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Spacious Log Home on Lake Michigan's Sunny Shore


Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


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Speaks: english
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Spacious Log Home on Lake Michigan's Sunny Shore

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Manistique House Rental Photos and Description

3BR, 2BA Lakefront Log Home Sleeps 10

Get away from it all when you stay in this newer, spacious log home on 150' of rugged Lake Michigan shoreline in the heart of the Upper Peninsula -- the ideal location to visit all the UP's best attractions! We provide everything from bed linens, towels, a well-equipped kitchen, comfy furniture and beautiful view, helping to make Shining Shores Cottage your home away from home. Snuggle up in front of the gas log fireplace, roast marshmallows at the fire pit under the stars, and marvel at the mighty Lake Michigan. And you'll enjoy our modern conveniences as well, like DirecTV with DVR on a 32' flatscreen, and wireless Internet. The home sleeps ten in a first floor queen bedroom, second story bedroom with queen bed and en suite bath, lower level bedroom with full/twin bunk and twin bed, and a futon sleeper for 2 in the lower level rec room. You don't have to worry about delicate appointments with your kids or pets along -- the home has durable tongue-in-groove paneling throughout, wood floors, a wrap-around deck and walk-out finished lower level. The whole family -- and your four-legged friend -- will love watching for local deer, eagles, and turkey. Sandy beaches are a convenient 10-20 minute drive.

Accommodation Details: Everything you need to call Shining Shores home is included in your stay. Home is equipped with linens, dishes, 32' TV with DVD/VCR/DirectTV/DVR in great room, an additional TV for gaming in the lower level rec-room, AM/FM/CD Stereo, wireless Internet, microwave, telephone with local calling, stove, refrigerator, toaster, and coffee maker. Also provided are a washer/dryer, gas grill and propane refill, patio furniture, and a campfire pit. Guests may need to purchase additional paper products and personal care items during the course of the vacation. Firewood is not provided, but may be purchased locally.

Nearby Sites and Activities: Shining Shores is a short drive to sandy beaches - Rogers Park near Manistique or Fayette State Park near Garden. Or swim on the premises (rocky bottom) with water shoes and floaties. Close to Fayette State Park, Kitch-iti-kipi, and Kewadin Casino in Manistique. About an hour or so away, you'll find Tahquamenon Falls and Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. Mackinac Island is about a two-hour drive.

You won't want to miss out on local fish fries any night of the week at D&J's or Sidetracks, within 15-20 minutes. Plan your vacation to enjoy the local 4th of July festivities, Fayette Heritage Days (early August), various music festivals (throughout summer in Manistique), art fairs, corn roast (third weekend in August in Cooks), and strawberry festivals (mid-July). And be sure to attend the UP State Fair in August!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Nicole (Owner)
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About Nicole

We're a family of five that have the great blessing to live in the Upper Peninsula. We started with our frequent visits to the area from our Detroit suburbs home, then eventually relocated to the peninsula full-time.

Nicole purchased this house in 2005

Why Nicole chose Manistique

We love the space and the privacy our vacation home offers. Plus, there's plenty of room for the kids to bring friends! I grew up in Escanaba, just over an hour from the home, so it really feels like I'm back to my roots. My kids have loved being a part of the culture on the Garden Peninsula. Our favorite summertime activities have always been the 4th of July Parade in Garden, Fayette State Park and beach, and Big Springs, just north of Indian Lake. In fact, we love it so much up here, that we've settled in the area permanently. The kids love our K - 12 Big Bay de Noc school system! And, living so close to our vacation home helps them learn the value of hard work -- we clean the cottage for guests ourselves! We always like to know how we've done -- it's our goal to deliver it to you as clean and fresh as we like to have it ourselves.

What makes this house unique

You've got the benefit of dealing directly with the owner, and having the owner nearby in case you need assistance. The Garden Peninsula is full of the friendliest people you'll ever meet. We hope you'll be able to enjoy the local culture and activities within 20 minutes or so of the cottage. And you'll be just ten minutes from the Garden Mini Mart -- and in our opinion the best meat ever! People come from great distance to purchase the fresh cuts from owners Nick and Patti Thennes. We love everything about the cottage -- the layout of the house, the privacy and nature of the woodsy vacation home area, and the amazing location on the beautiful Garden Peninsula.

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Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Spacious Log Home on Lake Michigan's Sunny Shore
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

Wonderful Get-away at Shining Shores Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We only stayed two nights at the cottage. Everything was as advertised, Very clean, warm, well maintained and quiet. Nichole provided all the basics that we needed. My wife and I enjoyed the quiet remote setting with a wonderful view of Lake Michigan. We would gladly stay there again.

Tom H.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Nice Getaway!

