|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
This large and gracious home is one of a kind: large enough to comfortably accommodate an extended family, family reunion, or retreats and small conferences with 9 bedrooms, 3 half baths and 4 full baths. It is a beautiful property with a private beach, breathtaking views, gracious rooms and furnishings, and lots of amenities. We have decided to make Omena House available to share with other families for special get together. A few summer weeks are still available. Omena House is a delightful venue in all four seasons. The two fireplaces and outdoor firepits promise to ease the Autumn chill for trips to enjoy fall color and winter snow play.
Village and Regional Charm
Located in the charming village of Omena, “the bend at the first knuckle of the little finger” of Michigan’s Leelanau peninsula between Northport and Suttons Bay, this spacious and well appointed house is situated directly overlooking Omena and Grand Traverse Bays, with a secluded private beach. Enjoy wonderful days filled with sun, swimming, boating, beachcombing for Petoskey stones, bicycling or hiking on the many back roads and dedicated trails, and spending quality time with your family and friends. From the house you will experience shimmering sunrises over the water and woods each morning and sublime evenings. When you look up you can count stars and see the Milky Way.
Within easy reach are the attractions that define the very best “up north” experience: Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, charter fishing, casinos, excellent restaurants and bakeries (from pub fare to Zagut rated delights like Bleu and Martha’s Table). There are historical and cultural amenities including Interlochen Center for the Arts, amazing natural and human history, including the new tribal museum at Peshabestown, and several historic light houses and museums. And there are bounteous farmers markets, 20 wineries and cideries in Leelanau county alone. The Traverse City area sports 5 microbreweries, several distilleries, and there’s a “u-pick” flower garden just down the road.
You can walk to the quaint village of Omena and the Leelanau Cellars Winery and Tasting Room, gallery, general store, historical museum, post office, restaurant, and park with play equipment and wide sandy beach. The setting offers a sense of seclusion screened with trees and a vista onto protected conservancy woodlands and Omena Bay.
This expansive 5,000 square foot home has bright and bold indoor spaces with large windows offering unobstructed views of the bay and conservancy lands. The home’s interior has been architect-updated with comfortable furnishings, colorful artwork, and two fireplaces. It features a convenient laundry room off the main kitchen. The large living room with it’s stone fireplace offers a perfect place to relax with a piano, large flatscreen tv, books and games for all ages.
The dining room faces the bay with tall window walls on three sides, and seats up to 20. The large kitchen includes 2 dishwashers and stone countertops, providing ample space for all the family to come together and create gourmet meals. It is fully equipped to allow a caterer to serve special occasions as well. The large adjoining deck includes a convenient gas grill, built in seating surrounding a sheltering old maple tree. There is a large glassed-in sun porch with white wicker furniture, paddle fans and a fabulous vista overlooking Omena Bay.
With 9 bedrooms, two sleep sofas in the living room and eight baths (5 half and 3 full baths), it sleeps up to 25 people, perfect for a large or extended family. All the bedrooms are spacious with ample closets, and feature new mattresses. The first floor has 7 bedrooms with lovely views of the bay or woods. The second floor has a large and dramatic suite perfect to retreat from the bustle of activities downstairs and features a two compartment bath, Jacuzzi tub and dramatic window wall looking out at the treetops. There is a fully equiped galley kitchen, unique crows nest den with comfortable club chairs, balcony, private study, and spacious sitting room with a dramatic European fireplace, all overlooking Omena Bay. The master bedroom is unusually spacious with ample closets, queen and single beds. The large second bedroom has a double and two twin beds.
The beach opens onto beautiful Omena Bay. The sandy cove of Omena Bay is inviting, with calm protected waters for swimming. In the evening enjoy the colors of the sunset and gather around a beach fire (there is a stone fire pit and seating on the beach.) Or, if you prefer, walk down the road to the nautical themed “Knot Just a Bar”restaurant, and enjoy a gourmet dinner outdoors watching the sun set and the moon rise.
The fantastic “up north” experience does not end with summer. Enjoy spectacular foliage, hiking, biking, and winery tours while making this beautiful house your home base at off season rates. The fireplaces and firepits offer a warm glow for crisp cool weather occasions. Also closeby are cross country and downhill skiing to entice your winter fancy..
The owners are Dale Manty and Elizabeth Tuckermanty. Dale grew up in Michigan and has brought the family “up north” for vacations every year since he left. Chirstmas vacations were filled with cross country skiing and winter fun and summers were filled with berry picking, hiking and swimming. Dale has family in the Upper Peninsula and down state as well. Omena House has been a perfect family reunion spot. Since acquiring Omena House in 2003 they are eager for other families to enjoy this very special house.
Elizabeth Tuckermanty purchased this house in 2003
We chose to buy our vacation home in Omena because, we love the Grand Traverse Bay area and the “Up-North” experiences it brings us. We love floating in the beautiful lake water; canoeing quiet streams, sailing on the open bay, harvesting the fruit and vegetable bounty either from U-Pick farms or farmers’ markets. This beautiful area needs to be shared with other families looking for time to be together. We felt this is a welcoming place and should be shared.
