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Retreat in the Woods

Retreat in the Woods

3 Bedroom(s)       3 Bathroom(s)       Sleeps 6       Add to favorites

Located in an area of lovely water front properties, this is a private Lake Michigan waterfront home. A central location for all Up North destinations, this home is just 15 minutes to Torch Lake, 45 minutes to Traverse City, 25 Minutes to downtown Charlevoix, and 1 hour 30 minutes to Mackinaw City. The home features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, fireplace in living room, dining area, and a kitchen nook. Great views of Lake Michigan are afforded from the large open living area. With a waterside deck for entertaining, the home sits up on bluff for incredible views of Lake Michigan. The master suite has a queen bed, the 2nd bedroom has a queen bed, and the 3rd bedroom has two twins. Washer/dryer and dishwasher are also provided inside the unit. This is a great location and option for those families looking to get away and just enjoy all that Northern Michigan has to offer. The water views are second to none from the bluff overlook- there is no water access from the home. The association does provide a common beach area with a swing set that is for guests use about 1/4 mile walk away. There is also a great beach about 2 miles away.

*A 2 or 3-Night Minimum may apply

** We highly recommend 4-wheel drive in the winter months as this home is located off a secondary road.


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freshwater fishing:
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children welcome:
non smoking only:
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Enhanced cleaning practices:
Clean with disinfectant:
No-contact check-in and check-out:
High touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant:
Towels and bedding washed in water that's at least 60sC/140sF:
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Guest Reviews of retreat in the woods

Ellsworth , MI

Great vacation

Review by Jose P.
This place was amazing. We will definitely be back and hopefully in the summer to enjoy the water.
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Hi Jose, Thank you for the positive review! We are so happy you had a great vacation staying with us. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Sincerely, The Staff at Northern Michigan Escapes

lovely lakeside stay

Review by Linda B.
My family and I enjoyed our stay. The was nice and enjoyable. We had to work and do schoolwork and there is no better way then staring at the amazing view.
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Hi Linda, Thank you for the positive review! We are so happy you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Sincerely, The Staff at Northern Michigan Escapes

A wonderful getaway

Review by Baraa O.
This was my first time renting from Northern Michigan Escapes and words cannot express how great our experience was overall. The first thing you'll notice is how meticulously clean and well-maintained the entire home is. The property managers were prompt and responsive to all questions and requests. The home is well furnished and were able to prepare our own meals without any trouble. And of course one of the highlights of this home is the beautiful scenery of the woods overlooking Lake Michigan. I would recommend this property to everyone!
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Hi Baraa, Thank you so much for the positive review! We are thrilled you enjoyed your time staying with us and look forward to seeing you in the future. Sincerely, The Staff at Northern Michigan Escapes

Retreat in the Woods Family Vacation

Our vacation home was just as described in the listing. The house was well kept. It lent itself for a unforgettable vacation. We watched beautiful sunsets every evening. The private beach was beautiful and allowed for walks down shoreline. A vacation home that won't disappoint.
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Hi Glen, Thank you for the positive review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you in the future. Sincerely, The Staff at Northern Michigan Escapes

House with a view

We loved our stay. The views of the lake were stunning, house very clean, location was great.
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Thank you Emily! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you next season! Sincerely, The Staff at Northern Michigan Escapes

nice place / nice time on the lake

Review by David B.
overall we liked the place - great view and quiet. house was clean and worked well.No beach access was a liability
4 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Thank you David for your review. We would love to hear more about your experience to ensure your next stay is an overall 5-Star experience. Sincerely, The Staff at Northern Michigan Escapes

Beautiful private lakefront escape

Had a wonderful time getting away. Quiet peaceful environment. Beautiful lake views
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Thank you Catherine for your 5-Star Review! We're so glad you enjoyed your beautiful lake getaway. We hope to see you next season! Sincerely, The Staff at Northern Michigan Escapes

