Good Morning America's 'Most Beautiful Place in America' Contest...
And... The Winner is 'SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE' See the Telecast at:
LAKESHORE HEMLOCK & ASPEN COTTAGES are tucked in amid mature oaks & lofty white birches. Our crystal clear sand-bottom spring-fed Lake teems with a variety of wildlife and fish. Take Guided Nature Walks in the Park, see dappled twin fawns, swans, ducks & geese from our compound and docks... fish, swim and climb the Dunes. The Cottages are furnished with Picnic tables, BBQ's, a large GE Profile Ice-Maker fridge (Aspen), a new large stainless Ice-Maker fridge (Hemlock), complete kitchens, fireplaces and a lazy hammock. Two fire pits for s'mores, marshmallows, campfire songs and stories. LINENS ARE NOT FURNISHED.
FIVE DEEP AND SHALLOW WATER BOAT MOORINGS are for our Guests who bring their own boats. Also available for Guests are a 14 foot fishing rowboat, a new canoe and 3 Kayaks for guests... ALL FREE! We occasionally will take our Guests on a “Sunset Cruise” to that secret spot at the Glen Lake “Bermuda Triangle” where you can see the SUN RISE IN THE WEST and have multiple Sunset events!
Bring your own FLOTATION VESTS for WATER SAFETY.
BIRCH SHORES has two docks with sun decks and swim ladders, safe shallow water for tots to wade in... Beautiful Sunset and Lake views from the rustic swing, our new Glider bench and the storage Dock bench.
ALWAYS SUPERVISE YOUR YOUNGSTERS WHILE IN AND AROUND THE WATER.
NORTH STAR - Comfortable accommodations for eight Guests. Private master bedroom & bath. The Guest Wing has three bedrooms with a computer center and a separate bath. A beautiful custom hickory kitchen, sparkling emerald-pearl granite counter, island bar and stainless bar fridge... Your Family and Friends will gather around the fireplace & bar areas for games and lively conversation.
Amenities include a Gold Whirlpool dishwasher, washer & dryer, a gourmet GE Profile convection-gas range, central Air Conditioning & gas heat, 2 spacious new decks... The Family Great Room has a fireplace, VCR, a DVD video movie library, games and a 42” High Definition TV.
A new upper and lower 700 sq. ft. Brazilian hardwood deck, complete with a deluxe Weber stainless gas grill, outdoor kitchen, a 16 foot-long sparkling emerald-pearl granite counter, island bar and stainless bar fridge. Four large built-in comfortable benches and three picnic tables have seating for 22 or more Guests ready for 'al fresco' dining in the great outdoors... Fab Fun for Family Reunions. The lower deck features a circular granite cocktail table with a fire-glass fire pit - Perfect for an evening get together... Indirect soft LED lights under the benches and Dusk to Dawn step illumination. Just Chillin' out, star-gazing, listening to the night sounds of the forest and the splash of the waves on the beach... and a nice glass of Chardonnay.
In NORTH STAR, families and friends gather around the granite island bar, in the great room, around the fireplace, and out on the new decks.
NORTH STAR only: High speed Wi-Fi wireless Internet until October 31. Repeaters to the Cottages, reception spotty and not guaranteed there. We will try new wi-fi extenders next spring to improve Internet reception.
NORTH STAR is usually available October 1 to April 15, sometimes from June 1 to 15. Call Elaine for RATES and AVAILABILITY.
BIRD WATCHERS DELIGHT!! The 'Early Birds' in the Spring... Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tangiers, Goldfinches, Blue Jays, Cardinals, tiny Hummingbirds and giant Pileated woodpeckers all abound in early & mid-May. Several Bald Eagles make their nests high in the trees.
'THE M-22 CHALLENGE' is A MINI - TRIATHLON in early June (5K run, 17 mile bike ride and 2 mile Kayak). The M-22 Challenge starts just 2 miles from Birch Shores at the Dunes. Five young Ladies from Ann Arbor were our Guests in Aspen, as well as a nice Family in Hemlock for this event. One Gal finished SECOND in the Women's Division. The girls said that they liked our Kayaks much more than the ones furnished for the race. Of course, they will be allowed to use our Kayaks next year if they wish. They are all coming back for more next June.
AUTUMN COLORS AND SCENIC ROUTES: BIKERS - enjoy the same Autumn colors and scenic routes taken by the 'Le Tour de Leelanau' where amateur & professional bicyclists go right by Birch Shores!! Discounts are available for Cycle Club members renting one or two cottages in the Spring and Fall (March 1 - June 12 and September 2 - November 21).
INTERLOCKEN CONCERTS ON ALL SUMMER - The Dunes Blue Grass Festival in nearby Empire (6 miles) - great fun & good music, lots of handicrafts & ethnic foods. Take a sunset cruise in a Tall Ship. Hike Alligator Hill to benches with a beautiful view of Sleeping Bear Bay. Watch the Bald Eagles soaring on high. Enjoy scenic drives and the views from Pyramid Point, the Empire Bluffs and Pierce Stocking Drive. Great Dunes sunsets from the swing with your Honey and a glass of Leelanau wine - TOUR some of the 18 wineries that dot the area.
HONEYMOON: Many Honeymooners have spend their first nights here. Repeat Guests have returned to the same cottages for more than 35 years. Have a relaxing Hammock nap in dappled sunlight under an emerald canopy of leaves. Summer beach novels on the docks while tots find treasures in the clear sandy shallows. View Blue jays, bald eagles, geese, loons, woodpeckers, swans, goldfinches, hummingbirds and more.
TWO DARLING FAWNS were born in the forest within 100 yards of Birch Shores on May 14th this past spring of 2013... See the pictures on the first page. Deer, raccoons, porcupines, swans, ducks and turkeys are found in the woods and waters of the Park and often in our yard. Guests ski, bike, nature walk, fish, swim and climb the massive Dune to view Lake Michigan. Take the Leland Ferry and visit the Chippewa's mysterious Manitou Islands, part of the Park.
GLEN LAKE is known as 'The Jewel of the Leelanau...' This is an apt description of the Lake with the Sapphire Blues, Sandy Shallows, Emerald Greens and Deep Water Cobalt seen from Inspiration Point high above the Lake. Once a part of Lake Michigan over 12,000 years ago, the last mile-thick glacier melted here and deposited the 500 ft sands of the mighty Dune, cutting off the waters from the Great Lake Gitchigumi and formed the Glen Lakes.