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Woodsy, Whimsical Nest in Treetops of Up North Resort Area, Lakes Nearby

Sally McCoy

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage

Sally McCoy

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2015
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Woodsy, Whimsical Nest in Treetops of Up North Resort Area, Lakes Nearby

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage


Petoskey Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

Come to Natural Forest Surroundings, plus access to two lakes within two miles: beautiful Lake Charlevoix, and peaceful Walloon Lake, each only a jaunt through the woods away. Tucked into the treetops, our family owned cottage of over two decades has Double Sliding Glass Windows that open up onto a breathtaking view from the luxurious Front Deck, granting exceptional outdoor living. The 'Rest Nest' (as we call it) is groomed for gracious entertaining, yet comfortable and warm with Cathedral Ceilings, Central Air, Gas Fireplace, Office Space equipped with supplies and internet, and a handicap accessible Tiled Bathroom. Our extensive yard is a joy. Discover the happy illusion of being 'miles from nowhere', with 29 of Michigan's hottest resort attractions within a 20 minute drive. Amusing and homey touches give you and your guests a feeling of fun and relaxation. Ideal for honeymooners, seniors, nature enthusiasts and dog lovers.

Set in the sleepy, historic town of Horton Bay, known for its comical and singular character. Come visit!

The Rest Nest is Located within 15 miles of these Recommended 29 Resort Hot Spots:


Odawa Casino Resort - gaming & live shows 12.77 miles

Crooked Tree Arts Center - theatre & gallery 12.21 miles

Fresh Water Gallery - informal concerts & art 6.16 miles


Horton Bay General Store - old time snack bar 1.52 miles

Little Traverse Historical Museum - Petoskey 12.07 miles

Castle Farms - Renaissance buildings & gardens 15.0 miles

Boyne City Historical Museum - fascinating! 5.74 miles


Boyne Mountain Ski Resort 13.13 miles

Wildwood Rush Canopy Tour - 9 zip lines! 3.0 miles

Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park - top rated 13.12 miles

Great American Adventures - go karts, etc. 15.0 miles


Sunset Park & Bayfront Park - great sunsets 12.84 miles

Lavender Hill Farms - fields of lavender, shop 3.52 miles

Ferry Beach Park - swim & hang out, tops! 14.44 miles

Fisherman's Island State Park - beautiful! 15.0 miles

Young State Park - camping, forest, beach 3.74 miles

Raven Hill Discovery Center - hands on learning 15.0 miles


The Village at Bay Harbor - high end luxury 10.13 miles

Downtown Boyne City - small town America 6.06 miles

Gaslight Retail District - Petoskey shopland 12.06 miles

Bridge St. Retail District - Charlevoix shops 12.78 miles


Lake Charlevoix at Horton Bay - 20 minute walk 0.25 miles

Dock to Beaver Island - Michigan's Emerald Gem 12.73 miles

Keweennaw Excursions Inc. - cruise the lakes 12.73 miles


Charlevoix Municipal Golf Course - 9 holes 11.97 miles

Belvedere Golf Course - 18 holes 14.83 miles

Dunmaglas Golf Course - 18 holes 5.77 miles

Crooked Tree Golf Club - 18 holes 10.13 miles

Bay Harbor Golf Club - 27 holes, super scenery 8.10 miles

Boyne Rapids Adventure Golf - prettiest mini 10.78 miles

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Sally McCoy (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2015

About Sally McCoy

A native Detroiter, life brought me up to the beauty of this area suddenly, during 1990. A few years later, I opened and ran a retail store called Capricorn Moon that was popular in nearby Petoskey for over a decade. I now make my living through writing plays and non-fiction, and I am currently working on the Great American Novel. Civic theatre, choral singing, and being outside are my passions.

