Frequently Asked Questions
BEFORE YOUR STAY........
Do you have a Minimum night stay?
Multiple night stays are required to make a reservation. Length varies by cabin type and time of year. Typically, a 4 night minimum is required for a two bedroom cabin in peak season.
How much do your cabins cost? Rates vary depending on the cabin, location to the lake, size of cabin, and number of guests in the cabin. Posted rates are based on 4 guests per cabin. If the cabin can accommodate more than 4, additional guests are $20/night regardless of age. Current rates for the upcoming season can be found at this link: http://www.exploringthenorth.com/paradiseshores/cabinsrent.html
What are the check in and check out times?
Check in time on the day of your arrival is 4:00 p.m.
Check out time on the day of your departure is 10:00 a.m.
Are the cabin's air-conditioned?
Cabins are cooled by the breezes off Lake Superior. There are no air conditioners in the cabins. Floor fans or window fans are available in each cabin to help with airflow.
What are the kitchens stocked with?
Each kitchen includes a gas stove with oven, microwave, full-size refrigerator, & sink (sorry, no dishwasher). The Kitchen cupboards are fully stocked with dishes, pots, pans, silverware, glassware, and utensils. You may want to bring paper products if you don't want to do the dishes. (A fee may be charged if you check out and leave a sink full of dirty dishes). An automatic drip coffee maker (Mr. Coffee) and toaster can be found on the countertop or in the cupboards.
What are some items I might want to bring?
Don’t forget your towels such as beach towels, bath towels, and kitchen towels as towels are not provided. If you plan to BBQ, please remember to bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid. Don’t forget your favorite type of coffee for the coffee makers and paper products such as paper towels and napkins which are not supplied in the cabins.
Should we bring our own wood?
According to the state of Michigan, you are not permitted to transport wood from downstate Michigan or any other state into the Upper Peninsula. Wood for bonfires is available at the resort for $10. A wheelbarrow can be used to transport it right to your firepit.
Can we pitch a tent?
No tents are allowed to be set up on the grounds of Paradise Shores Cabins.
What is the check in procedure?
When you arrive, please stop by the office to complete your guest registration. The check in office at the resort is attached to the owner's cabin and is open for check-in's at 4:00 p.m. You'll see the office about half way down the drive on your left hand side. There is one spot to park your car while you come in to sign the registration form and pick up the keys to your cabin. The office is open for check-ins from 4-8 p.m. If you plan to arrive after 8 p.m., the office may still be open, so just stop on in as we usually try to stay open until all check-ins have arrived for the evening. If you will be arriving late at night or after midnight, please call to let us know so we can make arrangements for you to get into your cabin. If you arrive before the 4 p.m. check in time, early check-ins may be available, but there is a $10/hour charge and will only be accommodated if the cabin has been cleaned & is ready for your arrival.
What amenities are available at the resort? In addition to a fully equipped kitchen, each cabin has its own firepit, chairs, picnic table, and BBQ grill. There are adirondack chairs on the sandy beach that is 20 steps down from the bluff. Many chairs line the fence for beautiful views of Lake Superior. For the safety of all our guests, please no climbing or sitting on the fence or the rocks that line the shoreline and beach.
What should we do on a rainy day?
Each cabin has a few family fun games for your enjoyment if the weather isn't cooperating. Games like Trivial pursuit, cards, cribbage boards, spoons, boggle, Jenga, Chinese Checkers, Mousetrap, & more are distributed throughout the cabins. There are plenty of indoor attractions nearby as well if you venture out to explore, just ask the office for recommendations, and don't forget to look for the rainbow over Lake Superior after the rain!
Are there roasting forks or should I whittle a stick for marshmallows?
Smore’s are highly encouraged! Roasting sticks are hanging behind the door in each cabin. They are most likely tucked behind the front door where the broom hangs.
Should we sort recyclables?
There are three red plastic bins next to the firewood stand near the main office where recyclables should be disposed of. There is a separate bin for aluminum cans, glass, and another for plastics. Disposing of recyclables into these bins will help the sorting process for Michigan recycling. Please do not throw aluminum cans, bottles, or bottle caps into your bonfire, they will not burn!
Do you ever have power outages in the Upper Peninsula?
The Upper Peninsula often experiences its share of power outages. Sometimes it’s just for a few minutes, sometimes a few hours! When the power goes out, unfortunately, so does the electricity to our water pumps, thus you will not have water until the power is restored. (There's always water in Lake Superior!) We do have kerosene and battery operated lamps in the event of an extended power outage. Please contact the office if necessary.
The Pilots in the appliances (stove, oven, hot water heater, furnace) occasionally do go out with high winds off of Lake Superior. Please call the office (and leave a message if necessary) and we will do what we can to relight the pilots as quickly as we can if your pilot flame went out.
I hear my furnace motor running in the summer, is this normal?
Each cabin is heated with a propane furnace. Pilots remain on, even during the warm summer season and will emit a small amount of radiant heat as a result. Please do not adjust or attempt to turn off the pilot lights on the furnaces or appliances. The opening for propane for the pilot will become plugged if we do not continue the flow of propane constantly. Any repair charges that result from customers trying to adjust the mechanicals of an appliance will be charged to the customer. Thank you for your cooperation.
Is there a laundromat facility nearby?
Newberry (45 mins away) is the closest town with a laundromat. If you take advantage of swimming in beautiful Lake Superior, you may want a clothesline for drying your towels outside. If you do not have one outside your cabin, stop by the office and pick one up to hang between a couple of trees out of the way of any children or tall adults.
What are the check-out procedures?
Once you are packed up and ready to go, here is a quick check list to review upon your departure: Empty the refrigerator and freezer of all food and drinks. Please wash and return dried dishes to the cupboards. Trash can be transported to the large aluminum trashcan outside your cabin. Please drop off recyclables in the red cans close to the office. Don't forget to check the shower for your toiletries. Please leave any used beds unmade upon your departure. You can either leave the key in the cabin, or stop by to drop it off in the office on your way out. Please leave the cabin unlocked when you depart. We hope to see you back again soon!
Are you open year round? Paradise Shores Cabins is open year round. Peak summer season is June, July, & August. Fall is a great time to visit Paradise in September and the first few weeks of October bring prime fall colors. When the snow flies we will be open for the winter sports enthusiasts, so come to Paradise to snowmobile, cross country ski, snow shoe, and play in Mother Nature's abundance of lake effect snow. You can always warm up by a winter bonfire or inside one of the lakeside cabins with a fire in the stone woodburning fireplace.
Can we reserve multiple cabins for a family reunion? Group reservations can be made but individual credit card deposits are required for each cabin and the cancellation policy applies to each cabin reserved.
Can we reserve for next year? Reservations for week long stays in the coming year can be made at any time. Minimum night stay rules apply for advance reservations. Reservations for less than the minimum are only taken based on availability and an increased rate may apply.