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SPRING Nightly w/HOT TUB for 2 or SUMMER WEEKLY Sat to Sat for 4

Bedrooms 2
Space 521 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Log Cabin for One Couple & 1-2 kids: Bath w/shower

Harold's Resort is located off the highway, in the woods, on the lake - a private peninsula - surrounded by water on 3 sides w/7 '1950's' LOG 'housekeeping' Cabins. Extra quiet, private & secluded. Safe for Families, Quiet for Couples. Great for fishing and swimming. Spider Lake is an all sports lake with 459 acres. No wake before 11 am & after 7:30 pm each day ensures the lake is extra quiet in the morning and evening

. Great pontoon boating lake with lots of exploring to do. When you are here, you will feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, but there is easy access to town.. Traverse City that is. Also nearby in the Pere Marquette State Forest you will find: Hiking Trails, & Mountain Biking Trails. Ranch Rudolf is a short drive away for Horse Back Riding, Canoeing & Tubing on the Boardman River.

This cabin will be available from April 19 thru June 15, and Sept 3-10, 2018 for Nightly Rentals with Hot Tub and Linens included for 2 people only. June 16-Sept 2, 2018 this cabin will be available for a family of 2-4 people, by the week, Saturday to Saturday, , the hot tub is shut down in the summer and you will need to provide your own "linens". Starting Sept. 11, 2018 the property will become private property and will no longer be a rental property.

Come on up for our last summer !

Let me know what you are looking for...


HAROLDS RESORT, Spider Lake, Traverse City, MI

Summer Weekly Rental: Bring the family up for some quality time. Bring them to a place that time forgot. Remember going up north to the lake as a child? Well bring your children to the same place. Bring them to a place for some good ole fashion R & R. Bring your favorite board games, books, deck of cards, beach toys and fishing poles. I bet they don't ask for a TV all week... a miracle... After fishing, and swimming and chasing each other around, after dinner and a bonfire with roasted marshmallows and s,mores... they'll hit the hay and never even notice NO TV . Rainy day -- that''s when the games come out... or a trip to town to the Children's Museum - waves of wonder, or just a wet day outside... even if it wasn't raining, they'd be wet ... right ? !!! Rainy days are when the fish bite best... so hopefully you'll get at least one while you are here.

No pets allowed on the property, not even to visit, please and thank you.

More Details

Kathy Schliess
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Kathy Schliess

We came to Harolds Resort on vacation from San Diego in the Fall of 1989. We fell in Love with Traverse City and Harolds Resort. We moved here in the Spring of 1990, with our son Dieter who was almost 2 years old and 8 1/2 years later our son Hunter was born.

Update: 1/29/16:

It is with a broken heart that I tell you of the passing of my husband Rolf on Friday, January 29, 2016. He passed unexpectedly and peacefully. He loved Harolds Resort as much as I do, and I will continue to run the Resort with extra help from my boys, and local contractors. His spirit is alive and well everywhere I go. In and around the Cabins and Resort property, I see his handy work, his blood, sweat and tears. Our goal was to always have a place where families and couples could come and spend quality time together, doing the simple things, and that goal has never been stronger or more important. If you knew Rolf, don’t be sad, be happy for what he did have and what he left behind, because he left it to me, to share with you...

UPDATE: 11/1/17

I have sold the Harolds Resort property and for the first time in 27 years, the cabins have been closed up for the Winter. The new owners will open the cabins back up in April '18, and I will mange them all summer. On September 11, 2018 the property will become their private family compound. Please come and stay with us one more time ! Kathy

Kathy Schliess purchased this cabin in 1990

Why Kathy Schliess chose Traverse City

While we were here on vacation in 1989 we were telling the owner how much we loved Traverse City and Harolds Resort and he said - if you love it so much, why don't you buy it ? !! Just seemed like a good fit and an adventure and a great place to raise a family. And we were right.. and now we are GRAND PARENTS of twin boys ! Boy how time flies when you are having fun !

What makes this cabin unique

Location, Location, Location... at the end of the road, off the highway, in the woods and on the lake. Surrounded by water on 3 sides. There is just not many places left that can give you the peace, quiet and solitude with easy access to all that downtown Traverse City and the surrounding area have to offer.

We have TWO of these "Hot Tub Cabins" each has it's own personal hot tub on the screened in porch. Outside - yet semi private. Eddie Murphy was right when he said: "it's HOT in the Hot Tub" !!

Guestbook comments from the owner

An entry from the journal used with permission - We had so much fun on our weekend getaway here ! What a relaxing little nook in the woods you have ! We explored the shops downtown and had crab cake sandwiches ( which rocked the house ! ) at the Peninsula Grill on the Old Mission Peninsula. You were right, the drive was totally worth it ! On our way out of town we are stopping at the Grand Traverse Pie Company (hope they got the cherry crumb pie). We had so much fun, thanks for everything. Your directions everywhere were very helpful. PS I love how "optional" bath suits were not only allowed but recommended :) * We'll be back * M & B
Jan 2010
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Traverse City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 521 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower is a 1950 'Gerber' Brand Metal Shower stall.
  • This cabin has a bath with a Gerber Metal Shower Stall, Toilet & Sink and your own hot water heater.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , bedroom gets curtained off from the main room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , bedroom gets curtained off from the main room
  • In the Fall, Winter and Spring, we have this cabin set up for Romantic Get-A-Ways for one couple at a time.... with the fireplace viewable from bed and the private hot tub on the screened in porch overlooking the lake, and nice comfy linens/comforters for snuggling. No TV - you are here to get away from that ! There is Free WiFI though! There are 2 bedrooms each with a full size bed, each bedroom gets 'curtained off' from the main room at night giving the cabin a very open log cabin feeling during the day.
  • Books ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Raft
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Details here are for Cabin # 4- We love pets - BUT - Pets are not allowed on the property and will be asked to leave. Summer Weekly Rentals - Sat to Sat- you bring your own: Sheets, Towels, Soap and Paper Products. This cabin will accommodate one family of up to 4 for weekly summer rentals. Fall & Spring Nightly Rentals - we supply: Sheets, Towels, Basic Soap and Paper Products, rates are for 1 couple. Firewood is provided for camp fires in the official camp fire location only. We offer other accommodations as well- just let us know what you are looking for.


