House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6) Two story historic older Alden Victorian
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
Children allowed - Very welcomed. Double lot/quiet street. Highchair.Very welcomed. Double lot/quiet street. Highchair.
No pets - 1 mature dog under 20#.$50 added rent;$50 cleaning1 mature dog under 20#.$50 added rent;$50 cleaning
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
- Will consider a pet: 1 mature dog under 20 pounds.Tell us about your pet-type, age and weight. Added rent of $50 & cleaning of $50. No cats.
- Children VERY welcomed; lots of room to play on the double lot. Home is on a quiet no-outlet quiet street. Highchair provided.
Cleaned with disinfectant
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Enhanced cleaning practices
We had a lovely time. It was a peaceful cottage walking distance to the lake.
Beautiful property rich with history
We had a wonderful time in Alden and the surrounding areas! The house is beautiful and we loved that there was info and pictures about the history of the house. Close to other wonderful stops like Traverse City and of course Torch Lake itself is beautiful. Rich and Karen are super nice and easy to work with. My only suggestion for a change is for a little firepit- we love to make s'mores on vacation;) Thank you for a wonderful stay.
It was the perfect getaway from the city for us. This house has a long history and character, distinguishing it from the neighboring houses. Everything was very clean and the walls were even freshly painted. All types of useful kitchen utensils, living supplies, and outdoor furniture were provided. We truly enjoyed our stay and would like to come again next summer!
This was the comforts of home. Surrounding Area, quiet, Nature, Across street from Torch Lake. The owner acknowledges you , appreciates you. Great family.
Our first visit to Alden and Torch Lake area. Home is in perfect location and just minute(s) literally from Torch Lake with easy Lake access. Quiet, peaceful and PLENTY of room. Town within walking distance. Alden Muffin Tin has the BEST coffee and muffins and you cannot miss stopping into the Alden's Mill House, so cute! Great ice cream in town too. We recommend, it was perfectly peaceful.
Ron and family,
Karen and I are pleased for you and your family that you had such a great time in your relatively short (4 days) in Alden. We do hope that you will consider a longer return sometime in the future. "Little" Alden and Big Torch Lake make a great combination for a family vacation.
Now, get ready to enjoy your Fall season back home or in Northern Michigan where the color season is so beautiful around the lakes.
We appreciate great family renters like the Jones'
Rich and Karen Brown
Petoskey Stone hunting is along the shore of Torch Lake, including on the beach by the historic Train Depot and museum and accompanying play-park, which are all across the main street, a block from your vacation home. Trail walking is on 17-acre 'Coy Mountain' a block from your home - please see more on this under 'unique benefits' below. Winery visiting and tasting are just 1/2 hour west on Old Mission Peninsula or just a bit further in the Leelanau area. Alden now has a local winery tasting room, too. Petoskey, Charlevoix, and Harbor Springs and their pleasures are to the Northeast.
Rich and Karen Brown
- english, french
About Rich and Karen Brown
Rich and Karen are just the third family to own this historic home. In the early 1900s, it was a guest house and even had a 2-story addition off the back to take summer visitors who would come to Alden by train from Chicago and along the west coast of Michigan. Its history is found in every room, including being preserved in those we've renovated and updated from what the Chapelle family originally built. We bought this as a family vacation home when our kids were young, and would make regular visits from 'downstate'. Now we still make regular visits (as do the adult 'kids' and now the grandkids!) and we are pleased to share the home with others.
Rich and Karen Brown purchased this House in 1984
Why Rich and Karen Brown chose Alden
Alden is an ideal get-away, a small town with features we've come to enjoy -- inviting shops, friendly shop owners and nature trails and Torch Lake shorelines to explore. The home, whose original rooms date to the 1870s, is a similar ideal get-away. We've treated 'her' gently during the over 30 years we've owned her, and know that our guests will do likewise.
What makes this House unique
Relax on the front-porch swing, and sip that wine (stemware provided) and enjoy. Watch those SUNSETS from your porch. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms and most other rooms will comfort when needed. Enjoy the selection of board games and DVDs; also bring your favorite CDs and DVDs. The fully-equipped kitchen is for your dine-in pleasures. Formal dinners (they are allowed and fun, even on vacation!) in the dining room and casual at the kitchen table. Please use the maps we've provided in your living room to decide what to do around Alden and the area. Wineries are particularly special, we thing, and the enternainment in Traverse and toward Shanty Creek and Charlevoix and Petoskey. For outdoor pleasures, walk along Spencer Creek or the Torch Lake shoreline. Or, hike the Indian Trails up Coy Mountain, whose path virtually begins at your doorstep, on Valley street. This 17-acre preserve (thanks to the Coy family) has a wonderful array of wildlife, bird species and several native wildflowers. Benches welcome you to rest along the one mile maintained trail. For local history, be sure to take in the Alden Depot and Park Museum. Located in the authentically restored Alden Depot, dating to 1908, this part of Alden's history (open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend) features photographs and memorabilia recalling the community's past, including model trains and related items and many photographs of the area through the years. ENJOY all these reasons to be 'up North'. When other entertainment has been exhausted (that may not happen), TV may be your or your children's option of choice. Cable service is provided with basic 'network' channels. Work or emails calling you? That happens, we all know. High Speed WiFi internet is here for you. Or connect via Ethernet. If you did not bring your own connecting cable, please borrow ours.