Come to Natural Forest Surroundings, plus access to beautiful Lake Charlevoix, 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. Remodeled in 2009, 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:
ART & ENTERTAINMENT
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
LAKES & ISLANDS
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
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.
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.
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!