|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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The Retreat is a 3 bedroom light and airy, fresh and clean cottage on beautiful Black lake near the mouth of the Upper Black River. The "Retreat" is located down a half mile road with state forest on both sides of the road! Access to RV, trails are minutes away. Black Lake is the fifth largest inland lake in Michigan and it is surrounded by state forests.
The Retreat is sparkling and bright. 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. "The Retreat’s" waterfront has a beautiful beach area for sunbathing, sandcastle making, as well as an area for your evening campfire. “The Retreat” has a dock, and a ladder to enter the very shallow sandy water, which is perfect for the little ones. The front deck has a table and chairs for outdoor dining, and a wood picnic table in the shady grass area. Enjoy the lake and its many visual treasures in the comfort of a swing. Cook your dinner on our gas grill! Enjoy a Corn Hole game with the family on "The Retreat’s" large grassy area. The Black River is one house away, and a canoe trip or float down that river are tops on the list of summer activities.
Wildlife abound at The Retreat! The Sun warms! Eagles Soar! Loons sing! Robins nest! Sturgeon and Muskie jump! If your quiet in the mornings you might see Eagles, Blue Heron, Swans & Ducks fishing. Along the seawall Otter or Mink might be seen enjoying their breakfast! In spring Sturgeon and Suckers can be seen at the edge of the Black River spawning.
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 or cross country ski on the lake or down the many trails close to “The Retreat” Its all here for your pleasure!
Guests 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!
The Retreat – Outside
Ladder to Shallow Water
Grass Area & Corn Hole Game
Deck with Table and Chairs
Fire Pit with seating-
Some wood provided, more available
Gas Grill- Propane provided
The Retreat – Inside
Living Room – Couch, Queen Futon, 4 chairs - TV - Dish - Games - DVD's - Books - Wifi available
Dining – Pine table, chair and bench seating
Kitchen – Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, Coffee Maker, Microwave - Artesian Well or Reverse Osmosis water, Dishes - Silverware - cookware - utensils - crock pot -mixer.
Bathrooms - 2
Master Bath has bathtub with shower
Half Bathroom has shower
Towels provided, for in home use. Please bring your own beach towels.
3 Bedrooms & 1 Queen inner spring mattress Fouton in Living Room Area with sheets, pillows, and blankets provided.
Master Bedroom overlooks lake and river , - 1 full bed with Master Bath also
Second Bedroom with view of the Lake - 1 Queen Pillow Top bed
Third Bedroom with view of the lake - 1 Twin bunk bed set (= 2 twin beds) & 1 twin trundle that pulls out from under the bottom bunk.
Living Room Area - 1 Queen Futon with a real inner spring mattress!
Utility area - Washer & Dryer.
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.
Mackinaw Bridge & Mackinaw Ferry to Island 45 minutes
Lake Michigan Sandy Shores 50 Minutes – Cross Village
2 ½ miles to Lorenzo’s famous Ribs
5 miles to UAW Golf Course & Restaurant
Oqueoc Falls 20 minutes
Onaway State park 10 Minutes
Cheboygan 20 minutes away - Walmart - KMart
Petoskey Gas Light District 45 minutes
Gaylord 60 minutes
Rogers City 30 miles
Onaway 10 miles - Toms
Cheboygan 15 -Family Fare - Walmart,
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- 10 miles Onaway
Manzano’s- 10 miles Onaway
The Dirty Duck Bar (Taco Tuesday)- 7-8 miles
The Pines - 8 miles
The Bluffs on Black Lake- 10 - 15 miles
The Retreat is a great place to vacation. We thoroughly enjoyed the beach area, including the large, sandy, and shallow shoreline (there are no stones and few weeds), which extends out a long way. The house and front living room window are close to the lake. Not only does this add to the beauty of The Retreat, but it was also very helpful for keeping track of our two small children around the water. The lake is relatively quiet; there's not a lot of noisy boat traffic. Better yet, the lake is a great swimming AND fishing lake. The owners are very warm and so are the neighbors. It was helpful to have the boat launch very nearby. Because they are relatively close, we visited the Ocqueoc Falls, Cheboygan (where we heard a steel-drum band), the Mackinac Bridge, St. Ignace, and Mackinac Island. The owners promptly returned our deposit. We recommend The Retreat!
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
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.
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!!!!
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!
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
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|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.