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Squaw Beach Retreat is private, but not rem!ote--the way we describe our place. Imagine a cozy, but roomy-enough log cabin built of 10 inch native wood logs and hardwood floors on a huge and pristine Lake Superior bay with s sandy beach. As you look straight north from the deck towards Canada across the world's biggest fresh water lake, the bay 'arms' rise to over 60 feet of forested cliffs on either side. Big Bay (the bay, not the village) is designated as a safe harbor of refuge because a working 1897 lighthouse perches atop one of these arms on the eastern point, and a welcoming harbor with a small marina is tucked in on the western side of the bay, a short stroll from here. We are dog friendly, and our dog Bucky absolutely loves splashing through the shallow water at lake's edge!
More about the cabin itself: we have a loft area upstairs with two twin beds and a futon/couch looking down to the great room. The master bedroom with the log 4-poster King is directly off the great room downstairs. There is a full kitchen with a pass-through bar, a separate dining room/lounge area, a full bathroom with new shower stall, a small office/all purpose room, and an enclosed entry hall. The great room looks through sliding glass doors to the deck overlooking the water. You can watch the entire bay from inside due to the expanse of long windows on 3 sides.
Scattered family vacation getaways and permanent homes are nestled along the beach shaded by a variety of Northern evergreens.
Across the private lane leading to the cabin is a wooded area which backs up to a protected wetlands that stretches for more than a mile-- home to eagles, huge woodpeckers, as well as an abundance of wild ducks, Canadian geese and native wildlife. There are even moose sightings in the area from time to time, and their numbers are growing, according to a recent survey and some lucky residents around 'this neck of the woods.'
The charming little village of Big Bay is on a slope about a mile and a half from here, offering most things needed in the way of restaurants (3), grocery/general store, gas, outdoor outfitting supplies, laundromat, and two historic churches. All of that, and not a single stop light! The uniqueness of Big Bay that made us want to have a place here is that it maintains the charm of a village at the end of a road--when you look at a map, you see the road stops here where the Huron Mountains take over! Not a drive-through community, so there are no franchises, just 'Mom and Pop -type of businesses that are friendly and helpful. If this is the ambiance you are looking for, you will be happy here.
The history of Big Bay is so very interesting and varied, ranging from Henry Ford's enterprises here to the exclusive Huron Mountain Club (over a century old) to movie-making to the rich tradition of the early lumberjacks of the U.P. Big Bay is also very proud of the one-of-kind and very special Big Bay Health Camp.
While you may just want to get away from city life and partake of the abundance of outdoor activities or simply unwind on the deck gazing at the ever-changing moods of Lake Superior, the city of Marquette (population around 19,000) is only 25 miles through the woods to the south and offers any service or amenity that you might want or need. Marquette is considered the 'hub' of the Upper Peninsula, home to Northern Michigan University, a regional medical complex, as well as sightseeing, museums, shopping, historical sights, golfing, restaurants, and way more.
Since you will need to pass by or through Marquette to reach Big Bay, we recommend that you make a stop at the Tourist Center in Marquette or the Visitors' Welcome Center in Harvey to arm yourselves with brochures on this entire area, so you won't need to waste a moment of your time here wondering what to do next in Michigan's awesome Upper Peninsula. The only problem you might encounter? So much to do--so little time! In our 18 years here, we are still exploring and discovering.
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We are a semi-retired couple who divide our time between here and a farm on the other side of Marquette. We grew up in a metropolitan area, so this place has been a refreshing change from the busy, urban life we knew. Our log cabin on Lake Superior is a vacation home which we have loved for several years, and we open it up for guests to enjoy during the warm season when we are tending our garden, horses, and hay.
Carol purchased this cabin in 1997
We were drawn to this location initially by the unspoiled natural beauty that abounds in every part of the U.P. Then, we kept finding other benefits that made traveling here an awe-inspiring experience. There are outdoor recreational opportunities to be enjoyed in every season, yet Big Bay doesn't have that 'touristy' feel. If you want to venture out, Marquette is only a short drive away (25 miles) with its many points of interest and amenities, but within minutes of here or there, you can be exploring a wilderness area and not encounter another soul-- the only sounds being those of birds and wind whispering through the woods.
Where do I begin to describe the special things that we love about living here? We like the fact that it is never crowded, except for the night of the annual summer fireworks display when there are parties and bonfires all up and down the beach. But on most mornings you can walk out on the beach and get that fantasy feeling that all of this natural beauty is just for you. Speaking of fireworks displays, there have been a few times that we have witnessed the Northern Lights over Lake Superior. True, it is not often, but it does happen and when it does--pure magic! .
