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Jim Bertagnoli

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

The Retreat- Black Lake Sandy bottom, Great Fishing September Rate Reduction

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 9 Family Friendly

Wildlife abound! The Sun warms! Eagles Soar! Loons sing! Dragon flies hatch and fly! Robins nest! Sturgeon and Muskie jump! In spring Sturgeon and Suckers can be seen at the edge of the Black River spawning. The Retreat is a waterfront cottage on Black Lake very close to the Upper Mouth of the Black River. If your quiet in the mornings you might see a Eagles ,Blue Heron, Swans & Ducks fishing. Along the seawall otter or mink might be seen enjoying their breakfast!

The Retreat has a beach area, boat dock, large play area, with access to the Black River only feet away. In the morning watch wildlife along the shore feeding. Eagles, Crane, Ducks, Loons, Swans, Blue Heron are gorgeous especially at morning light! Often you will see Sturgeon Muskie and Bass, jumping through the water. Hear the Loons. See the Mink and Otter, as they feed along the water’s edge.

There is a sandy area for Sunbathing, sandcastle making and a ladder to enter the shallow sandy water from the boardwalk. There is a large grassy area and a corn hole game. The Black River is one house away, and a canoe trip or float down that river are tops on the list of summer activities.

As the evening arrives, beautiful sunsets, and a campfire are awaiting for marshmallow s’mores, or other over the fire treats including the Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass, Perch, Crappie, or Sunfish you caught during the day right out in front of “The Retreat”!

During the winter months, snowmobile from the property, over hundreds of miles of trails, ice fish right out front, Walleye, Perch, Northern, and Sturgeon when in season! Bring your ski's and head off to Boyne Highlands. Its all here for your pleasure!

This cottage is light and airy. It boasts oak woodwork lovingly created by the owner’s father a skilled Polish artisan. Many of the fine furnishings were crafted either by the owner’s father or the owner.







Sun Fish

Blue Gill

The Retreat – Outside

Beach Area

Board walk

Ladder to Shallow Water


Grass Area & Corn Hole Game


Deck with Table and Chairs

Fire Pit with seating-

Some wood provided, more available

Picnic Table

Gas Grill- Propane provided

The Retreat – Inside

Living Room – Couch, Futon, 4 chairs TV - Dish, Games, DVD's Books

Kitchen – Pine table, chair and bench seating

Kitchen – Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, Coffee Maker, Artesian Well, or Reverse Osmosis water, Dishes, Silverware, and cookware, utensils, crock pot, mixer.

2 baths 1 has shower master bath has tub

3 bedrooms, - 1 full bed, 1 Queen pillow Top, 3 twins

Utility area - washer & dryer.

All sheets & Towels provided, Bring your own Beach towels

Wifi available

All consumables are your responsibility

Close to “The Retreat”

Black Lake at the Front of the Property

Black River Upper Mouth – 1 house away

½ mile to FO5 Black River Road surrounded by state forests and miles of trails.

2 ½ miles to Lorenzo’s famous Ribs

5 miles to UAW Golf Course & Restaurant

Oqueoc Falls 20 minutes

Onaway State park 10 Minutes

Rogers City 30 miles

Mackinaw Bridge & Mackinaw Ferry to Island 45 minutes

Petoskey Gas Light District 45 minutes

Gaylord 60 minutes

Lake Michigan Sandy Shores 50 Minutes – Cross Village


Onaway 10 miles Cheboygan 15

Cheboygan Walmart, K-Mart

Rogers City 30 miles Plaths Meat Market (Fresh and Smoked)

Indian River 30 miles – Kens

Health Food – Petoskey 45 miles or Gaylord 60 miles

Favorite Eateries nearby

Lorenzo’s 2.5 miles

211 Bar & Grill 8 miles

Woodwinds- Onaway

Manzano’s- Onaway

The Dirty Duck Bar (Taco Tuesday)

The Pines

The Bluffs on Black Lake





ATV Trails




Sun Bathing



Customers continue to say what a great time they had and how rested

they feel after a vacation at “The Retreat”! We think you will

too! Check out our calendar above and email for more pictures and information. Remember Discounts for cash or check!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Jim Bertagnoli (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english


based on 4 traveler reviews

The Retreat- Black Lake Sandy bottom, Great Fishing September Rate Reduction
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
grand rapids mi

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a great family vacation at this property! Cindy and Jim were so welcoming and we loved the fresh veggies out of the garden! The lake was beautiful and the cottage was very clean and quaint. We enjoyed every minute! Thank you Jim and Jessica

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canton, MI

Great vacation spot once again!

  • 5 of 5

Jim and Cindy (the owners) are always very friendly and accommodating! This was the second year we vacationed here, and, as always the place was very clean with everything you need for a great vacation. The fishing was tremendous this year also. I have 2 labs that vacation with us along with my family and we all had a great time. Of course, the view is everything you need in the morning for you to start your day.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place for family vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family could not have been happier with The Retreat!! Very CLEAN with all the conveniences of home!! Great location, 30 minute drive to Mackinaw, 15 minutes to Cheboygan. The lake is beautiful, very quiet, and beautiful sunsets!! Great fishing!!! We have 3 kids(ages 6,9, and 13). We spent our days on the lake fishing and tubing, our kids spent hours playing in the sand and shallow water in front of the cottage, and riding bikes. We even put tubes in at the bridge and floated the black river which comes out just down from the cottage! Would be a great place for kayaks or canoes. :) We spent our evenings enjoying time by the fire or playing boardgames. The owners were great!! They were quick to send back our deposit and even sent us back a wii game we left behind!! We definately recommend The Retreat. If you are looking for a clean, comfortable place to spend time with your family this is the place!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing "The Retreat" for your family vacation. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and made wonderful family memories that will bring you smiles and relaxation as you recall them over the years! We will continue to keep "The Retreat" Clean with new delights each year. We look forward to your choosing "The Retreat" for future vacations and expanding those heart warming happy memories. Jim & Cindy
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Canton, MI

A great vacation spot to get away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great vacation coming here to Black Lake, hot weather and all! The owners were very accommodating and the home was very clean. My husband and I have 2 teenage boys and we all spent a great deal of time on the water kayaking, boating and fishing. They caught a lot of perch, walleye, pike and the rock bass are huge! Bonfires on the beach and a perfect spot to kick back and read my books! A very friendly and comfortable atmosphere. We would like to come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

The Retreat is located on Michigan's third largest inland lake (10,000 acres) The community of about 15 homes is surrounded by forest, and lake. During the summer enjoy beautiful sunrises, sunsets, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, off road trails, sight seeing in Mackinaw and on Mackinaw Island


Rates & Availability

Black Lake Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Discounts for cash or check
Returning Guest Discounts

1300 per week during summer peak season and Holidays. Discounts for cash or check
1000 per week September-October-May

$500.00 Deposit to hold your dates - includes $300 Security deposit plus $200 towards weekly rent.
Final payment due 1 month prior to your entry to “The Retreat”
No cleaning fee is charged if “The Retreat” is left clean .. We do linens . A charge will be made for Extra Cleaning, or Damages.

All online payments are final 30 days prior to booking date. No Refunds for online payments 30 days prior to booking date.

Customers continue to say what a great time they had and how rested
they feel after a vacation at “The Retreat”! We think you will
too! Check out our calendar above and email for more pictures and information.

Your security deposit is returned shortly after your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
Our Guests always say how refreshed they are after a visit to our home, 'The Retreat' We hope you will consider it for your next Northern Michigan Vacation

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