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Sleeping Bear Shore Gateway Getaway. Platte River Gem~

Michele Blair

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Michele Blair

Member since: 2011
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Sleeping Bear Shore Gateway Getaway. Platte River Gem~

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Honor House Rental Photos and Description

NEW 4 Bedrooms 2 Baths, 2 Living areas , Sleeps 8-16

Come see why America chose Sleeping Bear Dunes as the most beautiful place in America ! It starts right here at M-22 and the Famous Lazy Ride down South Platte River . It is IMPOSSIBLE to remember the stresses of every day life while you are here !

Up until now it has been called 'The best kept Secret in Benzie County !' In fact a lot of the locals aren't too happy about the publicity ! They know what a rare gem they have had hiding here !

Seeing is believing and I promise you won't be disappointed when you see all this incredible area has to offer ! The Floor plan is very versatile (Total Space over 2000 sq ft w/finished lower level that has 4 ft by 4 ft windows !) and easy to group people together in many different sleeping arrangements, especially with all of the extra space in the brand new finished basement.. But please feel comfortable here ! We have a nice place but it is for vacationing ! Relax ! No fine art Pieces to worry about breaking. This is a place where everybody should feel welcome ! This is not an area filled with tons of shops and tourist traps and trinkets ! Natural Beauty Abounds everywhere and is FREE !

We headed north on one summer vacation many years ago and fell in love with those towering dunes perched along the Northwest side of Lake Michigan towering out from above the edges of the Forests below. This is paradise and we have never grown tired of exploring, walking a new trail or finding a new beach. Traveling just 10 minutes a little more north,south,east or west, whichever way you choose, there is always something new and amazing to discover in this Peninsula.

From your lazy trip down The South Platte River to The infamous Dune Climb up by Glen Lakes.

Don't forget to go to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive for the most dramatic overlook in America ! Take your time there. Dont rush.

So. Here is our Dream. There is more than enough room and privacy for a small Family Reunion, (we have two full baths and a new finished basement ) or just a quiet getaway for two. The layout is very flexible and acomidate, yet modern. The location (right across from the famous South Platte River) is excellent !

Any sunny afternoon to explore the area is good for a quiet country drive down the meandering roads between the historical farmsteads of Port Onieda only to discover another stretch of private seemingly untouched beach all to yourself that goes

on for miles and miles...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh ! And then there are the Sunsets.............

Keywords: Voted 'MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN AMERICA ! This property LITERALLY boarders The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes on two side ! ! ! Walking distance to three different bodies of water. Beach,Lake,sanctuary, new built house, finished lower level with daylight windows, additional sleeping possible in finished basement, lake,river, sunset, hideaway, secluded setting, serenity,

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Michele Blair (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Michele Blair

My Family and I have been looking for that special place to get away from the stresses of every day life for a long time. We knew that we wanted to be close to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and knew immediately when we found this property, that this was the location we were looking for. As a kid I have great memories camping all over the State of Michigan my whole life, but, ironically, we had never ventured this far. None of them come close to comparing to this area. We are now creating awesome memories with our kids now that we have found our 'favorite spot' in the State.We hope that you enjoy our Sanctuary half as much as we do !

Michele Blair purchased this house in 2011

Why Michele Blair chose Honor

We chose this specific area because it is centrally located in the middle of the most naturally beautiful places in the state of Michigan. The Wine tours are amazing and just minutes away. From North Port all of the way down to Elberta there are so many unique and beautiful places to discover ! My Family and I have been coming up here to this area for about ten years now and can never seem to get enough of it each time we come. Its surrounding towns are so interesting and have fun little shops and different beaches to explore. Did I mention it? We LOVE the beaches here ! As beautiful as it is, it never seems to be so crowded that it is a tourist trap of some kind. No huge shopping Malls with all the fast food. Its still a very quaint and low key vacation area to forget about all your daily stress back home, but still boasts of many little shops with very interesting items to mark your memorable time here.

