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Long Lake Waterfront Home

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Fireplace


About the property

Beautiful two bedroom waterfront home on a clear Michigan lake

Loon Lodge is a secluded lakefront home just minutes from the bustle of Traverse City. It is perfect for families and people looking to get away and relax.

The house is right on beautiful Long Lake, one of Northern Michigan's most popular lakes for fishing, swimming and boating with crystal clear water. The house has a dock and a large deck looking over the water. The house is secluded; the nearest neighbor is more than one hundred yards away, hidden by the trees. The property has more than 200 feet on the water.

The house features two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are two queen beds, two single beds and two day beds. The living room is large and spacious, with a cathedral ceiling. The eat-in kitchen is fully equipped. The house has hardwood floors throughout. Outside there is a new gas grill and fire pit.

There is a canoe for your use, along with paddles and life jackets. You can also bring a boat; we provide a mooring and there is a boat launch across the lake. There are public tennis courts within walking distance. There are also islands in the lake that you can explore, many with lovely beaches.

The area has much to offer. The house is fifteen minutes from Traverse City, a lively and pretty town with shopping and festivals. Interlochen Music Camp, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, the Platte River, and Michigan's finest wine country are all close by.

Please note that we rent Saturday to Saturday during the peak summer season. Shorter fall rentals are possible.

More Details

Tim Calkins
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

About Tim Calkins

We purchased the property more than a decade ago and have been renting it since then. Our family has owned property and vacationed on Long Lake for more than eighty years. We own and preserve the nearby woods. Loon Lodge is a special retreat.

Tim Calkins purchased this house in 2000

Why Tim Calkins chose Northern Michigan

Traverse City is a wonderful vacation area. There are all sorts of things to do in the area, though we often just want to spend our days enjoying the lake.

What makes this house unique

Our home has three very special features.

First, it is right on Long Lake, a spectacular northern Michigan lake. The water is clear and the sunsets are beautiful. The lake is great for swimming and boating.

Second, the house is very private. It is nestled in deep woods on a huge lot with lots of lakefront.

Third, the house is near Traverse City, so while it feels like you are really away from it all in the deep Michigan woods, you can get to a store quickly if you run out of flour or want to go to a movie.


Traverse City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • There are two bedrooms, each with a queen bed and a twin bed. There are two daybeds in the living room.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Long Lake Waterfront Home
average rating of 4.818182 based on 22 reviews

Wonderful cottage getaway

  • 5 of 5

It is a wonderful setting as it is both remote (tucked away in the woods by the lake) and close to all the modern conveniences of the city. The cottage is very cozy and the outdoor seating is a real plus. Having access to a canoe is a lot of fun. Overall, it is the perfect woodland get away .

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nicely equipped!

  • 5 of 5

Nicely equipped. Close to Traverse. Great location on the lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I searched for the perfect place for our honeymoon, and Loon Lodge was absolutely beyond expectation. The cabin is in excellent condition and it was great to have our own dock, canoe, grill, etc. It is very secluded, but only a few minutes from downtown Traverse City. For those venturing out, the cabin isn't far from Sleeping Bear Dunes, Fishtown, winery trails, etc (which I also recommend visiting). The scenery is beautiful at the cabin. We spent a lot of our time just sitting outside on the dock. We both commented that it was our first vacation and location that we had a hard time saying goodbye to at the end of our stay. We plan on returning in years to come as it is also the perfect location for family and couple trips. Highly recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Loon Lodge. We were two couples plus a four month old - the space is ideally suited for families traveling together, with two en suite baths and a large living room complete with comfortable seating, books, and wonderful views of the lake and surrounding scenery. The weather was beautiful, so we took full advantage of the canoe, and the dock (for swimming). This is a wonderfully private property that is very clean. Tim, the owner, is extremely responsive, and sent a plumber out to help us when we had a minor plumbing issue in one of the bathrooms (problem fixed right away). My husband loves to cook, and we found the kitchen well-appointed, including with all the tools we needed to grill. It's clear the owners care about their property. We felt very welcome. The pictures here don't do it justice - the lake and the trees are very beautiful. You'll be well-positioned here to explore northern MI, including Leland, Lake Leelanau, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Suttons Bay, etc. Don't miss a trip, or several, to Moomer's for ice cream - it's just down the road.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay at Loon Lodge.

