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AU SABLE RIVER GETAWAY

Bill Semion

Advertiser since 2011
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Bill Semion

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AU SABLE RIVER GETAWAY

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Overview

Higgins Lake House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps up to 6, maximum)

Relax at A Private Riverfront Getaway Only 6 Miles From The Lake

National Geographic Called The World’s 6th Most Beautiful

Welcome to The River House, our 100 percent smoke-free (both inside the house and, sorry, but due to numerous policy violations, all over its grounds), Au Sable riverfront home, for rent to caring, responsible, non-smoking individuals who appreciate the serenity of seeing bald eagles fly, hummingbirds and orioles land at window feeders, deer out the front door and chickadees that eat seeds out of your hands.

Located four miles from downtown Roscommon, six miles from beautiful Higgins Lake (location of two state parks), and just three hours from most of Southeast Michigan, this 1,300-square-foot home is available for select weeks or weekends, or shorter periods. The house sleeps four persons comfortably in a lower bedroom, an upper loft. In addition, two more can sleep on a futon. Inflatable queen beds also is available, so it can accommodate up to six.

Warning: You must like fly fishing for trout out the front door (catch-and-release, please; instruction and wader guiding available), access to nearby Higgins or Houghton Lakes with your boat, renting kayaks and canoes in downtown Roscommon, and the unparalleled beauty of the Mason Wilderness Tract, and campfires under the Milky Way in our fire pit. Grayling and Hartwick Pines State Park are only 15 minutes away., You're only two hours by car from Mackinaw City or Traverse City. Satellite and local TV also are available, as is a four-person hot tub (summer only), and wood-burning fireplace.

Stroll across the pond on our cedar log bridge to enjoy morning coffee beside the river to listen to songbirds and watch as feeding brown and brook trout dimple the water's surface.

Mountain bike on forest two-track auto trails with glimpses of wildlife and the Au Sable, or bicycle into downtown Roscommon. Enjoy two beaches at two state parks on Higgins Lake that are perfect for children.

Roscommon features several restaurants (ask for recommendations), a full-service market, wine shop that is the best in northern Michigan outside of Traverse City, and even an eight-lane bowling alley. Among the golf courses nearby are the beautiful Forest Dunes, rated by Golf Digest as one of the top 100 public courses in the nation, and the friendly Ye Olde Country Club, in existence since the 1920s.

In winter, enjoy cross-country skiing in the incomparable Mason Wilderness Tract, where the snow hangs so deeply it's like entering Narnia through the wardrobe. Other trails are near Grayling and Roscommon. Ski rentals, lessons and trails also are available at Cross-Country Ski Headquarters nearby. Read more at its own website. In summer, bring your bicycle.

A complete list of things to see and do are located in a notebook in our home.

Keywords: Cabin, year-round home on the banks of the South Branch of The Au Sable River, four miles from Roscommon, one mile from the famed Mason Wilderness Tract.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Bill Semion (Owner)
Advertiser since 2011
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About Bill Semion

Bill is an outdoor and travel writer and book author. Denise is retired communications chief of Southeast Michigan's largest parks system. We both love the outdoors and want to share our experience with you by opening this unique home.

Bill Semion purchased this house in 2007

Why Bill Semion chose Higgins Lake

Bill has spent much of his summer fishing and camping in the region and when the opportunity came to purchase a home on the river he loves in 2007, he jumped at it. Its easy access, three hours from most of Southeast Michigan via I-75 (exit 239), makes it an ideal, easy-to-reach getaway.

There is wood walkway leading to the home, making access to the first floor easy for those with disabilities. The home is on one of the eastern United States' best trout streams, and it is a popular canoe/kayak destination as well, with at least three liveries in town offering car spotting and pickup/delivery.

What makes this house unique

Here are a few things to look forward to on your visit: access to three state parks, miles of mountain bike, cross-country ski and hiking trails; brook and brown trout fishing in the famed Au Sable River, kayaking and canoeing, quiet, Narnia-like snowy ski trails, and starry nights you must see to believe in front of a campfire within feet of your front door, or enjoy a glass of wine in the bubbly hot tub while stars glisten overhead.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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.

Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 4 traveler reviews

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Au Sable River Getaway
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
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Au Sable River Getaway
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Higgins Lake Northern Michigan
5

Super Relaxing..Or Not!

