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River Access Boating on Torch Lake ! Tons of Extra Amenities including Hot Tub!

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Secluded 3,000 +Sqft., 6BR, 3.5BA Chalet W/ Private Dock On Lower Chain Of Lakes

This home offers a true up north experience. During the summer, step outside onto a wide wrap around deck, to overlook the forest or take a walk down to the waters edge to relax on the Adirondack chairs in a tranquil setting. This house sits on little over and acre and is private with Grass river surrounding us . Venture out on your boat to 5 different lakes including beautiful 'Torch Lake' to enjoy some fun in the sun. After a long day of boating, relax around a cozy fire in the pit or the large outdoor fireplace, firewood provided. Enjoy our new Brick oven and make pizza's with Family and Friends . Take a quick Drive into Bellaire for wonderful shopping and some fun at Short's or Starlight .

During the winter months, enjoy downhill or cross country skiing within minutes at Schuss Mountain and Shanty Creek Resorts. There are also hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the area as well as snowmobile rentals.

This home offers central air, gas fireplace, built-in appliances, etc. Among the 6 bedrooms there are 3 with direct access to full baths. (Great for multi-family use) In addition there is a queen-sized sleeper sofa in the basement as well as a day bed/Futon, and pull out single ottoman.

Amenities include cable, internet, 2 large, flat screen, HD smart TV's, DVD player, fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, garbage disposal, coffee pot, toaster, kitchen aid mixer, pots and pans, dishes, utensils, and glassware. Also equipped with ALL brand new washer and dryer, full size pool table, foos ball table, Gas barbecue grill, and lower patio has wood fire grill and oven, outdoor furniture, as well towels, bed linens and pillows.

Location: Within minutes to downtown Alden, Bellaire, Shanty Creek and Schuss Mountain. Approximately 30 minutes to Traverse City, 20 minutes to Turtle Creek Casino, 45 minutes to Boyne Falls and 45 minutes to Charlevoix.

More Details

Property Manager
Alicia Meldrum
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Alicia Meldrum

My family and I have been visiting the area for the past 7 years, sometimes a few times a year. Out of everywhere we stayed we have chosen to make this our second home. This area is beautiful and centrally located , with all the lakes that surround us including Torch Lake ! Fantastic too because we are still close enough to enjoy a night out in Traverse City if we want or Charlevoix , even Elk Rapids . Honestly if your a foodie there are some unbelievable restaurants up year!

Alicia Meldrum purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Alicia Meldrum chose Northern Michigan

As a previous renter I knew that the layout of the home and the property it self was perfect for my family. Privacy Privacy ! I always wanted Two things out of my future cabin . First it had to be in the woods type of private. Secondly I needed to be able to boat on Torch Lake ! I got that and so much more ! We have made many upgrades to accommodate what your looking for on a vacation! I can tell you that you will not find anything else that compare's ! Any Season this is the place you want to be at..

What makes this cottage unique

The beautiful wrap around porch makes for a relaxing retreat to take in all that nature has to offer. We built a large lower patio that has a 18 foot tall Outdoor fireplace with large sitting area. If that wasn't enough there is also a fire pit on the property. The lower patio also has a large Pizza Oven and wood fire grill perfect for outdoor entertaining . There is dinning table also on the lower patio. We also added a new Hot Tub area this last summer which holds 7. We have a Covered outdoor bar area with bar stools.Seating, Seating tons of it all over to enjoy the outdoors! The boardwalk to the river is like having your own nature trail and it is lighted to enjoy in the evenings for star gazing some even enjoy moonlight kayaking! Lastly we are centrally located for all outdoor activities, Boating , Ski, Golfing, Biking !


Bellaire Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Master Bath has 2 Person Jetted Tub Heated floor
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master with attached master bath located on main floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , located on main level across from Half bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Located Upstairs with attached bathroom tub and shower combo
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Located upstairs in loft area semi private
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Located in basement w attached bath
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Located in basement across form bathroom
  • Queen sofa sleeper in basement Queen sofa sleeper in Loft area twin pull out in basement leather ottoman
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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River Access Boating on Torch Lake ! Tons of Extra Amenities including Hot Tub!
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Fun time on grass river!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay with a large group! Has everything you need inside and out! Alicia was great to work with and always prompt at getting back with you.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place for brothers & cousins to reunite!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutley beautiful! PLENTY of firewood, awesome views, very accommodating house. We bought way more than we needed because just about EVERYTHING was already there! Very comfortable for our family reunion! Already planning to return!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends recently stayed at Running Bear Cabin for New Year's weekend. We've been doing this collectively for the last 6 years and undoubtedly this was the best house that we have rented. It is truly a beautiful home in a beautiful setting. The owners are great, answering any questions in real time and even when there was a slight hiccup with the hot tub, they sent someone on New Year's Day to help us! Everything was exactly as described and more! We would all love to see this home in the summer! I would highly recommend Running Bear Cabin for your next stay. It truly was a great four days.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you and your group had a great time! We are consistently trying to make sure all Running Bear guests get the best experience possible! Hope to continue our efforts in providing a premier rental home for all to enjoy!
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Running Bear Splendor

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous! This is what first comes to mind, and does not nearly encompass our experience. A beautiful home, located at a beautiful location with more amenities which the average person would have at their own home and very clean when we arrived. The new fireplace located out back totally rocks! We have always enjoyed fires in our fireplaces and bonfires, but this is an experience that cannot be put in words. The furniture provided on the deck, at the outdoor fireplace and in the house made this experience that more special. We would most definitely do this again, perhaps an extended stay the next time. If anyone is considering a stay at Running Bear Cabin, you cannot go wrong; it will be a time you will not soon forget! Thank you again to the owners for such a great experience and being such virtual hosts.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. Glad you enjoyed Running Bear Cabin it was a pleasure to have you and your famliy in our home. We have many other upgrades that will soon be made, next were working on an outdoor kitchen ! I think you said it best "Virtual Hosts" even tho I can't be there, I want to make sure all Running Bear Cabin Guests feel like they have there own personal concerige to help at anytime with what ever they need . Thank you again for choosing Running Bear Cabin . Alicia
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Perfect. Six Stars!

  • 5 of 5

This is as good as it gets! The owner is awesome and Running Bear Cabin is filled with quality and amenities you will not find with other rentals (the list is too long!). Our long golf weekend, was close to many of the great golf courses in the area and was far more enjoyable when we returned to relax by the outdoor fireplace. Everything was clean, well stocked with all the essentials and soooo comfortable. And in keeping with the name, it was filled with fun Bear themed items. The hand carved Cub sitting by the inside fireplace is exceptional! Kudos to the owner for the experience and many of our group have already inquired about family time here. Actually, we have already signed up for next year. We would highly recommend this to anyone, although, selfishly, we would like to keep it to ourselves!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were pleased to have your group stay at Running Bear! So glad you all had a great time. You are all welcome back anytime!
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Absolutely Wonderful Rental!!

  • 5 of 5

We recently had a couples retreat and Running Bear Cabin couldn't have been a better choice! My wife and I have renting places on Homeaway for a couple of years now for Thanksgivings and this was our first couples getaway/retreat and everyone is still talking about the stay. The cabin is well taken care of, well stocked, and just overall as comfortable as can be!. While we were there we gathered around the fireplace and talked about dates during the fall of this year to visit again. Owners are very accommodating and a pleasure to work with. Myself along with the others in our group have been recommending Running Bear to friends and family if they ever decide to do a getaway. Highly recommended to anyone that reads the reviews of Running Bear Cabin!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review! I am glad your group had such a nice time at Running Bear.
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Moka Coffee Pastries & Wine
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Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen
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Alden Bar & Grille
"Good place for Large Groups, have large out door patio area . They also have karaoke on Frid..."
Toonies Fish & Steak House
Hawk's Eye Golf Course
"small place but good for lunch and dinner great margaritas! "
Ruthie's Chicken & Dairy Twist
Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant
"Good for big groups. Also great place to have a nice lunch outside and watch the boats go by..."
Traverse City
"Tons of places to eat and shop ! Only about 35 from our cabin "
Nearest Airport
34.3 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Dockside on Torch Lake
Nearest Golf
10.6 Miles
Shanty Creek Resorts
Nearest Restaurant
7.7 Miles
Short's Brewing
Nearest Ski
10.6 Miles
Shanty Creek Resorts
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Deposit $500

Change over day for weekly rentals is Friday

Contact Owner for terms

A Security Deposit is required 30 days prior to your arrival date and will be refunded as long as there is no reported damages to the home.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.