When we are up in Omena we love to relax on the beach, walk to the “Knot-Just-A-Bar” restaurant, visit the wineries and even just drive around beautiful Leelanau peninsula. Often summer mornings we load up our pails and go to U-Pick farms and pick strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. The afternoon is taken freezing whole berries and making freezer jam to take home and bring the summer back all year long. We go to farmers’ markets and gather the best in local food and cook together as a family. We love driving around the lakes edge and going through the beautiful rural landscape inland from Omena. Most of all, we enjoy being together and playing games with our daughters and their husbands. We have been known to have a bonfire and s’more roasting on New Year’s Eve.
Great location. Wonderful house. Lousy weather!,,
Facilities are top notch. Mark is a great host, very helpful.
Would highly recommend for family gatherings
This is a wonderful place to stay, particularly if you have a big group. We had 25 people in our party and everyone had a bed to sleep on. The kitchen is well equipped to handle the crowd, there are plenty of bathrooms, and the owners were gracious and helpful. Also, this place has it's own beach front on the bay and is close to all the up-north Michigan goodness you can handle. I would highly recommend staying here!
My husband is recently confined to a wheelchair, so if we were going to get out of our house we needed to find something that was accessible for him; accessible entry and accessible bathrooms. This house had both! We were very relieved. A friend of ours found this house and heard back Christmas night that it was available so we jumped on it. Thank you for the accessibility; it was a much needed escape from our own house to spend time with friends.
The area was beautiful as well. We went on a walk around Omena point which was awesome with lots of deer. Would love to see this place in the summer time. Hopefully we can come back soon!
The number of rooms and overall space were exceptional. The dining area was ideal for our family. Grocery shopping was reasonably efficient at Suttons Bay (12 minutes) and Northport (9 minutes).
One of the first things a guest to Omena House notices is the recalibration of time. Out of one’s usual home place and routine, tucked into an exquisite corner of Michigan’s Great Lakes coastline, perceptions and one’s pace usually slows. It becomes possible to focus on and make or repair connections with others and with nature. The delight is to discover and savor such connections, and that is what Omena House enables guests to do.
And there is much to savor-- it is worth highlighting the spectacular artesian foods and beverages in the shadow of these peninsulas in Grand Traverse Bay as well as the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Summer generates an avalanche of local, high quality produce, wines, baking, fruits as well as fish from local waters. For more detail on this aspect, see the website for the Michigan Land Use Institute.
Many comment on the seductive effect of the gently rolling landscape, with meadows, woodlots, and orchards inland from the big lake. Get to know the quiet beauty of this land—like a drive through this quilted landscape at dusk. Fog fills the land helping to ripen all the gardens and orchards in the peninsula. All the seasons have their charm in this country. Imagine a Christmas Holiday at Omena House in a white, tranquil land.
The house adapts to your group--a contemplative retreat or a lively extended family. We have found it a place for all seasons and appreciate the variety of spaces within Omena House—having that first cup of something warm while sitting in the Sunroom watching the boaters on Omena Bay. Or enjoying the shade on the large deck underneath the great maple tree.
Want to get on the water? Start with Omena House’s petite access to Omena Bay a block down the hill. For a larger beach facility, continue down the shore road to a park with picnic tables, lovely old shade trees and swings. And to enjoy the miles-long beaches of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, a twenty minute drive gets you to those powder-soft beaches. Even at the peak of Summer a short walk from your car are miles of high quality public beaches. For a day-long up close and personal experience on Lake Michigan, take the daily ferry from Leland to either North or South Manitou Island. Fine restaurants await your return. Enjoyable by itself, Omena House can also be your base for exploring the land and waters of this beautiful part of Michigan.
We enjoyed the house, but the advertised "8 baths" was misleading. It has 6 half bathrooms and only 2 showers (which we had to share among 20 people.) The kitchen was a little small for our large group. On the other hand, the house was spacious enough so that we could really spread out and have some quiet time when needed. The private beach assigned to this house was very small. Only 16 feet wide, it wasn't large enough to accomodate our large extended family, and the neighbor wasn't very willing to share beach space.
Short walk to the quaint village of Omena with winery, restaurant, country store, post office and gallery. A wide range of opportunities for recreation including quiet forest walks, miles of pristine National Lakeshore with Sleeping Bear Sand Dune climb, and also friendly pubs, theater and live casino entertainment. Seasonally varied activities include boating, charter fishing, tall ship cruises, ice boating, skiing, fall color tours. Leelanau county has over 20wineries open for tasting year round. Many festivals throughout the year feature local foods, wines and beers, music. World reknowned Interlochen Center for the Arts nearby and Traverse City Film festival a feature of summer.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 15 2015 - Sep 29 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200.00|
|Notes||Please contact owner for any clarification|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.