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Manistee Lakefront Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1-1/2 bath wooded cottage with lakeview

This spacious beach front lake home is perfect for family vacations or a getaway with friends.

The ash paneled dining room and kitchen is fully stocked with microwave and dishwasher. The open floor plan allows families and friends to relax and enjoy a fire after a long day of activities.

The home is slightly set back to allow privacy from the neighbors while still allowing great views of the lake. Your own private beach front allows families to enjoy swimming in the shallow, sandy beach water of Manistee Lake.

Manistee Lake is an 860 acre, 6'-18' deep all sports recreation lake. It has good walleye and pan fishing and is known for its beautiful sunsets. Perfect for waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, fishing, jet skiing, etc… A public boat launch is available for easy access to get your boat into the lake.

The nearby attractions are endless;

-Boyne Mountain and Shanty Creek are a short drive away which have a ton to offer including hiking trails, biking trails, golf, indoor water park, concerts, and restaurants.

-Traverse City is about 20 minutes away. There are many restaurants, bars, shopping, public beach ect…

-Mackinaw Island is within a day trip. Jump on the ferry to the island and enjoy a day of biking around the island, horse back riding, horse carriage ride, and the famous FUDGE!

The Marathon gas station just down the road has many amenities for any last minute needs. It also has great pizza and ice cream.

Bed and bath linens included.

More Details

Edward & Maryann Smart
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2017

About Edward & Maryann Smart

Property owners have a cottage across the lake for easy accessibility should you need anything. The property owners live in Southeast Michigan and spend a great amount of time in the area enjoying the many activities the area offers.

Edward & Maryann Smart purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Edward & Maryann Smart chose Northern Michigan

Our cottage is centrally located between Grayling, Traverse City and Boyne Mtn.

What makes this cottage unique

Campfire pit.

Beach area has gently sloping sandy grade for easy access into the water.

The cottage offers some privacy being set back from the other cottages a bit.


Kalkaska Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Canoeing the Manistee and Ausabe (Holy Waters) and famous fly fishing is close by. Shell Haven canoeing rental is on M-72 approximately 8 miles west of Grayling, canoes, kayaks, inner tubes, ect... available for rent to floating down the river. The sandbar on the Caribbean blue Torch Lake is 20 minutes away with possible pontoon rental. Turtle Creek Casino is 25 minutes away on the way to Traverse City. The year starts with the Trout Festival in May and proceeds with very good Morrell Mushroom hunting peaking around Mother's Day. There are many area festivals including the Cherry Festival in July and also the TC Film Festival. The year concludes with the Ice Man Cometh Off Road Bicycle in November. ORV trails are about 2 miles away. Grandview Golf Club is just around the corner 2 miles. Additionally, Twin Birch Golf Course is about 5 miles with their Friday night fish fry! Please inquire about any/all of the surrounding activities in the area for more detailed informat


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Manistee Lakefront Cottage
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews

Charming Cottage on the Lake

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property for a long weekend. It was very spacious for our family of 3. The Interior reminded me of home and there was a large selection of books, DVDs and music. The home had a stocked kitchen full of anything (utensils, dishes, pots/pans) you could need to cook a meal. The view out the backside of the cabin was great. It overlooks the lake and there is a pathway that leads to a fire pit and a dock. The water was calm and very clear.

We loved our stay here. We had everything we needed to enjoy the beautiful weather and take a relaxing weekend away. We would definitely book here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the nice review of our cottage. We're glad to hear you were able to relax and enjoy the beautiful lake and that the cottage suited your needs.
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Great place to stay

  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic time at this cottage. The inside was so pleasant and relaxing. Fishing off the dock was great! The weather wasn't quite as warm as we hoped, but we still had a wonderful time, and it's a great area to explore. Thanks again for a great trip.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. We're so glad you enjoyed our cottage!
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Wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was very good. Plenty of room. Very nice area also, with friendly and helpful neighbors.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Lyon

Wonderful ! The house was exactly as advertised.

  • 5 of 5

My kids and dog had a great time ... The neighbors were great. I would highly recommend this home. I wish we would have brought a kayak, other than that we had everything we wanted. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Making memories..

  • 5 of 5

What could have made our stay even more enjoyable?

Absolutely nothing. What a wonderful place to stay! The beach was perfect for my children to play and the house was absolutely wonderful! Very homey... Which is an important feature. I was extremely impressed that Edward stopped by to welcome us and give us some tips about the area and the ideal spots to fish on the lake. The neighbors were also very welcoming and came out and introduced themselves. I cannot thank the owners enough for sharing their home with us!! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival, we were afraid we were at the wrong cabin! It was so much more than we had anticipated! We definitely over packed, as everything we could have needed was already there! Crock pot, serving dishes and all! Plenty of linens and towels, even an extra roll-away bed in the walk-in closet! We had a surprise baby shower and the cabin easily accommodated the 5 of us and 15 guests. The benches on the dock, perfection! We were blessed with beautiful weather and gorgeous sunsets! Neighbors and hosts were friendly! Would definitely recommend and would happily stay again! But will remember to bring a couple of fans!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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G's Pizzeria & Deli
Breakfast and Burger Express
Trout Town Tavern & Eatery
Burger King
ATM (Next Door Store)
Little Caesars Pizza Pizza Pizza Pan Pan
Marathon Gas Station and Store
Twin Birch Restaurant
B C Pizza
Third Street Cafe
Cherry Street Market
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Dingman's Bar/Hideaway Bar
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Ironton Ferry/Beaver Island Ferry/Mackinaw Ferry
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Grand Traverse Resort/Boyne/Schuss Mtn
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Manistee Lake Inn/Shirley's on M-72
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Schuss Mtn./Boyne Mtn./15
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Manistee Lake Beach
Car: necessary

Beautiful sandy beachfront on (860 acre) Manistee lake.

Public boat launch available for boat drop off.

Dock to tie off your boat

Thirty minutes from Traverse City and the many wine country tours.

Kalkaska is 15 minutes away it only takes 25 minutes to get to Turtle Creek Casino.

Torch Lake 20 minute drive with the beautiful clear Caribbean blue water and famous sandbar.

Day trips to Sleeping Bear Dunes and coast of Lake Michigan. Take a day trip to the Mackinaw Straits Area.

ORV trails are close and can be driven to; Sunset and Blue Bear and CCC Trail.

Take a motorcycle ride to the Tunnel of Trees on M-119 in Harbor Springs and visit the famous Leggs Inn Polish Restaurant with its bluff view overlooking Lake Michigan.

Enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables available at the quaint Cherry Street Market on M-72.


Rates & Availability

Kalkaska Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

75.00 Cleaning Fee. We would prefer to rent to for full weeks at a time, Saturday to Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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