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Lynn Fisher

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

The Twig, A Small Cottage

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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The Twig, A Small Cottage

This 480' two-story cottage was built along the lines of the 12X20' Chattaqua cottages of the 19th C., with a living room and kitchen (the kitchen was in a seperate building in the originals) on the first floor and a bedroom and bath on the second. It is situated about a quarter mile from the main road on the owner's property and is located across from my studio and about 200' from my home.

The property is part of a larger 300-acre family farm that is on Lake Bellaire, and has easy access to a private beach a five-minute walk away.

The Twig, so named because it was built as a little 'branch' of two artists' studios, is simply but adequately furnished, and will sleep up to four people if the fold-out sofa is used.

It is, other than being across from my studio, very private and quiet. While there is no television or internet service other than what one can get through a mobile device (the same holds true for me), there are plenty of books to read and the lake to enjoy. Its location is in the heart of the natural world, with deer, turkeys, fox and many birds; as of this writing, bluebirds have been attacking the windows of both the Twig's and the studio's windows.

The kitchen includes a refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven and a hotplate for cooking. Bedding and towels are included.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lynn Fisher (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Lynn Fisher

I grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, went to Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS, and then to Albion College in Michigan for degrees in English and Art. After earning my MFA-Ceramics from The George Washington University, I taught college for several years and then opened my own studio and have been a studio potter for about 35 years. I've traveled to Japan, Europe and South America, and during the summers welcome artist friends to stay with me while they are on the show circuit in N. Michigan.

Lynn Fisher purchased this cottage in 1890

Why Lynn Fisher chose Northern Michigan

This place is wonderful. Its privacy is a reason so many people want to stay here; they appreciate the peaceful atmosphere and the easily accessible nearby lakes. Lake Bellaire is part of the Chain-of-Lakes which eventually leads to Elk Rapids on Lake Michigan by way of boat through Torch Lake, Lake Skegemog and Elk Lake. The whole Northwest region offers more things to do than I can list (should one not wish to sit at home and read). It's a beautiful region and one of Michigan's best treasures, bar none.

What makes this cottage unique

Art and nature are central. The Twig is part of a small artist's compound, and artists come and go all summer to spend time between art fairs. Some even set up small, short-term studios of their own. These have included Sandy Matasick, Marie Desjardins, and Bud Gilbert whose concrete countertops grace the kitchen in the Twig.

While getting good internet service and television reception is difficult (this isn't for everyone), but for those who enjoy a small step back to simpler times this place is perfect.


based on 11 traveler reviews

The Twig, A Small Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Great spot, quiet, near Clam Lake for boat launch to Torch and Lake Bellaire. We stayed the larger Big Twig which was perfect for our needs. Tastefully decorated, NO TV (good thing) so go enjoy the outdoors!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mike, Thank you for the great review; I really appreciate it! It was a pleasure having you here. At your suggestion, I'm going to put up more opaque curtains in the bathroom. I'm so used to living free of neighbors that I forget what it's like having them around. I hope you'll consider coming back!
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent our honeymoon here with our dogs. It really was the most relaxing get-away. Lynn is so friendly and accommodating. Our dogs loved all the hiking and swimming in the area. We cannot wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beverly Hills, MI, USA

Cozy Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Property is exceptionally maintained and decorated. The owner went out of her away on several occasions to accommodate me and make me feel at home (loved the rhubarb pie!). The cabin is a blank canvas so to speak. If complete peace and quiet is the goal then total solitude can be found here. If you want to be more active, there are water sports, superb hiking trails and plenty of sightseeing opportunities in the surrounding area, not to mention the grounds of the compound with nicely weathered old buildings and a pottery studio. Good food is available in any direction, but frequented Dockside: a short drive by car or bicycle, overlooking the water, and a menu to satisfy any gastroinclination. More than once I ordered the 10 lb. burrito (okay, it wasn't really 10 pounds, but it's the biggest I've ever seen). The most unique aspect of the visit is that the wilderness comes right up to the rear of the cabin and wildlife abounds. It's like living in an animal sanctuary!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Ray. I appreciate this. And remember: you still have several days to make up. Just let me know when and I'll put those days aside for you. Lynn
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Perfectly Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We were thrilled with our stay at The Twig. My husband and I came with our 11 lb cockapoo. The home itself is lovely and on a beautiful property. We were looking for a place to get unplugged and this fit the bill. Lynn is wonderful to work with during the reservation process and was a delightful hostess. We hope to see her again when she comes to the RiverArts Festival in Memphis. The lake is quiet and we enjoyed the kayaks. The twig is clean and well appointed. We cooked almost all our own meals on the toaster oven and hot plate. The grocery store is close. The town had great looking restaurants and we had fun exploring the antique stores. We even drove to Lake Michigan one afternoon. It is so close to the Northern Michigan attractions. We would definitely visit this place again and recommend it to anyone looking to find some peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Audrey, Thank you for such a lovely review. It was a pleasure having you as guests in the Twig and I hope you'll consider coming back sometime. All the best, Lynn
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Midland Michigan

Love the Twig!

  • 5 of 5

The Twig is delightful, cozy, and well appointed. It is aesthetically pleasing, with great attention having been given to even small details. We loved our week at The Twig. It was fun to reside amid artists. We spent our week reading, cycling, boating, and fishing and are planning a week at the Twig next summer.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, MI

A perfect hideway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a very brief two-night stay at The Twig, and we couldn't have been more delighted.

Tucked away in the woods is this great little Tiny House- it was perfect for the two of us.

Although this looks like a period house it isn't old, and there is perfection in the house... everything is impeccable and our only disappointment was that we had to return south for work. We would love to stay here again and have more time for exploring the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City and Bellaire Airport, 6 miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Dockside on Torch Lake
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Dockside again, or in Bellaire, 5 miles away.
Car: necessary

The Twig is ideally located on a small peninsula bordered on three sides by Lake Bellaire, Torch Lake and Clam Lake, and about 30 miles northeast of Traverse City and 30 miles south of Charlevoix. The Mackinac Bridge is a pleasant 75-mile trip north through Charlevoix and Petoskey.


Rates & Availability

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May 20 2016 - Oct 3 2016
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $45
Pet Fee $15
Tax Rate 6.0%

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:
  • 480 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis

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