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SPRING Nightly w/HOT TUB for 2 or SUMMER WEEKLY Sat to Sat for 4
average rating of 4.915663 based on 84 reviews

Cozy, comfortable, home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Harold's Resort is awesome! Cabin was extremely clean, pleasant smelling and obviously cared for with love. The location is absolutely beautiful and private enough without being secluded. Don't let the outside of the cabins fool you, they are well furnished and comfy. The beds are soft and warm, and everything about the interior screams "comfort." My wife and I felt like we had been there for days the first afternoon, and my only regret was not booking another day. Nothing beats an icy night sitting in the hot tub on the porch while the snow falls. We will definitely be back :) Kathy and her sons obviously care a lot about the property, and do everything in advance to make you feel welcome. 10/10 would definitely recommend this for a cozy mid-winter getaway.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words.. And so glad you loved the place.. We know that we are .. not for everyone.. some people "need" a hotel room.. But for the LUCKY ONES.. we are blessed to have this beautiful spot for you to come. I have myself in mind when I get the cabins ready, this is a place I would want to come. Rolf and I came here 27 years ago and stay in the very same cabin you did, it was not the same.. it needed some TLC and love - and that is what we have been giving all the cabins this whole time. We loved the place so much, we bought it and moved here from San Diego and we have never looked back.. this is where we.. and now I suppose to be.. So again.. THANK YOU for loving our place and for your very kind words... Kathy
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  • 5 of 5

enjoyed our week in the woods, quiet & relaxing

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming... Kathy
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Cabin #5 - Cozy and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

Stayed 4 nights with wife and 2 kids in early July. The resort was quaint and quiet with a sandy beach and very nice lake. Water was warmer than I thought it would be. Couldn't keep my girls of the swimming dock. Lake is very quiet in the morning and night so is nice for non-motorized usage. Cabin is small but we each had a bed and the comforts of home, and was clean. Lots of space in between cabins and plenty of space to roam around. 20 minute drive to downtown TC. About an hour to Sleeping Bear Dune. If you're looking for a low-key, relaxing, time with nature, for a great price, this is your place!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hickory Corners

Nice quiet place to get away from it all

  • 4 of 5

Close to Traverse City but far enough away to relax in total quiet. Nice beach area

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Cabin # 4

  • 3 of 5

We really enjoyed the scenery in and around Cabin #4. It was cold and the hot tub and fire place kept us warm. Thanks for the stay -

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming, It was a pleasure having you here.. Kathy
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Great place for a quiet get away

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cabin with fireplace, hot tub, and nature right outside the door. We needed a weekend away from reality and Kathy's cabin gave us just that! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport - Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
150 Miles
Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
M-131 and M-113 - near Kingsley
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Mt. Holiday
Car: necessary

This Log Cabin at Harolds Resort is located on a 2 acre private peninsula surrounded by Spider Lake on 3 sides. A 459 acre 'all sports lake', Spider Lake can be found within the Pere Marquette State Forest. Located in Grand Traverse County along w/ many other inland lakes, we are also close to East & West GT Bay. The Boardman River snakes thru the county providing fly fishing, canoeing and tubing opportunities & then empties into West Grand Traverse Bay near downtown Traverse City. All kinds of water, lake and river water activities can be done in an endless water wonderland - Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Being the Tart Cherry Capitol of the World means not only cherries for our area, but also all kinds of berries, apples, peaches, sweet corn and all can be found at roadside stands & our downtown Farmers Market approx July - October. With so many things to do, you might forget to do one of my favorite things.. Nothing! Ask about other vacation rentals we manage on 'Spider'

Other Activities: snow shoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating

Golf: Love to Golf a different place everyday? Would you rather stay 'off the beaten path' ? How about a Cabin in the Woods? A Vacation Home on the lake? Would you like to do a little boating or fishing in between rounds? Forget the Hotel on the Miracle Mile! Come stay - in the woods, off the highway and on the lake! You will only feel like you are in the middle of nowhere! There is easy access to town and all the Golf Courses you could possibly want... and they are all a scenic drive away!

Ski: Cross Country Skiing at it's best -- with all the natural snow Grand Traverse County gets, All the State Groomed Trails to use for free ! - just grab your skis or snowshoes and come up to the woods-- get a pot of Chili cooking before you start out and it will be waiting when you get back - and so will your Fireplace, your Hot Tub and your Flannel Sheets and Down Comforter -- forget the 'Miracle Mile' of hotels, motels and restaurants.. stay out here, in the woods and close to nature. Yes, we have downhill slopes nearby if that's your kind of skiing ! There is something for everyone.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Extra Guest Fee: includes DAY VISITORS- $15 per extra person over and above the max occ.of 4 per cabin
This Cabin rents Saturday to Saturday in the Summer - you bring your own: sheets, towels, soap and paper products.
The Hot Tub does not operate in the Summer.
We have other accommodations better suited for larger groups. Just ask Kathy !
Summer rentals are weekly only, Sat to Sat

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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