Get Away to an unspoiled natural environment where several eagle sitings daily are common. A place that has been virtually untouched and unspoiled, that is Beaver Island. Our cabin (Eagle's Rest) is situated 100 feet from Lake Michigan on a 10 acre Parcel. The views of Lake Michigan and High Island are spectacular!
Getting to Beaver Island: The first stop is Charlevoix, MI, a Lake Michigan harbor city located approx 250 miles north of Detroit. You can also fly into Pelston or Traverse City airports and connect to Beaver Island Ferry or Island Airways in Charlevoix. From Charlevoix take a quick 20 minute flight or the 2 hour leisurely ferry ride on the Emerald Isle. Either way, it's an amazing adventure!
When you arrive on the island you will find a place that will take you back in time. Slow, patient, friendly and Beautiful! You might want to stop at the Shamrock for a beverage after the ferry ride or take the scenic 20 minute drive straight out to Eagle's Rest. Distance is measured by time on the Island, most of the roads have not been paved...it's just another way to make you slow down!
When you reach Eagle's Rest the drive in is through a wooded pathway into a vast open area with scattered trees along the perimeter. Eagle's Rest was first built in 2004 with the original cabin. It has since been added on to with a larger additional cabin with a lovely connector. It is very charming, with spectacular views of Lake Michigan and High Island. It has a great front porch, screened in rear porch and large rear decks overlooking the lake. All furnishings are new or local antiques. Eagle's Rest has an outdoor shower with cold and hot running water. It is the renter's responsibility to bring their own sheets and towels. Eagle's Rest has a charming decor with an open layout which includes 33 large Anderson windows, many are floor to ceiling overlooking Lake Michigan. There is 1 large loft with single beds and a bedroom with a queen bed. The main floor has a comfortable pull out couch. It's perfect for a family of 4-6. There is some minor construction going on in the bathroom of the unit, an unfinished soaking tub.
You may enjoy a good book overlooking Lake Michigan, take a swim in the clear lake water, explore the island and over 100 miles of roads and trails, kayak using the 2 kayaks provided, go for a bike ride using the 2 bikes provided, fish on one of the 5 inland lakes, roast marshmallows in the fire pit on the beach, admire the vast array of stars, discover some of the other islands in the Archipelego, visit the spa for a massage, play nine at the Beaver golf course, lounge on the patio, cocktails at Nina's, Donnegal Bay to enjoy the sunset, visit the CMU Biological center, or the 2 lighthouses on the island, Little Sand Bay, Iron Ore Bay or simply do Nothing! This is a vacation you will never forget and leave feeling truly rested.
I chose to buy land on Beaver Island because of it's unique natural beauty and isolation
It is so quite and isolated. I enjoy the solitude and natural beauty.
I was very excited about renting this cabin, but my excitement quickly faded upon arrival. We arrived to the cabin by boat. This is not to be advised. The water is less than waist-deep for several hundred feet beyond the shoreline. 50 feet beyond the shoreline is knee-high mud.
The cabin is described as rustic... This is an understatement. It's better resembles an active construction site. This may not provide an obstacle for a group of young men, but if you are planning on bringing a family or children this is not the place for you. The bathroom was only partially completed. There were two Lofts with beds furnished, but they were inaccessible due to the lack of a ladder or stairs. There were several exposed Outlets and wires hanging from the wall.
The cabin is in a nice location if you are seeking isolation. However, you will have difficulty accessing a boat if you are planning on spending time on the water. The cabin is also a good distance from town. Keep this in consideration when planning your vacation.
My group decided to seek lodging elsewhere and left within the first hour after arriving. Depending on your needs, this could potentially provide a nice place for a quiet getaway, but it was not suitable for my group.
We arrived by boat, and had to walk through waist deep muck to get to the cabin. This cabin is not a beach, the area is marshy and unusable. The mud was stinky and awful. No sand.
When we entered the cabin, there were construction materials everywhere, no screened in porch as the ad suggests, a hole where the tub should be in an unfinished bathroom, two lofts with no ladder and no access, therefore this cabin does not sleep six as the ad stated, outlet with no covers, and a generally unfinished canbin. This was clearly not as the ad descibed, and unsafe for the kids. We had to make our way back through the swamp to get back on our boat to call for a refund. We were not granted a full refund, even though the cabin was misrepresented in the ad, and we stayed in it no longer than 15 minutes, and it was an extreme inconvenience to us.
