PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME ON LAKE MICHIGAN NEAR GLEN ARBOR

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME ON LAKE MICHIGAN NEAR GLEN ARBOR

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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 3 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 36 years, and is being made available to select guests in 2014. 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!

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Owner
Advertiser since 2012
Speaks english

About The Owner

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.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1978

Why The Owner 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
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 11 traveler reviews

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Private Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan near Glen Arbor
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews
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Private Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan near Glen Arbor
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Glen Arbor Northern Michigan
New York City/Columbus, OH
5

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, 0010
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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
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Private Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan near Glen Arbor
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p423118vb
Glen Arbor Northern Michigan
Rochester Hills MI
5

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
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Private Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan near Glen Arbor
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Glen Arbor Northern Michigan
IN
5

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
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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
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Private Beachfront Home on Lake Michigan near Glen Arbor
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p423118vb
Glen Arbor Northern Michigan
5

The Perfect Cottage!

  • 5 of 5
We love Surf Song! We've vacationed in Michigan for several years now, and this is one the best places we've stayed--super clean and well-equipped, with lots of extras like bicycles, hammock, and a canoe. There were even ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies! The location is perfect--a short drive to charming Glen Arbor, but away from the hustle of and bustle of summer vacationers, nestled in the trees with an stunning view of beautiful Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands. The fire pit is awesome, safely constructed with several nice chairs to lounge in. The beachfront is sandy and beautiful, and I noticed hardly any beach traffic at all while we were there. It's close to hiking trails, dune climbing, the lovely towns of Glen Arbor and Leland, berry picking, beautiful countryside dotted with historic farms and organic produce stands.
  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this review. It was a pleasure to have you and your family as our guests. Knowing you are seasoned travelers who have stayed in several places in Michigan, we are pleased you think Surf Song is "one of the best places" you've stayed! As you mentioned, being away from the "hustle and bustle" of Glen Arbor, but still close town, is one of the many benefits of our particular location. Thank you for coming to us all the way from Iowa! We are delighted you want to come to Surf Song again and look forward to welcoming you back. Glenn and Kim
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Glen Arbor Northern Michigan
Cincinnati
5

Surf Song 2013

  • 5 of 5
We spent a wonderful, August week at Surf Song. The weather was sunny and clear, with temperatures in the 70’s. There were numerous activities and sights to explore, but we always came back to dine on the deck and catch the sunset over the lake. We went to the Dune Climb, climbed Pyramid Point and enjoyed traversing the Scenic Drive. Down the road at the Leelenau School , the Lanphier Observatory is a “must see”. Visitors are invited on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The night we went presented us with a star- filled sky. One half day was spent enjoying the scenery through wine country and sampling the local wines. We biked the area and were lucky enough to take part in the celebration of rural culture en route.
The cabin was cozy and clean, well supplied and comfortable for our family. We used the canoe numerous times and had fires in the pit. It was great to have the beach right out the door. Be forewarned however-there is one bad thing about Surf Song-leaving is extremely difficult!
Bob and Gayle Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: So glad you took advantage of the Lanphier Observatory - a 13-inch (330 mm) Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector telescope- nearby at the Leelanau School. It is one of the unique attractions here! Being away from city lights,the stars appear especially bright. To better appreciate and learn more about the beauty of the night skies, adds an interesting element to a visit here. It was a pleasure meeting your whole family! I understand about "it being hard to leave", and hope to welcome you all back soon. Glenn and Kim
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Glen Arbor Northern Michigan
Silver Spring, Maryland USA
5

Beautiful Spot on Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at this wonderful cottage on a rare and beautiful spot in a wooded area which overlooks Lake Michigan. The cottage was meticulously cleaned and maintained. The living quarters, while not large, were just fine. They were thoughtfully designed and furnished to evoke another, more charming era. The view of the Bay from the living room and the outside deck was priceless. The cottage is perched on a hill, with an entertaining and lovely view of the bay below, at least one of the Sleeping Bear Islands, and boats in the far distance. Kayaking and canoeing are possible right in front of the cottage, and the owners even offer a canoe for people to use. The owners have put in a fire pit near the beach and put out the ingredients for s'mores upon your arrival. Almost best of all, you can sit near the beach at night to see the Milky Way and shooting stars - almost impossible these days because of ambient lights most places. If you want to venture away from the cottage, you are very close to sophisticated cultural activities at the excellent galleries, music, restaurants and shops in Glen Arbor, Leland and other parts of the Leelenau Peninsula. The Interlaken National Music Camp and School (one of the best schools in the world for young musicians) is a fairly short drive away. You can take a tour and see a concert in season. Climbing and otherwise experiencing the Sleeping Bear Dunes is a must-do activity. The beautiful Crystal River with its easy canoe trips is nearby. The bird population is impressive. The cottage is near a spot where outdoor art classes often take place, so any painters out there would be happy. It is also near farm stands which sell outstanding produce. I would highly recommend renting this property and hope to return.
  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this review, and we are happy you hope to return to Surf Song! You mentioned the many farm stands. We are fortunate to have an organic farm stand close by which is open 7 days a week! Six surrounding towns have wonderful weekly farmer's markets from 9am to 1pm. Glen Arbor's is on Tuesdays and offers organic fruits/vegetables/meats, homemade breads, granola, cakes and pies, Greek pastries, honey, maple syrup, flowers - even jewelry. Yes, the cultural activities abound here, too! So pleased you were able to participate in the painting classes offered by the Glen Arbor Artist Association and held just down our road. There are several art galleries in Glen Arbor - some new this year. Interlochen's World Youth Symphony is the oldest and most prestigious international youth orchestra in the country! Their outdoor Sunday evening concerts have been a favorite summer activity of our family for many years. The Interlochen Summer Arts Festival offers quality musical entertainment as well - a real treasure to this whole region. Thank you for driving from Maryland to enjoy the beauty of Leelanau County - this "land of delight"! We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back again. Glenn and Kim
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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!

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Availability & Rates

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Glen Arbor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall Special!
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 17 2014
3 night minimum stay
$425
$2,800
 
 
Memorial Day Weekend
May 22 2015 - May 24 2015
3 night minimum stay
$1,500
Flat fee
 
 
Early June
May 25 2015 - Jun 12 2015
3 night minimum stay
$425
$2,800
 
 
Late June
Jun 13 2015 - Jun 26 2015
3 night minimum stay
$475
$3,200
 
 
Standard Pricing
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 4 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $250
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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Amenities

Amenities

Glen Arbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
  • Historic
General:
  • Wood Stove
  • Heating
  • Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Living Room ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Telephone
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Queen Sleeper Sofas (2)
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
  • Music Library
  • Games
  • Books
  • Toys ...
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • health/beauty spa
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • miniature golf
  • antiquing
  • wildlife viewing
  • shopping
  • boating
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • roller blading
  • parasailing
  • hot air ballooning
  • water tubing
  • tennis
  • jet skiing
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
Notes:
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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