|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This 1870’s Victorian is the perfect place to have a family reunion! Originally the estate of a local Lumber Baron, it is beautifully restored to accommodate today's visitor. Spacious rooms, white wicker chairs on a gracious wrap-around porch, a fire pit on the beach, 200+ feet of private beachfront, horseshoe pits, acres of lawn and beautiful flower gardens - all yours to enjoy for the week. Take in a play at the restored Opera House, visit historic sites, take the ferries to historic Mackinac Island (16 miles) or secluded Bois Blanc Island (2 miles), sail the Straits of Mackinac, cruise the 30-mile-long Inland waterway, bike the new Cheboygan to Mackinaw or Gaylord trails. Or watch the sunset from your own beach, read a book on the front porch, throw rocks in the water, gather driftwood, build a bonfire, watch the stars come out. This will be a truly unique experience, one you'll want to enjoy again and again.
Things to do Onsite - Outdoors:
There are horse shoes hanging on the back of the horse shoe pits.
In the garage: Bocce Ball game, Ladder Ball game and darts
Feel free to bring your own volleyball or croquet game.
The Fire pit is on the Beach. There are benches around it for seating, but feel free to take the white plastic chairs from the garage down to the beach for more seating. Also there are roasting forks hanging in the garage for hotdogs, marshmallows and s'mores. Yum!
Bring water shoes if you want to go in the water – rocks and shoreline stuff. There are some water shoes in the coat closet. If they fit, feel free to use them, but leave them outside when you leave so we know to wash them.
Watch out for the poison ivy in the unmown areas.
Things to do Onsite - Indoors:
Cards, dice, cribbage and dominos – in the bottom of the old Victrola
Jigsaw puzzles, Board Games & kids toys – in closet under the oak staircase
Videos – VCR – under the TV in the Library
Books - on bookshelves in the Library
Nearby: Groceries, etc.
Walmart, Glen’s, Louie’s (Shell Station), and very nearby, the Corner Store at the intersection of Duncan and State Streets. The Dollar General - in the K-Mart plaza - and K-Mart also have some groceries.
Chains: McDonald’s, Burger King, Big Boy
Pizza: This Old House, BC Pizza, Pizza Hut, Little Caesar’s
Family: Great Lakes Grill, Alice’s, Yeck’s Family Drive-In
Chinese: Indo-China Garden Restaurant, China Buffet
Pubs: Mulligan’s, Johny's
On the Water: The Hack-Ma-Tack, Pier 33
Movies: The Ritz Theatre
Movie Rental: Family Video, Walmart
Opera House: Cheboygan has a beautifully restored historic Opera House at 403 North Huron St. Call to find out what’s playing. (231) 627-5841
Lots of Golf: Here’s just a few
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club
Mullett Lake Golf Course
Indian River Golf Club
Lovely, clean, roomy, historic home with nice updates. My husband and I really enjoyed our time there. It sits on a huge lot, with pretty landscaping and a lawn that leads down to the water. We used the firepit one night to roast marshmallows and make S'mores. They have several nice porch areas for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors, and lots of games and music and plenty to do without even having to leave the house. And yet, the house is only about 20 minutes from Mackinaw City where you can catch the ferry to Mackinac Island or the bridge to the upper peninsula, both of which are beautiful places! The house has Wi-Fi, which was important for us as my husband needed to work part of the time we were there. The owners are great and very responsive. We would highly recommend this property!!
Our family (kids, grandkids and aunts) had a wonderful time celebrating my husband and sister’s birthdays in this beautiful, welcoming home.
The grounds are beautifully cared for; the home itself is even prettier in person than in the photos. In fact, the home and landscape are breathtaking. The kids had a ball playing outside (inside too!), the property is spacious. The deck (and porch) was peaceful and serene with views of Lake Huron everywhere. We roasted marshmallows in the fire pit on the beach, made many s’mores and happy memories.
