The SpaceNestled along the south shore of St. James Harbor, 1.5 miles from the ferry dock, a completely furnished home is available for your rental enjoyment. In addition to the master bedroom, with views of the woods and harbor, there is also a guestroom and bunkroom, accommodating eight people.
The living and dining area is spacious with fireplace and full-story windows looking onto the harbor. Facilities include an excellently equipped large kitchen, two and one half baths w/showers, sauna, game room and utility room with washer and dryer.
Watch great sunrises and sunny days with a beautiful view of Paradise Bay from the large deck. Grill on the deck, hike in the woods, sit around the fire pit on the beach, watching stars and making s’mores, and most of all, enjoy the peace and serenity of Beaver Island. The cottage is a pet and smoke free environment. The upstairs bedroom with full bath is not pictured. Guest AccessIn front of the house, guests have access to the pebble beach as well as miles of lakeshore along which to walk. Also at the house are two adult bicycles, a junior bicycle, a children's wagon, propane gas grill, a double-seat swing under the deck, TV used with a DVD player (there is no cable or internet), fishing poles, skis, as well as all of the house facilities including kitchen, laundry, fireplace, and sauna for your use. Interaction with GuestsGuests will make arrangements with host to access the house. During your stay, the host is available 24/7 via telephone or email. The NeighborhoodOur cottage is ideally situated at the edge of the harbor's Paradise Bay and Lake Michigan. Not only can you see the harbor comings and goings, like the daily ferry and fisherman, but also the outer islands and breathtaking views of the lake. With direct access to the shore, you can swim at your convenience (swim shoes can be helpful to walk over the pebbles), as well as along miles of lakefront with the opportunity to swim and relax on secluded bays. Following the St. Patrick's Day Celebration, the summertime in Beaver Island comes alive with 4th of July celebrations, Theatre Productions, Beaver Island Music Festival, Museum Week, Baroque on Beaver Island Classical Music Festival, Homecoming Week, kid's camps, Beaver Island 1/2 Marathon & Paradise Bay 5K races, Beaver Island Bike Festival, Island Boodle 5K Run/Walk, and the Bite of Beaver Island Food Festival, as well as opportunities for birding, fishing and hunting, kayaking, paddle-boarding, berry-picking, morel-foraging, golf tourneys, and many impromptu performances. In addition to sponsoring these events, the Beaver Island community offers both a farmer's and an artisan's market alongside its year-round businesses that include hardware, grocery, marina, and gift stores (Including every child's favorite "Toy Museum" gift store) in addition to a library, which offers Wifi service, as well as DVD, CD, and book rentals, Beaver Island houses a rural health center, churches, two airports, two marinas, a ferry service, hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, as well as emergency-equipped airplanes that coordinate with emergency Coast Guard and local EMS services.
Island life is friendly and hospitable with an eye toward taking it easy and enjoying life one day at a time. Getting AroundREACHING THE ISLAND: To reach the island, which is 32 miles off of the mainland, a visitor must travel either by ferry or plane from Charlevoix, Michigan. The Beaver Island Boat Company runs from its Charlevoix terminal from April - December and both Island Airways and Fresh Air Airways fly year-round from Charlevoix County Airport. Cars, boats, and bicycles can be transported on the ferry for a fee. If you are leaving your car on the mainland and taking the ferry, the boat company provides off-site long-term parking for a fee. The nearest regional airport is Cherry County Airport in Traverse City, Michigan. By the Bay car service provides transport from Traverse City to Charlevoix. If you are traveling to the island by boat, marina slots are available or the boat can be anchored in front of the house (there is not a boat dock in front of the house, however).
ON THE ISLAND: If you are bringing your car onto the island, there is a gas station near to the cottage and parking at the cottage is available. If you are not bringing your own vehicle onto the island, car rentals are available from Beaver Island Marina or Gordon's Auto Care. Traveling the island, which is 13x6 miles, by bicycle is possible and bike rentals are available.
Other Things to NoteBeaver Island is a special place and suits family outings, individual retreats, or leisurely explorations. My family fell in love with the island when we began to visit in 1990. While we first stayed in hotels, we soon began to rent a home for a week for our family during the summer, and eventually built one ourselves. We hope that you find as much to discover in this secluded gem of a place as we have.