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Cute (Pet friendly) Cottage on Crooked Lake - aka, Baby Bear

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Romantic cottage sleeps up to 5 with free wireless Internet. Very peaceful!

This cottage has it's own dock, a newly added metal roof with skylights, and includes a canoe with the rental. Beautiful 600 sq/ft Trex deck built in the trees high above the lake. Large 2 acre lot so lots of privacy.

This cottage is next door to the larger Atlanta house. Great for family re-unions or large groups.

Located on Crooked Lake which is a no-wake lake, i.e., no jet ski's or fast boats. Great for fishing, canoeing and swimming! The house sits high on a hill overlooking the lake.

Sleeper sofa and day bed sleep up to 4 additional people. Master bedroom has a queen size bed. Fireplace, fire pit and a deck overlooking the lake. Kayak's available if requested at time of rental.

Include all dished, pots and pans, linens, and towels.

Newly redone bathroom with a jet tub, all new fixtures, new window and drywall. Very clean, light and modern.

New carpeting, new 42' Plasma TV, 20 or so DVD to watch.

More Details

Marc Edwards
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 5, 2017

About Marc Edwards

Baby Bear was the 2nd of the 4 houses purchased in the Atlanta area. The 3 Bears are all next to one another and this one is in between Mama and Papa Bear. Goldilocks is on sandy Clear Lake 10 minutes north of the Bears.

While the smallest of the 4 homes, it has the most charm.

Marc Edwards purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Marc Edwards chose Northern Michigan

This house is often rented in conjuction with Mama or Papa Bear given it's location in the middle. This is great for family reunions or larger groups of friends and is discounted by 33% when rented as a group.

What makes this cottage unique

This Permalog home is very energy efficent - warm in the in the winter and cool in the summer with one small A/C unit. The new green metal roof with skylights add charm and really light up the living room.

The new bathroom has a jet tub and was completely redone in 2012. The kitchen is fully stocked and the 42' Plasma HDTV has most all of the Direct TV channels.


Atlanta Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom -
  • Newly redone with jet tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
1. Newly added 600 sq/ft deck, with gazebo, overlooks the lake. 2. Grill on deck 3. 40-inch DLP HDTV (read awesome picture!) with DirecTV and HBO 4. DVD player with a large collection of movies to watch. 5. Air Conditioning 6. All pots, pans, silverware and cups included. 7. Spices, condiments, towels and cleaning supplies included.


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Cute (Pet friendly) Cottage on Crooked Lake - aka, Baby Bear
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews
Dearborn Heights, MI

Baby Bear " This One Is Just Right"

  • 5 of 5

Booked Baby Bear for a few days ( August 19-23) to get away from the city life. This place was amazing. From the moment we walked in we instantly relaxed! Baby Bear is semi-secluded with a beautiful view of Crooked Lake. We spent most of our time on the tree house deck that's has the best view of the lake. Since Baby Bear is a dog friendly rental we were able to take our two Labs who had the time of their lives running and jumping of the deck into the lake. The cottage was cozy and clean. Marc was a first class host checking in with us via email to make sure we were comfortable and everything was going well. Would totally re-rent Baby Bear for the fall color change! If you want a quiet, semi secluded cottage with a spectacular view of the lake rent Baby Bear!! 🐻🐻🐻

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! It's funny that our pets need vacations as much as we do. We also have some cats and dogs who come up to the primary house, Papa Bear, and they just hate to go home! The cats will hide in the ceiling tiles above the exercise room. The dog will howl when we leave. Can you blame them! LOL, Marc
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Kalamazoo, Michigan

Great place to Relax

  • 5 of 5

Plan on coming back again!!!! Marc the owner of this Property Is super friendly and gave us a lot information about the property and things to do in Atlanta. The house itself was amazing we sat outside under the Gazebo the whole time we were there. Great place to get away from the city and relax Or have a romantic getaway with your spouse. We stayed Sept 16th to 18th.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great weekend

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a very nice weekend at this cottage. Easy access to this lake and several others in the area for fishing. Nice town. Cottage was clean, neat and well appointed. Small but perfect for two or three people.

Beautiful deck and view.

The walk down to the lake is quite steep but only a problem if you have leg issues.

We would certainly stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Permalog Cabin with Vintage Charm, Amazing View & Pet Friendly

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I, plus our two dogs, enjoyed our recent stay at Baby Bear. It rained quite a bit, so it was too "soggy" by the water (where the fire pit location is) to have a campfire, which was disappointing but the covered part of the deck was a wonderful place to sit & watch the day (and nature) go by.

The little cabin was spotless upon our arrival. Truly SPOTLESS!

It had everything necessary for cooking and the charcoal grill is right outside by the big deck. We didn't get a chance to try out the kayaks because of the weather but there were 2 on the shore for us to use. Although we weren't there long enough to need them, it's a nice plus that there's a washer/dryer.

Along with the metal roof, deck & good maintenance of the cabin, something else that really impressed me were the tube lights. I spent a good 15 minutes looking for a switch to "turn off the lights" someone else had left on. They look just like a recessed ceiling light and are a wonderful way to provide light toward the back of the cabin, in the dining area. :)

So, why the 4 star instead of 5? Absolutely nothing major but a few things that kept me from giving a full 5 star rating.

First, while the inside was spotless, the outside area wasn't. We picked up assorted paper trash, wads of fishing line, a few cans, etc that were either right by the cabin or down by the shore.

Second, neither of the bedroom windows had screens, so we didn't open them because we didn't want mosquitoes & other bugs to get in. It wasn't stuffy or hot in the bedroom, but it made us sad that we couldn't lie in bed & listen to the echoing loon's call or the wind whispering in the pines.

Third, the beautiful, heavy wooden, back door's screen door has no latch to keep it shut. Since we had our dogs, we couldn't leave the wood door open because they could nudge the screen door open and get loose.

Minor things, all. Would we love to stay there again? Yes, & hopefully we will. Mark is a very friendly and professional owner & his Baby Bear cabin has a gorgeous setting that's great for relaxing & unwinding.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for feedback! Yes, the staff forgets about checking the outside grounds so that's an easy fix. The other things we'll take care once the Summer season is over. Of the 4 houses I own up there Baba Bear is my personal favorite - you can't beat that view from the deck! The green metal roof and the skylights were recently added and really makes it feel like home. Thanks again! Marc Edwards
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A good stay for family of 5

  • 4 of 5

We recently stayed at this property with 3 children under the age of 10. The accommodations worked out well and there was plenty of space (including 2 dogs). The deck and waterfront area is where most of the time was spent, and everyone had a nice relaxing time.

Just a tip for new guests, the water floor is very soft & weedy - so do not expect a beach front or to wade in the shallow part of the water. There is a beach about a mile away if you need this. Otherwise, the kids kept life jackets on and dove from the dock (which has a pool-type ladder to get in/out of the water). To them it was a great change from a typical beach. Bring water shoes.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pure Michigan

  • 5 of 5

Marc's place was exactly the getaway we were looking for. He was a great host and even let us use his boats and hot tub!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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