This is Sue, and I bought Mission View Cottage several years ago for my up north getaway. I had been looking all over northern Michigan for my perfect 'up north' retreat, reminiscent of our family's UP getaways when I was young. It was an older chalet style house, and I updated it with new bathrooms and kitchen, bright colors, and cottagey furnishings. It is a peaceful oasis in the north woods, surrounded by trees. It is very private, and it sits on top of a bluff overlooking the lake, with breathtaking views.
I can spend days there and not go anywhere! Each window you look out of offers a snapshot of the surrounding pine trees, or the evergreens, or the water. Sunsets from the deck or from anywhere in the house are fabulous!
Elk Rapids is just a quick drive into town (8 miles) and is like going back in time, with an old-fashioned main street and movie theatre and quaint shops. I love the drive through the farmland and hills, and I take several 'countryside' drives when I am there, just to go exploring, or to do out to dinner at some of the countryside restaurants nearby. The Rowe Inn is a favorite for fine dining! Charlevoix is just a 25 minute drive north, and I love to go there, as well!
When I'm home, I love long walks along the road or on the beach up and down the lake.
I hope you enjoy my home as much as I do!
The Owner purchased this house in 1998
I had spent summer vacations at my grandparents' lodge in the Upper Peninsula. I spent 5 summers traveling the highways and byways of northern Michigan and the UP looking for just the right spot for my own summer getaway. I almost purchased a place in the Les Cheneaux Islands, but all of the ingredients didn't seem right (there were no cappucino cafes nearby ;-). I drove up and down the farmland roads along Lake Michigan in the lower Peninsula, hoping to find something closer to home (which was Traverse City then), when on a Labor Day weekend I followed one more 'for sale' sign down a dirt driveway. I snuck up around the house and was spellbound by the views! The rest is history, as they say!!!
I have already mentioned many of the things that attract/ed me to this home and location. The troubles of the world seem far away when I am here. I do have wifi, and I can take my work with me when I stay there. I oftentimes get more work done in this setting than when I'm interrupted in the office all day! :-)
There is absolutely no noise (highway or otherwise). I have awakened in the middle of the night and seen the moon out over the water. I can lie in bed and hear the waves lapping the shore and the wind in the pine trees. What can I say? It's my 'bliss'....