Studio on the Cedar River ~ A Bibliophiles Dream


Entire guesthouse hosted by Chad

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bath
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A cozy little getaway for the adventurous individual or couple at a location that is beautiful year round. The property is surrounded by 365 acres of state and MNA sanctuary lands with 700 feet of private frontage.

Excellent trout fishing, kayaking, tubing, biking, XC skiing, snow shoeing and hiking right out the back door. If you want to truly get away from the pink skies and road noise and want the "up north" experience but not stay at a crummy resort or noisy lake, this is the place for you.

The space
The guest house is a secluded space twelve feet into the treetops with private outdoor stairs to a 6x10 foot deck with small table, chairs and entrance. The studio is a spacious 20x24 foot room with a large sidewall dormer and large windows/sliding glass door on the gable ends.

The PRIMARY HEAT is a WOOD STOVE which is easy to manage, firewood is provided. The bathroom is small but quite functional with a 32x32" shower with 6' shower head. There is a full size bed (new mattress 8/20) and a sofa. The kitchenette has a 2 burner electric hotplate, toaster oven, small 1.7 cubic foot refrigerator, press pot for coffee maker, an electric percolator, kettle and plates/bowls/cups/utensils service for three along with basic kitchen tools. You can cook on that wood stove too! There is an additional electric space heater and a circulating fan to cover whatever range of temperatures the season has to offer. Extra blankets are also provided for the bed.

I must note, that while internet does indeed exist here, the whole property is run off a grandfathered 3G data plan. Expect roughly 3x dial up speeds if that’s important to you.

AT&T and Verizon are the only reliable mobile networks up here so if you have an urban carrier you may not (and most likely won't) have any service! This is true of all Northern rural Michigan, not just here.


The guest house is above one of the studio buildings for Deep Wood Press where fine books have been made for the past 29 years. Here we cast metal type, engrave copper, make ink, print letterpress and intaglio, illustrate and bind very limited edition books.

Additional arrangements can be made for artists or the curious wishing to use the bindery or intaglio and letterpress facilities. This must be worked out in advance with your host and at an additional cost. Chad has taught all levels of printmaking and book binding in the US and Europe and can tailor any instruction or facility use to your needs. Check out the website for more details about the studios and what happens here.

Guided fly fishing outings on the river are also available for an additional fee.

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What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace
Hair dryer

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Where you’ll be

Bellaire, Michigan, United States

Chad’s home is located in Bellaire, Michigan, United States.
Just upstream from Schuss Mountain/Shanty Creek resorts by a few miles and 8 miles from the village of Bellaire, home of Short's Brewery, good places to eat and interesting little shops. Traverse City or Petoskey are about 45 minutes either direction.

The Williamsburg part of the VASA trail is about 30 minutes toward Traverse City.

Outdoor activities within a 15 minute drive:

More golf greens than you could play in a weekend.

There is the Jordan River State Forest with a 19 mile hiking loop through the headwaters of the watershed which is also part of the North Country Trail.

Just west of Bellaire is Glacial Hills with 32 miles of hiking and groomed XC ski and mountain bike trails.

The Grass River Natural Area has miles of boardwalk and educational programs. This is part of the inland "chain of lakes" that sprawls from Ellsworth to Elk Rapids so plenty of water fun is available in the area along with rentals of all kinds.

Hosted by Chad

  1. Joined in August 2016
  • 136 Reviews
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I live on a lovely trout stream in northern Michigan and am lucky enough to make my living in my studios producing very limited edition fine press books. Metal type, handmade papers and original art all designed, printed and bound here on premises. Lucky enough to do it around the world a little too. Great way to bring up my 2 young children and live a simple yet fulfilling life.
I live on a lovely trout stream in northern Michigan and am lucky enough to make my living in my studios producing very limited edition fine press books. Metal type, handmade paper…

During your stay

Your host, Chad, will most likely be around working in his studios or at the main house and will be accessible for questions about the area.

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  • Languages: English, Français
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House rules

Check-in: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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