APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY (AND JUNE!) FLOWERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS PARADISE.

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Barb, Jamie, and Ace the dog

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY (AND JUNE!) FLOWERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS PARADISE.

Arcadia Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

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

Our summer is booked solid, however, May and June can be incredible. Picture yourself escaping the pressures of work and life, retreating to a serene haven where life is easy and the toughest decision is whether to throw another log on the fire,finish the great book you're reading, or put on a jacket and see if the sunsets really are better in March!

We are about 30 minutes from Crystal Mountain Ski resort, 20-30 minutes from the Manistee National Forest ski /snowmobile trails, and about an hour from Traverse City and the Vassa ski trails. Or bring your snowshoes, (or warm hiking boots) and trek right out the back door. See the beach in it's winter glory for something entirely different.

For something a bit more sedate, Little River Casino is 30 minutes away. Or perhaps just a quiet, cozy, retreat from the work week, a book in front of the fireplace, chilli in the crockpot , furry family, and friends. Sweet.

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

Tense? Irritable? Ready for some peace and quiet away from everything and (almost) everyone? Or are you looking for a quiet retreat to plan for the next business year?

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. You'll need clothes, perhaps a camera, boots or shoes for walking, and maybe that book you haven't finished yet. There are places to eat if you don't want to cook, or relax by cooking in the fully equipped kitchen. The beach will be yours for miles and the spring 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.

Keywords: private beach, house, ski, snowshoe, Fall colors, Crystal Mountain, golf, fishing, pet friendly, woods, year round, fireplace, Arcadia Bluffs, casino, Manistee, Frankfort, Traverse City, hiking, dunes,snowshoe,Lake Michigan,dog, pet,

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

Barb, Jamie, and Ace the dog

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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 Boy Scouts, 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

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.

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!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

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Property Reviews

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April showers bring May (and June!) flowers, photographers paradise.
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
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April showers bring May (and June!) flowers, photographers paradise.
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(231) 889-3294 (Michigan, USA)
Arcadia Northern Michigan
5

Spring Break Vacation

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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April showers bring May (and June!) flowers, photographers paradise.
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(231) 889-3294 (Michigan, USA)
Arcadia Northern Michigan
5

Simply Amazing!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
Barb, Jamie and Ace have one of the most amazing property's on Lake Michigan. The view of the Sunset every night is stunning! To that you add thoughtful and unmatched hospitality, all the comfort of home, warm decor and furniture, a private beach and you got yourself Thistle Dew. Barb, Jamie and Ace make themselves available when you need them, but leave you to enjoy the beauty at Thistle Dew.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We absolutely LOVE families that enjoy the outdoors! Seeing the little ones and adults 'playing' outside in the 'fairy garden' (a someday to be renovated) rock fountain rechristened 'the fairy garden/castle' by another family group makes owning this rental a labor of love. Even the cooler weather did not deter these folks from having a great time on the beach.
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April showers bring May (and June!) flowers, photographers paradise.
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(231) 889-3294 (Michigan, USA)
Arcadia Northern Michigan
Indiana
5

Thanks again...

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
...for another relaxing week at ThistleDew and the Cottage on the Beach. Barb, Jamie, Ace, your are exemplary hosts, and our whole family appreciates your many kindnesses to us during our stay. Shirley's 80th was wonderful in part due to your hospitality and willingness to share your beautiful and immaculate corner of paradise with us.

Thank you. It was perfect. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We feel privileged to have been a part of such a special celebration. (My sincere hope is that I can be as beautiful and active as Shirley on my 80th birthday!)

Meeting the entire family with FOUR generations present was amazing. Jamie enjoyed the challenge of taking family pictures, we especially loved the one with Shirley surrounded by a 'Stonehenge' of family flip flops.

