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We rent from Memorial Day weekend to Thanksgiving.
For questions or reservations, please send an email (see right) or call us at 231-723-9003. Please call between 6pm and 11pm ET, it's the best time to find us near the phone. It's just the two of us running the cabins, so leave us a message if we happen to be out. We'll call you back as soon as we can. If you're emailing, please mention your arrival/departure dates, how many people, and your desired cabin. We'll get back to you ASAP. Nightly rates, including tax: $80 for 1 or 2 people; $95 for 3; and $110 for 4 people - MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, Discover, or cash. Two-night minimum, firm.
Our Address: 3501 Madison Rd, Manistee, MI 49660.
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Things to do in the Area:
Hang Out at the Lake Michigan Beaches in Nearby Manistee
Lake Michigan is just 20 minutes away, with 2 large public beaches to welcome you in Manistee: First Street Beach, just south of the Manistee River channel, and Fifth Avenue Beach, on the channel's north side. Just north of town is Orchard Beach State Park on Lake Michigan, and south of town is Nordhouse Dunes, also on the big lake. We are only a mile or so from the Little Manistee River, where you can always dip your toes!
Hike the North Country National Scenic Trail
This trail runs across the northern tier of the United States, and the Udell Hills section of it passes through the woods very near our cabins, literally a "stone's throw" away...Okay, you have to have a pretty good arm to throw a stone all the way to the North Country Trail, but it isn't more than a half mile away! If you have never heard of the NCNST, here is a link where you can learn more: http://www.northcountrytrail.org/ and then click on the link for Michigan. You don't have to confine yourself to the North Country National Scenic Trail - there are several other hiking trails in the area near our cabins.
Visit Frog Pond Pottery
If you like handmade pottery, you will want to check out Frog Pond Pottery, on our premises. Colleen, one of the owners, has been making stoneware pottery for several years, and has taken over our 250 square foot all-weather porch as a gallery. She is very interested in our natural surroundings and pond life, and her work shows those interests. She has a website, too: www.frogpondpots.com. Take a look for yourself. The best place to see her work from mid-May to mid-September is in Manistee, at the Farmers & Artisans Market, Saturday mornings from 8:00am to about noon on the north side of the Maple Street bridge.
Rent a Canoe or Kayak (or bring your own)
There are lots of waterways for canoeing or kayaking in the immediate area. We are situated between the Big and Little Manistee Rivers, and near Pine Creek. Bear Creek and the Pine River are less than 20 minutes away. There are inland lakes and the backwaters of Tippy Dam as well. The nearest canoe/kayak livery is just 7 miles away.
Do Some Hunting
There are many species of wildlife in the area: deer, wild turkey, and partridge, to name a few. Hunting is allowed on Manistee National Forest land that is adjacent to our cabins. This area is quite popular during deer season, so if you are interested in coming here for opening day, November 15th, please make your reservations early!
In addition to the fishing charters available in Manistee, there's lots of good fishing to be had on the rivers and creeks in the area. For all our fly-fishing fans, a section of the Manistee River system in Manistee County is designated as a "Wild and Scenic River" - fly fishing only, no motorboats allowed!
Do Some Mountain Biking at Big M
There are many places in the area where you can mountain bike, but why not try out a really challenging course that is just a few miles from the cabins? We are talking about the Big M course, just a few miles down the road. This former downhill ski area, now a cross country ski center in the winter, has recently become popular with mountain bikers in the spring, summer, and fall. Here is a website with information on the Lumberjack 100, a big mountain biking race (100 miles!) at Big M held in mid-June: www.lumberjack100.com.
Just 15 miles from Manistee & Lake Michigan