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The Preserve-Beautiful Newer Vacation Home

Karen McKinnon

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Karen McKinnon

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Speaks: english
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The Preserve-Beautiful Newer Vacation Home

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


Boyne City House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms/2 full baths, sleeps max 8 (6 private), 2 1/2 car garage

Book now for your stays in the shoulder season and enjoy a 10% discount! Discount applies for stays from March 23rd through May 13th. You must mention coupon code '15SPRING' at the time of your rental in order to receive discount. No discount will be given after reservation has been completed.

Come and vacation in Boyne City, Michigan! Voted in 2011 as one of the top 10 downtowns in the nation and the best in Michigan in 2010. Michigan also ranked worldwide as No. 3 for undiscovered wine region (2011, Wine Enthusiast Magazine). Our home has many decorator touches; all in warm, neutral tones. It will easily & comfortably accommodate 6 w/an option for 2 more. 1.5 blocks from a small, nearly private beach (literally straight down the street). The home is a perfect getaway for families, golfers, snowmobilers, skiers, or for friends who want to relax and enjoy the incredible scenery around Lake Charlevoix . We are an easy and scenic hour's drive to Michigan's wine country.

While the home isn't directly on the lake, the accommodations and amenities offered are exceedingly above average (for more info., please continue reading below). You won't be disappointed in your choice. We invite you to come stay and play in beautiful Boyne City.

Natural surroundings: home is situated on a large lot with natural landscape, woods and wetlands that lead to Lake Charlevoix where deer like to call home. Lots of privacy facing the back/south. The southern exposure provides tremendous amounts of light in the home. Enjoy northern summer nights canopied under the stars in the netted gazebo; safe from the hungry insects, listening to the sounds of summer. Enjoy a comfortable respite lounging on the shaded front porch swing, relaxing in the warm summer breeze.

Lake Charlevoix: A boater's paradise! Partial lake view from the southern exposure. Take the rafts, umbrella, cooler, and beach towels to the beach one block straight down the street. If you like water parks, you will love Boyne Mountain's Avalanche Bay. And now, boat rentals are available in town at Boyne Watersports -from kayaks to pontoons to ski boats.

Interior Space: All the comforts and amenities of home in a wide open space. Professionally and tastefully decorated. Large kitchen with more counter top than you'll ever need. A pass-through to the dining room then on to the adjacent living room where guests won't miss the southern view or what might be showing on the TV. Over-sized club chairs or the big comfortable sofa are where you can wrap up your day's adventures. A split floorplan offers maximum privacy with the dining and living rooms separating en suite master bedroom and guest sleeping quarters.

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  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Karen McKinnon (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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About Karen McKinnon

We spent a lot of our childhood on Lake Charlevoix; one from metro Detroit coming up for the summer season, and the other spending time at both her maternal grandparent's summer cottage and with her father's family-all on the south arm of the lake. It was our dream to come back to this lake where so many wonderful memories were created and have a place of their own. So we found some land in Boyne City where there is much to do year 'round and decided to put a vacation home on this land.

Karen McKinnon purchased this house in 2008

Why Karen McKinnon chose Boyne City

This land was chosen for the location; only one mile from town, a block and a half from one of several beaches in Boyne and a nearly private setting with seasonal lake views. There are cedar trees all around the property, the lot is wooded along Lake Street with wetlands in the back. It was important to us to keep the integrity of the watershed and in order to mitigate damage to the wetlands, a biologist was hired to ensure that the impact would be minimal. The land is kept very natural and the setting is quiet and relaxing.

What makes this house unique

Upcoming Calendar of Events:

March 8-17 - Irish Heritage Week. Irish music, food, history and more.

March 14, 15, 20, 21 - 'High School Musical' produced by Boyne City High School Drama Department, Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. except Sunday March 15 at 2 p.m.

April 23 - Boyne Area Chamber Business Expo and Taste of Boyne, 3 to 7 p.m., former Carter's building, 1355 Boyne Ave.

April 25 - 'Paint the Town Red' gala fund-raiser for Boyne City Public Schools at Boyne Mountain Resort.

May 14-17 - 55th Annual National Morel Mushroom Festival, Veterans Park.

May 15 - Morel Festival Wine & Dine gourmet event, seatings are at 5:30 and

8 p.m. Beach House restaurant on Deer Lake.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for opening your beautiful home to us for our stay. It was so comfortable and exactly what we needed. We all loved it."
Jul 2010
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The Preserve-Beautiful Newer Vacation Home
average rating of 4.875 based on 12 reviews

Nice Home

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable, clean place to stay. It is within 5 minutes of downtown Boyne City and 3 minutes to the supermarket. The beds were cozy, warm, and firm. There were two clean spacious baths with plenty of towels. The family room furniture was comfortable, stylish, and in good condition. We cooked and found the kitchen very clean and organized, but not well-stocked as was suggested by an earlier reviewer. A heavy, stainless steel stockpot with lid, some large (heavy duty) mixing bowls, and some stainless, easy to clean serving spoons and spatulas would be a nice addition, but we made due. Also, although there's a spice/herb tower, don't expect things like olive oil, vinegar, flour, and sugar. They did have foil and plastic wrap. So hard to know the first time you stay somewhere. We will plan accordingly next time There were plenty of dishtowels and washcloths. The home has a nice layout, with master bedroom and bath on one side and the other two bedrooms on the other side of family room. Laundry room entrance convenient for removing muddy boots, coats before entering the rest of the home. Nice, updated TV's and appliances, including washer, dryer, microwave, dishwasher, furnace that all work well. Good lighting. In a sub with quiet neighbors. Nice view out of the family room door wall and deck. Great to be able to park in the garage on a snowy day.

Overall, we loved it and will stay again. Was a little like being at home while vacationing.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

When we pulled up to the house, we were all pleasantly surprised. We never dreamed that the house could look exactly as it did on the internet and perhaps even better. Upon entering, we were in awe.

The home was furnished exquisitely. The kitchen had every utensil and appliance you would find in your own home. We were not in need of anything during our stay because everything was well thought out. This was definitely a home away from home.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Like home!

  • 4 of 5

Karen was great to work with leading up to our stay. The home was as advertized and was well kept. It was nice to be on a quiet street so our children could be outside. Even though there is no AC there was enough shade and breeze to make it comfortable in the house. Thanks and looking forward to our next stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Perfect Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

The place was perfect for 5 people - 3 teenagers and 2 adults. Plenty of space for sleeping and lounging and playing games. Dryer and washer came in handy - we were able to dry our wet clothes from skiing during the day. Centrally located near downtown Boyne City for dinner and entertainment, and yet only 10 minutes from Boyne Mountain Ski Resort for skiing and tubing. Perfect place for a family or couples who are visiting the area.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Troy, MI

One of the best out there

  • 5 of 5

My family (consisting of my wife and two sons aged 1 and 5) used the Preserve for a quick spring break get-away. We have stayed in quite a few rental properties over the years and Karen's is one of the nicest, cleanest, most well appointed we have ever had the pleasure of using. It lays out PERFECTLY for a family needing 3 bedrooms.

Additionally, it's close to downtown without being too close and it's also really close to Boyne Mountain and Avalanche Bay (about 10 minutes). Want to visit Charlevoix? Only 20 minutes away. What about Petoskey? 20 minutes. Perfect location.

We can't wait to come back next year!

Thanks Karen!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Lower Michigan

Wedding Week-end

  • 5 of 5

My family - me and my husband along with our 2 children and their spouses - stayed at The Preserve while we were up north attending a family wedding. We felt like guests rather than renters - the house was immaculate and so welcoming.

The location is great - close to the lake and to town.

We wished that we had more time as the backyard and fire pit was so inviting, but never had time (this trip!) to use it.

We love the Boyne City area - can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We endeavor to make the home inviting to all of our guests. The home was decorated and furnished in a relaxing, comfortable environment with you specifically in mind. The presentation of amenities and cleanliness of the home reflect our taste, preferences, and high level of expectation that is passed along to you. Our guests’ feedback like Jill’s supports that our efforts are successful. Our goal is to make sure your experience at The Preserve leaves a positive, lasting impression. Mi casa es su casa.


Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
Sportsmans, 221, Red Mesa, Cafe Sante
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Ironton Ferry
Nearest Golf
7.5 Miles
Boyne Mountain (at Boyne Mountain Rd.)
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
on Lake and/or Water Streets
Nearest Ski
7.5 Miles
Boyne Mountain (at Boyne Mountain Rd.)
Nearest Beach
320 Metres
Beach Approximately 350 yards or

One and a half blocks from Lake Charlevoix for swimming, boating, sailing, and fishing. Seven miles to Boyne Mountain and less than 20 minutes from Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Bay Harbor.

Other Activities: Young State Park is 1.7 miles northwest


Rates & Availability

From $175 Per night

Boyne City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 12 2015 - May 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 22 2015 - May 25 2015
3 night minimum stay
May 26 2015 - Sep 3 2015
5 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Sep 4 2015 - Sep 7 2015
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100.00 + Tax
Pet Fee $50.00 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Tax Rate 6.0%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Boyne City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1421 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Deep tub for soaking
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Corner soaking tub, mounted make-up mirror
  • Master Bath is over sized and has separate shower stall from the corner soaking tub; a wall-mounted magnifying make-up mirror, and an electric towel warmer/dryer. Second bathroom is beautifully appointed. Each comes with plenty of bath and hand towels and wash cloths. Each are equipped with a hair dryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Beautiful southern view of woods and wetlands
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , beautiful southern view of wetlands and woods
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , northern view of tree lined street
  • Sleeps 6 privately/ 8 with option of use of queen size inflatable mattress. Two bedrooms are outfitted with queen-sized beds: Master B/R and Guest Queen. The third guest room hosts 2 twins. Bedrooms are beautifully appointed; each with large walk-in closets. Extra bed linens are stored in each room's dresser. Queen bedrooms have a 19' DVD HDTV; all bedrooms and living room have ceiling fans.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Mosquito netted gazebo on deck complete with a comfortable bistro set, large love seat and side table all on an outdoor carpet. Deck also has sunning area. There are also two bicycles if you would like to ride into town going either Court to Park Street (country but paved road) or North Lake (a bit busier with traffic) all the way to town.

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