|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Located on the Upper Manistee River seven miles west of Grayling, Michigan and just south of M-72, the house sits on a bluff about fifty feet back from and overlooking the river. There is a stairway down to a four foot by eight foot dock which gives access to the water for such things as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, wading, tubing, fly fishing or wildlife viewing.
The river is approximately three to four feet deep just in front of the dock making it perfect for an afternoon dip in the heat of the summer sun. To the right of the dock are wooden steps going into the river making easy access for youngsters and/or fly fisherman to reach shallower waters.
At daybreak and again in the late afternoon it is not unusual to find a Great Blue Heron quietly stalking it's prey in the shallows just across the river. At the top of the bluff is a hammock which overlooks the river and seems to beckon one to lay down and rest under the swaying pine trees - just for a little while.
If you are looking for a Retreat, this is the place. Leave your cares at home because there is no place for them here.
At the end of the street there is a private undeveloped park. The park offers solitude and another access point to the river. Sometimes wildlife, including deer, can be found drinking from the river at daybreak or early evening. The park area also makes a great place to lean against a tree and read a book or just relax and watch the trout rise during a hatch.
The Upper Manistee River has been classified as a Natural River. This means that future development will have to meet certain standards - standards that will help to maintain the quality of the river and the river environment. The Natural Rivers Act along with the Upper Manistee River Association will be working together to make sure that there is a healthy trout population too.
The house sits on a stretch of the Manistee River that is well known for it's Brook and Brown trout population.
It is, also, a well kept secret that a 20' Brown lives under the dock here! This section of the river is for fly fishing only and is open all year round. The Catch and Eat season runs from the last Saturday in April thru September 30. The rest of the year is Catch and Release only.
The den has a full size pull-out sofa bed, a matching chair and footstool. There is, also, a small Secretary and chair for you to write letters and or postcards to your friends and relatives. In one corner is a TV with an attached VCR/DVD Player. The .flat screen TV is a cable feed and therefore has many stations to choose from. There is a bookshelf with Cd's, DVDs, VCR Tapes and assorted reading material. And there is a Video Rental Store in Grayling (20 minutes away) if you are looking for a special movie.
In the kitchen pantry you will find playing cards and a few board games.
The house has a small laundry room with sink, washer and dryer for your needs. We provide Laundry Soap, Softener, and Bleach. Feel free to bring your own supplies or just use ours.
The house has a one-car attached garage with an automatic opener. Although there is only a single car width driveway, it is long enough to accommodate a truck/car and trailer. We park our Jeep Liberty and 19' I/O Bowrider in the driveway with ease. Also, there is room to park extra cars on the street during the summer months.
Pets are welcome with written permission and a small fee/pet.
Just a quick note to let you know that we had a wonderful weekend get-a-way at your up north cottage. We were there Oct 28-30 and could not have asked for better weather or such a fun weekend. There were 7 in our group! Dispite the large number - we all fit comforably in your cottage - including the kitchen where we enjoyed our "Waltons" style breakfast and dinners in your large and well stocked kitchen. Thanks for the use of the fireplace - it was perfect! We visited a couple lakes and parks - my sons hunted a little - all in all a fun weekend. My daughter and the rest of the 'younger' crowd went to the Haunted Cornfield for added fun. My son and his wife are already talking about returning in February if all goes well. Highly recommended.
The home fit our needs perfectly and had great Northern feel to it. We were able to enjoy our vacation with the kids and our dog which was such a relief as it can be hard to find places that are pet friendly. Skip and Kathy were excellent to deal with and I will use their place again and recommend it to many people as well.
Skip and Kathy have a very nice and roomy house that is situated on the beautiful Manistee river.Its nice and clean and in a quiet neighborhood.You can sit on the river dock in the morning and meditate or dream your life away.Me and my wife really enjoyed our stay and look forward to next years stay.Thank you Skip and Kathy!you are two very nice people.Tom.
We had a great time here. The place was very clean and comfortable and could not have been in a better location. We had a terrific week of fishing - both on the Manistee and the Ausable.
Thank you for a wonderful week's vacation at your place. It was all the things you expect - - clean, well-maintained, etc. But we were very pleasantly surprised that it was even larger and better than we expected. And the beds are very comfortable; better than home. But the very best part is the physical location, specifically the view out the living room windows and the opportunity to sit right by the river and just listen (... to almost nothing, except the sound of water gurgling over trees/rocks and the many birds).
We barely saw the neighbors, but maybe that was because we were so busy hiking, biking, golfing and kayaking. At least for us, the house is very centrally located for the activities I mentioned, including Hartwick Pines State Park and the Mason Tract.
We noticed the nice new deckiing, even before reading one of the last year's reviews suggesting replacement. It looks great and we really enjoyed sitting there under the big pine trees.
We can highly recommend several local places for future guests. 1) Visit Goodale's Bakery, unless of course you happen to hate really good bread and great pies, donuts, coffee cake, etc. 2) We waited until our last day to try the burgers at Spike's Keg 'O Nails - - which was a mistake, because they were very good and we had no chance to go back. 3) Try breakfast at the Grayling Restaurant. But if you finish the Lumberjack Special, trust me, you ate too much.
All coordination and communication with our host's, Skip & Kathy, was easy and my conversation with Kathy by phone was very enjoyable. She was very informative and thorough. Yes, we can recommend this place to others, and we've already done so.
We will come back, unless we buy our own place in the area!
Marc & Alana
Skip and Kathy,
Again, my thanks for such a wonderful time at your cottage, everthing was again perfect. Still in LOVE with those beds lol. Great for sleeping soooo well at night. Quiet and peaceful and such great neighbors. Everything you could need is here just bring your fishing rods, waders and clothes you need. This was my 2nd time here and I just still love it. Your close to lakes, shopping, entertainment, so many things to do and places to go. If you dont enjoy yourself here with the peace, solitude and tranquility I dont know where else you could get it. My brothers teen girls just loved this place. Will be back again for a 3rd time. Many thanks. Fishing was great btw :C)
There is a gas grill and a charcoal grill for your use as well as several outdoor tables and chairs. For the fisherman/fisher woman there is a rack for holding your fly rods and another rack to hang your waders and boots upside down to dry. You'll be ready at the first sign of a hatch!
Since there are bears and other creatures in the neighborhood, unless you are going to be here on rubbish day (Monday)to make sure the trash is not scattered by the wildlife we ask that you take all of your trash with you. Do not put it out on Monday morning if you are leaving that morning - too often a stray dog or Racoon can rip the bags to pieces before the Garbage truck arrives. Also, since there is a septic tank there is not a garbage disposal in the kitchen sink.
Other Activities: Off Roading (4 wheeling / Motorcycling)
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Pet Fee $10/night or $50/week.
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* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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