McDonough's Market, Beaver Island Michigan

The Last Resort   Beaver Island Michigan

Located about five miles from town on Beaver Island's beautiful Sand Bay, "The Last Resort" is a beachfront cottage with two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two sets of bunks. The entrance/laundry room also has one set of bunks. There is a bath and a half, washer/dryer, microwave, TV, VCR, deck overlooking Lake Michigan. Call Bill or Tammy at (231) 448-2733 or email

May 1 – Mid June $500 per week
Mid June – End of August $900 per week
September and October $500 per week
Weekly and weekend rates available May 1 –mid June and September 1 – October 31


About the house: The Last Resort was a cabin originally constructed by my Grandfather Lloyd McDonough and his brother Lawrence when they had several rentals on Sand Bay. I don't remember when Grandpa sold it to Maurie and Joyce Tyler, but I remember as a kid turning the water on every spring and draining this cabin in the fall even for the new owners. The Tylers made some nice changes to the place to make it larger and more habitable for Spring and Fall as well as Summer. When the Tylers decided to sell this place in their later years, they found it very comforting to sell it back to the grandsons of Lloyd.

When our sons were little kids, we took them on an annual camping trip to Garden Island in June. My brothers and cousins and some very good friends took their sons on this outing every June. We always had a great time and cherish the memories. Our children, now grown, still reminisce about it. One year, it was extremely windy and the trip to Garden Island would have been impossible. You can imagine the disappointment of the kids as well as the fathers. But, we decided to take the kids to the cabin at Sand Bay. 

We were sitting around the bon fire telling stories of our childhoods and settling with the fact that we were at Sand Bay and not Garden Island. My brother Jim said "This isn't so bad as a Last Resort." The Last Resort is used every year by those same dads - the sons are off to college and real life jobs. But in February, it is the home of the Annual R & R. We play cards, rabbit hunt, snowmobile, eat like kings, and yes, drink a few beers together.



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Member of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

Member of the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce