|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This cute and clean '1940s' era cottage is much the way you would have found it mid-century: no TV, no phone, lots of clean air and water, nesting loons, and the good company you've traveled with. It has one bedroom with a double bed, and a curtained alcove room with a twin bed. The kitchen was updated in 2006 and the bath in 2013. New is the screened-in front porch and windows. This Thayer Lake beachfront cottage shares 150 foot of prime frontage with its sister cottage, 'Pine' (VRBO listing 467656). The cottage sits 400 feet back off the road. Thayer Lake is a no-wake lake perfect for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and relaxed enjoyment of nature. There are both sunny and shady areas along the waterfront and a lakeside fire pit for making S'mores. The lake access is shallow and gradual, good for children and wading. Within one mile of the cottage are two public accesses to Torch Lake, one of Michigan's largest and certainly most beautiful sandy-bottomed lakes.
My husband and I just got back from another 2 weeks at Thayer (this was our 3rd year). Yes, 2 weeks. Our first year here, 10 days just wasn't enough...and honestly, 2 weeks isn't either. We are already thinking of coming back in the fall. This is our third year vacationing here. We love the quiet of the no wake lake, fishing is excellent (mostly bass and pan fish but almost guaranteed to catch a couple - even from the dock - every time you go out), close to things to do (this year we went zip lining in Boyne, last year Sleeping Bear Dunes), cute towns close by (Alden, Bellaire and Traverse City), there is also a Casino.... OR the best part is, you can just sit and gaze at the beauty of the lake, watch the wild life (the loons are really cool - we saw a bald eagle and osprey). If you really need some excitement Torch Lake is right next door.... The cabins are great - newly renovated - the screened in porch on the Oak is the best - brings back childhood memories of family vacations (when we went so distracted by tv, phones/texting and internet)... This is the place to unplug. Also note that the cabins have an natural climate control. They tend to stay cool in the heat and warm when cooler (though be sure to prepare for both extremes at any time of year - there is a small heater and fan but northern Michigan weather can be fickle... this year the coolest at night was about 44 - warmest in day about 80) and not to mention - Tim and Stephanie - they are great...Sum it up: The worse part about this entire experience - leaving.
Withe the exception of the bathroom, everything was great. The water heater in the bathroom really uses up a lot of the availanle space and the shower really needs to updated. However, even with these problems we would rent again.
This was our first visit to the Torch Lake area and our stay at the Thayer Lake Cottages could not have been more pleasant. It was every bit as lovely and more so than the listing photos portray. The cottage was clean and comfortable and appropriately appointed. Most of our meals we ate while sitting in the screened porch. We grilled many of our meals and enjoyed our evenings next to the lake around the campfire. We arrived anticipating spending the majority of our time boating on Torch Lake. There was a very nice public access ramp 1-1/2 mile from the cottage on Clam Lake that goes into Torch Lake. But, after seeing another visitor catch a fish on his first cast, my husband was very keen to go fishing. He would tell you that the excellent fishing on Thayer Lake was the biggest surprise and one of the highlights of his week. Butch's Bait & Tackle at Clam River is about a mile from the cottage where fishing gear and licenses are available. The Dockside, also at Clam River was a great place to enjoy lunch sitting on the deck looking out across Torch Lake. We had an excellent Sunday brunch at the Alden Bar & Grille with made to order omelets and shrimp & mussel pasta alfredo, mmm. We enjoyed using the provided kayaks, canoe and floatation devices on Thayer Lake. The fishing was easily done from both kayak and canoe. We completely enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to anyone. It is not a 4-star hotel, however, it's rustic charm is exactly what we were looking for and found...
Up north near-by activities include nature trails, Torch Lake access less than one mile, fun shopping in town of Alden, Short's Brewery and Shanty Creek Golf in Bellaire. Thayer Lake is a 25-minute drive to Turtle Creek Casino. Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Elk Rapids are within 1 hour drive.
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My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Two parking spots are available for this cottage. Please plan accordingly.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.