Bells Cabins

Clean, affordable 2 bedroom cottage and 1 bedroom cabin. Rent by the day or by the week.

East Jordan lies in the heart of Charlexoix county Michigan. If you are in the area for a day or two or staying for a few weeks, there are plenty of local interests to enjoy while you're here.

Access to lake Charlevoix and the beach. Only a few minutes from beautiful Lake Michigan. There are 10 gorgeous parks in the area, great for hiking, boating or a good old fashioned BBQ with family and friends. Nearby golf courses, tennis courts. Canoing and boat launches (depending on dock availability).

Amenities

Our Cottage and Cabin both include the comforts of home, with a small, cozy atmosphere.

  • Full Kitchens
  • Cable Television
  • Clean Linens Provided
  • Cozy Living Rooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Grill and Fire Pit

Cabin

Spacious 1 bedroom cabin complete with kitchen, bath with shower, queen size bed and enclosed sitting porch.

Relax

Time to relax? This is a great spot.

Enjoy

Everyone enjoys a good sitcom once in a while. Maybe the news?

Little warm outside?

Yeah! This should do the trick.

Plan on going out for a bit?

Yep, this is the way out.

Maybe a snack? Cold beverage?

This looks like the perfect place to start.

Rough day of swimming, golfing, shopping?

This is just the right sopt to plan for tomorrows fun.

Cottage

Our 2 bedroom cottage comes complet with a full kitchen, spacious living area, bath with shower, and an outdoor sitting area. One bedroom with a queen size bed and the other with a full size bed.

Kick back and enjoy

This is a great place to read a book.

Company drop by?

Plenty of room for entertaining.

Same room, different angle.

Still very cozy.

Breakfast time?

Oh yeah! This looks like a good place to dig in.

Did we mention full kitchen?

Well, lets head that way and start cooking.

This must be one of the bedrooms.

Time to rest up. Planning on a canoe trip in the morning.

Area History

City Of East Jordan, MI

East Jordan is a city in Charlevoix County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,507 at the 2000 census.

The city is at the end of the south arm of Lake Charlevoix, at the mouth of the Jordan River. M-66 connects with US 31 at Charlevoix about 12 miles to the northwest and with US 131 at Mancelona 18 miles to the south. M-32 has its western terminus in the city and connects with US 131 about 16 miles to the east and with I-75 at Gaylord about 29 miles to the east.

East Jordan was founded sometime in the 1870's when a logging mill was built along the Jordan River near the town. The town grew quickly, and by 1890, it boasted a large Iron Works ( the East Jordan Iron Works still operates today), a feed mill, and a population of nearly 1000. By the turn of the century, the city was being serviced by two railroads. With these two railroad connections, East Jordan quickly grew into a major manufacturing center. Even to this day, 4 large industrial corporations still operate within the town.

In 1899, the Detroit and Charlevoix Railroad built their mainline through the East side of the city, and in 1901 the East Jordan and Southern Railway began operations on the western end of the town. With these two railroad connections, East Jordan quickly grew into a major manufacturing center. In 1932, the Detroit and Charlevoix was abandoned, and the East Jordan and Southern followed suit in 1962.

The city of Charlevoix is situated between Lake Michigan and the western end of Lake Charlevoix, which drains into Lake Michigan through the short Round Lake/Pine River complex in the heart of downtown Charlevoix. The Charlevoix South Pier Light Station marks the opening of the channel onto Lake Michigan. Charlevoix's Round Lake has been called the best natural harbor on Lake Michigan. The only way to get from Lake Michigan to East Jordan, Boyne City and other sites on Lake Charlevoix by boat is via Charlevoix. As a result, much commercial, industrial, and recreational boat traffic passes through Charlevoix.

U.S. Coast Guard Station

The city of Charlevoix has a U.S. Coast Guard station located in its vicinity. Station Charlevoix has served in the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan for over one hundred years. The station originated in 1898 on the south break wall of the Pine River Channel, leading into Lake Michigan. It was officially commissioned as a United States Lifesaving Service Station July 5, 1900. During the early 1960s, the station was relocated to its present day location along the Pine River Channel's Lake Charlevoix end. The area of response for Station Charlevoix runs from Cross Village down to Leland, extending into Lake Michigan through Beaver Island and the North and South Fox Islands, and covers numerous inland lakes and waterways. Spring through late fall the 41' UTB and the 25' RB-S are in operation and during the winter months, the 14' ice skiff is put into operation. There is also a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla based at the Station. There are some USCG Auxiliary surface facilities occasionally moored at Station Charlevoix.

