LUXURY LAKEFRONT 2800 SQ/FT HOME NEAR GAYLORD/ALPENA - AKA, PAPA BEAR

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Bedrooms 4
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LUXURY LAKEFRONT 2800 SQ/FT HOME NEAR GAYLORD/ALPENA - AKA, PAPA BEAR

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Luxury Lakefront Home 4BR, 3 Bathrooms, Free wireless Internet (up to 5 users)

Luxury 2800 sq/ft home with a workout room, private dock, 62 inch HDTV, DVD collection, wood circular stairs down to the media room. Third bathroom, and workout room (17 feet by 20 feet) - which can sleep two additional people - are also located on the lower level.

This Non-Smoking home has lots of windows, vaulted wood ceilings, skylights, and an expansive view looking south at the lake and adjoining state land. It's a runner's and hiker's paradise - take the 'Forrest Gump Challenge' and claim a bottle of wine from the house collection if you can master it. Pontoon boat is available for a nominal fee (see below) and 3 Kayak's are included with the rental on this 'no-wake' lake, i.e., no Jet Ski's or fast boats.

Next to the 7000 acre Mackinaw State Park on Crooked Lake. Lake is over one and a half miles long with a beach at the far end. Great fishing.

Three other buildings are also located on the one acre lot including a two and a half car garage, a dog kennel, and a work shop. Also, a concrete half-court basketball area at the back of the garage.

Visit 3 very quaint towns in the area and close to all major Northern Michigan attractions, but without all the traffic!

As other renters have noted 'the pictures don't do it justice!' and 'almost too special to rent out!' Send an e-mail with your mailing address to receive a free CD with more pictures and information.

The house is limited to no more than 10 people.

Amenities and Activities: Amenities: 1. Three Kayaks included with rental.

2. Pontoon boat available for $500 a week, or $150 a weekend.

3. Washer and dryer.

4. HDTV 62' TV with Bose surround sound system.

5. Basketball court.

6. Jacuzzi tub in Master bathroom.

7. Exercise room.

8. Lakeside firepit.

9. Includes all linens, silverware, and pots & pans.

10. Three Satellite TV's including HBO.

Activities: Use the Kayaks to explore the various lakes and rivers in the area. Exercise room with a Trendmill, Nordic Track, heavy bag and weights. Four Bicycles are also included with the rental. Close to many great golf courses including the Garland Golf Resort and Elk Ridge. Elk Viewing tours nearby and hundreds of miles of hiking/snowmobile trails.

Area: Montmorency County has over 135,000 acres of public land and is the headwaters for the Great Thunder Bay River. Atlanta is the Elk capital of Michigan and has the largest herd of Elk east of the Mississippi - more than 800.

The house is 1 mile from Atlanta, 35 miles from Gaylord, and 35 miles to Alpena. MacKinaw Island is 1:15 hr/min north of the house.

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only

Marc Edwards

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2004
Speaks english
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 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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Luxury Lakefront 2800 Sq/ft Home near Gaylord/Alpena - aka, Papa Bear
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews
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Luxury Lakefront 2800 Sq/ft Home near Gaylord/Alpena - aka, Papa Bear
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p313918
+1 2489359004
Atlanta Northern Michigan
5

Beautiful Cabin

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
Our group had a wonderful time. It's a beautiful cabin and the view was fabulous. We had many laughs and Kodak moments with the kayaks! Even the loons entertained us! The exercise room was great and put to good use. The area is so peaceful and relaxing that we couldn't resist just dangling our feet over the pier and read. There are many sights to see from cute shops in Atlanta to Alpena, to the lighthouses, to Mackinak Island, to Traverse City and many places in between. We needed to come home so we could rest!! Thanks, Marc for making this available.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 6/6
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Luxury Lakefront 2800 Sq/ft Home near Gaylord/Alpena - aka, Papa Bear
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p313918
+1 2489359004
Atlanta Northern Michigan
5

