THE TWIG, A SMALL COTTAGE

Lynn Fisher

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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THE TWIG, A SMALL COTTAGE

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The Twig, A Small Cottage

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 nor 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.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered

Lynn Fisher

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2013
Speaks english

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.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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The Twig, A Small Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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The Twig, A Small Cottage
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Alden Northern Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
5

A PERFECT HIDEWAY!

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
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The Twig, A Small Cottage
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Alden Northern Michigan
5

THE PERFECT GETAWAY FOR TWO!

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Shawn, for such a wonderful review. You and Molly were perfect guests in every way. It was a pleasure having you stay and I hope you'll come back!

I do want to point out that there are two heaters and two fans for the Twig and a small standby air conditioner to put in if it ever gets too hot; they've been more than adequate to heat or cool the place so far. You were here during one of those iffy times: To Heat or Not to Heat, and it was a tough call.

The beach is between two family homes, two lots from each other and set far back from the shore, with lots of trees in between. Most of the time no one goes there since we're all too busy, so considering most beach areas it can be pretty private.

Again, my many thanks for staying at the Twig, and I hope you return. I've told people about you and the singing Christmas Tree and most knew all about it!

All the best to you both,
Lynn
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Alden Northern Michigan
Columbus
5

I HEART THE TWIG!

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Alden Northern Michigan
Plymouth, MI
5

A COTTAGE IN THE WOODS

  • 5 of 5
The Twig was everything we had hoped for in our Northern Michigan getaway...quiet solitude, nestled in the forest, near the lake, and with hiking and biking paths and roads. It's a very comfortable cottage and the artist studio and 100 year old barn nearby gives it a Hemingwayesque feeling.

Buying peaches from a roadside stand down the road that actually taste like peaches was a bonus.
  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Alden Northern Michigan
United States
5

EXTREMELY RELAXING!

  • 5 of 5
My girlfriend and I spent the weekend in The Twig and had a great time! We both needed a time out and were able to have that here. The cottage was perfect sized for us and our dog, Lola, really enjoyed the whole experience as well. While rustic, it is very well appointed and we wanted for nothing.

Lynn, the owner, is the best host! She was unable to meet us upon arrival but everything was set and we were walked through all the details about the location. She provided great tips about things to see and do as well as cool facts about the property and area.

We really look forward to going back as soon as possible!

Thanks for a very relaxing time!
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Romantic Getaway
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Alden Northern Michigan
Palm Coast, FL
5

CRAVE PEACE AND QUIET? THIS IS IT.

  • 5 of 5
We recently stayed at the Twig cottage and absolutely loved it!

If you crave peace and quiet it is a perfect place to stay. You can actually see the Milky Way in a clear northern sky, and at night you can hear the loons on nearby Lake Bellaire calling to each other.

The cottage is clean, cozy and surprisingly roomy for its size. Artworks and vintage furniture add to the comfort in the cottage. The kitchen counters are all handmade by a well-known artist who added split rocks from Lake Michigan to the design.

There is a beautiful trail to the lake and the beach area is great for swimming and sunning. The property is lovely and very private and convenient to Bellaire, Torch Lake, Alden and Traverse City.

The owner, Lynn, was very accommodating and very interested in making sure that we were comfortable and satisfied with everything.

We left with wonderful memories…We will be back next year!

Marlee
  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Lulu's
"Lovely restaurant with great food."
Short's Brewing Company
"Great local brewery often with live music."
Moka Coffee Pastries & Wine
"Nice internet cafe with good coffee and food."
Bellaire Theatre
Toonies Fish & Steak House
"Casual dining."
Mrs Pete's Restaurant
"Breat breakfasts!"
Ruthie's Chicken & Dairy Twist
"Ice cream and food."
Lunch Box
"Another great breakfast and lunch place. No dinners."
Cafe Bellaire
Chief Bar & Grill
Bellaire Bar & Restaurant
The Pelican's Nest Restaurant
"Sports Bar at Shanty Creek."
Hawk's Eye Restaurant
Papa K's Pizza
"Pretty good pizza!"
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Dockside on Torch Lake
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Dockside again, or in Bellaire, 5 miles away.
Car: necessary

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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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%
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Amenities

Alden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
Entertainment:
  • Books
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • golf
  • tennis
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • fishing
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