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Family friendly, Spacious Waterfront Home Near Traverse City

Mary and Brian

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Family friendly, Spacious Waterfront Home Near Traverse City

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Suttons Bay House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath; Sleeps up to 11 - Amazing View

A great getaway in a perfect location - 3 miles south of Suttons Bay, 12 miles North of Traverse City in the middle of beautiful Leelanau Peninsula and Michigan wine country. Spacious 3 bedroom/2 bath home on West Grand Traverse Bay with deck, dock, and 100 feet private sandy beach frontage. An open floor plan with large windows provides stunning views of the Caribbean blues of the bay and a great yard for relaxation and play. It’s easy to fall in love with the area just like we did. We hope you quickly become repeat guests!

Perfect for families or girls' weekends with various spaces to relax, read, play games, catch up, and hang out. This home is comfortable, casual and you never have to feel on top of each other. We’ve provided an overview below of what the home offers. Let us know what you're looking for to make your stay enjoyable - We're happy to help!

BEACH/PROPERTY - The property is directly on the water - no roads or other barriers to cross. The sandy beach is at the end of the grass down a few steps, and features a bonfire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows and telling stories. Situated south of the Lee Point cove, the water is shallow and calm - good for children and floating the afternoon away. A dock, canoe, kayaks and sand toys are available for guest enjoyment. The water has a mix of smooth sand areas and some areas with stones/small rocks. Water shoes may be a consideration depending on personal preference.

BEDROOM/BATHS - The master has a king bed, the second bedroom has a queen; and the third bedroom has two full/twin bunks. There is a twin bed and a child's bed in the game room, and a pull out queen couch bed in the family room. Two full bath rooms, both newly remodeled in 2014/2015 – one with two sinks and tub/shower; second with one sink/shower. There is an attic fan to pull in lake breezes and cool the bedrooms, ceiling fans in each room, and additional floor fans available.

AMENITIES – This is truly 'home away from home.” There is a game room with air hockey and foosball as well as a great selection of children's toys (Legos, Geotrax, Lincoln logs, Tinker toys, blocks, cars, doll etc). There are many board games, cards, children's books and a selection of novels (all ages) and magazines for a relaxing summer read. You’ll have all the conveniences including Wifi, cable, phone, bed linens, pillows, towels, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, blender, griddle, toaster, waffle iron, toaster oven, tableware, flatware, utensils, cookware, bakeware, serveware, fridge, stove, full size washer and dryer, gas grill, and deck furniture. We provide body wash, hand soap, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, and napkins. There is typically an array of condiments and most common spices as well.

THINGS TO DO - The area hosts many activities; see the schedule below. In addition to the over 20 vineyards in Leelanau County, this home is less than 10 miles from the Leelanau Sands Casino, and close to local farm markets, shopping, excellent dining, golf courses, bike trails, art galleries and all of the many other attractions of desirable Leelanau peninsula. The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes are very popular, and Fishtown in Leland is a great afternoon visit. Catch the sunset over Lake Michigan in Leland at The Cove and Rick's Café. Sample the wines of the Leelanau and Mission Peninsula wineries. Enjoy various outdoor activities or spend a few hours with the amusements at Pirate's Cove, or fishing at Veronica Valley.

NO SMOKING OR PETS allowed anywhere inside or outside.

ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT: E-CHECK only for rental fees paid via HomeAway payments. Payment by credit will result in the fees (2.5% of rental fees) deducted from the security deposit.

2015 Events Calendar

Jan 1 – View of the Bay 5K Run

Jan 17 – Bigfoot Snowshoe 5K & 10K Race – Timber Ridge Campground

Jan 24 – 21th Annual Chili Cook-off – downtown TC

Feb 7 – Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival – downtown TC

Feb 7 – Dog Sledding in the Vines – Bowers Harbor Vineyards

Feb 7-8 – Taste the Passion – Leelanau Peninsula Wineries (chart your own course!)

Feb 14 – 3rd Annual Snowshoe Stampede at Leelanau Outdoor Center (LOC) – Maple City

Feb 14 – Suttons Bay Yeti Fest

Feb 13-14 – Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival – State Theatre, Front Street

Feb 22 – The Vineyard Winter Challenge, Fat Bike & Snowshoe Race – 45 North Vineyards

Feb 22-28 – Traverse City Restaurant Week – Dig in without digging deep!