Sally McCoy purchased this cottage in 1989

Why Sally McCoy chose Petoskey

I have enjoyed being this cottage's caretaker for well over two decades. It was my parents' summer home and has seen hundreds of happy relatives and friends coming Up North for vacations. I have personally lived here only sporadically, and have more often played hostess here, being the only family resident to live year round within this fabulous vacation area of Michigan. This cottage has so much to offer! The property is flanked on both sides by empty lots, while to the back there is a ridge of woods that separates it from backyard neighbors, and the huge expanse across the street to the front acts as the community septic field. No one will ever build there, so the property is located in forever seclusion. Yet it maintains a strong position of access to all sorts of lovely amenities. The house itself is gracious with a wide, sweeping front deck, open views from the top of a hill, with plenty of surrounding wildlife and trails to enjoy. Beautiful Lake Charlevoix is so close. It is not hard to see why this spot is one to be cherished by all who come to stay for awhile.

What makes this cottage unique

A quirky sense of humor embraces the furnishings and accent pieces of the Rest Nest. The long driveway up to the cottage is lined with stones and ornaments of a whimsical character that must be seen to be appreciated. The gracious plant life that surrounds the house, both domesticated garden plants and wild ferns and flowers, are breathtaking to behold. Though set in a modern subdivision, our cottage is virtually neighbor free. We are surrounded by nature instead, with the quiet peacefulness that that implies. Across the road is an old forest with graceful trees, perfect for a winter glide on cross country skis, or a robust walk with the family dog. Inside the house is a cozy atmosphere, which separates the great room in front from the more secluded adjoining bedrooms in the rear of the building. Every one of the many windows in the cottage boasts a beautiful view of the great outdoors. The birches and cedars that are dotted throughout the property are lovingly decorated with crystals and garden art. Every year we add more pieces, combining with Mother Nature to create an atmosphere of grace and loveliness for our guests. We maintain a fire pit, complete with aged firewood, for summer gatherings of folks who like to toast hot dogs and marshmallows over the dancing flames. A giant grill is available for outdoor barbeques during the warmer months. And in the winter, our lovely gas fireplace provides warmth and comfort for the weary traveler. It is not all primitive, however: we provide the finest and fastest wireless internet service and expanded cable TV, with a DVR filled with a huge array of classic television shows and movies. We like to think of the Rest Nest as a wonderful place to visit, regardless of the season of the year. We believe that vacations are appropriate during any month on the calendar, and we set the cottage up for joyful times, regardless of the date! Holiday decorations are set out for your enjoyment whenever you happen to visit!

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Woodsy, Whimsical Nest in Treetops of Up North Resort Area, Lakes Nearby
average rating of 4.612903 based on 31 reviews

Rest Nest Stay

  • 5 of 5

The property is located across a trail that leads to the lake, which is wonderful. It was beautiful in the wintertime. It is a great base for adventure.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad I was able to respond quickly to your request; love that you checked in later that same day! Hooray for spontaneous vacations - come visit again sometime!

Comfortable and Relaxing!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an outstanding stay. Extremely comfortable and clean. The Rest Nest included everything we needed. We really enjoyed the fireplace and the property was close to several towns and resorts. In only a day and half, we visited Boyne City, Boyne Highlands resort and Petoskey, without rushing. Thank you, Sally.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely to have you - good reminder that even a one or two day vacation can provide a satisfying respite from the pressures of daily life. Thanks for choosing the Rest Nest for your getaway weekend!

Awesome Winter Visit

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Rest Nest during a freezing sub-zero Valentine's Day weekend - which was great nonetheless! The Rest Nest is so cozy and relaxing that we did not mind staying inside. We even cooked a few of our own meals and spent a lot of time relaxing at the cabin. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking - we made breakfast and dinner! We enjoyed the weather when the sun was at it's peak but we mainly spent our time huddled in blankets by the warm fire, eating, drinking, and relaxing. I would recommended the Rest Nest for any weekend up in northern Michigan. In snow or swimsuits!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How wonderful to have you and Ed and your dog pals come for a second stay, Jillian! So happy that you enjoyed the winter scene. Thanks for the kind words, and come back and visit again!

