Clinton Journal | The Clinton couple share their life by the lake

In our own backyard is a nearly 5,000 acre lake that offers a variety of water activities with unlimited boating power, along with the beauty and serenity of Mother Nature.

A Clinton couple wanted others to enjoy the allure and charm the area has to offer, so they created Clinton Lake Vacation Rentals.

Owners Steve Starkey and Susie Schmid have three vacation rental properties located in DeWitt and Weldon, with easy access to Lake Clinton.

When they travel, the couple said they want to feel at home, so that’s what they’ve worked to create in their properties that they rent out through the Airbnb or VRBO websites.

The three properties include:

Logan’s Landing, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch in DeWitt that sleeps 8 and opened in May 2021.

The Abbey, a three-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow in DeWitt that sleeps 5 and opened just four months later in September 2021.

Charlie’s Lakeside Cottage, a three bedroom, two bath cottage located directly across from Lake Clinton. The chalet can accommodate 9 people and has just opened in May 2022.

All three properties are close to lake access and have fire pits and outdoor spaces. They’ve also been praised with regular consistency, the couple said. Since opening in May, Charlie’s has been rented more than 80% of the time and has hosted a visitor from Chicagoland four times.

All properties are labors of love for the couple and are named after the family. Logan is Schmid’s son, Abbey is his daughter, and Charlie is his father.

At Charlie’s Lakeside Cottage, visitors will find a few small photos of Charlie discreetly placed in the decor of the cottage. It also includes a small canoe perched high in the kitchen with her mother’s name, Poge, embellished on its side.

The couple considers these rentals to be part of their retirement plan. Currently, Schmid is a co-owner of Clinton Auto Auction where Starkey is lot manager.

• See the full story in the Friday, September 30 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal’s electronic edition for subscribers.

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