Fully furnished home about 20 minutes from Ann Arbor and The Big House. We are on Portage Lake, connected to the Huron River and the Chain of Lakes. Swimming, sandy bottom, 100 feet of docks, includes use of four kayaks, canoe, paddleboat and row boat, paddles, oars and life jackets included.
The second floor has three bedrooms and one full bathroom. Large master bedroom with queen size bed and large windows facing lake. Second bedroom has two twin beds. Third bedroom has two twin beds in a trundle (one hides under the other when not in use). All sheets, pillows, pillow cases and many towels are included.
The first floor is open and has complete kitchen, dining room area, living room area and sitting area. Living room area has two couches, one is a queen bed pull-out. Full bathroom also on first floor. Separate laundry room with washer and dryer and fully stocked with detergents and cleaning products if you need to do laundry.
Our lake is about 90 feet deep and fishing includes bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike, rock bass, smallmouth bass, sunfish and walleye. I have caught some of these, but have only seen some, like walleye and pike, caught by neighbors. Our lake covers about 644 square acres. There are designated catch and release areas on the Huron River nearby.
We are near great hiking and biking, such as Peach Mountain, Pinckney State Recreation Area, Waterloo State Recreation Area, Lakelands Trail and Hudson Mills Metrop ark. A good walk around the lake is about eight miles. We will provide our maps of our favorite mountain, road and gravel road rides and hikes. In winter there are plenty of amrked and unmarked trails for hiking and cross country skiing.
We are 20 minutes from the Big House and we are good for football weekends. Fall football weekends are not only good for Michigan football, but Fall is a great time to use our four kayaks and canoe. The summer residents are mainly gone and there is very little boat traffic.
We are a ten minute drive to Hell, Michigan (not great restaurants, but plenty of kitch - ask for John Colone - he's the "mayor" of Hell and he'll gladly let you re-new your wedding vows in the Hell Chapel).
Friendly local farmer Anne has a farm stand a five minute walk up the street, with daily fresh picked corn, vegetables and fruit. It is a ten minute drive to pick your own blueberries (Dexter Berry Farm) and raspberries (Berry Hill Farms), depending on the season. The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is every Wednesday and Saturday.
There are two golf courses within a ten minute drive: Whispering Pines Golf Club and Hudson Mills Metropark.
We will supply detailed lists of local restaurants, farmers markets, recreational stuff to do and a calender of local events like county and town fairs, festivals and museums.
We have several board games: Scrabble, Battleship, Risk, Chinese Checkers, Apples To Apples, Othello, Backgammon, and Yahtzee.
No smoking. No pets.
My family of 7 stayed at Mark & Julie's for 4 nights over Thanksgiving. We really enjoyed the house and their thoughtful hospitality. The house slept all 7 of us easily, and the lake offered beautiful views including with hundreds of birds. Though it was too cold to bike or swim, we were able to bike on the miles of country roads surrounding the property, hike on nearby Peach Mountain, and drive down to Ann Arbor to visit other relatives easily. We hope to return here sometime soon.
Mark had the house ready for our stay upon arrival. He met us there, gave us the overview, and made sure we understood that we could make ourselves at home. The house was clean and comfortable.
We put the kitchen to use in making breakfasts for the eight of us staying at the house. The view of the lake was nice, but the weather was too cold to make use of the kayaks. It would be a fun place in the summer for those who had more time to explore the area.
Also, Mark was very helpful in informing us of things to do in the surrounding area. Overall, the stay was enjoyable and a great family get together.
My friends and I wanted a quick getaway on a lake and I found this very nice property listed. The house is directly on the lake with a very nice dock and lovely waterfront area. The highlight for us were the use of their kayaks (4 of them). Once you leave the dock, just over to one side is the entrance to the smaller Portage Lake that has a wonderful river which is perfect for a quiet, nature viewing kayak tour. The house was very comfortable and had plenty of room for us 6 adults, including the 2 bathrooms. The house was well-appointed and had tons of kitchen items for cooking as well as games, CD/VCR, lake toys, towels, etc. The outside patio and grill area was our main hangout and was beautiful with the lake just a few feet away. Just a short walk down the main road is a fresh produce stand that we took advantage of for dinner items. Hosts Mark and Julie were terrific and took care to point out the local areas, what is happening around, maps, the good kayak areas, and other things to do. Mark was very kind in giving us a boat ride to show the area as well. Overall we enjoyed our stay and recommend Mark and Julie's place.