Warm Like a Family Cottage

  • 5 of 5

For the past 5 years or so I have been making a birthday trip up to the Boyne/Petoskey area to ski and relax. I have stayed at timeshare properties, hotels, and rental condos but none of those compared to the Rest Nest! Prior to my trip Sally checked in to make sure no needs were left unmet. The home was warm and clean when we arrived and everything we needed was there! We had a wonderful relaxing trip and it was great to be able to bring our full family, 4 legged members included! No doubt we will be back to this wonderful warm vacation home away from home!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you enjoyed yourselves! Thank you so much for the kind words - we aim to please!

Picturesque, peaceful, good location

  • 5 of 5

We felt right at home when Sally started out our vacation with a friendly greeting and a tour. This place is clean, nicely organized, stocked with thoughtful amenities and has a well equipped kitchen. Our entire family enjoyed the peacefulness of the woods surrounding this house, watching the birds, grilling and sitting out on the deck. There’s plenty to do in the surrounding areas but our favorite hiking trail was just outside our door in the walk down to Lake Charlevoix. We already miss our time up at the Rest Nest and do plan to return especially since Sally is an excellent host, accommodating and makes your stay enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a blessing to read your kind words! Will look forward to welcoming you back in the future. The four of you are simply delightful!

Clean ,comfortable home with all the amenities

  • 5 of 5

A great place to vacation especially if you want to take your dogs. A quiet woodsy area and a close walk to crystal clear lake Charlevoix.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love having gal pals as my guests! To all four ladies - thanks for bringing your birthday party to the Rest Nest!


Nearest Airport
32.62 Miles
Pellston Regional Airport - PIN
Nearest Barpub
2.81 Miles
Bella Vita - restaurant with bar
Nearest Ferry
12.73 Miles
Beaver Island Boat Company
Nearest Golf
5.78 Miles
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
6.84 Miles
Federal Highway US 31
Nearest Restaurant
2.81 Miles
Bella Vita - casual fine dining
Nearest Ski
13.13 Miles
Boyne Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Lake Charlevoix at Horton Bay
Car: necessary

Set within the center of three major resort towns (Petoskey, Charlevoix, and Boyne City), there are oodles of attractions and events to be found within a few miles from the door of our cottage. Whether your interest is GOLF (five acclaimed courses, each within 23 miles), NATURE (we are famous for our million dollar sunsets and pristine freshwater beaches), SHOPPING (we boast four major top grade retail districts all within 12 miles), ENTERTAINMENT (Odawa Casino Resort with gaming and live shows is 13 miles away), HISTORY (museums surround us, as do Renaissance and Victorian buildings, a variety of lighthouses, and we are located smack in the middle of Ernest Hemingway's boyhood territory), ADVENTURE (Wildwood Rush Canopy Tours with nine zip lines is just around the corner, Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park, Boyne Mountain Ski Resort, go karts, driving ranges, Petoskey Winter Sports Park, batting cages) or LAKES AND ISLANDS, we are lucky enough to be at the center of it all.

Day trips to historical and rustic Beaver Island or to nationally famous Mackinaw Island are enjoyed by many tourists to this area. Within fifty miles lies The Headlands, one of only ten International Dark Sky Preserves in the entire USA. Ideal for star-gazing, the absence of human-made light sources gives these rare Dark Sky parks their distinction. We have one! It also happens to have 550 acres of untouched woodlands to explore, including over two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline. A bonanza for observing unusual and endangered species of plants, and for spying birds and animals living freely within their natural habitat; a photographer's dreamland!

Our cottage is a mere four miles from beautiful Young State Park, and we have several other nature preserves nearby, all featuring expansive public beaches. Water excursions are available, including Sturgeon River trips, fishing charters, cruising Lake Michigan or Lake Charlevoix in 110' tour boats, and personal small craft (kayaks, jet skis, pontoon boats, etc.) may be rented by the hour or for a full week.

This is a biker's paradise, with 13 major bike trails leading all over the North, each approachable from our own driveway. Forest lovers are welcome to explore exquisite hiking trails that start and finish at our cottage door - no need for a motor vehicle to get you there.

