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • This cottage could comfortably accommodate a small family
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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Sunset Shore - Family Friendly Cottage on Lake Paradise
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Peaceful & Quiet at Sunset Shore

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at Sunset Shore. The cabin accommodations were up to date and clean. We had everything we needed, including a comfortable king size bed. The fireplace was a plus. We loved being on the shore of the lake. The sunsets were awesome. Great location, next to a nature preserve, easy driving to Mackinaw City. James was very accommodating and helpful. Had a great time.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Duane, Thank you so much for your stay and kind review. It was great having you! Come back soon!
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This cottage is a quiet paradise.

  • 5 of 5

Everything we needed and more. We're in love with this place. We used the row boat to fish and I caught a very nice small mouth bass. Very comfortable living space. Kitchen well equipped. Wide range of reading material. I could go on....thanks James for a great week.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sandra, Thank you for your stay and review! We are pleased you had fun fishing! We enjoyed having you and hope you come back soon!
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Paradise at the end of the road.

  • 5 of 5

This is the ultimate in truth in advertisement, What you see, is what you get and so much more. This is the cabin in the woods on a quite lake. Wakening up with no sounds other than nature.

You can relax on the front porch or the sun porch over looking the lake, or you can grab one of the many chairs and sit on the dock, beach or in the water. Take one of the many water toys (Paddle boards, kayaks, pedal boat or row boat) out on the lake if you want to be active. We rode our bicycles all around the roads to the cabin. Close to Mackinaw City/Mackinaw Island and Petoskey/Harbor Springs. If you are not a fan of well water, bring bottle water for coffee maker and ice cubes. James(the rental manager) met us the first night at check-in, answered all of our questions, and ensured we could call him for anytime, for any reason, if we needed to. We were lucky that the owner Peggy was up for a few days and shared a glass of wine and a wonderful bonfire with her. We are already planning our next vacation to the cabin. Its a small cabin but perfect for the two of us. You should also remember that's it's heaven on earth up there :) Don't expect turn down service or a mint on the pillow. If that's what you're looking for, go elsewhere. Expect a Semi-rustic cabin on a beautiful lake and lots of peace and quite.(and water).

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed and kind review, Matthew. We enjoyed getting to know you and are pleased you enjoyed your time at the cottage. Come back soon!
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Awesome cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful, relaxing vacation at this adorable cottage. Everything is exactly as stated, and even better!! No musty old cottage smells, everything was like brand new!! This is truly the nicest cottage we have ever rented. All amenities are new and very, very nice!! The location is awesome if your looking for an Up North place that is centrally located to everything including the UP, Falls, Mackinaw Bridge, Petoskey, Harbor Springs. The lake is super quiet and we were wondering if anyone ever fished on it. But we were able to get out and actually caught some nice fish!! Thanks again - we really enjoyed our stay!!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review! We are glad that you enjoyed your time at the cottages and in Northern Michigan! Sounds like you did a ton! Fishing is one of our favorite activities! Please come back again soon!
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Lovely Quietude in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

I needed a vacation and looked for a lovely place that was away from it all, yet near enough to activity to find it. I found exactly what I was looking for in the charming Sunset Shore cottage on a quiet corner of Paradise Lake. On the first night, the sunset showed spectacularly and even on days when it rained, it always showed up. The owners have considered every need and we happily stayed in, cooked, and lit warming fires against a chilly night. And we were also able to take quick trips out to Mackinaw Island, the busy town of Petroskey, and chased a little Hemingway lore. Each morning, I was able to hike through the forest adjacent to the cottage out to another corner of Paradise. James is an excellent host and ready to meet any need. It was exactly as I had imagined spending my week of vacation in Northern Michigan.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, Carol. It was great getting to know you. We are pleased that you were able to experience some peace and quiet and enjoy Northern Michigan!
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Absolutely Loved It!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time at this property! The cabins were very clean, comfortable and perfect for us. We enjoyed sitting on the back porch every morning drinking coffee and being steps away from the water. We had a bonfire almost every night and the kids enjoyed running the trails and playing in the large yard. We used the kayaks, row boat, pedal boat and paddle boards frequently which allowed us to really get out there and enjoy Paradise Lake. If you are looking for a place where the owner actually cares about your stay and making sure you're comfortable, look no further! James was there to greet us when we arrived and made sure everything was to our liking. He checked on us during the week and we know from the renters next to us that he was responsive to them as well. Our young children had the best week ever and were so sad to leave, as were we! We loved how close we were to the beach, Mackinaw City and other great destinations. I can't say enough about this property, James and our experience here overall! We will be back every year and I will stay nowhere else but in one of the 2 cabins on this property with this owner.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us and your review, Sarah. We were glad you and your kids had such a good time. We love to see families enjoying the cottages!
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Pellston Regional Airport
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Darrow's Family Restaurant
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Wilderness State Park
Car: necessary

