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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Alcona Township Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3-6)

Nestled on the shores of Lake Huron, Bear Cottage will rekindle childhood memories of an 'Up North' vacation. Each over-sized room provides an ever changing view of the big lake. Enjoy an early morning walk along the beach as animal friends return to their forest homes. Scrabble away the day with a glass of Chardonnay as birds visit numerous lakeside feeding stations. Conclude the day roasting hot dogs over a beach-side fire.

Open windows and sea breezes will invite restful sleep.

Should a more active day be in store, visit Loggers Trace or White Pine National golf course. Catch a dinner trout from nearby ponds. Bike to nearby locales on a recently repaved and widened US 23. Visit the acclaimed NOAA shipwreck or Besser museum in nearby Alpena. You could even dive these wrecks or kayak to nearby islands. Test your appetite on a 'Mountain Burger' from the nearby Mountain Inn pub.

So......turn the cellphone off. Quiet your mind. Return to your childhood. Fully experience nature. Visit Bear Cottage.

Please note my favorite month at Bear Cottage is September. They days are still very warm but the early chill of approaching Autumn provides for excellent sleeping.

No smoking please.

Checkout Saturday 11AM Check-In Saturday 3PM.

Keywords: cottage, lakeside, up north, secluded, lake shore, serene

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed

Linda Suneson Rental Agent
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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September 10, 2016
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About Linda Suneson Rental Agent

Reared in Motown, I left some 30 years ago, returning to an area I had vacationed at as a child. I am now retired splitting my time between Bear Cottage and Sarasota Florida. I hope you can create many fond memories of this place. I have.

Linda Suneson Rental Agent purchased this cottage in 1985

Why Linda Suneson Rental Agent chose Michigan

This area of the Lower Peninsula is most unique. Many islands dot the big lake. The variety of wildlife is extensive. Eagles frequent the point on which Bear cottage is located. Please be aware that only the month of August is suitable for swimming. Although we have a beautiful sandy beach suitable for sunbathing, volleyball and animal viewing our Lakepoint is very rocky in the water. Either side of us you will find sand beach and sand bottom and our neighbors are most amenable to use of the beach. However if you must have a more private beach and you are anticipating an August vacation I would encourage you to look at some nearby Sturgeon Point listings. Be aware the cost will be significantly higher or the unit significantly smaller than my home. See listings 3020500 or 454129. And never pay for a sandy bottom in the months of June and July.

What makes this cottage unique

The house is 1600 square feet. All rooms are over-sized with separate sitting areas in each bedroom. The house has been updated while retaining its knotty pine charm. Enjoy my library of books accumulated over a lifetime.

The lakeside living room is separate from the roadside family room. Television viewing in the family room will not disturb living room tranquility. The 16 x 18 family room may also be used as a third bedroom as it has a queen-sized futon.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed our 2 week stay at Bear Cottage and shared the wine with our family while they were here. Thank you for making the cottage available and sharing this beautiful spot.
Aug 2016
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Fantastic Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at Bear Cottage, it was very spacious and well maintained. The view of the lake was awesome. The sunrises were truly remarkable.

The special attention to the little things to make us feel at home were much appreciated (linens, firewood, & kitchen items just to mention a few). I would certainly recommend this cottage to anyone wishing to getaway and relax. A great family getaway we would certainly rent Bear Cottage again.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Restful and enjoyable😎

  • 5 of 5

Ken and I enjoyed staying at the Bear Cottage It was a good location for exploring the Lake Huron area We even would be interested in coming back again!!! Storage box would have been good for the outside cushions 😎🌅 Thanks Linda and Ken Koziol

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Bear Cottage review

  • 5 of 5

Another wonderful week at the Bear Cottage! The weather was wonderful making this a wonderful vacation! The cottage was clean and comfortable...........the Big Lake was beautiful!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a quick getaway in this "up north" lake spot. What a great experience! From the quick response times to a spotless cottage on arrival....We could not ask for more. The weather wasn't cooperative but we were thrilled when we spotted several deer each time we walked and the constant activity at the hummingbird feeder kept us entertained while inside. We will be repeat visitors.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Relaxing and serene

  • 5 of 5

The stay was truly relaxing, the view of the lake spectacular through the windows in bedrooms and great room. We captured some lovely sunrise photos from the beach. We would definitely recommend this location to family and friends. The short trip to the lighthouse was an afternoon well spent. The property manager was very easy to communicate with; was quick to respond to any questions we posed.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Peaceful and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The Bear Cottage is a wonderful place to stay on the Sunrise Side. The owners provide everything you need to make your stay comfortable (high quality linens, kitchen supplies and firewood), and the house itself is very spacious and well-maintained. But it is the view that makes the property really stand out. The lakeside of the house is almost all windows that look out to the lawn, beach and constantly visited bird-feeders. Even at night the view of the sky is breath-taking. There is almost no light pollution, so you feel as if the stars are your neighbors.

