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Lake Leelanau Waterfront Cottage with Mini Harbor - Close to Traverse City!

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


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2 bedrooms, full size futon in living room, 1bath/stand up shower, sleeps 6

West Winds Resort is truly a slice of heaven in Northern Michigan! Located on beautiful Lake Leelanau, 11 darling cottages share 400 ft. of shoreline, along with a mini-harbor, sandy beach, fire pits and a playground. The entire property is meticulously maintained, quiet and serene. Pull up in front of Cottage #2 (look for the cheerful white shutters!) and you'll find a cozy respite, perfect for a family or a couple looking for a romantic Northern Michigan escape.

Cottage #2 features two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with bunk beds (a double bed on the bottom and twin bed on top). There is a full-size futon sleeper in the living room, so the cottage can accommodate up to 6. The single bathroom has a shower stall, single sink and toilet. Brew your morning coffee in the cozy kitchen while you look over the calm morning lake. Step onto the patio where you'll find a picnic table and gas grill awaiting your first cookout. You're literally steps from the beach where you can enjoy an evening glass of wine while you watch the sun set over the lake. Be sure to bring along marshmallows and graham crackers for s'mores around the fire pit after dinner! Our mini-harbor was reconstructed in 2015 with a wider opening and seawall, and each cottage is assigned its own slip. Perfect to take advantage of the amazing fishing on Lake Leelanau!

While West Wind Resort is the perfect spot for a summer vacation, it's also a fantastic getaway destination in the off season. Come in the fall to enjoy the spectacular show of autumn color, local farm stands and scenic drives. And in the winter, this 4-season cottage is a cozy destination after a day of skiing or snowshoeing. It's also a great base camp for hunters and fisherman, year 'round.

Traverse City's area wineries, microbreweries and farm-to-table dining options are also available throughout the year. The Leelanau Peninsula alone boasts some 30+ wineries and tasting rooms, while the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula continue to add to their number each year. You will be amazed by not only the quality of the wine, but the jaw-dropping views of East and West Grand Traverse Bay that many of the wineries provide. For those outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the region is chock full of hiking and biking trails, as well as nearly endless opportunities for kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. The nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a true "bucket list" experience that you and your family will cherish as a lifelong memory.

We know how precious vacation time is, and we hope that you choose to spend it with us. You won't be disappointed!

Planning a family reunion or just have a big group heading north? In addition to Cottage #2, we own Cottage #1 -- same size, right next door! And we have recently purchased a beautiful 3rd cottage that is considerably larger with 3 BRs, a larger bathroom, dining room and fireplace. All three cottages are winterized and available throughout the year. Send us an email for more information!

Mary & Joe Winowiecki


From Traverse City, turn left at the M-72/M-22 junction. Drive approximately 2 miles and turn right at the light on Bugai Road (turns into S. Lake Leelanau/CR 651). Drive about 8.5 miles and West Winds Resort will be on your left (entrance is approximately 150 ft. past the resort sign). Go to the end of the drive to Cottage 2 (white shutters).

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  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Property Manager
Mary Winowiecki
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2016
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About Mary Winowiecki

We are both natives of Northern Michigan -- Joe growing up in Leelanau County and Mary in Traverse City. We moved away from the area for about 20 years after high school, but moved back "home" in 2000 to raise our two children, Emma and Mitch. (There's no where better to raise a family!).

While the area has changed and grown in the past several decades, we love that it still retains what makes Northern Michigan so special -- pristine beaches, endless hiking and biking trails, and views that continue to take our breath away on a daily basis. We wouldn't live anywhere else!

Mary Winowiecki purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Mary Winowiecki chose Northern Michigan

We were immediately impressed by West Winds Resort! First of all, it is situated on our favorite part of Lake Leelanau (the sunset side!). Secondly, the string of 11 cottages are so sweet! Each has shutters unique to their cottage and all are meticulously maintained, as is the entire property. We were struck by how quiet and private the resort felt -- the perfect spot to get away from it all!

What makes this cottage unique

The cottages sit well off the road with a large grassy area complete with a great play structure and basketball hoop. There is also room to part boat trailers. The beach is great and adjoins a mini-marina (each cottage is allotted one slip). A gazebo and two fire pits add to the charm, as does a small fish-cleaning station.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Lake Leelanau Waterfront Cottage with Mini Harbor - Close to Traverse City!
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Charming and relaxing always a cool breeze

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time, the lake is beautiful and the stay was so relaxing. Upon arriving the cottage was so charming, our stay was perfect. There was nothing we had to run out and get, they thought of everything you will need for your stay to be convenient. Will love to stay again soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves at the "Suite Cherry" this summer!
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Very Nice!!!

