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Speaks: english, spanish

The River House of Alaska, Michigan (Southeast Grand Rapids)

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to the River House of Alaska, Michigan, 'A Retreat for the Mind, Body and Spirit.' A unique Pure Michigan destination!

Attention: Now accepting reservations for the 2017 season. We anticipate full booking for 2017 so get your reservations in early! Thanks for considering our most excellent riverside retreat for your vacation! September weekend dates still available!

The River House of Alaska, Michigan, is located in the historic Village of Alaska, Michigan, located 15 miles southeast of Grand Rapids on the Thornapple River and 30 miles from Lake Michigan. This classic Cape Cod cottage, with vintage knotty pine interior, is situated on the Thornapple River in a park-like setting.

This is a great getaway from the city but also close to all the city conveniences. If you are planning on vacationing, attending seminars, weddings, visiting relatives in Grand Rapids, visiting ArtPrize, and/or touring the #1 Micro-Breweries in America, this rental may be the ideal getaway. On-site manager is nearby for recommendations and assistance. Note: pictures of the road proximity to the River House not shown pictorially. Please use Google maps to go to the property and see the road. Guests with pets are encouraged to keep pets on leash for their pets safety.

The River House is a beautifully landscaped riverside cottage that is a great place to relax and has excellent river access. The cottage has a concrete pier that juts out into the river for excellent small mouth bass fishing, canoeing, tubing, kayaking and swimming.

The interior of the cottage features master bedroom (upstairs) that features a California King size bed, TV and side room with 2 twin beds. The main floor bedroom features a queen-size bed and dresser. The main floor living room has a pull out queen-size sleeper couch and Futon couch. The Cottage has air conditioning, cable TV, VCR, DVD player, stereo Wifi High Speed Internet access and is fully furnished. Note: The Wifi system is the best wireless technology available featuring dual band 2.4 and 5.0 Mghz service.

The river has easily accessible rapids that are excellent for fly fishing. The Cottage also features a riverside patio with a field stone barbeque grille, an excellent place to relax! There are also many public golf courses in the general vicinity.

Make your dream vacation a reality at our unique riverside vacation rental, and experience a piece of heaven on earth. The River House has a heart, soul and spirit that will satisfy your desire to find that unique vacation destination that will provide a relaxing environment and inspire memories to last a lifetime.

Your River House experience will give you that precious and most-elusive commodity, time. Time to relax with loved ones. Time to think about your future. Time to reflect on your past. Time to contemplate the meaning of life. Time to fish. Time to swim. Time to canoe. Time to read. Time to catch up on sleep. Time to love. And most importantly, the environment to assure a good time.

Our goal is to provide a vacation experience that will leave a lasting impression. We want you to experience Total Vacation Satisfaction and leave with a sense of ownership, leading to a strong desire to return. Your vacation experience at the River House of Alaska, Michigan will leave a lasting impression in your Mind, on your Body and on your Spirit.

Keywords: Cottage, Fishing, ArtPrize, Alaska, River, Vacation

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

A unique vacation experience and opportunity. Our mission is to provide "Total Vacation Satisfaction". What sets us apart from other Vacation Rentals? Near-site management, attention to details regarding cleanliness and preparation for guests, customer services,and giving our guests a sense of ownership. We want you to feel like our cottage is your cottage and we want you to return year after year. Check it out! Your River House experience will leave a lasting impression on your "Mind, Body, and Spirit!"
Jan 2007
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Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)
The River House of Alaska, Michigan (Southeast Grand Rapids)
average rating of 4.5 based on 7 reviews

Enjoyed The Sound Of The River!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here during mid-October when the leaves were just starting to change. We were welcomed by the gas stove already going for some heat. Wally came over & chatted with my husband who was already down by the river. He hadn't wasted any time putting his fishing pole to use. They allowed us to bring our 2 dogs which was another plus. We enjoyed walking the property with our dogs & sitting down by the river listening to the sounds. We did a little bit of sightseeing to some nearby towns which we thoroughly enjoyed! The last day there Wally called to give us a heads up about a Bald Eagle he had just seen. My husband happened to be outside and was able to see it which was a nice treat. We found our stay there very peaceful & quiet and would definitely recommend it. Also, found the guest book a special treat to read! Thank you for sharing your home by the river!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth or fifth stay at the Riverhouse. We HONEYMOONED here 3 years ago. So much fun kayaking, reading, bonfire and the dog.... Don't get me started. Our yellow lab ran and swam nonstop! 750 feet of the purest Michigan River! We swam every day and enjoyed the quiet seclusion. The house was impeccable and our host were, as always, super friendly! It will be your most amazing getaway ever!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just "ok"

  • 2 of 5

Beautiful old historical home right on the river.

Gardens not as pictured, maintenance needed. Lawn was mowed twice on our stay.

Road is very close, just the other side of the split rail fence seen in picture and very loud.

Dogs should be leashed at all times.

Would not recommend if looking for peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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LaCrosse, Indiana

Great getaway cottage year round:)

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at the River House in Alaska. Great place in December and would be wonderful in the Fall colors and warmer months. The owners are wonderful hosts and outstanding to work with! Plan on having a great experience :)

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words and great review. We love our River House and want to share that love for the River House with others. Your positive experience is a reflection of our love for the River House. It is great reviews like this that keep us working to improve the River House. We look forward to having you return again!
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Burbank, Il, USA

Our Vacation

  • 5 of 5

First time here and first time with a vacation rental. Beautiful spot not far from home. The River House is even better than the pictures show. The property is cared for by special people as evidenced by the conditions when we arrived. The grounds are professionally maintained and the inside of the cabin is well preserved. Though we had no need, two bathrooms would be a great addition to this property. The privacy, peace, and quiet truly make this place a retreat for the mind, body, and spirit, as advertised.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Customer comfort, customer service, customer satisfaction, a clean rental property, a beautifully landscaped setting, and friendly owners is what we offer to our River House guests. Our mission is to have our guests come to the River House, have a perfect vacation, fall in love with the River House and our quaint Village of Alaska Michigan and want to return again. We are always improving the River House property and will always do our best to make our guest feel welcome. Thanks for your kind words about our beloved River House and your positive experience.
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Kodiak, Alaska

Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

Dear Wally & Linda,

Thank you for this wonderful experience. You have provided so much to us that our stay here has been amazing. We will never forget the great time we had kayaking and relaxing around the camp fire. We will also not forget all of the “Photo shoots” that we took by the beautiful flowers and along the river. Thank you for the memories in scenic Alaska, Michigan. We wish we could take your home back with us to Alaska.

Thank you so much

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! Your words said it all! The River House is a great place to bring your family to enjoy the Thornapple River and our quaint Village of Alaska Michigan. We enjoy seeing our guests have a relaxing vacation experience and enjoy our beloved River House as much as we do! See you again soon!
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Gerald R. Ford International airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Nighthawk
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Thornapple Pointe
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Wellers on Campau Lake
Car: necessary

Tour the Meijers Garden and also consider touring the #1 Micro-Breweries in America. We highly recommend Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids.


Rates & Availability

Alaska Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 18 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2016 - Jun 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Alaska Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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