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The Twig, A Small Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 480 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

Lynn Fisher
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

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.


Bellaire Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
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
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

The Twig, A Small Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Cozy and relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

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 :)

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cozy spot

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable and relaxing weekend!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing property, amazing weather, amazing hostess

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 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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Lulu's -- CLOSED
"Lovely restaurant with great food."
Short's Brewing Company
"Great local brewery often with live music."
Moka Coffee Pastries & Wine
"Nice internet cafe with good coffee and food."
Bellaire Theatre
Toonies Fish & Steak House
"Casual dining."
Mrs Pete's Restaurant -- CLOSED
"Breat breakfasts!"
Ruthie's Chicken & Dairy Twist
"Ice cream and food."
The Lunch Box
"Another great breakfast and lunch place. No dinners."
Cafe Bellaire -- CLOSED
Chief Bar & Grill
Bellaire Bar and Restaurant
The Pelican's Nest
"Sports Bar at Shanty Creek."
Hawk's Eye Golf Course
Papa K's Pizza
"Pretty good pizza!"
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

Bellaire Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
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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