In the spring 2012 we enlarged the front deck so it now has a main area that is 25' X 30'. New Deck furniture and grill completed this new outdoor living room. We have dining room furniture and seating for 7 inside and out. In the summer of 2011 we purchased other new furniture and bedding. We have installed new phones, cable TV and wireless Internet appliances allowing you to connect with the world when and if you have to. But if you choose to disconnect from the world... the light, view and privacy will actually help you be away from it at all.
When you are here the water is right there out front down the path 250 feet away. The big sand point out front varies year to year and month to month. It can go out 100 feet and be 20 feet wide or, as shown in our 5/26/13 pictures, it can go out 700 feet and be 100 feet wide. If the point is large it's because the lake level is low and Yes you might have to walk a bit further to get into deeper water. We do not have a large rocky beach like you find many places 'Up North' so swimming is always easy here. There will be some smaller stones on the sides of the point exposed by the waves. Usually sand builds up one side or the other of the point so it is easy to walk into the water almost everywhere on the point. You can walk up and down our beaches here, go for miles if you choose. When you decide to sit and swim pick a place you like, just respect other neighbors up and down the beach and try to stay near our area.
You can easily walk your Kayak or hand held gear to the beach. Jet skis can only be put into the water at the Harbor Springs (18 miles south) or Cross Village (6/7 miles north) loading docks. It is very hard to put any kind of a sailboat beside a sun or sail fish size boat in the water here. The reason being the water is shallow and it is hard to pull something up onto the beach. This is also not an area where you can anchor a boat in the water. When there is a storm...
In this Scenic Northern Michigan area you have easy access via M-119 and the famous 'Tunnel of Trees” to Bicycling, Golf, Fishing, Tennis, Kayaking, River Rafting and just about any other outdoor activity. There are several antique stores in the area. In the Spring you are surrounded by forests filled with the white Trillium flowers. In the fall you are surrounded by the intense fall colors and the sounds of the lake.
The amenities of Harbor Springs and Petoskey with their shopping, restaurants and cultural activities are but 20 to 45 minutes south of the house. Kayak and bicycle rentals are available here thru 'The Outfitters' in Harbor Springs.
Nearby Pond Hill Farm offers a wonderful local organic produce and specialty food items.
Your daily newspapers, coffee and sandwiches etc. can be found at the Good Hart General store 3 miles south along with several other small stores.
Cross village 6 miles to the north has the famous Legg’s Inn with its Polish food, music and their outrageous bar. Here also is the closest gas station and another larger general store. Highly recommended is the 'Tree Pines Art Center'. This gallery has a large selection of local artists work on display and numerous workshops for classes for children.
Sturgeon Bay, a few miles north of Cross village offers more clear water to swim in, sandy beaches and giant sand dunes to explore by foot. When the winds are blowing Sturgeon Bay without a doubt is the best local spot for windsurfing and kite boarding.
Further north is famous Mackinac Island only 30 minutes away.
Eating out at the 'Douglas Lake Bar and Grill' near Pellston is worth the 30 minute ride. It is our favorite place for the best local fish. 'The Fish' on State rd is half way to Harbor. ' Moosejaw' has the Pizza and Burgers you need some times. The 'Family Style Fried Chicken Dinner' at 'The Dam Site' allows you to experience an older style of dining and see the only MOD 60's High style Cocktail bar in Northern Michigan. It has to be seen to be believed.
Our house is able to hold 7 guests at a time. If your party has more then 7 people we are not going to be able to assist you our house is just not big enough.
In 2014 I started to work with a local Real Estate Rental Agent, Carolyn Sutherland. Carolyn has lived and worked for over 40 years in Good Hart. Carolyn knows my house and the area very well. The advantage of our working with Carolyn is she has the ability to assist me with making sure that all the small details that make your vacation rental great go smoothly, as you expect. Initial contact to discus your vacation needs and the house are made with me. I then connect you and Carolyn to finalize the arrangements. you can always reach out to me with any questions or comments.
Renters must supply their own bed linens for our 2 Queen, 1 Double and 1 twin beds
Smokers are welcome but outside only please.
Dogs are considered, we just need to talk before we say yes.
The A-Frame has wireless Internet, Satellite TV, Radio/Stereo with I-Phone/mp3 Player dock stereo.
NO WINTER RENTALS. Every year I get several requests for staying at the house during the holiday season. This is a three season house not suitable for winter rental. UNLESS!! you want a place to share a unique holiday experience. If you want to pay me to stay in a house right on Lake Michigan with : the wind blowing straight at you, no electricity, no running water, no toilets, no fire wood for the stove and a 1/4 mile walk in thru the snow... well then you should call me at 508 479 5751.