March 7 – 9th Annual Suds & Snow – Timber Ridge Resort

March 27-29 – The Schuss MT. Snow Challenge – Schuss Mountain, Mancelona

May 1 – Downtown Art Walk (5:00-9:00pm) – downtown TC

May 2-3 – Spring Sip & Savor – Leelanau Peninsula Wineries Event

May 23 – 33rd Annual Bayshore 10K – Northwest Michigan College

May 27-31 – 5th Annual Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival

June 13 – Leland Wine & Food Festival at Leland Harbor (1:00-8:00pm)

June 19 – Suttons Bay Summer Solstice Art and Wine Walk (6:00-9:00pm)

June 20 – Traverse City Wine & Art Fest at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

June 27 – “Art” Rapids by the Bay in Veteran's Memorial Park (10:00-4:00pm) – Elk Rapids

June 28 – Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair (10:00-5:00pm) – TC; along Union Street in the Old Town District

July 2 – Polish Fest – Cedar

July 2-4; 9-13; 16-20; 23-27 – Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival (8:00-5:00pm)

July 4 – Traverse City Fireworks – over Grand Traverse Bay

July 4-11 – National Cherry Festival – downtown TC

July 5 – Cherry Festival Arts & Crafts Fair (10:00-7:00pm)

July 18 – Leelanau Peninsula Wine on the Water Festival – Suttons Bay

July 25 – 55th Annual Outdoor Art Fair (10:00-5:00pm) – Northwestern Michigan College

July 28-Aug 2 – Traverse City Film Festival – downtown TC

June 29 (2014 date) - Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair, 10am-5pm, Union Street between Grandview Parkway & 8th Streets.

July 31; Aug 7; Aug 14; Aug 21 – Friday Night Live Jazz – East Front Street, TC

August 1 – Classic Boats on the Boardwalk – downtown TC

August 1-2 – Suttons Bay Annual Community Art Festival in Suttons Bay Marina Park

August 8-15 – Northwest Michigan Fair – Fair Grounds

August 5-8 – Harbor Days – Elk Rapids

August 21-22 – Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival

September 11 – Downtown Art Walk (5:00-9:00pm) – downtown TC

September 12-13 – Annual Harvest Stompede (Leelanau Peninsula Wineries Event)

Sept 18-20 – Taste of Traverse City – downtown TC

October 16 (2014 date) – Suttons Bay Fall Finale Art and Wine Walk

November 7-8; 14-15 – Toast The Season Wine Tour (11:00-5:00) – Leelanau Peninsula Wineries

December 4-6 – Suttons Bay Holiday Festival

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mary and Brian (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Mary and Brian

We live in the Detroit area with our 3 school aged children. We grew up in Michigan - one on the west side and one on the east, and have vacationed in northwest Michigan since meeting in 1996. We have always loved the Leelanau peninsula and are so excited to finally have a home here. We've built great memories with family and friends already and look forward to building many more. Purchasing a home up north was a dream of ours and we love it. We've been slowly improving it over time; rescuing the home from inattention, the beach from disrepair, and the yard from major overgrowth. It's been hard work, but a labor of love to create a place we think is special...and hope you do too!

Mary and Brian purchased this house in 2011

Why Mary and Brian chose Suttons Bay

We fell in love with the home the minute we walked in the front door and saw the view out the back windows (you'll see!). The open layout of the place was exactly what we were looking for. It's beautiful in the summer, stunning with color in the fall, and picturesque & cozy in the winter. We love the location with so many activities nearby, yet the quiet of being North of Traverse City. It's the perfect place to relax with friends and family.

What makes this house unique

It's great to be in an area where you feel 'away from it all' but also to have access to restaurants, shopping, grocery and hardware shopping, entertainment, wineries, a casino, and amazing outdoor beauty all nearby.

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Bedrooms 3
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based on 23 traveler reviews

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Family friendly, Spacious Waterfront Home Near Traverse City
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews

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  • 5 of 5

We went up for our son's wedding at nearby Black Star Farms. This was by far the closest we could of stayed. This home gave us the opportunity to have some of the families stay together. It was very spacious and the views were amazing. The Birk's have made their home very clean and comfortable. My only regret is that we stayed so early in the year that we could not enjoy the outdoor amenities. I guess we'll have to go back when the weather is better!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Detroit, MI

Awesome experience.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the house. We were two families with small kids. Property was in excellent condition. There were so many toys to keep the kids busy. We stay in vacation rentals all the time this property had by far the largest amount of toys we have seen. Kids absolutely loved it and begged to go back, while we were sightseeing. We will be back in the summer !!!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi - thanks for your review and we're so glad you all enjoyed it. We try to have something for all ages. Having toys gives parents a chance to relax and enjoy their times as well, and there is always the chance for a day when inside is better. Hope to see you next summer. The summer will start booking heavily in early January. Take care!
Toledo, Ohio

