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Larry and Ruth Smith

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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 TV, VCR, DVD, Wifi, 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 cookies and a fresh bouquet on the dining table.

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 by FlipKey and Trip Advisor, 2011 and 2012 for Top Vacation Rental

We have abundant wildlife. Certified National Wildlife Federation Habitat, 2011.

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 first segment 5 miles long of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Bike Trail from the Dune Climb to Glen Arbor. June of 2013 the next installment will be completed 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 TV 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 now available.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

Larry and Ruth Smith

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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

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.

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.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Property Reviews

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Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012
+1 231 334-3902
Glen Arbor Northern Michigan

Hard to believe serenity can be handcrafted

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
First things first, all of the usual things were in order and convenient. I would like to focus on what made Brook Song one of the best places I have had the occasion to visit. The house is nestled in the woods near a quiet brook. There is a wooden stairway that leads down to the water with a little two person deck along the way, which is perfect for morning coffee and contemplating on your good choice of companion and destination. There is a deck that surrounds the house that always gives you the option of negotiating with the sun (or moon) for a perfect spot to sit. The reason you’ll want to change your point of view is why Brook Song is so very special. It is surrounded by extensive gardens of flowers and plants that create the illusion that you are in a fairyland imagined by people who love growing things. The sunlight seems to make the flowers glow and make all the bees lazy and friendly. The sunlight almost seems like something you can breathe in which is something you’ll want to do often. The air is filled with the sweet smell of blooming flowers and plants reaching for the sun. The gardens have intimate details you will not always notice at first, like the natural woven borders and gates. There are also sculptures of metal, stone and wood to admire on your walks. My daughters loved picking their own vegetables from the garden (my youngest said the dragonfly’s said they were all very good – who knew?). The house and gardens are surrounded by mature woods that are great for stretching legs after dinner. Chasing sunbeams seems almost mandatory in those woods which are at odds with the feeling that you do not have to do anything that does not please your senses or mind. The meadow that overlooks Brook Song and some of the gardens is a perfect place for early morning meditation and forms. The deer would watch and found me curious, but did not disturb. Trying to describe all the beautiful things we found at Brook Song is beyond me, but you should see for yourself. Our hosts Larry and Roo have created something few humans can lay claim to in this world, serenity that is integral to a place. Just show up and let it soak into your bones, it’s that easy.

Owner's Response: We are happy that family groups have a wonderful time at Brook Song. Groups of friends, couples looking for a retreat, 3 generation family groups, our guests seem to find an oasis here. Some exclaim over the "magic", fairyland component. We are just grateful that what we have to share is good, relaxing, invigorating, and pleasing. We're also grateful for the many wonderful guests who have stayed at Brook Song and in some cases have even become special friends.
Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012
+1 231 334-3902
Glen Arbor Northern Michigan

After the cookies, it only gets better!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
We have used VRBO extensively, and we have never felt more welcomed. Roo and Larry are genuine, lovely hosts. As others have mentioned, we felt more like family than renters. The well-equipped house feels like home, and to call the extensive floral and vegetable gardens a labor of love would be an understatement. There is an abundance of things to do and see in the Glen Lake/Sleeping Bear area, and our kids, ages 7-18 were engaged the whole time (sans computers!). Our experience was as memorable as any on our beloved Cape Cod, save the congestion of people and cars. I'd suggest this locale to New Englanders looking for a summer vacation alternative, but it may be better to keep it a secret!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Don, for your comments. Visitors to the Sleeping Bear National Park and area are enthusiastic. Beautiful nature, dramatic views, wonderful and uncrowded beaches, great entertainment at Interlochen Music Camp and School, the State Theater in Traverse City (just awarded the best theater in the world), amazing restaurants, fabulous rentals of bicycles and all manner of water craft abound. Horseback riding and carriage rides are also available. Guests don't lack for things to do.

