1 bedroom Cottage on the Water - Central Location to all Northern MI Attractions
Northern Michigan local
Why James chose Levering
Our cottages are at the end of a private trail and beautiful nature preserve. Centrally located around Harbor Springs and Mackinac.
What makes this Cottage unique
Nature preserves on all sides and a waterfront view.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Third Stay and Counting
This was our third week-long stay at Sunset Shore. As previously, we arrived to find the cottage ready for us. James stopped by to welcome us and, as always, he answered any messages before or during the trip promptly.
For those who may not have seen my previous reviews, this property is part of 3 buildings (2 cottages, 1 cabin) located at the end of the road next to state land. And did I mention Sunset Shore and Birch Landing are, literally, a few steps to the lake. In other words, it's quiet here! We have been fortunate in all three stays to have considerate guests in the other buildings. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. until 10 a.m.
The cottage is adequately equipped with a full kitchen including stove, microwave and full-sized refrigerator; no dishwasher. There are pots, pans, dishes, bowls and adequate counter space for preparing and serving meals.
The king sized bed is comfortable and the full bathroom (with tub / shower) is perfect for our needs. If an air conditioner is needed, a message to James is all it takes to have it put in the bedroom window. Lake views abound and the enclosed porch is the perfect spot to watch the gorgeous sunsets mosquito free.
If you plan to visit in the summer months and pursue outdoor activities - especially early morning or evening - bug spray is a must! With recent rainfall, the mosquitoes were out and hungry. We did find some inside the cottage, too, so keeping the doors closed is highly recommended.
Outside, you'll find kayaks, a row boat, dock, and small beach area. There are rocks, especially near the shore, and you may wish to bring water shoes. Inside the cabins are some life jackets and fishing poles, though you can bring beach balls, floats or water noodles.
This cottage is located about 10 miles south of Mackinaw City. There's plenty to do there, as well as in St. Ignace, Mackinaw Island and surrounding areas. This year, we ventured to Wolverine for an estate sale, Petoskey and Legs Inn Restaurant in Cross Village. Legs Inn was ok and, in our opinion, not worth the drive or the cost.
Closer to the cottage, Darrow's, Pizza Palace and Scalawag's are our favorite restaurants in Mackinaw City. Ice cream and fudge abound both in the city and on the island.
We've been home less than 24 hours and are already looking forward to our next visit!
Peaceful setting with beautiful sunsets!
Sunset Shores was just the place we were looking for - to be close to Mackinac Island and the surrounding attractions of upper Michigan. It was a cute cottage with amazing indoor décor and very comfortable furnishings. James and Peggy were nice and very easy to work with. We enjoyed the quiet lake and the kayaks, paddle boards and peddle boat that were available for use while renting the cottage. The kitchen was well stocked with what we needed if we wanted to cook our meals there, and there were several good restaurants in the area also. And every night we were treated to the beauty of God's creation in amazing sunsets. We were celebrating our anniversary and would recommend this cottage for a relaxing couple's getaway.
Relaxing piece of paradise
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was clean and comfortable. The owners have taken great care of the property and have it well stocked. Access to paddle boats, kayaks, and a fire pit with firewood supplied makes this rental well worth it! The short drive to Mackinac City and Island and privacy of the place are a plus.
Sunset Shore in October
Beautiful property located just footsteps from the waters edge. The property was in excellent condition. Property manager, James, was a superb host, checking in by text to ensuring that all was in order. There was access to firewood for the fireplace, a wall mounted propane heater, and an electric heater which could be used for interior heating, as the weather was typical for October in northern Michigan. Very comfortable and relaxing. Top restaurants and attractions are a few miles away.
Great location, clean and well furnisged
We rented the cottage for my daughter and grandchildren. They thoroughly loved the place, and hope to return again next year. The property is quiet, clean, well maintained and nicely furnished. Awesome sunsets across the lake, and a nice fire in the fireplace in the evening made it an unbeatable location for a fall vacation. Having the use of the paddle boat and kayaks were frosting on the cake. I would heartily recommend Sunset Shore for any couple or small family as a northern Michigan getaway.
Quaint cozy cottage on a little slice of Paradise!
