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Your Own Private Beach on Sleeping Bear Bay! Week of July 16-23 now available.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet


About the property

Private Home, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6);

BEACHSIDE Cottage is your vacation home - not a condo, not on a busy street, and no roads between the cottage and Lake Michigan! Located dead center on Sleeping Bear Bay beach, the cottage came through the big August 2 storm unscathed, although we have trees down on the very back of the lot, which you can't see from the cottage! Beachside Cottage looks directly out at the two beautiful blue and white Manitou Islands. On the map, it is off of - not on - M-109, between Glen Arbor and Glen Haven in Leelanau County, Michigan. Approximately 35 miles from the Cherry Capital Airport, 5 miles from Camps Leelanau and Kohahna, 3 miles from the Homestead and minutes from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

4 1/2 hours from the Detroit area, and 6 hours from Chicago. Day Drives include Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Mackinac Island are to the North. Beulah, Frankfort and Benzonia are to the South. More information on things to do and see in the area is available upon request.

This quaint cottage has two floors, with a 3/4 bath and two bedrooms above, having a full bed in one and a two twins in the other and a Stall shower. There are steep 10 inch stairs, 8 inch is standard. There is a rollaway on the screened-in, furnished front porch. Carpeted office and laundry room can house your port-o-crib for Baby or the porch bed.

Other features include walk half a mile down the wooded highway and treat yourself to an ice cream cone, as you watch the band on the outdoor deck at Boonedocks Restaurant. Rent a canoe for half a day and float down the Crystal River, just minutes from the cottage. Shop till you drop at the many gift shops and galleries in the area.

Climb the magnificent sand dunes at the hill climb, just 3 miles away. Take a sunset drive on the Park's scenic drive overlooking Lake Michigan from on high. Park yourself on the beach and watch the waves roll in. Build a sandcastle. Swim in the clear blue water. Evenings, put jigsaw puzzles together on the porch, or play board with your family at the kitchen table. Rent a movie in Glen Arbor and watch it at the cottage. Build a bonfire after dinner and roast marshmallows for s'mores as the sun sets.

Our renters are repeaters. That says it all.


*Intergenerational sharing is welcome, however, multiple family sharing for the week is not.

Keywords: Beachfront Cottage on Lake Michigan

Summer, Weekly Sunday-to-Sunday rentals only in July and August. Minimum 3 nights otherwise. Sorry, I cannot respond to summer inquiries for less than a one week stay. Due to repeat renters, I only have a few summer weeks available each year. Now booking July-August 2016.

More Details

Linda Dewey
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

About Linda Dewey

I am a retired teacher, author, artist and composer. This was my grandparents' summer cottage. We had the one next door. As the family grew, they built a new one, we moved into this one, and my cousin's family moved in next door. Long story, but in 1999, I inherited the place, completely refurbished and winterized it for year round living. I have lived there ever since. Summers, I stay with my mother in Auburn Hills. I love my home. I think you will, too.

Linda Dewey purchased this cottage in 1956

Why Linda Dewey chose Northern Michigan

The location and the charm. The knotty pine interior I kept because it's so unique and old fashioned. The location - spot-on looking dead center out to the two beautiful blue and white Manitou Islands with the yellow sand dunes to the left and Pyramid point to the right just can't be beat. The beach is sugar sand, with some small semi-precious right along the shoreline--perhaps a foot or less. Sometimes they are more numerous than others--depends on the winter and the latest storm. The storms, suffice it to say, are magnificent. And the water...well. It can't be beat for summertime swimming. The new bike and hike trail is so close, you can walk to it from the cottage and it will take you five miles to the dunes and along the bottom of the dunes. Fab - u - lous.

What makes this cottage unique

This is one of the very few homes for rent on Lake Michigan's Sleeping Bear Bay. Condos--yes, but not private homes. It's the location that makes this place special. That, plus the cozy charm of this place built by the owner's grandfather. Updated in 2004, but we kept the charm.


