Shanty Creek Treehouse 

Welcome to the Treehouse!  This page contains your arrival and departure info - and details about the MANY things you can do while you’re here

 If any questions come up you can always call or text us ANY TIME at 248-939-3787 or 248-202-3652. Thanks again for staying with us, and ENJOY!   -- Brothers, Jim and Joe Meloche

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Arrival Information & Guidebook

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

 

 

For Ambulance – Fire - Police Response

DIAL 9-1-1

 

Poison Control…………………………………………….  (800) 222-1222

 

Antrim Count Sheriff…………………………………….  (231)-533-8627

 

Bellaire Police Dept……………………………………….. (231) 533-5678

 

 

Sometimes mechanical or equipment failures happen without warning. Power outages are monitored and reported to local utility companies which will restore service as soon as possible. If you are experiencing internet or cable TV outage, please call one of us and we will report this to our specific company. Repairs will be made as soon as available personnel can be dispatched.

PLEASE REMEMBER:

 

  • Our house is a NO SMOKING property.  Please smoke outside away from the house (not on the decks, or next to the doors).  Also, please use an ashtray; we are charged by our cleaning crew for picking up cigarette butts in the yard or in the firepit, and that charge will be taken out of your deposit if they are left behind.

 

  • Shanty Creek/ Schuss is a quiet, peaceful place and has strict noise policies. Please no loud parties and make sure not to make excessive noise outside after 10:00 PM, otherwise the association has been known to contact the Sheriff’s department. Noise at the house is monitored by NoiseAware LLC and we receive a notification if the noise level is too high. Failure to respect Shanty Screek rules can result in the immediate termination of the rental agreement.

 

  • Parking: If you have a trailer / boat:  This is a shorter driveway and may not accommodate very long trailers. There is a storage field for trailers about a 5 minute drive from the house, across the street from the main entrance to Shanty Creek.

 

  • Heating and Cooling:  The primary heating and cooling is provided by the white, wall mounted units (one in each bedroom, and one in the main living area). Each one has its own remote control - just push ON/OFF, and set the temperature where you’d like it (the remote controls in the bedrooms are attached to the wall and do not need to be removed to control the wall mounted units).  For added heating if necessary, there are baseboard heaters in each room that have their own heat control, either on the wall, or on the baseboards themselves.  Please keep children and pets away from the registers on the walls and floors since they can get very hot.

 

  • Bedrooms: One of the queen beds is a firm mattress and the other is medium to make sure we are accommodating all tastes. 

 

  • Linens: Towels are provided, but please do not use towels as beach/pool towels.

 

  • ***IMPORTANT:  If anything appears broken or damaged upon your arrival, please call or text us immediately.  We do not want to charge your security deposit for something that may have been damaged by a prior guest.  Thank you!

 

 

About the Treehouse...

Accessing the Treehouse

There is an electronic keypad on the lower level door.  Just touch the screen with the palm of your hand to activate it.  Then type in “2500” to unlock the door.  (Type in the code again and push the lock icon to lock the door when leaving).   YOUR ACCESS CODE AND THE PROPERTY ADDRESS WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU A DAY OR TWO BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED ARRIVAL.

What to Bring

  1. Swim suits and beach towels (even in the winter, we have access to some nice pools and hot tubs).  We provide hand towels and washcloths, and as many bath towels as the number of people the property sleeps.  We ask that you please bring your own beach towels if you plan to swim.  

  2. We provide an initial supply of paper towel and toilet paper – but depending on your family’s expected use, you may want to bring some extra. 😊

  3. Even though you are surrounded by nice restaurants, you might want to bring food and drinks to take advantage of the full kitchen. 

  4. If you’d like to have a fire when you get here, you may want to bring newspaper as a starter, in case there isn’t any at the house.

Checking Out

  1. Check out time is 11AM.  Our cleaning folks come in right after our guests, so please check out on time.  Late check outs will be charged a $50.00 fee. 

  2. Please put all dirty sheets and towels by the washing machine.  IMPORTANT:  Unless they are soiled, please leave all linens on the beds that you didn’t use. If you have the time, it’s always appreciated if you could start a load of laundry before you leave. 😊

  3. Return the pool pass to the hook by the first floor front door.  There is a $125 pool pass replacement fee we are charged by Shanty Creek and this charge is passed along to the guest if the card is lost. 

  4. Lock all windows/doors behind you. 

  5. Please wash all dirty dishes and put them away when you leave.

  6. Remove all perishables from the fridges, freezer, and pantry.

  7. If you used the outdoor grill, please clean it well.  We are charged extra by our cleaning crew if they have to spend a lot of time on it, and holding back a portion of the security deposit may be required.