  • 5 of 5
This was my second time in 2014 at the River House after coming up to ski in February. Although we had some rainy weather, hiking Mason Tract, Marl Lake and the nursery trails at Higgins provided both exercise and fun! The kitchen is very well equipped, and the ambiance of the Au Sable right outside the door make staying at the house for meals very appealing. We spent an evening around the fire pit, and enjoyed the starry skies another night from the hot tub. There are quite a variety of both active and relaxing options here next to Roscommon, and I feel like this property was a rare find!
  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Au Sable River Getaway
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Higgins Lake Northern Michigan
Bloomfield, MI
5

Couldn't have been better

Couldn't have been better
  • 5 of 5
We stayed in early March for a weekend. The cabin is perfect for a serene getaway. Overlooking a river, it is scenic and peaceful. It is obvious that the homeowner is passionate about this house and takes great care of it. Not only was it stocked with essentials such as dishes and cleaning supplies, it had an iPod music system, DVD player with surround sound, books and magazines, and other amenities to make us feel like we were at home. The home features a hot tub, loft bedroom, three season (enclosed) patio room, and fire pit. The area is great, and only a couple miles from the small town of Roscommon. It is well-kept and a great value. We highly recommend this cabin, and we'll certainly be back again.
  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks much!! I am happy you had a good time, and that you enjoyed the house as much as I.
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Au Sable River Getaway
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Higgins Lake Northern Michigan
Walker, Michigan
5

Wonderful Romantic Getaway

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I were looking for a place close enough to get to and return from since we were leaving kids at home, but remote enough to feel like we were away. This was the perfect place for a little time away from the kids. The cottage is beautiful with some nice touches of sophistication that made it that much nicer: wonderful kitchen, elegant fixtures, comfortable and refined furnishings. It was a place where we could bring the kids--had the space, but where we were glad to be alone. The setting is extraordinary with wildlife steps from the door. In fact, the birds will let you know if you ignore them. Lots of windows and light to enjoy the view. The river is exquisite. We tubed down and also enjoyed wonderful walks through the woods on the Mason Tract and at South Higgins Lake Park at Marl Lake. The hot tub was also a nice addition.
Most of all, Bill was so helpful and easy to work with. He genuinely wants his guests to have the best time they can and has gone out of his way to provide a place where they can do so. We will be back.
  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks much for your kind words!
Bill
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Au Sable River Getaway
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Higgins Lake Northern Michigan
St Louis, MO
4

One Great Week!!!

  • 4 of 5
We rented this property for the week of 7/8 - 7/15/2012. The weather was just unbelievable with warm days and very cool night with very low humidity. The fishing was very slow but the AuSable river was just awesome. We Kayaked two of the days. We saw many species of birds we have never seen. We enjoyed an almost bug free vacation which is unreal for Michigan. Higgins lake is a must see as well as Hartwick Pines State Park. This property gave us a great location to enjoy many wonderful things the north country has to offer. This property has all the things you need to have a very enjoyable, memorable stay.
John and Nancy St. Louis, MO
  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words!! You were great guests. Come again when the river fishing peaks in June.

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Houghton Lake (Traverse City, 60)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Jack's Place
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Forest Dunes
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
I-75 exit 239 or US 127 Higgins Lake
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Fred's
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Higgins Lake State Parks North and South

One mile upstream from the famed Mason Wilderness Tract, view eagles, deer and other wildlife out the front door, relax beside the peaceful South Branch of the Au Sable, fly fish for brown and brook trout (catch and release, please), hunt in fall, enjoy cross-country skiing at several nearby trails including the 12-mile-long Mason Tract Trail, ski rentals, lessons and trails available at nearby Cross-Country Ski Headquarters. Other trails are also within a mile or two of the house. Walkers: Local roads near the house make for a good route. Sorry, but due to numerous policy violations, this property and its grounds are now 100 percent smoke-free. After Sept. 30, 2014, pets are unfortunately prohibited. I want to be amenable, however have had too many issues with hair, allergies, unpoliced droppings, etc., unless hunter pets are housed outdoors in crates.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Higgins Lake House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter
Nov 1 2014 - Mar 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
$150
 
 
Summer
May 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$120
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Rates May-June 1 $115 per night* June 1-30 $125 per night. July 1-Nov. $115 per night,*. Nov-March $150 per night* March-May 1 $125 per night. *Renters must clean the house or pay a $65 cleaning fee. *Major holiday weekends,plus Dec. 24-Jan 1:$175/night.Dept of at least 1 nt.requd. Pls. mail deposit check within 48 hours of booking. From Feb 1-march 31, stay three nights and pay 115 nightly.

Amenities

Amenities

Higgins Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • I like to hold the occupancy To six; Queen size Beds (2) In master bedroom and loft; three other inflatable queen-size beds also available. This house comfortably sleeps three couples if you also includes the queen futon in the living room. It can currently sleep up to seven individuals. total. Twin or Single Beds (1) futon in loft, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) One queen futon in living room next to fireplace, and one 'college style' futon in the loft along with the queen bed plus inflatable queen beds (3).
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Two log beds, lower bedroom features 8-foot doorwall for viewing wildlife, enclosed front porch, 175 feet of river frontage with woods, cedar bridge crosses pond out front to reach river, trout fishing and kayaking. Please ask about pets. House must be left vacuumed of pet hair and droppings must be picked up and disposed of.

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