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The Preserve-Beautiful Newer Vacation Home

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,421 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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

Book now for your stay during the shoulder season!!

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

Karen McKinnon
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 28, 2017

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.

What makes this house unique

The home is still in the city limits but has a country-like setting. There are bikes for guest use. The ride into town is only one mile; a great distance for going to Kilwins for an ice-cream or just a nice ride around the area.

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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Boyne City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1421 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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 air 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
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • 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
  • 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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The Preserve-Beautiful Newer Vacation Home
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 30 reviews

Perfect location, very clean, very comfortable...

  • 5 of 5

A group of us stayed at this rental for a cycling event in Boyne City. Everything we experienced was exactly how it was described. The house is clean and has all the amenities you could ask for. We would definitely stay again and would recommend this rental to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dean and friends, Thank you for choosing my home when there are many other places to consider. I'm really glad you had such a positive experience. Details are important to me because I know what I like and my guests seem to be very appreciative of them as well. It was my pleasure to accommodate you all. You are welcome back any time! Best, Karen
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A lovely and well equipped home in a beautiful lake resort

  • 5 of 5

Nicely located home in a residential neighborhood on lake charlevoix. We went to boyne city for the morel festival. What a spirited community! I'm sure that summer and winter are lovely times too.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great weekend!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home and perfect ski getaway weekend! Thank you, everything was lovely.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the note Katie. So glad you all had fun.
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Royal Oak, MI

Terrific experience

  • 5 of 5

We have a terrific long ski weekend at Karen's rental . . . great location - only a minute drive to d'town Boyne City, a quick drive to boyne mountain . . . highland/nubs would be only a short drive in other direction. The home is in great shape . . . very clean and well maintained. The house has all you may need while away from home. While not a ton of sq ft, the home has a great open floor plan to provide plenty of space and privacy - we had 2 families with small kids and everyone was very happy and comfortable. And the real clincher is Karen . . . terrific communication and great hospitality - she was genuinely interested that everyone was going to have what they needed and had a great time. Summer would be great too - the lake is a mere stones throw from the home. We'll certainly have this one on our list for our return trips to boyne. Thx Karen!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: First, thank you for such a warm and kind review; I appreciate it. And I'm so glad your family and friends had a great time and that the accommodations were suitable for your visit. Hopefully you can come again this summer and see how much more fun Boyne is!
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Great Weekend Away!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the home in Boyne City. This was very close to the grocery store, great restaurants and Boyne Mountain. The home was well equipped with everything we needed for our stay. Karen was very easy to work with and very accommodating. Would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words Abby. I'm so glad you all had a great time. Please come and visit again, I would love to host you!
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Karen's house the Preserve was great . The home is very clean well equipped and very comfortable..

  • 4 of 5

The preserve home is in a great location for a skiing vacation. The home is very clean the beds are very comfortable. The home is well equipped all you need is your personal items. I will definitely consider staying again for our next ski trip. Thank you Karen for sharing your home..

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cafe Sante
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Red Mesa Grill
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Lake Street Market
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Freshwater Studio
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BC Pizza
"Very decent pizza. Rated a 3 out of 4 only due to what I think is a slightly high price. S..."
Kilwin's Chocolates
"Out of the two chocolatiers in town, Kilwins is always my favorite. The best ice cream: ei..."
Boyne Country Provisions
"The wine selection is terrific. The store also offers limited baked goods on a daily basis ..."
Robert's Restaurant
"Really an up-north restaurant with very decent food for both breakfast and lunch (not open f..."
"Great for soft-serve and they can add dozens of different flavors to it. They also have a g..."
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:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2017 Early Fall
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 Fall
Oct 23 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas Break
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
New Year's
Dec 28 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 2 2018 - Mar 11 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
MLK Weekend
Jan 12 2018 - Jan 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee

Additional information about rental rates

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