  8. Garbage:  There are two garbage totes provided in the shed at the street.  Please place ONLY BAGGED GARBAGE in these receptacles, and no more than the totes can fit.  If you have more garbage than can fit in the receptacles, please take it with you.  DO NOT LEAVE EXTRA GARBAGE OUTSIDE – it costs us an extra fee to have our cleaning crew remove excess garbage and that charge may be passed along to you.  Garbage pick up day is Tuesday.

  9. Log out of your Netflix, etc accounts, if applicable.

  10. Make sure fireplace is out completely. (Please do not use the vacuum cleaner to remove ashes.)

  11. PLEASE turn the downstairs and upstairs wall thermostats to 50 degrees.   

This isn't just a rental property for us; our families stay here too.  Please treat it well and leave it as you found it.  Thank you - and we’d love to have you back!  If you or anyone else you know would like to book again, please contact us directly to book your stay (this will save you the 10% VRBO fees).

While You're Here....

Fireplace / Firewood

EXTREME care should be used if you are using the fireplace.  Please make sure the flue is open and that the fire is not tall enough to enter the flue.  Also, do not load the fireplace at the end of the night and allow to burn unattended overnight - fires should ONLY be going when someone is there to monitor.  Starter sticks are provided, but please ONLY use a couple of them to start a fire.  Using more than a few starter sticks can result in the fire overheating the fireplace.  We try to keep firewood stocked for your use, so please feel free to use it.  However, firewood has been in scarce supply over the past couple years, so we can’t guarantee it will be available.  The local gas stations sell bundles of firewood, so you may want to grab some just in case.

Outdoor Firepit

If using the bonfire pit, please use care and keep the fire at a reasonable size so embers don’t fall out and damage the deck.  Do not use the fire pit in times of high winds.  ***PLEASE don’t leave cigarette butts in the firepit***

Safety

There are fire extinguishers in the kitchen and fireplace area – please familiarize yourself with their locations.

TVs and Gaming

All of the TV’s are Roku smart TV’s. There are instructions on how to run apps or just watch cable upstairs and downstairs.  (If you’d like to use the old school Atari system and show the youngsters how it used to be done: turn the TV on and set to “Live TV” and turn to channel 3, then insert a game cartridge and flip on the switch on the far left side of the game console.)  There are a selection of board games, a giant Jenga and puzzles for your enjoyment as well. 

Small Appliances

Our coffee pot has 2 options, you can make a full pot of coffee, or single serving using k-cups. There is also a crockpot and electric frying pan.  Note there is also a refrigerator for your use downstairs near the bunk room.

Grill

There is a propane grill on the deck for your use. We try to keep propane tanks filled but if the tanks run out, you can exchange the tanks at Mancelona hardware or several gas stations in Bellaire. If you should purchase a refill tank yourself, we will be happy to reimburse you for the cost. Please remember to get a receipt – thank you!

Pets

Please clean up after pets and do not allow them on the furniture. 

Other Items

Please exercise caution using the deck if there is a large amount of snow on the roof.  If the snow breaks loose, it can come down quickly and cause injury to people / pets.

Like most of the properties at Shanty Creek, we have electric-heated water.  It’s usually perfectly fine for 2-3 showers, but longer showers may require you to wait a bit before the water heats back up for additional showers.  

The Shanty Creek Resort complex is very popular and there will be both permanent residents and guests in the surrounding houses.  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 very strict “good neighbor policy”.  If we receive a complaint regarding excessive noise or inappropriate behavior, we may have to ask you and your group to leave the premises.  This almost NEVER happens, but everyone in this beautiful setting deserves to enjoy themselves, so please let’s work together! 😊

Things to Do....

Shanty Creek & Schuss Resort

The Shanty Creek / Schuss Resort area is actually 3 distinct “villages”, as they are called.  The main village, Summit Village, is at the Lakeview Hotel and includes the Summit pool, skiing, tubing, dining, and several shops.  Schuss Village is active primarily in the winter, with access to Schuss Mountain and Nordic ski trails.  Also, access to the picturesque Schuss Mountain golf course in the spring, summer and fall.  In the fall, you can get chairlift rides up the mountain to see the fall colors.  A ride usually costs about $5 and is worth every penny!  Lastly, the beautiful Cedar River Village was recently completely renovated and is a short drive from both other villages.  It has access to the ski slopes, plenty of golf, and dining.  A map of the resort is included below.

