New ceiling in number 4
Dramatic change in the landscape opening up the trees so each cottage has a nice lake view. The lake level goes up and down, always leaving a nice sugar sand beach.
New beds in several cottages.
Our remodeling project in cottage #6 is progressing nicely. Some walls have disappeared and it is now a 1 bedroom with a larger living area. The dropped ceiling was removed and large windows installed in both gables making for lots of light and a beautiful view of the tree tops. The floors are completed and the bathroom has a new ceramic shower. There’s an enamel gas fireplace to keep you warm on those cool spring and fall days. The kitchen has a new knotty pine cabinet, retro sink, and a ceramic counter top. We may even replace the “Party Palace” sign with a “Love Shack” one! Or maybe not.
We did a lot more than we thought we would when we purchased the property in late 2003. The main house has been completely renovated and is proving to be our comfortable home away from home. Each of the cottages has been updated with new floors, a few were re-roofed and plumbing was carefully renovated. We’ve replaced all of the old septic tanks and fields to ensure environmental friendliness and better capacity for our users. The fire pit has been moved to the beach and the view of the night sky while sitting around a fire is pretty awesome. We continue to add new furnishings and are planning to add pictures of the cottage interiors to the website.
The six cottages at the Oakapiney were built in the 1940’s and are scattered throughout the oak and pine woods all with a view of Lake Huron and within 200 feet of our sandy beach. The cabins are fully functional with atmosphere provided by knotty pine and views of the lake and entertainment provided by a board game, deck of cards or a novel. The cottages front on Thunder Bay providing miles of unobstructed, perfectly sandy beaches. The water is calm, clear and nearly free from powerboats. Feel free to fish from the shore. You may not catch anything, but you will look marvelous and your lure won’t get snagged on any rocks.
The drive from Ann Arbor or Detroit is about 3 ½ hours with the last 2 hours on old US-23 with many glimpses of the lake along the way. The final ½ hour of the drive, north of Harrisville, is through rolling hills and the Huron National Forest with no stoplights until you reach Ossineke.
The Ossineke area is similar to the Oakapiney in that it is fully functional but little change from the previous years. Mini golf at Dinosaur Gardens, breakfast at Connie’s, and an Italian meal out at Rosa’s Lookout Inn (and great pizza!).
Alpena is 7 miles north of the Oakapiney just north of the 45th parallel and while not as overdeveloped as some areas of the state, it fulfills every need not found in Ossineke including a great civic theater, a marina, the Thunder Bay River with a beautiful river walk and fishing from shore, a small amusement park, a water park, a great NOAA maritime museum and world class shipwreck diving in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Alpena has fast food and big box stores, malls, great local shops, coffee shops and renowned first class hospital facilities.