The Republic Island getaway cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula proved to be an ideal place for my wife and I to celebrate the countless adventures we have experienced during our 10 years together.
The log cabin on the Michigamme River brings the "roughing it" experience adventurers want with most of the modern conveniences.
Getting to the cabin requires a bit of a leap of faith, since you need to to use the provide canoe, rowboat or paddle boat to reach the isolated lodging (which is actually located atop a peninsula that juts into the river). The boat ride allows you to feel you are leaving your day-to-day worries behind in the roadside parking area.
Hauling baggage and a week's worth of supplies across the river makes the island of limited appeal to some, but there is a sense you earned your stay once you get to the island.
A few minutes of paddling, and you reach the dock, where a pontoon boat awaits. The beauty of nature quickly envelopes you. A short climb takes you to the cabin, a real log cabin with a modern-day addition.
If you go to Republic Island expecting modern hotel services, you will be disappointed. But if you are open to adventure, it is a sheer delight.
The large living room has a view of the river on one side, and a striking stone fireplace on another. The furniture is comfy, as you would expect from a well-lived-in cabin. Unexpectedly, the room features a TV with a DVD player and a surprisingly large collection of movies and TV shows.
But you don't go to Republic Island for the video entertainment — there are gorgeous scenes of the river and trees from every room.
The bedrooms are small, but more than adequate. The same can be said about the bathroom, which features a shower stall.
The kitchen offers all your cooking need, including a spectator gallery created by the line of stools that line the breaks bar. A stove, refrigerator, microwave oven, toaster and coffe maker are available. A charcoal grill and a gas grill are offered on the deck, located through sliding glass doors from the kitchen. The place cries for outdoor dining and coffee sipping whenever possible.
We loved watching the myriad of birds flitting through the trees and on the river. We saw eagles, mocking birds, mergansers, jays and woodpeckers. Tracks in the riverside mud showed frequent four-footed visitors, too.
Fishing from the dock or any of the provided boats can provide a challenge for even the avid angler.
The greatest appeal of Republic Island is the solitude — often the loudest noise you'll hear is the wind blowing through the towering pines.
We loved our stay and plan to return to our Anniversary Island.