Major highways

US 31 is a major highway running through the heart of the city. It continues southerly toward Traverse City and Muskegon and northerly toward Petoskey to a terminus near Mackinaw City. M-66 terminates at US 31 in Charlevoix and continues southerly through East Jordan and Kalkaska en route to the southern part of the state. C-56 begins at US 31 just northeast of the city and continues east-southeasterly toward Boyne City. C-65 ends at US 31 immediately west of the M-66 junction on the south side of the city. This route continues southerly toward Ellswoth and Central Lake.

Charlevoix was once a popular destination for many passenger liners, including the Manitou, Alabama, North American, South American, Milwaukee Clipper, Illinois, and others.

During Prohibition, Charlevoix became a popular place for gang members from the Chicago area. The Colonial Club, a restaurant and gambling joint on the city's north side became known as a popular place for the Midwest's most powerful and influential. John Koch, the club's owner, kept automobile license number "2", only second to the governor - a telling sign of his influence.

The converted lumber barge Keuka served as a blind pig and speakeasy and sailed nightly between Boyne City and Charlevoix, hosting its guests in relative comfort. A murder aboard the ship and the pressure of US Treasury Department surveillance, however, forced the owner to scuttle the vessel in Lake Charlevoix.

Charlevoix City Hall

November 18, 1958, Charlevoix City Hall served as a makeshift morgue for the bodies of crewmen of the SS Carl D. Bradley after the lake freighter foundered in Lake Michigan during a severe storm. The USCGC Sundew, stationed at Charlevoix, was one of the first vessels to arrive at the search area and played a pivotal role in that night's rescue of the two surviving crewmen.

January 7, 1971 An unarmed USAF B-52C-45-BO, 54-2666, of the 9th BW, Westover AFB, Massachusetts, crashed into Lake Michigan near Charlevoix during a practice bomb run, exploding on impact.[citation needed] Only a small amount of wreckage, two life vests, and some spilled fuel was found in Little Traverse Bay. The bomber went down six nautical miles from the Bay Shore Air Force Radar Site and close to the Big Rock Point Nuclear Plant. Nine crew KWF.

The City of Charlevoix suffered economically from the 1950s to the 1980s as the manufacturing base largely evaporated, the train lines to the city ceased operating, and the larger tourist hotels fell out of business, leaving many empty buildings. The city has recovered from this slump via many redevelopment projects that have improved the downtown area. The 1980s also brought many condominium developments in the area.

Charlevoix was home to Michigan's first nuclear power plant, Big Rock Point, which operated from 1962 to 1997.

Another major employer in the Charlevoix area has been the Medusa cement plant, located south of town off of US 31 near Fisherman's Island State Park. In the late 1990s the cement plant was bought out by Cemex, a transnational company from Mexico. In 2000 Cemex sold the plant to St Marys Cement Group. The cement plant is a frequent port of call for the oldest freighter on the great lakes, St. Marys Challenger. If you are familiar with Michigan, you may have noticed a storm drain or manhole cover that has East Jordan, Michigan stamped on it. Yep, they were made right here.

Special events

Petunia Planting- Petunia planting began in 1982 when "Keep Charlevoix Beautiful" organization member Dale Boss had a vision to line the streets of the city with thousands of petunias from the north side of the city limit all the way to the south and "Opporation Petunia" began. Now, every Thursday before memorial day hundreds of residents gather to plant over 60,000 petunias on up and down Main street.

Venetian-The Venetian festival began in 1931 with a very simple boat show in Charlevoix's Round Lake and has now grown into a week long festival bringing in tens of thousands of people and costs $200,000. Venetian now includes two night of some of the best fireworks in Northern Michigan, big name concerts, a parade, athletic events, a carnival, a boat parade, and many more family friendly and adult activities.

Apple Fest- The 30th annual Apple festival was celebrated in October 2008. The Apple festival celebrates one of Northern Michigan's most prominent fruits, the apple. It gives local farmers the chance to sell their harvest right in the downtown Charlevoix area. The festival also includes pony rides, face painting, a craft show and many more activities to draw in tourism.