Private, modern lake home in northern Michigan!

Private, modern lake home in northern Michigan!


Jan 2013

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Luxuriate at our well-furnished and stocked bright, remodeled home-away-from-home on tranquil Hanley Lake. Enjoy your own private 110-foot stretch of lakefront and the woods beyond through floor-to-ceiling windows, visible throughout the open-plan cottage.

Available year-round--comfortable whether warm or cold, snowy, rainy, or sunny and warm!

Perched on a 75-mile chain of lakes w/2 private decks, we're centrally located between a handful of quintessential up north "cities" and sweet towns, and several golf & ski resorts. Ten minutes to Grand Traverse Bay & Torch Lake. Close to wineries, galleries, antiques and Short's Brewery. WIFI, 50" smart TV, PS3. Fully stocked; stuffed with games, CDs, books, & DVDs. Dogs welcome.

Start with a complimentary bottle of up-north wine or a cup of cappuccino. Build a fire and toast s'mores, go for a swim, take out the single and double kayaks, canoe and stand-up paddle boards.

Recent fridge, range, bathroom, deck & beach updates. Enjoy a fully-stocked kitchen with all the usual plus some fun toys (including an espresso maker, electric pancake griddle, Kitchen Aid mixer); and condiments, spices, and basics to get you started before you run to the store a half-mile down the street.

Get cozy in soft, freshly laundered robes and lounging-around socks (for kids AND adults). Sleep with flannel sheets, down comforters and fleece blankets in the cold weather, cotton sheets & blankets, plus window air conditioning (though rarely needed) in the heat of summer.

Outside (depending on the season): swim; fish, take out our boats. Nap in hammocks by the water. In fall, relish the brilliant colors. Visit farmers' markets and apple orchards; bike, drive or meander along winding country roads. Fish for bass, pike, perch, walleye and more. Rent a pontoon or motor boat right down the road or bring your own. At night, roast marshmallows on a campfire by the lake. Visit Lake Michigan (Grand Traverse Bay's piece of the lake), where you can play happily all year long: wander, sun bathe, climb frozen waves, cross-country ski; or visit beautiful Torch Lake, both only 10 minutes away.

Enjoy a winter stay in our supremely well-insulated home. Sled right out the door down to the lake or take a short drive for nearby downhill and cross-country skiing and tubing, snowmobiling and ice fishing; and year-round tubing down the lazy Jordan River (yes, even in winter!) Play at Michigan's largest indoor water park while others ski or tube at a nearby ski resort.

Visit a superb and inexpensive spa just moments away with great massages and facials; wander to antique shops, galleries, and wineries. Stroll, boat (or drive) 3/4-mile to town for treats and eats. In 30-45 minutes, you can be eating, shopping, and playing in our classic up north "cities"--Charlevoix, Petoskey, Traverse City or Gaylord, or visit the closer sweet towns of Bellaire, Alden and Elk Rapids.

Enjoy your own:
--master bedroom with a antique queen-sized bed, TV and DVD player and sliding glass doors leading to a private deck overlooking the lake;
--second bedroom with two sets of twin-over-full bunk beds, a TV and DVD player;
--light-filled open-plan design, with a breakfast bar (ideal for sharing company, whether cooking, reading, or playing);
--remodeled kitchen and bathroom;
--and many, many ideas of where and how to play, found in our 35 plus-page welcome letter and an overflowing file box.


Laurie's reviews

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More about us

  1. John is a computer software engineer in a start-up and is originally from the UK; Laurie is a self-employed psychotherapist. We're carving out more time to travel. When we take a break at home, we love to visit our vacation home, with the gentle beauty of this northwestern Michigan chain of lakes. We were ecstatic to find a tranquil lake we can see from almost every room in the cozy year-round house. (My gold standard for vacation heaven was a place where I could take a cup of coffee out onto the deck and see--and be in--the water within seconds.) We can draw or eat breakfast on the dock or in the dining room, play in the sand, take out a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board, swim in warmer waters (instead of waiting until the end of August for the chill to subside in the big lakes), or fish. We can sled right out the back doors to the lake and cross-country ski nearby. We wander into a welcoming village to play and eat without being swarmed by overdressed tourists and overpriced food. We were delighted to find this peaceful little retreat, which offers the pleasures of an all-sports lake without the noise and chaos of one. The passing 'traffic' is generally kayaks, pontoons, and people fishing (including ice fishing in the winter).

    We're just a few miles from the long sandy beaches of Lake Michigan, which are great fun in every season. We're glad to do day trips to fudgey towns like Charlevoix and Petoskey, to wander Traverse City or even more nearby Bellaire.

    But we love coming home, whether it's raining, snowing, or blazing hot: to play outdoors, or hang out inside doing jigsaw puzzles, playing games, making soup or brownies, or drawing the changing colors of water, sky and trees. We love going out on the placid water and paddling past kingfishers and great blue heron, turtles nestling in the tall grasses, and weeping willows along the shore, or watching the water from our comfortable home. It always refreshes us to get away here.

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Where is it?


Tucked into a glacial valley and nestled in the hills of northwest Michigan, we're located on a 75-mile chain of beautiful lakes. Our 46-page welcome letter gives you lots of ideas but here are a few. Halfway between the Equator and the North Pole on the 45th Parallel:

• Wander a mile into the friendly village of Central Lake for great food and drink, a playground and a little shopping.

• Get a great facial, manicure or cut at a lakefront spa just two miles from home.

• Minutes away, visit Bellaire's restaurants, cafes, a brewpub, Schuss Mountain's championship golf courses and ski slopes; enjoy indoor putt-putt or bowling, or take in a movie.

•Dine at a renowned gourmet restaurant a few miles north of us.

• Enjoy the nearby quintessential up-north cities of Charlevoix, Petoskey, Traverse City, Alden, Elk Rapids and Gaylord: explore farmer's markets, antique shops, and galleries.

• Play at Michigan’s largest indoor water park.

Buzzy restaurants
Blue Pelican; Rowe Inn; Short's Brewery

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