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Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012

Larry and Ruth Smith

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Larry and Ruth Smith

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2015
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Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Glen Arbor House Rental Photos and Description

Charming 3BR2BA Guest Home, sleeps 6

Brook Song is perfect for a family adventure or a romantic weekend retreat with its king bed, four twin beds, and a futon. Central heat and air conditioning, a gas burning fireplace, surrounding decks, two balconies, satellite HDTV, VCR, DVD, Wifi, radio, washer and dryer, fully equipped GE Profile kitchen including coffee maker, microwave, dishwasher, dishes, pots and pans, quality linens and towels. We provide a plate of homemade cookies and a fresh bouquet on the dining table. Enjoy selecting vegetables and fruit from our organic gardens.

Bordering on the beautiful Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore Park (voted the 'Most beautiful National Park' by Good Morning, America), Brook Song is located six miles from Glen Arbor, 20 miles from Traverse City, and 0.7 miles from Big Glen Lake. The home is on the side of a hill overlooking a creek, extensive flower gardens, and a mature forest. Imagine waking up and walking out on one of two balconies to savor the woodland bird songs, waterfall music from the creek, and the peace of northern Michigan. Go for a stroll through the gardens or hike the trails on our 42 plus acres.

Remodeled 3 times since its construction.

Winner of the 'RATED EXCELLENT' Award 2011 and 2012 for Top Vacation Rental

We have abundant wildlife. Certified National Wildlife Federation Habitat, 2011. Certified bee habitat in 2014.

Nearby water recreation on Glen Lake or Lake Michigan includes swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, water-skiing, surfing, paddle boarding, and canoeing. Also you can fish for bass, perch, bluegill, whitefish, king salmon and trout. Boat rentals and a launch are available. Charter fishing is available in Glen Arbor, Leland, and Traverse City. Other recreation includes golf, tennis, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and ATV trails. Bicycle the 10 miles long Sleeping Bear Heritage Bike Trail from the Dune Climb to Empire.

Nearby Glen Arbor and Empire are charming tourist destinations with art galleries and boutiques. Fine dining and great casual restaurants will please anyone's palate.

Spa options are available in Glen Arbor, Empire, and Traverse City.

Concerts, symphonies, and dramas are available in Interlochen, Glen Arbor, and Traverse City. Museums are available in Glen Haven, Empire, and Traverse City

Amenities:: Side by side refrigerator freezer,


central air conditioning and heat,

overhead fans in living area, and bedrooms

continuous decks on four sides,

paved patio,

satellite HDTV and VCR, DVD, Wifi, and radio

washer and dryer,

handicap friendly shower,

handicap accessible,

ceramic top stove/conventional/convection oven,


quality china,

complete kitchen utensils and small appliances,

charming antique furniture,

comfortable beds,

quality linens and towels,

gas burning fireplace,

books and children's videos,

swing set for children

woodimals to delight all children and those young at heart

gas grill for outdoor cooking,

glass top table on a covered deck with skylight for outdoor dining and an additional glass top table on the west open air deck,

2 lounge chairs for sunning on the south deck,

2 additional lounge chairs for relaxing on the east deck,

2 chairs at the creek overlook

gardens, gardens, gardens, and an organic vegetable garden

fresh herbs for your own cooking,

trimmed hiking trails,

one bathroom has double sinks and a skylight,

hair dryers and other conveniences.

Fax machine available at owner's home

Wireless internet is available.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Larry and Ruth Smith (Property Manager)
Member since: 2004
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2015

About Larry and Ruth Smith

Larry and Ruth are retired schoolteachers. We love the area and its diversity of sports and recreation, the great restaurants, the local farming, the great people, the wonderful scenery, the fresh, clear waters of Glen Lakes and of Lake Michigan, the wide open and uncrowded beaches of the National Park, the quiet of nature, the festivals of the local towns and of Traverse City, the culture of both Traverse City and of Interlochen Music School. There is abundant and diversified good.

Larry and Ruth Smith purchased this house in 1988

Why Larry and Ruth Smith chose Glen Arbor

Leelanau County is spectacular with spectacular scenery and awesome people. Leelanau means 'Land of Delight.' Roo's grandparents started visiting the area when the Model T's became available, and since then our family has been present. We love the freshness, openness, and freedom of this multi-varied topography.

What makes this house unique

The land is beautiful. Hills, gentle walking trails, steep hills, a creek that little ones might explore with water shoes on their feet, wildlife and wonderful abundant songbirds provide relaxing but invigorating joy. Our vegetable garden is all organic and when there is abundance, Brook Song guests are invited to help harvest some for their own use. Kids particularly like picking their own!

