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Karen McKinnon

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

The Preserve-Beautiful Newer Vacation Home

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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3 bedrooms/2 full baths, sleeps max 8 (6 private), 2 1/2 car garage

Book now for your stay during the shoulder season!! Stays during October through November receive a 10% discount. You must mention coupon code '16FALL' at the time of your rental in order to receive discount. No discount will be given after reservation has been completed.

Come and vacation in Boyne City, Michigan! Voted in 2011 as one of the top 10 downtowns in the nation and the best in Michigan in 2010. Michigan also ranked worldwide as No. 3 for undiscovered wine region (2011, Wine Enthusiast Magazine). My home has many decorator touches; all in warm, neutral tones. It will easily & comfortably accommodate 6 w/an option for 2 more. 1.5 blocks from a small, nearly private beach (literally straight down the street). The home is a perfect getaway for families, golfers, snowmobilers, skiers, or for friends who want to relax and enjoy the incredible scenery around Lake Charlevoix . We are an easy and scenic hour's drive to Michigan's wine country.

While the home isn't directly on the lake, the accommodations and amenities offered are exceedingly above average (for more info., please continue reading below). You won't be disappointed in your choice. We invite you to come stay and play in beautiful Boyne City.

Natural surroundings: home is situated on a large lot with natural landscape, woods and wetlands that lead to Lake Charlevoix where deer like to call home. Lots of privacy facing the back/south. The southern exposure provides tremendous amounts of light in the home. Enjoy northern summer nights canopied under the stars in the netted gazebo; safe from the insects, listening to the sounds of summer. Enjoy a comfortable respite lounging on the shaded front porch swing, relaxing in the warm summer breeze.

Lake Charlevoix: A boater's paradise! Partial lake view from the southern exposure. Take the kick boards, cooler, and beach toys to Lake Street Beach, one block straight down the street. If you like water parks, you will love Boyne Mountain's Avalanche Bay. And now, boat rentals are available in town at Boyne Watersports -from kayaks to pontoons to ski boats.

Interior Space: All the comforts and amenities of home in a wide open space. Professionally and tastefully decorated. Large kitchen with more counter top than you'll ever need. A pass-through to the dining room then on to the adjacent living room where guests won't miss the southern view or what might be showing on the TV. Over-sized club chairs or the big comfortable sofa are where you can wrap up your day's adventures. A split floorplan offers maximum privacy with the dining and living rooms separating en suite master bedroom and guest sleeping quarters.

More Details
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Karen McKinnon (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Karen McKinnon

I spent a lot of my childhood on Lake Charlevoix; spending time at both my maternal grandparent's summer cottage and with my father's family-all on the south arm of the lake. It was my dream to come back to this lake where so many wonderful memories were created and have a place of my own. So I found some land in Boyne City where there is much to do year 'round and decided to put a vacation home here.

Karen McKinnon purchased this house in 2008

Why Karen McKinnon chose Northern Michigan

This land was chosen for the location; only one mile from town, a block and a half from one of several beaches in Boyne and a nearly private setting with seasonal lake views. There are cedar trees all around the property, the lot is wooded along Lake Street with wetlands in the back. It was important to me to keep the integrity of the watershed and in order to mitigate damage to the wetlands, a biologist was hired to ensure that the impact would be minimal. The land is kept very natural and the setting is quiet and relaxing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for opening your beautiful home to us for our stay. It was so comfortable and exactly what we needed. We all loved it."
Jul 2010
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based on 14 traveler reviews

The Preserve-Beautiful Newer Vacation Home
average rating of 4.857143 based on 18 reviews

Relaxing and worry-free

  • 5 of 5

Family of four, we had a great 5-night stay. The house is well-maintained and set up to be easily settled into.

Spacious, and lots of places, inside and out, to sit, relax, chat. We were able to charcoal grill one night, the kitchen is set up well to enable easy cooking (everything you need except the food!).

