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Private Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan near Glen Arbor

Kim Ford

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Kim Ford

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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Private Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan near Glen Arbor

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Glen Arbor Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Private Home 3 Bedroom/2 Bathrooms Sleeps 6

Surf Song on Sleeping Bear Bay - Just north of Glen Arbor, and nestled under towering pines and oaks with miles of soft sandy beach on its doorstep sits this peaceful waterfront haven. Set back from the water for privacy, and with a slight elevation, it offers dramatic views and memorable sunsets over Sleeping Bear Bay and the Manitou Passage. As its name suggests, many a day has been spent relaxing on the deck or playing on the beach with the ever-present sound of the waves refreshing the spirit.

This comfortable cottage has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, with a fully furnished kitchen, family rooms on each level with flat screen TVs and comfy seating. A maximum of 6 people are allowed to stay in the home at one time. With the rental of the cottage comes the use of a canoe, 2 kayaks, and 4 bikes.

You enter the cottage on the upper level which houses the kitchen, dining room, and living room with split stone fireplace on the north side and master bedroom and bath on the south. The master bedroom with queen bed has French doors opening onto the deck.

The walk-out lower level has another large family room, with fold-out sofa bed, large flatscreen tv and a woodstove, along with two bedrooms – one with a queen bed and another with two twins. There is also a full bathroom and laundry area.

The large deck off of the upper level offers a variety of comfortable seating, an outdoor dining table and charcoal grill. From the deck you have fantastic views of the beach and the Manitou Passage beyond.

Heading down towards the beach, you pass the hammock strung up in the shade of the pines, and a fire pit area that’s tucked into the dune. From there it’s just a few sandy steps down the path to the beach and the clean, clear waters of Lake Michigan.

The cottage is just one of about a dozen on this quiet, private road, and is surrounded by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore land with miles of pristine beach and scenic hiking trails.

Surf Song has been owned by our family for the past 37 years, and is being made available to select guests in 2015. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or to reserve a week for your family this summer. Shorter stays (3 night minimum) are also available during the Spring and Fall. Be sure to check out the link below for our complete Photo Tour!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kim Ford (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2015

About Kim Ford

Our mom (pictured here with her granddaughter and our dad) designed this cozy home and now 4 generations of family have treasured this beautiful spot! While each season has its unique beauty, we currently make it available for rental to select guests during the summer and fall.

Kim Ford purchased this cottage in 1978

Why Kim Ford chose Glen Arbor

The red pines and towering oaks make this wooded setting with spectacular lake views a prime beachfront property. Being on a private road, it is secluded and quiet. It has 100 feet of private Lake Michigan beach while surrounded by the beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

What makes this cottage unique

While close to Glen Arbor, this generously furnished private home is away from the crowds and traffic. It is not your typical rental unit - it is a well-loved family home. The soft sandy beach and gentle slope into the lake make it ideal for family swimming. While some rental homes in the area are quite large, this one is very comfortable for about 6 people. Enjoy meals on the deck with the 'million dollar view' overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan!

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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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based on 14 traveler reviews

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Private Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan near Glen Arbor
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Fun Family Fall Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 6 with four young children (8, 7, 3 & 2). This was our first family trip to Michigan and it didn't disappoint. We arrived late at Surf Song but the owner was there to greet us warmly, show us throughout the home and point out where we could find anything we may need. The house truly had everything we could want from board games to supplies for cookouts on the beach and more. We were close to everything at Surf Song, but also secluded on our own private road with few homes nearby. The view from the home was amazing and we couldn't get enough of it. The owner also had a couple books with information on nearby restaurants, shopping and attractions that made planning our days so much easier. We explored Sleeping Bear Dunes, Fishtown, Lake Leelanau State Park and its lighthouse and many other local attractions. There's so much to do in the area, we hope to return and stay at Surf Song for a summer break in a few years.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for utilizing your older children's fall break from school to come and enjoy a week at Surf Song in October! Grateful you could take in the gorgeous fall color everywhere you went in the surrounding area. Glad your children were able to enjoy playing games in front of a crackling fire in the fireplace during the cool evenings. Wonderful family time! Yes, we would be delighted to welcome you back some summer when your younger children are big enough to safely be out on the high deck and play in the big Lake Michigan waves. We loved having your family as our guests. Thank you for driving all the way from Kentucky to explore an area totally new to you. And, for leaving our house so neat and clean. You are amazing parents! Glenn and Kim
Chicago, IL, USA

