Mackinac Vista
Mackinac Vista
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  • Mackinac Vista
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Mackinac Vista

Location: 3714 St. Martins Point, Hessel, Michigan, 49745

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MACKINAC VISTA SLEEPS: 10-12 WINTER SLEEPS: 10-14 SUMMER BEDROOMS: 4 BATHROOMS: 2.5 *LAKEFRONT (Lake Huron) *SWIMMING ON PROPERTY *DOG FRIENDLY *NATIONAL FOREST RIGHT NEXT DOOR *VIEWS OF MACKINAC ISLAND, THE BRIDGE, and ST. IGNACE With approximately 200 ft. of shoreline on St. Martins Point, your family will be submerged in nature. Surrounded by national forest on one side and Lake Huron on the other, enjoy hiking, swimming, and nearby tourism (St. Ignace, Mackinac Island). Mackinac Vista is a true custom log cabin as opposed to milled logs. There is zero drywall in this home. Marvel at the large timbers as you sip your coffee at the breakfast bar in the modern, fully-equipped kitchen. A gorgeous stone fireplace is dual sided, so if you are in the great room or the couch nook, you can enjoy the views of the flames. From the backyard, you can see the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island, and the St. Ignace fireworks every Saturday night in the distance. At night you can see the lights of St. Ignace. Some will gather their friends and enjoy cooking on the propane grill, while folks rest along the wrap-around deck. The national forest is a great feature for those who love to hike and explore. Mackinac Vista sleeps 10 comfortably in beds with an additional 4 (futon and pull-out couch) and has 2 ½ bathrooms. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Air Conditioning: No air conditioning. There are ceiling fans in great room and 3-4 portable fans that you can place wherever you wish. ATV's: Yes. You are able to park your trailer and jump on your gear from the front door. There is an ORV trail nearby on the Point itself which goes to Search Bay. Animals: Deer, Bald Eagles, Fox Bathrooms: Bathroom #1= connected to master bedroom with jetted-tub and separate shower Bathroom #2= upstairs with a shower, no tub Bathroom #3= half bath on main floor—no tub or shower Beach/Swimming: Grass to rocky shoreline to rocky water. Water shoes are seriously suggested. It has a gradual decline into the water (so shallow for a while). The lake bottom is rocky. Swimming is sometimes rough because of the winds around the point in the afternoon. There are life jackets hanging inside. Bedroom Configuration: Master Bedroom= main floor with King Bed Bedroom #2= upstairs with Queen Bed Bedroom #3= upstairs with 2 sets of twin bunk beds Bedroom #4= CLOSED IN THE WINTER--main floor, enclosed porch (Not insulated) with 2 twins. General Sleeping Areas= upstairs loft has a full-size futon also there is a pull-out couch in a nook off the great room. Boats: No boats are available because of the Points winds. Bugs: Typical UP bugs, but the Mayflies (in June) are thick depending on the year. Cell phone service: AT&T is good service along with Verizon. Distances: * Pictured Rocks: 2 hours and 18 minutes ( 134 miles) * Marquette: 3 hours and 5 minutes ( 177 miles) * Tahquamenon Falls State Park: 1 hour and 32 minutes ( 86 miles) * Mackinac Bridge: 35 minutes (31 miles) Fireplace: There is a gorgeous 2-sided stone fireplace in the great room for guests to use. It is natural. It has a fan at the top of the chimney which needs to turn-on while fire is going. Directions are available. Fire-pit: There is a fire-pit in the backyard on the water side half way between water and house. Fishing: At nearby Hessel Marina you can go fishing off the pier (Lake Huron). Salmon fishing can be done in the Carp River (20 minutes away). Les Cheneaux Islands is about 20 minutes away which are boater and fishing friendly. Grill: Propane grill. Propane is provided. Grocery Store: Stores in St. Ignace and Cedarville, which is 20 minutes away Heat: Forced air heater and baseboard heating. Internet: YES! Linens: Yes, we provide your sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are fussy about the thread count of your sheets, just let me know, and I'll make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets. We have just the basic sheets, pillows, pillow cases and bath towels. Parking: There is room for about 4-5 cars or 2 truck/trailer combos. Pets: Pets are welcome! Freshwater Vacation Rentals currently charges $50/per pet for your entire stay. Yes, we do accept dogs, yet we do ask that you please clean up after them both inside and outside the cabin. Plus, if you allow them on the furniture, we do ask that you please bring your own linens/blankets for them to sleep on. Just let us know which bed you will be using with them, and we'll make sure it is ready for your sheets when you arrive. Plus, if the pet hair starts to build, we do ask that you please run the vacuum. Generally, dogs love the water and places to explore. Pet food does tend to attract mice, so vigilance is needed. Privacy: You can see the national forest on one side of the home and on the backside of the home you can see a neighbor's home. Seniors: Come one, come all! This space is great for those over 60. Sometimes when renting a home, you are never too sure about the terrain: is the home on top of a hill, is parking on a steep slope, are there 100 steps to the beach or the unit, etc. This home gets the FVR approval for the young at heart! Space: Main floor and upper floor. Televisions: Smart TV in the great room with cable. Also, there is a TV in the loft which only plays DVDs. Towels: Yes, we provide towels. It's always good to bring extra though. Washer and dryer: YES! Laundry soap is provided. Wood: Please bring your own


  • Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels
  • Washer
  • Jetted Tub
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Bunk Bed
  • King Size Bed
  • Queen Size Bed
  • Twin Single
  • Children friendly
  • Minimum age limit
  • Pets access considered
  • No smoking
  • Dining Area
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite or Cable (TV)
  • Television
  • Deck Patio (uncovered)
  • Grill



by Alison B on 2020-10-05
PARADISE IN HESSEL-Everything was lovely. We appreciated the quick and helpful response to our concern about the thermostat. Everything else worked fine, although we couldn't run the dishwasher because there wasn't any soap. We washed once by hand but left the rest of the dishes in the dishwasher and a load of towels in the washer. Everyone enjoyed your place and we enjoyed roaming the area. We found wonderful hikes along the water and in the woods. Would love to come back in the summer. Thank you so much.

Alison, we love hearing that you had a great stay.  Please accept our apologies about the soap, and know that in the future, if issues like that arise, you can call us and we will get whatever you need right out to you.  We would love to host you again in the summer!
by Pam P on 2020-09-20
Macinac Vista-Beautiful, spacious, clean home, far enough away from everything for privacy but close enough to everything for great day trips around the U.P. We had a wonderful time. I will definitely be going back as well as using Fresh Water Vacation Rentals for future vacations!

Pam, it's great knowing you had a wonderful time, and we look forward to your return!  It was a pleasure hosting you.
by Laurie D on 2020-08-31
Renter-We enjoyed fantastic vacation to Michigan's Upper peninsula. The home we rented was absolutely beautiful and was very conveniently located! Awesome back to school getaway!

Laurie, we are so glad that you had a fantastic vacation!  Awesome back to school getaways are the best!  We hope to work with you again
by Carmen R on 2020-07-20
Vista Family Vacation-This property was wonderful.. Great location and perfect for our family vacation. The home was very clean and had everything needed. We will be back every year hopefully. Thank you for providing a perfect home for our family getaway. The water was so peaceful and we loved our stay. Thank you again.

Carmen, the best review a guest can give is to say that they will be returning, so thank you for that!  We enjoyed having you as our guest and look forward to your return
by Hadi M on 2020-06-28
5 stars-Best place we have ever been. Very clean and lots of space for the family. The closest gas station is only 8 miles away and the cabin is not that far away from I-75 . Beautiful view at sunset and you can see Mackinac bridge and also you can see st Ignace at night. I would definitely come back next time to this cabin .

Hadi, wow, we love hearing that Mackinac Vista was the best place you have ever been!  It is pretty spectacular to be on Lake Huron, with a national forest next door and and have a view of the Mackinaw Bridge,the Island and St. Ignace. Plus,it's big enough to sleep 10 - 14, and it's dog friendly .  We look forward to your return!
by Shari P on 2020-06-16
Cousin Fest 2020-It was a perfect spot to bring a bunch of children ages 9-23. Lots of room to roam and it never felt over crowded. They loved the lake and the big yard as well!

Shari, we are glad that Mackinac Vista was perfect for your family!  It sleeps  10 - 14 and is dog friendly.  It is lakefront to Lake Huron and the national forest is right next door.  Perfect for roaming around.  We hope to see you again!

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