Charming cottage that feels like home
We discovered this property 2 years prior, when we left Leland for a day-trip to Northport, MI. The house immediately drew our attention because of its inviting front porch, large grassy yard, view of Barb's Bakery across the street, and location adjacent to the Mill. We were delighted to stay in the home this summer, and it met all of our expectations (for cleanliness, accuracy of descriptions/photos, and owner responsiveness). I refer to the property as "home" because it truly felt like home...a cozy living room where our kids could play with their toys in the mornings while we ate doughnuts from Barb's and drank coffee; the front porch, perfect for having meals or playing legos on the picnic table; quaint bedrooms on the wooded side of the house, ensuring the feeling of privacy; and a piano in the living room. The owner impressed us by his responsiveness. When I texted him that the piano had likely not been tuned in 10+years and that I regretted not being able to play, he had a piano tuner at the house the next day. Wow. We also appreciated the proximity of the home to the grocery store (great if you need a last-minute ingredient while cooking), restaurants, the beach, the playground, ice-cream at the Mill, doughnuts at Barb's (yes, they are that good to mention again!), and a little gift shop with souvenirs. My husband loved the outdoor grill for cooking fish that we bought at Friday's farmer's market, and we blissfully soaked in the hot tub after a day of exploring the woods at Cathead Bay or the lighthouse. The sleepy town of Northport perfectly suited our needs as a family wanting an escape from life in the city. The pace was slow, the people accommodating, and the natural beauty enticing. We discovered parks, beaches, trails...so many options every day and easily accessible from the house. The feeling of community in the town will draw us back next year: the last night of our trip, we heard live music at the marina, where folks brought picnic blankets and lawn chairs, while enjoying dinner and each other's company. I learned of the community's commitment to assisting every high school graduate with a college education, the Northport Promise. It feels good to promote a community that values education. Northport, and this wonderful little house, provided us with one of the best vacations our family has ever experienced, and we can't wait to return!
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