Beautiful home

The house is lovely and very clean. We were disappointed that the beach was inaccessible and we hadn't been notified of that before the day of our arrival - but the sunsets were amazing and we enjoyed our time there!
4 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Thank you Stephanie for your feedback, and we are so glad you enjoyed our home. I just noticed our Property Description is not up-to-date with the information regarding the beach access. I have updated this for our future guests. We look forward to your return! Sincerely, The Staff at Northern Michigan Escapes

Great New Years Getaway

Review by Vicki D.
We loved the Retreat in the Woods lovely home in a quiet area we loved our walks and the crashing waves of Lake Michigan.
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
The walks and views of Lake Michigan truly are some of the best parts of Retreat in the Woods! We are so glad you truly got to enjoy all that this home has to offer. Should the waves start calling you back, we would love the chance to help you escape again! Thank you for sharing about your experience and the smile you gave us knowing you truly enjoyed the whole experience. -The Northern Michigan Escapes Team

Girls get away

Review by Eugene H.
The house was very nice. The view of the lake was wonderful. A big deck to enjoy grilling out on and listening to the water . It was like being at the ocean.
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
We are so glad you enjoyed the view and the deck so much! The great lakes truly are an experience - and we love getting to be a part of that with our guests. Thank you so much for the wonderful review and perfect scores and we hope to see you again soon! -The Northern Michigan Escapes Team

Scenic and Private

Review by Thomas H.
Property was in a perfect location for our travel needs since we were visiting both Traverse City and Petoskey areas. The house is a bit dated but was clean, comfortable and had beautiful views of Lake Michigan. My only practical suggestion for the benefit of future guests is that the owner should invest in some good frying pans. Although we only made breakfast at the rental it was virtually impossible to fry an egg in any of the frying pans. Other than that we enjoyed our stay.
4 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
The views of Lake Michigan at the Retreat in the Woods, truly are some of the best to be had in Northern Michigan. We are so glad you got to enjoy and relax with all the comforts and conveniences. We will definitely look into some frying pan options - as we value all of the little details to make sure every stay is amazing! -The Northern Michigan Escapes Team

Michigan get away

It was great. The house was the perfect size with a fabulous view.
4 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
The view is truly amazing at Retreat in the Woods - and we thank you for taking the time to share that experience with others and to know that our guests appreciate it as much as we do! We are so glad that everything about your stay was great and do hope to be your place of choice on your next getaway to Northern Michigan! -The Northern Michigan Escapes Team

Beautiful Retreat in the Woods

Review by Laura R.
We stayed for 5 days and nights at Retreat in the Woods. It IS in the woods. A beautiful setting, nice and quiet.The home was very clean, and with Covid 19, that was an important part for us. We felt very comfortable there. And it was a very comfortable home. Very cozy.The kitchen had most everything that you would need. Although we brought some of our favorite cooking pots and pans...... again, due to Covid. But that would have been unnecessary.The sunsets from this home were just incredible! The home is situated on a bluff, so it is quite above the water. The steps are blocked off and unusable because of erosion. We found out from neighbors that many staircases were ruined due to the water level and erosion.Still very worth being here. Very nice time was had.
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Thank you so much for not only taking the time to share about your experience but to share specific to how wonderful everything was, including our cleanliness and care to standards in this time of Covid19. We hope that should you need another recharge - you give us the opportunity to make even more wonderful memories next time! -The Northern Michigan Escapes Team

Perfect Northern Michigan Family Vacation

Review by Michael C.
Our family enjoyed our week in July at Retreat in the Woods. The house was great, had everything we needed and very clean. The views were spectacular and the sunsets and star gazing were awesome. We even enjoyed the 3 ft strip of sandy beach when the Lake Michigan waves were mild. There was quite a bit of sandy beach when we stayed here several years ago. Lake MI lake levels are up but it did not stop us from having lots of fun in the water and we were happy to be able to return. Look forward to staying again in the future.
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Thank you Michael for the wonderful review! This is a great home! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and all that goes along with staying right on Lake , stars, beach... Glad to hear you had a fantastic time. We do look forward to serving you again in future stays! Jodi, Northern Michigan Escapes