What makes this house unique

You can drive 20 minutes in any direction and see something new each and every time ! SERIOUSLY. South Platte River is across the street so you can drop your canoe, kayak, aka any flotation device, and be in Lake Michigan within a few hours. There is always somewhere new to discover, (another fossil to find) I cannot even count the number of beaches that we have found from the many inland lakes to all around the coast of Michigan to the several Islands (a couple we haven't even gotten to yet !) there are Ferries going to them on a regular schedule-all info is at the 'cabin.' There is so much natural beauty to see in so many different spots that this has been voted as 'THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN AMERICA.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time at your home by the Platte River. Love this area ! The home is very nice and you've thougth of everything a family would need for a confortable and fun time.

The kids loved all of the places to swim and collect rocks.

We found so many wonderful places to visit that were so close by.

Thank you for a terrific opportunity.
Aug 2012
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Sleeping Bear Shore Gateway Getaway. Platte River Gem~
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 25 reviews
Waterville. OH

Great Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect for a Labor Day weekend getaway! Close to all of the things we love to do, like kayak, hang at the beach, walk in the woods, etc. The house was very clean and neat, and it was cozy and comfortable. We hated to leave! Owners were very nice and accomodating. It was so great to be able to bring our small dogs on vacation with us! That made our weekend complete!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that you enjoyed our home and the area. It is our favorite place to go to get away and forget the every day stresses of Life. We hope you can make it back for another visit ! The beauty of the area is just as welcoming every time we come back ! We have just added some "accessories" to our home to make it an extra special Sanctuary when you are able to return.

Great house in a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed a whole week and enjoyed every minute of it. The house was very accommodating for our large family. We will be staying again next year. The house is newly built and was spotless upon arrival. The owner was very pleasant to speak with and very knowledgable of the area. The fall colors were beautiful. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Todd ! Looking forward to having you and your Family next year again ! Alot of people dont realize how Beautiful Fall can be up in The Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. I am happy you all had a great time !
Columbus, OH

Gorgeous house

  • 5 of 5

I rented this house for some friends of mine and it was fabulous. The location was right off of M22 and it was close to several amenities. It's very close to Loon Lake and the Platte River for kayakers and it was a lovely house. It had all kinds of amenities in the kitchen so we had no problems whipping up meals at the house. We also loved how secluded it felt. The property was clean and well maintained and the owner was very prompt in getting back to us and addressing our concerns. We loved this house and would recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed your vacation in our home. We are constantly improving our property and hope that you can stay again and continue to watch all the added improvements along the way.

Great family getaway rental

  • 5 of 5

There were 4 adults and occasionally up to 6 teens staying in this rental, and there was plenty of room for everyone to sleep very comfortably. The owners were incredibly friendly and accommodating. The location was perfect. I have looked all over the area for other rentals and have not found one that accommodates as many people at as good a price and in as good a location as this one. When we come back to Sleeping Bear Dunes, we will definitely stay here again. The inclusion of floats, tubes and 4 kayaks with the property literally saved us hundreds of dollars, as often as we all went tubing and kayaking! And don't get me started on how beautiful the area is! One of our best family vacations ever.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a pleasure and a treat to provide our home to guests as nice as you ! We look forward to you visiting us again . To make your stay even more enjoyable we have installed a Reverse Osmosis Water Purification System= NO HAULING WATER !! We have also purchased Kayak carts to make it simpler to get them to the River . Thank you for your excellent review and we are looking forward to booking your next resevation !
Elgin, IL

Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Michele's house the week of 6/8-6/13/14. We had a wonderful time! The house is beautiful and very well maintained. The kids loved the ping pong table, bikes and kayaks! The beds were very comfortable and the area is very peaceful and quiet. I highly recommend taking a bike ride down to Platte River Point to watch the sunset over Lake Michigan and collect BEAUTIFUL rocks! I also highly recommend the PIZZA at the Honor Trading Post! It was yummy! We are planning on returning to this beautiful area in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We welcome you back anytime Kristina ! Our home is open 12 months of the year and each season brings different beauty to enjoy ! We are always adding new games and activities and information on the area because there is so much natural wonder in the Sleeping Bear Dunes to Discover !

