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"A-Frame of Mind" Chalet

Vacation Rental in Bellaire / Shanty Creek, MI

4 BR    |    2.5 Bath    |    2100 SF    |    Sleeps 12

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Welcome to A-Frame of Mind!  A brand new, roomy and one of a kind A-frame designed in the style of the classic “Kingdom of Schuss” lodges – but with all the modern amenities!  Set right in the middle of Michigan's fabulous Shanty Creek/Schuss Mountain resort area, A-Frame of Mind is a vacation rental home that you and your family will never forget....  

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An Austrian inspired A-frame, the house was just recently completed.  It features an open, airy floorplan, 4 comfy bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a custom recreation room with TONS to do.  There’s a large deck overlooking the hardwood forest, a firepit for gathering around the bonfire at night, and an awesome outdoor Finnish barrel sauna.  

The chalet is perfectly located to take advantage of four seasons of Northern Michigan splendor!  Sitting in the hardwood forest, A-Frame of Mind is only minutes from skiing, indoor/outdoor pools, gorgeous golf courses, Torch Lake and outstanding restaurants / bars.  (By the way, when you book with us, we'll be sending you a specially compiled list of our personal experiences up here over the years:  attractions, restaurants, breweries, distilleries, things to do, places to visit, insider tips, etc.  Not to mention, the best local spots to take a swim, ride a trail, sightsee, or just relax in four seasons in the best family vacation spot in the state!)


In the milder months, there's plenty to do here. Drive the kids a couple minutes over to the Lakeview hotel to swim in the outdoor pool at the top of the ski hill (with a great view of Lake Bellaire a couple miles away!)  Put in a few holes at the most picturesque golf courses in the state.  Take a 15-minute drive out to gorgeous Torch Lake.  Maybe climb to the top of Schuss Mountain.  There are many mountain biking trails around the area as well - the beautiful Glacial Hills bike trail system is only 10 minutes away.    The property is located in a beautiful, wooded neighborhood full of paved, gently rolling streets and paths and is great for bike riding.  Or maybe you just want to sit out on the deck with your morning coffee; high up in the trees - you'll hear only the whispering hardwoods and occasional chickadee. 

For the colder months, the family friendly Schuss Mountain (or the "Kingdom of Schuss" as we call it) offers the very best skiing and snowboarding around.  A-Frame of Mind is only a 2 minute drive to the ski hill.  You can also park up at the top of the hill only 30 seonds away and take the ski path to the top of the slopes.  Sledding, tubing, and trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing are within a few minutes’ drive, as are trails for riding your Fat Mountain Bikes. We have membership access to two indoor pools and hot tubs at Schuss and Summit villages, also only a few minutes' drive.  When the day is done, curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book and good company.  Or maybe hit the outdoor barrel sauna with a couple of friends to relax and talk about the day.

The Bellaire area offers access to hundreds of attractions. Shanty Creek boasts five championship golf courses: Cedar River (Weiskopf), The Legend (Palmer), Schuss Mountain Course, Hawk's Eye and Summit Course. In addition, other excellent courses are conveniently located nearby. Take a short trip to Lake Bellaire, Torch Lake, or Grand Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan for swimming or boating, or enjoy a nice, relaxing canoe ride down the Jordan river.



Lower Level 

The main entry door is located on the lower level, right off the driveway and a couple steps up.  This floor is a kid’s (and adult’s) paradise with games, cool décor and lots of things to do.  The main rec room area is spacious with dimmable LED lighting, leather sofas and chairs, and a smart TV with old school Atari video game system.  There's a pool table, cornhole and giant Connect Four - and a great retro table top arcade game loaded with hundreds of all the great games you remember from the 80s and 90s.  There are plenty of windows for a nice cross breeze in the summer.  This floor also contains a full bath with custom tiled tub/shower and two bedrooms – one with a twin/full bunk and twin trundle pull-out.  The other bedroom has two sets of twin bunk beds.  There are smart TVs in both bedrooms, and also a refrigerator for your use on this floor as well.  And the kids may be interested in their own special spot in the “fort” located under the stairs 😊.


