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Barb, Jamie, and Ace the dog

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Arcadia Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Farmhouse, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

Our summer is booked, however, September can be incredible and Thistledew makes a perfect home base for leaf peeping in October. Picture yourself escaping the pressures of work and life, retreating to a serene haven where life is easy and the toughest decision is where to find the most colorful leaves or the county's best burger. Whether to drive or hike, or later in the year, ski. Perhaps throw another log on the fire, and finish that great book you're reading, you could even put on a jacket and see if the sunsets really are more beautiful in the fall or winter. Lots, or little to do. Your well behaved four footed family is welcome to join you.

We are 15 minutes from several well marked nature trails, 20-30 minutes from the Manistee National Forest, and about an hour from Traverse City. Bring your skis, snowshoes, warm boots, or favorite books and board games. Try out the local breweries or local wines, cash in the change you have been saving at the casino. The possibilities are limitless, the choices yours.

Bring your camera to capture the incredible snow scapes, the famous Pt.Betsie Lighthouse, secluded beaches, or even the turkeys in the back yard.

For something a bit more sedate, The Little River Casino is 30 minutes away. If dining delights you Traverse City is becoming a 'foodie' destination. Storm Cloud brewery is only 25 minutes away with local brews and unique light food choices.

Please DO check the calendar function as weekends fill quickly. Or, come mid-week and find out what peace and tranquility are all about.

Off season, (Fall, Winter, Spring) at Thistledew could be just what you are looking for. (We've even dropped our rates!) Thistledew awaits, everything in place. The sunsets can be amazing. Check our calendar, see if there's something for YOU!

Summer sandcastles, sunshine, golf. Fall leaf peeping, salmon fishing, walks in the woods. Winter snow sports, s'mores by the fire, weekend get-aways. Spring morel mushroom madness, fly fishing, and check out the casino. These are just a small taste from your to-do list when you stay at ThistleDew, your sanctuary for peace and serenity away from the hustle and bustle of life, OR, your home base for all the best activities Michigan has to offer. ThistleDew is a newly remodeled Craftsman style farmhouse overlooking Lake Michigan. A minute's walk (or drive) finds you on 600 ft of private beach. Other than during peak season, the deserted beach offers long walks, serene sunsets and solitude, or for the more adventurous; kite boarding, kayaking, and windsurfing without crowds or hassles.

Forget buying salt and pepper, paper towels, firewood or laundry soap. Thistledew comes stocked with the comforts of home. Enjoy cooking in the updated kitchen, raid the spice rack and be creative, or head to one of the nearby restaurants for Friday fish fry, Asian cuisine, or gourmet delights. The first floor includes a master suite with a shower for two, a screened front porch (sleeping space for adventurous children, perhaps?), a living/dining area with a beach stone fireplace, a half bath, and laundry facilities tucked away in a closet. The back deck is a perfect place to sit with your coffee and watch for deer or read a good book. Take one step down to your picnic table and fire pit for evening enjoyment. With a short ramp, the first floor is handicap friendly. The second floor’s two comfortable bedrooms with double beds enjoy sunset views. It has its own bath with shower and an open space for games, DVD viewing or additional sleeping space. A book exchange, decks of cards, and jigsaw puzzles are waiting for those rare indoor, quiet days.

When you tire of sleeping in, lazing on the beach, and have finally been able to put down your engrossing mystery, wander outside and discover nature. Feel free to walk, snowshoe, or ski the “back 40”. Or, check out the surrounding National and State Forests, nature preserves, rivers and lakes for hiking, mountain biking, mushroom hunting, boating, swimming, or fishing. If solitude is not your preference, opportunities abound. Arcadia Bluffs (a world class) golf resort is less than 3 miles away. Crystal Mountain Resort (25 minutes) offers year round activities (snow sports, summer mini water park, alpine summer sledding, golf) as well as new gym/work out facilities and spa offerings. Little River Casino is only 20 miles away for the gamblers in the group. Interlochen Arts Academy (a 30 minute drive) offers concerts and entertainment year round. Antiquing, quilt stores and unique shopping draw those who enjoy investigating nooks and crannies. And, this only begins to scratch the surface, so many choices so little time.

