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Three Season Getaway On Portage Lake

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights


Onekama Cottage Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps 10

We purchased this home in the spring of 2013 and are in the process of doing some renovations. It is large but comfortable and located on a beautiful piece of property overlooking Portage Lake. This 3,200 square foot ranch home features four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two large living areas. It can comfortably accommodate two families with kids, three or four couples or five singles privately. For entertainment the home has a puzzle table, tons of games, books & DVD's, a pool table, a ping pong table, large screen TV with Apple TV and WiFi.

Portage Lake is an all-sport lake that is connected to Lake Michigan through a channel. Portage lake is great for sailing, fishing, motorized and non-motorized boating, swimming and watching the sunset. We have a 5 person paddle boat, one two person kayak and 3 single kayaks that renters are welcome to use.

Home is located 5 miles North of the Little River Casino. In the winter it is about 45 minutes from Caberfae Peaks and 30 minutes from Crystal Mountain for skiing, close to snowmobile & cross country ski trails, on a great lake for ice fishing and close to many charming towns filled with wonderful restaurants and shops. In the summer is is close to many great Lake Michigan Beaches and within 30 minutes of many quaint waterfront towns & villages, wineries, antique shops, art galleries, hiking trails and museums. Less than 30 minutes from amazing golf courses, including Arcadia Bluffs (9 miles away), Manistee National (15 miles) and the Heathlands (less than 1/2 mile). About an hour drive to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore or Traverse City. There is so much to do in this area!

Towels, linens and basic paper products are provided. All bathrooms have basic toiletries for your convenience. Due to the old septic system guest must use toilet paper, dish soap and laundry detergent provided. Guests are welcome to use spices and condiments but please replace anything that you use all of. All mattresses and pillows are new and encased in a hypoallergenic covers.

Pets considered.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Angela & David
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016

About Angela & David

My husband and I live in the Grand Rapids area with our youngest daughter and Chocolate lab. Our oldest daughter lives in Colorado with her Alaskan Malamute. We are both Michigan natives and love the state we live in!

Angela & David purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Angela & David chose Northern Michigan

When we were younger and newly married we rented a little tiny cabin located next the launch and park in town. We fell in love with the lake and the area and vowed that one day we would have a place of our own. In May of 2013 that dream came true!

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Easy Street house was perfect. It was very clean and had everything we needed. The house is massive, so plenty of space for our bridal party. We also got to use the kayaks for a morning ride. We would definitely recommend this house. Although we didn't see Angela, she was very sweet and accomodating.

August 2016
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based on 5 traveler reviews

Three Season Getaway On Portage Lake
average rating of 4.8 based on 8 reviews

PERFECT for a family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Angela & David for sharing your outstanding home!

The house was very clean and well maintained. The amount of space for our blended family of 7 was ideal. The beautiful yard with tons of room also allowed for us to entertain family that we were visiting in the area. During "down time" when we were not on the water, there were plenty of places to retreat & relax, play games (pool & ping pong included), watch a movie or even taken an undisturbed nap.

Location is perfect. Jump in the boat or vehicle and we were right into town.

Owners have thought of every detail in making your stay comfortable and memorable.

Hope to come back again with our family next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay in our favorite place on earth! We hope that you will visit our home again.
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Perfect house!

  • 5 of 5

Angela and Dave-thank you for allowing us to rent your beautiful home. It was very clean and tastefully decorated. We really enjoyed the rec room and your amazing yard. It was such a great vacation. We hope to get back there again and I will definitely recommend it to friends and family.

Thanks- Jen and Joe

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Something for Everyone!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place with a great deal of space / ammenities. Water access on an in-land lake with direct connection to Lake Michigan is a huge plus. Pool table, ping pong and a spacious floor plan enabled everyone to relax, play games, read, etc.

Close proximity to Arcadia Bluffs and other top-notch golf facilities as well as several towns for dining, shopping, groceries, etc. was very convenient.

Big yard allowed the kids to play many games right outside the house which was very convenient as well.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay in our home. We hope you visit us again!
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Very Spacious! Conveniently located!!

  • 4 of 5

This house has so much room! We had 3 families that comprised of 5 adults, three teenagers and 3 little kids. The kitchen is fully equipt so making meals was a breeze when we didn't want to go out. The bedrooms are spaced throughout the home which made it nice for sleeping (didn't have to hear snoring from another room, etc). What I loved the best is that in the living room off the kitchen area was a lovely quiet spot to do jigsaw puzzles, the kitchen and dining area were great gathering spots for playing cards or general socializing and the big rec room was attractive to the kids and was far enough away from the previously mentioned other two areas to allow the kids to play ping pong, board games, laser tag and such without the adults having to hear the ruckus! The channel right out of the back door was great for watching birds and swans as well as docking the jet skiis that were launched at a nearby public launch. The dunes and beaches were beautiful and fun and the restaurants were tasty and close! The owners were very helpful in guiding us where to go for dinners and fun. It was a fabulous vacation and we will surely stay again!!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you will consider renting from us again!
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Great place for large group!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely setting ! Well stocked. Everything you needed was there to insure a great stay. We would love to go back again.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Manistee County Blacker Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Blue Slipper
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
S.S. Badger-Lake Michigan Car Ferry (Ludington)
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Heathlands (Across the street), Arcadia Bluffs
Nearest Train
132 Miles
Amtrak (Grand Rapids, MI)
Nearest Motorway
47 Miles
US-31 (5 miles), US-131 (47 miles), I-75
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
21 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Crescent Beach or The Turnaround at Portage Point
Car: recommended

Home is located just off M-22 and less than an hour from the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lake Shore. There are so many lake Michigan beaches and cute small towns to explore! There is a binder inside the cottage that has many ideas of places to explore in Mason, Manistee, Benzie and Grand Traverse Counties.


Rates & Availability

Onekama Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Sep 11 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 4 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $350
Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

Pets are allowed if kenneled when not in the house and a $200 refundable deposit is required. $100 cleaning fee is due for all rentals. Linens, towels, basic toiletries, spices and condiments are provided. The cottage is a work in progress. Within the next 6 months we will be adding another bathroom, a bunk room, water softener, tankless water heater, forced air furnace and gas fireplaces.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Onekama Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Connected to master bedroom and main living area
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located in hallway across from office
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Located between the twin bed & full bedrooms
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Bath is located in the hallway next to the Queen sized room
  • Toilet paper is provided. All bathrooms have shampoo/conditioner, body wash, hand soap, body lotion, etc. for your convenience.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 double , Room shares bath with twin bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Bedroom has attached bathroom
    Office - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full sized Futon
    Bedroom 4 - 5 twin/ single , Room shares bath with full sized bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , There is a half bath in the hallway next to the room
  • All mattresses are new and encased in hypoallergenic covers and all comforters have duvet covers. A max of 6 adults with kids or 8 adults without kids to be comfortable.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Cottage is located on two lots at the end of the street. There is about 200 feet of channel frontage and 194 feet of lake frontage which is all seawall. There is a ladder to get down to the lake and boats can be cleated right to the seawall. Last summer the bay was only about 4-5ft deep but is expected to be at least a foot higher this summer. We are a 5 minute walk from the Portage Lake Marina that offers daily, weekly or monthly dock rentals if you are looking for a place to stay with a 'big Lake boat'. There are two public launch sites on the lake.

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