Our Favorite Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth year visiting Glen Arbor, Michigan and Surf Song provided to be the perfect place to stay for our small family. The home is situated on one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches on Lake Michigan with gorgeous views of the Manitou Islands and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

We enjoyed everything about the private location of the house and it has all of the amenities you could ever need. The home is a gem and beautifully maintained. The owner Kim is extremely attentive and thoughtful, fulfilling any request needed.

The views from the balcony are stunning and we enjoyed watching the sunset every night of our stay. A few of our favorite activities with our 4 year old daughter included nature walks, biking, paddle boarding, playing on the beach, s’mores in the fire pit and visiting the shops, restaurants and farmers markets in Glen Arbor and surrounding towns which are just a short drive away. We are already planning our trip for next year and can’t wait to return!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for appreciating the unique location, beauty, and many amenities of Surf Song. We agree it is "a gem"! We knew your family had enjoyed a terrific vacation here when you quickly booked a reservation to come again next year. We are already looking forward to, and preparing for, another wonderful year in 2015. Delighted your family is coming back to be a part of it! Glenn and Kim
Canton, Mi.

beautiful home in a gorgeous setting

  • 5 of 5

we were dazzled by the beautiful location on Lake Michigan. Absolutely wonderful.

Secluded road, quiet and private. No one would know it was there,still it wasn't isolated. It was perfect.

Everything in the home was in perfect condition. You couldn't want for anything. Beds were blistfully comfortable. It was a perfect vacation. The owner was always available if there was any questions about the house or the area. She is very gracious and kind.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you chose a week in September to come and enjoy Surf Song! September is DELIGHTFUL here because Lake Michigan helps keep the air warm, and the crowds are gone - making it easy to get in/out of area attractions and restaurants, etc. Less traffic makes the scenic drives and bike trails all the more enjoyable! Glad your son and granddaughter had fun in the kayaks, too. It is so convenient to walk out the door and be able to kayak right off one's own beach! We love sharing our home with thoughtful, caring families like yours. Many thanks for selecting Surf Song for your family's vacation, and for submitting this review. Glenn and Kim
New York City/Columbus, OH

Delightful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We -- two grandparents, two parents and two grandchildren -- very much enjoyed our stay at Surf Song. The owner of the house could not have been more helpful. (She also took a lot of trouble and care in returning an iPad we had left behind.) The views from the deck and the living room are stunning, looking across to South Manitou Island, part of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, part of which is yards away from the property. The sunsets also were marvelous. The property has its own stretch of beach, to the rear of which, in the dunes, the owner has installed a picnic table and Adirondack-type chairs, a place that makes from pleasant afternoons and evenings (there also is a firepit). The beach itself is somewhat narrow, though perfectly adequate and the lake waves are gentle (on one day it looked like a millpond). The house is a delightful Seventies throwback, very comfortable and well-equipped and with a wonderful deck facing the lake. The owner has provided plenty of towels, soap and shampoo and the kitchen is comprehensively equipped. She even provides fixings for pancakes, complete with real maple syrup. There also are staples like flour, sugar and ketchup. There is plenty to do nearby. The aforementioned National Park is split into three distinct sections, each with its own charms. There is a very nice scenic drive, dunes to climb and an old port town (Glen Haven) to explore. The local town, Glen Arbor, is very pretty and has several restaurants and shops. Further south, Empire is a pretty town with a very good local tavern. The abandoned farmland north of the house -- it became part of the National Park -- is very interesting to see and a couple of the vacated (and lately renovated) farmhouses and barns. Overall, our stay at Surf Song was very pleasant. The home was completely as described and exceeded our expectations in terms of comfort and facilities. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for flying all the way from New York City to explore beautiful Leelanau County and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore! So glad your family from Columbus, Ohio could drive up to enjoy it all with you. Our house is ideal for 3 generations to enjoy each other with quality family time and lots of fun. We hope the memories you've made here will be a continual source of joy for years to come. Also, that more families will see how easy it is to fly into the Traverse City airport knowing all they really need to bring is their clothes, because Surf Song is generously furnished with most everything they need. The local farmers market, roadside farm stands, and grocery stores make it easy to pick up food. There are also many delightful restaurants to enjoy in Glen Arbor. But we find eating right on our deck in full view of Lake Michigan to be the best! Thanks again for your adventurous spirit in coming to visit an area completely new to you. Delighted that your family had such a wonderful time together! Glenn and Kim
Rochester Hills MI