Goldilocks should have stayed...in all three!!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
We just spent a wonderful week in Papa Bear...with a nice tour of Mama and Baby Bear next door. First, we came to realize that these three properties are located on the best part of Crooked Lake. The lake is quiet (except for the well-loved loons which made the experience even better), and beautiful...you will feel as if you are far away in the U.P. Rent the pontoon boat; you will be glad you did for those quiet rides around the lake, as well as good fishing while on it. We caught perch, bass, and pike from the dock as well as the boat. Papa Bear is spacious, well equipped, (nice laundry room that came in very handy), and the master suite is like being in a tree house of your own! The fire pit down by the water was used every night. Take the wonderful foldup chairs from the deck down there, and enjoy. Now, let me tell you about Baby Bear: Perfect for a couple! The cabin is very nice, wonderful kitchen, bedroom, living room, BUT the deck! Oh, that deck. You really ARE eating in the trees! Mama Bear is for the more rustic in mind. Although the kitchen is modern, the living area is what you want for "cabin up north". Now this deck is the largest, and has a view that will make you never want to leave!

Marc was easy to work with, gave us lots of information about the houses, and we could call with any problems. We were in good hands. We took rides into the Pigeon River area, and searched out the Elk, which we were happy to find. We had with us a 4 year old, and a 89 year old....and I'm not sure who had the most fun. We plan on going back again.
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review and great feedback! Even though each of the three Bears are next to each other, as you point out, they are all very different and special in their own way. Each year I improve the properties and this year the big improvement was Baby Bear, with a 40 year green metal roof and skylights. All of the houses sit high above the lake and are in the trees, so the tree house comparison is a good one.

Glad you were able to see all three Bear's and next time you'll need to head up to Clear Lake to see Goldilocks’. Different lake, with 220 feet of sandy beach, and an all sport lake surrounded on all sides by the State park. Not as peaceful, but deep blue sandy water and a swimming platform and its own pontoon boat.

All 4 houses have wireless Internet, Plasma TV's and all satellite channels. Still, you have a very up north feeling with peace and quit. Ask for the 4 house comparison matrix when making inquiries.

Hope to see you again next year!

Marc Edwards
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Luxury Lakefront 2800 Sq/ft Home near Gaylord/Alpena - aka, Papa Bear
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+1 2489359004
Atlanta Northern Michigan
5

Amazing Family Retreat!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
We just completed our week getaway at Papa Bear with our three adult children, their spouses and two grandsons. This house is extremely spacious and the two levels are perfect for families to have their own space for activities and the set up of the four bedrooms is perfect. We found the lower level entertainment center and workout room were favorite hangouts at various times of the day while the upstairs dining area provided a perfect spot for board games and cards. At night the fire pit down by the lake found most of us roasting some kind of s'mores concoction and chatting away for hours!

Everything was extremely clean and all the listed amenities were provided and much more. The description of the property almost doesn't do it justice! Marc is a wonderful owner and very helpful answering questions promptly.

The true highlight for our family was renting the pontoon boat and we had many excursions for fishing or just touring around the lake. We caught a fair amount of fish, delighted in observing the wonderful loon couple who resided on Crooked Lake not to mention all the turtles and birds. Our grandsons, ages 3 and 5, enjoyed long swims off the dock and we also took them to the nearby beach for some fun in the sand!

The location of Papa Bear is perfect for short excursions or day trips. We made a fun trip to Lewiston to the Talley Bar for their fabulous hamburgers! Other highlights included hiking around Avery Lake and some of our children ventured out on an early morning jaunt to Clear Lake where they encountered a few huge elk and some deer!

I would highly recommend Papa Bear for families looking for that relaxing nature inspired vacation without any of the 'roughing it'. You will feel back to nature, but feel very pampered too! Thanks Marc for sharing your great home!
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Luxury Lakefront 2800 Sq/ft Home near Gaylord/Alpena - aka, Papa Bear
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p313918
+1 2489359004
Atlanta Northern Michigan
Michigan
5

Would Definitely Go Back Again

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
My group of friends decided to rent out the cabin/house for a weekend getaway. This place is everything we could have hoped for and more. The house is located on a beautiful, peaceful lake. The nature was amazing; loons, you could hear the elk at night, and fishing for days.