The interior of this beautiful historic home was awesome (OK, I know I keep repeating the word beautiful-but it is!). First of all, everything is sparkling clean. The kitchen has gazillions of custom cupboards and has every imaginable cooking or serving item available to be used and enjoyed. All of the rooms are oversized with large windows; this is a sunny, bright inviting home, restored and furnished with good taste and comfort.
My husband and I feel blessed to have spent our precious family time in the Egbert Smith home. We will remember our vacation time with joy for many years to come (and so will the rest of our family) and we thank the owners for their gracious hospitality.
J. & T., Howell, Michigan
We stayed here for a family reunion with adults of all ages and children ages 5 months - 13 years. We had the most relaxing and wonderful time! The home is managed by Rich and Sandy and you can certainly feel the difference from having a management company handle it(which we experienced last year when renting a home). They were very accomodating and attentive. Any time we called with a question, we were able to reach them promptly. They have put so many nice touches everywhere in the home and are so gracious as to allow visitors to use all their personal items -- we felt like guests in their home, not renters.
We were all impressed by how well stocked the home was and how high quality everything was ( from bedding & towels to appliances and cookware to wine glasses and patio furniture ).
It was a beautiful aesthetic view and a huge lush lawn for our kids to play on. The men and boys couldn't get enough of the horsehoes, and I couldn't get enough of relaxing on the porch enjoying the beautiful view, wonderful breeze from the lake and peace and quiet .
We did have a bonfire down by the beach, and also a picnic lunch where we grilled dogs in the fire pit and used the picnic table. The beach area really wasn't appealing to most of us for swimming. Our older boys did go in a couple times, however. We took a short drive to Cheboygan State Park and swam at that beach, which was much sandier.
Our favorite day trips were Mack Island and Mullet Lake Marina, where we rented a pontoon and went tubing. Unfortunately, parasailing was booked up, so be sure to reserve ahead for that if you want to go. We mostly just enjoyed visiting and catching up since we hadn't been together in a while.
The home was not only beautiful, but spotless and very well maintained; everything you could possibly need for cooking or entertaining was there. The grill was huge and the decks and flowers were gorgeous. Having 4 bathrooms, all with shower or bath (or both) was great with such a large group. The bedrooms were all very spacious and lovely. We could all fit at the dining table for our meals. This home is made for big families! Having two huge refrigerators to keep all our food and drink in was much appreciated.
Honestly, I have never enjoyed a home so much as this one. My entire family loved it. Thank you Rich and Sandy.
Our family celebrated my mom's 85th birthday at the Egbert Smith House. It's the perfect place for a celebration, vacation or any inclination! And then there's location. From Cheboygan it was easy to get to Cross in the Woods for Sunday mass, to head west to Petoskey where the gamblers could visit the casino and the shoppers could wander a charming downtown, for friends to visit from the east (Presque Isle), and for several trips to Mackinaw City: a ferry tour of lighthouses, a day on Mackinac Island, and a celebratory dinner and all-you-can-eat crab. Downtown Cheboygan is just a few minutes away by car, or a nice half hour walk, and we bought some fun things in the shops there. Morning started on the wraparound porch drinking coffee, making plans, watching the freighters and reading. The evening bonfire was full of stories and scorched marshmallows for s'mores. Make sure you check the Cheboygan Opera House schedule; it’s a grand old hall with great acoustics where we enjoyed a sing-a-long concert with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) and ice cream afterwards. The kitchen was a dream for the cooks in our family and we ate most of our meals in, either at the formal dining room table which was big enough to seat everyone, or at the smaller table in the nook overlooking the expansive lawn which runs to the beach. The Saturday farmers market meant fresh produce for our meals and the chance to purchase a loaf of fruit nut bread from Sandra’s sister. Don’t miss it - the market or the bread! The house is spacious, so you may retreat if quiet time is needed but the huge rooms are intimate enough for cozy chats. And did I mention the gigantic whirlpool tub; an Olympian could train in it. The next door neighbor is very friendly but not intrusive and it feels like you have acres to yourself! Sandra welcomed us to her home so warmly that we felt we'd known her forever. One of the best family vacations ever … I urge you to give Sandra and Rich a call and book soon.
