The Lion's Share Lake House is a fully furnished mid-century modern three bedroom house a small dirt road from Lake Michigan, in a location that provides endless opportunity for adventure with trails and dunes right outside the door. You can hear and see the waves of Lake Michigan from the large wraparound deck and screened-in porch and access to the public beach is steps from the front door. It is just down the dirt road from Portage Point's popular Sunset House (2 minute walk), and an easy 1 mile walk (10-15 minutes) to Portage Point Inn Resort (for awesome ice cream and snacks) and Portage Lake, and is set in a wooded and private setting that is peaceful and close to many hiking and biking trails.
Our family has enjoyed the special place for over 20 years and we are still in awe of the beauty and magic of this area. Whether you are looking for solitude and a chance to unplug or a special family vacation, the Lion's Share offers the perfect escape.
In the Lion's Den master bedroom there is a king bed with a brand new memory foam topper that can be separated into two twin xl beds if needed. It also has a working wood-burning stove for those rare chilly nights, a beautiful dresser and a desk if you want to get some work done remotely. There are also 2 closets and a cozy chair by the wood stove that is perfect for reading and relaxing.
In the Portagers bedroom there is one full sized bed, a closet and an antique armoire for clothing. It is quiet and you look out the window into the beautiful woods. In the Rainbow room there are two twin beds, a cozy chair for reading, a dresser, a closet and two twin air mattresses in case of overflow. The rainbow room is the perfect spot for kids. It has an old sewing table filled with markers, crayons and paper as well as a bucket of legos for your kids to play and craft with.
There is one full bath on the main floor complete with original mid-century modern countertops and one 3/4 bath in the basement. It has an open living room/dining room with a wood burning fireplace and a smart tv, a fully equipped kitchen (with a new stove, microwave and dishwasher), and a wrap-around porch, including a screened-in lounge area. This is a dog-friendly and child-friendly property.
Amenities included: weekly trash service, weekly cleaning and sanitizing, parking for two vehicles, brand new bath towels and bedding, plenty of beach towels, a wheelbarrow of beach toys, children's board games, puzzles, a new washer and dryer, laundry detergent, soaps and shampoos, and a charcoal grill.
The Lion's Share Lake House is located close to a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Some nearby trails are The Manistee National Forest, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Sleeping Bear Heritage Bike trail, and several Grand Traverse Land Conservancy preserves with hiking and biking trails. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course is 15 minutes away. Canoe and river float trips start nearby on the Platte, Betsie and Manistee Rivers, as well as great fishing on the local rivers, inland lakes and glorious Lake Michigan itself. There are also many local pick your own blueberry and strawberry farms.
For some delicious food, drinks and live music we are close to The Portage Point Inn and Resort in Onekama, Storm Cloud Brewing Company in Frankfort, Northern Natural Cider House and Winery in Kaleva, Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville, Crystal Mountain, and North Channel Brewing Company in Manistee. You can drink delicious locally made beers/ciders as well as sample the various foods from these lively, local and kid-friendly establishments. Many of these places have weekly live music that is also family-friendly.