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Tom & Pat Johnson

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

All Seasonal Northern MI Getaway!

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Nice comfortable place to kick back & relax in Northern MI.

This is a log exterior duplex unit situated across the street from the Inland Waterway on Crooked Lake. This well maintained unit has a full length front porch ideal for relaxing and lake views. Whole interior has been remodeled up & downstairs. The open kitchen area is fully furnished, hickory cabinets with a self designed island for preparing meals, eating and conversation. A cozy living area is carpeted with gas fireplace, TV. DVD player. The main floor bedroom is carpeted with queen bed, dresser, closet, cheerful and adequate natural light. Downstairs bath has matching tile floor as kitchen, tub/shower, vanity and stool. The up stairs bedroom has an open floor plan, carpeted, furnished with a queen bed, dresser,closet and a viewing area of Crooked Lake. The coordinated bathroom is complete with shower. There is an open back deck, fire-pit and direct access to the newly completed Little Traverse Wheelway. Plenty of parking area with carport.

Very close to the Crooked Lake boat launch, state parks, restaurants, entertainment, outdoor activities, shopping, airport and several major northern MI cities including Petoskey.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Tom & Pat Johnson (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Tom & Pat Johnson

Owners Tom & Pat Johnson reside in Lansing, MI. Great vacationers in northern MI for many years before buying. Frequent recreational boaters on many inland lakes including Lake MI. Love being by water and the great northern MI surroundings.

Tom & Pat Johnson purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Tom & Pat Johnson chose Michigan

Purchased the duplex unit in late 1998. We had been looking for a place to hang our hats on for about 5 years or so. Previous years of boating on various lakes, Pat's past history of family vacations to lakes, familiararity with the waters and sights above the 45th parralel & renting places in summer, about steered us to look at Burt, Higgins, Mullet, & Crooked Lakes. Tom became an avid boater & would travel by water learning all the in and outs of recreational boating. Lots of time was spent on our boat for recreation, travel and enjoyment. People we knew, places we'd been to, the aura of water, overall atmosphere and activities drove us to want to be in northern MI.

What makes this cottage unique

Our location allows easy access to many neighboring great towns and cities that offer entertainment, shopping, restaurants & sports. Direct views of Crooked Lake from upstairs bedroom and the front porch. Situated at the beginning of the Inland Waterway which travels out to Lake Huron.


based on 5 traveler reviews

All Seasonal Northern MI Getaway!
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Unit was very clean and nice size for a family of 4. Came in for the weekend to ski and within 5-10min of Nub's Nob, so worked out perfect. Owner was very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property!

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful home, the view is gorgeous - watching the lake change from whitecaps to snow covered in a matter of days was incredible, good location - access to area ski resorts as well as minutes from Petoskey. The road is busy and mostly noticable at night when all else is quiet. Note - if you are staying in the winter that you may need to shovel the path to the driveway and porch; they have a plow person for the driveway but that is all that he does (only a caution if you are not in a physical condition where you can shovel the snow). I would definatly rent again! Enjoyed our one week getaway between Christmas and through New Years! Thank you for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Johnson's Roadhouse on Crooked Lake

  • 5 of 5

Johnson's Roadhouse VRBO was very accurately described. We could easily communicate with owners and found out we could trailer our boat to the cottage. Our favorite activity was boating across Crooked Lake to the beginning of the Michigan Inland Waterway. A beautiful days trip through rivers and lakes. We stopped at a restaurant on Indian River for lunch.

We highly recommend this vacation cottage and the whole area.

Perfect example of "Pure Michigan"!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Neat, clean and close to downtown!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was neat, clean and close to downtown!

This cabin was fabulous! The girls and I wanted a calm, peaceful weekend and we got just that. I would recommend this vacation spot/home to everyone I know!

Thanks again,


  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Has Everything You Need!

  • 4 of 5

The property was very clean and well-maintained. The owners thought of everything in terms of what one might need--just like at home! Having the Little Traverse Wheelway just out back was a huge draw for us.I can't say enough about beautiful Crooked Lake! We enjoyed kayaking and paddle boarding on its clear calm waters. Our kids had a blast catch and release fishing right from the dock! We could literally watch the fish take the bait.

The only negative was the proximity to US 31. The house sits right on the highway and it got very noisy at times.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Pellston Regional Airport 231-539-8423 or 8441
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Northwood
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Mackinaw City
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Boyne Highlands & Nubs Nob
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Petoskey State Park
Car: necessary

The location of the place is close to Petoskey where Bay View, downtown shopping, Little Traverse Bay & waterfront park, numerous restaurants and seasonal events can be experienced. Around the bay on US 119 the town of Harbor Springs lies. There are events, sailing, large yachts, shopping, restaurants like, New York & Staffords The Pier. Burt Lake & the state park, tubing down the Sturgeon River & Indian River all lie around the town of Indian River about 10 miles from our place. The Petoskey State Park is 3 miles away where you can picnic, swim, walk and camp on Little Traverse Bay. Also worth sight seeing are Mackinaw City, Bay Harbor, Charlevoix and Boyne City. Information on most of these places are available once you arrive to start your vacation.


Rates & Availability

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Winter Season
Mar 1 2016 - May 25 2016
3 night minimum stay
May 26 2016 - Sep 9 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $65
Refundable damage deposit $200

- long term renters welcome
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- smoking outside only - front porch has receptacle for cigarettes
- email or call owners if a long term rent
- any additional questions/concerns contact Tom or Pat: 517-321-0134 or 517-331-4092.

Manager'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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Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , main floor bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Counter top, floor and walls cordinate with bedroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Both bedrooms have queen size beds, dressers, closets, carpeting. Bedroom upstairs has own bathroom, viewing area of lake and floor space for aero-bed/sleeping bags/cots for extra sleeping. Have added recently a sleeper sofa (queen size) in living area. Blankets, pillows, sheets supplied. Towels, linens supplied fully stocked.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Exterior log duplex with front size porch where views of Crooked Lake, coffee/happy hours may occur, relaxing, reading. Flooring inside has both carpeting and ceramic tile. Ample parking space for up to 6 vehicles. Landscaping, lawn maintenance done by owners on both sides. Back deck adequate with furniture provided for use or to barbeque. Private backyard backs up to creek & foliage. Dock crossing over creek to access Little Traverse Wheelway. Newly completed, can take you to Petoskey & beyond going south. To the north, will take you to Alanson and an old train path ends up in Mackinaw City. Close by are Petoskey, Indian River, Alanson, Harbor Springs, Inland Waterway, many restaurants and seasonal activities.

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