We look forward to meeting you. Living next door, we delight in sharing our slice of paradise with you and your family. We hope this will be a vacation destination you will return to year after year, building those incredible memories you will look back on with special warmth. Your well behaved, four footed family can feel free to enjoy a vacation here as well, with room to run or swim in your company. Our dog Ace, a handsome Golden Retriever, (just ask him!), welcomes playmates, four footed as well as two footed.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Barb, Jamie, and Ace the dog (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Barb, Jamie, and Ace the dog

I have been vacationing here since I was small, built sandcastles, hiked the woods with my Grandfather and loved the area enough to move here. After raising two wonderful sons, numerous dogs, cats, 2 fawns, and a few other critters while teaching in nearby Bear Lake I 'retired' in 1999. The next job was remodeling this rental property which has been an education, frustration and ultimately a joy for my husband and myself. We enjoy the outdoors, photography,geocaching, reading and volunteering with Red Cross and our church. We are easily distracted by all the opportunities this area provides, so retirement is never boring.

Barb, Jamie, and Ace the dog purchased this farmhouse in 1970

Why Barb, Jamie, and Ace the dog chose Arcadia

My grandfather purchased this property in the 50's so I have MANY wonderful memories of summering here. Living or vacationing here provides a different perspective. Life is still a bit slower, a tad more laid back. Choices abound, friendships flourish, time may actually be slower. You know you're enjoying your vacation when you have to ask what day it is. While we cherish the peace and serenity of walking miles of beach and seeing no one, we also appreciate the availability of anything we really want within easy driving distance.

What makes this farmhouse unique

This area can let one feel isolated from the hustle and bustle of daily life, from the pressure to DO anything,(some cell phones STILL don't get good reception, no real TV, but the VCR works...) It's easy to get lost in the serenity of nature and silence, to escape the lights of civilization and truly see the constellations at night. All without being miles away from the nearest grocery store or golf course. Golf or ski some of Michigan's finest, canoe riffles on the river, or just soak in the leisure, read a book, hold hands with a loved one. Dare the slopes or the casino, land that world record brown trout. The choice is yours. We also try to keep Thistledew stocked with the basics you would find at home. No need to bring or purchase staple items such as dish soap, mustard and ketchup, or firewood. If it's not there, wander over and ask. We'd be happy to give you a cup of sugar or loan you our book of Wildflower identification!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Ace,

Thank you for letting us stay at Thistledew. We LOVED it! You are one lucky dog to live here! We will tell our friends that they need to come visit you too.

Take it easy and stay away from skunks.

Selli , Duff and their humans.
Sep 2014
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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Travel with confidence
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average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Great Spring Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Extremely comfortable with everything that you need for a long or short stay. Great and fast response from owners with any questions prior to arrival. Some of the best views in the state.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were glad to have you back, but sorry we weren't home to see you in person, perhaps next time? Your timing was perfect for beginning Spring flowers and morel mushroom hunting. We are always delighted when guests return to enjoy more of what Thistledew has to offer.

Perfect winter weekend

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I came up for a long weekend in January to relax for a few days. Thistledew was a perfect place to come in the winter. Beautiful view of snowy surroundings and the lake from the house, with a cozy, clean home to relax in. Good places nearby to cross-country ski and snowshoe. We went to Crystal Mountain (about 25 min away) and Manistee National Forest (about 45 min away) for skiing. There are closer places for snowshoeing (and skiing if you aren't looking for groomed trails). Jamie and Barb were very welcoming and hospitable, very easy to make a reservation with. The area is perfect for a quiet weekend getaway, surrounded by many beautiful areas to explore. Hope to come back.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Benjamin and Rachel are welcome back anytime as they brought incredible weather (warmer!) and SUNSHINE! We are pleased that they were able to check out some of the surrounding trails and had good experiences. We hope others will follow their lead and come check us out.
Dexter, MI

If Only We Could Live at Thistle Dew!

  • 5 of 5

My small family (2 humans and 2 dogs), went to Thistle Dew for a short midweek vacay and we LOVED it. Our favorite part was the beach of course, we walked and the dogs played in the water for hours then we sat in the little beach shelter an watched the sunset, there isn't anything better anywhere. The weather was perfect about 70 degrees and sunny, warm enough for swimming and cool enough for long walks. One day we went to the Manistee river for a nice hike on the North Country Trail, ten went down to the beach again.

Thistle Dew is a charming house with a GREAT kitchen. I wish we had done more advanced planning so we could have had friends come with us. The house could easily fit 6 adults for long vacation and with the large kitchen and outside facilities a nice house party would be so much fun.

