|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
This 480' two-story cottage was built along the lines of the 12X20' Chattaqua cottages of the 19th C., with a living room and kitchen (the kitchen was in a seperate building in the originals) on the first floor and a bedroom and bath on the second. It is situated about a quarter mile from the main road on the owner's property and is located across from my studio and about 200' from my home.
The property is part of a larger 300-acre family farm that is on Lake Bellaire, and has easy access to a private beach a five-minute walk away.
The Twig, so named because it was built as a little 'branch' of two artists' studios, is simply but adequately furnished, and will sleep up to four people if the fold-out sofa is used.
It is, other than being across from my studio, very private and quiet. While there is no television or internet service other than what one can get through a mobile device (the same holds true for me), there are plenty of books to read and the lake to enjoy. Its location is in the heart of the natural world, with deer, turkeys, fox and many birds; as of this writing, bluebirds have been attacking the windows of both the Twig's and the studio's windows.
The kitchen includes a refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven and a hotplate for cooking. Bedding and towels are included.
I grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, went to Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS, and then to Albion College in Michigan for degrees in English and Art. After earning my MFA-Ceramics from The George Washington University, I taught college for several years and then opened my own studio and have been a studio potter for about 35 years. I've traveled to Japan, Europe and South America, and during the summers welcome artist friends to stay with me while they are on the show circuit in N. Michigan.
Lynn Fisher purchased this cottage in 1890
This place is wonderful. Its privacy is a reason so many people want to stay here; they appreciate the peaceful atmosphere and the easily accessible nearby lakes. Lake Bellaire is part of the Chain-of-Lakes which eventually leads to Elk Rapids on Lake Michigan by way of boat through Torch Lake, Lake Skegemog and Elk Lake. The whole Northwest region offers more things to do than I can list (should one not wish to sit at home and read). It's a beautiful region and one of Michigan's best treasures, bar none.
Art and nature are central. The Twig is part of a small artist's compound, and artists come and go all summer to spend time between art fairs. Some even set up small, short-term studios of their own. These have included Sandy Matasick, Marie Desjardins, and Bud Gilbert whose concrete countertops grace the kitchen in the Twig.
While getting good internet service and television reception is difficult (this isn't for everyone), but for those who enjoy a small step back to simpler times this place is perfect.
Property is exceptionally maintained and decorated. The owner went out of her away on several occasions to accommodate me and make me feel at home (loved the rhubarb pie!). The cabin is a blank canvas so to speak. If complete peace and quiet is the goal then total solitude can be found here. If you want to be more active, there are water sports, superb hiking trails and plenty of sightseeing opportunities in the surrounding area, not to mention the grounds of the compound with nicely weathered old buildings and a pottery studio. Good food is available in any direction, but frequented Dockside: a short drive by car or bicycle, overlooking the water, and a menu to satisfy any gastroinclination. More than once I ordered the 10 lb. burrito (okay, it wasn't really 10 pounds, but it's the biggest I've ever seen). The most unique aspect of the visit is that the wilderness comes right up to the rear of the cabin and wildlife abounds. It's like living in an animal sanctuary!
We were thrilled with our stay at The Twig. My husband and I came with our 11 lb cockapoo. The home itself is lovely and on a beautiful property. We were looking for a place to get unplugged and this fit the bill. Lynn is wonderful to work with during the reservation process and was a delightful hostess. We hope to see her again when she comes to the RiverArts Festival in Memphis. The lake is quiet and we enjoyed the kayaks. The twig is clean and well appointed. We cooked almost all our own meals on the toaster oven and hot plate. The grocery store is close. The town had great looking restaurants and we had fun exploring the antique stores. We even drove to Lake Michigan one afternoon. It is so close to the Northern Michigan attractions. We would definitely visit this place again and recommend it to anyone looking to find some peace and quiet.
The Twig is delightful, cozy, and well appointed. It is aesthetically pleasing, with great attention having been given to even small details. We loved our week at The Twig. It was fun to reside amid artists. We spent our week reading, cycling, boating, and fishing and are planning a week at the Twig next summer.
We had a very brief two-night stay at The Twig, and we couldn't have been more delighted.
Tucked away in the woods is this great little Tiny House- it was perfect for the two of us.
Although this looks like a period house it isn't old, and there is perfection in the house... everything is impeccable and our only disappointment was that we had to return south for work. We would love to stay here again and have more time for exploring the area.
After another school year of teaching 300 high school choir students each day, as well as raising 3 children of our own, my wife and I were looking for a place to steal away from it all and get caught up on us. I discovered this place while doing some research online and I am so happy that I did. The setting was wonderful and very private. It was so cozy inside the cabin and very well appointed and tastefully decorated in an arty, cozy cottage kind of way. We weren’t sure about the kitchen “hot pad” at first glance but soon discovered it was good enough to cook steaks! We both loved all the books, the cozy furniture, the lovely upstairs bedroom, the adorable little kitchen, all the windows in the place and the absence of a TV! We were greeted with a bottle of wine and some wonderful truffles as well. We spent evenings wandering the property and and it was really pretty. Saw both deer and turkey each night. The owner Lynne was really great and she offered just the right mix of privacy along with making sure our needs were met. She was very good with email and she was also very flexible with check-in and check-out times. Her dogs are sweethearts also. We spent an afternoon in sleepy Bellaire and really enjoyed the few shops (make sure to visit both Mr. and Mrs. B’s) and we enjoyed some pretty darn good pizza at Pappa K’s as well. We also enjoyed the loons singing overhead. We will definitely consider staying here again. I almost hate to publish this review in fear of the placing booking up too quickly in the future! The only other things to note are that there is no heat or air in the cabins (wasn’t a problem at all for us in early mid June even though it was a bit cool during our stay) and the lake access is really among a group of cottages. In the pics it kind of looks like it is totally private. Note too that the cottage is a best fit for two or less. You could possibly do more, but it would be crowded. All in all, a truly fantastic find—it fit our needs perfectly! Highly recommended!
The Twig is truly a hidden gem in Northwest Michigan. We stumbled upon the Twig by luck while searching VRBO for a relaxing getaway, and could not have been happier with our decision. Leading up to our arrival, Lynn (the owner) was very responsive by phone and email. We arrived on an unusually cold night to find that she had been heating the cabin all afternoon to make sure it would be ready for us. The cabin itself was ideal for our needs: simple, yet clean, cozy, and relaxing. The cabin is nestled back in the woods, but there is a short (and beautiful!) pathway that leads directly to Lake Bellaire. It was our first time to the area, but Bellaire seems to be perfectly situated for day-trips throughout the region. There are wonderful restaurants nearby, and many opportunities to pursue outdoor activities. When we weren’t fishing, mountain biking, hiking, apple-picking, or sampling micro-brews, we were perfectly content to hang out around the cabin and read a book. One night we even ventured over to the pottery studio (just across the drive) to learn a little bit about pottery from Lynn. All in all, it was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable trips we have been on (and our dog Zeke loved it too!). We hope to visit Lynn and the Twig again soon!
The Twig is ideally located on a small peninsula bordered on three sides by Lake Bellaire, Torch Lake and Clam Lake, and about 30 miles northeast of Traverse City and 30 miles south of Charlevoix. The Mackinac Bridge is a pleasant 75-mile trip north through Charlevoix and Petoskey.
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May 15 2015 - Oct 4 2015
2 night minimum stay
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.