Paradise Lake is truly a lake lover's paradise. This 1900-acre lake in Michigan's Northwest region has been a paradise for countless numbers of cottage owners and yearly visitors since early in the 20th century. Originally called Carp Lake, the name was changed sometime after 1960 for reasons no one quite remembers. They are fond of quoting that "there is Paradise in Carp Lake but no carp in Paradise." The town of Carp Lake inhabits the west shoreline of what is now Paradise Lake. To add to the confusion, some websites call this Lake Paradise. And older residents still have a tendency to call it Carp Lake, as did their parents and grandparents. For Paradise Lake is that kind of a lake, where generations of families come every summer to teach the youngsters to swim and fish in the still waters.

Nearly 10 miles of shoreline is well-supplied with cottages and year-round homes. More than a handful of resort camps still greet visitors on the shores of Paradise Lake. The area is heavily wooded, and at least three preserve areas maintain that 'wild' atmosphere around the lake. Deer and wild turkeys are often sighted along with the occasional black bear. Eagles swoop to pluck fish from the waters, and loons raise their young on the lake. Waterskiing, tubing and jet skis are popular among the younger crowd, while the more seasoned citizens cruise along the shoreline on pontoons. Some of the resorts provide rowboats, canoes, kayaks or peddle-boats along with their cabins, and it is not unusual to see a sailboat or sailboard skimming across the surface. A small marina at the west end of the lake offers public access, boating necessities and bait. A second public access location is found nearby.

Fishing is a big drawing card to Paradise Lake. The tannin-stained waters hold largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, and yellow perch. The lake has enough weed cover to make angling productive, although the lake is relatively shallow. Fishing tournaments are held here annually, sometimes sponsored by the Paradise Lake Association, a voluntary association of property owners who have banded together to monitor and care for their beloved lake. In recent years, Paradise Lake has become infested with invasive Eurasian milfoil, a difficult-to-eradicate foreign species. The Paradise Lake Association has led the fight to solve the milfoil problem and institute better water monitoring and controls over possible infestations from invasive species. Zebra mussels have already moved into the lake, although they have not yet affected fishing and are mostly a nuisance.

A small dam was built across the Carp Lake River, sometimes called simply Carp River, at some point to stabilize water levels and perhaps increase the depth of the lake (records are pretty hard to come by for this area). It is unclear who has responsibility for adjusting flow at the dam: legal lake levels have never been set for Paradise Lake, likely because water levels have remained stable. The Carp River still flows as one of Michigan's shortest rivers, just 10.5 miles to Lake Michigan. This particular area at the 'Tip O'The Mitt' has been identified as the Carp Lake area for many, many years. Less than 10 miles away, the 'Big Mac' bridge handles car traffic to the Upper Peninsula. Those wishing to visit Mackinaw City for a day often find lodgings around the Paradise Lake area as it is far cheaper in terms of price. That way, Mackinaw City visitors can save their cash for an extra pound or two of the famous Mackinaw City Fudge.

While in Mackinaw City, most take the opportunity to visit historic restored Fort Michilimackinac at the foot of the bridge. As for the strange name, we can blame the French who joined together four Native American words: mish-inni-maki-nong. This means something like 'great connecting sound fault place'. To pronounce Mackinac like a native, one must always remember to make the ending rhyme with Saginaw . . .whether it ends with 'w' or 'c'. Also on the grounds of the Fort Michilimackinac Historical Park are the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and nearby several other historic attractions and learning opportunities. A short ferry ride away, Mackinac island sports the famed Grand Hotel and a variety of horse-drawn activities on this non-motors tourist hotspot. Only five miles or so to the west along the Lake Michigan shoreline, Wilderness State Park offers camping, nature trails, swimming and a number of cabins built by the Civilian Conservation Corps that can be reserved for a week's vacation. One interesting addition to these rustic cabins are the parking enclosures. Consisting of a low wall, it is suggested that guests park within them and close the gate to keep porcupines from gnawing on their brake lines during the night.

Paradise Lake is only 30 miles from historic Harbor Springs and its deep-water port. Within an hour's drive, nearly every well-known resort in northern Michigan can be reached




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $199
Tax Rate 6.0%

Manager'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.

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