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Marc Edwards

Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Luxury Lakefront 2800 Sq/ft Home near Gaylord/Alpena - aka, Papa Bear

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

Luxury Lakefront Home 4BR, 3 Bathrooms, Free wireless Internet (up to 5 users)

Luxury 2800 sq/ft home with a workout room, private dock, 62 inch HDTV, DVD collection, wood circular stairs down to the media room. Third bathroom, and workout room (17 feet by 20 feet) - which can sleep two additional people - are also located on the lower level.

This Non-Smoking home has lots of windows, vaulted wood ceilings, skylights, and an expansive view looking south at the lake and adjoining state land. It's a runner's and hiker's paradise - take the 'Forrest Gump Challenge' and claim a bottle of wine from the house collection if you can master it. Pontoon boat is available for a nominal fee (see below) and 3 Kayak's are included with the rental on this 'no-wake' lake, i.e., no Jet Ski's or fast boats.

Next to the 7000 acre Mackinaw State Park on Crooked Lake. Lake is over one and a half miles long with a beach at the far end. Great fishing.

Three other buildings are also located on the one acre lot including a two and a half car garage, a dog kennel, and a work shop. Also, a concrete half-court basketball area at the back of the garage.

Visit 3 very quaint towns in the area and close to all major Northern Michigan attractions, but without all the traffic!

As other renters have noted 'the pictures don't do it justice!' and 'almost too special to rent out!' Send an e-mail with your mailing address to receive a free CD with more pictures and information.

The house is limited to no more than 10 people.

Amenities and Activities: Amenities: 1. Three Kayaks included with rental.

2. Pontoon boat available for $500 a week, or $150 a weekend.

3. Washer and dryer.

4. HDTV 62' TV with Bose surround sound system.

5. Basketball court.

6. Jacuzzi tub in Master bathroom.

7. Exercise room.

8. Lakeside firepit.

9. Includes all linens, silverware, and pots & pans.

10. Three Satellite TV's including HBO.

Activities: Use the Kayaks to explore the various lakes and rivers in the area. Exercise room with a Trendmill, Nordic Track, heavy bag and weights. Four Bicycles are also included with the rental. Close to many great golf courses including the Garland Golf Resort and Elk Ridge. Elk Viewing tours nearby and hundreds of miles of hiking/snowmobile trails.

Area: Montmorency County has over 135,000 acres of public land and is the headwaters for the Great Thunder Bay River. Atlanta is the Elk capital of Michigan and has the largest herd of Elk east of the Mississippi - more than 800.

The house is 1 mile from Atlanta, 35 miles from Gaylord, and 35 miles to Alpena. MacKinaw Island is 1:15 hr/min north of the house.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Marc Edwards (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks: english


based on 13 traveler reviews

Luxury Lakefront 2800 Sq/ft Home near Gaylord/Alpena - aka, Papa Bear
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Beautiful Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Our group had a wonderful time. It's a beautiful cabin and the view was fabulous. We had many laughs and Kodak moments with the kayaks! Even the loons entertained us! The exercise room was great and put to good use. The area is so peaceful and relaxing that we couldn't resist just dangling our feet over the pier and read. There are many sights to see from cute shops in Atlanta to Alpena, to the lighthouses, to Mackinak Island, to Traverse City and many places in between. We needed to come home so we could rest!! Thanks, Marc for making this available.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to get away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

Everyone had a relaxing time on the beautiful property, enjoying the fresh air, nature, and beautiful views. It was a good trip to end the summer. It's very likely that we will return next year and try out one of the other properties owned by Marc.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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love it we will be back

  • 5 of 5

clean // beautiful lake and area--we will be back and tell others// well worth it

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Four adults and four teenage boys. Plenty of room. All we had to bring was the food for the grill! There were plenty of towels, kitchen essentials and toys for outside fun. Our days revolved around getting out on the pontoon. Plenty of room for all of us plus, cooler, snacks and fishing supplies. Plenty of seating for meals inside or outside. Teenagers loved the media room for late night TV and parents could sleep in peace. Gorgeous early morning sunrise on the kayak felt like the world stood still. The loons were fun to watch and listen to. Many crayfish and turtles in the lake. Clean water for swimming. Caught some pike on the last day. We were all very comfortable and highly recommend this home for your northern Michigan get away! Marc was a pleasure to work with. Very responsive and thorough!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Goldilocks should have all three!!

