Your Hosts are Paul and Chris Hyypio
Enjoy a wonderful vacation at Hyypio Homestead. Lodging on the western shores of Otter Lake in Tapiola, MI, located between Baraga, MI and Houghton, MI in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Hyypio Homestead is an 80 acre Michigan Centennial Farm that has been in the Hyypio family for over 100 years and offers smoke free lodging in a quiet secluded 3 bedroom turn-of-the-century log home that will sleep up to 6. Relax in this peaceful atmosphere and enjoy the serenity of this old homestead. We also have 2 rustic log cabins with 1 or 2 bedrooms A 14' deep-well fishing boat comes with the lodging and there is a motor available for rent
Our Homestead was settled in 1891 by Peter Hyypio who was the first of 5 Finnish families that settled in the colony of Tapiola on the western side of Otter Lake. It is doubtful that a more befitting name could be found for a Finn colony than Tapiola, the name derived from the name of the domicile of the guardian spirit of virgin forests. It was next farmed by Paul's parents, Anselm and Olga Peterson Hyypio and has now been passed down to your hosts, Paul and Chris Hyypio.
The log homestead built with hand-hewn logs is located on 40 acres of private land and has 3 bedrooms upstairs with a small half-bathroom. Bedrooms are furnished with a queen size bed, 1 long double bed, and 2 twin beds. Towels and linens are provided.
Downstairs you will find the living area with a sleeper sofa and a TV & VCR, dining area with the table overlooking the woods, a large bathroom with shower, and a huge "country kitchen". The kitchen has an electric stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, cooking utensils, and dishes.
Gas heat keeps you toasty on the cool mornings. Gas and charcoal grill for cookouts with a picnic table and lawn chairs. There is a large fire pit by the lake and a small fire ring in the yard for your campfires.
Otter Lake is just a 5 minute walk through the woods on the groomed path or a one-minute drive to the lake where you will find a small dock with a large raft for fishing or sunning and lawn chairs for relaxing and enjoying the north woods.
Stoke up the woodstove on those cool mornings or use the gas wall unit for heat. The cottage has a deck with a charcoal grill, picnic table, lawn furniture, and a fire pit by the lake for campfires under the stars.
There is a dock by the lake for the boat with a large raft attached for sitting and fishing. A 14' deep well fishing boat comes with the lodging and there is a motor available for rent. Otter Lake is one mile wide and three miles long and offers excellent fishing for walleye, pike, small mouth bass, & panfish. Otter Lake is large enough for water skiing and tubing so bring your boat and have some great water fun.
We have hiking trails for a stroll in the woods. Keep your eyes open as you will probably see deer and other wildlife come down to the lake for a drink and Eagles as they fly over.
- - Kayaking - - Canoeing - - Bird Watching - - or just Relaxing
Enjoy our Smoke Free Atmosphere
Summer: May 1 through November 30, Phone
906-334-2619, E-mail email@example.com
Directions to Hyypio Homestead: Take US-41 north to Baraga and turn left (west) on M-38. Go 7 miles west to Pelke-Tapiola Road. Head north 10 miles to Tapiola. Turn right on Lake Road for 1 & 1/2 miles. Turn right again on Lake Road and go 1/2 mile to Hyypio Road. Hyypio Homestead is at the end of the road.
Photos courtesy of Hyypio Homestead
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