My family of four had the most wonderful, relaxing vacation at Sunset Shore. The cottage was clean and, although small, felt airy and open. The quilts on the bed(s) were a nice, charming touch. The wood-burning fireplace was a fantastic amenity when the weather turned cool. Lake Paradise was the perfect place for my children, ages 8 and 11, to explore and build confidence on the paddle boards and kayaks. The lake is not heavily trafficked and, because you are on a dead end next to a nature preserve, it is very quiet. Sunset Shore is a peaceful place to retreat, relax and renew. It is also close to many wonderful wilderness areas, parks and beaches, historical sites, shopping opportunities and restaurants. This is the perfect launching point for many incredible day trip opportunities. We would definitely come back! Thank you James and family!
Paradise Lake is truly a lake lover's paradise. This 1900-acre lake in Michigan's Northwest region has been a paradise for countless numbers of cottage owners and yearly visitors since early in the 20th century. Originally called Carp Lake, the name was changed sometime after 1960 for reasons no one quite remembers. They are fond of quoting that "there is Paradise in Carp Lake but no carp in Paradise." The town of Carp Lake inhabits the west shoreline of what is now Paradise Lake. To add to the confusion, some websites call this Lake Paradise. And older residents still have a tendency to call it Carp Lake, as did their parents and grandparents. For Paradise Lake is that kind of a lake, where generations of families come every summer to teach the youngsters to swim and fish in the still waters.
Nearly 10 miles of shoreline is well-supplied with cottages and year-round homes. More than a handful of resort camps still greet visitors on the shores of Paradise Lake. The area is heavily wooded, and at least three preserve areas maintain that 'wild' atmosphere around the lake. Deer and wild turkeys are often sighted along with the occasional black bear. Eagles swoop to pluck fish from the waters, and loons raise their young on the lake. Waterskiing, tubing and jet skis are popular among the younger crowd, while the more seasoned citizens cruise along the shoreline on pontoons. Some of the resorts provide rowboats, canoes, kayaks or peddle-boats along with their cabins, and it is not unusual to see a sailboat or sailboard skimming across the surface. A small marina at the west end of the lake offers public access, boating necessities and bait. A second public access location is found nearby.
Fishing is a big drawing card to Paradise Lake. The tannin-stained waters hold largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, and yellow perch. The lake has enough weed cover to make angling productive, although the lake is relatively shallow. Fishing tournaments are held here annually, sometimes sponsored by the Paradise Lake Association, a voluntary association of property owners who have banded together to monitor and care for their beloved lake. In recent years, Paradise Lake has become infested with invasive Eurasian milfoil, a difficult-to-eradicate foreign species. The Paradise Lake Association has led the fight to solve the milfoil problem and institute better water monitoring and controls over possible infestations from invasive species. Zebra mussels have already moved into the lake, although they have not yet affected fishing and are mostly a nuisance.
A small dam was built across the Carp Lake River, sometimes called simply Carp River, at some point to stabilize water levels and perhaps increase the depth of the lake (records are pretty hard to come by for this area). It is unclear who has responsibility for adjusting flow at the dam: legal lake levels have never been set for Paradise Lake, likely because water levels have remained stable. The Carp River still flows as one of Michigan's shortest rivers, just 10.5 miles to Lake Michigan. This particular area at the 'Tip O'The Mitt' has been identified as the Carp Lake area for many, many years. Less than 10 miles away, the 'Big Mac' bridge handles car traffic to the Upper Peninsula. Those wishing to visit Mackinaw City for a day often find lodgings around the Paradise Lake area as it is far cheaper in terms of price. That way, Mackinaw City visitors can save their cash for an extra pound or two of the famous Mackinaw City Fudge.
While in Mackinaw City, most take the opportunity to visit historic restored Fort Michilimackinac at the foot of the bridge. As for the strange name, we can blame the French who joined together four Native American words: mish-inni-maki-nong. This means something like 'great connecting sound fault place'. To pronounce Mackinac like a native, one must always remember to make the ending rhyme with Saginaw . . .whether it ends with 'w' or 'c'. Also on the grounds of the Fort Michilimackinac Historical Park are the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and nearby several other historic attractions and learning opportunities. A short ferry ride away, Mackinac island sports the famed Grand Hotel and a variety of horse-drawn activities on this non-motors tourist hotspot. Only five miles or so to the west along the Lake Michigan shoreline, Wilderness State Park offers camping, nature trails, swimming and a number of cabins built by the Civilian Conservation Corps that can be reserved for a week's vacation. One interesting addition to these rustic cabins are the parking enclosures. Consisting of a low wall, it is suggested that guests park within them and close the gate to keep porcupines from gnawing on their brake lines during the night.
Paradise Lake is only 30 miles from historic Harbor Springs and its deep-water port. Within an hour's drive, nearly every well-known resort in northern Michigan can be reached