There is abundant parking and storage for quests who want to bring bicycles or watercraft toys.

Guests enjoy quiet and privacy, but if they need help, the owners are on site to care for eventualities promptly.

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Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Great Fall Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Brook Song was lovely; I knew it would be when I read previous reviews. I echo so many people's sentiments that Larry & Roo are wonderful hosts, the property is beautiful between the walking trails, gardens and wildlife everywhere not to mention the beautiful natural displays with rocks and branches. I also want to underline that this is not just a summer spot. We were there in October and the surrounding areas were astoundingly beautiful, the weather still perfect to enjoy the outdoors and be cozy inside as well.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. Fall is a great time: fewer travelers, great colors in our trees, and many things to savor. With love, Larry and Roo
Brooklyn, New York

Brook Song is a slice of paradise

  • 5 of 5

My parents, husband, toddler and I had the pleasure of spending one week at Roo and Larry's impeccably maintained guest home in late August. As native Michiganders who love the Leelanau Peninsula, in the past five years we've rented several vacation properties in the area. Brook Song is the one we'll return to. The location makes Brook Song an excellent base for exploring all the area has to offer. It's less than a half hour's drive to Traverse City, less than ten minutes to Glen Arbor, a quick drive to Empire's beautiful beaches and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The cottage itself is situated on a beautiful piece of land, surrounded by lush gardens, behind which are woods threaded through with trails. In addition to the exuberant flowers, Roo maintains a large organic vegetable garden a stone's throw from the cottage. She encourages guests to pick and eat from the garden; filing bowls full of green and purple beans and rainbow chard to eat with dinner, I felt like a kid in a candy store. The cottage itself is clean, pretty, and bright. The interior is fresh and new looking. It's very well stocked, with plenty of towels and sheets, a complete kitchen with high quality appliances, and even a washing machine and dryer. Roo and Larry are exceptionally nice hosts, friendly, highly organized, and unobtrusive. Roo is a crackerjack baker as evidenced by the plate of cookies that greets guests upon their arrival. I would unreservedly recommend Brook Song to a friend or relative. It is an exceptional value -- a real slice of paradise -- and we can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Larry and I work to maintain the freshness, cleanliness, and creativity of our guest house and its surroundings. What a joy to share, and we do appreciate such enthusiastic feedback.

Brooke Song IS Exceptional In Every Regard.

  • 5 of 5

The setting and property are beautiful with vegetable and flower gardens available to enjoy. The home has all amenities is well maintained and clean and has all conveniences. The listing description was accurate but could not convey the beauty of the property and surrounding area.The owners Ruth and Larry are very accommodating, helpful and welcoming They provided excellent customer service and we were welcomed with exceptional home baked cookies. The property is located near Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Glen Arbor and Empire. You should also take advantage of swimming in North Bar Lake. We would highly recommend this property to our friends and relatives. Climb the dunes, hike Empire Bluffs and Pyramid Point, eat at Joe Friendly Tavern in Empire and for gourmet offerings at Blu in Glen Arbor. Visit Leland and eat at the Blue Bird for the best White Fish dinner in Michigan. Visit the Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor for great ice cream and chocolate cherry candy, and Gallaghers for fresh baked cherry pie to go.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad to have guests who enjoy our organic vegetable garden. The children love picking their own raspberries, small sun sugar tomatoes, herbs, and the green veggies: beans, peas, chard, and kale. The purple beans that turn green when cooked seem like magic to them!

Awesome vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

Hi, Roo and Larry,

Thank you for providing such a beautiful, cozy and comfortable home! We had a lot fun and awesome experience at Brook Song. These wonderful memories will store in our brains for life.

If we have a chance to visit Glen Arbor next year Brook Song would be our first choice. Take care!~~

With love,

Johnny and friends

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your enthusiasm and appreciation of Brook Song. We hope everyone has a fabulous time and enjoys his visit to Glen Arbor and our guest home. Presently our organic garden is producing raspberries, swiss chard, kale, French breakfast radishes, sugar snap peas, tat-soi, and rhubarb. The asparagus has finished for the season.

A beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time at Brook Song house. The space and amenities were first rate. The accessibility features worked well for our needs. The grounds and gardens were lovely. Our stay was very relaxing and the cookies were fantastic! We will consider staying again should we return to the area.

Thank you Roo & Larry.

Ron & Frances Ringenberg

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We designed Brook Song to be suitable for individuals who might appreciate the low elevation shower, a higher ADA commode, and with lots of grab bars in the shower and around the toilet. We're so pleased that it meets needs. Even after an amazingly cold winter and an abundance of snow, the gardens are doing well! We are pleased Brook Song is appreciated. Recently we replaced the gas propane grill. Keeping things working well and up-to-date is important to us.

