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Downstairs living room, full bath, kitchen, and outside deck overlooking forest.
Private room in house

Tara's Meadow, Beaver Island

Seamus User Profile

Tara's Meadow, Beaver Island

4 guests
1 bedroom
4 beds
1.5 baths
4 guests
1 bedroom
4 beds
1.5 baths
Great location100% of recent guests gave this home’s location a 5-star rating.

The space

Welcome to beautiful Beaver Island! A pristine natural environment, a warm friendly community rich in history. Enjoy your quiet, lovely home base, for hiking, beach combing, biking, exploring, music, history, culture, friendship and solitude.

Tara's Meadow lies in the quiet heart of nature, on a beautiful Island in Great Lake Michigan. Beaver Isle is ringed with sandy fresh water beaches and white sand dunes, enchanting forests, and quiet hiking trails. The historic Island community of Native American and Irish settlers offers a warm welcome to all guests, and a multitude of summer opportunities (music festivals, biking and birding trails, museums, cultural events, history and nature tours of the Island.)

UNIQUE CEDAR HOME NESTLED IN THE WOODS. Your guest room offers a comfortable full size bed, closet and dresser, with private entrance to the forest. Shared kitchen space, living room, full bath, and outdoor deck are downstairs; with a beautiful tree-top meditation room upstairs and a small balcony overlooking the forest. We also have a beautiful new spacious Geodesic Dome (10' high and 20' diameter) in the forest, for those preferring the magic of forest solitude in a comfortable camping space, complete with its dancing tree shadows, wind and wild animal sounds, and its comfortable new futon bed for two (ample extra floor space is available in the dome.)

Your home-base is fully in the quiet of nature with no electronic distractions. We offer all the basic comforts, and in this cell phone and internet-free zone our guests are often greeted in the evening with the calls of the owl; or Sand hill cranes, a solitary loon, and wind through the trees in the morning. A land line is available with unlimited phone minutes for calls in the Continental US (calls outside of Continental U.S., however, must be made from town, or paid for by guests.) Guests can travel 20 minutes to the charming Island town of St James for dinners out on Paradise Bay, and use of the free wi-fi services and computers at the library or the Community Center during the day.

IMMEDIATE GROUNDS & ENVIRONS Your stay includes access to 80 acres of field and forest, along with the use of our ceremonial stone circle. Visitors may enjoy a nearby Nature Conservancy marsh and interpretive trail, an inland lake and ancient oak grove, and a trail through State Forest Land to a pristine Lake Michigan beachfront wilderness shoreline. All are within a one-mile radius of your Tara's Meadow home base.

CAR & BIKE RENTALS Guests provide their own transportation on the Island from our quiet home base to and from town (it's 10 miles in to the grocery store, Library & Wi Fi, Community Center, Museums, etc.) You can rent a car or bicycle on the Island, or you may pay to ferry your own car and/or bicycle over to the Island.

FERRY OR AIRPLANE TO THE ISLAND The Beaver Island Boat Company provides transportation for passengers and their vehicles between the Island and the mainland. Two passenger airlines are also available for transportation back and forth.

Your host Seamus Norgaard is a college professor of history and the environment, and enjoys sharing his knowledge of both the human and natural history of Beaver Island. You may contact him and contract for extra services, including expert Island tours and trail hiking, "Life Threshold" life-coaching services, or instruction in "Celtic Body Prayers" movement meditations on site. Or you may simply enjoy the beauty of our space, with as little or as much quiet, or conversation, as you wish.

There is an Island transit service that can be called to arrange rides, most days from 8 - 5 pm. Alternately guests can pay to bring their own vehicle or bicycle over on the ferry, or rent these while on the Island.


Free parking on premises

House Rules

No smoking
Not suitable for pets


16 Reviews

Chris User Profile
July 2018
We enjoyed the lazy rhythm of life off the grid. Living beyond Tara’s Meadow in the woods in a geodesic dome was the perfect place to relax. The Meadow itself was magic and inspired my own personal version of mythology as to its origin. What was most unique and inspiring were the…
Theresa User Profile
June 2018
Seamus is a wealth of knowledge and an exceptional host. His love of nature, people and reverence for Tara's Meadow and Beaver Island is contagious! I enjoyed my visit immensely!
Chelsea User Profile
June 2018
Seamus is a wonderful host and great local guide. We had an excellent time on beautiful Beaver Island.
Seamus User Profile
Response from Seamus:
Thank you Chelsea! You and your girlfriends were a shear joy to have at tara's meadow and I hope you come back sometime!
June 2018
Sarah User Profile
October 2017
We had such a peaceful fall weekend away on Beaver Island. It was bliss to get away from the craziness of daily life and enjoy the outdoors. We biked and hiked and Seamus was super helpful in guiding us in where to go to get the best views and walks. He cooked us amazing meals an…
Lauren User Profile
August 2017
It is truly rare when words fail to describe an experience, Tara's Meadow is one of them. Within a short amount of time we were moved by the beauty of island and the warm welcome and hospitality of our host Seamus. We wished we could of stayed longer and plan to in the future…
Greg User Profile
August 2017
This was our second time staying with Seamus at Tara's Meadow, because we loved our first stay so much. Our stay this time did not disappoint. Seamus was a superb host and we shared some great time together again. We also got to sleep in the dome in the meadow this time--it's a v…
Jenna User Profile
July 2017
The sleeping late with the windows open to hear only the leaves in the trees was nirvana. We loved staying in the woods and the tranquility that comes with it. Seamus was the perfect host, answering questions while still giving us the freedom to explore. The woods are a beautiful…

Hosted by Seamus

Petoskey, Michigan, United StatesJoined in April 2014
Seamus User Profile
16 Reviews
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Seamus Norgaard is a Peacemaker, life coach and spiritual mentor; also a college professor, writer, and environmental activist. Seamus draws from a deep well of wisdom and kindness in his calling to nurture and uplift people, community, and life. A deep ecologist by training, he …
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