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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.
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
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.
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.
The Twig was a very cozy and relaxing stay for my husband and I. The cottage was clean and comfortable. The cottage has a such a relaxing tone to it. We enjoyed the walk to Lake Bellaire, unfortunately we got lost. We would suggest using the map on the fridge or getting directions to the beach. Lynn was a very mindful and gracious host. We are looking forward to coming again!!! P.S. go to Short's Brewery for some of the best pizza you've ever had :)
We have stayed at the twig twice now and can't wait to go back! It is clean, comfortable and in an absolutely beautiful spot! Very quiet and peaceful.
Lynn & her family were very hospitable and accommodating. My husband & myself enjoyed the beautiful scenery and local shops. Everything was wonderful and relaxing. I would definitely recommend this destination to those looking to get away.
This property was so much more than I expected!! It is definitely a gem of the north as are Lynn and her family.
My dog was in heaven, it is the perfect place to stay when visiting Bellaire.
Thank you Lynn for sharing your little paradise with us.
Kelly and McCarty
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!
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!
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.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay