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Skip & Kathy's Manistee River Retreat in Grayling

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vacation rental description

Located on the Upper Manistee River seven miles west of Grayling,
Michigan and just south of M-72, the house sits on a bluff about
fifty feet back from and overlooking the river. There is a stairway
down to a four foot by eight foot dock which gives access to the
water for such things as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, wading,
tubing, fly fishing or wildlife viewing.

The river is approximately three to four feet deep just in front of
the dock making it perfect for an afternoon dip in the heat of the
summer sun.To the right of the dock are wooden steps going into the
river making easy access for youngsters and/or fly fisherman to
reach shallower waters.

At daybreak and again in the late afternoon it is not unusual to
find a Great Blue Heron quietly stalking it's prey in the shallows
just across the river. At the top of the bluff is a hammock which
overlooks the river and seems to beckon one to lay down and rest
under the swaying pine trees - just for a little while. If you are
looking for a Retreat, this is the place. Leave your cares at home
because there is no place for them here.

At the end of the street there is a private undeveloped park. The
park offers solitude and another access point to the river.
Sometimes wildlife, including deer, can be found drinking from the
river at daybreak or early evening. The park area also makes a great
place to lean against a tree and read a book or just relax and watch
the trout rise during a hatch.

The Upper Manistee River has been classified as a Natural River.
This means that future development will have to meet certain
standards - standards that will help to maintain the quality of the
river and the river environment. The Natural Rivers Act along with
the Upper Manistee River Association will be working together to
make sure that there is a healthy trout population too.

The house sits on a stretch of the Manistee River that is well known
for it's Brook and Brown trout population. It is, also, a well kept
secret that a 20" Brown lives under the dock here! This section of
the river is for fly fishing only and is open all year round. The
Catch and Eat season runs from the last Saturday in April thru
September 30. The rest of the year is Catch and Release Only.

Pets are allowed with written permission and a small fee/pet.

chalet rental amenities

The house will accommodate eight (8) people comfortably. There are
two bedrooms upstairs. One has a King size bed. The other has a
Queen size bed. On the main floor are two sofa sleepers. One is a
Full size and the other is a Queen size.

Kitchen:
The kitchen is well equiped to help make preparing meals easy. There
is an Electric Stove/Oven, a Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee
Grinder, Coffee Maker, and a Toaster Oven. Along with plenty of
silverware, dishes, glasses and cups you will find several sizes of
pots and pans, serving dishes, collanders, spatulas,measuring
spoons, knives and other necessities.

The kitchen has a large table the will easily seat six (6) people
comfortably - eight (8) will be tight but possible. There is an
additional table that can be brought in from the Living room if
necessary. All you need to bring is the groceries and baking
supplies.

Living Room:
The living room has seating for 8 people without bring in extra
chairs. There is a table on one side of the room that makes a good
place to play board games or just sit and converse. On the opposite
side of the living room is a Queen size pull-out sofabed, a rocking
chair, a leather recliner, and another chair. There is also a
natural fireplace with Duralogs for your convenience. A stereo/CD
sound system compliments the room and makes for playing soft music
while watching a fire or reading a book. The sound system will
accept SkyFi XM Satalite Radios. If you bring your SkyFi or SkyFi II
Radio you will be able to access 127 Radio Stations including all of
your favorite baseball, football or other sporting events.

You will find several books that deal with many different subjects
scattered around the house for your enjoyment. Feel free to bring
your favorite music CDs with you or just enjoy the CD library found
in the den.

Den:
The den has a full size pull-out sofabed, a matching chair and
footstool, as well as a rocking chair. There is, also, a small
Secretary and chair for you to write letters and or postcards to
your friends and relatives. The secretary houses a phone for
emergencies and local calls. In one corner is a TV with an attached
VCR/DVD Player. It should be noted that the TV is hooked up to an
antenna and not satalite, therefore it only receives 3-4 stations
depending on which way the wind is blowing. However, there is a
bookshelf with CD's, DVDs, VCR Tapes and assorted reading material.
And there is a Blockbuster Video Store in Grayling (20 minutes away)
if you are looking for a special movie. In the den closet you will
find playing cards, board games such as Scrabble and Yatzee.

