Yes, Folks, there is a "Paradise" and it's located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Whitefish Bay of Lake Superior. This quaint and picturesque village is a four seasons resort community and has been featured in many tourist and resort guides thru the years.
Birchwood Resort, nicely wooded with birch and a handful of stately pines, is located 1000' from downtown Paradise. A resort road leads down to a bluff with cabins on both sides of the road. The foothills or mountains of Canada, 25 miles distant, can be seen across the waters of Whitefish Bay. The shipping lanes of Whitefish Bay fall within the deeper waters of Canada. Distant ore boat traffic can be seen from the resort. Occasionally local commercial fishermen can be observed tending to their gill nets off shore. You should know when you request “Whitefish” at a local restaurant, it is fresh. Our eastern exposure across the bay provides you with unparalleled sunrises to enjoy with your morning coffee. Everyone seems to comment how close the stars appear at night and a full moon across the bay brings out the cameras.
Each cabin has its own picnic table, fire pit, and charcoal-burning grill. You provide your own charcoal and starter fluid. We normally provide bonfire wood for sale at the resort and wood can also be purchased from local vendors. For outside summer activities we have a badminton/volley ball court, a tetherball, basketball net, and a swing set for small kids. A small township park is across the street. It has a small year round flowing stream pit toilets, grills, tables, and a short nature walk.
The Tahquamenon River empties in Lake Superior 3 miles south of Paradise. This is a Walleye, Pike, and Musky River. An interesting river, it has virtually no current. The musky pictured below was caught in the Tahquamenon River below the Lower Falls. A canoe trip from the Lower Falls to the River mouth is 17 miles. Allow for a minimum of 6 hours on the River. A private bender is currently providing canoe rentals and a spotting service for area inland lakes as well as the Tahquamenon River.
Paradise and the Tahquamenon Falls Area are most noted as being a beautiful natural area. Commercial attractions to compare with any area. . . Yes. . . But miles of hiking trails for those wishing to work up a sweat. If you're not a trail person, there are endless miles of lovely Lake Superior shoreline for you to explore. And if you are into lighthouses, we have 3 within 50 miles of the Resort.
PARADISE IS A TRUE 4-SEASONS RESORT AREA.
Winter, the years first season, can be a bonanza for cold weather enthusiasts. With our current climate changes, snowfall totals can vary from year to year. . . from a total of 106” for 2011-2012 to a staggering 200” plus for 2012-2013. Snowmobiling in Paradise is major and accounts for 90% of our business. A locally maintained and groomed cross country ski trail and a vast network of trails at Tahquamenon Falls are groomed by State of Michigan personnel. (map)
We eagerly look forward to Spring. Coast Guard cutters make their presence known on the bay’s ice field in late March and the Great Lakes ore boat season starts with the opening of the Soo Locks. The Visitors Center at the locks offers an observation deck for viewing of the large boats (up to 1000’ long) passing through. You are close enough to see the faces of the crews. Agate hunters (rocks) anticipate the withdrawal of the shoreline ice to find the first treasures of the spring. Anglers come to town with their boats preparing for fishing on the Tahquamenon River or one of our inland lakes.
Summer, as it is everywhere, is prime time for family vacations. We are in the “Bulls Eye“ of so many attractions with our central location. Wheather it is a day-trip out of the resort or simply laying on our beach, this is where you want to be. It is not uncommon for a family to book for just a short visit only to find they wish they had booked a longer reservation. Weekly reservations are in big demand.
Tell us about the insides of the cabins.
All cabins come with fully furnished kitchens. We have newer refrigerators and gas ranges. There are microwaves, automatic coffee pots, and toasters. We provide a generous amount of cookware, dishes, etc. All you bring are your groceries and a promise to do your dishes. All units have limited satellite TV with combination VCR/DVD players. We have a VHS library with free tape rentals.
All beds are set up with linens, blankets, and there are electric blankets on most beds in winter. As of April 1, 2012 we will no longer furnish bath or kitchen towels for our cabins. With no laundry facilities available at the resort or in Paradise, we encourage our guests to take their laundry with them on their sightseeing trips. We will continue to supply our guests who come in off the road with no knowledge of our towel policy.
We do not provide maid service. . . . you will be the only ones in your cabin. All cabins obviously are winterized and have furnaces for our cold weather guests and the seasonable cool evening hours. All cabins are carpeted and have comfortable living room furniture. Bathrooms have fiberglass showers with glass doors. All mattresses are newer and are of high quality. These are not motel/hotel economy grade mattresses. You sleep well with us!
How You Find Us
If you are coming from the west, you will take M-123 north out of Newberry. You will come to that same light. Turn left of course on Whitefish Pointe Road. (Map)
We have no rate changes for 2013 except for a change on Cabin #12 for the spring, (went down $35) and the summer (went up $15). Typing errors in 2012.
The cost of preparing a cabin for rental can be expensive. Setting up a multiple-room cabin with full kitchen facilities cannot be compared to servicing a motel room. The cost of commercially laundering as many as 4 sets of sheets & throw rugs, and paying for housekeeping labor can add up. Cleaning the lakefront cabins with their wood-burning fireplaces can be very time consuming. This also assumes everyone is going to leave us a clean kitchen. For these reasons, we obviously prefer the longer multiple night reservations.
As we close out our books for 2012, we once again find it to be our busiest and best year ever. Each of the three summer months, (June, July, and August), broke their all time grossing months. Sadly, we couldn’t accommodate some of our Regulars who didn’t call to make reservations soon enough, May we suggest early calls to assure you get your cabin and date slot.
Having said that, we remain committed to being your best choice for value and price. Spotless clean cabins and easy everyday access to the owner of 36 years should be of prime consideration in your selection process.
Eating every meal out for a family on a weeks vacation must be incredibly expensive. Staying in one of our well-furnished cabins with its kitchens saves big bucks. After a busy sight-seeing day, throw some burgers and hotdogs on your grill, eat at your beautiful park-like picnic table and start a campfire in your fire pit.
We would love to hear from you. We do prefer the more personal contact with the telephone. Call with questions, rate information, and reservations. We do extend our sincere apologies to our e-mail friends.
Sorry, No Pets
It’s not like we’re not pet friendly as we are and have pets of our own.
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