Northern Michigan Vacation Rentals
Clean, comfortable and a great location!
The house was just a described in the online listing. No surprises. It was clean, comfortable and in a great location for an Upper Peninsula vacation. The kitchen was excellent! The wifi worked well. The TV channel selections were limited but there is a large selection of older movies to watch on DVD. There were three bikes in the garage to use. We didn’t ride them because we brought our own bikes. We took several rides into the Straits State Park which is right across the street. And it only costs $12 to take a bike on the ferry to Mackinac Island for a ride. The house was also perfect for our Golden Retriever. She really enjoyed hanging out on the comfortable front porch. Mackinac Island is very dog friendly. She got lots of attention which is important for Golden Retriever. She gave the house four paws up!
Very convenient and comfortable!
We had six family members staying in this house for the St. Ignace car show and we loved the location! The only drawback was that we only had one bathroom but we managed just fine, and it would have been helpful if there were a couple extra pillows. Also, there wasn’t a fan for the main bedroom which might have made it a bit more comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay, and it was nice to have a place to cook. I was also thankful for the washing machine as there weren’t too many extra towels. It was nice to be able to do our laundry if needed! We enjoyed the convenience of the location for what we were doing. The kitchen was awesome!! This was a beautiful home, and we thank the owners for renting it to us. We would love to come back next year!
Awesome! Stayed 9/9 through 9/13
This was a quaint little house. It was nice to be located so close to St. Ignace, plus we had a grocery store right across the street that carried everything!! Not having central air would definitely be a problem if your stay was during the summer. They provide a window unit, but it's in one room only. It helped to cool most of the house while we were there. There's no cable TV! We could watch NBC and Me TV, which wasn't too bad. The house could use some TLC...paint and new carpet, but otherwise it very nice! Would most definitely stay again and recommend to friends and family!!
Clean, cozy, convenient!
We stayed in St. Ignace to attend a family reunion, and the Johnson's Up North house was a good choice. It's a smaller home, but nice and clean, and very convenient to everything. The house is just off the main highway as you get off the Mackinac bridge, in a quiet neighborhood. Back yard is large and level, surrounded by trees, good for little ones to play. St. Ignace is a more laid back alternative to Mackinac City. Lot's of great shops and restaurants in St. Ignace, beaches and parks, and a great boardwalk along the lake shore that goes past restaurants, the lighthouse, parks and marinas. .
The only negatives- ( all are minor)
1) the grocery store across the street is convenient, but the air conditioners emit a continual hum. Noticeable, but not terrible. We still sat on the nice covered front porch to have lunch, and we soon forgot about it. Inside the house, you can't hear it at all.
2) Lighting. The light fixture over the dining table needs some LED bulbs to boost the brightness. Current bulbs are low wattage due to the type of shades on the fixture, and it's very dim in the room. Bedrooms could also use another lamp or two.
3) Air conditioning. Only a window unit, in the front bedroom. If you are one of the people who can't live without A/C, you might not like this. But most of the time it's not necessary due to the lake breezes. (see below)
1) Clean, nicely decorated, homey
2) Breeze. Almost continual lake breeze. At night, open the windows and no need for air conditioning.
3) Location. Parks, restaurants, beaches, Mackinac bridge, Mackinac Island, lighthouses, all within minutes. Sault St. Marie, Whitefish point, Tahquamenon Falls, Kitchi ti Kipi spring, and much more, all within an hour to hour and a half of driving.
Overall, this was a great, affordable way to be close to everything, and not have to spend most of our budget on pricey hotels. And for me, it's much nicer to come back to a nice little home at the end of the day, rather than pulling into a big, noisy hotel. Thanks to the Johnson's for sharing their home with us, we hope to be back!
The Trese family
Good location because it is convenient to the highway, downtown, groceries, etc.
There is some noise from the delivery trucks to the grocery store across the street.
Perfect Family Getaway
This is the perfect family getaway home. We had 2 adults and 2 children staying here and it was the perfect fit for all of us. It’s incredibly clean and very cozy. It was so convenient to be able to cook a family breakfast before we headed out for our daily adventures. The washer and dryer being available was a nice touch. I know some reviews complained about the lack of cable or satellite tv. I saw this as an advantage more than anything. There were a handful of local tv stations available but we were there for a vacation, not to watch tv. There is a small window air conditioner in the double bed room but it cooled off enough at night that we didn’t even need it. The location of the house is a major advantage. We were able to walk to downtown with no problem. It’s only minutes from the bridge and there’s a supermarket directly across the street. The noisy, early semi deliveries to the store were less than desirable but that’s the only negative I can even come up with. Even the neighbor was friendly and nice enough to tell us about the Saturday night fireworks that were going on. We will definitely return next time we vacation here again.