John m

  • 5 of 5

What a gorgeous place. Something for everyone! The water is amazing. The view is unbelievable! So relaxing

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Feels like 2nd home

  • 5 of 5

This is my 2nd time staying here and I feel it's like my 2nd home now, I've also recommended the house to many of my friends and I don't even bother looking for a hotel or another house anymore, I simply inquire about the availability and then book my stay. Super clean house, an amazing clean lake in the backyard, Bonfire, 4 or 5 Kayak's for kids and adults to enjoy, many games indoors to enjoy, beautiful and quiet sunrises, amazing owners who would go to the extent to accommodate you. Not sure what else you can ask for in a vacation...

Thanks Mary and Family for sharing your house.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rabih and family - thanks for your feedback. So glad to have you back and look forward to seeing you next year. That's exactly what we want is for people to feel for their vacation comfortable like they have a home on a lake. We rented for many years from the same people and loved that feeling. Glad that you had fun! Give us a call the next time you need a getaway! Mary

Beautiful time on the water!

  • 5 of 5

My new Husband and I rented Mary and Brian's beach house for our wedding week this past week in Traverse City with some of our Bridal party. The house was centrally located near Suttons Bay proper and Traverse City and was a short car ride for all of our group to travel up and down the coast to a variety of destinations. Mary was beyond accommodating and worked with us on all our requests. At the house the group had a great time kayaking and roasting s'mores in advance of the wedding and on the day of, the ample public space let all of us girls get ready in the main living room with views of the water. Our photographer loved the locale so much I even got a couple shots of me in my wedding dress in their backyard facing the crystal blue water. We capped the weekend off with a Sunday BBQ using their plethora of kitchen supplies to rustle lots of food together. All in all a great trip with amazing hosts!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Great for families, especially with young children

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay at the Birks charming beach home. Mary was super helpful and responsive and the place was extremely clean and well stocked upon arrival. Everything you could need to stay in and cook + all sorts of extra items on hand that were useful, especially for our two families with young children - we very much appreciated the use of the high chair, pack n play, toddler bed, and all the toys in the front room. To quote my cousin, "It's like this family moved and left all their stuff behind for us to use!" The Birks really welcome you into their home in this way. The only drawbacks and why I left off a star is that the beach and dock were not as well maintained as I would have hoped - the beach was in our opinion not for swimming nor the dock for walking on due to excessive seaweed, bird droppings, etc. We noticed that the surrounding beaches of those with permanent residents were much more well-kept. Surely this is a difficult aspect to maintain from a distance...still, it was a disappointment for us nonetheless. Additionally, the furnishings and bathrooms could use some updating; to some degree it adds to the charm, but felt a tad dated / worn. But overall we very much enjoyed our stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback and we're glad you enjoyed your stay. While we make every effort to have the place well maintained, and set up for our guests to have a perfect vacation, it's impossible to control water fowl. We do have the strings alongside the dock to limit where they land and mention in the renter binder about this. As far as weeds on the dock, that we've never seen. The water level is extremely high this year so that may be part of it. We do get the grass near the beach maintained weekly. Beyond all that, please know that you can always call us with any concerns or questions and we will take care of it. I think the other reviews bear that out.


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Rates & Availability

From $300 Per night

Suttons Bay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2015
May 22 2015 - Jun 11 2015
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
Jun 12 2015 - Sep 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2015
Sep 7 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
spring 2016
May 21 2016 - Jun 10 2016
2 night minimum stay
summer 2016
Jun 11 2016 - Sep 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
fall 2016
Sep 11 2016 - Oct 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $700
Cleaning $125
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes Rental fees must be paid by eCheck only (rental amount, cleaning, tax).
Security deposit may be paid by credit card.
Check in: 4pm
Check out: 11am
Cleaning fee - $125.
Refundable security deposit of $700
Holiday, Festival and Special Event pricing maybe higher

Accepted method of payment - ONLY eCheck via Homeaway payments.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Suttons Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , two sinks
  • Bathrooms newly remodeled 2014/2015. Towels, toilet paper, Blow dryers, hand soap, and Body wash provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , this room has two bunk beds (full on bottom/twin on top)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Additional sleeping space available: - twin bed in game room - child's bed in game room - queen pull-out couch in family room - pack and play available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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