Marc was really great to work with. Easy to get a hold of. Was there for anything we needed help with. Overall, this is who you want to be renting from.

If you rent this beautiful property (which I absolutely recommend), I would recommend spending the extra amount for the pontoon. We spent most of our time out on the pontoon and had a blast.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone and will be back very soon!
Owner's Response: Zack, I'm glad it all worked out and it met your group's expectations! You and your group were a pleasure to work with and, since I was up there at Baby Bear, I just touched based with you when needed.

I always respect the privacy of my guests, and I'm only nearby sometimes, to help and answer questions. Otherwise, Denny is my man Friday up there!

Thanks,

Marc
Helpful votes: 0/1
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Luxury Lakefront 2800 Sq/ft Home near Gaylord/Alpena - aka, Papa Bear
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p313918
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Atlanta Northern Michigan
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Family Vacation 2011

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
Our cabin rental was 8/20-8/27, 2011. First let me say that one can not call it a cabin; it seemed more like someone’s house for rent. It was nestled in a very nice quiet wooded area. They certainly had all the amenities one would need. We paid the extra cost for the pontoon boat and made the most of it, most of our time was on the boat; one evening could not have been more perfect; the weather, sunset and great family conversation; it was awesome!! We fished everyday without catching a thing; so that was disappointing. There are a few negative things we found, the weather was awesome(not a negative), its just that we would have really liked to have been able to open the windows to enjoy the sounds and coolness in the air, we could here the loons when sitting outside; what an awesome sound but unable to hear inside with windows closed. However, the master bedroom and side bedroom had screens. There was a beautiful view of the lake from the upstairs living room but again no screens to open the windows, along with the downstairs area. It would really have been great to open the whole house and take it all in. Second, the rental agreement mentioned that large dogs must stay outdoors in the kennels provided. Because our dog is such a people person, we choose to pay the extra fee that allowed him to be inside with us, we also made sure he was bathed and flea treated before our arrival. We looked at the kennels they provided there at the cabin and found that they were not close to the house and not kept up, so needless to say paying that extra fee worked out. They only other thing I would have to suggest is to update the information about what is offered in the area, we found that to be somewhat out dated. I really hate saying these few negative things because all in all we really had a great time. On a final note: I suggest that you make a visit to J & B’s Bar and Grill there in Vienna, they have the BEST Strombolis’; huge and made with homemade dough; we had to go twice before returning to our home back in Flint.
Helpful votes: 1/2

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Montmorency County has over 130,000 acres of State land - more than 60% of the county. Visit 3 very quaint towns nearby - Atlanta, Hillman, and Lewiston. Many trails, lakes, and rivers to explore! Largest herd of Elk east of the Mississippi.

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Availability & Rates

Atlanta House Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100

Notes

  • $1800/Week
  • $500 deposit require to hold dates.
    Minimum 4 week cancellation notice required prior to dates

    Year Round $1800/week (7 nights with one night free) or $300 per night
    Holidays $300 per night
  • Since the cottage next door was recently purchase, up to 15 people can share both houses. Great for family reunions and a great discount if both houses are rented together! Two docks, two firepits, and both houses have HDTVs (read, awesome picture!) with HBO.
    Additional rental cottage next door and a great discount when both are rented.
    See other Atlanta listing 316149.

Amenities

Atlanta House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Lake
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Dialup Access
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Telescope
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Master bedroom suite has a jet tub and free standing shower. The two other bathrooms have free standing showers. All shower have full soap and shampoo dispensers.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Suite - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Very romantic, large suite, with beautiful views of the Lake as you sit high on a hill among the Northern Michigan White Pines.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Motorboat
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Boat
  • Wood Deck
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • skiing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • hunting
Notes:
Small dogs and cats may be allowed for a $150 additional weekly fee. Large dog are only allowed in the outdoor kennel which has two sleeping quarters and two dog runs. Please e-mail or call for more details.