We look forward to seeing you again next summer and for many summers to come.
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April showers bring May (and June!) flowers, photographers paradise.
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(231) 889-3294 (Michigan, USA)
Arcadia Northern Michigan
Central IL
5

Amazing vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
My family's vacation at Thistledew was the best time we've ever had anywhere. The beach is amazing. I've been to lots of beaches in Florida, on the West Coast, and Hawaii and wouldn't recommend those beaches over the private beach that we enjoyed. I can't remember ever having as relaxing a time as was spent on the front porch listening to the waves and enjoying the peace and quiet. The only minor downsides are the walk to the beach and cellphone reception. The path to the beach is quite steep and I would definitely recommend driving the short distance from the house to the beach if you have young children. The lack of cellphone reception could be good (more relaxing) or bad depending on your point of view. We had Verizon and T-Mobile phones and both had bad reception although T-Mobile was better. Seasonal fresh produce is available at several roadside stands and is excellent. The house is very comfortable and the kitchen is very nice. We look forward to someday going back!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: How lovely to be favorably compared to the beaches nationwide! (Thank you.) We do think our beach with its white 'sugar sand' and private nature make vacations here vastly different from beaches that, while beautiful, are towel to towel with people. From Labor Day on you can look both directions and rarely see anyone. Just you and the sea gulls.

We agree the walk to the beach IS steep, as we get older it gets steeper. We walk it less and less and are in awe of those who almost run up and down (can you say 'teenagers' and runners', or, great way to get in shape?). Thankfully two parking spots 'belong' to Thistledew.

While the lack of phone makes for mixed blessings, the land line does provide emergency use, any incoming calls, and long distance with a phone card. AT&T coverage isn't much better. Welcome to the boondocks!

We do hope you will find a time to return someday soon.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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April showers bring May (and June!) flowers, photographers paradise.
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(231) 889-3294 (Michigan, USA)
Arcadia Northern Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
5

Perfect place to relax

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
We had a wonderful time at Thistledew and look forward to returning next year! The house was amazing - the kitchen was one of our favorite spots along with the screened in sun room. We had friends visit for a few nights and it was nice to be able to cook together in the large kitchen. The sun room, the sitting area upstairs and the chairs in the upstairs bedrooms provided room for everyone to have their own space if they wanted to read or just gaze out the window.
The beach is the best Lake Michigan beach we have ever experienced. Nearly every day we walked all the way to Arcadia Bluffs and waved to the golfers at the above us. Barb and Jamie were wonderful to work with. So friendly and accommodating. We were thankful for the use of the "internet cafe" on their front lawn. My husband and I both needed to check into work, so it came in handy, although I'm sure Barb and Jamie became tired of looking out their door and seeing us on their lawn each day ; ) Ace and the kitties were an added bonus. We are animal lovers and got our fix during our stay. I loved when Ace came bounding over for a treat each day. Such a sweet dog!
The bedrooms were all wonderfully spacious and nicely decorated. We ended up using the yellow bedroom so we could hear the waves of Lake Michigan as well fell off to sleep each night. The location of Thistledew is perfect - close to many good restaurants and a pleasant drive to the many wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula. Perfect place if you truly want relax and get away from it all. I'm already dreaming about next year.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Our shy cat Mewgo (who is NEVER seen by our guests) made herself right at home twining around these folks ankles, amazing! So they get a 16 paws up for their return from all the critters. Jamie and I agree.

Seeing folks using the Internet Cafe gives us an excuse to ask our guests how things are going, if they have found anything new and exciting, or just to smile and wave. We never get tired of them. (Hmmm, just what are we going to do in December?)

I'm glad to have our beach get a top rating, but, shhhhhh, don't tell everybody, it's our little secret!
Meeting your friends was an added bonus, seeing Beau filling a box with beach stones to take home took me right back to my childhood. My parents finally gave my sister and I a bag each that was our limit on stones, this ensured room for the dog and suitcases on the way home.

We are certainly looking forward to seeing you next year, we'll request the same weather, but no promises.
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Map

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

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Availability & Rates

Arcadia Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Spring 2014
Mar 1 2014 - May 23 2014
$150
$900
2 nights
 
 
Memorial Day 2015
May 23 2014 - May 25 2014
$600
Flat fee
3 nights
 
 
Summer 2014
May 24 2014 - Sep 5 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
$1,400
7 nights
 
 
Fall 2014
Sep 6 2014 - Nov 28 2014
$150
$900
2 nights
 
 
Winter 20014
Nov 29 2014 - Dec 19 2014
$150
$900
2 nights
 
 
Holiday Dates
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
$175
$1,000
3 nights
 
 
Winter 2015
Jan 4 2015 - Mar 7 2015
$150
$900
2 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
$150
2 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

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.
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.
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Amenities

Arcadia Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Rural ...
General:
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave ...
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • boating
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • scenic drives
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • skiing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • surfing
  • hunting
  • surf fishing
  • water tubing
  • pier fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • cross country skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
Notes:
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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