Bedroom 1:
The riverside bedroom upstairs has a King size bed with an extra
firm mattress. There is a clothes closet as well as two dressers to
help you organize your clothing during your stay. Two nightstands
will accommodate your jewelery, wallets, etc. while you are resting.
An alarm clock will be found on one of the nightstands for your
convenience. There is a filtered view of the river from this room
that is just beautiful when the sun is rising.

Bedroom 2:
The roadside bedroom upstairs has a Queen size bed with a firm
mattress. Like the Riverside Bedroom, the Roadside Bedroom has a
closet and two dressers to help you organize your clothing during
your stay. This room is slightly smaller than the Riverside Bedroom
and therefore has only one nightstand. Again, there is an alarm
clock for your convenience. The eastern exposure of this room allows
the sun to rush in at daybreak filling the room with warm rays and
welcoming light of a new day. However, you can always lower the
shades if you prefer to sleep in!

Bathrooms:
There are two bathrooms. The upstairs bathroom is shared by the two
bedrooms. It has a shower while the main floor bathroom has a
bathtub with a shower head. Both bathrooms are well stocked with
soap, shampoo, towels, washcloths, paper cups and tissue paper. All
you need is to bring any personal stuff such as razors and
toothbrushes.

Laundry:
The house has a small laundry room with sink, washer and dryer for
your needs. We provide Laundry Soap, Softener, and Bleach. Feel free
to bring your own supplies or just use ours.

Garage:
The house has a one-car attached garage with an automatic opener.
Although there is only a single car width driveway, it is long
enough to accommadate a truck/car and trailer. We park our Jeep
Liberty and 19' I/O Bowrider in the driveway with ease. Also, there
is room to park extra cars on the street during the summer months.
During the winter cars on the street might hinder the snowplow and
is not advised. Using the garage and driveway, 3 cars could be
parked.

Inside the garage you will find a small number of hand tools should
the need arise. Also, there is a gas grill for your use as well as
several outdoor tables and chairs. For the fisherman/fisherwoman
there is a rack for holding your flyrods and another rack to hang
your waders and boots upside down to dry. You'll be ready at the
first sign of a hatch!

Trash Removal:
Since there are bears and other creatures in the neighborhood,
unless you are going to be here on rubbish day (Monday)to make sure
the trash is not scattered by the wildlife we ask that you take all
of your trash with you. Do not put it out on Monday morning if you
are leaving that morning - too often a stray dog or Racoon can rip
the bags to pieces before the Garbage truck arrives. Also, since
there is a septic tank there is not a garbage disposal in the
kitchen sink. We ask that you please be careful that food scraps do
not get into the system. Use the wastebasket under the sink and take
the rubbish with you when you leave. We know this is an extra effort
but it is a necessary one. Thank You in advance for your cooperation.

activities and attractions in Grayling Michigan

Here is a partial list of activities found locally:

Boating
Hiking and Cross Country Skiing
Canoeing/Kayaking/Tubing
Horse Trails
Children's Playground
Hunting
Ice Fishing
Dining
Lake Fishing
Downhill Skiing
Elk Viewing
Shopping and Browsing
Snowmobiling
Fall Color Tours
Snowshoeing
Fly Fishing
Summer Camp for Kids
Golf

vacation rental rates

$110/night (2 night min.)

 $250/weekend

$775/week

$3000/month

Note:
-Rates do not include non-refundable Cleaning fee($75)
-$300 Refundable Security Deposit Required.
-Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
-Renters must be a minimum 25 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult guardian.

-pet fee: $50/week,  $10/night (less than a week)
 
-Check In - 4.pm & Check Out 11 a.m.
-Two day minimum stay required
-Weekend is Friday 4 p.m. thru Sunday 11 a.m.
-Week is Sunday 4 p.m. thru Sunday 11 a.m

When comparing us to other rentals consider the bottom line - We do
not charge an additional 6% tax.

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