Perfect Summer Get-away
June 28 - July 6 If you're looking for a peaceful getaway, with fun things to do in every direction, look no further. We were so pleased with our first experience renting this property through VRBO. Ann & Ron's cottage was just as advertised. You get exactly what the pictures show. Quaint, yet spacious, newly decorated cottage with everything you need for an extended stay with family. They even have a popcorn popper! That was a big surprise for us. Rainy day...never fear. They have plenty of games, TV and internet access to keep you entertained for hours. All you need to bring are cloths, smiles and a fun loving attitude. Be ready to relax. The warm, crystal-clear water of Lake Bellaire was a big plus. Both Lake Michigan and nearby Torch Lake were 50 degrees. Ouch! Two very close public access's to the lake (one shady location right across the street, and one with a small beach and sunny park 300 ft up the road) made swimming and floating in tubes easy at a moments notice. The sandy bottom is much like a zero depth pool. The water gradually drops off steadily to waist deep about 100 feet from shore, making it perfect for family's with small children. Boats/jet skis can be delivered for you from many local marinas directly to the lake. Kayaks and canoes can be rented too. Bellaire is a cute little town just minutes away with great food and drinks, and friendly service without the big, rowdy crowds. They even have a movie theatre. Make sure to stop in at Ruthies for one of their ice-cream creation. A single scoop is enough for even the biggest appetites. Try the fried Oreos!!!!! Local groceries are available in both Rapid City and Bellaire. Make sure to pick up some burgers or steaks to cook out on the new gas-grill at the cottage. Stop at the cottage first. They have quite a few staples already stocked on the shelves and in the fridge. Traverse City, Mackinaw, Petosky, Charlevoix, wineries, Sleeping Bear State Park are all easy drives if you want some adventure and site-seeing. If you're an art lover, go to the "Commons" in TC. You won't be disappointed. We plan on making a trip up here in the fall. I'd bet the colors are magnificent. We would recommend this cottage to anyone of any age. We know you'll enjoy it as much as we did.

July 2014
Great Lake Bellaire location and minutes from Torch Lake!
Great Lake Bellaire location and minutes from Torch Lake!
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