Get away from it all when you stay in this newer, spacious log home on 150' of rugged Lake Michigan shoreline in the heart of the Upper Peninsula -- the ideal location to visit all the UP's best attractions! We provide everything from bed linens, towels, a well-equipped kitchen, comfy furniture and beautiful view, helping to make Shining Shores Cottage your home away from home. Snuggle up in front of the gas log fireplace, roast marshmallows at the fire pit under the stars, and marvel at the mighty Lake Michigan. And you'll enjoy our modern conveniences as well, like DirecTV with DVR on a 32' flatscreen, HughesNet high speed Internet, treated household water, and pure drinking water filtered through a reverse-osmosis system. The home sleeps ten in a first floor queen bedroom, second story bedroom with queen bed and en suite bath, lower level bedroom with full/twin bunk and twin bed, and a futon sleeper for 2 in the lower level rec room. You don't have to worry about delicate appointments with your kids or pets along -- the home has durable tongue-in-groove paneling throughout, wood floors, a wrap-around deck and walk-out finished lower level. The whole family -- and your four-legged friends -- will love watching for local deer, eagles, and turkey. Sandy beaches are a convenient 10-20 minute drive.
Accommodation Details: Everything you need to call Shining Shores home is included in your stay. Home is equipped with linens, dishes, 32' TV with DVD/VCR/DirectTV/DVR in great room, an additional TV for gaming in the lower level rec-room, AM/FM/CD Stereo, microwave, telephone with local calling, stove, refrigerator, toaster, and coffee maker. Also provided are a washer/dryer, gas grill and propane refill, patio furniture, and a campfire pit. Guests may need to purchase additional paper products and personal care items during the course of the vacation. Firewood is not provided, but may be purchased locally. NEW FOR 2013 SEASON: HughesNet Internet, water treatment system, reverse-osmosis water filter, gas grill with propane refill.
Nearby Sites and Activities: Shining Shores is a short drive to sandy beaches - Rogers Park near Manistique or Fayette State Park near Garden. Or, swim on the premises (rocky bottom) with water shoes and floaties. Close to Fayette State Park, Kitch-iti-kipi, and Kewadin Casino in Manistique. About an hour or so away, you'll find Tahquamenon Falls and Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. Mackinac Island is about a two-hour drive.
You won't want to miss out on local fish fries any night of the week at D&J's, Sidetracks, Mac's Bar or Three-Mile Supper Club, all within 15-30 minutes. Plan your vacation to enjoy the local 4th of July festivities, Fayette Heritage Days (early August), various music festivals (throughout summer in Manistique), art fairs, corn roast (third weekend in August in Cooks), and strawberry festivals (mid-July). And be sure to attend the UP State Fair in August!
We're a family of five that have the great blessing to live in the Upper Peninsula. We started with our frequent visits to the area from our Detroit suburbs home, then eventually relocated to the peninsula full-time.
We love the space and the privacy our vacation home offers. Plus, there's plenty of room for the kids to bring friends! I grew up in Escanaba, just over an hour from the home, so it really feels like I'm back to my roots. My kids have loved being a part of the culture on the Garden Peninsula. Our favorite summertime activities have always been the 4th of July Parade in Garden, Fayette State Park and beach, and Big Springs, just north of Indian Lake. In fact, we love it so much up here, that we've settled in the area permanently. The kids love our K - 12 Big Bay de Noc school system! And, living so close to our vacation home helps them learn the value of hard work -- we clean the cottage for guests ourselves! We always like to know how we've done -- it's our goal to deliver it to you as clean and fresh as we like to have it ourselves.
You've got the benefit of dealing directly with the owner, and having the owner nearby in case you need assistance. The Garden Peninsula is full of the friendliest people you'll ever meet. We hope you'll be able to enjoy the local culture and activities within 20 minutes or so of the cottage. And you'll be just ten minutes from the Garden Mini Mart -- and in our opinion the best meat ever! People come from great distance to purchase the fresh cuts from owners Nick and Patti Thennes. We love everything about the cottage -- the layout of the house, the privacy and nature of the woodsy vacation home area, and the amazing location on the beautiful Garden Peninsula.