Another thing I love about staying here is that we are able to take a nature walk in any direction (except due north, of course). On the quiet, unpaved, but well-maintained lane going past the cabin, I like to walk listening to the protected wetlands between here and town that stretch for over a mile. You can view them in all of their glory if you walk the beach side down to where the family cottages end, and past there climb a gentle slope overlooking a paradise for water birds and all the local wildlife. I also love walking on down the lane or along the beach to the little harbor and marina that often has little fishing boats, large and small sailing boats, along with fancy cabin boats--whoever happens along and ties up. This is an official harbor of refuge, so we have had some very interesting boats coming in when the lake is living up to her reputation for being unpredicatable at times! Last year a gigantic iron ore freighter anchored in our bay for a couple of days to wait out one of those infamous November storms. In the summer and fall months, however, the waters are mostly delightful for recreation and soul inspiration.
We spent a magical week on the shores of Lake Superior in Big Bay! This cabin was all that one could ask for and MORE! We watched the weather from the open deck and when the rain began to walk across the water to greet us, we retired into the front room to welcome it ashore. We were treated to sun, beautiful clouds, stars, waves and rainbows and were lulled to sleep each night by the whispers of Superior. This cabin is situated close enough to a variety of activities from swimming, hiking and exploring around Big Bay, Marquette and beyond. Carol was fabulous to deal with...would love to meet her and Ron and Bucky sometime! Thank you for sharing your beautiful log cabin. We had a Superior week in the UP!
Our trip to Big Bay was wonderful. This was the 1st time we vacationed with our two little dogs and enjoyed watching them frolic on the beach. We rented a kayak from the area outfitter and had a blast on the bay every day. The cabin was really well stocked, from bottled water, to an assortment of spices to extras in the bathroom to really comfortable beds. We only vacation thru VRBO and this cabin was a find. There's no air conditioning, but Carol provides fans and ceiling fans that cool the cabin pretty well. The deck was nice, but sits under a pine tree that drips sap constantly (kind of irritating but not enough to put a damper on anything). We had a fire on the beach every day and spent most of the time outside in the great UP. Learned some history about Big Bay and were lucky to be at the cabin on the 1st night for the annual Big Bay fireworks show. Let me tell you...wow! The fireworks are launched right down the beach and the you are front and center for a great show! Sand, sand, sand everywhere, but what's a beach vacation without it. We had a scary schedule mix up, but Carol was able to move things around and things worked out fine. The only thing that I think needs addressed is a sliding screen door on the slider going out to the deck. The flies were huge, huge pests and a screen door would have helped greatly. Thank you Carol for opening your cottage to weary travelers like us and keeping the cottage stocked and organized. Your hospitality is what VRBO renters like us look for and end up returning for. Thanks again, Brian, Mara and Madi (and Ralphie and Milo too).
Our time at your cabin was wonderful. The week covered the entire gamut of weather.....warm, calm, stormy, windy, cool, sunny , cloudy. Each day was different and dramatic in its own way. Our 16 year old Border Collie acted like a pup again , chasing sticks into the lake and in general, enjoying herself. The "Big Bay Tennis Assn." was most accommodating in the use of the courts they built and asked us to join them in a set of tennis. In addition to day trips to waterfalls, Thomas Lookout and the Huron Mountain Club gateway, we sampled the local cuisine. Lumberjack Bar ice cream was a high point as was Lisa and my good fortune to celebrate our 60th and 70th birthdays at your lovely cabin. Thank you and we hope to be back!