Please, spare your vacation and stay away from this construction zone on a swamp!
It occurred to me that I never gave you feedback to our stay at Eagle’s Rest:
Everything worked out just fine and even better than we expected – we found our way on our bikes easily to the cabin. Upon arrival I was looking all over the place for the keys as described in your directions, however, could not find them. Until my husband checked the door and it was unlocked. A pleasant surprise.
The cabin is very well equipped and we found everything we needed and more. We greatly enjoyed the outdoor shower and hope that you will still leave it as an option to the beautiful bathroom you are building. We slept in on our last day and proceeded to start cooking a wonderful breakfast with some ingredients we bought on our bike trip to the village. On the second day vacation mode set in and we relaxed completely – a good thing – however, I was not aware, although stipulated in your lease – that we had to leave at 10 am sharp as I mentioned in my email that we will take the afternoon ferry back to the mainland. I just came out of the shower as your friendly neighbor knocked on the door shortly before 10 am. We had to abandon the cabin in a hurry, packing up the half-cooked breakfast and leave. Oh well, a quick farewell to this most gorgeous place you own. I guess in such a remote place, far away from civilization (so it feels) we did not realize that time still is passing quickly …
We left the island after a great experience “downtown” watching the 4th of July parade rolling through the village twice and meeting many kind and genuine friendly folks.
Enjoy your summer and wishing you good luck with your final touches on your very professionally done remodeling job.
My last review was from our first trip one year ago. This year we rented the cabin for 5 days and we had even more fun than we did last time. Everything I said before still stands true (see perfect weekend getaway below). Honestly it was really neat to see the addition to the cabin and it was so nice having all of that extra space. The view was just as beautiful as I remembered it with the same comfy cabin feeling. We took the kayaks out again and we had days worth of fun. I am so happy to have stumbled upon this little gem one year ago and took the risk of trying something new. We will be yearly vacationers and will always stay at this cabin. This year we also checked out the beach in town and had a lot of fun there. I still stand true when I say that everyone is so friendly on the island and the water is absolutely beautiful. The trip through the muck in the back to get the kayaks out to the water is almost like a secret passage way to the most beautiful relaxing time on the water. Again, nothing but great things to say about this location.
My boyfriend and I stayed at this cabin for a weekend. Everyone on the island was very friendly. We had quick responses and communication with the owner of the cabin. The owner of the rental car company did not have a car available on our day of arrival so she picked us up and took us to our cabin then delivered a car to us. All while giving us a tour of the island. We went out to eat and everyone was so friendly and we found people who were from the same home town as us. The cabin was perfect for the price. They are adding onto the cabin but in no way shape or form did this hinder the feeling of staying in a cabin for us. It was nice to be able to use the indoor toilet tho! The bikes and kayaks were a HUGE plus. We went for a 3 hour bike ride and happen to ride by our neighbors(which we found out after we stopped and asked for directions) who were very friendly and gave us many inside tips on the island. We took the kayaks out for a full day. If you are an adventure person and not just a relax on the beach person then this is the perfect spot. You have to truck through a little muck to get the kayaks to the water but it is worth it! Once you get out to the water it is absolutely beautiful. It was only about 72 degrees the day we were out on the water but the water was so warm! The grill and fireplace were great to cook and relax at the end of the night. The shower is out on the back deck of the cabin, kind of tucked away tho, which was a great experience. I loved showering outdoors and just seeing the beauty of everything around. Overall I have no complaints. If you wanted to get away and be left alone and hang out at the cabin all weekend you could or if you wanted to go out and explore you could. We will defiantly be coming back!
My family and I stayed at the cabin for five nights in July 2013 and had an amazing time. The cabin was just as explained in the listing. The caretaker was very helpful and we received quick response times and good information from the owner. This cabin along with the island are very relaxing. We cannot wait until we can visit again. Thank you very much!
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Jun 25 2016 - Sep 10 2016
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Full payment required with the signing of the lease.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.