We love our gardens and hope our guests do also. Help yourselves to fresh herbs and produce in the gardens. There's plenty. There are flowers in abundance too; you might want to take baby plants for your own gardens.
Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012
+1 231 334-3902
Glen Arbor Northern Michigan

A Nature Lover's Paradise

A Nature Lover's Paradise
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
This darling cottage and its location was everything we expected and then some. We came here for a couples get-away-threeday week-end. Roo and Larry welcomed us with fresh flowers on the table and fresh out of the oven "secret recipe" cookies. They are to die for!! The "boys" played golf....lots of courses nearby. We "girls" took advantage of a little down time to read, enjoy a little sunshine, shop and tour the area. The shops in Glen Arbor and Leland are interesting to browse through. We did a little "damage" to check books in a store called "Haystacks", that Roo had mentioned. There are two in Leland (one in Fishtown) and a new one in Glen Arbor. We went to The Sleeping Bear Dunes Park on Monday. This is a "must do". The views are breathtaking. Take time to read the
information in Roo and Larry's big binder. Sadly it would take a month to visit and do all the things mentioned, but let's just say you have lots of area amenities to choose from.
Roo works tirelessly in her gardens and you can tell that it is a labor of love. Larry is her righthand man and has figured out a way to make his life a little easier by installing automatic sprinkling systems to water gardens and flowers around the decks. This couple treats you like family. We hated to leave our little piece of "paradise". The birds are very " happy campers" can tell by their "sweet music".
Owner's Response: We love our guest house, so when our guests love it too, it is serendipitious.

Recently we asked our wonderful builder to solve a privacy issue for the downstairs bedroom, and his solution is well done. These 3 couples are the first to enjoy his work. From all the happy conversations we saw as they drove in and out and as they sat outside at one of the glass top tables, we were glad for their good time. We have encouraged them to stop with their families when they are next in the area. The birds are busy with their own happy talk: We recently received the National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat Award. The birds had already established that.

Last year ABC's contest determined the most beautiful National Park to be The Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore Park. To be opened June 22, 2012, is a special bike trail from the Dune Climb to Glen Arbor. We have learned it is unusually lovely, and we can hardly wait to ride it.
Helpful votes: 1/1
Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012
+1 231 334-3902
Glen Arbor Northern Michigan

Beautiful Cottage in Woods - Bird Lover's Dream

Beautiful Cottage in Woods - Bird Lover's Dream
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
This cottage was very lovely in every respect. Very clean, well equipped, and very quiet. The beautiful gardens and grounds were an extra luxury. We were in the forest, a totally comfortable environment (there were 4 us - adults). Close to Glen Arbor, Glen Haven and Lake Michigan.
The owners were so obliging. Everything was just perfect. We will go back. I highly recommend this perfect little cottage.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are thankful that our guests appreciate the extra time, cost, and effort that we expend to keep our Brook Song in good condition. The gardens are wonderful to work in, and it's fun to share extra produce from them with our guests. Some of our guests paint the gardens and take numerous photos. These guests appreciated many aspects that Brook Song offers.
Charming Woodland, Garden Guest Home, remodeled June, 2012
+1 231 334-3902
Glen Arbor Northern Michigan

Couldn't Be Better!

Couldn't Be Better!
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
Our family chose Brook Song to celebrate our anniversary and to serve as our vacation home as our grown children had not been up north in some time since they were small children (they live out of state). I fell in love with it on the websites and hoped that we would not be disappointed. It was all that we had hoped for and more. The gardens and the property are amazing and absolutely beautiful, the home is lovely and recently it's like a brand new home. The master bedroom is like that at a luxury hotel. It's clear that Larry and Ruth put their heart and soul in Brook Song. They are lovely people who will do anything to make your stay comfortable. It was the first of many stays for us at Brook Song, and I would recommend it to anyone.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Larry and I are so pleased to have thrilled guests. This family nearly embarrassed us with their ecstasy about Heaven and other superlative exclamations. The origin of Brook Song was to be a home for my mother, but she passed before the home was completed. The benefits of that go to bless our guests. We wanted the home to be as complete as we could make it. Then last year we remodeled to make it more comfortable for our guests. We lavish time on the landscaping too. We think you'll like Brook Song also.
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Train
160 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Big Glen Lake
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Art's Tavern in Glen Arbor
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Golden Valley Golf
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
La Becasse in Burdickville
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

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Availability & Rates

Glen Arbor House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
May 23 2014 - Jun 27 2014
3 nights
Jun 28 2014 - Aug 29 2014
3 nights
Aug 30 2014 - Oct 18 2014
3 nights

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.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • River ...
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Free Local Calls
  • Telephone
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Garage ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • 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 6
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Video Library ...
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Balcony ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Terrace
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Yard
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Deck Furniture
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 18 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • water parks
  • live theater
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • eco tourism
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • hunting
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • snorkeling
  • water tubing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
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.

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