WHERE DO I BEGIN...WE LOVE THIS PLACE! IT HAS EVERYTHING AND MORE THAT ONE COULD ASK FOR. DON'T GET ME WRONG, IF YOU ARE THE KIND OF TRAVELERS THAT LIKES EXPENSIVE, FANCY SURROUNDINGS OR IF YOU HATE SAND IN YOUR SHOES AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT COMES WITH STAYING AT A BEACH HOUSE... THEN THIS MAY NOT BE THE PLACE FOR YOU. BUT, IF YOU APPRECIATE SIMPLICITY AT IT'S VERY BEST...THEN YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE. EVERYTHING YOU NEED IS HERE. IF YOU WANT TO PREPARE YOUR OWN MEALS TO SAVE A BUCK, YOU CAN, BUT KEEP IN MIND THAT THE THUNDER BAY INN HAS OUTSTANDING FOOD AND DRINKS FOR A VERY REASONABLE PRICE. WE COULD EASILY EAT ALL OF OUR MEALS THERE AND NEVER FEEL THAT WE MISSED OUT ON OTHER DINING EXPERIENCES. THE OWNERS OF THE INN USUALLY STOP BY YOUR TABLE FOR A QUICK CHAT AND THE LOCALS ARE EQUALLY AS FRIENDLY. MY HUSBAND AND I LIKE TO VACATION WITH OUR DOGS SO THIS PLACE COULD NOT BE MORE PERFECT FOR US. WHEN WE ARE NOT OUT EXPLORING THE UPPER PENINSULA AND ALL OF IT'S SPLENDOR AND CHARM, WE CAN BE FOUND BACK AT THE HOUSE ON THE BEAUTIFUL SHORES OF LAKE SUPERIOR PLAYING HAPPILY WITH OUR DOGS AND WATCHING THE RESIDENT EAGLE THAT FLYS OVERHEAD SEVERAL TIMES A DAY. SO COOL!!! WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT CAROL AND HER HUSBAND UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE LOVE THEIR PETS AND THAT THEY SO GENEROUSLY ALLOW THEIR RENTERS TO BRING THEM ALONG. SO MANY RENTAL PROPERTIES DO NOT, AND IF THEY DO, THEY USUALLY HAVE VERY STRICT RULES LIKE LEAVING THE PET IN THE GARAGE ETC. THAT'S A DEAL BREAKER FOR US. WE TAKE EXTRA CARE TO INSURE THAT THE PROPERTY IS NOT DAMAGED OR DIRTIED IN ANY WAY BECAUSE OF OUR PETS. THAT IS THE VERY LEAST WE CAN DO IN RETURN FOR THE KINDNESS SHOWN TO US. WE HAVE STAYED AT SEVERAL VRBO PROPERTIES IN THE PAST AND THIS IS BY FAR ONE OF OUR MOST FAVORITE. IF YOUR LUCKY, YOU WILL GET TO EXPERIENCE A THUNDER STORM WHILE YOUR THERE. IT IS ERIE AND AWSOME TO WATCH IT COME ACROSS THE LAKE BUT THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR BECAUSE THE HOUSE IS SO STURDY AND STRONG. OH...AND THE RAINBOWS...AND THE SUNSETS...YOU JUST GOTTA SEE THEM FOR YOURSELF. WE ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND THIS PLACE AND MISS IT EVEN BEFORE WE LEAVE. AS FOR CAROL, I DON'T THINK THERE IS A NICER LADY ON THE PLANET!
We have rented many VRBO properties over the years and this place is special. The cabin is rustic and just as the listing and pictures show. Carol is great, even called to make sure we had heat on the first cool night. We'll do it again.
great place to relax and rejuvenate. The lake "kicked up" while we were there and the sounds in the evening were wonderful. We had friends with us, so the daily drive back to "town" were a bit long. Wish we had more time to just chill out and enjoy the quiet. The only problem we had was that the sliding glass door did not have a screen - would have been really nice. It is "rustic" which is typical of the area. We loved it!
Many waterfalls in the area, birdwatching, rock hunting, chipmunk feeding, baywatching, year-round special events in town, tours of the 1897 Big Bay Lighthouse (still working), a picnic at panoramic Thomas Rock, countless marked and unmarked trails for hiking and biking through beautiful natural landscapes, a small harbor/ marina within easy walking distance. Big Bay is also a place with a fascinating history for history buffs. Among the many well- known people who built vacation getaways here was Henry Ford, who established a branch of his business in Big Bay in another era. Movie
buffs will enjoy the story line behind the filming of parts of 'The Anatomy of a Murder' here. Just down the road in Marquette. discover a full range of activities, including golf, tennis, movies, gyms,shopping, restaurants, museums, mine tours, and more While there, be sure to watch one of the giant Great Lakes ore boats unloading at the ore dock and then take a drive around Presque Isle. A must-see.There are also many 1 to 2 hour day trips to other interesting spots in the UP.
Squaw Beach Retreat is an adult rental. Well-behaved, mature dogs are allowed.
A deposit (check) for half of the total rental within 7 days to confirm the reservation. The balance within 3 weeks (21 days) of your arrival date. Thank you!