Guest Journal Entries
We stayed here May 5-9 for our son’s early birthday, as a base camp for hiking the Porkies. I booked this place because it has a Finnish theme and I’m of Finnish heritage. It was absolutely the most perfect and relaxing setting! Very clean, had everything we needed, including the local coffee provided (it has now become my favorite coffee and I’m so glad I could buy some in town there!). Each night we listened to the peepers singing and watched the sun set on the beach. My son loved looking for rocks on the beach and watching the frogs croaking to each other in the little pond out front too. I’ve never slept better than I have there, and the bed was so comfy. Just a note if you like sleeping in, bring a good sleeping mask if you stay in the bedroom facing the beach (unless you like waking up to the beautiful sunrise, which we did!). We enjoyed kahvi aika (coffee time) watching the sun come up. The fireplace was so cozy each night as well. We were happy for the hose outside so we could rinse our dog off from her muddy but happy adventures before letting her into Jarven Hytti too. We enjoyed exploring the towns nearby as well! Jarven Hytti was a very quiet and tranquil place and we are so happy we stayed! It was also nice to have a little extra time to check out in the morning for one last walk on the beach, and we appreciate the gesture! We’ll be back again! Kiitos!!!!
Wonderful time and beautiful house. So nice to be close to the porkies. We also were able to use one of the cross country skis that are provided which was great to use on the trails. Thank you again!
We love visiting Jarven Hytti. It has everything we need in a spacious, cozy environment in a great location! Ivan is the best host!
It was great to be back in Ivan's lovely cottage on the lake! We've stayed in many VRBO properties and this is the best...well-built, clean, comfortable and fully stocked. After skiing every day we enjoyed relaxing by the fire and making meals in a spacious kitchen. Perfect location!
This cabin was everything it was promised to be! The location is phenomenal. My kids and dog loved running on the beach each morning, discovering fun new rocks. We hiked in the Porkies daily. There are numerous trails nearby. The house itself was clean and comfortable. We made our own meals and found the kitchen to be very well stocked. We loved having the indoor fireplace and spent many cozy hours in front of it. We had hoped to use the deck and outdoor fireplace but the weather was too wet. Overall, this was a great property and was exactly what we wanted for our family getaway.
We loved everything about this property. The architect and builder were a great team. The cabin layout is wonderful, workmanship excellent. So many special touches. Can't say enough about location. Close to Porcupine Mts., beautiful Lake Superior beach. Board walk to beach was lovely. Well equipped, spotless. You will thoroughly enjoy this property. We will be back.
Absolutely perfect “base” for days spent hiking in the Porkies, excursions to area waterfalls, and rock picking along the shores of Lake Superior. House is as advertised and delightfully appointed, we especially enjoyed the well stocked and spacious kitchen. Thanks you!
This property is absolutely amazing! It had everything we needed to make it a peaceful and enjoyable experience. We’ve already rebooked our return trip and can’t wait to enjoy the Lake Superior sunrises and sunsets once again.
Was just what we needed. We fully enjoyed the house inside and out. Everything we needed was there (other than some marshmallow roasting sticks, but we made our own from the available supply of fallen trees and driftwood). We spent a couple of days hiking and visiting Ontonogan, but the rest of our week was spent in the house or on its beach. Very relaxing to fall asleep to the sound of the lake surf. Thanks for a great time.
The Jarven Hytti provided a perfect Lake Superior home base for our family vacation. We had a wonderful stay in mid June 2021. The cabin was lovely and the beach was amazing! Even though the water was still pretty cold, our girls (ages 7 and 10) loved wading and searching for special rocks. We had a difficult time getting them to leave Jarven Hytti for our hiking, waterfall and fishing excursions! Thank you for a wonderful getaway spot and we look forward to our future stay!
If you’re looking to explore the Porcupine Mountains and Keweenaw Peninsula, Järven Hytti is the place to stay. Everything we needed for our two week stay was provided. The host is communicative, helpful, and accommodating. The house is nice and comfortable, especially with the two fireplaces! The adult beds were very comfortable too (that can make or break a vacation for me). The beach is awesome, we spent days rockhounding and nights hunting yooperlites. We also enjoyed miles of hiking in the Porkies, waterfalls and beautiful views everywhere. Don’t miss the Presque Isle area of the Porkies, it is a must see. For food, Syl’s Cafe is the place to go. Good food and friendly staff. We’re definitely considering returning to Järven Hytti in the winter. 10 out of 10, would book again!
This is a gorgeous property. There is a very open line of communication with the manager should you have any questions. They have a binder full of ideas as to what to do near by should you need it. Can't wait to bring the whole family next time.
Beautifully designed house, very comfortable for our family of four. Stylish and well stocked kitchen. Tons of natural light. Beautiful property with a lovely boardwalk to the beach. So close to the porkies. Thank you!!
Our family enjoyed everything about this modern, clean, and super cozy place. Check-in and communication was seamless. The cabin is well equipped and exactly as described. Never got tired of the amazing Lake Superior views or strolling the shoreline, however, the wifi and smart TV are still appreciated! Kiitos Ivan and Susan for sharing this special place!
Spotless modern digs in a beautiful location. Perfect for a family or small group.
The house & location were both pleasant & beautiful. Our family enjoyed the serenity and beauty of Upper Michigan. With Finnish roots we especially like the touch of Finland in the home. We hope to visit again!