Overall, a great place to stay in Boyne City and the surrounding.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I strive to ensure my home is clean, comfortable, and well stocked for my guests. I hope you and your family come back for another visit!
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Very comfortable and spacious accommodations

  • 5 of 5

Our group of four enjoyed our stay so much that we will be coming back for another visit. The house has really everything you need except your personal items and food; a well-stocked spice cabinet and plenty of cooking pans and untensils. Town is only a mile away and the mountain is about 10 minutes' drive. We went into Petoskey too and it was only 20 minutes' drive. Very convenient to everything. Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding fall long weekend

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our needs (4 adults and 2 children). Kitchen was exceptionally well equipped. Dog park two blocks away was a real plus giving our pooch plenty of time, space and friends to wear himself out. Fall colors were at their peak too!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at The Preserve. The new kitchen floors are fantastic. My wife and I along with our two dogs enjoyed taking in all that the area has to offer. Boyne City and Charleviox are two great cities to visit. Plenty of shops and outdoor activities for anyone to enjoy. One of the best parts was being able to stay in an actual home every night and have plenty of space to unwind. Comfortable beds and a cozy living room with a full kitchen. We had our morning coffee sitting on the front porch swing while we enjoyed the cool morning air. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Great vacation house

  • 5 of 5

The house is exactly like the pictures. It was very clean and comfortable and had everything we needed for our short visit there. Its great that dogs are welcome and our Shih Tzu felt right at home!

Thanks Karen for the use of your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice note Beth. I'm glad you and your husband enjoyed your stay along with your pet. I'm sorry your travel plans changed and hope you get the opportunity to come again for another stay. We would love to have you.
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Like borrowing a friend's home

  • 5 of 5

As others have noted, the home (it feels like more than a house) is as pictured in the VRBO photos. We visited as part of a large family reunion in Boyne City and enjoyed the easy access to Lake Charlevoix (few minutes walk) and downtown (10 minute walk). The Preserve definitely feels like you're visiting a friend's home that they've lent to you while they're away. Just like visiting friends or family, there were a few minor surprises (no gas in the grill, e.g.), but nothing major. We enjoyed our stay, would stay there again, and would recommend the property to family or friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, both here and in the Guest Book. I'm so glad you and your family had a great time and were comfortable during your stay. I always strive to make my guests' stays enjoyable. The gas grill is popular. Due to so many guests' stays, I'm not able to visit the home and check on this particular item during the summer. Hopefully you were able to take advantage of the charcoal grill :) We hope that you will consider The Preserve for another vacation in Boyne City; we would love to host you again.
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Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
Sportsman, Friggy's, Red Mesa, Cafe Sante
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Ironton Ferry
Nearest Golf
7.5 Miles
Boyne Mountain (at Boyne Mountain Rd.)
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
on Lake and/or Water Streets
Nearest Ski
7.5 Miles
Boyne Mountain (at Boyne Mountain Rd.)
Nearest Beach
320 Metres
Beach Approximately 350 yards or

One and a half blocks from Lake Charlevoix for swimming, boating, sailing, and fishing. Seven miles to Boyne Mountain and less than 20 minutes from Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Bay Harbor.

Other Activities: Young State Park is 1.7 miles northwest/ Ziplining at two different locations.


Rates & Availability

Boyne City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 17 2016 - Jul 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
Polish Fest
Jul 31 2016 - Aug 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2
Aug 6 2016 - Sep 4 2016
1 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2016
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2016 Early Fall
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
2016 Fall
Oct 17 2016 - Nov 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
2016 Thanksgiving
Nov 24 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
2016 Early Winter
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
2016 Christmas
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer I 2017
May 30 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
July 4th 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer II 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1421 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Deep tub for soaking
    en Suite - toilet , tub , shower , Corner soaking tub, mounted make-up mirror
  • Master Bath is over sized and has separate shower stall from the corner soaking tub; a wall-mounted magnifying make-up mirror, and an electric towel warmer/dryer. Second bathroom is beautifully appointed. Each comes with plenty of bath & hand towels and wash cloths. Each are equipped with a hair dryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , beautiful southern view of wetlands and woods
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , northern view of tree lined street
    Master en Suite - 1 queen , Beautiful southern view of woods and wetlands
  • Sleeps 6 privately/ 8 with option of use of queen size inflatable mattress. Two bedrooms are outfitted with queen-sized beds: Master B/R and Guest Queen. The third guest room hosts 2 twins. Bedrooms are beautifully appointed; each with large walk-in closets. Extra bed linens are stored in each room's dresser. Master has a 19' DVD HDTV; ceiling fans in all rooms and box fans in each B/R closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 bicycles
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Mosquito netted gazebo on deck complete with a comfortable bistro set, large love seat and side tables all on an outdoor carpet. Deck also has sunning area. There are also four bicycles if you would like to ride into town going either Court to Park Street (country but paved road) or North Lake (a bit busier with traffic).

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