However, the thing that sold us on Thistle Dew was how dog friendly it was. My dogs were completely at home and so excited to have so much new territory to explore, plus you know the whole 600' of Lake Michigan shoreline! Barb was so sweet and welcoming and Ace was darling, such a silly Golden boy! We are definitely planning a repeat visit next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Palatine, Illinois


  • 5 of 5

This is our seventh year vacationing at Thistle Dew, and it was awesome for the first five days. The house is cozy and welcoming, with a beautiful kitchen for making special meals after a long day at the beach. The views are something I never get tired of, whether it's morning, noon or sunsets with a glass or two of wine on the beach deck.

This year, for the first time, we experienced not one, but two emergency situations. Both could have turned out badly. We were unfamiliar with where to find a hospital or vet and to make matters worse, it was the middle of the night.

Thankfully, Barb and Jamie have a binder in the kitchen for just this possibility. In both cases, we grabbed the pages we needed, complete with directions to get there and took care of the situations. I will be forever grateful.

We love Thistle Dew and have become friends with the wonderful couple who have opened the property to vacationers. The area has gorgeous scenery and lots to do for everyone in the family. After seven years, we still have new adventures every time we go there.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: First: Thank you for READING the notebook/binder, we try to have the information you will need easily available, especially for emergencies, the GRAB and GO pages for people and pet emergencies were designed for just that. We are so glad all worked out well. Second: We do treasure our returning guest/friends. You are like family without the sibling rivalry! Looking forward to seeing you in 2015.
Fort Wayne, Indiana USA

Peaceful gem!

  • 5 of 5

Clean, charming older home with a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan. We stayed with another couple and enjoyed separate sleeping quarters (upstairs and downstairs) as well as our own private bathrooms. The layout is very functional and the kitchen is large and supplied well. Our interests were visiting and hitting up yard sales and such, as well as quiet time on the beach. We got all of those. It is a bit of a drive to tourist areas, but that didn't matter so much to us. Barb, Jamie and Ace were friendly hosts who granted us our privacy. Our dogs had plenty of yard to explore and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Spring is a wonderful time to have local sights and activities almost to yourself, no crowds, no waiting, no bugs! We were thrilled to have guests here in May. They found morel mushrooms (impressive!), hiked some trails, checked out the near by towns, grilled out, enjoyed the view of the lake from the front lawn and let their four footed family enjoy Ace's hospitality and the run of both yards (such well behaved guests!). We're glad they enjoyed Thistledew and gave Spring a chance.

Spring Break Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our friends came up to "de-stress" for the week from school and the classroom. It was so nice to just relax and listen to the sounds of nature and seeing the beautiful water right outside our windows and door! Although it was still cool, it did not deter from our visit. We loved getting water at the nearby artesian well. We also ventured into town to eat at the local establishments and to wander around the wineries and the casino nearby. We will definitely be back to check out another season. So glad to have had this time to get away to Thistledew!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Manistee Blacker Airport (MBL)
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Grill 44 (Bear Lake)
Nearest Ferry
48 Miles
Ludington to Milwaukee
Nearest Golf
3.04 Miles
Arcadia Bluffs
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Muskegon MI
Nearest Motorway
1.33 Miles
M 22
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Several bar/restaurants
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
downhill/ cross country Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Directly below you.... 3 min walk (down)
Car: recommended

Mushroom hunting, casino, canoeing, photography, alpaca farm, geocaching, fishing charters, several farmer's markets, a real drive in movie, summer concerts in local parks, and frequent local 'festivals'.


Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Arcadia Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2015
May 26 2015 - Sep 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2015
Sep 12 2015 - Nov 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes There is a 6% MI use tax that will be added to your rental fee.
The cleaning fee IS included in the basic rental amount.
There is an additional cleaning fee for more than 3 pets of $50.00-100.00 dependent upon the number of extra pets.
All rates are subject to change until deposit is confirmed.
A deposit is required to hold your dates, a personal check or money order is fine. The balance can be paid upon arrival. If you must cancel, the earlier the better. We will first attempt to reschedule, then attempt to fill the date with another guest. If we cannot do either we will then discuss the return of your deposit. We do not accept credit cards or Pay Pal.
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Arcadia Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master suite - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1) The queen bed is in the master suite., Double Beds (1) These are located in the upstairs bedrooms and are new!, Baby Cribs (1) Available if you need it. Please let us know ahead. Also we do have a pack-n-play., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size futon, comfortable, in the upstairs area.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
600 ft private beach , outdoor fire ring, firewood, picnic table. Ready to go, no need to buy common household items such as mustard, ketchup, TP, or coffee., Walking path out the back door, board games, puzzles, book exchange/library,

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