  • 4 of 5

The accommodations were quite acceptable. Comfortable beds with plenty of room for the 7 of us.Great open floor plan and a wonderful deck we used everyday. The fire pit area is spacious and well-groomed. Flashlights or walkway lighting between the house and the fire pit area would have made a nice touch (it get's quite dark when you're star-gazing).We did try to fare the rocky beach out front a few times but decided to drive into Manistique for a sand beach alternative. Clean as expected when we arrived. Nice place!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Wonderful property for family stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our family's week long stay! This house was clean, well maintained and perfect for our plan to get away from the busy Metro Detroit area and enjoy the beauty of the U.P. The home was far enough into the "woods" to enjoy the sounds of Lake Michigan and all of the wildlife & stars at night. We were looking for an area that was not too touristy and we found it! :) The beach area in front is rocky and mucky, but we knew that coming in. We were here for the views and quiet. Yet we were within a 15 minute drive to the beautiful beaches and awesome Jack's market in Manistique for anything we needed to stock the house. We had our 3 children age ranges 3-10 who loved the second floor loft and bathroom as their own wonderland. We enjoyed the great porch and views every morning and evening. We had plenty of room for meals on the deck and liked having the grill readily available. The thoughtful owner had most amenities we city folks might have needed in the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom, and the wireless was greatly appreciated for the occasional times we needed to check out information online. This is a very peaceful, warm, & inviting place to retreat to after day trips to the various area attractions. Fayette State Park beach, the Rogers Beach on Lake Michigan & Pictured Rocks National Lake shore were among our most favorite. We lucked out as the weather was sunny & in the 80s and 90s all week :) Nicole was readily available if we needed anything extra during the week as well. We would recommend this location for anyone wanting a relaxing location with plenty of room to roam.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Quiet, Peaceful Lake View Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Shining Shores was amazing. The home was a welcomed retreat from the every day rat race that is Chicago! We enjoyed sitting on the porch taking in the morning sun or watching the foxes in their den as the eagles flew by. The layout of the house was perfect for our family of 5 adults. (2 couples & 1 single). We each had our own floor. We'd love to visit again sometime soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We invite you to return any time!
Muncie, Indiana

Great Vacation House on Lake Michigan!

  • 5 of 5

Eight of us stayed in this house: 4 kids and 4 adults. The kids were aged 2 - 7. We all had a great time and loved the house. The firepit facing the lake was a nightly activity for us. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a house/cabin on Lake Michigan. Kid friendly too! No complaints, no regrets, just plenty of vacation memories!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed yourselves! Around the firepit is one of our favorite places to hang out too!

We Didn't Want To Leave

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed for a week with my family and my sister's family. 4 adults and 3 kids. We all had a fabulous time and no one wanted to leave.

The house had everything. Plenty of towels, toilet paper, and any other essentials you might need. The house was spotless, and very cozy. My husband and I took the loft room and bathroom, my sister and her hubby had the master bedroom, the kids took over the lower level. It was nice to retire to our separate levels when we needed a bit of quiet.

The sunrise in the morning was spectacular. I found myself waking up early just so I could watch it. I saw my first bald eagle while sitting my the fire pit early one morning and enjoying my coffee. It was awesome.

The house is off a secluded road and it's about a 20 minute drive to the main road and civilization but you feel like you are on your own planet. When we wanted quiet we stayed around the cabin... when we wanted excitement we drove to the pictured rocks, kitchitikipi, into town or to one of the beaches.

The beach at the property is a little mucky and rocky but we had read the reviews prior to our trip so we brought water shoes and were fine.

The kitchen had everything. My niece celebrated a birthday while we were there and I had all the tools to bake her cake.

We really loved it and when it came time to leave, none of us were ready. The minute we walked through those doors we all felt right at home. I can't think of a thing I would change. I hope to visit this place many times in the future. It was a perfect vacation for everyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The rugged Lake Michigan shoreline is gorgeous at Barque Point and noted for its sunrises and wildlife viewing. Sandy beaches are within 15 - 20 minutes drive at Rogers State Park on US-2 and Fayette State Park on M-183.


Fayette State Park
Indian Lake State Park
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Mackinac Island
Nahma Inn Bed and Breakfast
Hereford & Hops
Stonehouse Restaurant
Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Sawyer International (MQT)
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
D & J's, Garden
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Stony Point Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
D & J's, Garden
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Rogers State Park on US-2
Car: necessary

The Garden Peninsula is famous for its beauty. Bordered by Lake Michigan and Big Bay de Noc, the area offers attractions and activities for all seasons. The central location in Michigan's Upper Peninsula means you can reach Lake Superior, the Wisconsin border, and the Straits of Mackinaw in one to two hours. Even with so many outdoor activities to do just outside your doorstep, you can always choose to play on the peninsula!

Other Activities: snowmobile trails, cross-country ski trails, four-wheeler trails, state land for hiking and hunting

Golf: Golf at nearby Stony Point Golf Course, Nahma Golf Course, Indian Lake Golf Course.

Ski: Groomed cross-country ski trails are within 20 minutes, at Indian Lake State Park and Fayette State Park.


Rates & Availability

From $175 Per night

Manistique House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 31 2014 - Jun 26 2015
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 29 2015
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Notes $1200 to 1700/week
A 50% deposit holds your dates. Balance plus a $250 refundable security deposit due 30 days before check-in.
30 days cancellation, please. Also accept personal checks and credit cards via PayPal.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Manistique House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Heating ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Sleeps 4
    Rec Room - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double futon in rec room - sleeps 2
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Accept credit cards via PayPal or reservation system, and personal check via mail. Cottage is supplied with starter paper products. Please plan to purchase or bring additional paper products and personal care products for stays of three nights or longer.

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