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Welcome To Bear Cabin!

Thank you for choosing Bear Cabin to host you for your upcoming visit to Northern Michigan!  We appreciate all of our guests and make every effort to make your vacation memorable.  We strive to provide for our guests one of the premier properties in all of Northern Michigan.  In this page we hope to help you to plan your trip and answer any questions you may have such as:  What should I bring? What is there to do? How do I operate the home? etc...  We put this page together for a simple one stop place for you and all members of your group to access to help plan your trip.  Please let us know if you have questions not covered on this page.  We look forward to hosting you!

Please be aware of significant road construction on US 31 between Alanson and Petoskey (Specifically the Ponshewaing area near Crooked Lake).  If you are traveling from I75 and Indian River there is no construction.  If traveling to Petoskey you will have to detour north on 31 to Edwards Road.  On Edwards you will make a left on Milton Road and go south approximately 2 Miles to Powers Road.  At Powers road you can access 31 southbound.  When traveling north on 31 from Petoskey to Alanson you will need to turn right at River Street in Alanson.  This will cross the Crooked River and end at Banwell Road.  Turn left at Banwell Road then make a right at M68.

US 31 Construction

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House Rules

We want all of our guests to have a great vacation.  We do have some basic house rules we ask all guests to follow.  This protects not only our guests but ensures the property is at its best for each group that visits.  Many items in this list are in the welcome book as well as the rental contract.

Driving Directions

The Address for Bear Cabin is 8277 Marathon Way, Alanson Mi, 49706.  You can also find us on google maps by searching Bear Cabin, Alanson, MI.  We share a driveway with 2 other homes.  We are at the end of the driveway and on the right.

Packing List Suggestions

A few items we suggest guest bring for your stay. 

Boating The Crooked River
Marshmallows over Campfire

Click above to purchase firewood before your arrival


Do you plan on Bringing a Boat or Renting a boat during your visit?   This is where we try to answer any questions you may have.  If you are looking for a boat rental check out Windjammer Marina.  

We have firewood delivery to keep firewood at the property for your stay.  To prevent the introduction of non-native invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not allowed.  We have firewood available on site for purchase.  FIrewood is $50 for a week stay and $30 for weekend.  Click the picture above to purchase.  Firewood can be purchasaed locally from gas stations for around $8 per bundle.  While you can purchase when you arrive, purchasing before your arrival will ensure the wood is on site.

Click the link for our step by step instructions on the best way to get a fire in the fireplace.  

Cabin Amenities

The house will be well equipped for your stay.  Take a look at our list of what is at the property.  We provide "starters" for many items such as laundry pods.  A starter for most items is more than 1 and in some cases it is several.  Please plan and pack accordingly for various items you may need.

Misc House Info

Important day to day information for the property.  Ex. What to do on trash day, What the WIFI password is and what days various services come to the property.

Bunk Room Video Game Operation

The basement has a retro style arcade game.  The operation easy for all ages.  This link will take you to the operation instructions as well as the game list.

Departure Checklist

All good things must come to an end.  This link will take you to our departure checklist.  This ensures our house cleaner can get the property ready for our next guests.

Damage Waiver

A $1500 Damage waiver was a part of your reservation.  This covers up to $1500 in any damage that happens while you stay.  Example, broken glasses, stains etc...  Please let us know ASAP of any damage so we can get it fixed immediately. 

Heating and Cooling System

The Heating and Cooling can be tricky to operate.  To see how to operate the Nest thermostat check out this video by clicking here.

Outdoor / Winter Gear Storage

If you are visiting during the Spring, Fall or winter it is often important to have a place to warm and dry outdoor gear and equipment.  We have you covered.  Our equipment storage room allows you to have your gear warm and dry for the next day's adventures.

Parking area

We Share a Driveway with 2 other homes.  Please be sure to park in our designated parking area.  Please review the attachment for reference.  Park in the area shown in green.  Please do not park on the driveway or the neighbors parking area.  

Grocery Delivery Service

Grocery Delivery is available at Bear Cabin.  Visit to schedule grocery delivery for your vacation.  You can schedule delivery to come before you arrival.  Note: If you schedule your grocery delivery for your arrival day, please let us know.   We will need to coordinate with the house cleaner and stocked to make sure they can have the Kitchen ready for your items.

Rafting the Sturgeon River

If you are looking for adventure, we have partnered with Big Bear Adventures for a discount on Raft Tours on the Sturgeon River.  To receive the offer mention the Bear Cabin discount or show them the coupon linked below.  They also have mini golf, a ropes course and bumper boats.  Its a great place to visit!  Check them out at

What's in the Area

No matter the season, there is so much to do in the area surrounding Bear Cabin.  We have put together a list of some of our favorite activities, restaurants and places to visit.  Please click here to go to our webpage.  If you have any recommendations please let us know!

We highly suggest trip insurance for your vacation!  Unplanned things happen and trip insurance is an inexpensive way to be sure you are covered.  Click the Trip Insurance link above.

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