Glen Arbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please limit yourselves to our own beach area.
  • Please water the grass if it does not rain.
  • Please either leave sheets and towels laundered and folded, or feel free to bring your own.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs bath is not attached to front bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Downstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Upstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs bedroom
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sized sleeper in living room, rollaway on porch
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sized hide-a-bed sleeper sofa in living room
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Centered at the middle of the bay's beach, you look to the left and see the dunes. Turn right and see Pyramid Point, the tip of the eastern arm of the bay, home of Camp Leelanau for Boys and Camp Kohahna for Girls. The shoreline is 150 feet in front of the cottage, the blue and white, beautiful Manitou Islands are 8 and 10 miles straight out. The cottage sits on the tree-line, with full forest outside our back door, behind our grassy back yard and gardens. Gravel drive, shared with family neighbor, winds through the woods, with Screened-in front porch. Umbrella table on benched lakeside deck, picnic table in back yard, conversation seating area outside in back, wood deck walk to beach, mild short rise from walk to beach with no steps, flower gardens, knotty pine kitchen and living room, ceiling fans in all bedrooms and living room and dining area, caution, there is a steep stairway.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Your Own Private Beach on Sleeping Bear Bay! Week of July 16-23 now available.
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Chicago, IL

Perfect Cottage

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a family cottage on a beautiful lake, scenic views, and sandy beaches look no further. The cottage could not be in a better location (walking distance to Glen Arbor restaurants, short drive to the Dune climb, and right on Lake Michigan). Everything you could need was also available at the rental and well maintained. As soon as you walk in you will feel the stress melt away and you can surrender to cottage life as you look out at an amazing vista.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Times!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience during our stay at the Beachside Cottage! The Cottage was clean and fully equipped to accommodate us (2 adults and 2 young children). It was great to stay right on Lake Michigan. Linda was very helpful, available and easy to work during the whole process. We cannot wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect start to summer

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our four days at Beachside Cottage. The views were even better than we imagined. The accomodations were just what we were hoping for. We found the kitchen to be supplied with everything we needed to make meals with ease. The new grill was an especially nice feature. We grilled three times, including cherry brats and cherry burgers from the butcher in Cedar. Each morning we walked into Glen Arbor and stopped to get coffee and bakery items. (Talk about an addicting habit...) The Netflix was enjoyed by our two grandsons each day.

An absolutely perfect cottage for two families.

We have stayed in the area often, and always enjoy all there is to do. The owner's kindness, with emails and helpful information, was very noticeable. She made us feel like welcome guests in herhome and it was much appreciated.

The views of Sleeping Bear Dunes to the south and Pyramid Point to the north were spectacular.

We look forward to some more visits to Beachside Cottage in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fall Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful early fall getaway at the beach. The cottage is very cute and efficient. Bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. It's an easy walk along the beach to Lake Street in downtown Glen Arbor which is a very lovely town. The beach and Sleeping Bear Bay outside the front door is amazing!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Heaven on the Bay

  • 5 of 5

Our party of five adults relished every minute with this incomparable view of Sleeping Bear Bay, just up the beach from the National Lakeshore. With a lovely well-equipped 3-bedroom home, great screened porch, boardwalk to the beach that's fine for ancient adults with a walker like my husband, firepit, fab swimming in the cool waters (and a lovely inland lake nearby--"North Bar"--for warmer plunges), hiking trails, dune climb, stars at night, sunsets, Glen Arbor at hand with its outfitters, boutiques, restaurants, and grocery: what more could one dream of.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to find this cottage for the last week in July. We had 6 total and all were very comfortable. The view is the best part and direct access to Lake Michigan was a plus too. Everything went very well as there is so much to do in the Leelanau Peninsula. I loved the fact that the bike trial was right across the street and you had to take a short dirt trail to find it. The town of Glen Arbor is charming with many small businesses and restaurants. The wifi and cable were excellent. I would recommend this location to anyone and I hope to come back soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
32 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Art's! Boonedock's, Western Avenue Grill
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
The Dunes Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several in Glen Arbor
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
The Homestead
Car: recommended

Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore is in our backyard, with scenic drives, dunes, lakes, and hiking trails. The newly paved Heritage Trail for biking and hiking is just minutes and steps away in the woods behind us. Next door lives a charter fisherman. Family board games and puzzles are stored inside cottage.


Rates & Availability

Glen Arbor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
May 7 2017 - Jun 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
Jul 16 2017 - Jul 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 24 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 27 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 10 2017 - Sep 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Fall
Sep 24 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Optional soap/paper prod $75
Refundable damage deposit $250

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Memorial Day Weekend at the summer rate of $500/day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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