Celebrate New Year's Eve at a toasty, renovated cottage with floor-to-ceiling windows, and enjoy a fantastic local spa and salon just two miles down the road. We've teamed up with them to offer the perfect vacation--we provide the wine or champagne; they provide an assortment of options for men, women and children: luxurious massages (choose hot-stone; deep tissue; Swedish and more); facials; pedicures; manicures, reflexology and more. Details below! Centrally located between several ski resorts for downhill and cross-country or tubing.
Enjoy our newly renovated bathroom (updated early December 2013). New 50' flat screen TV (not even in the pics yet!) Book ahead for this winter, or spring or summer (we're getting reservations through fall of 2014) with or without the spa package.
Luxuriate at our well-furnished and stocked 2-bedroom open-plan home-away-from-home on tranquil Hanley Lake. Inside: Curl up and enjoy hundreds of DVDs or cable on our 50-inch flat screen TV; many dozens of CDs, books and games, WIFI, and a kitchen equipped for a foodie. Gaze out at your own private 110-foot stretch of lakefront and the woods beyond through walls of windows. Get cozy in freshly laundered robes and lounging-around socks (for kids AND adults)--though in the winter you'll need to turn the heat down to need them! Curl up at night on flannel sheets and down and fleece blankets.
Outside (depending on the season): sledding right out the back door; ice fishing; cross-country and downhill skiing, tubing, and snowmobiling; browsing antique shops, galleries and charming haunts; swimming, fishing, biking, and sunning. An easy walk to a peaceful village (playground, fudge, pubs and restaurants), and an easy drive to a handful of quintessential up-north 'cities.'
An easy walk (or kayak ride) into a peaceful village, and an easy drive to a handful of quintessential up-north 'cities.' Outside (depending on the season): swimming, boating, fishing, biking, ice fishing, sledding, skiing, antique shops and galleries; shopping in charming up-north shops ...: you'll have it all!
Inside: Your own private, well-stocked retreat with an 110-foot stretch of lakefront and woods beyond, seen through floor-to-ceiling windows. A 50-inch flat screen TV with high def and cable; hundreds of DVDs, CDs, books and games, WIFI, and a kitchen equipped for a foodie--from an espresso machine, Kitchen Aid mixer and electric pancake griddle to fresh herbs, strawberries and tomatoes growing outside the front door (until it frosts!).
If you'd like to include a spa package, here are just some of the choices: Queen for a Day (massage, facial, manicure); King for a Day (deep tissue massage; gentleman's facial and manicure; and hair cut); Prince or Princess for a Day (chocolate cream facial mask, mini-manicure and mini-pedicure and relaxation massage); Ladies' or Men's Day or Night Out with any of the above...or add to your package reflexology, a rejuvenator special with essential oils and hot stone and paraffin for your hands or feet, Reiki and more. Ask for more details!
Looking ahead? Enjoy a winter stay in our supremely well-insulated home-away-from-home. Sled right out the door down to the lake; ice fish, or take a short drive for nearby downhill and cross-country skiing and tubing, and snowmobiling. Roast marshmallows on an indoor s'mores maker or use the chocolate fondue kit, or go outside for our fire pit by the lake. Get cozy in freshly laundered robes and lounging-around socks (for kids AND adults). When it's chilly out, sleep with flannel sheets and soft, warm blankets. Add a spa package!
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Tucked into a glacial valley and nestled in the hills of northwest Michigan , we're located on a 75-mile chain of beautiful lakes. Halfway between the Equator and the North Pole on the 45th Parallel:
• Wander a mile into the friendly village of Central Lake for great food and drink, a playground and a little shopping.
• Minutes away, visit Bellaire's restaurants, cafes, a spectacular brewpub, Shanty Creek's championship golf courses and ski slopes; enjoy indoor putt-putt, or take in a movie.
•Dine at a renowned gourmet restaurant a few miles north of us.
• Enjoy the nearby quintessential up-north cities of Charlevoix, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Gaylord, and the sweet towns of Elk Rapids, and Alden.
• Play at Michigan’s largest indoor water park.
Here's a quick tour (watch our video for pictures to go with it). Remodeled in 2007, the light-filled single-level open-plan design includes a:
• Master Bedroom: New queen and an antique headboard; sliding glass doors leading to a private deck and the lake beyond; ceiling fan; TV and DVD player, and a comfy chair. Linens included.
• Second Bedroom: Two sets of bunk beds each with a double and single bed (featherbeds for the doubles); Xbox/DVD player & games, toys and children's books.
