Bayshore Log Cabin is a unique vacation home, offering the ultimate 'Up North' experience; it is the perfect combination of a classic, rustic log home and a beachfront paradise. It is large enough to accommodate an extended family or several smaller families in total comfort, while reflecting the simplicity of its gorgeous natural surroundings and times gone by. The Cabin is nestled in the woods, where animal and bird life abounds, and opens onto a wide sandy beach directly on the bay, where every type of water activity can be enjoyed from morning to night. The Cabin has just been extensively renovated, including the installation of new baths, kitchen, plumbing, water softener, furnace, appliances and light fixtures, to provide upscale, modern comforts and amenities, while still retaining the Cabin’s original rustic character and charm. A vacation at the Cabin will create memories that last a lifetime: of spending endless carefree hours at the beach and in the water by day, and gathering together in the evenings for indoor or outdoor dining, games, or a roaring beach fire.
Located between the charming villages of Northport and Omena on Michigan’s beautiful Leelanau Peninsula, this large and carefully appointed log home is situated directly on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay, with 240 feet of private, wide sandy beach in a secluded wooded setting. Enjoy blissful days filled with sunning, swimming, boating, skiing, beach-combing, outdoor cooking, and spending true quality time with your family and friends. From the Cabin, you will have a perfect view of stunning sunrises over the water each morning, and the colors of the sunset reflecting off the bay on tranquil evenings. The wooded, 5 acre lot provides a sense of pleasant seclusion, screened from neighbors on either side.
This beautiful log home has expansive indoor living spaces with a vaulted ceiling and a magnificent two-story natural stone fireplace. We have redecorated the entire Cabin with new comfortable high quality upholstered furniture appropriate to its rustic style, carefully selected antique pieces, rustic light fixtures, new rugs, and curtains custom made with vintage-style fabrics.
The great room has multiple sitting areas for gathering around the fire, reading, or, for those who are so inclined, watching satellite TV or movies from an extensive collection of DVDs for all ages. The adjacent enclosed sunroom has windows on three sides that frame a picture perfect view of the bay and “Gull Island.” The sunroom is furnished with reupholstered antique rattan furniture, and has additional comfortable seating as well as a game table for puzzles, board games, and “Michigan Rhummy.” The sunroom opens to an outdoor deck on the bay side, and has tables for outdoor dining with a spectacular view. We provide two grills, one gas and one charcoal, for your outdoor cooking and dining needs.
A newly remodeled kitchen features custom-built and hand-painted cabinets with wrought iron hardware and fir counter-tops, along with a butcher block island. It has a new five-burner gas range, a new dishwasher, and a new sink and fixtures. Like the rest of the house, the kitchen is lighted with electrified wall and hanging lanterns, and decorated with vintage collectables. The adjacent pantry houses the refrigerator, and a brand new high-efficiency washer and dryer. The kitchen is fully equipped with numerous small appliances, colorful dinnerware for indoors and out, and quality cookware for preparing and serving gourmet meals for a large gathering. The spacious dining area has a 9-foot farmhouse table which seats 10-12, and a rustic buffet. Additional seating is available at the nearby gate-leg table in the adjacent living room.
With four bedrooms including a large bunkroom and a queen sleeper, the home sleeps from 14 to 16 people very comfortably, and is perfect for a large or extended family, or several smaller families. The spacious master bedroom, which is on the main floor of the Cabin, has a queen sized bed and a view of the lake. It has a private bath with a tub/shower combination, and has been completely remodeled with slate floors, subway and pebble tile, a custom built cedar vanity, and all new plumbing and fixtures. Two additional bedrooms on the second floor each have double beds, and share a second full bath, also newly renovated. All bedrooms have brand new beds, linens, curtains, rugs, colorful quilts and are furnished with charming antiques. Upstairs is a large bunkroom that sleeps eight. It is furnished with hand crafted rustic cedar log furniture, and has colorful quilts and curtains with a north woods theme. The bunkroom features colorful vintage style flooring and a half bath. If the beds are not enough to accommodate your party, there is a brand new queen-sized sofa in the living room.
The Cabin is located on a beautiful sandy beach, complete with a dock and swimming ladder. With a gradual slope and crystal clear water, the beach is an ideal place for children to safely enjoy the beach and lake. Only the deck and spacious yard -- perfect for croquet or horseshoes -- separates the house from the beach. No climbing down dunes or stairs or navigating winding paths. There is also a volleyball net and hammock in the yard. Beach chairs, beach towels, toys and 2 kayaks (one is a tandem) for exploring the bay are provided. The sandy cove invites long strolls in search of Petoskey stones and other treasures.
After a day on the beach, you can enjoy the enclosed cedar outdoor shower, or nap in the hammock. The home is on a cove in Grand Traverse Bay, with calmer waters, making it perfect for small craft boating and skiing. In the evening, enjoy the colors of the sunset reflecting off the bay, and gather around a beach fire (we have a fire pit on the beach and provide a supply of firewood).
The Cabin is a perfect venue for special family reunions and celebrations, offering a memorable private setting. Local catering offers the unique foods and wines of the Leelanau Peninsula.
The fantastic “Up North” experience does not end with summer. Enjoy spectacular foliage, biking, golfing, hiking, and wine tasting while making this charming log home your home base during the color season, at attractive rates. Our home is just a few miles from some of the most popular Leelanau Peninsula wineries, and is the perfect home base for winery tours.
It is also a story-book place to celebrate the holidays or spend a winter ski weekend. Nestled in the woods, you can snuggle in with the family, cook up your holiday feast, and gather round a roaring fire. We are only a half hour drive from family friendly cross country and downhill skiing at the Homestead, and Crystal Mountain is just over an hour away.
NOTE: We own the neighboring beach property, Bayshore Beach House, and have operated it as a rental since 2008. Although it is very different in character from Bayshore Log Cabin, please see VRBO Listing #183657 to get a sense of the beach, as well as the kind of finish and amenities that we strive to provide. You can also read the numerous renter-submitted reviews which we feel reflect the positive experiences our renters enjoy.
As a small child, I (Holly) vacationed every summer at my grandmother's rustic and charming fishing cabin on Seven Pines Road in Northport. I have indelible memories of carefree days, roaming the beach, frolicking in the bay, exploring the beautiful woods, gorging on fresh berries, and staying up very late near a blazing beach fire. When I went away to school, I looked forward to bringing friends from far away to this special place. My now-husband Andy was one of them, and he loves Northport as much as I do. Every summer since we were married we have gone there, first just the two of us with our books and bicycles, and later with our five children. Although we have had the good fortune to have traveled to many places, Northport remains our very favorite place on the planet.
Holly purchased this cabin in 2012
This property provides a unique 'up North' experience. The Cabin is a rustic but comfortable gem, surrounded by beautiful woods, and situated on a wonderful sandy beach. It reminds us of the cabin where we spent so many years when our children were growing up. It doesn't get much better than this for a family vacation on the Leelanau Peninsula.
Located in the heart of Leelanau Wine Country