|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Tucked into the tall pines alongside the Holy Waters. The Castaway offers an amazing location for enjoying all the Au Sable River has to offer. The cabin was purchased in 2009 for family use. We quickly realized how much we loved the location and invested in upgrading the accommodations, knowing we will have the place for many years to come. The renovations were completed in 2010 and we couldn’t be more excited about the outcome. The cabin now has two nicely sized full bathrooms and four well-furnished bedrooms in addition to expanded kitchen and mudroom areas.
The setting couldn’t be more perfect. Just outside the kitchen, guests will enjoy an outdoor living area with a shaded 6 person table, comfortable couches, and a large fire pit. Perfect for cooking over the open flame, relaxing with a good book, or snuggling up to watch the star-filled night sky. The deck around the front of the home has a grill and another 4 person table with umbrella.
The cabin itself sits about 200 feet back from the river. Down near the river, there is a tree swing and a grass clearing. It’s perfect for sitting in the Adirondacks while awaiting just the right moment to wet your line. Entry into the river off the property is ankle deep gravel. There are plenty of deep water pockets with the large trout of your dreams lurking nearby. There are plenty of spots for wading anglers or we would be happy to recommend local guides and fly shops.
For those not familiar with the Grayling area, it offers more than just some of the greatest fly fishing. The river itself attracts tubers, kayakers, and canoeists. Our cabin is situated between Burton’s Landing and Keystone Landing. Grayling is also in the center of a region with the most incredible golf courses such as Forest Dunes, Treetops, and Boyne Mountain. Looking for a nearby small beach? Kneff Lake is a small hidden local spot for kids to play in the sand and water. Wellington Farms, a historic working farm, also makes a great visit for something out of the ordinary.
The winter months attract many who loves the outdoors. Whether you are into snow-shoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, or downhill skiing, you will find a spot to keep you engaged. The cabin has a perfect sledding hill and comes equipped with a nice hot cocoa maker. Hanson Hills offers many trails for year-round adventures. Treetops offers downhill skiing and tubing (with reservations) about 30 minutes away. Boyne Mountain is about 45 minutes – 1 hour away.
We especially like to cater to family gatherings, anglers, and couples.
We all had a wonderful time. The accommodations were better than we expected. A beautiful place to spend time with family. Thanks for letting us enjoy everything northern Michigan has to offer.
A party of eight, consisting of my husband and me, his two sisters and their husbands, and the two young children of one sister, booked this gracious cottage for a week to attend the family reunion hosted by another brother in the Grayling area. The cottage has everything we had hoped for: a really lovely setting directly on the Au Sable River (also excellent fishing for those who fish), chairs and a hammock right by the river for relaxing, good kitchen accommodations with nice pots, pans, utensils etc., a dining area with views, deck with nice seating and views, a firepit right outside the door for toasting marshmallows in the evenings, seating area in the living room with comfortable furniture, two modern and updated bathrooms including a lovely shower and tub in the master bath, and bedrooms that accommodated all of us - three double rooms for the couples and a bunk bed room for the kids. The owner answered all our questions up front, and the complete information provided to us in advance made it unnecessary to contact her during our stay. We would advise everyone not to miss the old growth forest trail (unique in lower Michigan) in Hartwick Pines State Park, which is very close by. For excellent casual dining, we particularly liked the Dead Bear Brewing Company in Grayling and the Gates Au Sable Lodge on Stephan Bridge Road (for the latter, be sure to make a reservation and BYOB if you want wine with your meal).
This home is a beautiful getaway to enjoy with family and friend nestled on a beautiful clear part of the river! Highly recommend! The homeowners are very friendly and helpful with the experience:)
This is our second long weekend staying at the property and we have really enjoyed both. The home offers all we could need with plenty of room. Love the fire pit and views of the river. Our toddler loved exploring the river and finding rocks. Had good success fishing out in front of the cabin as well. Always had good/quick communication with the property manager as well. We are looking forward to coming again next summer.
Excellent place to stay. This property has everything you need other than clothing and food. Each bedroom was clean and big. The living area was wide open which leads out to the patio/outdoor fire pit. The river looked clean and inviting. We did not fish but next time I come back I think I will bring my fishing gear.
Our family had a great experience at this home. Molly's home was accommodating and well equipped. She had everything there from appliances to cook to games for the entire family. The house was nicely decorated. It made us feel like home. I would totally rent it again and highly recommend this home for rental. The only difficult thing was finding it. Our GPS took us to the second house on the street. The address was hard to locate at first. I think it was the 6th or 7th driveway on the left once you get to the street.
What a great place for a much needed getaway. My wife and I were there for a long weekend and then I remained for the rest of the week to fish. And right in front of the house is a great spot for fishing! In addition to location, this place had everything we needed and more for our vacation--open floor plan, huge deck overlooking the river and a large fire pit, though I was too busy fishing to cook s'mores. Also, it is less than two miles from the famous Gates Au Sable Fly Shop and their incredible restaurant (you have to try the loaded hashbrowns)! This place is definitely worth a visit.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|