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River and Trail Fun! Five Bedrooms!

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Mio House Rental Photos and Description

Large playhouse close to trails and AuSable River calling your name!

This huge 4000 sq. foot playhouse has five bedrooms (sleeps 8-18) with 2.5 baths with an acre of yard for parking, campfires, volleyball, etc. Garage space available. Stay in this home and you are minutes away from one of the most beautiful rivers in Michigan. The National Huron Forest boarders the backyard with trails for cross-country skiing, sledding, hiking. Snowmobiling, foot, horse, and ATV trails are also minutes away. Hunters, there is plenty of state land to go around! This is also the 'Kirkland Warbler's Protected Habitat' for some great bird watching. Save hundreds of dollars by not renting canoes! Six are available with agreement. Inside you can enjoy various activities such as: foosball, billiards, ping pong, cards, games, puzzles, etc. Three gaming/video T.V.s and a large HD 46inch is ready with a 150+ video library. No pets allowed in house, but kennel available in garage.

This is the perfect spot for a family vacation you will always treasure.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Lori or Darren Mort
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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September 15, 2016
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About Lori or Darren Mort

We are a humble couple with 4 adult children (2 in and 2 out of college). My husband and I ventured to this beautiful part of the state and fell in love with this area. After two+ years of remodeling and tweaking we're ready to share all of the fun we've had as a family with others who wish to do the same. We currently live mid-state and both are teachers.

Lori or Darren Mort purchased this house in 2003

Why Lori or Darren Mort chose Northern Michigan

Besides the spacious, comfortable living quarters with all the amenities you could want, the river really caught our attention because it is wide with a current that allows you to relax for a smooth ride whether you are canoeing, rafting, swimming, etc. This is also a designated trout stream area. The various trails are exciting and well manicured for quads, snowmobiles, motorcycles and horses. Most trail heads are within one mile from this property. So it makes for a fun stay no matter what the season happens to be!

What makes this house unique

Whether it's for one couple or quite a few with their families, this large 5 bedroom home has up and down decks with swing, picnic table, and patio furniture. There is a large fire ring out back with plenty of yard to play your favorite yard games. Bocce ball, croquet, volleyball and croquet gulf have been enjoyed. Back decks face the National Huron Forest. So much to do and see! If you need down time--it's here! If you are the active type, there are so many choices! Ideal location with 9 river inputs from Mio. Hence, the river rides can last from 1/2 hr. to 7+ hours long. Single or Small groups certainly can afford this type of fun!


based on 33 traveler reviews

River and Trail Fun! Five Bedrooms!
average rating of 4.909091 based on 33 reviews

What a Place!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 12 found the Mort's cabin to rent for our annual canoe trip down the AuSable. We were all very happy with the house and location, and the use of the Mort's canoes. It was so nice to canoe on our schedule and not have to be tied down to a rental place. The weather had a few twists and turns, but the house had more than enough activities to keep us entertained (pool table, ping pong and foosball tables!!) Large rooms, kitchen and overall property made this a great place for larger groups. Thanks again Lori!!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying here. Great accomodations for our large group. Loved having the ping pong table and foosball table for the rainy day. So quiet and peaceful. Clean and room to roam.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a Delight!

  • 5 of 5

This huge house with room to sleep up to 20 was an oasis between Grayling and Oscoda! We had 2 paddlers participating in the Au Sable Canoe Marathon and we needed a large house between the start and finish to make our home base to see the river, and have the families have a resting place during the race. The house was terrific! Clean and spacious with wonderful outdoor options to soak in the cool days and evenings! The kids were fond of having their own space upstairs with ping pong, puzzles and pool to choose from! They also could lounge around watching movies! We had a wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Second time staying here. Peaceful, relaxing and lots of space. Used the canoes every day.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Return Trip To The Mort Property For Our Annual Tubing Trip.

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our annual tubing on the Ausable River July 8-11. This was our second year renting this wonderful property. Everyone had a blast again this year. There is something for everyone to do at this property. We spent a lot of time at the pool table and on the back porch this year. We even got to meet Lori and Darren in person this year. I would highly recommend this property to anyone traveling to the Mio area. Thanks again to the Mort's for sharing their wonderful home with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Nice Bow Hunting Camp

  • 4 of 5

My brothers and I, as well as a cousin, have a deer camp each Fall somewhere in Michigan. We are public land hunters and chose the MIO area this year. I was in charge of finding a roomy place as we had several nephews and some friends visiting for part of the time. The Mort's place was perfect for our needs. Everyone commented on how big it was. We love to cook so the huge kitchen was a bonus too. The fire-pit with the metal tripod was great. We cooked almost every night over a wood fire. We enjoyed squirrels, Elk and venison meals to name a few. It was super nice having a washer & dryer in the home as well as television to watch some football. We harvested a couple bucks from just a few miles away. The location is fairly remote but has a few close neighbors but they didn't bother us a bit. Make sure to check out the numerous scenic outlooks for the Ausable nearby--what beauty! Wild mushrooms were plentiful as well---found a good crop of Chicken of the Woods shrooms. Turkey were everywhere. Very minor suggestions for the Morts---sharpen the kitchen knives (most really dull--I actually sharpened a few. Buy a couple sets of new dish rags and towels the ones there were pretty pathetic, but other than these minor things what a great place!! The Morts were very responsive to any phone calls or e-mails throughout the process and promptly returned my deposit in full. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mio, Northeast Michigan, USA (approx. one hour east of Grayling, six hours NE from Chicago,three hours N from Detroit)


Rates & Availability

Mio House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Hunting Season
Oct 2 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2016 - Dec 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
New Years
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Pet Fee $0
Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Monday to Monday weekly rental $1,350/week

Monthly rates are available; late cancellations will result in full day rate if notified within 2 weeks of said occupancy

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Mio House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) plus two fold out single couch beds
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Washer/Dryer main floor, plenty of parking for trailers, great golfing within 40 min.

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