Incomparable, immaculate, unique setting

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the most pleasant settings I've ever stayed. Cottage was immaculate. Thought of everything. The grounds of the cottage were worth hanging out in themselves let alone all the surroundings of the Sleeping Bear Dune area. Would recommend this to anyone who wants convenience but to be off the beaten path for a respite. Beautiful setting. Owners couldn't have been more hospitable and in no way intrusive. Biked the heritage Trail 15 miles each way. Kayaked the Platte River for a couple hours. Climbed the 450 ft dune at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Fine Dined at Blu Restaurant. Could have cooked a fine meal in the beautiful furnished kitchen and dined inside or outside at the cottage. Looking forward to getting back here as soon as possible!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that our guests notice the extra work and detail involved in a clean home. We think it important and that that's the way it should be. We have stayed at some wonderful places in Canada and the Polynesian Islands and have learned from some fabulous inn keepers what made us feel relaxed, cherished, and actually loved! We try to give that hospitality to our guests. Our guests have been loving the varied and wonderful bike trails our area offers. Our local restaurants have been receiving acclaim and becoming known as foodie destinations. It's is all so goood here in Northwestern Michigan!


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Art's Tavern in Glen Arbor
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Golden Valley Golf
Nearest Train
160 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
La Becasse in Burdickville
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Big Glen Lake
Car: necessary

Brook Song is 0.7 miles from Big Glen Lake, one of the World's Most Beautiful Lakes, 6 miles from Lake Michigan, and above Hatlem Creek. We are about 26 miles from Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport and about a half hour's drive from Interlochen, an international music school and the home of the National Music Camp. The National Cherry Festival is the second week in July, the Asparagus festival is in Empire in June, mushroom and fishing festivals abound from spring through the fall. Watersports, fishing, hiking, and bird watching in the National Lakeshore Sleeping Bear Park are some of the favorite sports. Black Horse Farm with carriage rides is 1 mile away.

Other Activities: carriage rides 1/2 mile from Blackhorsefarm

The Sleeping Bear Heritage bicycle trail has just opened its second leg. It now extends from Glen Arbor to the Sand Dune Climb and on to Empire. The trail is off road and safe! and beautifully done.

Boats from Leland to North and South Manitou offer exploration of these two gorgeous islands in the National Park.

Almost all of our towns have Farmers' Markets with wonderful produce and crafts. The area attracts many fine artists and fabulous restaurants. The State theatre in Traverse City has won the best theatre in the world!


Rates & Availability

From $250 Per night

Glen Arbor House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 2 2015 - Jun 27 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Jun 28 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 17 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Notes $1600.00 /Week
Rates are $250.00 per night (for spring and autumn). We require a three night minimum stay. The rate for a week from a Saturday to a Saturday is $1600.00 (depending on the season). We take a $300.00 security deposit and 1/2 of the cost to reserve Refund of security deposit is within the week or at departure if owner can verify satisfactory condition. No pets and No smoking.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Glen Arbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sinks, sky light
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , single sink, handicap accessible
  • Bathroom on first level is handicap designed: raised toilet, grab bars by toilet and in the shower. Shower has a low level entrance. Bathroom on the second level has a sky light and 2 sinks.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • A crib is available on request, and the futon (in the living room) can be used as a double bed. Both upstairs bedrooms have walkout balconies. The 2 bedrooms with twin beds have one dresser each, and the master bedroom has 2 dressers, an armoire, 2 bed side tables, and an armchair. The upstairs twin bedroom has an extra space that delights the children. The downstairs twin bedroom also has an antique desk.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 18 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The east deck is covered, has 2 sky lights, and includes a glass top table and 4 chairs. The gas grill is on the east deck. Additional chairs include 2 chaise lounges and 2 others. The west deck is open and also has a glass top table and 6 chairs for additional outdoor dining. The south deck has 2 lounge chairs for sun bathing. Free standing flower pots and hanging flower pots decorate the decks. Follow the path to the steps to the overlook of Hatlem Creek. There you will find 2 Adirondack chairs and a small table. On a quiet morning the deer and fawns drink from the creek. Birds sing, butterflies land on the flowers, and the peace relaxes one. The organic vegetable and herb gardens usually provide for the owners and the guests. As guests stroll the gardens, benches and chairs will be found for relaxing. Some of the benches are rustic and made on site. There are also creations to delight the child at heart: dragon fly, whale, harp, etc.

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