Main Floor

Taking the stairs to the main level (there's also a front door to the main level, with exterior stairs to the driveway area) the entire kitchen / living room / dining room is all open space with a soaring knotty pine ceiling and tons of windows.  The kitchen has a huge quartz topped island with a main sink and seating for 4.  There's plenty of storage space (cabinets, pantry, etc.), a new refrigerator with ice maker, range, microwave and dishwasher.  There is another sink in the main counter space as well.  All utensils, pots, pans, etc. are provided.  The kitchen opens to a spacious living area with new leather sofas, comfy chairs, and a beautiful, 60" linear electric fireplace to gather around with friends and family.  A large smart TV is mounted over the fireplace.  The dining area adjacent to the kitchen has a large dining table with seating for 8-10, and overlooks the spacious deck.  A ceiling fans keep things cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  Also on this floor: a bedroom with a queen bed, closet, dresser, and seating.  A luxurious full bathroom with custom tiled walk-in shower (including under niche LED lighting) and floating vanity.  A laundry room with high capacity washer/dryer is right next to the bathroom. Sliding glass doors in the living area open onto the deck - with serene views of the woods and firepit.  On the deck there’s seating for dining and an outdoor sofa set and gas grill for your use.   


Loft Level


Taking the stairs up to the loft area, you'll find a large bedroom with a queen bed, seating, dresser, smart TV, and open closet for storage.  There is also a beautiful half bath with a skylight adjacent to the bedroom.   The loft area is open to below, with views of the woods through the huge windows.  It also has seating and a desk / chair if you MUST plug in and work while you’re on vacation… 😊  


Outside & Other Amenities


A-Frame of mind is perched at the top of a small hill in the woods.  The driveway is rather steep and can be slippery in the winter – 4-wheel drive is recommended.  At the top of the driveway there’s a firepit right across from the deck with chairs for gathering and the outdoor barrel sauna is just steps away. The house is in the woods surrounded by some open space (since this is a new construction, the lot is mainly dirt until the woods fill back in.)  There’s plenty of room for parking cars in the circle drive.

  • You’ll have complimentary access to great pools:

    • The outdoor pool at the top of Summit Village at the Lakeview Hotel

    • The indoor pool / hot tub at Summit Village

    • The indoor pool / hot tub at Schuss village

  • For skiing, the lifts at Schuss Mountain are a 2-minute drive away.  After a day on the slopes, enjoy a cold beer and warm atmosphere at Ivan’s slope-side lounge.  For even more skiing terrain, try Boyne Mountain - about a 35 minute drive away. 

  • For dining, you can:

    • Take a short drive to Schuss Village, Summit Village or Cedar Village for dinner.

    • Another quick drive takes the family to historic Bellaire, with attractions like Short’s Brewery, Toonie’s Fish & Steakhouse, and a host of other quaint shops and restaurants. 

    • The River Bistro at Cedar River Village and the Lakeview at Summit mountain (which overlooks Lake Bellaire) offer fine dining opportunities.

  • For a modest daily fee, you can use the Summit Village health spa and workout facilities  

So come stay with us at A-Frame of Mind.  Re-connect with friends.  Be outside.  Go skiing with the kids.  Make a fire, and pour a glass of wine.  We have everything you’re going to need!


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Rental Policy

CANCELLATIONS – If cancellation is done at least 30 days before date of arrival, deposits will be refunded.  Cancellations made within 15-30 days of arrival will result in a 50% refund.  Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to stay are non-refundable.  Because of the unpredictability of the weather, we cannot issue refunds for poor trail conditions, bad weather, etc.


SMOKING - This is a NON SMOKING / NON VAPING vacation rental property.  Guests understand that smoking/vaping in the house is not permitted.  If this rule is violated and smoking or vaping has been detected in the house, an additional $175 penalty will be assessed and the security deposit will be forfeited.  If you do smoke outside, please put cigarette butts in the trash, not on the ground in the yard.

CHECK IN / CHECK OUT:  Check in time is 4PM.  Check out time is 11AM.

PETS - Your pets are allowed in the house with prior approval. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up any/all pet refuse, and - please - pets are not allowed on furniture or beds at any time. Any evidence of pets on furniture will incur extra cleaning fees.


AGE - The guest signing this agreement must be at least 25 years of age.

"GOOD NEIGHBOR" POLICY - We want you to have a ton of fun up here, but we need to respect our neighbors’ ability to do the same thing.  Therefore, we have a strict “good neighbor policy”. If we receive a complaint regarding excessive noise or inappropriate behavior, we will have to ask you and your group to leave the premises. NoiseAware decibel monitoring (non-recording) sensors are on the property.  Please - let's work together to make sure everyone up here has a GREAT time!


MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY – The maximum number of guests is limited to eleven (12) persons, unless other arrangements are made.


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