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a wonderful week in Papa Bear...with a nice tour of Mama and Baby Bear next door. First, we came to realize that these three properties are located on the best part of Crooked Lake. The lake is quiet (except for the well-loved loons which made the experience even better), and will feel as if you are far away in the U.P. Rent the pontoon boat; you will be glad you did for those quiet rides around the lake, as well as good fishing while on it. We caught perch, bass, and pike from the dock as well as the boat. Papa Bear is spacious, well equipped, (nice laundry room that came in very handy), and the master suite is like being in a tree house of your own! The fire pit down by the water was used every night. Take the wonderful foldup chairs from the deck down there, and enjoy. Now, let me tell you about Baby Bear: Perfect for a couple! The cabin is very nice, wonderful kitchen, bedroom, living room, BUT the deck! Oh, that deck. You really ARE eating in the trees! Mama Bear is for the more rustic in mind. Although the kitchen is modern, the living area is what you want for "cabin up north". Now this deck is the largest, and has a view that will make you never want to leave!

Marc was easy to work with, gave us lots of information about the houses, and we could call with any problems. We were in good hands. We took rides into the Pigeon River area, and searched out the Elk, which we were happy to find. We had with us a 4 year old, and a 89 year old....and I'm not sure who had the most fun. We plan on going back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review and great feedback! Even though each of the three Bears are next to each other, as you point out, they are all very different and special in their own way. Each year I improve the properties and this year the big improvement was Baby Bear, with a 40 year green metal roof and skylights. All of the houses sit high above the lake and are in the trees, so the tree house comparison is a good one. Glad you were able to see all three Bear's and next time you'll need to head up to Clear Lake to see Goldilocks’. Different lake, with 220 feet of sandy beach, and an all sport lake surrounded on all sides by the State park. Not as peaceful, but deep blue sandy water and a swimming platform and its own pontoon boat. All 4 houses have wireless Internet, Plasma TV's and all satellite channels. Still, you have a very up north feeling with peace and quit. Ask for the 4 house comparison matrix when making inquiries. Hope to see you again next year! Marc Edwards
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Amazing Family Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We just completed our week getaway at Papa Bear with our three adult children, their spouses and two grandsons. This house is extremely spacious and the two levels are perfect for families to have their own space for activities and the set up of the four bedrooms is perfect. We found the lower level entertainment center and workout room were favorite hangouts at various times of the day while the upstairs dining area provided a perfect spot for board games and cards. At night the fire pit down by the lake found most of us roasting some kind of s'mores concoction and chatting away for hours!

Everything was extremely clean and all the listed amenities were provided and much more. The description of the property almost doesn't do it justice! Marc is a wonderful owner and very helpful answering questions promptly.

The true highlight for our family was renting the pontoon boat and we had many excursions for fishing or just touring around the lake. We caught a fair amount of fish, delighted in observing the wonderful loon couple who resided on Crooked Lake not to mention all the turtles and birds. Our grandsons, ages 3 and 5, enjoyed long swims off the dock and we also took them to the nearby beach for some fun in the sand!

The location of Papa Bear is perfect for short excursions or day trips. We made a fun trip to Lewiston to the Talley Bar for their fabulous hamburgers! Other highlights included hiking around Avery Lake and some of our children ventured out on an early morning jaunt to Clear Lake where they encountered a few huge elk and some deer!

I would highly recommend Papa Bear for families looking for that relaxing nature inspired vacation without any of the 'roughing it'. You will feel back to nature, but feel very pampered too! Thanks Marc for sharing your great home!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Montmorency County has over 130,000 acres of State land - more than 60% of the county. Visit 3 very quaint towns nearby - Atlanta, Hillman, and Lewiston. Many trails, lakes, and rivers to explore! Largest herd of Elk east of the Mississippi.


Rates & Availability

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May 20 2016 - Oct 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $80
Pet Fee $100

$500 deposit require to hold dates.
Minimum 4 week cancellation notice required prior to dates

Year Round $1800/week (7 nights with one night free) or $300 per night
Holidays $300 per night
Since the cottage next door was recently purchase, up to 15 people can share both houses. Great for family reunions and a great discount if both houses are rented together! Two docks, two firepits, and both houses have HDTVs (read, awesome picture!) with HBO.
Additional rental cottage next door and a great discount when both are rented.
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Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dialup Access
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Master bedroom suite has a jet tub and free standing shower. The two other bathrooms have free standing showers. All shower have full soap and shampoo dispensers.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Suite - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Very romantic, large suite, with beautiful views of the Lake as you sit high on a hill among the Northern Michigan White Pines.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • swimming
Small dogs and cats may be allowed for a $150 additional weekly fee. Large dog are only allowed in the outdoor kennel which has two sleeping quarters and two dog runs. Please e-mail or call for more details.

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