  • 5 of 5

Would highly recommend, very relaxing, nice boat docking.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

Caught lots of Fish, cabin was great. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! You took some great photographs of your catch! Come visit us again when you are in the area!
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Beautiful views of lake leelanau

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with our stay. The cottage was very cute and clean! It was the perfect place for a girls weekend but will also be great for a small family. There is a large playset on the property, beautiful views, and nice fire pit by the water. Conveniently located between Sutton Bay and Traverse City.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay at The Suite Cherry! The Barker's
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A great little getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for the weekend and had a great time even though the weather was less than perfect. The cabin is very clean with beautiful views. With a 5 month old and a 3 year old this was so much easier than staying in a hotel. We will definitely come back and stay. Thanks Barkers for the great weekend away!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Stay

  • 5 of 5

Was totally pleased with the facilities..........every thing was perfect.......looking forward to next summer spending a week on the Lake.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Hop Lot Brewing Co., Suttons Bay, MI
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Manitou Island Transit, Leland, MI
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
The Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
9 Bean Rows, N. St. Joseph St., Suttons Bay
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
The Homestead Resort
Nearest Beach
Lake Leelanau
Car: necessary

Ask any local and they'll tell you Lake Leelanau is one of their favorite inland lakes -- perfect for swimming, boating, paddle boarding and fishing. Visit nearby Grand Traverse Bay to take a catamaran ride, sail on a majestic Tall Ship, rent a jet ski or go parasailing. Or venture out onto The Big Lake (Lake Michigan) to go charter fishing or simply to meander along the shore keeping an eye out for Petoskey stones.

Take a drive out to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and don't miss the scenic Pierce Stocking Drive with outstanding views of Lake Michigan (scenic turnout #9 is amazing!). Hike, bike or snowshoe many of the park's trails (don't miss the new Heritage Trail!) or take the kids to the 110 foot Dune climb.

Did you know that Bon Appetit has named Traverse City one of the country's Top Foodie Towns? Eateries range from family friendly food trucks (check out The Little Fleet in downtown TC) and burger joints (Slab Town on West Front Street or Don's Drive-In on Munson) to eclectic cuisine like the Asian/Cuban fusion restaurant Georgina's. Celebrating a special day? Fine dining at PepeNero at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons is not to be missed. And local favorite Amical offers impeccable food, service and ambiance in downtown TC.

For the shoppers in the crowd, Downtown Traverse City boasts dozens of boutiques and specialty shops, and the nearby port towns of Suttons Bay, Leland, and Glen Arbor are ripe with shops, art galleries and eateries.

The summer season in our area is buzzing with festivals, ranging from the family-friendly National Cherry Festival to the highly acclaimed Traverse City Film Festival. Art festivals featuring the area's plethora of local artists can be found almost every weekend of the summer season, and wine and beer festivals are sprinkled throughout the year -- even in the winter months!

Golfers will enjoy some two dozen area courses, many with breathtaking views and designed by the likes of Palmer, Nicklaus, Weiskopf and Player. The Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms and Manitou Passage are two of the best -- and most beautiful -- in Northern Michigan.

We recommend checking out prior to your visit. It's a great resource for the latest in event information and area attractions!


Rates & Availability

Traverse City Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
Oct 1 2016 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Cherry Festival Week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Season
Jul 8 2017 - Jul 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Film Festival
Jul 22 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall Season
Sep 4 2017 - May 25 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

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Traverse City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 505 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen-size
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , (Full-size bed with a twin-size bunk bed)
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full-size futon
  • There is a full-size futon in the living room that folds out to accommodate 2 adults. The futon mattress is 8 inches thick with an inner coil spring system.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Boat Dock
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • Yard
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
No pets are allowed in cottages or on the resort grounds. Tents are prohibited from the cottage grounds and resort grounds. Paper products and soap are up to the renter to provide including trash bags, paper towels, and toilet paper. Kitchen , Bed, and bath linens are not provided. Dish Satellite was installed in 2013. The TV has an internal DVD player.

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