Our family stayed at this property for 8 nights. The home is even more beautiful in person and was exceptionally clean. We were very impressed with attention to detail and all the amenities that were included. There was not one thing that we were looking for that was missing. We have three children (ages 2,8, and 10) and there was plenty for them to do. They really enjoyed the HUGE yard and played many yard games and flew kites. They also loved walking in the shallow water and trying to catch minnows! Our two year old enjoyed the small area of sand to dig in. One recommendation is to bring water shoes! We had smores in the fire pit by the water. The views from the house and the shore were gorgeous and we did see a couple eagles one morning. The only thing we wished was for better weather the second half of our stay! Lots of rain!
Rich and Sandy were very accomodating and friendly. Thank you for sharing your home!
We stayed in this home over the Thanksgiving holiday. We had an absolutly wonderful time. When we arrived, the house was immaculate. This house would have passed my Grandmothers white glove test. The home has been impeccably restored to include all of the modern "creature comforts" that you come to expect from only the finest hotels. But this is so much better than a Hotel. The home affords you privacy, spaciousness and elegance in an atmosphere that takes you back in history to a time long forgotten. The location is fantastic, I can only imagine how nice it is in the summer. The home has it's own private drive. The property extends out to Lake Huron where there is 200+ feet of private beach front that looks out on the straights of Macinaw. From the beach you can see Boise Blanc, Macinaw Island and the Macinaw bridge. If you head out of the house in the opposite direction you are only a 5 min. walk to a beautiful state park. The best skiing in michigan is only a 40 min. drive into Petosky. The luxery this house affords you is well worth the short drive. After staying here for a week, I don't intend on staying at the ski lodge again. There are locations in Cheboygon to rent snowmobiles, but there was not enough snow on the ground during our stay. There are trails that run up to the bridge and you can also pick-up trails that run south through the Manistee forest well past Alpena. The city of Cheboygon is a Quaint little city that embraces it's History of Logging and shipping. There is still a paper mill and the many Marinas along the shoreline illustrate just how important boating is to this region. "Mulligans" is a nice place to eat and "Johnny's bar" is our favorite hole in the wall. "Johnny's" appears to be the local favorite as well. The atmosphere is what you make it and you'll have a hard time finding freindlier people. The community is made-up of small "mom and pop" shops. There are antique shops, coffee houses, boutiques, and ice cream parlors. Time seems to slow down up here. This is the type of place I like to take my children. You feel safe, comfortable and relaxed. We had a great time and I would strongly recommend this property to anyone considering a trip up to northern Michigan.
The Northern Michigan area is 'Pure Michigan' It offers the ultimate in boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, kayaking, sailing and a great variety of entertainment, restaurants & other activities.
Other Activities: Restored Opera House, Historic Mackinaw Island, Bonfires on Beach, Extensive bike trails, shopping. Day trips to Tahquamenon Falls, the Pictured Rocks National Seashore & the Soo Locks. 45 minutes to Petoskey and Harbor Springs.
Golf: Several golf courses nearby.
Ski: 45 minutes to Boyne Highlands and Nubs Nob.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 5 2015 - Jun 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jun 26 2015 - Sep 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
Fall - 2015
Sep 4 2015 - Oct 9 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Kayak rental - 4 kayaks||$100|
Rate - $2500 + $200 Cleaning Fee
Weeks are from Friday 5:00 PM to Friday 11:00 AM.
When you reserve your week, we will send you a rental agreement. Within 10 days you need to sign & date the agreement and mail it back along with the $500 deposit. The remainder of the rent plus cleaning fee is due 2 weeks (14 days) prior to your arrival date
When you reserve your week, we will send you a rental agreement. Within 10 days you need to sign & date the agreement and mail it back along with the $500 deposit. The remainder of the rent plus cleaning fee is due 2 weeks (14 days) prior to your arrival date.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.