A Perfect family get away

  • 5 of 5

Surf Song was the perfect place for our recent family vacation in Glen Arbor. The home is located on a small, quiet private road on a beautiful lot with many mature trees and a beautiful trailing slope down to the most beautiful beachfront you could possibly ask for. The sunsets were amazing and you could view them from the deck, the comfy chairs at the fire pit or from your own lounge chair right on the beach. It is also only a short drive from town and also very close to all the outdoor activities Glen Arbor has to offer. Kim, the owner, was always available to answer any questions and was very helpful in offering suggestions to investigate and enjoy what this beautiful area has to offer. It is obvious this home has been well loved and cared for, and it is extremely well appointed with anything and everything you might need. We would highly recommend this home to anyone looking for a true up north experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to have caring families like yours enjoy the many amenities at Surf Song. Whether soaking in the lake view while relaxing on the cushioned deck furniture, enjoying a tasty cookout around the firepit from the Adirondack chairs, or stargazing from the comfy chaise lounge chairs on the beach, Sleeping Bear Bay is gorgeous! Hope you'll come back for more! Glenn and Kim

Wonderful lake views

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous views from a very private home. Enjoyed many activities in the area: dune hiking, day sail, bike rides. Very relaxing place. Enjoyed the hammock, fire pit and listening to the lake waves in the evening.

Owner, Kim, was immensely helpful before and during arrival.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for driving up from Indiana to celebrate the 4th of July weekend! We do try to help our guests know what to expect - especially if they are new to the area. Then families arrive well prepared, ready to enjoy the many amenities provided here. Our unique location, secluded wooded setting still on the beach, and 180 degree view of Sleeping Bear Bay make Surf Song such a jewel! Seven rooms have views of Lake Michigan. Greeting our guests and welcoming them into our home is always a pleasure! We know the peace, refreshment, and fun awaiting them! Glenn and Kim


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan

The home is surrounded by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore including wonderful running trails!


Rates & Availability

From $425 Per night

Glen Arbor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early June
May 26 2015 - Jun 12 2015
3 night minimum stay
Late June
Jun 13 2015 - Jun 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
Standard Pricing
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 11 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall Special!
Sep 12 2015 - Oct 16 2015
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Cleaning Fee $250.00
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes Until a reservation is confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Deposit: 50% of the rental amount. Balance plus 6% Michigan sales and use tax, $250 cleaning fee, and $500 security deposit due 60 days prior to arrival date.

Personal checks. No credit cards.
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Glen Arbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Each floor has a dressing room, vanity, sink, and closet; also a second sink area in the hall. Main bath has a toilet and tub/shower. Lower level bath has a toilet and a shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Queen Sleeper Sofas (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The location of this home is what makes it a rare jewel! Located just north of the Homestead Resort on Sleeping Bear Bay. Quiet setting, in the woods, with private Lake Michigan beach. Gorgeous sunsets all year long! View of the Manitou Islands.

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