If the creamy yellow house on 104 South 5th Avenue could talk, we’d learn of 130 years of Roscommon, Michigan’s colorful past. Generations of the Holland family lived here for half a century. L. C. Holland was the local grocer. From 1930-1984, the house was divided into apartments, a real estate office and a duplex. James and Carol Garlo purchased the Holland House in 1994 and knew that adaptive restoration would be a connection to the past for today’s residents. Incorporated into the restoration of this lovely and inviting home are many items of local origin which add historical authenticity. Through generous donations to Camp Westminster, the house was rescued once again in Spring 2008, with a vision to use it as a retreat space.
Four sleeping areas provide beds for eight. Mary’s Retreat and Lydia’s Nook each have two comfortable twin beds. Also located on the first floor is the Lumberjack’s Hideout. Tucked near the kitchen, this cozy room has a daybed with a trundle. The Eagle’s Nest is the only bedroom on the second floor with access to the full bath and a reading area in the upper hallway. All beds are provided with linens and full towel set.
The kitchen, large and sunny, features modern amenities for your convenience. Coffee and tea service are provided. There is ample counter space and a table with seating for four.
Relax in the parlor’s comfortable furniture with a book or a game. A Victorian style dining room is adjacent to the parlor. This room is the main entry point to the house and offers ample space for eating and meetings.
Two full bathrooms are a delightful mix of Victorian ambiance and thoroughly modern upgrades. Each bathroom has a clawfoot tub, pedestal sink, toilet and shower. There is one bathroom on each floor.
A first floor laundry room includes a washer and dryer, as well as a door to the backyard. Exit to a private deck and recline in a lounge chair as you enjoy the spacious backyard. Great to view the vegetable garden in progress, or plenty of room to build a whole family of snow people!
Parking is available in front or on the west side of Holland House.
How to make a reservation:
Call the camp office at 989.821.9474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The staff will be happy to answer questions, check the availability of the house and put your reservation on the calendar.
Payment by check (made out to Camp Westminster) or by credit card, is due at the time of reservation.
Cancellations with a full refund may be made up to 7 days in advance of reservation date. After that, any cancellations or no-shows will receive a refund minus a $50.00 cancellation fee.
No pets or smoking at the Holland House at any time.
Explore the Area
Several eateries are within walking distance and the Holland House is less than one mile from gas stations, grocery store, office supply and churches.
The beauty and vitality of the Higgins Lake area can be experienced on many levels- depending on the season of your visit!
Spring, summer and fall bring opportunities to hike at the Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve just down the road or drive a short distance to the Hartwick Pines State Park. Fishing is available in the Au Sable River, on Higgins Lake, or (especially fun for children) view 45,000 trout at the Grayling Fish Hatchery. The Au Sable River is a stone’s throw from Holland House and canoeing, kayaking or tubing down this lazy river is a must! Experience the past at Wellington Farm where it is always 1932.
Winter presents a wonderful blanket of deep snow and ice to this area. Ice-fishing on Higgins Lake, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are all popular pasttimes in northern Michigan. Or just stay at the Holland House and play in the snow in the backyard!
Distances to regional attractions:
Mackinac Island – 1.5 hours
Traverse City – 1.5 hours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – 2 hours
Petoskey – 2 hours
Hartwick Pines State Park – 35 minutes
Higgins Lake – 8 miles
Houghton Lake – 30 minutes