|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Come and be our guests in this exquisite home for the vacation of a lifetime! Once here, you will quickly understand that this place was never meant to be rented and has the deliberate feel of a cozy family retreat. Our 5,000 sq.ft. beach house is nestled on a wooded dune with 100' of secluded sandy Lake Michigan beach (private). Enjoy relaxing, socializing or private time on the the oversized, wrap around front porch and watch the sunset. This will probably be the place that you spend the most time. There are 3 Master Suites, 1 on each floor for maximum privacy. Each has it's own full bathroom. There are also three additional bedrooms with a shared bath for more guests. Main floor has an open, well stocked, gormet kitchen, a dining and living room with gas fireplace. The lower level has a brand new (2012) Media/Game Room with a large flat screen tv, Professional ping pong table and a Golden Tee Video game.
**This is a custom built home with many high end amenities, therefore, we would prefer certain clientele who will appreciate the amenities and care for them as if they were their own. The Security Deposit will be strictly enforced for damage & excessive cleaning. We do not allow pets or fireworks and smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property. Thank you.**
Walk across a ravine by foot bridge on the property, go down 75 steps and you are on beautiful Lake Michigan. An outdoor shower is on the beach with a deck & many chairs.
The western Michigan town of Montague -- which shares the shores of White Lake and Lake Michigan with the Whitehall township -- offers plenty of outdoor tourist attractions; these include numerous lakeside beaches and parks. Montague traces its history to 1812, and hosts a selection of cultural artifacts and oddities. Travelers might visit numerous additional attractions in Whitehall, about a mile away.
Those looking for lakeside activities -- such as boating, fishing, hiking and water sports -- need look no further than Maple Grove Park, sunbather-friendly Medbury Park or the municipal boat-launch on Ramp Road. Meinert Park offers 67 campsites overlooking Lake Michigan and the Little Flower Creek. The inland Montague Township Park provides a quiet place for baseball games, picnics and family activities. Golfers can tee off at Montague's Old Channel Trail Golf Course (golfotc.com), a 27-hole public venue with an on-site driving range and golf shop.
Culture and Entertainment
The Montague City Museum on Meade Street displays local cultural artifacts and relics from the logging industry. Also included is a dress worn by Nancy Ann Fleming, a former Miss America born in Montague. Dowling Street hosts the world's largest weathervane, which stands 48 feet high, spans 14 feet and weighs 4,300 lbs. On Ramp Road, the Montague Band Shell is home to free live concerts every Tuesday evening from June through August.
Montague's dining scene skews toward locally owned establishments, such as the casual Dog 'n Suds Drive-In (dog-n-suds.com), Book and Nook Java Shop (thebooknookjavashop.com) serves a quick cup of coffee or lunch. For more extensive dining options, travelers must turn to Whitehall. The town hosts about a dozen restaurants that feature entrees ranging from barbeque to seafood.
Montague/Whitehall: Downtown Montague and Whitehall is a short 15 minute drive and offers the following: Coffee Shop/Book Store with Wi-Fi Yoga and Massage Studio Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Grocery Store Arts Council Farmers Market (Wed & Sat) Dog n’ Suds Drive In Ship Store Camp Ground Mini Golf Ice Cream Bakery Natural Foods Store Restaurants Antique Stores Library City Parks & Marina Boat Rentals Cocerts at the Band Shell on Tuesday evenings Michigan's Adventure (Amusement & Water Park) Double JJ Ranch Horseback Riding
We spent a few wonderful days here and hate to leave. The kids loved the beach, fishing on Stony Lake, the hammock and the bridge. Mom and Dad enjoyed the view with a relaxing drink after the kids were tucked in their beds. Speaking of beds, our daughter (4) loved the princess bed! Thanks gain for sharing your beautiful home with us.
We traveled from California to meet my family who still lives in Detroit for a week at Big Blu. The house is immaculate, and very well done. It has everything you could ever want or ask for. The kids (we had 5 in total) made a non-stop loop from the back porch to the awesome beach below.
House - Perfect. Out of a magazine.
Beach - Excellent. Nice and sandy (no rocks)!
View - Tremendous. Different amazing sunset each night.
You have to be prepared to make a trek into town if you want to go to dinner or the store. You are out a ways, but that really only makes the setting all the better. So beautiful. Make me proud to be from Michigan.
Lastly, I must mention the house manager, Rhonda. She is the sweetest and most professional person I have ever met in this business. She was ready and willing to help with any questions or smallest of problems. She and her daughter actually drove me back to the Muskegon airport on Saturday morning. That is service!
We actually stayed here in 2012 prior to the new owner taking possession. We had a great experience and can see that the house has been upgraded since we were there. The house and location is excellent. My sons golfed every day of the week at close by affordable great courses. We jogged, biked, and beached all week. We had two families with 11 of us and were extremely comfortable. Beach is beautiful and private. The steps to the beach were a bit of exercise but actually fun. The vista from the porch and deck was wonderful. Enjoy.
From the moment of driving down the lane of Big Blue through the tall grasses and seeing the house, I knew I had chosen the perfect house for our family vacation. The home was well laid out with more than enough space for our family of 10. With the three master suites, bunk room and Cinderella Bed (a favorite hangout spot) we all had perfect choices. The home had all the amenities needed and more. The kitchen was great to fix large breakfasts each morning. Walking out back on the wrap around porch was priceless. The view of the lake was breathtaking. We so much enjoyed the hammock for reading, relaxing, and taking naps (although often interrupted by the little ones who wanted to join). The play set and play house was a place our children spent much of their time while not off seeing the sites. We enjoyed a ride on the dunes, visiting the petting farm, eating and drinking the unlimited chocolate milk at the dairy farm, jumping at Kangaroo Jump House and dining at Harborside Grill (which had fabulous food), playing golf, and touring historic homes. We also found road side stands to purchase fresh eggs. I don't believe we missed a single night of the unimaginable sun sets. Each one was more beautiful than the one before and right out the back door. On the deck or at the beach the view was great for our group pictures. The children swam everyday no matter the temperature of the water. We built sand castles, played Frisbee, football and flew kites. The steps to the lake were even well navigated by the little ones. We did feel however that the kids in our group were too young for the house (2,3,4&4) We weren't able to relax like we might have liked because we were worried that something might get damaged, stained or broken. The house was a little fancy for our rambunctious group of youngsters. Some items of value were worrisome to us. It was sometimes stressful to adhere to the rules of no eating outside of the kitchen and dining room. The only adult criticism would be that we were not able to have drinks in the basement game room. Overall, the house was amazing and the location was nice and quiet. We would highly recommend Big Blue for a luxury get away for families with kids ages six and up (or a baby who can't yet make messes). Rhonda met us at the time agreed upon and was very helpful in showing us around before leaving us to enjoy the week. Big Blue is a place we will always remember and would love to revisit.
We rented this house so that our children, their spouses and our grandchildren could all be in one place for a week of family fun. We numbered 15, and ranged in age from 2 to 64, and this spot was perfect for all of us! It was hard to tell who enjoyed the game room more, the kids, or the Dads supervising them. The large porch was perfect for relaxing, and for eating outside (even on rainy days). We spent many fun hours on the beach, and the shallow water was great for our younger kids. The proximity to outside activities allowed us to ride the dune buggies, canoe the White River, visit the petting zoo, horse back ride, go cart fun, and lots of trips to the produce markets. The home is very well appointed. We were especially happy with the kitchen, as we are a family of cooks, and enjoyed preparing all of our meals there. Everything we needed was right at hand. Rhonda was very helpful. She answered all our questions, and when we had a problem with the grill she was quick to see that it was fixed for us. We really wouldn't change a thing (unless you can figure out how to regulate the lake water temperature)! Everything was as promised, and we thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.
What a breathtaking house and environment! I am still talking and thinking about my weekend at Big Blu and recommend this rental to anyone heading to Michigan for the summer.
Between all of the activities around the house and on the beach and the farmer's market in town, we were never bored.
Such a relaxing and enjoyable house and the upkeep of the residence is stellar. We love Big Blu and will be back very soon!
We had a terrible experience. While the actual house is nice and clean, there were many aspects that would inhibit us from returning:
1. Practically no backyard and a huge cliff at the back of the house that seems risky for families with children.
2. Renters are picky about house rules making it hard to just sit back and enjoy yourself (no food in the basement, no kids allowed in basement without an adult, all towels must be washed and returned to linen closet (shouldn't a cleaner be doing that?). We were charged $50 just for not returning towels to the closet though we washed two loads of towels.
3. If you brake or damage anything they may charge you more than the cost of the item to replace (they charged us $100 just to go out and buy something, plus the cost of the item which was $48.
4. We were charged for breaking a window which we never broke and were even accused of stealing cleaning supplies which was extremely offensive.
If you are looking to just sit back and relax this is not the place to go!
The western Michigan town of Montague -- which shares the shores of White Lake and Lake Michigan with Whitehall -- offers plenty of outdoor tourist attractions; these include numerous lakeside beaches and parks. Montague traces its history to 1812, and hosts a selection of cultural artifacts and oddities. Travelers might visit numerous additional attractions in Whitehall, about a mile away.
Those looking for boating, fishing, hiking and water sports -- need look no further look than Maple Grove Park, sunbather-friendly Medbury Park or the municipal boat-launch on Ramp Road. Meinert Park offers 67 campsites overlooking Lake Michigan and the Little Flower Creek. The inland Montague Township Park provides a quiet place for baseball games, picnics and family activities. Golfers can tee off at Montague's Old Channel Trail Golf Course, a 27-hole public venue with an on-site driving range and golf shop.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 23 2015 - Jun 26 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 8 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
$1,000 Security Deposit is Due Upon Booking
Final Payment for Rentals during Summer 2015 will be due by May 1, 2015
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