Nothing can beat our breathtaking autumn colors, splashed against the bright blue skies above. Our cottage gives a stunning view of the wonders of fall hues, sitting as it does amongst the treetops.

Winter guests have the most gorgeous snow scenes to view, with skiing, snow-boarding and other winter sports readily available. Three major ski resorts (Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, and Nubs Nob) are all close by.

Springtime brings morel mushroom hunting, and more beautiful and delicate white trillium in the woods than you will see anywhere else in the country. Feral deer live plentifully among us, and you will doubtlessly see them during your stay, tiptoeing though the property in their graceful way.

Summertime, of course, is the prime season to visit, where resort life is at its finest. SO many festivals and special events are available, nearly every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day. As a visitor you will be charmed by our small town ambiance, with our parades, fireworks, park concerts, carnivals, sporting competitions, and outdoor farm markets, all to be accompanied by sweet nibbles of Mackinaw Island fudge, ice cream cones and other tasty specialties of the vicinity.

Our closest attraction is the Horton Bay General Store, located (essentially) in our back yard. A mile and a half drive away (or closer by foot), the store is virtually unchanged from its original look when first built in 1876. It's presence within the National Register of Historic Places insures that it will remain so. Horton Bay in total is all but lost in time, kissed by the sleepy atmosphere of yesteryear.

So, if you need a rest from the accelerated pace of daily life, we invite you to come and idle away an hour or two on the large front porch of the same General Store where Ernest Hemingway paused between catching fish in nearby Horton Creek.

It may suit you to come back to a lazier, less complicated time for your next vacation. Let the breeze ruffle your furrowed brow and relax into a calm and restful respite for a spell. If, on the other hand,you crave activity and robust stimulation, we have that as well. Something for everybody here.

Whatever your preference, we invite you to stay at our cottage, which we call the Rest Nest. It will be a visit you will long cherish, of that we have no doubt!

Please, be our guest.


Rates & Availability

From $135 Per night

Petoskey Cottage Rental Rates

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May 25 2015 - Sep 7 2015
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Pet Fee $0.00
Cleaning fee $75.00
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Petoskey Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is designed to accommodate those with physical limitations. It has a tiled shower room capable of being 'rolled into' with a wheelchair. Grab bars are strategically placed all over this bathroom. A raised toilet gives easy access. Highly functional for anyone not too sure on their feet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • There is a third 'bedroom' offered with your visit, but Mother Nature must cooperate for you to stay there, for it is an outdoor bedroom! The 'Princess Bed', as it has come to be called, may greatly enhance your stay, weather permitting. Completely decked out with high quality linens, a solid wood platform holding a full sized electric air mattress is set up under a canopy of protective trees. This is a bug free, well stationed camp setup that may beckon you to abandon your indoor bedroom altogether, for the entire night or to lounge in during the day. Everything used will dry out without damage, so if it starts to sprinkle, just walk 20' into the house, leaving it all behind. Regarding the two indoor bedrooms, please be advised that they are separated from each other through a 4' open passage way (you might say an extremely short 'hall'). For pairs of couples who may be sensitive to noise and privacy issues, be aware that no solid door closes between the two rooms.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The Rest Nest was made for the needs of the discriminating bride and groom. A lovely site for your modest wedding reception (even for the wedding itself!), the honeymoon, the rehearsal dinner, or for special guests that need luxury accommodations for the big event, we are sure your day will be even more special by utilizing the beauty and graciousness of our cottage. A 20 minute walk through the woods and you will reach a public access area of Lake Charlevoix, at pristine Horton Bay. Here you will enjoy a designated swimming area complete with a dock for sunning and jumping in and out of your watercraft. There is a shared access boat ramp there as well. Fish, sail, kayak, paddleboat, jetski - whatever your mode of water travel, this point of access is at your disposal, 24 hours a day. We love dogs and find that most dogs who travel with their people are well behaved. We welcome dogs!!!

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