The reason I instantly bought this property back in 1997 for our family retreat is simple: the amazing views from a dramatic lakeshore bluff. I had been traveling extensively around the Upper Peninsula to write a guidebook when I happened by this remote Finnish strawberry farm. What first catches your attention are the stunning views of Lake Superior and the distant Huron Mountains. On clear days even the island off the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula over 30 miles away is visible.
Then you begin to see delicious details in this sweeping vista: Rabbit Island to the north. Pequaming across the bay where Henry Ford had one of his summer homes. Pairs of loons paddling by below. Eagles and hawks patrolling the shoreline and sometimes perching in our tall treetops.
There's a rare view from land of the full red sandstone bluff as it curves to the north. Daily a white fishing tug chugs by, returning with its catch trailed by a swarm of hungry seagulls. The pink sunrises are memorable. I never realized passing cloud formations could be so awesome. Not surprisingly, the sky late at night is super dark, filled with stars. 30 miles east the Huron Island light flashes a warning to passing freighters.
In winter, spectacular ice formations. In fall as Superior gets frisky, big waves crash into the bluff. The sight at night of the Huron Island lighthouse flashing its warning to passing freighters.
Nearby are an historic lighthouse and Finnish church. Within minutes a delightful sandy township beach and park, usually unoccupied.
Over the years we upgraded the house, built two decks and later a studio along the bluff. Fixed up the authentic Finnish sauna. Turned the little horse barn into a one-person cabin. I still find it enchanting and have been delighted that our many guests have too.
Be aware it's a 20-minute drive to the nearest grocery store. And we're beyond cable hookups for high-speed internet (though we can make calls and check email on our iPhones). It's a very quiet place.TripAdvisor property ID 2074263...Read more
Our 1 acre property is on the edge of the quiet hamlet of Jacobsville at the southern entry of the Keweenaw Waterway, 20 miles southeast of Lake Linden. Jacobsville is at the end of a little peninsula, so we get little car traffic. Only a handful of mostly retired older folks remain in Jacobsville, once a bustling site of red sandstone quarries that are now barely visible. From our bluff you can see north to Rabbit (Traverse) Island and the open water of Lake Superior. To the east see the Abbaye Peninsula and the Huron Mountains over 30 miles on the horizon. To the south you can see Henry Ford's old Pequaming settlement and the smokestack in L'Anse.
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