I just wanted to say thank you. Chuck and I had a wonderful time at the cabin. It is a beautiful place, you thought of everything to make it so comfortable. What kind of bed is in the large bedroom ? We slept so well -better than home actually ! We also loved the coffee, and appreciate everything you do to make things nice for your guests.
What a great time! The house is exactly as pictured. Great amenities and great location. Secluded and safe. 10 min from Porkies and less than an hour from about 10 waterfalls. We visited in early March during a warm spell and got to see the Lake melt considerably. Can only imagine what it must be like in the summer months. The fireplace made the unit warm and toasty, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many stars in the sky. A great place for a family or a couple couples.
The cabin is so cozy and beautiful. The pictures don't do it justice. It's a perfect spot on lake superior for a relaxing vacation. Very clean and comfortable and the owners do a great job providing everything you need. Would highly recommend.
My husband and I had a wonderful stay in Ivan's cabin on Lake Superior. The cabin is unique, clean, comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed to make meals for the week. There were well-groomed cross-country ski trails in Porcupine Mountains, just 10 minutes away, as well as ABR and Michigan Tech. After skiing, it was great to come back to a warm fire in the living room overlooking Lake Superior. Toward the end of our stay, a snowstorm blanketed the area and created the most spectacular views. Ivan was an attentive host and made sure we had everything we needed. We greatly appreciated his hospitality. We've stayed in VRBO properties for 20 years, and this was our best experience yet.
We had a great stay! The house was clean and had some great features, including the fireplace. The booking , communication with the property manager, and check-in went very smoothly. The location near the Porkies and right on the lake was perfect. Thanks for a much needed getaway!
We had such a wonderful and relaxing time. Prior to our arrival communication with the owner was great, they were responsive and friendly. When we arrived we were impressed by how clean the place was! The home was cozy and relaxing and had everything you could possibly need. We loved it and will definitely be back...hopefully when Superior isn't frozen.
Jarven Hytti was the perfect winter getaway for our family! It was immaculately clean and exactly as beautiful as the pictures! The kitchen had everything a cook could need and there were really special touches everywhere - from fairy lights around the fire place, to Finish coffee, to having a hair-drier for our use! Even the beds were really comfortable! It is perfectly located for UP Michigan winter adventures like snow-shoeing and skiing and the STARS!! We have never seen so many stars in our lives! Ivan, our host, was incredibly responsive and helped us plan our outings with lots of suggestions! Seriously, he is one of the best hosts we've ever had! We hope to someday come back here. It's really special.
This is a wonderful place to refresh, relax and reset! Immaculately clean! Cozy, gas fireplace and great views of Lake Superior out most of the windows. The cottage is newer or has been redone and you won't find any areas needing to be updated or worn in appearance. I asked if there was a crock pot available and when we arrived there was a brand new one on the counter waiting. Love the Scandinavian decor. Complete with fun-design retro dishes and hand-knitted dish cloths. Much attention to detail in this lovely cottage. Did I mention cozy? Super attentive and conscientious hosts/owners. The Rock and Mineral Gift Shop downtown Ontonagon is worth a trip! We had a wonderful stay in this cozy and comfortable cottage.
This property was amazing, clean and lovely with very kind and communicative hosts. The home sits perfectly on the lake front with easy access/manageable drive to hiking trails in the Porcupine Mountains State Park. We hiked, we meandered on the beach, we cooked in the well appointed kitchen and we laughed by the fireplace. We had a truly grand Thanksgiving in the fabulous home in the UP!
Jarven Hytti is a cozy, private home ideally suited to escape one's everyday stresses. It's Finnish inspired design keeps you in touch with the world outside its doors, while its comfortable interior makes it equally appealing to kick back on the couch in front of the fire. From the second fireplace on the deck, down the boardwalk through the cattails, to the stand alone beach deck on the shore of Lake Superior, it breathes release. Well appointed inside and out, it sits just minutes away from Porcupine Mountain State Park and miles of well marked trails. The Lake is an unending show of waves, wind, clouds, and so many glistening rocks! Our hosts were the most gracious and helpful people I've yet to encounter in a rental situation. Our two weeks spent here in November were a perfect retreat from the rest of the world, while the excellent wi fi allowed us to dip back into it when we wanted. We left with a great affection for Jarven Hytti and hope to return in the future.
The words 'rustic' and 'luxury' may not seem like they belong together, but they perfect sum up this spectacular rental! The cabin is hidden away in the woods, just steps from Lake Superior. We had the curtains drawn in the evening as we looked out at the gently falling snow. Even though we were tucked away from civilization, we had every amenity we needed: two fireplaces, comfy Japanese towels, down comforters, a smart TV, and so much more! The rental was the cleanest one I've ever stayed in and our host was great. We will be returning!
We had an amazing anniversary. Beautiful, home, location and easy access to the Porcupine Mountains for amazing hiking. The house was all that and more!!!
Love the cleanliness and proximity to so much on this well laid out home. We found as much to do this time as last and loved returning for the evening to this cozy place and the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore.
We enjoyed our stay at the Lake House. Nice, clean home. Lots of thoughtful details. Lake deck was wonderful to sit by and enjoy the Lake and starry nights. Location was great for exploring anywhere in the Western UP! Owner communication was very good. Would highly recommend this property.
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