40th birthday getaway

Review by Heather S.
Very very beautiful location. The waves were spectacular as well as the sunsets! We even saw the bald eagle a few times. Teri made it easy to check in and check out. It was clean. The bathroom toilet handle was the only annoying thing. Everything else was great! There wasn’t a fire pit because the water was very high this summer and washed away the beach, but I brought my portable one and It worked out just fine.
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Heather, thank you for taking the time to review this fantastic home and its very central and beautiful location. Our sunsets are pretty amazing up here, as is the whole beach vacation on Lake Michigan. What a treat to see the eagle also!! Thank you for letting us know about the toilet handle, and thank you for your understanding about the high water levels. Great improvising! We hope to be able to serve you again in future vacations up here! Jodi, Northern Michigan Escapes.

rental place

loved the place. had a great time
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Julie- We are so happy you enjoyed your vacation at this property. While it is in the middle of nowhere, it is close to everywhere and offers so much peace to just sit and watch the waves go by. I hope that you reach out the next time you are vacationing in Northern Michigan so that we can help you have another great vacation experience. Terri,NME

nice getaway

Clean, well-kept, functional house with beautiful views. Waterfront but no beach.
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Thank you David for taking the time to leave a review! It was so nice meeting you and we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at this home on Timberlane Drive. Unfortunately, Lake Michigan water levels are at an all time high so at this location, the beach has been diminished to almost nothing. However, still a great location for amazing Northern Michigan sunsets! I hope you will take a peek at our website, Northern Michigan Escapes, to view this and our other properties that we manage. We would love to help you with your next vacation up north! Ruth Michelz, Portfolio Asset Manger, Northern Michigan Escapes

Excellent Experience

This rental property was well-appointed and spacious, just right for my family with three young children. The setting was perfect for relaxing and finding Petoskey stones on the beach. The nights were quiet and pleasant with a nice Lake Michigan breeze. During times the weather was too inclement to enjoy the outdoors, we were able to enjoy the many books, magazines, games, wifi and TV in the unit. There was some early confusion about one issue but Brook masterfully resolved the situation, making things completely right. Overall, we had a great time and my kids are asking for this to become an annual tradition.
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am very happy that you had such a wonderful stay! The owner, Brook Walsh is very committed to making every guest have a wonderful and memorable experience. I am so happy that he was able to clear up any confusion! I look forward to seeing you next summer! Ruth Michelz, Portfolio Asset Manager, Northern Michigan Escapes

Wonderful lakefront property on Lake Michigan

Review by Wade B.
My family of four stayed here for a week. It is a nice, well-kept house that has great views of Lake Michigan. Open the windows and doors for fresh air and hear the waves from the lake. Enjoy the spectacular sunsets and some time in the lake! Also, don't forget to look for Petosky Stones as we found a fair amount while strolling up and down the shore line.The quiet location is a good landing spot for visiting Charlevoix, Traverse City, Boyne City, Mackinac Island, and Sleeping Bear Dunes. There are also a number of orchards in the area, including Friske's Farm Market. The management staff was very helpful and accommodating. They answered all of my questions prior to booking, were very familiar with the area, and were also available and attentive during our stay.I would certainly recommend a stay at this property to enjoy a bit of peace and tranquility on beautiful Lake Michigan.
5 out of 5 stars
Manager Response:
Thank you for taking time to leave a review, especially such a wonderful one! I agree with all that you wrote! This home on Timberlane Drive is such a gem. Having morning coffee on the deck while listening to the waves...I almost stopped by and joined you! So happy you enjoyed the great location and ease of getting to and from some of the great spots that you mentioned! Overall, it was very nice meeting you and your wonderful family! So happy you enjoyed you time here in the great North! Please take a peek at Northern Michigan Escapes to view our other homes! Look forward to meeting again! Ruth Michelz, Portfolio Asset Manager, Northern Michigan Escapes

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