Swimming & Pools

For pools at The Summit and Schuss, just take the pool card – hanging by the front door - and swipe it at the pool entrances for access. Please return it after each use.  If you have any questions regarding the pools, please call Shanty Creek Resort – 866.695.5010
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the outdoor and indoor pool / hot tub at Summit Village (Lakeview Hotel) are open, as is the indoor pool at Schuss.  (Pools are usually open from about 9am-9pm, but check, as times vary throughout the year).  In the off-season, the only open pools are the indoor pool and hot tub at The Summit Hotel, and the indoor pool at Schuss Village (although this one has more restricted hours.) 


NOTE:  The resort charges us $125 for a lost pool pass card and that charge is passed along to the guest if lost.   

Skiing

Schuss - The drive to the base of the ski hill is only about two minutes.  Every run on Schuss is carefully designed and a lot of fun.  We recommend trying “Kingdom Come” if you’re well-insured 😊.  Summit mountain (at the Lakeview hotel at Summit Village) has tubing – great for the kids and beginners.  Schuss and Summit mountains both offer ski and snowboard equipment rentals.  Cross country ski trails and snowshoeing trails are accessible right from the townhouse, coming past the back of the complex.  Cross country and snowshoe rentals are available at the Nordic Ski Center at the entrance to Schuss Mountain.  Boyne Mountain, in Boyne Falls, is only about a 35-minute drive north.

Fitness Center & Spa

For an additional charge, The Summit Hotel at Shanty Creek will sell day passes for their fitness center and spa.

Link to Shanty Creek's Spa Page

 

Golf

Take your pick.  The Treehouse is within a few minutes' drive of 6 absolutely beautiful championship courses in the area:

 

The Legend

Hawk's Eye

Cedar River

The Chief

The Summit

Schuss Mountain Course

All provide a challenging game with excellent views, all within five miles!

Dining, Restaurants & Bars

  1. The closest grocery shopping is in Bellaire at the Family Fare supermarket.  It’s about a 10 minute drive. There is also a Family Fare in Mancelona, also about 10 minutes, but to the east.

  2. Shorts Brewery, Bellaire:  Famous for their craft beer selection, they have great specialty pizzas, live music on some weekend nights, and lots of outdoor seating.

  3. Bee Well Mead and Cider, Bellaire:  Outstanding atmosphere, and really good mead and cider menu.  If you’re willing to try something a bit different, this is a GREAT alternative to Short’s (which is right across the street).  Friendly, welcoming staff and great ambiance.

  4. Bellaire Bar and Restaurant, Bellaire:  Casual bar fare, great burgers, a laid-back feel, and good beer selection.  A good alternative for when there’s an hour wait at Short’s. 😊

  5. Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen, Elk Rapids:  Into cajun/creole food?  Do not go home before you try Pearl's.  It gets busy, but this might be the best cajun food we've ever had.  It's about a 30-minute drive.

  6. Toonies Fish and Steakhouse, Bellaire:  Known for their fresh cut steaks and local fish, Toonie’s is a relaxed dining experience that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Awesome ribs, too!

  7. Sarducci’s, at Summit Village:  This is one of our favorites, and is a bit of a hidden gem.  Outstanding Italian food, and great specialty pizzas, the place is cozy, inviting, and almost never crowded.  A great bartender who’s a bit of a wise-guy, but serves ‘em good and cold nonetheless.  Tell him “the brothers” sent you! 😊

  8. The Shanty, at Summit Village:  A great little tavern with a “western” feel, this is great for apres ski (with its ever-burning fire on the patio), or to just stop in and grab a drink in a very cozy and rustic atmosphere.  Definitely worth a visit. 

  9. Mammoth Distillery, Central Lake and Bellaire: Michigan craft distiller, making bourbon, gin and vodka locally.  This is basically a bar / tasting room with limited food, but Central Lake Bar is right down the street and serves up an excellent burger.

  10. Ivan’s Bar and Grill, at Schuss Village:  This was the premier restaurant (then known as the Ivanhof) when the “Kingdom of Schuss” was opened back in the late 60s.  It is now the apres ski party scene with live music, a dance floor, good food and a very laid-back vibe.  Inconsistent hours in the summer, but open most ski days in the winter. 

  11. The Lakeview Restaurant, at Summit Village:  For miles-long views that include Lake Bellaire and the surrounding countryside, it’s tough to beat the Lakeview.  Make sure you request (or reserve) a table next to the windows.  The food can be a bit pricey, but is very good.  The restaurant is located on the main floor of the Lakeview hotel.

  12. The River Bistro, at Cedar River Village:  Best for lunchtime, take a break here from your golf round for a great sandwich and pasta.   Service can be a bit slow, and it lacks a little ambiance, but the staff is very friendly, and the location is great (in the Cedar River Village Hotel).