Be aware that the beach in front of the cottage is wet, rocky and can be frequented by geese, but there is an area of nice sand closer to the house where the fire pit is. The walk north along the beach is great. In addition, both Negwegon State Park and the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse are nearby activities that all ages would enjoy.

We would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Loggers Trace-Springport Hills
Sturgeon Point Lighthouse
"Approximately 7 miles from Bear Cottage"
Ki Cuyler's Sports Bar & Grill
"Typical sports pub with very reasonable prices"
Connie's Cafe
"11585 US 23 South 989-471-5415 A great place for breakfast. Try th..."
Besser Museum
"491 Johnson Street Alpena 989-356-2202 Award winning Best Small Michigan museum. Has a ro..."
JJ's Steak and Pizza House
"Excellent pizza and salad bar. Inexpensive. 411 N. 2nd Alpena 989-356-1666"
Alpena Civic Theatre
"401 River Street Alpena 989-354-3624 Locally produced live theater. Across the river from t..."
Old Preque Isle Lighthouse
"4500 East Grand Lake Road Presque Isle 989-595-5419. Actually there are 2 lighthouse and a..."
Negwegon State Park
"Longest undeveloped beachfront in the Penninsula. A great place to hike. Follow directions ..."
Lumberman's Monument
"On the Ausable at the junction of River and Monument Road. A beautiful scenic overlook of t..."
Oscoda Canoe Rental
"678 River Road Oscoda 989-739-9040 Canoe, Kayak or Tube one of the great rivers of Michigan."
great lakes maritime heritage center
"500 West Fletcher Avenue Alpena 989-356-8805. Alpena has the largest freshwater marine san..."
Lake Theatre
"117 E. Dwight Street Oscoda 989-739-2851. An old fashion big screen movie theater that is s..."
White Pine National Golf Resort
"3450 North Hubbard Lake Road, Hubbard Lake 989-736-3279 Beautiful c..."
Rosa's Lookout Inn
"12087 US 23 South 989-471-2118 Ossineke Excellent Italian food...."
Perch's IGA Foodstore
"1025 US 23 North 989-354-4012. Best meat in Northern Michigan. Everything is hand cut and..."
Nearest Point of Interest
Negwegon State Park
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Connies Cafe in Ossineke
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Rosas Restaurant
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White Pine National Golf Club
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Springport Hills/Loggers Trace Golf Club
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Alpena Golf Course
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Forty Mile Point Lighthouse
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Presque Isle Lighthouses
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Sturgeon Point Lighthouse
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Besser Museum
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Great Lakes Heritage Center
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Oscoda Canoe Rental
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Lumbermans Monument
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The Lake Movie Theatre
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Thunder Bay Theatre
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Alpena Civic Theatre
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Perchs IGA
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Churchill Point Inn
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Mountain Inn
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Backwoods Bistro
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North Coney Island
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Royal Knight Theatre
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Old Place Inn
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Harbor Town Pizza
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JJs Steak and Pizza
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Baba Ruskis
Car: necessary

The lakeside location of Bear cottage provides many opportunities for viewing wildlife and birds. The sandy beach is wide and deep and is suitable for sun bathing, volleyball, and nightly fires. For those where swimming is a priority we suggest you either seek an inland lake location or at a minimum seek another nearby August rental. Except for polar bears, expectations of in-water activities in other than August are unrealistic. And expect to pay approximately 50% more for a Lake Huron sand bottom experience. For example please check out this nearby Sturgeon Point listing 454129. It's about 800 square feet and rents for about $1,000 per week. So the sandy bottom comes at a cost, since that rental is about 1/2 the size of my home.


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Alcona Township Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Other (See Description) - The rear family room is 15x18 and can be a 3rd bedroom
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) There is a queen sized futon in the both the family room and living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • tennis
Bear cottage has a piano and an extensive library. Only the month of August is suitable for swimming due to the cold Lake Superior water moving through Northern Lake Huron. Our beach is semi-sandy and swimmers may use our nearby neighbors sand bottom for swimming. However those desiring a private August swimming experience should seek out some nearby Sturgeon Point rentals. Note the cost will be considerable higher or the rental smaller so only pay for that which you can use.

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