• Living Room: Three sets of sliding glass doors stretch across the lakefront wall. They lead to a deck w/a gas grill, picnic table, and a glorious view of the lake a few dozen steps away; two full couch/sofabeds and an overstuffed chair; ceiling fan; TV, DVD, stereo, movie, music, book, toy and game collections.
• Dining Room: Sliding glass doors; queen couch/futon; dining table(s); ceiling fan and a library.
• Kitchen: Open to the living and dining rooms with a lake view and a breakfast bar with seating. Fully equipped and well stocked
• One and a half bathrooms: ceramic tile floor; shower/tub & double sinks in primary bath, second small bath. We supply towels.
• Garage: for storing bikes, fishing rods, snowmobiles, and extra stuff we provide your pets and children (plus a few adult and child-sized bikes you can use at your own risk).
Come on up to what our son lovingly named 'Our Hanley Lake Hideaway' and a repeat guest calls 'Our Little Slice of Heaven!'
Keywords: Family-friendly cottage; pet-friendly retreat, secluded lakefront all-season cottage, sunny guest home, country house with walls of windows, Hanley Lake Hideaway; up north cabin
Your hosts are two self-employed parents and a sweet (yes, still sweet!) 14-year-old boy. We live full-time in Ann Arbor and visit up north whenever we can sneak in between guests. One of us adults is originally from Great Britain and the other is originally from New York (and the small person is a native Ann Arborite who speaks American English with a few Britishisms slipped in.) For many years now we've been permanent Michiganders, enjoying the joys of our glorious retreat on Hanley Lake.
We love the gentle beauty of this northwestern Michigan chain of lakes. We were ecstatic to find a tranquil lake we can see from almost every room in the cozy year-round house. (Note from Laurie: my gold standard for vacation heaven was a place where I could take a cup of coffee out onto the deck and see--and be in--the water within seconds.) We can draw or eat breakfast on the dock or in the dining room, play in the sand, take out a canoe or kayak, swim in warmer waters (instead of waiting until the end of August for the chill to subside in the big lakes), and fish. We can sled right out the back doors to the lake and cross-country ski nearby. We wander into a welcoming village to play and eat without being swarmed by overdressed tourists and overpriced food. We were delighted to find this peaceful little retreat, which offers the pleasures of an all-sports lake without the noise and chaos of one. The passing 'traffic' is generally kayaks, pontoons, and people fishing (including ice fishing in the winter).The fresh, clear water in Hanley Lake flows 75 miles thru a chain of 14 lakes. All-sports lake without the usual traffic of one! We were thrilled to discover we're just a few miles from the long sandy beaches and waves of Lake Michigan, which are great fun in every season. We're glad to do day trips to fudgey towns like Charlevoix and Petoskey, to wander Traverse City or even more nearby Bellaire. But we love coming home, whether it's raining, snowing, or blazing hot: to play outdoors, or hang out inside doing jigsaw puzzles, playing games, making soup or brownies, or drawing the changing colors of water, sky and trees. We love going out on the placid water (our son can steer his own kayak) and paddling past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore, or watching the water from our comfortable home. It always refreshes us to get away here.
Thanks to our 2007 renovation, we love the fresh, open-plan kitchen with views outside almost everywhere. We went window-crazy, creating four sets of sliding doors in the connected living and dining rooms. We added a a new, private deck we can step out onto from the master bedroom with another set of sliding doors. Last spring we bought new curtains and linens, set up a big picnic table for the deck and added more lawn chairs. We're having a blast adding CDs, DVDs, games, kids' toys and books, and a host of comforts for our guests--and for us! We're in heaven in the summertime, but we also keep discovering treats during the other three seasons. In winter our son loves sledding down the back lawn onto the frozen lake; I like sketching the winter scenes from a deliciously warm, light-filled living room, we've discovered the wooded hill right across the street is ripe for hiking, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing, and we finally went tubing, downhill and cross-country skiing at nearby Shanty Creek. Springtime brings Morel mushroom hunting and a lush landscape; fall leaves are stunning.
Rent pontoons, sunfish and motor boat minutes away, right on the lake. You can canoe, kayak or motor along for hours or days along our 75-mile chain of lakes; you're minutes from Torch Lake, Grand Traverse Bay's sandy beaches, championship golf courses, downhill ski slopes and groomed cross-country trails and a great spa/salon; short drives to the tourist attractions of Petoskey (36 miles); Charlevoix (19 miles); Traverse City (39 miles); and Gaylord (36 miles); downhill and cross-country skiing, zip-lining and mountain biking at nearby Shanty Creek and Boyne Mountain (with Michigan's largest indoor water park). Nearby Bellaire (10 minutes) has a movie theatre, bowling alley, indoor miniature golf, and nice restaurants and pubs. Gourmet restaurants and family diners minutes away.
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