The lakehouse was built just over 20 years ago and came into our possession (Mike and Ali Cipriano) in March 2017, following a Cipriano family gathering at the Lake in July 2016. We simply fell in love with Starvation Lake. With a 20-year family attachment (Mike’s brother having a cabin just down the way) we decided to look for our own little haven to escape to, and identified the ‘No Nay Never’, settled back off the south end of the lake.
We have both worked in the UAE for some years and are presently settled in Dubai. The cabin provides us with a complete contrast to the fast pace of Dubai and the hot, dusty, desert surroundings. It is a place for us to stop and breathe.
Because we have spent much of our lives moving from one place to another, we decided to give the cabin a name that reflected our yearning to settle down. We are both from migrant families (Mike of Italian descent and Ali of Irish descent). Our descent, and our past and present lives, led us to one of Ali’s favorite bands (The Dubliners) and one of their most famous songs ‘The Irish Rover’. The song tells of a roving man who decided his days of traveling (and wild shenanigans) are over, and the chorus provides the name:
‘So it’s no nay never,
no nay never no more,
will I be the wild rover,
no never no more’.
One day soon we hope to stop roving and return to the cabin to settle and spend our years watching the turtles bask in the evening sun, listening to the bullfrogs and enjoying the sun setting over Starvation Lake.
If you’re looking for somewhere to wind down and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life; a homely place to enjoy gathering with friends and family; or a base from which to explore the all year round beauty of Northern Michigan, look no further than our three-story lakeside property, on the quiet south end of the spring-fed, Starvation Lake.
Nestled into woodland, with its own dock, fire pit and decked area over-looking the lake, this recently updated house provides all the amenities for a relaxing stay. The house itself sleeps 7: it has a beautiful galley king size bedroom (sleeps 2) where you can awake to glorious views over the glistening lake. In addition to this, there is a queen bedroom on the first floor, three single beds on the lower level, with additional futon and fold-out sofa on the first floor and basement - providing additional beds for the last minute guest.
The first floor provides one bathroom, with shower and bath; a full kitchen with all utensils; and a cozy sitting area where you can end your day seated comfortably around the open fire. The lower level has three twin beds, a couch and entertainment center with a TV. The lower level also provides easy access outdoors with a walkout. The back room in the basement holds the washing machine and dryer.
For those who simply wish to relax at the lake, there is plenty to enjoy. The wake restrictions guarantee quiet mornings and evenings for those who wish to read, relax and take in the solitude that this house provides. The lake is renown for its fishing and some of the best Browns in the state. For those looking for a more active getaway, you may wish to swim, kayak and water ski the lake.
Starvation Lake is perfectly situated for those who wish to explore the countryside trails on snowmobiles or RVs, enjoy cross-country skiing, biking and hiking.
Additional sporting activities can be enjoyed within close proximity: Manistee River for kayaking is just 20 minutes away; Shanty Creek for golf and ski enthusiasts lies 25 minutes from the lake; and it is only a 35-minute drive to Boyne Mountain ski, golf, and zip line water park.
Only 45 minutes away from Starvation Lake lies Traverse City, Petoskey, and Charlevoix; all of which provide a range of entertainment, wineries and shopping opportunities.
Turtle Creek Casino is an alternative for those who want something a little livelier, beyond the pleasure of sipping a pint at the Hideaway Bar, which lies at the north end of Starvation Lake.