The SpaceA charming, clean, rustic one room cabin on Lake Superior with a private stream running through the property. Here you will be surrounded by fabulous sunsets, a light house off in the distance, and a quiet beach. The beach is mostly sandy on the land side but has small, smooth rocks at the waters edge and in the water. Therefore we recommend water shoes. This setting is perfect for collecting colorful rocks and looking for those diamond-in-the-rough agates and fossils.
The cabin has 2 full size beds with linens, blankets, pillows and towels, two church pews, wicker chair and rocker, small log table and 4 chairs, refrigerator, microwave, electric frying pan, hot plate, coffee maker, and toaster oven as well as toaster, dishes, and utensils. Paper plates/plastic utensils also. A clean Porta Potty is nearby. Get back to nature and wash your dishes with Lake Superior water, or use the disposable ones. There is no running water or plumbing.
The cabin is located between Calumet and Hancock, MI, just off of Lakeshore Rd. Historic Calumet has the historic Calumet Theatre, antique shops, artist galleries, grocery stores, a hospital, restaurants, other historic displays and also a laundromat. Hancock/Houghton have more great shops and Houghton is the home of Michigan Technological University. From a Walmart in Houghton to nice college town restaurants, you will be pleased with the variety. There are a number of resale shops for those of that interest, and of course a garage sale for everyone.
But the best is the local history. Tour an old copper mine. Take a day trip to Copper Harbor, and Fort Wilkins, and stop to take in the various beaches along the way. If you have the time, take a full day excursion to Isle Royale National Park in the middle of Lake Superior. Or arrange to stay a night there. We can provide information to help you get to your places of interest.
But if you want solitude, peaceful walks on the beach, quiet time to read a book, a sky full of stars at night... this cabin is the best. My husband and I have traveled places around the world, and as we walk the beach and watch yet ANOTHER sunset we exclaim, "It doesn't get any better than this!" The cabin is somewhat humble, but clean, refreshing and exciting! You will want to come back. There is a cabin and house next door on the north side, so it is not isolated, but once you are on the property, it is very private. You are 10 minutes (7 miles) from Calumet. Guest AccessYou will be given the key to the entire cabin and will have private access to the beach, stream, and woods. Please note that there is a clean Porta Potty on the property as there is no plumbing or running water. We have enjoyed the rustic nature of this set-up and know that you will too. While staying here you will truly feel like you are stepping back in time and will be removed from it all and able to enjoy the changing moods of Lake Superior. Interaction with GuestsIn the summer my husband and I live in Laurium, approximately 10 minutes away, and are available to answer questions and introduce you to the property. We are also always available via phone. Sometimes we do have other plans but then make arrangements for you to get into our welcoming cabin with some directions and key information. The NeighborhoodThe property, although not isolated, is quiet and private. The cottage community along Lakeshore Rd is a wonderful destination that is both beautiful and close to town. For over a century local families have maintained camps here and have created generations of stories associated with each special place. The people are friendly and there is a sense of camaraderie amongst those who cross paths while strolling the beach. Getting AroundThere is ample parking just steps from our cabin near the end of Fisherman's Road. The area is safe and theft has not been a problem. Other Things to NoteOne of our favorite snacks in the Copper Country is from Peterson's smoked fish shop run by native descendants at the top of the "Quincy Hill" which is located on US 41 as you climb up the hill towards the Keweenaw from Hancock. On your right will be an unmistakable old metal mine hoist... the Quincy Copper Mine... and on your left will be the little white building. The smoked lake trout is cheap, fresh, and excellent. The fresh fish is one of the easiest meals to fix!
At some point during your stay in the Keweenaw you might want to make a loop around the Peninsula driving from Calumet up US 41 beyond Mohawk and then making a left to follow the lake to Eagle River, Eagle Harbor. Further there are options to explore Brockway Mountain Drive, the quaint village of Copper Harbor, Estavant Pines (virgin woods outside of Copper Harbor), and the biking trails at the very tip of the peninsula. Heading back towards Calumet on US 41 you will drive through a stretch of road called the "Covered Road", as the trees overhang quite a bit, which is scenic.
A side trip on the way home can also take you to one of our favorite places which is a bit out of the way: Bete Gris Beach. To get there you can head East off of US 41 down the Lac La Belle road. You will see Mt. Bohemia on the left near the bottom of the hill (midwestern "extreme" skiing), and then continue to Bete Gris, where you can hang out on the beautiful beach and look out on the Nature Conservancy's biggest purchase in Michigan (the entire tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula).
Suggested places to eat:
The Library, Houghton
Fitzgerald Restaurant, Eagle River
Harbor Haus, Copper Harbor
The Hut Inn, just outside Calumet North on 41 a few miles (prices reasonable, a good place for Sunday lunch).
Michigan House, Calumet
Toni's Country Kitchen, Laurium (a local favorite for breakfast or lunch, closes 5pm, cash only, busy so may be slow). This is the place to try a Finish favorite, a pasty. Buy one to take on a picnic with butter and ketchup. On Wednesdays they serve cabbage rolls which are often gone before 12 noon...call and reserve yours early.
1) Lookout Mountain (also known as Mt. Baldy) near Eagle Harbor.
2) Bare Bluff, located beyond Bete Gris.
There is a little red book in the cabin that will tell you how to find these and other hiking places. Use book but then leave in cabin please.
Also shorter easier hikes not too far from cabin. One starts in McLain State Park and goes south to the Breakwaters. I highly recommend you go there, even if drive. Walk out on the dock at the Breakwaters. Another, as go north on Lakeshore Rd, on your right across from the Calumet Waterworks Park, about just a mile+ from our cabin.