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Pet Friendly,Acorn Cottage. Our cottage is our home - you'll feel at home too!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 queen Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

This is a two bedroom cottage on crystal clear, sandy bottom, all sports Paradise Lake. Two separate bedrooms and a futon will accommodate six comfortably. There is a local marina and bait shop on the lake for all of your boating and fishing needs. If you wish you can bring your own boat and launch it down the street at the DNR ramp and park right outside the cottage at your private dock. The fishing is excellent year round. We also have a 27 foot pontoon available for rent (weekly)at our cottage.

Our cottage is centrally located at the Tip of the Mitt. Five minutes from Mackinaw City, and Mackinaw Island Ferries, museums, historical Fort Michilmacinac, lighthouses, Mill Creek. Just over the Mackinaw Bridge will take you to Taquaneman falls, pictured rocks, Sault Ste. Marie, and the Sault Locks. Casinos are in Petoskey, or in St. Ignace, just over the Mackinaw Bridge.

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More Details

Property Manager
Jennifer Schafer
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Jennifer Schafer

You probably wonder why we named our cottage 'Acorn'.Before we purchased our cottage, while we were with the real estate woman, I looked into one of the bedrooms and I was looking at the bed. I noticed something under the mattress. There I found in ten neat little rows a collection of acorns. I opened the dresser drawer, and there were more acorns. The local chipmunks had quite the feast stored for the winter. After we bought the cottage I took those acorns and keep them in an air tight jar on the mantel. So we named our cottage Acorn Cottage. The chipmunks still store the acorns, but they are now outside, not inside.

Jennifer Schafer purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Jennifer Schafer chose Carp Lake

Our cottage is in a little town of Carp Lake, Mi. We have enjoyed vacationing in this area for 30 years. We find the peaceful and tranquil area of Mackinaw very rejuvinating.

The beautiful area offers great natural peace. We found Acorn Cottage as we were looking for a retirement home in Northern Michigan. The area is rich in history with so much to do. Going to the dunes is like being in Florida. Hike in the woods. Or just sit and watch Paradise Lake.

What makes this cottage unique

Acorn Cottage is surrounded by natural beauty.A pair of Bald Eagles make their home in the nature

preserve at Stoney Point . In the evening set on the platform on the dock and watch the sunset.

Take a boat ride in the pontoon. The fishing is great on the lake, large pike, bass, and perch. If you want to go hiking,Wilderness State Park is just a few miles away.

There are plenty of hiking trails to walk or drive along the road and see the woodland and

lakeshore beauty. The sand dunes are also just a few miles away. Go to dinner at Legg's Inn and

on your way enjoy the sand dunes and beach shoreline of the Straits of Mackinaw. You can walk

for miles on open beach.If it's shopping you enjoy, go to Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island

and spend the day. There is plenty to do around our cottage. So go relax, and enjoy.


Carp Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Stand up shower, massage shower head.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
A 27 foot pontoon available for weekly rental. Fire pit for cozy fires and marshmallow roasts. Upper deck off the cottage and a lower deck near the lake to relax.


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Pet Friendly,Acorn Cottage. Our cottage is our home - you'll feel at home too!
average rating of 4.5625 based on 16 reviews

Great view of the lake, old cottage.

  • 3 of 5

The property was a great little spot. The walk down to the water was a bit scary, with old wooden steps leading you down the hill. For some reason my husband and I thought there was a beach, but there wasn't. Lots of poison ivy around the main parts of the property, which weren't in the way but when chasing a toddler around it made it a bit stressful. The inside of the cottage is small, but quaint. It is older though, with the smell of mustyness. I didn't feel like it was totally cleaned well when we got there. Bathroom was not ventilated, so almost seemed too musty in there. Cobwebs around. Didn't have any cupboard room for our groceries we packed, so we used stools to keep them up. The bathroom and kitchen were pretty small and tricky to maneuver in with more than one person. We stayed for almost a week, and didn't have enough hand soap available, toilet paper, dishwasher packs, (we had packed some of our own that we were able to use, except handsoap) and there were not any 'blue garbage bags to use. We walked to the park across the street a few times, but there isn't much there. We also took our bikes out a few times, which was worth it. The town itself doesn't have much, but it is located close to all of the big attraction areas. Would not recommend if you have toddlers. I wouldn't mind staying again, but wouldn't make it such a long stay next time.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beyond Relaxing!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What an awesome place to stay. Secluded and quiet. Beautiful cottage that is decorated with cabin like feel. Comfortable beds too! Our dogs, Desi and Sparty, loved riding on the pontoon. Plus, we were able to view the eclipse from the boat!!! It was great!! Mackinac bridge is only 5 minutes away. Do yourself a favor and rent this place and leave all your worries behind.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have stayed at the acorn cottage 2 times now. Both times we took a nother couple with us. The cottage is absolutely beautiful, peaceful and quiet. We had spent our morning on the lower deck or on the boat dock and watched the sun rise and fed the ducks. I love how you can sit on the couch and just look over the water and watch everything go by. Everything in the cabin is provided for you so all you have to do is bring clothes and bath necessities. The cabin brings me peace and relaxes me and definitely will be back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I cried the morning we left!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is the cutest, most well thought out, accommodating place that I have spent in the Carp Lake/Mackinaw City area. This place is a treasure! Thank you for the wonderful week that we had!!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute cottage

  • 3 of 5

We loved the area and the cottage was decorated cute. It was fairly clean with a few cobwebs. It had a good furnace, hot water and water pressure, which are difficult to find in older cabins. The cottage could use more comfortable furniture. The futon couch was very uncomfortable. The beds could use some type of toppers. The reason we gave the cottage a 3 was that there are aproximately 24 steps to get down to pier with a couple of turns. Part of the wooden stairway did not have a handrail. Solar lights were along the path but most were not working. We did not use the gas grill because it was dirty and we could not find any tools to clean it.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
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  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Acorn Cottage with my sisters. We had a wonderful long weekend of relaxing on the dock, bonfires, and we enjoyed the area shops and food. We ate a lot of pie and loved the ambiance of the cottage. The cottage is perfectly close to Mackinaw City and all of the historic places. It was easy to go to Petoskey,Harbor Springs,and Bliss,and see all of the sand dunes that surround the area. If you closed your eyes you would think you were in Florida. Open your eyes and your back on the shores of Michigan. Beautiful turquoise water. Paradise Lake is crystal clear and the fishing was great. Take a ride on the pontoon to see all of the lake. It was the perfect time to go as the weather was warm.Nights were cool. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys nature, it is clean, quiet and has a serene setting.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Pellston Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Mackinaw City
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mackinaw Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US 31
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Mackinaw City
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Boyne Mountain
Nearest Beach
In front of the cottage
Car: recommended

Just minutes to Ferries to Mackinaw Island and the Upper Penninsula.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

During the summer months of June, July, and August - and through Labor Day - we rent by the week, Saturday to Saturday. In May, September (after Labor Day), October, and November, we have a 3-night minimum.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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