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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park


Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Traverse City House Rental Photos and Description

cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Good dogs are welcome smoking is not. The weekly rate is $200/ night and only minutes away from the National Lake Shore Park- Sleeping Bear Dunes- and downtown Traverse City. It is a unique two bedroom cottage filled with natural light and wonderful panoramic views of Power Island, West Bay and Old Mission Peninsula . There are two bedrooms with one full bath on the second floor and a half bath, on the main level. The stairway leads to a bridge on the second floor that connects the master bedroom to the sky lit bathroom and walk in closet. The laundry is located in the basement. Although a mere five minutes from downtown, the large shaded yard facing the water, offers privacy that seems farther away. The location is literally surrounded by northern attractions; wine tasting is within walking distance as is the bike path that connects Traverse City to Sutton's Bay. There are a number of light houses to visit. Northport lighthouse is 25 miles north on M-22, and Old Mission is located on the end of the same peninsula, visible from the cottage.

The cottage has West Bay access with a small beach and fire pit. Boating from the beach and the use of an existing mooring ball are available. Power Island is a favorite boating destination. There are many nearby parks and beaches as well.

You can cook meals in the fully equipped kitchen or grill out on a large deck overlooking West Bay. After dinner, relax, sip wine and watch the moon rise over the beautiful ever changing water. This cottage has been featured in Traverse The Magazine and Northern Express paper as well as other publications. It is close to all that the Grand Traverse area and Leelanau County have to offer.The cottage is air conditioned.

V.R.B.O. number 307994 We never had a problem with Black Flies, Mosquitoes or Swimmers Itch. Since the water is down boating is the most likely use for the frontage.

Keywords: waterfront, cottage, Leelanau county, home, vacation property

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
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Guestbook comments from the owner


Thanks for your wonderful hospitality and great advice. We enjoyed our stay!"
Oct 2011
  • 1 of 5

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Half Baths1
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park
average rating of 4.181818 based on 16 reviews
Grand Rapids MI

Perfect combination of location and comfort.

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house/cabin; very comfortable, clean, private and yet close to downtown Traverse City as well as Leelanau County and Old Mission peninsula. There are unlimited wine tasting opportunities with one Vineyard just up the hill within walking distance. It overlooks West Grand Traverse Bay and had spectacular views even in December. The home itself is very interesting with various personal collections and it's easy to see an artist lived here. The owner was very accommodating and is a goldmine of information about the area. We have stayed here multiple times over the last few years and it's wonderful in every season. We keep coming back because it feels like home.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Ann Arbor, MI

Weekend get-away

  • 5 of 5

Accommodating and friendly owner; nice, cozy place; great location - close to everything! Would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Ann Arbor MI

The "beach" is not a beach. "What a beach".

  • 3 of 5

The cottage itself is quaint, cute, and has a VERY eclectic assortment of collectibles and family memorabilia. I found that aspect charming, and a sweet insight into the owner's history. The owner is very nice! That said, there are a few things I'd like to point out for future renters.

The owner's property description mentions a beach with a fire pit across the road and down a hill. The beach was about a 4' x 5' patch of sand with a small ring of rocks that serve for a fire pit. There is NO PATH. One must climb over the guard rail of a very busy highway, and fight one's way through thick brush. I looked for a path on either side of where the guard rail ends, and could not find any, so if you're looking for a "beach experience", you won't find it here. There is no other place to have a fire.

The highway (M-22) runs right in front of the cottage, thus it is very noisy...and that was in October. I cannot imagine how noisy it would be during peak summer months. As for the title of the owner's property description, "Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore Park", the park is 37 miles away from the cottage, so don't expect to see any dunes nearby. It is, however, just down the road from Brengman Bros Crane Hill Winery, which is wonderful. The owners are so friendly and hospitable. Worth a visit if you're into that sort of activity.

The cottage itself was ok, but there are no curtains. Period. When cars go by at night, the lights can be rather bright. The cottage is on a corner, so every time a car turns, it's daylight for a few seconds. Multiply that by 30 or so cars coming home late at night, and it's not good for a light-sleeper...not to mention having to change clothes in the bathroom. The property description says there is "plenty of privacy". No, there isn't. The very busy M-22 is right in front. There are houses and cottages on both sides, and there is a huge condo area going up behind the property.