  13. The Iron Skillet, Mancelona:  For the best breakfast you’ve probably ever had, try the Southern Skillet or Irish Skillet (seriously - our kids come up just for this place).  (Pro tip:  when you’re done, stop into the “Rooted” store right next door.  Awesome gift shop with everything Michigan and great selections of clothing, custom home décor, etc.)

  14. The Pelican’s Nest, Bellaire:  Located at “The Chief” golf course, the nest is a sports bar / restaurant with tons of TVs, and a laid back tavern feel.  In the summer, there's an outdoor bar and they sometimes have live music. The burgers are outstanding, and the beer selection is very good (spirits, not so much).  Only about a 5 minute drive from the Treehouse.

Other Towns & Things to Do

  1. The closest towns are Mancelona and Bellaire. Both have interesting shops, but Bellaire has a lot more to do from a tourist’s perspective.   Bellaire has a movie theater, and the next closest movies are located in Gaylord.

  2. Traverse City is about a 50 minute drive.

  3. Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls) is about a 35 minute drive.

  4. Gaylord is about a 40 minute drive.

  5. Petoskey is about an hour drive.

  6. Charlevoix is about a 50 minute drive.

  7. Mackinaw City is about an hour and a half drive.

  8. Kayaking / Canoeing:  There’s lake access at lake Bellaire and also Torch lake (about a 20 min drive). Kayaks can be rented at Paddles and Pedals in Bellaire, and the Riverside marina, which also rents canoes and pontoons.

  9. U-Pick Strawberries and Cherries:  King Orchards is just north of Central Lake on M-88 and is a wonderful family trip.  Strawberries are usually ready around the beginning of July and Cherries by mid-July.  

  10. Biking:  There are many mountain biking trails around the area.  The awesome Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area Trailhead is only 15 minutes from the property.  It’s scenery is beautiful and there’s a variety of terrain, with roughly 32 miles of trails to choose from.  If you need to rent a mountain bike or fat bike, they are available at Paddles and Pedals in Bellaire.

Torch Lake and Beach Info

Torch Lake (or Michigan’s Caribbean as they call it) is known for it’s clarity and beauty (and the sand bar!)   For all its awesomeness, Torch Lake’s access points aren’t the traditional sugar-and-sand beaches like those on nearby Lake Michigan. But there are some small access points all around the lake, usually every couple of miles or so.  Most are small, grassy areas, some with picnic facilities.  Great areas to try around Torch Lake:

  1. William K. Good Day Park in Torch Lake Township is a pretty little beach with pavilions, picnic tables, a public boat launch and swimming area.  This is a great spot to spend the day.  It’s at the eastern end of Public Dock Road, on US-31 just a few miles south of M-88. 

  2. Depot Park in Alden (about 15 minutes) has a swimming area on Torch Lake with shelters, tables, bbqs and volleyball.  There is also a public boat access.  Alden is a neat little town right on Torch. Towel off, throw on your cover-up and your flip-flops and hit the eateries and shops that are a stone’s throw away. Since this beach faces due west, this is where you’ll want to head at sunset.

  3. Ball Park is a wide open area with a baseball diamond, barbeques and picnic table.  It is just south of downtown Alden.  There is a kayak / canoe ramp, and limited swimming.  

  4. For Torch Lake pontoon rentals, Dewitt Marine is located right on Torch Lake, due west of Bellaire, and half-way down the east coast of Torch Lake.  It’s about a 20 minute trip from the property.  They offer a few different kinds of boats, tubes, etc.  When we’ve used them, they were great to deal with.  Also, there’s Dockside Pontoon Rentals in the same area.  When you’re done boating, stop in to the famous Dockside Restaurant and Bar.  The Dockside sits at the mouth of Clam River where it meets Torch Lake, and has one of the best sunset-watching decks around. Boaters can pull right up to the restaurant and dock their boats to grab lunch or dinner.  There is also a small beach next to the Dockside where the Clam River runs into Torch Lake.

  5. For the best access to the famous Torch Lake “sand bar” at the very southern tip of the lake, head to Torch River Marina, south of Alden (about a 20 minute drive from the property).  There is Public Access and a boat launch here, as well.

If you want to access Lake Michigan for swimming, sunning or finding Petoskey stones, your best bet is to head to Barnes Park in Eastport at the north end of Torch Lake.  It's about a 30-minute ride, but the public beach is beautiful, wide open and almost never crowded.  

Map of Shanty Creek / Schuss Mountain

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