  • 5 of 5

We (two couples) had a wonderful time at Loon Lodge. The scenery is spectacular and the serenity of the lake and forest was just what we needed. We even had a loon on the lake in front of our cabin morning and evening. Nothing authenticates your north woods experience like the sounds of loons calling across the water. The weather turned cold and windy so we only got to eat dinner and enjoy s'mores on the dock one night. Other evenings we enjoyed the warmth and coziness of a fire in the fireplace. The cabin had all the comforts of home that we could ask for and was perfect for two couples:two roomy bedrooms, two bathrooms, and large central living room. Having wifi was great. TV reception was not great due, I think, to the rural and rustic nature of the area, which we enjoyed. Having TV is not very important to us, especially with wifi to keep informed. Traverse City is just a short jaunt away and there are a plethora of great restaurants and shopping there. Brunch at The Blue Heron or Patisserie Amie is is not to be missed. Pizza from That'sa Pizza is very good. And the cabin is just down the road from Moomer's Ice Cream! The autumn leaves were just starting to turn but it was still a pleasant, easy drive through lovely wine country with both the woods and the waters along Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas. Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is spectacular scenery as is Sleeping Bear Dune. Loon Lodge is a lovely cabin in a beautiful setting and a peaceful woodland experience. The kitchen is cozy but adequate for fixing full meals. The road back to the cabin is a little bumpy and narrow but it really verifies that you are leaving the hustle and bustle of city life behind. The lake is gorgeous and as soon as we drove up we fell in love with the cabin and setting. We hated to leave and hope to return as soon as we can. Tim provided lots of helpful information both before we got there and with the guest information. Tim also provided us with numbers to be used if needed but we did not need that. By all means, follow Tim's directions, not your GPS.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic! HIGHLY recommend this nature haven.

  • 5 of 5

Booking was very easy through VRBO and paypal. Tim was very quick to respond.

The driving directions provided by Tim were fantastic….use those.

It was fun to drive through the long, winding, tree lined road to the house.

I couldn't get the door open….my husband had to do it each time :)

The house was spotless.

There were some supplies left for us~ pump soap, toilet paper, paper towels, bar soap.

We slept in the 2 bigger beds. We used the daybeds to lay on during the day.

We only used the shower/bath during the week. The water pressure was good and stayed hot for 3 quick showers in a row…the 4th was iffy. :)

We didn't cook while there….but the fridge and microwave worked well.

We never turned the tv on.

The internet connection worked at all times, except during a thunderstorm.

We used the washer a few times during the week ….had to wash the towels we brought from home and some random clothes. it worked well.

We used the dryer a little bit more due to drying our wet swimming stuff.

We swam off the pier on a few occasions and did end up with the lake itch that Tim informs you about. The kids were 100% w/o any red bumps within 6 hours of getting out of the water. They were just super itchy for those hours. We always got out of the water and washed off in the tub with soap. If they were super itchy, we used benadryl cream. My husband got it the worst and is at home with at least 10 bumps on his legs still.

The water was super clean. Only saw fish at night and they were tiny.

The windows are temperamental at moments. I learned which ones would fall off of their track when winding back in. I had hubby help push those closed from outside daily. Only a few windows have window treatments. It took me a minute to get used to it at night.

The fire pit and patio were perfect at night.

We never used the heat or indoor fireplace.

We HIGHLY recommend staying here and hope to stay here again in the future.

The house was perfect for us. I know your family will love it as much as we did.

Family of 5. 3-39 years old

2 dogs. puppy and old guy

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you had a good stay at Loon Lodge! One note: we are getting new window treatments in the bedrooms this fall. I hope you can make it back for another trip to Long Lake sometime soon.
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Traverse City Airport
Car: recommended

Northern Michigan is a vacation paradise. Traverse City is a charming town with cute shops. The area is full of beautiful inland lakes, as well as spectacular Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

At the house, you can swim in the clear waters of Long Lake, lay in the sun, paddle around the lake (canoe and row boat provided) and hike. There are five islands in Long Lake; they are all public and perfect for exploring and picnics. Long Lake has great fishing, too.

There are attractions near by. The Sleeping Bear Dunes is twenty minutes away. The Platte and Boardman Rivers are great for canoeing. There are wineries, bike trails, Leland (a cute fishing village), hiking opportunities. It is a wonderful area.


Rates & Availability

Traverse City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Season
May 27 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 24 2017 - Jul 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Peak
Jul 15 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400

We only rent Saturday to Saturday in the peak summer season. Shorter fall rentals are possible.

The house can sleep up to eight people. It is prohibited to have more than six people staying over-night in the house. Large parties, loud music and jet skis are not allowed. Inspect the mooring; we are not responsible for any damage that may occur due to the mooring. Pets are OK but you are responsible for damage.

Do not leave your dog if it will howl!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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