As for cleanliness, I don't mind the "Up North" experience being a bit "rustic", however, the kitchen counters, the butcher block island, the silverware and the dishes were not so clean. The butcher block island was sticky and dirty. When we cleaned the counter tops, the paper towels were dark gray with grime. The place could use a good cleaning.

The property description in VRBO needs to be updated.

For the reasons above, I would not rent this property again.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: In response to the previous review, let me first say that the opinions and or perceptions stated as facts were false, whether due to an altered state of mind secondary to mood, substance or just poor reality testing (ie delusional) is as uncertain as what the motive might have been otherwise. Following are the facts relative to Ms. Lakotasue’s allegations; the “fact” that she was unable to find the path to the beach doesn't mean it doesn't exist as indicated by pictures and directions left on the refrigerator as well as the website . There is no need to climb over a guardrail or fight her way through the bush. The beach area is generous with a boardwalk and beautiful fire pit. Please read earlier reviews as evidence as well. In terms of privacy, this property is at least one acre with trees, hedges,berms etc that offers far more privacy than a hotel, motel or a house in town. The distance from my cabin’s front door to the neighbor on the south side is about 200 ft. Yes there is a condo development on the ridge above and behind my property as is the case for most property owners along west bay, obviously something I have no control over but also has never been mentioned as a problem in the past. In terms of having no curtains and car lights coming through the bedroom windows, the pictures on the web show from the outside of the home why this is not possible, since there is a high berm and tall trees blocking any residential traffic light. The guest also describes the silverware and dishes as “ not so clean” which is ambiguous at best as it seems things are either clean or dirty. In any case there is a dishwasher, again, never mentioned as a prior complaint. There was never any claim that one could see sleeping bear dunes from the house or anything else. The actual distance is 30.9 miles with a drive time of 40 minutes, relatively close if one lives hundreds of miles away. When we first entered the home after this guest’s departure, things were so out of place, furniture etc, we thought it was some kind of a mean joke. The toaster was stuffed into a cupboard and we had to look for the coffee pot which we found in the pantry. Chairs, tables and lamps were moved and scattered around in no meaningful way. My conclusion is that this whole thing is a joke at best and my advice to the guest is look at the pictures, (which don't lie) at least, prior to making false allegations.
ortonville, MI, USA

Nice view

  • 4 of 5

Nice size, older place with a great view of West Bay. Clean, furnished, no complaints from us. Quirky décor, but we actually found it interesting. No curtains on windows - no sleeping in, esp on sunny days. Road is close and noisy, but we knew that going in. There isn't a clearly posted address on the property, so we had some doubts when the GPS said we were there. All in all, a decent "up north" cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
United States

It felt like home!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our first trip to the Traverse City area, having chosen this home without a personal referral. We could not have been more pleased, we felt right at home from the start. Although it is adjacent to a busy highway, the position of the home, the trees and plants provide a wonderful buffer for the daytime noise. A raised be garden provided us with herbs for cooking and flowers for enjoying. The house was cozy, allowing six adults adequate space with some minor concessions-sharing the shower and using the hideaway bed were a small price to pay for this great house. A "secret" beach space with fire pit and hammock beckons from across the highway. We had a lovely fire one evening with a spectacular view of the sunset and the stars. The owner couldn't be more conscientious. He lovingly built this home and his desire to share it with guests is apparent. It's a short drive to Sleeping Bear Dunes, the darling towns of Suttons Bay and Traverse City. Thank you for helping our family create great Michigan memories!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Charlotte NC


  • 5 of 5

We had the best time at this home! It by far exceeded my expectations! (which were formed from the previous reviews). Pictures do not do this home justice! The decor is different but also made this home unique. We were there for a week and I noticed something new every day! There were only 3 of us (2 adults,1 child) but we did have family stop in and stay the night and there was plenty of room!

The owner did tell us the water level was low, which didn't make for good swimming! We got stuck in some muck walking to the beach, which is across a busy street (a steep hill to go down- I couldn't carry my daughter) There was a partly sandy bottom in the lake but as you walk out its nothing but large rocks. Water shoes a must!

There was plenty to do near by, we were there for the end of the cherry festival and saw fire works from a restaurant a few miles down the road. This home had everything we needed! We were very pleased and will stay again! Highly recommend this home to all!

Thank you again!!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary

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Traverse City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • sky lite with walk in closet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • (2)Queen size Beds (1) In each bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa bed (double) in living room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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