Family group - teenagers/moms

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this well stocked house in Honor. We had never been to Honor before and found it to be a cute little town. We loved the store we could walk to a Riverside Canoe rental. They had lots of fun things for vacationing teens. We also enjoyed dropping the kayaks provided in the Platte River and letting the kids Kayak a few hours to the pick up location. (costs a lot to do at Riverside canoes but free to do yourselves!) Also enjoyed visits to neighboring towns (Frankfort - great town!, and Glen Arbor - love that place!). House was clean and had all the amenities! Nice vacation spot!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jean ! This is our Family Vacation Home and we try to keep as much possible on hand to make it as convenient and stress free of a stay as possible. I hope you can come explore more of the area another time ! There is so much to see and discover in Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore ! We find new beauty almost every time we go up there !


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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
3 miles
Nearest Ferry
100 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
5 miles
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
1000 yards
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
2 miles on M-22
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Chrystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Platte River Point
Nearest Point of Interest
Platte River Point
Nearest Point of Interest
Frankfort Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Esch Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
Nearest Point of Interest
The Dune Climb
Nearest Point of Interest
Alligator Hill Easy Loop Trail
Nearest Point of Interest
South Manitoe Island
Nearest Point of Interest
North Manitou Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Good Harbor Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
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45 North Vinyard and Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Gills Pier
Nearest Point of Interest
Verterra Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Good Harbor Vinyards
Nearest Point of Interest
Cherry Republic Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Longview Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Bel Lago Vinyard and Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Good Neighbor Organic Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Silverleaf Vinyard and Winery
Car: recommended

The first question people ask is ' can we walk on the beach ?' Yes. You have a choice of three different bodies of water within walking distance. Platte River, Big Platte Lake and Loon Lake. All three are very different and very close to the most beautiful beach in Michigan, Platte River Point Park, which is actually in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore voted the most beautiful in America. Its true. The simple beauty of the park just washes away all of the stress of lifes daily struggles and immediately feel the tranquility of the Lakeshore fill your senses. Its Dunes, Beaches, Forests, Hills and Farms are forever awe inspiring and never cease to renew your spirits, year after year.


Rates & Availability

From $2,100 Per week

Honor House Rental Rates

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Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $250.00
Pet Fee $100.00
Notes Please call me directly. This is our vacation home and not just an investment. We like to talk to you personally and explain where everything is and directions about our property. Thanks ! Michele Blair 810-241-8199

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Honor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Full Baths
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 double , King plus futon that folds down in to double size bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , queenroom that has enough room for small blow up
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , This room has 2 double beds only (sleeps 4)
    Bedroom 4 - The 4th bedroom has 2 kings w room for blow up
    Other (See Description) - 3 king , 1 queen , 2 double , 4 sleep sofa /futon , The basement has a large bedroom with 2 Kings,
  • King size beds (1) Brand new king sized pillow top mattress (all matresses are brand new)also in the bedroom is a full sized futon with new inner coil comfy mattress, Queen size Beds (1) The third bedroom has a new queen bed and room to put a full size Air Mattress. (it is in the closet with extra linens), Double Beds (2) 2 brand new double beds with comfy mattresses., Twin or Single Beds (4) several blow up mattress are included if needed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) plus We have 2 Queen Sized Comfortable Air Mattresses that you can inflate in the NEW basement. (with spatious brand new rec- room)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This New Built Home is nestled at the foot of the Sleepy Bear Dunes, National Forest, A and across the road from the South Platte River. Just a stones throw from The Riverside Canoe Livery, put your tubes,kayaks,canoes or any floatation device across the street and down just a few houses the float out to Lake Michigan within a couple hours !.. beach, after beach, after beach ! South Manitou Island, North Manitou Island, Pets in the Park are allowed: from Platte River Campground to Peterson Road, from Esch Road north to the Lakeshore Boundary south of Empire, (best pet beach) Lakeshore in Empire to south of North Bar Lake stream outlet, from Maritime Museum east to Lakeshore bond. west of GlenA We have a finished basement (with 2 Four foot by four foot daylight windows) a Ping pong table and ample room for those extra guests that your kids always want to invite but 'there is no room.' The basement is clean and we have 4 comfortable queen size mattresses that fit in this larg

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